The Walking Dead’s third season is returning tonight, February 10, with the hotly anticipated episode “The Suicide King.” Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with several cast members and producers at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ “An Evening With The Walking Dead” on February 5, and together they teased what to expect when we dive back into life post-zombie apocalypse.
According to executive producers Greg Nicotero and Robert Kirkman, the Dixon brothers will be right where we left them: thrust into a Woodbury-style death match.
“We pick up, literally, exactly where we left off,” explains Greg. “We saw Merle [Michael Rooker] and Daryl [Norman Reedus] in the arena together — to the death — and that’s where we pick up. No time has passed from our midseason finale to where we start.”
Robert adds, “I think there would be riots in the streets if we didn't immediately pick up with that stuff and show people what happens.”
Beyond Daryl and Merle’s fight, which they somehow escape, we can expect “a lot of collision” between the prison group and Woodbury, teases Danai Gurira (Michonne).
“Now that the two groups — we know who each other are, and we have beefs with each other,” Danai says. “And now it’s a question of how do they handle the beef? In terms of Michonne, as you saw at the end of the [midseason finale], she’s really allowing herself to say, ‘I want to be a part of [the prison] group,’ and it’s really a question of what happens from there.”
Things are equally tense for Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Glenn (Steven Yeun), who brushed up against true terror in Woodbury, barely escaping a cruel and violent predicament that ultimately served as the catalyst for the first clash between the town and the prison group. A clash that, in turn, kick-started the Governor’s (David Morrissey) rapid descent into one-eyed villainy.
Lauren reveals, “You find Maggie dealing with what has happened so far, trying to sort of keep Glenn under control to a degree.”
Steven expands on that, explaining, “We'll find Glenn on the heels of a very tragic event, at least in his eyes, and a very demoralizing and violating moment for him and the person that he loves. I think where we pick up is Glenn trying to exact revenge, and him trying to seek vengeance for the people that he thinks has seen terrible days.”
Meanwhile, Rick “is in crazy town at the moment,” jokes actor Andrew Lincoln. “It's not looking good for either him or the group or the prison. So yeah, very much the arc of this blockade is him obviously struggling with sanity as well as for survival.”
That final observation jibes with the show’s long-standing mantra: Anyone could go at any moment. Fingers crossed that Rick recovers... and survives.
Don’t miss Season 3, Episode 9, “The Suicide King” tonight, February 10 at 9/8c on AMC.