It probably won’t come as a shock to the many die-hard fans of AMC’s hit post-apocalyptic thriller The Walking Dead, but the network has already renewed the Emmy Award-winning series for season 4 before season 3 has even begun. While there is no “official” word just yet – the news comes off the announcement of a contest on the network’s Website that gives a lucky fan the chance to appear on set for season 4.

Interested fans looking to win a 3-day, 2-night trip to the season 4 set of The Walking Dead next year need not give up a pound of flesh – just simply roll up their sleeves. AMC, in conjunction with the American Red Cross, is forming a nationwide blood drive between now and 11:59/10:59c on Monday October 22th. The sweepstakes is open to those over 21, residing in the US and Canada (except Québec).

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Just to reiterate the fact that The Walking Dead hasn’t actually received an “official” renewal yet (and to smooth over their obvious flub), AMC has released a brief statement on the matter:

“The Walking Dead has not been renewed for a fourth season. There was no inadvertent pick-up of the series. Season three premieres October 14th. Promotional sweepstakes give-aways which involve prospective future season visits or opportunities are common practice in television. The sweepstakes rules clearly state AMC may award a substitute prize if the future season opportunity is not available.”

Despite the AMC’s attempt to call backsies on the zombie drama’s season 4 renewal – with the The Walking Dead’s season 2 finale delivering a record-setting 9 million viewers and the highly-anticipated season 3 introducing many long-awaited fan-favorite characters and storylines from the comic book –  it seems a season 4 renewal is almost-certainly a sure thing.

The Walking Dead rises again Sunday, October 14th @ 9/8c on AMC and will be followed by the post-series chat-show Talking Dead @ 10/9c

Source: MTV