By Dalton Ross
July 02, 2012 at 04:00 PM EDT
Image credit: Gene Page/AMC

Ask most readers of The Walking Dead comic book what their favorite setting is and they’ll say two words: the prison. Seen briefly in the distance in the final shot of season 2, the prison will become the new fortress/home for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and company when the AMC drama returns in October… if they can clear it out the undead walkers, that is. And now we have our exclusive first sneak peek of the jail, as well as the current zombie inhabitants that call it home. In the first photo, our survivors assume a defensive, Avengers-like position to handle any incoming ghouls, while in the second, a machete-wielding Maggie (Lauren Cohan) prepares to deliver a kill shot to a zombie inmate. Check out the photos below as well as intel from executive producers Glen Mazzara and Robert Kirkman on the highly anticipated new setting for season 3.

Image Credit: Gene Page/AMC[/caption]

Image Credit: Gene Page/AMC[/caption]

“I’m incredibly proud of the prison,” says showrunner Glen Mazzara. “I think our crew has done a great job. It’s a huge sense of scale and magnitude I haven’t seen on any other show as far as construction. What’s important to us is, the prison itself is now a character in the show. It’s a haunted house, it’s scary, it’s frightening, and there are parts of the prison that are always terrifying, that are always inaccessible to our group. It’s not necessarily the blessing that the prison in the comic book turned out to be.”

“Grace Walker, who’s our production designer, has really put this thing together,” adds EP Robert Kirkman. “It looks absolutely amazing.”

For more teases from Mazzara and Kirkman on season 3, pick up the Entertainment Weekly Comic-Con preview issue, on stands Tuesday. And for another exclusive image from season 3 of The Walking Dead, check out the tablet edition of our Comic-Con preview, available on Wednesday.

AMC's zombie thriller, based on the classic comic book serial created by Robert Kirkman.
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