The third season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" is finally in the home stretch, with tensions running at an all-time high. Creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman clued fans in on what to look out for during the final episodes of the season in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Don't expect Rick's hallucinations of his dead wife and best friend to play a big role in the coming weeks, as Kirkman explained the recent run-in with Morgan effectively scared Rick straight... at least for the time being. "He has started to get a handle on [his hallucinations] to a certain extent and a big thing that helped him with that was his interaction with Morgan in this last episode. He sees this fun house there, who he could eventually be if he keeps going down this path," he said. "I think that’s going to help rein him in a great deal and set him on the path to healing. Now, he could have a relapse, but I think right now he is getting a handle on what is going on within him."
Kirkman teases that the biggest player in the imminent confrontation between Woodbury and Prisonville is the woman who has a vested interest in both camps. "The rest of the season really is about what Andrea is doing and how she’s handling this situation. The scene where she stands over him in the bed is really the beginning of her plan and what she’s going to be doing and why she’s doing what she’s doing. The fact that she wasn’t able to kill the Governor is really going to play in to a lot of the upcoming story for the rest of the season," Kirkman continued. "Andrea is in a really horrible position. She has relationships with people in Woodbury. She knows there are good people there. She knows that the Governor is instigating a war between those people and other people that she has a relationship with that she also knows to be good people. She’s kind of stuck in the middle and can’t help either group win because that would mean the destruction of other good people but she’s going to have to do something to try to make this situation resolve in a way that not too many people get hurt. So that’s really what she’s going to be trying to do moving forward."
Similarly torn between the two camps is Merle Dixon, recently reunited with his brother Daryl much to the chagrin of the rest of Rick's group. As to whether Merle still hold loyalties to some of the people of Woodbury, Kirkman explained that there are other issues more at the forefront. "I think now the real question is, can Merle be affected by this group the same way that Daryl has been? That’s something that Daryl hopes will happen. He does see that being with these people and being a part of this group has helped make him a better person. He still loves his brother and sees the value in having his brother around, but he’s hoping Merle can come around the same way that he did and clam down a bit and be a little bit more of a reasonable person. That’s really going to be the main conflict for those two moving forward for the rest of the season," he said.
The comic book writer was mum about whether the conclusion of the season would, like seasons past, see the group relocating to a new home base. "I don’t want to give anything away because we have some really cool stuff planned for the finale, but I will say that there is a resolution to the storyline at the end of the season, as people would expect. It becomes a whole complete story that you’ve been able to experience over the course of season 3. And It will set things up nicely for season 4," he said. "There are new places to go in season 4, but whether or not that means a new setting or new story direction or simply new characters I can’t really nail down any specifics."
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