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James Wolk says things in Zoo season 3 are 'apocalyptic'

The show is even crazier — if that’s possible

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How do you top a finale that jumps 10 years into the future to a place where there are no more children and the world is ruled by hybrid razorbacks? That’s what CBS’ slightly unhinged summer series Zoo will attempt to do in season 3. And based on the exclusive clip above, it shouldn’t be hard to do.

EW caught up with James Wolk, who plays Jackson Oz, to find out what we can expect from the third season. He tells us that the show kicks off with the main characters spread across the U.S., which is divided by a giant barrier separating the safe zone from the part ruled by hybrid razorbacks.

Jackson lives on the West Coast, where he’s working to get people to safety. “You wonder, ‘Where is Jackson?’” Wolk says upon seeing the first scenes. “And then you realize you’re just in Portland, Oregon. It’s kind of apocalyptic.”

Abraham (Nonso Anozie) and Dariela (Alyssa Diaz) are living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on the east side of the barrier, and working on solving the problem of human sterilization. As for Mitch (Billy Burke)? He’s nowhere to be found.

As if things couldn’t get worse, there’s a new hybrid in town — “It’s this wooly mammoth, almost prehistoric-looking creature,” Wolk describes — and a new big bad, a woman named Abigail West, who has intentions to “basically try to destroy the world,” Wolk says. “What becomes the mission in season 3 is threefold: solving sterility, finding out why the hell these new hybrids are appearing, and … trying to find Abigail Westbrook and stop her.”

That may sound like a difficult mission, but for the Animal Avengers, that’s just another Thursday night.

Zoo season 3 premieres Thursday at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.