“Dead” Showrunner Glen Mazzara held a conference call on Tuesday to talk about the following season, and let loose some heavy details about the storyline during seasons 3 and 4, both of which will be centered on the prison:
“Right now, I do see the prison storyline lasting through both Season 3 and 4. I do think that is a major storyline. I know we were on the farm, perhaps, longer than people wanted. There were reasons for that. What we want is for that prison to not feel claustrophobic. I think the farm played a little claustrophobic for some people. Now that the entire landscape has fallen victim to the zombie apocalypse, zombies are literally at the gates of this prison. That prison is a very small safe corner. There is a lot of danger around. It won’t feel like we are bottled up, the way we were on the farm. I do think that prison is a significant storyline, but we are also interested in opening up this world. The Governor has the world of Woodbury. There are other factors out there, other groups. I do think that Rick’s group is stumbling into a much larger world.”
Mazzara went on to describe the upcoming season three as a “reset” for the show:
“There is a lot of great material from the comic book. This show would have to go on for twenty years to get to all of it. I think the Tyrese character is someone we are interested in introducing at some point. We still have Morgan and Dwayne, who are out there from the pilot. We are interested in them. There are new characters that will be original too the series. Not coming straight from the comic book. I think the first two seasons have served as a prologue. Now we are hitting the ground running. I see Season 3 resetting the show in terms of what I really hope to convey.”
For anyone who has read “The Walking Dead” comics, they know the prison and Governor story lines are two of the most intense the series has to offer. To hear that they’re going to give them time to flesh out on screen, and not just jam it into one season is welcome news.
Something tells me we’re getting into the prime of the series right now…