David Morrissey is to return as a series regular for The Walking Dead's fourth season.
The 48-year-old initially joined the cast for just one year in the role of The Governor, but his involvement in the next run has now been confirmed following Sunday's (March 31) season three finale, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Executive producer and creator Robert Kirkman has previously said that he would like to avoid having one human "big bad" each season, hinting that the character of The Governor could continue to feature.
He said: "The potential is always there - or he could die in the next episode," he said. "This is The Walking Dead - you never know."
Fans witnessed The Governor head to war in last night's finale. He gunned down the majority of his army and went on with just two soldiers. The ending left the door open for the battle to pick up again when the fourth season kicks off later this year. It is likely to begin in October.
Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd previously said that the show really wanted to keep Morrissey on-board because of the "many colours of his performance".
"Do I want to keep David Morrissey? Yes! Do we? I can't tell you. There are so many colours to his performance. In the comics, he's pretty one-note, but here, he's got so much more humanity," she declared.
Last year, Morrissey told Digital Spy that he was enjoying working on the AMC zombie drama.
He said: "It reminds me very much of Doctor Who, where I had the same experience of walking onto a set of a show that is well-loved and well-received, but is also brilliantly run.
"The same is true on The Walking Dead - that everybody from the leading actor Andy Lincoln right through to the crew want to be here and want to do the best they can - it's a really loved show. I love every minute of being here, it's great to work on this show."
Watch David Morrissey discuss The Walking Dead with Digital Spy below: