Now that The Walking Dead Season 3 premiere is almost here (yes!), we thought it might be time for an updated spoiler guide. As we previously reported, word from the Senoia, Georgia, set is that the focus of the upcoming season will be the so-called “zombie sanctuary.” Most comic book fans know it as the prison where Rick Grimes and his new band of followers first attempt to take shelter after he kills Shane and declares an autocracy.

What do we know so far?

First look: Michonne. Fan-favorite Michonne first appeared in the final moments of the Season 2 finale, when a hooded figure leading armless zombies on chains came across Andrea in the woods. Click here to see a photo of Michonne’s angry face as she wields a katana sword.

Ricky’s got a gun. We’re not ones to fall in love with dictators, but this sneak peek photo of Rick covered in dirt and sweat, sporting longer hair, and pointing a gun in our face is enough to make us change our ways.

The Governor. Most TWD fans are already looking forward to The Governor’s appearance at the prison, but for those of us who haven’t read the comic books, it should interest you to know that he is “the ultimate villain,” according to one TWD site. “He will bring pain and suffering to the Grimes family and Rick will regret the day that they ever crossed paths.”

David Morrissey, a relative unknown, will play the scary-looking part. He will “first attack once Rick and the gang try to take refuge in the prison,” reports Best Movies Ever News.

Three new characters. Over at BMEN, an AMC source spills about Harold, a “studious and fastidious” 40-something man who “is the polar opposite of Shane and more in line with Dale.” So he’s a bit of a wise softie. Also new is Manuel, a 30-something Hispanic man: “a working class survivor, he is confident, physically skilled, a leader when necessary, capable, and smart. Has a terrific sense of humor where you wouldn’t expect one."

Dallas Roberts is set to play Milton, “the guy that works with the Governor, who is monitoring all situations and is trying to help the Governor make sense of this world that they’re living in,” reports Entertainment Weekly.

Jimmy & T-Dog may not be long for this world. Finally! Maybe we should be more sentimental about BMEN’s news from an AMC source who advises, “[Don’t] expect T-Bone to last long.” But poor IronE Singleton has been playing third wheel to the whole show ever since the Season 1 finale. Time to stop. And Jimmy, we hardly knew ye, so it’s nice to hear that you’ll “get a little wandering around the farm and RV screen time,” but you’re a zombie now. Let’s move on.

TVLine has confirmed that “a series regular will become zombie kibble during Season 3.”

Maggie’s here to stay. TVLine reported in March that Lauren Cohan, who plays Hershel’s toughest and most enterprising daughter Maggie, has been promoted to series regular. Which is good, because the first time we met her, she was saving Andrea’s life. She’s a good egg.

Behind-the-scenes Season 3 footage! We saved the best for last. Back in June AMC released this behind-the-scenes video (below) from the set of the Season 3 premiere episode. Everyone’s covered in dirt and blood, and the prison tunnels look dark and claustrophobic. Norman Reedus (Daryl) teases that “people start losing their minds […] love blossoms.” And the adorably accented Andrew Lincoln (Rick) promises a “darker, harder, faster, deeper” and “incredibly dangerous” return. Sign us up!

Credit: YouTube Photo: The Walking Dead Season 3 Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes (VIDEO)

The Walking Dead Season 3 premieres October 14 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on AMC.

Sources: TVLine, Best Movies Ever News, Movies Online, SpoilerTV, SpoilerTVEntertainment Weekly

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