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On October 25, 2011, The Walking Dead was renewed for a third season by AMC after the Season 2 premiere broke cable ratings records in the 18–49 demographic. Glen Mazzara continued as showrunner for the second and last consecutive season.
Season 3 picks up in the spring with Rick and his group finding the prison. It also introduced The Governor and his town, Woodbury. This featured the introduction of The Governor and Michonne, plus the return of Daryl's brother, Merle. Following the release strategy of Season 2, Season 3 was yet again split in half with the mid-season finale, which aired on December 2, 2012, and the second half debuting on February 10, 2013.
Season-three finale shattered the zombie drama's own ratings record yet again, scoring 12.4 million total viewers in its initial 9 p.m. broadcast and 8.1 million in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The numbers represent series bests in total viewers and the demo.
Since the second season, Rick has seemingly been forgiven by the group after the events that transpired, and once again, earns their trust. Rick and the group stumble upon an abandoned house, kill all of the walkers inside and decide to stay there for a while to eat and rest until another group of Walkers approach the house, causing them to flee.
While Rick goes hunting with Daryl, they both stumble upon the prison. Rick realizes it's the perfect place (because there would be plenty of food, guns, and medicine). Rick shuts the main gate of the prison, while the rest of the group distract and kill the walkers. Lori pleads with Rick to let them stay at the prison for a few days. Rick rebuffs Lori, revealing that he has not forgiven her and is still bitter. That night, Hershel asks Beth to sing "The Parting Glass", and along with Maggie, she does. The next day, Rick and the rest of the group clear out the remaining walkers blocking the entrance to the prison and now have a secure cell block. The group finds riot gear, flash grenades, and other useful equipment. Rick, Maggie, Glenn, Hershel, T-Dog, and Daryl look for the cafeteria and infirmary, only to be ambushed by a group of walkers. Glenn and Maggie are split from the group, but Hershel insists on going back for his daughter. Hershel finds Maggie but is bitten in the lower right calf by a stray walker in the hallway. The group takes Hershel inside the cafeteria area and Rick, acting quickly, amputates the lower portion of Hershel's right leg to keep the infection from spreading. Five men in prison garb then appear, and Daryl aims his crossbow at them.
Meanwhile Michonne, a new survivor, is seen in a pharmacy where she kills three walkers and then leaves with medicine for a sick Andrea. Even though Andrea urges Michonne to leave her behind, Michonne refuses and they are later seen leaving the storage unit and entering the woods together.
Picking up from the last episode, Hershel is rushed back to Cell Block C and are followed by Axel, Tomas, Big Tiny, Oscar and Andrew. A standoff occurs between the prisoners, T-Dog, and Daryl with Rick intervening. Rick tells them about how the world has been completely overrun by walkers (as the prisoners had no knowledge of the outside world). Because Tomas wants to claim the prison for his own. Rick cuts a deal with him to help them secure a separate cell block in exchange for half of their food. While Rick and the others do so, Carol, Lori, Maggie, Beth, Carl, and Glenn stay in the cell block and try to save Hershel. Hershel even stops breathing at one point, but Lori saves him. Clearing a cell block for the prisoners Big Tiny is scratched by a walker and then killed by Tomas while the group is discussing what to do. Once they reach the room before the cell block, Tomas ignores Rick's warning and opens up both doors, causing a herd of walkers to rush in. During the fight, Tomas tries twice to kill Rick by swinging his weapon too close to Rick and pushing a walker on top of him. After the walkers are cleared, Rick retaliates by chopping Tomas in the head with the machete. Andrew runs away, but Rick locks him on the outside where Walkers are roaming. Rick decides to let Axel and Oscar live and goes back to Cell Block C. Rick holds Hershel's hand as he awakens and thanks Lori for saving Hershel's life. He meets up with Lori outside, and for the first time in months, he touches her. He then claims that the group is grateful for saving Hershel and walks away without making eye contact.
