Minnesota native plays key role in bringing Governor back to 'Walking Dead'

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The hotly anticipated return of the Governor to the blockbuster AMC zombie series "The Walking Dead" happened Sunday night, and a Minnesota native had a big hand in it.

KARE 11 reports that writer-producer Nichole Beattie, who was born in Minneapolis and raised in Stillwater, wrote the episode, which was titled "Live Bait."

The sixth episode of Season 4 marked the first appearance of the Governor (David Morrissey) since the autocratic character's brutal killing spree at the conclusion of Season 3 in March.

Beattie, whose previous writing and producing credits include the shows "Prime Suspect," "Sons of Anarchy," "Rubicon" and "John From Cincinnati," joined "The Walking Dead" at the beginning of its third season.

The writer-producer tells KARE 11 that she and her best-selling author mother, Melody Beattie ("Codependent No More"), moved to Los Angeles the day after she graduated from Stillwater High School in 1994 – but she's still "very proud to be from Minnesota."

Nichole Beattie also told the station that it wasn't the zombie element that got her hooked on the series, but the great acting, crew and storytelling.

"I think we are a show about the human condition and how it perseveres in adverse situations," Beattie says.

The Hollywood Reporter has an analysis of Sunday night's episode (spoilers included for those who haven't seen the episode yet), and an interview with Morrissey.

Variety also has a spoiler-filled review of the episode.

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