‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Officially Greenlit

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 19th, 2012 at 11:39 am,

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What Happens Next: ‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Details Revealed

Zombie masses will continue to live on (or something like that) in AMC’s The Walking Dead, which has officially been renewed for a third season.

Following fantastic ratings for the first two episodes of the show’s second season – including record-breaking numbers for the season two premiere, titled “What Lies Ahead” (read our review) – AMC has gone ahead and (not surprisingly) put in an order for at least one more season of the horror/drama series.

Here is an official statement on the matter, from AMC president Charlie Collier:

“Today we are pleased to announce that the ‘dead’ shall live as we proudly renew ‘The Walking Dead’ for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels. We are thankful for everyone’s contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make ‘The Walking Dead’ a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world.”

While “What Lies Ahead” seemed to inspire love/hate reactions from dedicated Walking Dead fans, that episode’s (relatively) mixed reception had little effect on the ratings for its followup, “Bloodletting”, which managed to attract some 6.7 million total viewers in the U.S., dropping only about 8% in total viewership from the record-breaking season 2 opener.

That strong hold was proof enough for AMC that fans are still interested enough in the direction the Walking Dead TV show is taking (from a narrative standpoint) to not abandon ship anytime soon.

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Daryl Dixon and Rick Grimes won't be done battling zombies anytime soon.

However, there’s legitimate reason to be concerned (or, at least wonder) about the quality of The Walking Dead once the show reaches the half-way point of season 2 – which marks the end of Frank Darabont’s time as the series’ head honcho. The messy behind-the-scenes drama which led to Darabont’s departure between the airing of season 1 and 2 was bad enough to leave many fans worried about the show’s quality in later season 2 episodes.

We’ll soon find out whether Darabont’s guiding input was the glue holding this critically-respected ratings monster together – or if the rest of the Walking Dead production team (including new showrunner Glen Mazzara and original Walking Dead comic book creator/show producer Robert Kirkman) can keep things running smoothly for at least another season and a half.

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The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC

Source: AMC

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  1. I am one of the Dishnetwork customers that just switched my provider to DirecectTV just to watch The Walking Dead and that was last week when I switched, and today I hear that Dish put AMC back on, WTF!!! This switch has been a major hassel and Dish puts it right back on one week after the premiere of the new season. They sure cost me alot of money and had to sign another 2 year contract plus I have to figure out where all the channels are again, What a crock. I think AMC and both of the Satalite companies and probably the cable providers are all in it together. I honestly think all of this crap was done just to stimulate the acconomy, I mean think about it, how many people broke thier contracts with Dish and had to pay them fees and how many people had to sign new contracts with Direct TV. This all created work for alot of people atthecost of the subscribers. I think the Goverment owns all the media companies anyways, I love the Walking Dead and alot of other shows on AMC, but I think it was pretty sorry of them if thier in on this conspearicey with the satalite and cable companies.
    I hate the way we are at the mercy of the Ones running the show(Goverment), You have to pay unreal prices for TV that you probably really only watch a few hours a day anyways and then you get interested in a show like the Walking Dead and then they take it off for what ever reason and then you either swap providers to be able to watch it or you just give up on watching shows you love.
    What a bunch of bull, I miss the good old days of free TV, but I wouldn’t want to give up my access to all I have now but if anything like this happens again, I will probably be the first to terminate my service with all of them and go back to local tv.
    As for the Walking Dead,its my favorite and I have really enjoyed all of the episodes from the start, those guys really do a great job of acting and special effects, writeing the story line and scripts. I don’t want to leave any one out because they all do a great job. I can’t wait to see the next episode. AND THATS MY TWO CENTS WORTH, THANKS , Jim

  2. Honestly I figure since AMC begged all the Dish customers to Drop Dish, They should have atleast done the same. Pratice what you preach AMC!!!!

  3. is there going to be a third season in the walking dead?