Robert Kirkman raises our hopes for an epic second season of The Walking Dead

Frank Darabont's Walking Dead TV series veered away from Robert Kirkman's comic book source material, big-time. So will the group of post-apocalyptic survivors get back on track? Kirkman let some details slip about season two that have us very excited.

Spoilers ahead...

When asked by Entertainment Weekly if season two would follow the source material laid out in the comic a bit better, Kirkman responded:

"I don't know if I can go into that, but I know [showrunner Frank Darabont] has said we're going to see Hershel's farm. We're looking to take some picturesque rural landscapes and playing with that and coming up with some cool zombie visuals. We'll see some of the locations of the first season, but we're going to mainly focus on breaking new ground. Oh, and we're going to feature a lava planet."

Robert Kirkman raises our hopes for an epic second season of The Walking Dead

Hershel's Farm? (Also, lava planet!) If you've read the books, then you know that this short stop over for the survivors which allows the gang to pick up a few permanent members. But more importantly, it's one more step closer to a big, big destination SPOILERS.... the prison! We're dying to find out how many hours this 13-episode season will dedicate to that pivotal location. My guess: five. There's just so much to cover — heck, they could dedicate the entire season inside that place, and I'd be entertained all the way through.

But on a less spoilery note, here is a collection of DVD featurettes from Walking Dead's season one Blu-Ray and DVD set. The first video explains a lot of the comic book set, character and scene inspiration with plenty of fantastic side-by-side shots from the show and the book. Season one will be available on March 8th.