Exciting news for Zombie lovers everywhere. AMC recently revealed that season 3 of the hit show The Walking Dead will consist of 16 episodes. This means that the show is actually doing well financially and the studio is able to expand the season and make room for (hopefully) more action and more awesomeness.
AMC announced from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour in Pasadena, CA that the third season of “The Walking Dead” will have the 16 episode run despite that the previous season orders had been for 13 episodes. AMC’s international broadcast partner FOX International Channels (FIC) will follow the 16 episode order and structure a similar schedule worldwide.
Here is the official press release for the show:
Season two of the critically acclaimed global hit series continues to deliver the strongest telecasts for any drama in basic cable history against Adults 18-49, as well as, top international pay-TV ratings on Fox International Channels’ (FIC) major markets. “The Walking Dead” is based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. Glen Mazzara serves as series’ showrunner and executive producer. Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert and Frank Darabont are executive producers with Greg Nicotero as co-executive producer.
“The Walking Dead” has received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestic and international, who heralded the series as “above all else, ‘The Walking Dead’ hasn’t lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it’s thrilling” (The Hollywood Reporter), “…with Dead’s riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills” (Us Weekly), “‘The Walking Dead’ is a feast. Dig in.” (The Guardian, UK), “It doesn’t even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards” (Der Tagesspiegel, Germany).
“The Walking Dead” secured a 2010 Golden Globe(R) nomination for Best Television Series – Drama and won the 2011 Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup. The series tells the story of the months and years that follow after a zombie apocalypse. It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.
Personally, I love love this show. Some critics have panned that the characters are flat and therefor don’t produce what they want, but I think the show does a fantastic job of making the audience feel scared, or nervous or suspiciously happy at all the right times. Maybe with this longer episode season order the producers can begin fleshing out the characters but even if they don’t, I will still watch the show.