The Walking Dead exec Gale Anne Hurd has revealed new details about season three.
The zombie drama’s next run will be set in an industrial prison complex, where the show’s survivors will encounter a society run by the Governor (David Morrissey).
"I will say that I loved [season two’s setting] the farm, but it is good to be off the farm," Hurd said in an official AMC interview.
"And the contrast between our [two main sets] this season is so great. We’re setting up this first community that is functioning in a post-zombie apocalypse. We get to see not only the advantages of putting civilization back on its feet again but also the dark forces at work in what may seem like a utopia."
Hurd also hinted that fans could expect new zombie effects in future episodes, including the use of “puppeted animatronic zombies”.
"We’re not just seeing the same old thing," she insisted. "This season, we’re going to have puppeted animatronic zombies and that’s something that we haven’t seen before."
The Walking Dead director Ernest Dickerson - who is helming the season three premiere - recently claimed that the season will focus more on a “human menace" and less on the zombie threat.
"It’s really important to focus on making the story as richly character-driven as possible," Hurd confirmed. "Because the scares and the sense of jeopardy only come with identifying with those characters when they’re in jeopardy.
"It’s really a marathon this year. The challenge is maintaining the same intense level of storytelling that our audience expects of us, and we certainly plan to deliver on that."
The Walking Dead airs on AMC in the US and FX in the UK.