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'Walking Dead' stars: 'It gets more bloody and monster-filled'

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Andrew Lincoln in season 2 of The Walking Dead

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If you're a Walking Dead fan, you've surely checked out the amazing season two trailer by now and become ridiculously excited.

To amp up your fan hysteria even further, Digital Spy and a horde of other journos spoke to series stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes) and Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh) at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego, and uncovered some tasty tidbits about future episodes!

Will Shane and Lori's affair be exposed in season two?
Sarah: "I can say honestly we haven't quite delved yet into that."
Andrew: "There are two other incidents that happen very early on in the season, which I'm obviously not allowed to talk about, that have a massive impact on the group. That sort of gives the momentum for the first bit [of the season]. [The love triangle] is obviously there, but it's a lot more complex. Fortunately, Frank [Darabont] and his team have written these exquisite episodes. They're just so complicated and involve everybody. Everything that's said means something, and impacts the next thing. So yeah, [the love triangle is] there, but it's not so prominent... yet!"
Sarah: "If you think about it, the entire first season took place over four or five days. We've got a lot of ground to cover!"
Andrew: "And also there's other things like zombies that we have to deal with! There are a lot of other extremely important necessities that need to be dealt with, because we can sit down and discuss [our personal problems]."

Lori Grimes from 'The Walking Dead'
Do you think Rick can ever forgive Lori?
Sarah: "Well, first of all, it's worth reiterating that she thought she was a widow. That's significant to me, because Lori may be many things, but I don't think she's an adulteress. You could argue forever about whether or not she was. But I think, for me, there's something very human about being surrounded by death, grief, loss and terror, and wanting desperately, in the most primal way possible, to affirm life. I don't think this was about romance, I think it was about taking a moment - or several moments! - to make some space in our lives for something that is creating life, not destroying it. It's a very understandable impulse - people in traumatic experiences often just desperately seek something that feels good. I don't think it's much more complicated than that, until Rick comes back!"

Why do you think Lori hasn't confessed to Rick?
Sarah: "That's a huge question. Do we sit down and have this conversation, and if we were to, how?"
Jon: "There's no time to. You're running for your life."
Sarah: "Exactly. And then once a certain amount of time has passed, what's the statute of limitations on that?"
Andrew: "I agree. What's happened in the second season is, they're exploring the situation more, how [Shane and Lori] came about. [We examine] the enormity of the situation, and how people are pushed into different situations. The writers are exploring the complexities, where there are no right decisions. There just aren't any clear decisions to make and that's fascinating to play, because you keep changing your mind, as a character and hopefully as an audience member, which is why it's compelling. That's the beauty of the show - it just gets more and more dirty and sweaty and bloody, and monster-filled. It's brilliant, that's why I love it so much!"

Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) from 'The Walking Dead'
Which is harder to play as an actor - the big emotional scenes or pure fear?
Jon: "It's weird, I think there's something that's been happening of late on set, where, in a sense, the job is becoming a lot easier for all of us, but, in a way, it's becoming a lot harder. I think we are all really diving in now. Andy and I did some work a few weeks ago, and after the scene, we walked out to the end of the road, and we were talking and just weeping like two insane maniacs! I think what's really happening is, we're in such a good group with the writers and the crew, it's not really about pumping yourself up [for the emotional scenes]. There's a lot less of that, and a lot more of just staying in it, all day. That's hard, in a completely different way. [But] I think the work is better now. It's unbelievably rewarding."

How will things change for the survivors in season two?
Jon: "I think one of the big themes that does come up in season two is, 'Is it worth it, this desire to survive?' What are we living for? We're trying to do all these different things to get to this next point, but what is that next point? We've lost everything and the world that we know is gone, so how do you bring a child up in that world? How do you prepare them when there's nothing? I think what we're starting to see now is, slowly, a lot of these characters are starting to find out that trying to be human in this new world really doesn't work. Emotions like love and shame have no place - it's just survival. And then there are other characters who are desperately trying to hold on to that, and to be a thinking, feeling, emotional human being in this world. It comes right from the comic. Eventually we're going to start seeing that these zombies are really a problem that you can deal with. They're predictable. But people in this world are going to be far more dangerous."

'The Walking Dead' Season 2 Promotional Photo
Do you have any favourite moments from the new season?
Sarah: "There are some beautiful scenes of redemption, hope and peace. They come from very unexpected places. It's lovely, and I think that's the great balance that Frank brings to the show. He isn't afraid of moments of real beauty, and real generosity, and real love between people in this world, which I think helps offset the rest of it."
Andrew: "They're very balanced. The scripts are really neat, because they go from high drama to action, to comedy. The rhythm's in them are brilliant, and if we get anywhere close to what the scripts are, it'll be great."
Jon: "It's not just one character who does beautiful things. Every single person gets to be ugly, and every single person gets that chance at redemption. You can't ask for anything more as an actor. It's the best!

The second season of The Walking Dead will premiere on AMC in October and air in the UK on FX in late 2011.

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