Showrunner Glen Mazzara recently sat down for an interview with The Wrap to dish the dirt on “The Walking Dead”‘s third season, and we have the highlights for you here. Read on for updates on the prison, the Governor, Michonne and more!
On next season’s main location, the prison:
“The prison itself will be a threatening, malevolent character. It is a challenge to live in the prison. And I think we’ve really been able to get a lot of story out of it. So it will not feel like a safe corner keeping our characters away from central action. It will really play that they are in a shark cage. Life in a prison is life in a shark cage.”
On safety inside of the prison:
“There is no safe haven in this world. I want to make that clear. At the end of our season 2 finale that farm is overtaken and that farm was that last safe haven, and there’s no safe haven in that world. I want to be very clear about that. No one is safe. There is no safe haven.”
On how closely Season Three will follow the comics storyline:
“We’re taking the major tentpole characters and storylines from the comics and adapting them to our alternate universe of the TV shows. So it will be just as surprising to comic-book fans as to non-comic-book fans as to how all of it lays out.”
On when we’ll see the Governor (David Morrissey)
“He makes a surprising appearance. I don’t want to give anything away as to the exact episode, but the audience will certainly be ready for his appearance — and they won’t have to wait too long.”
On whether or not some of the revelations about the Governor outlined in the book The Rise of the Governor, by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, will play into the television character:
“I haven’t read the novel because I didn’t want it to influence my concept of the TV show’s version. But we’re interested in having a very complex, nuanced, multi-layered character. This will not be simply an arch villain who is committing an evil act in every scene. That’s too cartoonish for what we do here. We want that character to feel as real and human and fully developed as possible.”
About whether or not to shy away from the graphic violence between the Governor and Michonne (Danai Gurira):
“Certainly there’s challenging material in the comic book, and I would say there’s equally challenging material on our TV show. I think at the end of season 2 we showed that we don’t pull punches … We’re not going to get soft now. However, we’ll do things on our own time, or when it makes sense for the show. And we’re definitely looking at this Governor-Michonne-Woodbury-prison storyline as a longterm arc.”
On the show’s zombies:
Robert is not interested in proposing a theory of what caused this apocalypse in his work, and that’s something that I think is important for us. It’s about surviving in this world. We’re lucky in the sense that we’re able to draw on a lot of great zombie films. And one of the things we really pride ourselves on is adding to that literature. Adding original bits with zombies that no one has ever seen. When you look at possible endings, I really am interested in finding new territory and a new type of ending, a surprising ending for this series that no one’s ever done before, that no one’s ever thought of.
Look for Season Three of “The Walking Dead” to return to AMC starting this October.
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