'Walking Dead' PaleyFest panel: Andrea 'disgusted' by the Governor, Merle's softer side and more highlights

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walking-dead-paleyfest-norman-reedus-laurie-holden-2013-gi.jpgCast and crew members from AMC's "The Walking Dead" kicked off the 2013 edition of PaleyFest in Los Angeles with a sold out panel moderated by "Talking Dead" host Chris Hardwick.

While most of this year's PaleyFest panels are available via live streaming and a day later on Hulu.com, the lively "Dead" conversation was recorded to be shown in movie theaters nationwide on March 7.

Watching the back-and-forth for yourself is the best way to experience the cast's camaraderie and inside jokes, but we've got a few quick highlights to share from what they revealed about the season so far...

Andrew Lincoln on Rick's evolution and current loose grasp on sanity...

"The characters are always growing. One of the big attractions when I first spoke to Frank [Darabont] about [the role] was that: You start in one place and end somewhere else. The journey this season has been incredible. To push one of the central characters off the cliff's edge like that is really bold. But I'm running out of mad gags. I hope [Rick] comes back from the brink soon."

Norman Reedus on the softer side underneath the Dixon brothers' tough exterior...

"There are reasons why people fight -- to protect someone, or to prove a point. But the Dixon brothers fight because they have to fight. Their backs are against the wall. There's a sensitive side to Merle and you'll see it in an upcoming episode, it's really great. ... Daryl is becoming the man he never would've become if this tragedy never happened. People rely on him and it gives him a sense of self worth. I think that makes his brother jealous."

Laurie Holden on Andrea's complex relationship with the Governor...

"[She thinks he's] a bad man. How could she not? She [liked him] until she went back to the prison and found out everything she did. When she goes back and sleeps with him again it's not because she's having a weak female moment and thinks he's handsome. She thought she could follow through with Carol's plan. Andrea thought she could do it and tried to do it. I think sleeping with him disgusted her. Then she woke up and it's one thing to kill someone in self defense but it's another to stand over with them a knife while they're sleeping. She couldn't do it. You could call that weak or you could call that strong. But Andrea has never killed anyone before. She wants to find the humanity in both these men."

Executive producer David Alpert on whether or not the Governor is purely evil...

"I don't think any one character can be summed up that way.  All the characters have elements of good and bad and evil in them. The Governor and Rick are both facing the same problems. They're both leaders, both trying to keep their communities alive. Right now the Governor is actually doing a better job at that. There's a part of him that's good. He wants to be that father figure. But the darkness has allowed him to grow and prosper."

Danai Gurira on Michonne bonding with Rick's group...

"[Michonne's decision to] step into this community, not going off and finding two extra pets -- it's about connecting to people again and going through a healing. Letting people back in."

And Michonne confronting Andrea about her relationship with the Governor...

"She does think that [Andrea] chose this man over her. For Michonne it was important to have that conversation. It allows her to start to heal from the pain [Andrea's decision] caused her."

But Laurie Holden insists Andrea views it a different way...

"These are two adult women who wanted different things. Andrea did not choose a guy over [Michonne]. She wanted a life and wanted community. I think we could've landed anywhere and [Michonne] would've been unhappy. I think she didn't want to share Andrea with anyone, she just wanted it to be the two of them. No one abandoned anyone. Michonne chose to leave and Andrea chose to stay."

Executive producer Robert Kirkman on what's ahead for Carl...

"Carl is one of my favorite aspects of the comic and the show. [We] watch him grow and evolve from this kid who's almost a burden to a child soldier. Where we're gonna go with this kid is some pretty exciting places. This season is really just the beginning of his journey."
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