"The Walking Dead" Season 3 premieres on AMC this fall, Sun., Oct. 14th at 9 p.m.
Season 2 ended with Hershel's farm being overtaken by zombies and the crew missing a few faces. Andrea (Laurie Holden) was rescued by Michonne (Danai Gurira), a mysterious, sword-wielding female -- and her two zombies on chains -- and viewers were clued in on where the merry band of survivors will call home next year: a prison.
Season 3 is set to air in two 8-episode parts, the first kicking off on October 14 and the second airing in February 2013. The season will see Andrea and Michonne bond while fending off zombies together. "At the end of Season 2 I was saved by this wonderful woman, Michonne," Holden said at the panel. "It's a very different season for Andrea, she's separated from the group. She's met this alpha female and they become very good friends. It's great storytelling as they're battling the elements in this post-apocalyptic world."
And then there's Woodbury and a whole other group of survivors who might not be that friendly.
"We're introducing Woodbury and the characters that populate that, the kickass Michonne and the governor," series executive producer Gale Ann Hurd said at the panel. "Michonne kicks ass with a katanna sword. The intensity level is incredible, we've got our cast inoculated now, the new people realize just what they're in for and the level that we expect, and they've become just as passionate about 'The Walking Dead' as we all are."