“The Walking Dead” is about to leave the “safe” walls of “The Prison,” where Rick and group have managed to hole up in the first two episodes of season three, and take us to this season’s other locale: Woodbury.
Episode three will focus not on the main group, which includes Rick, Daryl, Lori, Carol, T-Dog, Maggie, Carl, Beth and Hershel, but on the splinter group, Andrea and her savior, Michonne. It will also show us, for the first time, Woodbury and the Governor, who is infamous for his actions in the comics (possible spoilers ahead). The Hollywood Reporter took time on Friday to speak to Laurie Holden (Andrea), Danai Gurira (Michoone) and David Morrisey (the Governor).
Somehow, the Governor has managed to turn Woodbury into a semblance of the life that humans used to have before the zombie outbreak. Michonne and Andrea meet the Governor after following a downed helicopter and eventually end up in Woodbury.
Some previews have shown that Andrea and Michonne aren’t being held against their will in Woodbury, but there is also a sense that all is not well in the community. Michonne, in particular, is suspicious. Gurira said,
Michonne can’t ignore her instincts; she’s not happy with the world she’s in, what she’s hearing, what her instincts are saying about the Governor from the get-go — it’s not sitting right with her. There are clues and she’s picking them up every second; she’d rather be in the jungle than be in the Ritz. She doesn’t care about where she is, she cares about what the truth of the situation is. For her, it’s very jarring and it triggers her.
We’ve already seen in episode one that Andrea is sick. It’s not related to the zombie virus, but she is ill, and Woodbury offers welcome hope. Holden, who plays Andrea, said:
She’s terribly dehydrated and very sick. Michonne is her caretaker and she’s on her last limb and there’s no medicine.
It (Woodbury) appears to be nirvana, a land of hope and opportunity. It’s the only place that Andrea has ever encountered that resembles the old world. It’s a dream and Andrea is desperate for a home, for a community. She’s been deathly ill on the road and it’s a safe haven.
The Governor, on the other hand, sees a possible kindred spirit in Andrea. Morrisey said:
Andrea is a woman who’s very vulnerable when he meets her and he can see that she’s strong and tough and he’s not frightened of strong and tough people; he’s very drawn to that and he wants to be surrounded by that. He sees that as the strength of them as a community going forward. Not just strong physically but mentally — he likes intelligence and likes people to be surrounded by people with good ideas. Michonne and Andrea he sees as a great addition to the community.
We’re really like magnets and very attracted to one another in the sense that we see what we believe to be a kindred spirit, but of course we all know that what you see on the surface isn’t always the truth. She is in awe of the fact that this man built this town and saved all these people and that he’s so eloquent and has a kindness and a self-assurance and she feels safe for the first time in her life since this all went down.
It’s a dream, a salvation. But you know the expression: if it’s too good to be true it is? That’s Woodbury.
In the comics, the Governor plays a pivotal role in the deaths of some key characters (though the series has diverged from the comics in storyline already). His actions change the lives of the survivors, as this season transitions to less of humans vs. zombies and more of humans vs. humans.
Season three of “The Walking Dead” consists of 16 episodes, split into two parts, just as season two was.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, “The Walking Dead” stars Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, Lauren Cohan, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton, Melissa McBride, David Morrissey and Danai Gurira.
“The Walking Dead” is executive produced by Glen Mazzara, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer. The show airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.