This episode answers one of the series' big questions...What was that helicopter that seemed to be patrolling the Georgia countryside. Andrea and Michonne witness the helicopter crash in the near distance and upon investigating. They find another group of survivors led by The Governor who saves a surviving soldier. It quickly becomes apparent that Michonne doesn't want anything to do with these strangers as she readily sacrifices her docile walkers she’s been traveling with when they start to make noise. It’s all for naught, however, as Merle – complete with his nifty new appendage – happens to stumble onto his old acquaintance and her traveling companion. Later, Andrea finds herself being tended to by a nurse, and after some catching up with Merle, The Governor shows up and are tells the women to stay and get a good night’s rest and their weapons will be waiting for them on the way out. After a brief discussion, the man reveals that anyone who dies will turn, a shocking surprise to the girls. Andrea and Michonne are then introduced to "Woodbury," a small town with 73 residents. We also meet another of The Governor's men, Milton who is studying Michonne's pet walkers, taking note of why they're docile. Later, on we see a survivor of the helicopter accident, Welles, who informs The Governor about how he left ten men behind so he can scout ahead. The Governor promises that if they are still alive, he will bring them back. As The Governor drives up to the location of the surviving soldiers, he waves a white flag and informs them of the helicopter accident. He asks for their help and to come back to town. As the troops start to let their guard down they get ambushed and killed by The Governor and his men. The Governor and his men return to Woodbury with their vehicles, weapons and supplies and he gives a speech to the town about how they were too late to save the soldiers, but should honor them and gives thanks for the supplies they left behind. Michonne appears to be the only one distrusting the story. That night, we got a glimpse into The Governor's apartment. As he takes a look at a seemingly old photo of his wife and daughter he makes his way into a secret room. As he sits in his recliner we see an enlightened look on his face as he stares at some fish tanks filled with 27 heads. Among those are the newly added ones of Michonne's pet walkers and the pilot.
While planning to burn all the corpses from walkers the group killed inside the prison, Rick and the others receive an unexpected visit from Axel and Oscar. The two want to leave the prison which everyone but T-Dog is OK with. While Rick, Daryl and Glenn go to get wood to burn the corpses, walkers start to invade the courtyard, forcing the group to split up. They learn someone broke the latch on the gate which allowed the Walkers to enter. He thinks that either Axel or Oscar committed the crime. Soon after, a loud prison alarm is attracting walkers and Rick, Daryl, Glenn, and the two inmates make their way to the generator room to shut off it off. T-Dog and Carol runs off after T-Dog is bitten on the shoulder. He saves Carol by holding back a group of walkers, causing himself to be devoured. Meanwhile Rick is attacked by Andrew, the inmate that Rick left out in the prison yard but managed to survive. Andrew is then shot in the head by Oscar. On the way back, they find T-Dog's corpse being devoured by two walkers, which Rick can barely look at. In another generator room, Lori is about to give birth. Maggie is forced to do a Cesarean section, knowing it will kill her. Carl says goodbye to his mother, and after she dies, he puts a bullet into her brain. After regrouping and realizing that there are still people missing, Rick demands to search for Lori but hears an infant crying. As Rick notices that Lori did not return with Maggie and Carl, he correctly assumes the worst and sobs over the loss of his wife.
Rick is seen to be furious and mentally deranged as he picks up his axe lying in the prison's courtyard, heading to find Lori's body, slaughtering various Walkers along the way. Hershel sends Daryl and Maggie off to get formula for the baby, and Daryl puts Beth in charge of Carl. Axel and Oscar help Glenn dig three graves for the fallen ones. Hershel appears and Glenn goes to find Rick, attempting to convince him to rejoin them outside. Rick slams Glenn against the wall before walking off without a word. When he finally reaches the boiler room, he discovers Lori's body is gone, but finds a bloated Walker in a stupor from overeating. Rick shoots the Walker in the head before stabbing its stomach multiple times. Meanwhile, Daryl and Maggie have returned. The group, now with Axel and Oscar, is gathered in Cell Block C. While sitting in a daze on the floor of the boiler room, Rick distantly hears a baby wail and a phone ring. Rick walks up and answers the phone, saying "Hello?".
In Woodbury there is a party. Michonne leaves after finding some caged walkers. She kills them all and threatens The Governor. After she has left, Milton, Martinez, Merle, and Tim go off to find some new walkers for the big event that evening; a fight between Merle and Martinez with chained walkers around them which Andrea looks on in disgust.
Rick talks to the person on the phone. The person on the other line, a woman, says she will think about allowing Rick and his group to merge with hers. She then hangs up, prompting Rick to check on Carl and the rest. Later, he gets a call from a man from the woman's group. He begins to question Rick, including the means of Lori's death. Rick refuses to talk about it, and the man hangs up and breaks down. Rick then informs Hershel of the other group, but when Hershel picks the phone up, he hears only static. Hershel asks Rick if he wants to talk, but he declines the offer.
