Actress Sarah Wayne Callies poses on the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the 7th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival December 12, 2010. (Photo : Reuters)
'The Walking Dead,' which premieres its third season on Sunday, October 14, will find Rick and fellow survivors facing a whole new challenge as the look for safety in the prison. "Fight the Dead, Fear the Living," the shows tagline this upcoming season, will pit the living against each other while they fight off zombies.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the AMC zombie drama will include new characters, including bad guy, the Governor (David Morrissey). Showrunner Glen Mazzara told The Hollywood Reporter, "We're expanding the scope-we've added a lot of characters, new sets, new storylines, and it feels like a much bigger show."
"It would be hard, after those last two episodes of season two, to go back to a quieter version of the show," Mazzara said. "When those walkers come through the farm at the end and everybody has to hit the road, all hell has broken loose. It is hard to put the genie back in the bottle. The pace is very different this year; it's a lot more suspenseful and intense than it was last year."
Main character, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) will be traveling a hard road this upcoming season. Mazzara told Hollywood Reporter that the new season will find Rick instilling a new "Ricktatorship" philosophy as well as isolating himself from the survivors group to save his marriage to Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies).
"The Ricktatorship is important for establishing who our main characters are at the beginning of the season: what they do, how they take the prison, what they establish so that they appear to be a formidable force to the Governor," Mazzara explained.
As for Rick's isolation, Mazzara said, "He's emotionally shutting himself out. he's tried in the past to be a good husband, father and friend, and these things have not gone well for him. But he is a good leader, and he's keeping people alive."
Rick's wife Lori will have a lot to deal with this upcoming season as well. Not only is she pregnant but her impending death (based on the comics the show is centered around) is also an issue. However, Mazzara told Hollywood Reporter that fans should not expect her death to play out just like it did in the comic book version.
"We've always put our twist on our material; we take a good storyline and stretch it out." he said. "We play very fast and loose with this material from Robert's work, and it's important to stay true to the spirit of the original work. We're going to make it our own, and I guarantee that this is a different story. People will be very surprised at how we're choosing to tell the story."
TV Line also reported that the main's characters death will definitely happen this season but the when remains in the air.
Fans will witness a horde of new characters this season, including the Governor and Milton (Dallas Roberts), who's involved with the Governor's circle. As well as some returning faces, such as Merle (Michael Rooker), who will reunite with his brother Daryl (Norman Reedus).
The Governor, who is based on the comics, will be different than what fans may expect. Mazzara told Hollywood Reporter, "I definitely think our Governor has a soul. He's a very conflicted character. It's important that all of the characters on the show have some humanity. Every action that the Governor takes, no matter how horrific, should make sense to the audience-just like everything that Rick does should make sense to the audience."
Two characters, Andrea (Laurie Holden) and Carl (Chandler Riggs) will be dealing with new-found feelings. Mazzara told Hollywood Reporter that Andrea will be dealing with her separation from the group while Carl comes into his more adult role within the group.
'The Walking Dead' season three premieres October 14 at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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