Last month, AMC's "The Walking Dead" closed out its second season with a stunning finale that drew in over 9 million viewers. And interest is already high for the third season of "The Walking Dead," which will introduce fan favorite characters Michonne and the Governor as well as a popular setting from the original comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn,
During a "Walking Dead' panel last Friday at the TV Academy (via The Hollywood Reporter), Kirkman was joined by "The Walking Dead" executive producers Glen Mazzara, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero as well as cast members Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Scott Wilson, the newly promoted to series regular, Lauren Cohan and former cast member, Jon Bernthal,
While spoilers for the third season were generally avoided, Mazzara revealed that he has recently finished the script for the third season premiere.
"It's pretty dynamic and action-packed with tons of zombies but also a lot of quieter moments and a lot of heart," related Mazzara. "This is a group of survivors, a family that has come together and they have no good options, no place to go and they're really trying to keep themselves alive, and keep each other alive. You can see how desperate they are; they're clinging to each other. It's those moment of human interaction and heart that are important."
Kirkman added "The good stuff is coming. For comic fans, they know the good stuff is coming, the really intense stuff with Michonne, the Governor and Woodbury really defined the comic book series and we haven't even gotten to that stuff yet. So now that we're getting to that stuff in Season 3, it's really going to change the show quite a bit."
Regarding Dale's death in the TV series, Kirkman hinted that the character's eventual gruesome fate in the comic book series may happen to someone else in the future of the show.
"There will be cases where something memorable like that will be displaced and given to somebody else," revealed Kirkman. "I'll hint that that actually happens in our first episode back in Season 3 -- there's something memorable that happened to a character in the comic is happening in the show in our first episode back and it's not the same character."
Despite Carol's (Melissa McBride) attempt to turn Daryl (Norman Reedus) against Rick in the second season finale, the producers indicated that Daryl will continue to be Rick's right hand man and that it will be "interesting" to see Daryl in a position of power.
The complete report from the event includes several memorable quotes from the cast, including which character narrowly avoided being killed off and what the reasoning was behind Dale's surprising demise.
"The Walking Dead" season 3 will kick off in October on AMC.