AMC’s The Walking Dead is one of the most popular TV shows on the air at the moment. The new season will start on October 14th and AMC had released the new trailer to tease fans…and it looks fantastic! Fans of Robert Kirkman’s ongoing comic are finally on board with the TV series after the prison setting of season three and the introduction of fan-favorites Michonne (Danai Gurira) and the Governor (David Morrissey) were revealed. Now series showrunner Glen Mazzara is talking about the direction of season three and the role of the zombie virus.
At the end of season two, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) informed his fellow survivors (and the audience) that the mysterious virus discovered at the end of season one infected everyone in the world. Any glimmer of hope in surviving the zombie apocalypse has now been dashed because of this news. Everyone is doomed, and it’s only a matter of time before they will all turn into “walkers.” Mazzara reveals that the group will band together despite the devastating news and hints that this will only make the team stronger and more protective of each other.
It effects everyone in different ways. Some people may be more reckless, some people are more despondent. One of the things about our core group is that everybody feels so invested in keeping it together for the good of the group, it’s like a tight band of soldiers. There’s a greater responsibility to the group to carry on.
The other piece of news Rick told his group of survivors at the end of season two was that he killed his best friend Shane (Jon Bernthal). This made everyone in the group look at Rick in a different way. He was no longer the man with honor; he had turned into a ruthless survivor. This also created a rift between himself and his, wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies). Lincoln confesses what’s in store for the wayward couple:
I think [Rick and Lori] are in a worse place than they’ve ever been. [Rick’s confession] has caused a seismic rift between them and also by having a couple that no longer exists for the other members of the group. They’re in a very cold place, and yet they’re still alive. He’s making good on his promise of keeping them alive. [For Rick and Lori] there’s a healing process that needs to happen and certainly the first few episodes we’ve shot there are signs that it’s salvageable.
The Walking Dead has finally, after two seasons, hit some high drama. The stakes of the show went from petty to serious and the premiere of season three should be emotionally volatile and action-packed. When the series took the sharp shift to introduce the zombie-virus angle, many fans of the graphic novel were quickly turned off by this plot element, which wasn’t in the book at all. Others felt it was a much-needed plot device to help properly ground the series for a TV audience. Ultimately, it’s good to see the writers and producers of The Walking Dead use the zombie virus to elevate the tension within the series’ narrative. It’s one of the very few stories in the zombie genre wanting to be more sci-fi than horror. It’s refreshing!