Walking Dead director reveals how S3 is a throwback to S1

If season two of The Walking Dead wasn't exactly your cup of tea, good news—it seems season three should have some of that first-season flavor when it returns this fall.

In an interview at AMC, director Guy Ferland opened up a bit about the approach of the show as it enters its third year, and how they're trying to keep that sense of discovery alive as the survivors head into new locales:

"There's a little bit of first season peeking through this season. In the first season it seemed like everything we were doing was new and there was a lot of discussion about who was going to live and who was going to die and what kind of tone the show was going to take. This year the same thing was introducing Woodbury. We were always asking the same questions: How self-sufficient do we make it? What are the citizens like? What kind of power does the town have?"

Hmm, sounds interesting, and it's good to hear that season three will hopefully combine the best elements from the first two seasons (and leave out the plodding vibe of early season two).

Ferland also offered some insights into the world of the Governor (David Morrissey) and Woodbury, where a solid chunk of season three will apparently take place:

"Even though Woodbury is surrounded by gates, there's many places to hide and plot and get up on top of things and look around. When I left Woodbury after the episodes I worked on, what I left behind was basically a paradise. Unless the prison becomes more self-sufficient with crops and the like, it would be too confining. I would probably choose Woodbury -- without the governor of course."

What do you think? Which season has been your favorite so far, and which elements do you hope they'll keep in season three?

(Via AMC)

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