News broke yesterday that John Hawkes (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Winter's Bone, Eastbound & Down) was in the running to play The Governor on The Walking Dead. Unfortunately, it didn't pan out.

For those unfamiliar with the comic, The Governor is the worst villain in the series run. Evil incarnate. It's awesome that the character will be on the show, however, it seems a bit soon in the mythology to bring him in. Though Walking Dead could use s creative jolt, and this storyline is a good way to do that.

But John Hawkes doesn't need to play the part. In fact, there are several guys creepy enough (or who are at least able to grow a cool goatee) to pull it off. In no particular order, these are those guys. (via The Wrap)

Tom Savini

There are so many reasons why this role should go to Savini. First, he broke the news about John Hawkes. Second, he loves zombies. Third, the guy was seemingly modeled after him. However, it seems like Savini wasn't taking the hint when The Walking Dead producers were trying to let him down soft. Whereas Savini is great in schlocky over-the-top genre films, his acting might not be "just wooden enough" for The Walking Dead.

Daniel Buran

Daniel Buran could take this role, hold it captive, and slowly torture it. He proved this with his largely underused role on True Blood last season. Also, check out the physical resemblance. The characters of werewolf pack leader Marcus and the Governor have a lot of crossover. If he's up for the typecasting, this could and should be his.

Danny Trejo

I don't really see Danny Trejo as getting this role but wouldn't it be cool? Problem is, Danny Trejo is far too badass and outwardly scary. Though incredibly evil, the Governor is a nuanced character whose shady intentions must remain ambiguous for a time. It's hard to be charmed by someone with such a rough exterior.

Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper is essentially back-up John Hawkes. They've probably been in the running for the same roles throughout their careers. He's chewed the scenery as the heavy before on television shows like Prison Break, Heroes, and movies like The Transporter 3. But don't hold that against him. He's got the goods.

Michael Kelly

Everyone's favorite part of the Dawn of the Dead remake deserves to spend some time in The Walking Dead universe. When the series premiered and was a runaway hit, we were promised that a lot of cool casting would be coming up down the line. So far, we've yet to see that beyond Pruitt Taylor Vince. Michael Kelly as the Governor would be an excellent start to making good on those words.

Walton Goggins

We know he's tied up with his duties on Justified, but to see Walton Goggins as the Governor would be a cool little reunion for him and showrunner, Glen Mazzara. They worked together on The Shield which proved to be a gritty collaboration. Plus, Goggins has a strong ability to play charming before flipping it to completely unhinged. I get worried just looking at him.

Frank Grillo

Frank Grillo's movie career is heating up, which means now would be the right time to get him. A high profile role like this could build him a solid fanbase. Of course, this role is very different than the thug parts he's used to playing, and he might be a little too pretty. But isn't that the appeal of The Walking Dead? It's a show that likes to break expectations and stand apart from the comic. Or at least it did with Frank Darabont on board. We'll see where it's headed later this month.

Ian McShane

If anyone's going to proclaim himself the leader of a small society and abuse it for his own financial and sexual gain, it's Ian McShane. He might be a few decades old for the part, but this casting would add some pretty intriguing layers to the character. If this were another network, I could easily see this happening.

Mark Pellogrino

He's played the bad guy or mysterious guy on every other genre show. May as well give him a crack at this too.

In summation, producers will likely go with someone not on this list and blow all of our minds with the casting. Frankly, they should go with that dude Brad who was my fifth-grade bus driver. He and the Governor are like twins separated at birth.

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