Today’s holiday didn’t stop AMC from posting their latest Dispatches From the Set feature. This time, they asked questions to showrunner Glen Mazzara, who talks about pacing and writing The Governor into Season 3. We also have another behind-the-scenes Q&A video from Valhalla Entertainment.
Via AMC- Q: What new tricks have you come up with this year to scare the be-jeezus out of us?
A: The show is very adrenalized in Season 3… All these horrible things are being thrown at our characters at such a relentless pace that the audience won’t be able to catch their breath and figure out what’s going on. So I think it’s just the idea that you are immersed in this apocalypse, and there really is no escape.
Q: In the Season 2 Finale, you established the “Ricktatorship.” Now that you’ve plotted out Season 3, how would you characterize Rick’s reign?
A: Rick’s reign is initially successful in the fact that they do discover this prison and that proves at first that Rick was right that there’s a place out there that perhaps they can be safe. The question becomes how far can he push the group? What is the breaking point? And Rick will certainly have to deal with how far can he push himself and what is his breaking point.
Q: Do you also think of your new locations, the prison and Woodbury, as characters?
A: Without a doubt. Woodbury and the prison have always been conceived as characters. And believe it or not they have arcs. Just yesterday the writers and I sat down and came up with this big sort of plot twist for both that occurs in the middle of the season.
Q: What’s it like to write for a character like The Governor? Do you see him as a clear-cut villain, or can you find his humanity?
A: Part of the attraction of The Walking Dead for our fans is that it feels real, and that means that The Governor has to feel real. He needs to be a person who has a real soul and has a depth and intelligence, and he’s not just a cardboard arch-villain who’s going to play as a foil to our characters. I think David Morrissey is doing a phenomenal job finding the humanity in that character and by having that humanity so prevalent when he commits atrocious acts, I think they’ll be that much more horrifying.
Q: Now that we know Michonne and The Governor are making an appearance, is there any other character from the comic you’re excited about introducing next?
A: There are a lot of fantastic characters throughout Robert Kirkman’s book that we’re dying to bring to life. Some will be introduced in this season and some will be introduced in later seasons. It’s our intention to bring all those major characters to life.
Read the rest of the Q&A and more features at the official AMC website. Want to hear more from Glen Mazzara about Season 3? Read our recent coverage below: