While we've heard from specific members of The Walking Dead cast about season 3, a new promo featurette from AMC allows most of the film's major players to get in on the action. As we've already revealed, season 3 of the hit series is heading into some fan-favorite territory, namely the infamous prison and the town of Woodbury. In addition to some exciting new Walking Dead locales, the series will also be featuring some of the graphic novel's most iconic characters, like Michonne and The Governor.
In the featurette, everyone from veteran cast member Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) all the way down to newcomer Danai Gurira (Michonne) discuss what's in store for season 3 viewers. As well as recapping a few of the events from season 2 (which saw Rick assume the role of the group's leader) the featurette also provides some early looks at scenes from season 3.
One of the newest elements for season 3 is this idea that the band of survivors have become a well-oiled, walker-killing machine. It's a major leap from the bumbling zombie encounters seen in season 1, and shows how far these characters have come.
However, that growth has not come without some major changes to the group dynamic, as evidenced by Rick's relationship with his wife Lori. Despite having a baby on the way, Rick's new role as leader has put a strain on his and Lori's line of communication.
Several of the series' other major characters – specifically T-Dog, Daryl, Glenn, and Maggie – are also promised to feature more prominently in season 3. As the featurette shows, each is going to get to do their fair share of zombie killing in the prison, but whether or not they'll survive the season is another thing.
The second part of the featurette features David Morrissey (The Governor) discussing the settlement of Woodbury, and what audiences can expect when they arrive there. Along with the Governor's descent into madness, the Woodbury segments will reportedly feature a more independent Andrea (played by Laurie Holden). And, as Walking Dead fans will recognize, Andrea is accompanied by Michonne, the katana-wielding character seen briefly in the season 2 finale.
The Woodbury storyline will also reacquaint viewers with Merle (Michael Rooker), who last we saw him was handcuffed to a pipe in season 1. Obviously Merle made his way out of Atlanta – as evidenced by his new weaponized "hand" – but how he will react when he reunites with Rick's group is something fans can look forward to.
While it's unclear how closely this season will follow Robert Kirkman's comic series– there was some heavy deviation in season 2 – Walking Dead fans should find comfort in knowing the TV show is, at the very least, headed towards familiar territory. It's arguably a lot for non-comic book fans to prepare for, but the promise of new characters and new locations should be fuel enough.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on October 14, 2012.