07/02/2012 08:53 am ET

'The Walking Dead' Season 3: Scoop On Prison, Governor And Merle

"The Walking Dead" Season 3 won't have the same problems as Season 2, according to series executive producer Glen Mazzara. In an interview with TV Guide, Mazzara and comic creator Robert Kirkman previewed what's ahead for the merry band of zombie apocalypse survivors.

"I guarantee people will say the show is moving too fast and it's too packed," Mazzara said. "'There's too much going on, I can't take it, it's too exciting!' Trust me, I know people are going to say that because we are really hitting the ground running and we expect the audience to keep up."

In Season 3, Rick and co. will find an abandoned prison, like in the comic books, and deal with the Governor and other (maybe not so nice) survivors of Woodbury. But if you've read the comics, don't expect to know every twist and turn before it happens.

"Our Woodbury will be very recognizable to the fans of the comics," Mazzara said. "However, we are going to tell this story our way and make it our own."

"The Walking Dead" Season 3
will also see the introduction of Michonne (Danai Gurira), a fan-favorite comic book character who is quite skilled with a sword. The character appeared in the Season 2 finale, very briefly, and will be instrumental in the development of Andrea (Laurie Holden).

"I wanted to put a spotlight on Andrea and to develop who is that character on her own terms," Mazzara said. "Not in Dale or Shane's shadow. I think Andrea is ready to be on her own and it will be interesting to see two strong female perspectives together."

Along with Michonne and the Governor, Merle, a Season 1 character played by Michael Rooker, will return to the show. Merle, Daryl's (Norman Reedus) brother, was last seen handcuffed to a roof with a horde of zombies approaching. Mazzara told TV Guide that Merle will be the "X factor." "No matter who Merle is with, he's always his own man ... Merle's missing hand is his reminder of what Rick and his crew did to him. That's not something he'll ever forget," he said.

For more on "The Walking Dead" Season 3, click over to TV Guide.