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).

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