Young co-star of 'Walking Dead' promises less talk, more action in Season 3

ssloan@herald-leader.comOctober 11, 2012 

  • ON TV

    'The Walking Dead'

    What: The debut of the third season of the series based on the comics written by Cynthiana native Robert Kirkman.

    When and where: 9 p.m. Oct. 14 on AMC. AMC is Channels 24, 610 and 955 on Time Warner Cable/Insight Communications in Lexington and Channel 254 on DirecTV. AMC is not carried on Dish Network due to a dispute between the two companies.

    Online: Webisodes, photos, video features, interviews, more.

    Marathon: AMC begins a marathon of The Walking Dead episodes at 10 a.m. Oct. 13, leading up to the third season's premiere. Peppered in will be sneak peeks of Season 3.

    'The Talking Dead': The discussion show hosted by Chris Hardwick returns at 11 p.m. Oct. 14. Submit questions at

  • New character: Michonne

    Among the new characters expected to make a splash during the third season is comic-book heroine Michonne. All that television viewers know is that Michonne (Danai Gurira) showed up at the end of the second season finale with her face cloaked by a hood and two armless, jawless zombies chained to her. She saved Andrea from a zombie by cutting off the latter's head with a katana sword. Fans of The Walking Dead comics immediately went ga-ga. Butt-kicking Michonne is one of the most beloved characters from the series.

  • What we wish would happen — and to whom

    Like any workplace, has its share of fans of The Walking Dead. We gathered recently and discussed what we hope to see for the show's characters in the third season. This was done with no advance knowledge, so read on spoiler-free. Also, because the TV series has developed differently in many ways, this doesn't take into consideration the plot developments in the comic books.

    Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln): The leader of the survivors needs to grow a spine and stop questioning himself. That should be a lot easier with friend-turned-nemesis Shane Walsh gone.

    Lori Grimes (Sarah Wayne Callies): Since time runs so slowly on the show, we figure annoying Lori won't give birth until season 19. After that, she's free to be killed.

    Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal): Come back to life. We hated him and his evil ways, but he provided some much-needed tension among the survivors.

    Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus): The resident rebel should take his bow and arrows and start a zombie butt-kicking squad.

    Andrea (Laurie Holden): Join Daryl. After many episodes as an annoying wishy-washy character, Andrea has developed into a spunky rebel.

    Theodore "T-Dog" Douglas (IronE Singleton): Speak and, for God's sake, stop doing all the manual labor.

    Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson): With your farm overrun by zombies, start drinking again or develop some other vice. It made him interesting last season.

    Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride): Die. Quickly. And take Rick's son, Carl, with you.

    Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun): Have your wedding interrupted by zombies, preferably as the Rev. T-Dog (since it would give him some lines) asks if anyone objects.

Sunday marks the debut of the third season of the television adaptation of The Walking Dead, the best-known work of acclaimed comic book writer and Central Kentucky native Robert Kirkman.

Anticipation is high as the dramatic horror series has exploded into a major hit for the AMC network, which ordered 16 episodes this season. That's up from six in its first season and 13 in its second.

The Herald-Leader recently spoke with Chandler Riggs, 13, who plays Carl Grimes, the son of zombie- fighting protagonist Rick Grimes. Riggs visited Lexington last month for the annual ScareFest convention.

The Walking Dead follows the story of a band of the apparently few people who survived a zombie apocalypse as they make their way through Georgia. The first season focused on the motley crew's flight to and from Atlanta; the second season mainly had them holed up on a farm trying to figure out their next move.

When last seen, Carl and the other survivors had ventured from the farm and were near a prison, which played a pivotal role in the comic books that launched the series and is expected to be a major setting in the TV drama's third season.

Here are highlights of the conversation with Chandler:

On the third season: "It's an unbelievable experience. The set designers built all of the prison, so it's really, really cool. It's just amazing filming the show. I'm blessed to work with all these amazing actors as well. It's been an amazing experience.

"You can expect a lot more action this season. Last year was more developing the characters, talk, talk, talk, talk, talk. This year, they've finished developing most of the characters. We've got some new characters coming in. It's a lot of fun. The first two episodes, I think, are the best yet. I can't wait for everyone to see it."

On the show becoming so popular: "I really had no idea. When I auditioned for The Walking Dead, I just thought, 'Yeah, right. It's a zombie TV show. It'll never be made.'"

On being a child in a horror show: "I started reading the comics after I auditioned for it. The comics are a little made for older people. My parents just let me watch it freely. It's cool. I don't think they were really worried."

On his favorite episode: "I really liked and had a lot of fun with the one where the zombies took over the farm (the season two finale, "Beside the Dying Fire"). There were a lot of late nights. It was just a blast to film. They added on an extra day to the shooting because it was just so much that we had to do. They had six or seven cameras in that episode. We usually have two or three cameras, and they were shooting different angles of everything."

Scott Sloan: (859) 231-1447. Twitter: @HeraldLeaderBiz

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