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David Morrissey of 'The Walking Dead'
David Morrissey, "The Walking Dead"
Nomination Status: A fresh face on a wildly successful hit show? Maybe? But probably not.
In His Favor: For a long time, most of the third season really, David Morrissey was doing impressive work as The Governor on AMC's "Walking Dead." He was taking a character who was a cartoonish villain in the graphic novels and he made him painfully human, a wounded father who I actually sometimes believed was trying to do the right thing, even if he did it in monstrously wrong ways. Then the show abruptly decided it was essential that The Governor become a poorly motivated cartoon here as well. But that wasn't Morrissey's fault.
Working Against Him: Outside of obligatory tech nominations and wins, "The Walking Dead" has never even been a minor Emmy player. I doubt it'll become more Emmy-welcomed this year and I doubt Morrissey will be the one to break through. In fact, were Morrissey not a new addition to the cast, I might have chosen to give "Walking Dead" breakout star Norman Reedus his own slide. Like Emmy voters, however, I'm attracted by things that are shiny, new and British.