March 17th, 2012
02:38 PM ET
"There's more bloodshed coming, I will say that," Glen Mazzara told reporters on Thursday. "You know, these characters have felt that they are safe on this farm - they've been wrong. They've been looking for a safe place to hide, and I guarantee you there will be bloodshed. I will guarantee that people will watch this finale and want to know what comes next. And I think a lot of the diehard fans will say, 'I can't wait for October.' I guarantee it."
We also learned last week that the walker virus can apparently be spread without being bitten.
"I will say that there are answers regarding the virus coming in the finale," Mazzara said.
He also clarified that not every walker is the same, using Amy's death in the first season as a comparison.
"Amy was a weaker character than Shane and she was attacked," he said. "Shane was full of life – he's in a murderous rage, there's just more energy. So he's obviously going to be a scarier zombie, he's going to reanimate quicker, there's just more life in that zombie, believe it or not."
But how long had Shane's death been planned? Actor Steven Yeun told CNN it had been quite a while.
"Jon [Bernthal]’s departure as Shane was always in the works, just not exactly sure how," he said. "I would say [Jeffrey DeMunn] as Dale was a little more off the cuff. It’s always sad to lose friends and co-workers but for the story, it definitely heightened what’s going on."
Yeun said that it was rough doing the scene where Dale was dying from a zombie attack.
"You love these people and love working with them and seeing them go is pretty rough," he said. "I couldn’t look at [Jeff] – I was on the verge of tears. He looks helpless as a character, and on top of that it’s his last night."
Yeun's character of Glenn has had one of the more interesting journeys this season, including his burgeoning relationship with Maggie. But with the loss of Dale – someone Glenn looked up to – will Glenn become the new conscience of the group?
"Glenn was the perfect sponge in a way, he took stuff from Rick, Shane, Daryl, Lori and especially Dale. Think of how many conversations they had driving around or fixing the RV," he said. "I think for Glenn, it’s him realizing, there isn’t going to be someone to hold my hand the entire way and I have to man up."
Yeun has also paid attention to fans' reaction to the show with interest: "Why does the audience always crave every character to be likable and consistent? That’s something that our show does a good job of, not laying in that pocket for too long," he said. "These people are in a dire situation, and it only makes sense for people to act irrational or selfish, or good or bad because it’s all survival. You’re a human being, capable of doing anything."
One character who some fans have seen act irrationally is Lori, who, as Mazzara said, was rattled by Dale's death, and certainly will be rattled by Shane's. But could Lori, a pregnant woman, be next to die?
"If it’s earned, and it’s character-based, and it propels the story forward, nothing is over the line for us. Dale’s death propels us forward. Shane’s death propels us forward. We have certain criteria for any death, and I will honestly say that no character is safe - that we have examined at different times killing every character. No one is safe on this show."
As for what lies ahead in future seasons: "I think that I would love to see our characters always on the run after that, I think that makes for a dynamic kinetic show and a very, very frightening one."
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