The following story contains spoilers for the third season of The Walking Dead
In a new interview with TV Guide, showrunner Glen Mazzara and executive producer Robert Kirkman revealed some new insights into the upcoming third season, which will be divided between the prison and the town of Woodbury.
On the issue of whether Season 3 will follow the comics in depicting some of the tale’s most disturbing storylines which include psychotic killers, zombie fights, rape and the murder of a very significant character, Mazzara said:
We are a bold show. We do take chances. We are committed to what we want to do and we are not going to pull punches. When you are committed to a strong point of view, not every audience member is going to like that. We’re fully aware of that. That’s part of being part of a cutting-edge show on cable.
Kirkman adds that while there are limitations to what they can depict, this wont necessarily restrict them in portraying the same stories in a different way:
There will definitely need to be tweaks to certain things. There are certain limitations, but I don’t think those limitations dictate that we can’t tell the exact same stories as the comic book. It just means we have to tell them in a different way.
As for the town of Woodbury and whether it will be similar to the comics, Mazzara said:
Our Woodbury will be very recognizable to the fans of the comics. However, we are going to tell this story our way and make it our own.
With Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) returning to the fold this season, fans have speculated that he’ll be aligned with the Governor (David Morrissey), partly due to these spoilery photos that hit the web in recent weeks. Mazzara is non-commital on that, but does confirm that Merle hasn’t softened during his time away from the group, if anything it seems he’ll be holding onto a major grudge:
No matter who Merle is with, he’s always his own man. Merle’s missing hand is his reminder of what Rick and his crew did to him. That’s not something he’ll ever forget.
Source: TV Guide
The Walking Dead Season 3 begins fall on AMC