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.
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