‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Images Tease The Prison & Machete Zombie Slaying

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Still one of the most talked about shows on television, even in the off-season, The Walking Dead is gearing up for an epic (and likely very disturbing) season three. Where as season two of AMC’s acclaimed series was plagued with behind-the-scenes controversy, and at times underwhelming core story arcs (we’re looking at you hallucinating Darrell), season three is expected to tackle a number of challenging pieces of comic book source material as well as keep the larger story beats moving a little quicker this round – to appease casual viewers who complained that season two was, by comparison, pretty uneventful.

One of two key season three elements teased in the latest finale episode, The Prison (the other being a fan-favorite character as portrayed by Danai Gurira), is a major highlight of AMC’s summer marketing for the show – which debuts, once again, in the fall. Keeping with that line of zombie attack, the network has released a new pair of images teasing The Walking Dead prison as well as offering fans a first look at some of their favorite characters back in bloody action.

Season three details are somewhat scarce still, as it’s not entirely clear where the showrunners intend to draw the line between writer/creator Robert Kirkman’s comic book source material and upcoming events in the AMC series. We’ve already seen a number of key changes in the formula, as well as the addition of entirely new characters (looking at you again Darrell); however, plenty of story beats and character deaths remain the same. While a debate continues to rage between fans who want to see fresh takes on the core Walking Dead storyline (so that they can actually enjoy some suspense), there are plenty of faithful readers/watchers who are more interested in the series “canon” – and would rather just see familiar events play out on the screen.

In the past Kirkman has hinted that he thinks it’s important to stay tethered to the original storyline (because there is plenty of crazy content to film) – while also leaving room for the show to develop independently and tell different stories or altered versions of established events. As a result, it’ll be interesting to see how the prison sequences (as well as those of the notorious Governor) actually play out.

Check out the images of The Prison as well as The Walking Dead survivors, courtesy of EW, below (click to enlarge):

Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan recently discussed the upcoming season and, judging by the picture of Cohan’s Maggie mid-machete swing, it certainly looks like all the characters are going to have to step up their zombie killing skills - a sentiment that is backed up by a recent statement from showrunner Glen Mazzara:

“I’m incredibly proud of the prison. I think our crew has done a great job. It’s a huge sense of scale and magnitude I haven’t seen on any other show as far as construction. What’s important to us is the prison itself is now a character in the show. It’s a haunted house, it’s scary, it’s frightening, and there are parts of the prison that are always terrifying, that are always inaccessible to our group. It’s not necessarily the blessing that the prison in the comic book turned out to be.”

We’ll have to wait for The Walking Dead season three to find out exactly what horrors await in the prison but, in the meantime, stay tuned to Screen Rant for upcoming live coverage from The Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con 2012.


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The Walking Dead returns this fall on AMC.

Source: EW

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  1. I cannot wait!

  2. Hopefully Rick will sell Lori for a can of soup and some Twinkies and be done with her……

    • +1

    • Why stop there? He could get twice as much soup and twice as many twinkies if he includes Carl in the trade as well.

      That kid was useless in every season so far, and I don’t see that changing in season 3, regardless of what people say about Carl “growing up.”

      • Eh,hopefully the prison isn’t that bad. And beside no matter what happens Carl is still his blood……

    • hahah ily slayer.. funny

  3. I. can’t. wait.

  4. Dat Lauren Cohan.

  5. Awesome. May start watching this season, leave the other two seasons on the cutting floor. <–comic reader

  6. Maggie looks awesome cant wait!!

  7. Andrew Lincoln longer hair, sweaty, big blade, still got the boots – season 3 is looking good.

  8. Cannot wait till Season 3 :)
    When this comes on all i want to see in this season is to see Ricks Cheating Slutty ass wife die :)

    • I think the prison sequence lasts two seasons…but I hear ya, man. Seriously.

  9. Where did Rick get his Sherriff uniform again? That seems to be what he’s wearing in the pic.

    That aside. It looks like some action, and that’s good for this series. We need the laconic, but Do-right Rick of the comic books. Not the moany preachifying Rick of S2. And Maggie’s gotten all slinked up, which is cool.

  10. I don’t see whats difficult about surviving in their world.

    1. Do what Shane wanted to do but do it right. Kill Rick Grimes & proceed to survive since all Rick does is get everyone else killed.

    2. Find a location and fortify it. Dig ditches use machines, put stakes in the ditches with barbed wire and heavy duty fences. Not only will it keep walkers out it’d keep people away because walkers would be stuck on the fences.

    3. No decisions by committee. Theres way too many chiefs trying to call shots. One person leads the rest follow. Those who don’t can leave the group.

    4. Herd the walkers. Much the same as native americans used to lead cattle to a cliff herd walkers into a large trap. Say a giant pit full of water, a quarry, something that can easily be set ablaze and burn all the f–kers.

  11. Going after zombies with your mouth open and chopping away is just asking to get infected. I never understood how peeps attack zombies with so much skin exposed. But cant wait for season 3!!!

    • As far as this story is concerned everyone is already infected, so that doesn’t matter.

      • True if you die. Though I thought the process happened faster by a bite, deep scratch or other direct contact? So I would wear more armor if that is the case.

  12. I think Season 3 will be the best of all

  13. I know right? Zombie survival after the initial shock doesn’t seem that hard unless you are talking about the superfast on steriod zombies in 28 days.

  14. Carl is the worst actor I have ever seen. Horrible, terrible and awful dont even come close to describing his corny ass expressions and dumb readings of a already pretty sorry script. Love the show, hate Carl. Carl needs to die with or without the hat, I don’t care. Seriously speaking Rick and wife could have made a much cooler kid. This kid is fell off the dumb tree and hit every branch on the way down. In season two Sophia is the one that dies? Seriously ? Why not Carl, I mean really he needs to go. If any writers are reading please do the world a favor and kill off Carl.

  15. On a different article it says that a major character will die. It can’t be Rick, Glen, T-dog, Daryl, Maggie because they are all surviving tlogether in the picture above. That means Lori will probably die then Carl will get all emotional and stay with her crying and die as well, then Rick tries to go back to save him but Daryl pulls him back because the prison is getting swarmed by walkers.

  16. all i know is that lori, carl needs to die maggie looks cool, i hope she is! glen is smart and kool rick needs to be replaced wit hshane.. and i cant wait seans 3 come on!

  17. wait one more thing, rick take off that damn hat!!!