Season three of AMC’s The Walking Dead premieres in less than a week. There have been countless features, sneak peeks, and cast interviews leading up to the first episode, “Seed.” Now the network has unleashed the first official clip from the kick-off. The brief glimpse sets the stage for the season in a number of different ways. Check it out for yourself down below.
This clip finds our rag-tag group of survivors, led by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), on the road, where it seems like they have been since the chaotic mess at Herschel’s (Scott Wilson) farm. With a map spread out on the hood of one of their vehicles, they quickly recount some of their travels. Listening to them talk, they have had many misadventures over the span of an entire winter.
The first thing this tells us is that they’ve been on the road for some time, which confirms that this season doesn’t pick up immediately after the undead overran the farm. You can also see that they’ve done this before by the way Rick tells his son Carl (Chandler Riggs) to “take point.” Without prompting or instruction the boy knows exactly what this duty entails. This isn’t his first rodeo.
Though you see Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) sitting in the car, you never see her full, presumably very pregnant figure. She looks miserable, and when Rick says they can’t keep going from house to house, that they need to find a more secure, permanent place, you know that he’s thinking about her health and comfort, as well as his unborn child. Those of you who have been paying attention know that this will take the form of an abandoned prison. Or at least a prison devoid of human life.
In just over a minute this clip covers a lot of ground and does a great deal of work. It lets you know what the bulk of the crew (Andrea—Laurie Holden—is still conspicuously absent) has been up to, and it creates tension by showing their need to find shelter, as well as letting us know that they have encountered multiple large zombie herds over the past few months. Should any of these groups come together, they’re in a world of hurt. This also raises the possibility that we could see one of these super-herds before season’s end. That’s an exciting prospect.
Season three of The Walking Dead begins next Sunday, October 14th.