Thus far in AMC’s series The Walking Dead the problems have been relegated to two areas, the ubiquitous swarming horde of zombies and the interpersonal dynamics of the group of survivors. Season three, which begins Sunday, October 14th (which seems farther and farther away), is going to introduce a new threat: other people. The last half of season two hinted at potential conflict with other survivors, but the upcoming season is about to smack our grizzled band of survivors right upside the head with human discord in the form of the Governor (David Morrissey).
EW has a quartet of covers that tease season three of The Walking Dead. Check them out below.
Of course there’s a haggard looking Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). The impending story arc will not be kind to Rick. Daryl is easily the best character not originally in the comics (though we’re about to get another new addition in the form of Milton), and his Clint Eastwood-esque poncho is all kinds of badass. And Merle (Michael Rooker) looming in the background is bound to cause some serious trouble. Look at his right hand; it looks like he can install interchangeable weapons. That should be fun.
While two covers show us old friends, the others introduce characters that, while new to viewers of The Walking Dead TV series, are long awaited arrivals for fans of the comics. The aforementioned Governor is the most brutal, sinister villain the group faces, and the encounter with him and his survivalist enclave of Woodbury leaves deep and permanent scars on the group. When Michonne (Danai Gurira) arrived on the scene in the final episode of season two, I stood up and cheered. She’s so incredibly tough that she managed to survive on her own for months.
Comic book creator Robert Kirkman has this to say about season three:
This season really is about setting up these two worlds and watching them come to a head and collide…And you know that there are going to be some pretty explosive encounters between Rick and the Governor. This season is going to be about getting to know these two characters, and then waiting for their eventual confrontation that could destroy everything.
There are definite issues with season two of The Walking Dead, but it was a vast improvement in storytelling and consistency from the first. Our characters are moving into one of my favorite storylines from the comics, one that will forever change their direction and their fate. Hell, just the addition of the Governor and Michonne is enough to ensure that the series is moving in the right direction.
While I do want to get to Governor part of the story, in the comics there is some great material in the prison where the group squats that happens before Woodbury. I’d hate to see the show gloss over that and miss some potential gems. My hope is that, since they announced season three will be split into two segments, part one will be getting to the prison, clearing it out, dealing with that, while part two traumatizes us with the Governor. I doubt that will happen, but a boy can dream, can’t he?
The Walking Dead season two hits Blu-ray/DVD August 28th, and the show returns for season three on AMC Sunday, October 14th.