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'Walking Dead': Preview the 'Resurrection' That Awaits the Survivors at the Prison (Exclusive Video)

First seen at the end of Season 2, the group will have their hands full if they plan on making the penitentiary their new home.

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"The Walking Dead's" Andrew Lincoln

The Ricktatorship has its work cut out come season three of AMC's The Walking Dead.

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Following the eventful second-season finale that saw Hershel's farm go up in flames and Rick and company hit the road in search of a new home, the not-so-merry band of survivors will have to prepare for a massive battle if they plan to set up shop at the prison.

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Hershel (Scott Wilson), now out of the relative safety of the farm, is in for quite a rude awakening, noting that "Christ promised a resurrection in mind … I just thought he had something different in mind."

Showrunner Glen Mazzara recently told THR that this season, everyone -- including Hershel and his daughter Beth -- will feel a need to be a "valuable part of the team" and contribute. "If I don't get this done, if I don't kill that walker, that walker may kill someone else," he said. "So everybody bonds together for the good of the group. They all have each other's backs."

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"The pace seems very different this year and I think it's just a lot more suspenseful, it's lot more intense than it was last year," he added.

Check out the clip below, exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter, to see what awaits Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Hershel and the group at the prison.

The Walking Dead's third season bows Oct. 14 on AMC.

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