‘The Walking Dead’ Boss Glen Mazzara Teased Season 3 — Introducing New Characters and Dealing With the Comic Book’s Dark Material

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October 11, 2012

‘The Walking Dead’ is set for another zombie-chasing and morbid action this fall. And as much as the wait is killing us for the season 3 premiere, a preview on what’s about to hit us isn’t such a bad idea. Here’s a few lines that we grabbed from Huffington Post in an interview with showrunner, Glen Mazzara.

On Michonne:

“She’s a very interesting character to write. Danai Gurira has really done a great job. She’s brought this character to life and she’s just so much fun to write. I don’t want to just say she’s a badass, that’s so common. But let me just say she’s a warrior, she’s a solider, she doesn’t take crap from anybody and she sees right into the heart of people. It’s hard to pull one over on her. She plays a very, very important role this season. I just think people will be excited to follow her journey because she really, in some ways, becomes one of the hearts of the show. She becomes a very, very essential figure.”

On the dark material associated with “The Walking Dead” and the comic book’s prison story arc:

“First of all, let me say this: We’re not going to shy away from any dark material, but I will say that fans will be surprised at the dark material that we do show. What we actually take from the comic book and what original dark material we have coming up, will really surprise the audience. We’re also in no rush to burn through that prison fight in a couple of episodes. This is something that we’ve been working toward and I’m not eager to just kind of burn things through. By the time the entire prison arc is done, I think people will be really satisfied in the way that we told that story.”

On writing the women of “The Walking Dead”:

“Here was a goal of mine this year: to really portray the women in a more realistic light that is very affective, as more well-rounded. I think that we really spent a lot of time in really developing Andrea’s character, Michonne’s character, I think Lori has grown a lot after life on the road. One of the things that we did do by design in the first two seasons, when there’s a trauma of this sort where civilization collapses, people would try and go to what was familiar. They would cling to these old roles. Those old roles don’t make sense anymore. Now that people are out on the road a little bit longer — this is months after the outbreak — it’s survival of the fittest. Everybody has to contribute to the group, not just in a stereotypical way regarding gender roles, but everybody has to be able to do everything for everyone else. We really put a lot of effort into making sure our female characters did not play as victims or any weaker stereotypes. That was very, very important to us.”

In the comic books, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies on AMC’s version) and her baby die at the end of the prison storyline. Will it be the same in the TV series?

“We talk about everyone’s demise to the chagrin of all of the actors. All I can promise is there will be major character deaths throughout Season 3, but I can’t possibly say who or where, but I guarantee all of them will be surprising.”

Which character are you excited to see in season 3? Let us know in the comments!
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