July 06, 2012 at 04:30 PM EDT

Back in May, we gave you the first look at fan-favorite Michonne from season 3 of The Walking Dead (which returns on AMC in October). Then, earlier this week, we hooked you up with a sneak peek at the highly-anticipated prison. Now we have another exclusive goodie for you — the first season 3 poster for the zombie drama, which will be plastered all over Comic-Con in San Diego next week. Not only that, but showrunner Glen Mazzara also provided us with some fresh intel on what’s to come, especially with the two big new characters seen on the poster: warrior Michonne (played by Danai Gurira) and super villain The Governor (David Morrissey). See below for both the poster and comments from Mazzara. (Is that a helicopter I see flying behind The Governor? Hmmm…)

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“The entire landscape has fallen to zombies,” says Mazzara of the start of season 3. “The entire world has collapsed, the apocalypse has taken over, the zombies have taken over, there’s no safe place. And I think in the past our characters thought they could find some safe harbor, and now there’s just no good hiding place at all.”

Wow. That sounds like a major bummer. Will a certain prison turn into their salvation? And what can we expect of the katana-sword wielding Michonne? “Just like in the comic books, she is a badass and she hates the walkers more than anything else,” Mazzara says. “She treats them with contempt. What’s interesting about the version of this character is she has a lot of trouble fitting into human society. She’s probably better off staying out there alone with the walkers. She’ll be very interesting and a complicated character to bring into the fold, if we even do that. She gives us a lot to play with.”

As for The Governor, the suave David Morrissey may seem like an odd choice to play the rough and tumble villain, but Mazzara is confident the British actor can deliver the goods. “David is an incredibly talented actor with a lot of magnetism,” says Mazzara, “and we need somebody who can serve as the foundation, the pillar, for an entire storyline, an entire world of Woodbury. David has the strength to do that. I also think that David’s approach to the character was spot on. He understands that this is an interesting, complex, multilayered, dark figure, and he’s very interested in playing that.”

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For more from Mazzara and exec producer Robert Kirkman on season 3 of ‘The Walking Dead’ pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now. And for a bonus exclusive ‘Walking Dead’ photo showing the survivors at the prison, check out the special tablet edition of EW’s Comic-Con preview.

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