Are you preparing yourself for the coming zombie apocalypse? – Well EW is by debuting four epic covers featuring the battled-scared characters from the upcoming third season of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

These new covers exhibit a lot of possible foreshadowing – most noticeable the much-anticipated reuniting of the Dixon Brothers, Merle and Daryl. Barring a few injury-induced hallucinations, Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) hasn’t seen his racist big brother Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) since season 1, where Merle cut off his own hand to avoid becoming a pack of zombie’s Not-So-Happy Meal. It was previously announced that Merle would be seen alive and well in season 3 as a resident of The Governor’s Woodbury estate – but it also seems that Daryl will have divided loyalties between his new pseudo-family and his bayonet-brandishing brother.

Also severing up a heap of foreshadowing is the image of the infamous Governor (David Morrissey) sporting an enigmatic smile and wielding a large knife, which clearly isn’t for cutting a slice of sweet-potato pie. If you’re a fan of Robert Kirkman’s original Walking Dead comic series (upon which the TV show is based), you know all too well that the Governor has no hang-ups about turning that blade on not only the walking dead, but the incarcerated living – which some of our favorite Atlanta survivors learn first-hand (there’s a pun in there if you read the comics).

Check out the awesome new Walking Dead covers being released this week by Entertainment Weekly:


Acting as one of the Governor’s right-hand men this season is Dallas Roberts who has recently been cast as a new character in the show named Milton. While he may not have a comic book counterpart, Milton is described as “the details guy,” providing the Governor (and viewers) with some much needed information on the zombie pandemic.  Executive producer Robert Kirkman has this to say about what we can expect this season on The Walking Dead:

“This season really is about setting up these two worlds and watching them come to a head and collide. And you know that there are going to be some pretty explosive encounters between Rick and the Governor. This season is going to be about getting to know these two characters, and then waiting for their eventual confrontation that could destroy everything.”

Recently Kirkman also confirmed that season 3 will be split into two halves, with the first 8 episodes set to premiere on October 14, 2012, and the following 8 episodes airing in early spring 2013.

Keep your eye on the main page for any new The Walking Dead developments and catch the season 3 premiere October 14th @ 9pm on AMC.

Source:  Entertainment Weekly