Mazzara is no longer apart of the writing staff, so it'll be interesting to see how this season pans out.
In regards to the show's characters, Lori rounded out my top three. She's still one of my favorites to date, after Daryl and Rick of course. My fascination with her probably has to do with the fact that I love Sarah Wayne Callies.
Come the fuck at me.
Also, AMC released what is the first picture from the upcoming season. It's a production shot, though, so I doubt it will spoil anything. God, Andrew Lincoln look so fucking badass.