[UPDATE: Scroll Down for the First Image of Michonne!]

Production began in early May on The Walking Dead season 3, and AMC has just released the first footage from the highly-anticipated next chapter of the show. Shot on the set of The Walking Dead season 3 premiere, today’s two-minute behind-the-scenes video contains cast interviews about what fans can expect to see in this upcoming season.

Fortunately, there’s much more than just high-hopes contained within the video. For those who look closely, you’ll notice that a majority of the featurette is filmed in a new, unfamiliar setting. One with bars. And blood.

Giving viewers their first glimpse inside the prison, there’s not exactly a lot of information that can be taken from it (besides there being many bars). However, one thing that the video does reveal is the physical condition that many of the characters reach the prison in. With a noticeable addition of blood to some of the actors, the journey to the prison must not have been the easiest.

Touching upon the shift in setting for the upcoming season, series star Andrew Lincoln promises a “darker, harder, faster, deeper” Walking Dead season 3 – and with good reason. By moving to the prison, the moment that fans of the comics have been waiting for has finally arrived.

Update: Speaking of “arrivals” – check out the first picture of actress Danai Gurira (Treme) as Michonne!

With the addition of Michonne and the Governor, the now “darker, harder, faster, deeper” Walking Dead is going to have to deal with many (potentially) controversial storylines. Of course, with showrunner Glen Mazzara proclaiming “there’s no place we won’t go, it’ll be interesting to see exactly what that means in this upcoming season.

Still many months away from premiere, there’s more than enough time to debate what exactly the series will (and won’t) show. Until then, it’s time to take a look inside the series’ new home for season 3.

The Walking Dead season 3 will premiere Fall 2012

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Sources: AMC & EW