twd s2 rick hershel 'The Walking Dead' midseason premiere: What to expect“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC on Sunday (Feb. 12) to complete it’s second season. We left off outside the barn where a massive zombie massacre just went down that included the death of a zombified Sophia (Madison Lintz), who was MIA for most of the first seven episodes.

Zap2it talked to executive producer and showrunner Glen Mazzara and Robert Kirkman (“The Walking Dead” comic book creator and also and EP on the show) about what to expect from the second half of the zombie fest’s second season.

“We hurtle to the finale here,” says Mazzara, suggesting that the second half of the season is going to unfold at a much faster clip than the first seven episodes. Which, by the way, they’re quick to defend as setting a calming tone to contrast with what’s ahead.

Here are a few more insights about what lies ahead:

We probably won’t find out how Sophia turned into a zombie.

Glen Mazzara: “I would say that as showrunner, I am hesitant to go back in time and do flashbacks and I know people might not like that, but I’m hesitant to do that because I feel it slows up the narrative.

“We hurtle to the finale here, I’m very excited about the material that’s in the pipeline, so the idea of going back in flashbacks is a great idea, but it’s not something I want to do unless there’s a real puprose in that it also pushes the story forward in some way”

It looks like we’ll be on the farm — or near it — for the rest of the season.

Robert Kirkman: “The farm is a big part of our story and the fact that they thought it was a safe haven they could live in for a while and hunker down there for a while is really what our second season deals with to a certain extent, but starting with episode 7 and the barn massacre they’re starting to find out that it isn’t a very safe place. And so over the life of these episodes they’re going to be encountering more and more danger and I don’t think people will be concerned with ‘are they on the farm’ — it’ll be much more about the events.”

Glen Mazzara: “It may have felt that some of the episodes on the farm felt like a stall, or slower than people expected. That changes because the outside world comes crashing in. The farm is not as safe as people expected. They’re getting painted into a corner.”

Expect more “scare” factor.

Glen Mazzara: “I feel that [flashbacks] break the timeframe and it’s not something that’s usually done in horror movies … we want to keep the show scary and driving forward.

Robert Kirkman: “One of the things that appeals to the fans of the comic book series is that you never know what’s going to happen. Any character can die at any moment. When it came time to do this TV show one of the things I wanted to maintain was that element of shock that you get from this kind of story.”

Hershel (Scott Wilson) becomes a bad***?

Glen Mazzara: “There’s more than enough danger to go around in the second half of the season. Actually, Hershel becomes a bad***, I love that.”

So do we.

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Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson