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AMC’s “The Walking Dead” Season 3 Preview Weekend is over, and we have a round-up of all the juiciest tidbits revealed on “Talking Dead”, some teaser photos of what to expect from the show’s San Diego Comic-Con booth, and a kick-ass preview of what’s coming this October.
Executive producer/showrunner Glen Mazzara, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, comics creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer David Alpert, and special guest Drew Carey (who’s a huge fan of the series) were all guests on the live “Talking Dead” broadcast. Despite host Chris Hardwick’s best efforts, we didn’t get a ton of information about the new season, but what is here should help tide you over until the bigger news starts trickling out of Comic-Con later this week.
Mazzara confirmed what a lot of us have suspected: Now that Shane is gone, we can look for Daryl to become Rick’s #2. But we shouldn’t get too comfortable with any of the characters as Alpert promised, “We’re going to kill so many people this year!“. That apparently includes walkers and characters on the show. As for Merle’s return (a spoiler revealed a few weeks ago), we should “expect the unexpected … a newer, kinder, gentler Merle.” (laughs)
In some on-set videos Hardwick filmed earlier this summer, Laurie Holden (Andrea) and Steven Yeun (Glenn) shed some light on a few other topics for us. Holden’s comments were music to our ears as she spoke of the bond between her character and Michonne (portrayed by Danai Gurira). We can definitely expect the two badass females to “take some names.” As for her thoughts on David Morrissey’s portrayal of The Governor, Holden described him as an “authoritative, charismatic, sexy, and evil” man who’s “going to rock this zombie world.” Yeun gave us a quick tour of the massive prison set and said that “the pace and craziness of last year is just a jumping off point,” and Season 3 “will get even more nuts!”
When asked what finding the prison means to the survivors, Kirkman explained that it’s “a sign of hope … structure,” but of course it doesn’t turn out to be what they hoped for. As Mazzara reminded us, everyone thought the farm was safe, but we all know how that turned out. There is no safe place in the world of “The Walking Dead”.
Mazzara also touched on The Governor, elaborating on his personality, “The Governor’s mission is to keep humanity going. He thinks he’s the Messiah. He sees it as an opportunity to be remembered by history.” Hurd concurred and described the prison as a place that on the surface seems normal, like a small town, but “something’s rotten in Woodbury.”
At one point young actor Chandler Riggs (Carl) called in with some remarks that caused the fans of the comics to sigh with relief. Yes, Carl will be going to the dark side. And he’ll be joining the other soldiers in their fight against the walkers.
Along with the sneak peek of Season 3 shown on “Talking Dead”, you’ll find below a set of photos showing off a bit of what AMC will be bringing to Comic-Con for “The Walking Dead”. Special Effects Make-Up Designer Greg Nicotero revealed that they have recreated Michonne and one of her two “pet” zombies, and they will be set up so that visitors to the booth (#3721) can put on the collar and chain and become her second “pet” for a photo. Pretty cool, right?
“The Walking Dead” Comic-Con panel takes place on Friday, July 13th:
1:25-2:25 AMC’s “The Walking Dead”— Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Norman Reedus, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, and introducing Danai Gurira as Michonne and David Morrissey as The Governor join executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara, executive producer Robert Kirkman, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and special effects makeup supervisor and co-executive producer Greg Nicotero in a panel moderated by Chris Hardwick (The Nerdist, Talking Dead). The panelists will discuss the wildly successful second season of “The Walking Dead” and what to look forward to in season 3, debuting this fall on AMC. Join the panelists for a one-on-one Q&A session and an official sneak preview of season 3. Hall H.
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