SAN DIEGO -- The zombie invasion has begun. The source of the contagion has been identified as Petco Park, which is now overrun with hordes of flesh-eating corpses in a carnage-filled obstacle course.

If that sounds like a hoot to you, then you are likely a fan of AMC's deeply awesome zombie drama "The Walking Dead" and you are really, really bummed that you are not at Comic-Con right now for the show's buzzed-about panel.

"It's going to get insane very quickly," says writer Scott Gimple, getting fans in a lather about what they describe as the craziest season yet.

Comic creator Robert Kirkman added fuel to the fire, saying "all bets are off."

Rabid fans of Kirkman's monster hit were already riled up over the 10th anniversary of the comic books on which the TV show is based. Zombie aficionados, eagerly anticipating the return of the TV show this October, erupted as soon as the show's cast and creators took the stage for a highly-anticipated Friday panel.

Jocular actor Scott Wilson hopped on stage the way Hershel would have entered. Asked about his character's will to survive amid the carnage, he joked: "He really just wants to hold onto his other leg!"

The mild-mannered British actor David Morrisey, often greeted with "boos," defended the evil Governor, saying that "he's not a villain," but at the end of last season, "he went into trauma...a switch goes off in his head."


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Of course it never pays to invest deeply in any one character as they are likely to get chomped on bigtime.

"Everyone's on the table pretty much every episode," warns producer Dave Alpert

"Expect the unexpected, you'll never get comfortable, so don't try," says Danai Gurira. The actress who came to fame as the badass warrior Michonne, hinted at the sharp plot twists that await us in the new season.

This panel was so hugely popular that some folks camped out all night and then sat in the venue all day just to make sure they score one of the 6500 seats in Hall H for the afternoon panel. Was it worth it? Judging by the roars and squeals heard during the world premiere footage from the new season, which looks even fiercer than before, the answer is hell yes.

For the record, however, if there were ever a real zombie apocalyspe, Kirkman says he's off himself.

Karen D'Souza is at Comic-Con this week. Follow her at Twitter.com/KarenDSouza4.