In the upcoming third season of “The Walking Dead,” Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors will seek shelter from the zombie apocalypse inside the walls of a prison.
Readers of Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard’s original comic book series know that this is a critical point in “The Walking Dead” storyline. Even within the comic, the backstory of the prison hasn’t really been explored. However, that could change in the future.
During an interview with TVLine at the third season premiere in Los Angeles “The Walking Dead” executive producer and showrunner, Glen Mazzara said “The way I look at this prison is when the outbreak happened, there was a zombie movie that took place in a prison. And one day, maybe we'll go back and film that movie. Now our guys come in and there's sort of a sequel to what happened.”
“There are survivors in that prison,” continued Mazzara. “There [is] damage in the prison, so walkers keep coming in. It's never safe. [The survivors] fooled themselves into thinking that the farm was safe. From the jump they know this prison is not safe and that remains true throughout the season.”
While Mazzara’s comments are by no means a firm confirmation of AMC’s future plans, he seems to leave open the possibility of making a "Walking Dead" prequel movie about the prison and the characters within. That would be another potential way for AMC to capitalize on the continued success of the series.
Mazzara’s potential plans also sound similar to former "Walking Dead' showrunner, Frank Darabont’s initial concept to use “Being Human” star Sam Witwer as a zombie in the pilot episode before bringing Witwer back to portray that character during a flashback episode chronicling the fall of Atlanta. However, that idea was scrapped even before Darabont was removed from the series.
“The Walking Dead” season 3 begins this Sunday, October 14 on AMC.