Laurie Holden, Daryl Dixon, Shane Walsh, Jon Bernthal, Melissa Suzanne McBride, Sarah Wayne Callies, Chandler Riggs, The Walking Dead

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Did you squirm and cover your eyes during that gruesome zombie scene—yes, that one—in The Walking Dead's season-two premiere? 

Beware then: If you have the guts (sorry!) to keep watching, you'd better "hold on to your seats," star Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) warns, adding:

"It gets super gross—and super scary."

Yum—just the way we like it! Besides the hungry undead, what else do our favorite band of postapocalyptic survivors have to fear this season? More than you think, Callies tells us...

"[This season] is no-holds barred," Callies promises. "I love it—I love every minute of it."

More advice: Don't get too attached to the living. "In the second season, we lose a ton of people," teases Callies. "People are starting to realize no one is coming to save us...people start to get real ugly. When you push people to the very edge...they're really capable of anything."

So what about those nice-seeming folks we meet Sunday at Hershel's farm? "We encounter what looks like a perfect place to be, a really nice family [but] the longer we spend there, the differences between [our groups] start to become pretty significant. Some of us form pretty strong bonds with members of that family"—we're looking you, Glenn and Maggie!—"but the group [leaders] don't see eye to eye on a lot. [The question is] whether we'll be allowed to stay."

Shane (Jon Bernthal), at least, is sticking with the group after finding a redemption of sorts through Carl's (Chandler Riggs) accident. "He throws himself into saving Carl in pretty extreme ways," says Callies. "And I don't know a mother alive who couldn't forgive a whole lot if you went to the wall to try to save her kid—successful or not."

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What about kids—plural? If the CDC's Dr. Jenner did indeed whisper to Rick (Andrew LIncoln) that his wife is pregnant, the reveal isn't happening anytime soon. 

"I've been told we will get resolution on that by the end of the season," says Callies, who thinks it's "significant" because "it matters enough to Rick to keep it a secret—at least for a while.

"Lori is obviously keeping a pretty big secret from Rick [too]," she notes, adding: "A lot of secrets over the course of the season [are] kept...and revealed."

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.

What secrets do you think will be revealed? Will Carl be one of the people "lost" this season? Share your guesses in the comments!

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