By EW Staff
August 22, 2012 at 01:00 PM EDT
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If the sound you heard during the two first seasons of The Walking Dead was the persistent moaning of a hungry herd of flesh-eating ghouls, season 3 will bring an entirely new sound: the sound of two worlds colliding. That’s because Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Co. will face a brand new threat when the AMC drama returns on Oct. 14 — and that threat is very much human. While Rick and the gang are busy clearing out a prison in the hopes of transforming it into a protective fortress, not so far away is the town of Woodbury, Ga., and it’s self-appointed leader, the Governor (David Morrissey).

Think these two communities can peacefully coexist in a post-apocalyptic world where safe havens and supplies are scarce? Think again.

“This season really is about setting up these two worlds and watching them come to a head and collide,” says exec producer Robert Kirkman. “And you know that there are going to be some pretty explosive encounters between Rick and the Governor. This season is going to be about getting to know these two characters, and then waiting for their eventual confrontation that could destroy everything.”

But before that battle is joined, we brought both sides together for a special collection of four Entertainment Weekly covers to preview the new season in full detail. Which cover would you choose? Would you go for the hot and sweaty Rick Grimes, or the knife-wielding Governor? Is warrior woman Michonne (Danai Gurira) carrying her two armless and jawless “Pets” on chains more your style, or do you have a fixin’ for the Dixons, as in brothers Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Merle (Michael Rooker)? You don’t have to choose! You can get all four right here!

That’s not all. You can enjoy an exclusive video of Andrew Lincoln mocking his new adversary right now on EW’s Facebook page. And check out an insane time-lapse video of one of The Walking Dead zombies from our photo shoot below.

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To find out other juicy tidbits about season 3 of The Walking Dead, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday, August 24.

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