Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:59 AM ET
"Walking Dead" fans already know the band of survivors will have to fight their way into a new refuge -- a prison -- this coming season. But it's not just walkers they're going to have to worry about, promises the show's executive producer Gale Anne Hurd: There's a dictatorship set up in nearby Woodbury.
(Warning: Potential spoilers ahead!)
"It's not just the prison that changes the game," she previewed. "It's Woodbury. Unlike the farm, it's not a bucolic setting where they feel as if they've found Shangri-La. The prison is not somewhere you'd go voluntarily at any other time; it's never going to feel like a happy home. But with Woodbury, you have a community that is trying to create a society -- a medieval walled city -- and it's run by a very complicated man."
Ah, yes, The Governor. While Rick Grimes (played by Andrew Lincoln) and his group have settled into a loose kind of democracy as they try to find a safe haven, The Governor (played by David Morrissey) is more into the iron-fist approach. "He sees himself as the savior of humanity," said Hurd. "This is not 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.'"
But all is not bleak for the Grimes Gang. Another new character, Michonne (Danai Gurira, who was introduced at the tail end of last season's finale), may just help turn the tables in their favor.
"Michonne is one of the most kick-ass characters that will have ever been seen on TV," promised Hurd. "The fact that she is a woman warrior -- to me, that's even more special."
Season three of "The Walking Dead" kicks off on Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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