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The night before the premiere of Season 3 of AMC's The Walking Dead, several members of the cast and two of the show's execuvie producers held court before a raucous crowd Saturday night at New York Comic Con.

Following are highlights:

* Paneiists included Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Andrew Lincoln, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, David Morrissey and Michael Rooker. A clip that opens Season 3 was shown as the survivors take out a house without any verbal communication.

* Kirkman said after the way the second season ended, the pace of the show had to maintain that intensity. "We really come back in a big way," he said.

* Lincoln: "It's been pretty intense this season. The props guys, who all the most incredible fans of the show, on my first day, said there are more zombie kills in this episode that in the whole of Season 1."

* Lincoln said he went into the writers' room and asked what Rick's breaking point would be. "Well, we find out this season," he said. "It's been brutal. It's been intense. It's The Walking Dead."

* Lincoln said there is a jump forward in time and the survivors have "evolved beyond recognition," pointing to Riggs' development as Carl.

* "It's really cool for me to play more of a dark character," Riggs said. "It's like playing two different people."

"When people ask, 'Where's Carl?,' this season we can say, 'He's in the house killing zombies,'" Hurd said.

* Reedus on the development of Daryl: "He's been away from the enforcement of his big brother. They love each other in this messed up way. I think Daryl now feels value in these people relying on him and these people are his family now. Rick is sort of becoming the brother that he lost."

* Gurira on Michonne: "It's been an intense, brutal joy. I'm having a blast. I think she's been through stuff. I think her choice of what to do was a very intense, powersful choice to allow her to recreate herself as a powerful force.

"She's always thinking 3-4-5 steps ahead. That's really thrilling to step into. She's an intense chick."

* Morrissey was asked if the Governor was evil. "Interesting term, evil, isn't it?" he said. "I don't know if anyone says that about themselves."

Morrissey said Kirkman's Rise of the Governor story was the starting point for him. "It (Woodbury) is a great place if you abide by the rules," he said. "It's a secure place in a very inescure world."

* Rooker on Merle: "If you live in the world, you'd think you would want to hide out behind this cat. I'm a tough asshole."

* Asked about a girlfriend for Carl, Riggs said, "Beth is 17 and Carl is 13, so you might see a little bit of that."

* Lincoln said Rick is going to "the dark side." "I go crazy and I'm kind of still there," he said.

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