The Walking Dead‘s much-anticipated third season won’t hit the airwaves until October 14th, but fans of AMC’s zombie series are eager to see how the show will develop from past seasons. The Walking Dead has a notorious track record for starting off strongly and then devolving as much as a walker in sight of its prey. At the end of season two, the series took a sharp shift with its narrative and characters, so the audience just wants to know what comes next.
Showrunner Glen Mazzara put to rest the direction of season three and emphasized the quick pace the series will take to get our characters from Hershel’s farm to the Woodbury prison. Mazzara and executive producer Gale Anne Hurd wanted the prison to be realistic and gritty, and hoped to convey what a prison might look like if no one had maintained it for a long period of time. Mazzara says:
We wanted to build something that was a gritty and realistic as possible. This is not a sleek, polished, cool prison. It’s scary, and it feels real… it very much fits the gritty aesthetic that fans have come to expect from our show.