‘Walking Dead’: Glen Mazzara talks season 3, Michonne, and the Governor

Now that Frank Darabont is out as the showrunner for AMC’s “The Walking Dead”, what can fans expect to see change with the series with Glen Mazzara at the helm?  Will the slow pace of the show start to ramp up?  How will the biggest villain in the series, The Governor, affect our group of survivors? An how will Michonne fit into all of this?

In a new interview (be sure to check out the full interview at The Wrap), Mazzara didn’t give away the farm when it came to details for season three, which is currently filming, but he did have a few juicy tidbits he was willing to share just to whet our appetites until the season 3 premiere debuts this fall. (Warning: the following includes a few spoilers so stop reading now if you want to be surprised).

Mazzara spoke about the prison setting for season 3 saying that while the survivors may think that this building could be a refuge, it will in fact be its own “malevolent character”. He said;

“The prison itself will be a threatening, malevolent character. It is a challenge to live in the prison. And I think we’ve really been able to get a lot of story out of it. So it will not feel like a safe corner keeping our characters away from central action. It will really play that they are in a shark cage. Life in a prison is life in a shark cage.”

When it comes to the highly anticipated introduction to “The Walking Dead’s” biggest villain, The Governor, Mazzara reveals that there will be more to this character then just pure evil.  He said;

“We’re interested in having a very complex, nuanced, multi-layered character. This will not be simply an arch villain who is committing an evil act in every scene. That’s too cartoonish for what we do here. We want that character to feel as real and human and fully developed as possible.”

As for the intense and brutal relationship between The Governor and Michonne, fans have been concerned that they will have to pull back on some of the violence because  of the television medium, but Mazzara assures fans that they will not be puling any punches. He said;

“Certainly there’s challenging material in the comic book, and I would say there’s equally challenging material on our TV show. I think at the end of season 2 we showed that we don’t pull punches … We’re not going to get soft now. However, we’ll do things on our own time, or when it makes sense for the show. And we’re definitely looking at this Governor-Michonne-Woodbury-prison storyline as a longterm arc.”

“The Walking Dead”, “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad” were dropped from the Dish Network today (all AMC shows, IFC and We TV were all dropped), so if you are a subscriber and was hoping to be able to tune in this fall to see what happens to Rick, Lori and the gang as they head out to the prison, you’ll have to find your fix another way.

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