AMC’s Walking Dead Blog sat down with Glen Mazzara to talk about what we can expect for Season 3. In the interview Mazzara talks about how Season 3 will be more energized, the “Ricktatorship”, and shooting the series in Woodbury and the prison.
Q: Last year you said the Number 1 secret to The Walking Dead is keeping the zombies scary. Now that Season 3 presents the human danger, have you updated or amended that rule?
A: The number one rule is not so much keeping the zombies scary, it’s keeping the show scary. [The zombies] are always a horror but as our folks learn to live with them, the new horror becomes what people will do to survive and to protect each other in this world. And what they’re willing to sacrifice to achieve their ambition. So it’s very much a human drama, and I think these new characters, particularly The Governor, certainly do play into that.
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.