The soul-battered, conflicted and physically drained survivors of "The Walking Dead" won't get a respite this season. 


In a new behind-the-scenes video on the set of the AMC hit zombie series, the actors drop hints about where the story is headed — and it doesn't sound friendly. 


"It's ominous, dark and gloomy," says Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon. "People start losing their minds, love blossoms and (there are) a whole lot of gross zombie kills."


For those up-to-date on the series (and please refrain from reading if you're not interested in spoilers), you'll know that the last season ended with the demise of Hershel's farm and the survivors on the threshold of a prison. 


"It's a journey into the unknown, and it's a huge, huge gamble, but it just shows how desperate they are," says Andrew Lincoln, who plays Rick Grimes. "The pace of (season three) is darker, harder, faster, deeper."


And, apparently, there will also be some new badasses. "There are samurai-wielding characters that are turning up," Lincoln added. 


Yes, please. 


Check out the sneak-peek video below. The 16-episode season three of "The Walking Dead" kicks off this fall. 


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