Tyrese Joins The Walking Dead?
The Season 2 finale of The Walking Dead has us eagerly waiting for season 3. To get even more stoked, show-runner Glen Mazzara talked with MovieWeb about the upcoming third season, and even hints that they already have an eye to season 4.
Planning for the third season seems to be moving well with plot outlines for the first 6 episodes completed, and the next 8 episodes have been pitched to AMC. Mazzara also teased that that acclaimed writer Frank Renzulli(The Sopranos) will be writing one of the most important, and scariest episodes of the next season. He also promises that the pacing of the final three episodes of season 2 will be maintained throughout season 3 saying, “We will be throwing you curveball after curveball.”
Mazzara touched upon the prison which will serve as the back drop for the next season, and possibly even season 4. As well as teasing that Rick and his group of survivors might have to deal with other groups besides the Governor and Woodbury. “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.”
Haters of Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) can get a big pitcher of haterade ready for next season as Mazzara explains that she isn’t going anywhere. “I think Lori is a compelling, interesting character. I think she is realistic in a lot of ways. She is a character that people are talking about. I don’t find her irritating. I find it interesting that people are so focused on her. I think the work ahead of that, in season 3…We really have to look at the Rick/Lori relationship. What it means that she put Rick and Shane in motion to try and kill each other. That is an interesting place to start. We will really examine this character. I don’t know if we really need to start creating false leads to make her more likable. That is not part of the show.”
Mazzara also revealed that there will be new characters going the cast for season 3. Some characters will be created just for the show, but some comic book characters could show up in the next season. “Well, certainly. 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.”
And while the revelation that the survivors are infected with a zombie virus is a part of the story, the exact wheres and whys isn’t going to be explained on the show. “We’re not really interested in going back and explaining how the infection started. Or having a lot of science fiction elements. We won’t be talking about finding a cure. That’s not part of the graphic novel. That is material we will stay away from. We will look at how our characters deal with this knowledge. What does it mean?” And Mazzara insists that how the characters deal with this will play out in surprising ways. Now I’m even more excited for season 3 then I was before.