DigitalSpy got a chance to sit down with actress Sarah Wayne Callies to talk about Season 3. In the interview they talk about where Season 3 starts, whether or not the prison will be a welcoming place, the tone of Season 3, and Lori’s pregnancy among other things.
There was fantastic shot of the prison in the distance at the end of season 2. I guess season 3 picks up from there?
“I’m not actually supposed to talk about where we exactly pick up but the threads we left hanging at the end of the season we pick right back up at the start. We start fraying them into little tiny pieces again.”
Something tells me the prison is not going to be as welcoming as Hershel’s farm from last season?
“Yeah, there was a day towards the end of the second season when Andy and I were sitting next to each other on rocking chairs on the porch at Hershel’s farm while they set up the scene. You’re watching the sun go down over the fields and all of a sudden it hit me and I turned to him and I said, ‘Andy, next year we’re in jail!’
“And we both simultaneously half wept and half laughed because that farm was so good to us, it was so beautiful and I think it was a really interesting counterpoint to the hideousness of the world that they’re in. The prison, then, is sort of the opposite. There’s nothing poetic about it. It’s a very literal place and it’s also a heavy-handed metaphor for the ways in which our security requires us to be our own captives, which is to say, we lock ourselves in at the end of every night, like the way you kennel a dog.
“It’s given this show, even just aesthetically, a completely different character from last season because the color values are different, the air is different, there’s not as much sunlight and that kind of thing. It’s an incredibly bold departure, I think, from seasons 1 and 2.”
So the mood, the tone is darker?
“No. I keep wondering if we can get any darker. We’re all constantly interested in pushing the envelope and making the story as honest as possible which hopefully means we’re exploring the darkest parts of our beings but also, hopefully, the most redemptive ones. I think in this season Lori particularly is very much seeking redemption for all of the carnage of the second season and all of the loss. For while it is dark, hopefully, we rebalance that darkness with a healthy serving of humanity.”
There was a great moment in the last season when Lori was almost setting Rick against Shane, encouraging him like Lady Macbeth. Was that a favorite scene to play for you in season 2?
“It’s certainly an interesting one because it became very controversial. People started referring to it as ‘the Lady Macbeth moment’ which I think is interesting because from my perspective that’s a scene where a woman’s saving her husband’s life. She’s very honestly telling him, ‘Shane’s in your blind spot so turn around and see him’, and he does exactly that and it ends up saving his life and I think the right man came out of that fight.
“So it’s interesting to me the way that moment has been talked about. I’ve got two favorite scenes from last season. One is the scene between Rick and Lori in, I think the third or fourth episode, when she suggests that they let Carl die. It’s so dark and yet it’s an interesting moment where the logic of mercy bumps up against the compassion of parenting in a way that creates this almost irresolvable tension but for the fact that Carl comes out of his coma.
“It’s moments like that that are so much fun to play. You can work on eight jobs and not have anybody present with you something that rich to play around with. I think Andy’s a remarkable actor and we have a lot of fun with it.”
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