With the season 3 premiere of AMC’s hit post-apocalyptic drama The Walking Dead now less than a month away, the network has unleashed a set of fresh character images to quell impatient fans’ zombie fever. The gloomy new pictures get up close and personal with some of the highly-anticipated new and returning characters – including the katana-wielding Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Daryl Dixon’s long-lost racist amputee brother, Merle (Michael Rooker).

As if the risk of getting their faces chewed off by the reanimated dead wasn’t enough, this season our desperate Atlanta survivors will face a new advedsary(of the living, breathing variety) in the form of the depraved Governor (David Morrissey).

Check out the dim-spirited new photos for season 3 of AMC’s The Walking Dead (click to enlarge):


Despite the new impending dangers the survivors will face this season, they will have to do it without one of their main protectors; the mentally unstable Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal), who was killed by Rick (then re-killed by Carl) after he attempted to usurp group leadership from his best friend. With Shane gone, it looks like everyone will have to step up their zombie-killing game – including Darryl, who may be skilled with a crossbow, but is less so with being a team player.

In a recent interview with THR, actor Norman Reedus discussed the challenges his fan-favorite character Darryl will have to face in season 3:

With the turn of how things are going with the apocalypse, he’s opening himself up to people and being respected in other ways and finding reasons to fight for certain people and be apart of a group. It’s a big deal for him. With Shane being gone, there’s more responsibilities … but Daryl doesn’t want the responsibility of taking over a group, he’s just trying to fit in.”

In the same interview, actress Lauren Cohan talked about her character Maggie Greene, and how she is now no longer simply that doe-eyed sheltered  little farm girl :

What’s exciting for Maggie now is she’s still trying to find a sense of joy in what they’re doing and joy in the victory of finding a safe-hold or in taking out some walkers. She still stops to smell the roses when she can but it’s ruthless and violent. The group before was on the road but now she’s joined them on this and they’re much more overwhelmed with the amount of walkers. She’s still a farm girl at her core but she’s seen a lot of death.”

Although the group will be maturing into a more efficient team of killers, it’s expected that a few of our much-loved main characters won’t make it to see the fall of the Governor, or more tranquil, zombie-free days.

Season 3 of The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. on AMC with ‘Seed’

Source: MTV & THR