I don’t know if anyone caught The Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend on AMC during the past few days, but from what I saw (sorry, I couldn’t watch around the clock) it was pretty sweet. Chris Hardwick from Talking Dead was at his best interviewing showrunner Glenn Mazzara, creator Robert Kirkman, actor Steven Yeun, actress Laurie Holden, and so on. We got some great little bits of information to keep us all revved up for Season 3’s premiere in October.
My favorite part would have to be when Steven Yeun showed more of the new set that we saw briefly in this preview. The prison is so amazing just from the little that we get to see. It’s not only the vastness of the place or the fact that they constructed it purely for the show, it’s the details that are so impressive. From tiny chips in the porcelain of the toilets to big blood splatters on the walls, the set designers are clearly some detail-oriented, talented and busy people.
Glenn Mazzara had this to say concerning the set in his recent interview with Entertainment Weekly:
“I’m incredibly proud of the prison. I think our crew has done a great job. It’s a huge sense of scale and magnitude I haven’t seen on any other show as far as construction. What’s important to us is the prison itself is now a character in the show. It’s a haunted house, it’s scary, it’s frightening, and there are parts of the prison that are always terrifying, that are always inaccessible to our group. It’s not necessarily the blessing that the prison in the comic book turned out to be.”
Robert Kirkman added:
“Grace Walker, who’s our production designer, has really put this thing together. It looks absolutely amazing.”
Here’s some shots by EW of the cast fighting off a horde of undead inmates in the prison yard:
Aside from getting to see the amazing set, these were the highlights of the preview weekend:
- The pilot episode done in black and white.
- A sneak peek of the infamous Michonne decapitating zombies with her katana in a drugstore
- Learning that Merle Dixon, Daryl’s racist, one-handed, redneck brother will make his return and not just in a series of hallucinations. Yeah, good luck with that, T-Dog.
- Hearing that yet another extremely talented British actor, David Morrissey, will be introduced to the series. He will be playing the sadistic villain, The Governor.
- Learning that not only will there be a great panel at Sandiego Comicon (somehow I failed to see the cast/creators on the panel list when I checked) but there will be a really cool contest to win a spot as an extra as well.
- Finding out that Drew Carey is a fan of the show.
- Getting to see a couple of the fantastic new comic book covers that some really talented artists have put together. Charlie Adlard created the cover for the big 100th issue. NOTE: Before you click the link to the left, know that the cover includes some deceased characters which would mean huge spoilers for the show and for those not up-to-date on the comics.
Over all, even though Robert Kirkman’s pinstriped shirt was nearly giving me a seizure every time they cut to him, it was fun to watch. I am eagerly awaiting the return of the show in the fall. For now I’ll just have to settle for some good old Walter White. Breaking Bad‘s final season premieres July 15th for all those interested. YAY!