‘The Walking Dead’ Season 3 Officially Greenlit

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 19th, 2012 at 11:39 am,

the walking dead season 21 The Walking Dead Season 3 Officially Greenlit

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.

The Walking Dead Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead Season 3 Officially Greenlit

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.

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

Source: AMC

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  1. What month does it start on fx does anyone no?

  2. I love the show it does suck that Shane dies he brought out the thrill and suspense. Just waiting to see what comes next:( over all best show ever! I rate 5 ***** stars good job.

  3. OMG im so excited i am an ultimate walking dead fan. Its so addicting. Ive never missed an episode since day 1 :) i need to know when season 3 will begin!!!!! Im so sad shane died!!! Im so anxiously waiting for the finale on sunday :) if anyone has info on season 3 reply please….. walking dead thank u for the best show ever to be created!!!

    • it starts oct 2012 that what i read

  4. I love this show so much! When shane died, i almost cried:( even though he was going to kill rick and got all messed up, there is still a part of him inside that was good i feel. Im so anxious to see what’s up next because each episode of this show is like a movie.

    • I think Shane was an integral character in the show. he should have just left and gone back in season 3! pls bring him back… he and Darrel were the badass who will save the group!

  5. R.I.P. Dale

  6. i absolutely cant wait for season 3! the season finally of season 2 was awsome . it left me hang off the edge of my bed!! lol !! i cant wait to see what happens with the prison and the hooded girl and walkers on a leash..

    • just watched the the last episode. hoded person was a girl? !?!?!?!?! this show is EPIC!!

    • Well the person with the hood is smart nozombies can get yo cuz there cent is rught there also therearms a iffs thecant get he/she

  7. Love this show and was very glad to see Shane go. But it through me for a loop. I thought for sure the would keep him just because of the tension it caused between Rick and shane. I can’t wait till October, that’s torture.

  8. last episode was great!!!!! if you ask me i would think that having robert kirkland as the guy who puts input is in the best interest of the show. he is the freaking creator of the graphic novels for christ sakes!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Funny how the last half of the season is better than the first half. Good save for AMC and for the fans!

  10. wow! can’t wait for the 3rd season! walkers!…you’re going down! 😀

  11. dale i hated to see go, but shane on the other hand like a lot of people said he deserved it for the way he treated everyone especially rick. he tried to kill rick because he wanted something that he knew he couldn’t have anyway. noone needed to die. if anyony they got it right with shane.

  12. The person at the end looked like a girl with the two armless walkers. i’m wondering if they are from the prison. and if there is a prison that close to hershels house don’t you think they would know about it. just my opinion.


  13. I hate when people tear up a show because “that cant be real… or thats impossible….” ITS A SHOW ABOUT ZOMBIES>… take it for face value and enjoy the story… The Walking Dead is the Best thing on TV… its the willing disposition of belief. so… now.. ON WITH SEASON 3!!!

  14. I love this show best ever I hate that it’s over Can not wait until season 3 ….

  15. I love this show!!! Haven’t been interested in a show for a long while… Don’t want to wait so long for season 3 !!! Can’t wait!!


  17. This show is like a drug. You taste the first episode and you want more, more and more. The best stuff on TV!

  18. things i wished hadn’t happened: the death of Sophia, the death of dale, and the loss of the farm. things i am happy that happened: the death of ed, and the death of Shane. favorite character Daryl Dixon cause he is a bad ass and cared about Sophia even though he didn’t have to. i would love to see him and Carol end up together sometime in all this and believe its just a matter of time before the producers make it happen. also very excited to buy the walking dead toys mostly because they are geared towards teens and adults and it wont be a kids thing ( although ironically sold at toys r us). cant wait for season 3 maybe they will push it to and earlier date due to demand and we can have more before the. fall. fear the herd……

  19. when does the next season start?

    • @ Sarah

      Season 3 starts in October :C

  20. WRITHING in AGONY until season 3. I dont know what is worse waiting for the next season or a Zombie Apocolypse!!!!!LOL

  21. I love the character of Daryl Dixon, though he was f*c*ing hot-headed, he was able to show his “real” personality. Very compassionate and caring.. LOLs… Norman & Andrew rocks… :)

  22. I want to be a ZOMBIE, pleassseeeeeeee… give me just a split second role in the show… :(

  23. wooooooow love it.

  24. Are you kidding me Season 3 starts in october come on. I might just forget there was ever a walking dead show. by then. Great they shoud of just made a movie and got it all ove with. this is BS till October.

  25. hi all, i thought that this series would be a joke and like an american tv show but the more i heard about it the more curious i got then a few people said it was good so i gave it the benefit of the doubt and downloaded the first episode to decide if i would start watching it or not. well i was hooked line and sinker, i have watched the hole season1 and season2 ive already bought the dvd of season1 will be buying season2 WHEN IT DECIDES TO COME OUT :( season3 is pointlessly coming out near the end of the year,thats going to upset alot of fans including me they knew the deal when they got the ratings of season1 so why they are behind on dvd releses and making season3 ill never know.

  26. The devil himself must have made this show zombies, post apocalyptic ending, testing faith, testing gods intentions OMG AWESOME hahaha who was the zelda looking chick with the two trained pitbulls behind her?!? “dear creator” THESE ARE THINGS I NEED TO KNOW why, why must you make me wait till October WHY finally i found a show that actually satisfied my sadistic tenderness ooo i hope you know i will not be able to sleep till October you evil evil people :'( ….*crys deeply LIKE A BOSS! btw Great show the Umbrella Corp doesn’t have enough stars to state how EPIC this show was is was is I R BABOON IM OUT >:P.

  27. What really happened on Shane????
    How did they turn to zombies without being bitten???
    Do they turn to zombies when they die without being bitten???