Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press
July 18, 2013 at 02:00 PM EDT

The third installment in Robert Kirkman and Joy Bonansinga’s Walking Dead trilogy of novels will be released in October by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press. But you can see the cover for The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor exclusively right here and right now. (Click on the “Full Size Image” box above for an even better look.)

Following The Rise of the Governor and The Road to Woodbury, the new book would appear to document the Governor’s fatal final assault on Rick Grimes and Co. — at least that’s what the hulking background shot of the prison and broken-off eye patch on the cover image would have you believe. As would the news that characters like Rick, Glenn, and Michonne will indeed make appearances in the book. Will the novel go so far as to change the outcome of the comic or — more likely — will it fill in the blanks on stuff we have yet to learn and see? Answers will come soon enough, but for now, enjoy the image.

For more exclusive Walking Dead scoop, check out the new Entertainment Weekly cover story, on stands Friday. You can buy the complete set of collector covers right here! And also make sure to check out our Facebook exclusive with Walking Dead star Norman Reedus.

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