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Even when The Walking Dead isn’t airing new episodes, it seems like all people want to talk about. First, the series lost its second showrunner Glen Mazzara, then we heard that the first two seasons would be presented in black and white to more accurately reflect the comics. Now we’re getting all kinds of promo material for the Feb. 10 midseason return. The Hollywood Reporter got in on the undead action by talking to co-executive producer Greg Nicotero and actress Laurie Holden.
“We’ve established a certain scenario on our show where nobody is safe — and certainly in the back-half of our season, it doesn’t get easy for anybody,” Nicotero said. “We have the whole Woodbury community with the Governor [David Morrissey] and our principal cast. We’ll probably end our season minus a cast member or two.”
Nicotero also addressed the idea of the impending war between Rick’s crew and the Governor’s while the former tries to save Daryl from the latter. “[The fight] moves around a lot,” he said. “It’s very possible there might be another attack on Woodbury. The beauty is you’re not confined to one location, even though we spend a lot of our season at Woodbury or the prison. The bottom line is that we’ve established the conflict between the Governor and Rick, and we’ll explore that a lot more in the second half.”
THR also spoke with Holden, who plays Andrea. about her character realizing her relationship with the Governor might not be all she thought it was. “Andrea’s eyes are now opening; she had no idea that Rick and the others were still alive,” Holden said. “Now she’s learning that the group is not only alive but that one of her friends has been captured by the man she’s been romantically involved with. Her head is exploding.”
Holden also said viewers will see a new Governor when the season returns, and that her character’s heart will be in the right place when she finds out about her former group hanging out in the prison. She also addressed Andrea’s potential ability to help Daryl. “It’s not so easy; she is in a town where it’s guarded and the Governor has men who have disarmed everybody,” Holden said. “Woodbury almost becomes a cage, like its own prison, in the second part of the season. Andrea is going to do anything and everything she can to protect the people she loves.”