‘The Walking Dead’ Marches On, Stars Talk New Season

The stars of your favorite brain-eating series are talking about the issues their characters are dealing with as season three of The Walking Dead sets to launch once again into the apocalyptic fray.

Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, had this to say:

What’s exciting for Maggie now is she’s still trying to find a sense of joy in what they’re doing and joy in the victory of finding a safe-hold or in taking out some walkers. She still stops to smell the roses when she can but it’s ruthless and violent. The group before was on the road but now she’s joined them on this and they’re much more overwhelmed with the amount of walkers. She’s still a farm girl at her core but she’s seen a lot of death.

Likewise, Norman Reedus, who is Daryl Dixon, shared:

With the turn of how things are going with the apocalypse, he’s opening himself up to people and being respected in other ways and finding reasons to fight for certain people and be apart of a group,” Reedus says. “It’s a big deal for him. With Shane being gone, there’s more responsibilities … but Daryl doesn’t want the responsibility of taking over a group, he’s just trying to fit in.

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The Walking Dead returns Sunday, Oct. 14th at 9 p.m. on the AMC network.

Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, has also discussed season three, explaining that life inside a prison is going to be especially claustrophobic, especially compared to last season’s adventures on the farm.

Last year, we were really happy with the fact that outside, the outdoors [at the farm] was really another character that helped us do these themes because we were miserable. We looked miserable, but in a good way. This season, we were thinking, ‘Oh man, once we go on stages, we’re gonna really have to act out certain things.’ But man, they did a great job and [the prison is] just as terrible as outside.

As for what’s next for his character, he added,

I think Glenn has a good gut. And the third season is him kind of putting that into action and realizing that he has people to protect, loved ones he has to live for. He can really trust his own decisions. That doesn’t come without consequences.

If you’re a fan of the bloody fantastic zombies depicted in the popular comic book inspired series, you’ll be thrilled to know there’s an opportunity to see them live and in the flesh. Okay, not exactly live; half alive, I guess, or is it half dead? They’ll be animated anyway. Universal Studios is developing a maze full of the flesh eaters. The attraction is aptly named “The Walking Dead: Dead Inside”, and will be the focus of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. The yearly celebration is well-known for putting visitors into their favorite horror stories. It sounds to me like the event just got even scarier.

Past Halloween Horror Nights have featured mazes revolving around Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Saw. This year, attractions based upon Silent Hill, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more will be available for the brave of heart.

Speaking of October events and The Walking Dead, also in the news is anticipation over the debut of The Walking Dead Compendium, Volume 1 and Thief of Thieves Volume 1: I Quit, will both be released at New York Comic Con next month.

Early this past October, Kirkman confirmed that season 3 will be split into two halves with the first 8 episodes set to premiere on October 14, 2012, and the other 8 episodes to air in early spring 2013.

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