'The Walking Dead' Roundup: First Prison Photos, The Governor teasers and a New Magazine
'The Walking Dead' Roundup: First Prison Photos, The Governor teasers and a New Magazine
Jenn Lee
Jenn Lee
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
As production of the third season of The Walking Dead continues and the series prepares for its major Comic-Con appearance, more exciting details are being released surrounding the zombie drama's upcoming season. Here's a roundup of the latest Walking Dead news.

First Photos of the Prison
Entertainment Weekly released the first photos of the new home for Rick and his group: the highly anticipated prison, which is expected to be a predominant setting in season 3. But as it's clear from the images, finding shelter at the prison will not be an easy transition for the survivors--they'll have to fight off Walkers to stake their claim (but judging from the photo above, Laura Cohen's character Andrea, who was promoted to a series regular, has stepped up her zombie-killing prowess).

Walking_Dead_Prison_1.jpgThe Prison Is "No Safe Haven"
Despite having found a structure to replace the farm from season 2, Rick's group will undoubtedly face danger at the prison. According to show runner Glen Mazzara, "The prison itself will be a threatening, malevolent character" (via The Chicago Tribune). Rather than being "a safe corner," the prison will be more like "a shark cage," where the characters will live under the threat of imminent attack. According to TV Guide, Mazzara likened the fan-favorite setting to "a haunted house" that is more unstable than the prison from the comic books. "There is no safe haven in this world," says Mazzara. "I want to make that very clear."

All About The Governor
Mazzara also revealed that The Governor will make "a surprising appearance" onto the show. Though the producer could not name the exact episode, he did say viewers won't have to wait too long. As ruthless as the villain is, the writers plan to create a "very complex, nuanced, multi-layered character" in The Governor (played by David Morrissey). Rather than a "cartoonish arch villain," they are striving towards a character who feels "as real and human and fully developed as possible."

When asked whether the wildcard Merle (who is confirmed to return in season 3 with one less appendage) will be joining forces with The Governor, Mazzara merely said, "No matter who Merle is with, he's always his own man." However, "Merle's missing hand is his reminder of what Rick and his crew did to him." And knowing Merle, "that's not something he'll ever forget."

Though we don't know the specifics of The Governor's plot in season 3, Mazzara assured us we can expect it will consume a significant part of the exciting third season. "I'm not interested in wrapping up The Governor, Michonne or the prison story line anytime soon," he said. "We are getting to the heart of the matter, I think the core of Robert's comic book. We really have a lot of great material to explore. I hope to explore all of that for a long time."

walking dead magazine.jpgThe Walking Dead, The Official Magazine
Fans can now look to another source for their Walking Dead craze--The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine, a new quarterly magazine published by Titan Magazines and Skybound (publisher of the original comic book series). According to the press release, the 100-page magazine will contain "all access, no holds barred zombie festing and feasting," including the latest news, revelations and tips for fans of both the TV series and the comics.

Comic book creator and executive producer for the AMC series Robert Kirkman describes it as "your one stop destination for all the news pertaining to the comic, TV show, video game, toys, games and whatever else exists in the ever-expanding Walking Dead universe." The first issue will debut on October 23 to coincide with the season 3 premiere, also set in October.

Lastly, don't miss The Walking Dead Season 3 Preview Weekend on AMC this weekend, July 7-8. The TWD fest includes a marathon of the first two seasons, a Talking Dead primetime special (including a first look season 3 scene, interviews with the cast and more) and the world premiere of the black-and-white version of the series' pilot episode. Click here for the full schedule.

(Images courtesy of AMC)