In the conclusion of The Walking Dead season two finale, right after Rick Grimes gave his “This is not a democracy anymore!”-speech, the camera pans up to reveal an imposing looking prison facility looming in the distance accompanied by a haunting musical score.
It is the West Central Prison in Zebulon, Georgia. It will be the next shelter for the survivors in season three after having been forced out of Hershel’s farm by a herd of walkers.
Executive producer Glen Mazzara said that the prison setting might go beyond season three,
“Right now, I do see that prison as a significant storyline for season 3 and season 4. I do think that’s a major storyline, and I know we were on the farm for longer than perhaps people wanted, there were reasons for that. I think what we want to do is make sure that that prison does not become claustrophobic. I think the farm played a little claustrophobic for people. Now that the entire landscape has fallen to the zombie apocalypse and zombies are literally at the gate of the prison, if you see in the graphic novel, that prison is a very, very small safe corner.”
It has already been announced that David Morrissey will play the role of The Governor, the most imposing villain in the comic books from which the series is based on.
In the comics, he is the leader of the town of Woodbury. But since the TV series and the comic books are different in many ways, The Governor and his henchmen could already be inside the prison aside from inmates Dexter, Axel, Thomas and Andrew.
Season three’s release date is slated for October 2012.