With the first season of AMC’s hit series The Walking Dead set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray next week, the famed creator of The Walking Dead comic (and series writer) Robert Kirkman revealed some details about the series’ highly-anticipated second season.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Kirkman notes the current status of The Walking Dead season 2 production, where we’ll see Rick and Co. head next in their attempt at survival (Hershel’s farm) and how they will continue to develop the look of the series’ already iconic zombies.

On top of that, Kirkman also hints at the upcoming drama of Rick vs. Shane and reveals what is exactly is going on in the series’ talked-about writers room and who, exactly, will be penning the scripts for the sophomore season.

Still in the early stages of pre-production, Kirkman and Darabont have been focusing on developing this season’s storyline, making sure that it stands up next to the critically-acclaimed first season:

We’re mapping out everything. We got a lot of cool ideas. Everyone here is mindful of how well-received the first season was. We’re breaking our backs, story wise, to make sure the next season is twice is good, or three times as good, with a lot of twists and turns and pushing the envelope of what you can do on TV.

With Atlanta all-but inhabitable, The Walking Dead season 2 will find our favorite rag-tag group of survivors making their way to the country-side:

…I know [showrunner Frank Darabont] has said we’re going to see Hershel’s farm. We’re looking to take some picturesque rural landscapes and playing with that and coming up with some cool zombie visuals. We’ll see some of the locations of the first season, but we’re going to mainly focus on breaking new ground.

While Hershel’s farm is one of the main focuses in the comic book’s second volume, the length of The Walking Dead’s second season – 13 episodes, compared to 6 episodes in the first season – means that we’ll likely see more than just the farm as a setting in season 2. Wiltshire Estates and the prison could both be implemented in the second season. With each new setting comes new characters and even more chances for the undead to attack. Of course, we’ll just have to wait and see exactly where they end up.

In The Walking Dead season 1 finale, fans were left (relatively) in the dark with respect to what Jenner whispered to Rick before blowing up Atlanta’s CDC facility. While fans of the comic likely know what was said, those who strictly watch the television series may be surprised to find out that this secret will pit Rick versus Shane:

[Regarding Rick vs. Shane] That’s definitely the core dynamic that’s going on, but there’s a lot of other interesting stuff in the mix. We’re going to seeing a lot of Andrea and a lot more of Laurie.

As was previously reported, Frank Darabont“fired” the entire writing staff of the series towards the end of the first season. While Darabont’s definition of “fired” remains unknown and the newly-found writing staff has yet to be named, Kirkman reveals that he and Darabont will likely be writing the majority of the episodes:

[Frank Darabont’s] focusing on writing. He’s in writers room every day. I’m writing some episodes and he’s writing some episodes. We’re trying to figure out what we’re doing with the directing right now. The logistics and also being big part of the writers room will limit his time [to direct episodes].

Proving that everyone is taking the second season of The Walking Dead as serious as the first, Kirkman highlights the attempts that are currently being made to further the series’ already amazing visual effects – specifically the zombies:

We’ve been talking to [zombie effects master] Greg Nicotero a lot about some cool zombie stuff he has planned. As much as this show pushed the envelope of gore on TV, the joy of seeing the best zombies ever done on a TV show every week, all I can say you haven’t seen anything yet.

While some fans may still be upset that they’ll have to wait until October for the next installment of The Walking Dead, they can take solace in knowing that the lengthy delay between seasons is being taken advantage of to further evolve an already amazing series. If October is still too long of a wait, you could always head out to San Diego Comic-Con where Kirkman acknowledges that The Walking Dead will have a big presence at this year’s convention. What kind of presence? 12ft zombies. I don’t know about you, but I’d say that defiantly qualifies as “big.”

The only thing that could make this season better would be a governor; more specifically, “the Governor.”

The Walking Dead season 2 is set to air October 2011 on AMC

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Source: Entertainment Weekly