“The Walking Dead” will resume its third season at 9 p.m. Sunday on AMC with the episode “The Suicide King,” blessed relief for fans who have been shambling in zombie limbo during the show’s midseason break.
Show runner Glen Mazzara spoke with Hero Complex in a two-part interview about the remainder of the season, promising more surprises for diehard fans — and warning that, should the story demand their deaths, no character is safe.
“We’ve already deviated from the Governor’s [comic] storyline in interesting ways; it’s a matter of continuing to tell that story and being honest and true to the essence of what’s there,” Mazzara said.
“But comic book fans will not be able to guess what’s coming.”
It’s been a long wait for “Dead” devotees, who were informed during the intermission that the series would be renewed for a fourth season and that Mazzara would be making an unexpected departure.
Mazzara will leave the show at the conclusion of Season 3, with Scott Gimple taking his spot. Original show runner Frank Darabont left the series during Season 2’s production amid clashes with AMC.
“As we were looking at the show moving ahead, there were differences with what I wanted to do and what AMC wanted to do,” Mazzara told Hero Complex. “So I think it was best for the show for me to leave, go my way and let them go their way and tell a story that they want to tell, and I’ll go tell other stories that I want to tell.”
Lucky for “Walking Dead” fans, there’s been plenty to keep them busy during the show’s intermission. Creator Rob Kirkman’s comic series, on which the TV series is loosely based, is continuing beyond 106 issues with no end in sight. Telltale Games’ episodic “Walking Dead” video game, inspired by Kirkman’s work, concluded in late November and ended 2012 with Game of the Year honors from the Spike Video Game Awards, Wired magazine and USA Today.
– Morgan Little