Rick talks again on the phone and the woman tells him that she is Lori and that he was "talking" to the people who had died previously -- Amy, Jim, and Jacqui -- and Rick breaks down again, showing how sorry he was for not telling her how he felt about her and allowing her to die. The connection breaks up and Rick hangs up. He walks out of the prison with the baby and the group, before handing it to Carl. While searching the lower levels of the prison, Daryl finds Carol’s knife in a walker. Later, he notices a door budge and opens it, revealing a weakened, but alive, Carol inside and takes her back to the others.
Merle, Tim, Crowley, and Gargulio search the woods for Michonne but she ambushes them, decapitating Crowley and impaling Tim before escaping as walkers arrive. Later, Merle and Gargulio are ambushed once again by Michonne but walkers appear again. She escapes again but is shot by Merle. After losing sight of her, Merle suggests that they go back and inform The Governor that they killed her, but Gargulio fears lying to The Governor, so Merle shoots him, going back himself.
Glenn and Maggie made their way to town. Michonne sees them from behind a car and watches as they gather supplies. Merle then sneaks up, and Glenn and Maggie raise their guns toward him. Merle recognizes Glenn and asks about Daryl, learning he's alive. After a scuffle, Merle holds Maggie hostage and orders Glenn to drive the three of them to Woodbury. Michonne heads to the prison with the supplies and is spotted by Rick
Andrea and The Governor get to talking and Andrea tells him that she belongs on lookout. He allows it and is berated for going over the wall to kill a Walker. Andrea and Philip talk about Andrea's behavior and he thinks she's no longer suitable for the wall. She admits that she enjoyed the fights and was angered that she enjoyed them. Philip then alludes to her that she likes him as well. They enjoy a drink outside and end up sleeping together.
Michonne in a group of walkers outside the prison, holding formula in a basket. Rick rescues Michonne and brings her into the prison when she collapses while fighting walkers. She is then questioned by Rick and threatened by Daryl. After Michonne tells the group how two of their own were taken by the man who shot her and offers to get them inside Woodbury. Rick names his newborn daughter "Judith" on Carl's suggestion.
Meanwhile, at Woodbury, Merle interrogates Glenn for the location of his group. Glenn is beaten. Merle sets out a walker on him, but he still survives. He warns that his group will come for them. Merle seems to be concerned because both Glenn and Andrea say that they went back for him.
The Governor threatens Maggie with rape, but she also refuses to talk. However, when he threatens to kill Glenn in front of Maggie, she finally breaks and tells them about the prison and their group. The paranoid Governor tells Merle and Martinez to lead a group to scout the prison, inside the dangerous Red Zone. Also, Andrea assists Milton with an experiment to test if walkers can retain any of their past memories. When their test subject turns and attacks, Andrea kills him. After evading a large group of walkers, Rick, Daryl, Oscar, and Michonne finally reach the walls of Woodbury.
A burly survivor, Tyreese, his younger sister Sasha, and their fellow survivors Ben, Allen, and Donna, fight their way through a walker herd in the forest. Donna gets bitten but remains with the group as they take refuge in the back side of the prison. They are found by Carl who leads them into the prison common room and insists that Donna be killed since she was bit in the arm. "We take care of our own," Tyreese says. Sasha objects when Carl locks them in the room, but Tyreese points out this is the best living situation they've had in weeks.
The Governor tells Merle about his plan to wipe out Rick's group and let walkers repopulate the prison. He suggests Merle enlist Daryl as their inside man. The Governor orders Merle to bring Glenn and Maggie to the "screamer pits" before Andrea finds out about them. However, they ambush him as Rick and the group make their way in and gunfire erupts. The rescue team regroups and Glenn tells Daryl that Merle is alive and working for The Governor. Daryl wants to find Merle to try and convince him to let them go, but Rick insists that he stay by his side. Meanwhile, Michonne sneaks into The Governor's apartment and waits for him to return. The rescue team makes a run for the wall. Andrea, disobeying The Governor, shoots at them, not knowing who they are. The group climb over the wall and hide in the bushes to plan their next course of action, although Daryl and Michonne are still missing from the group.
Back at The Governor's apartment, Michonne discovers his secret room and find walker Penny. As she positions her katana to kill Penny, The Governor comes in begging her not to kill her Michonne stabs Penny through the head and he attacks Michonne in a rage. As the two fight, Michonne manages to grab a shard of broken glass and stab him in the eye. The Governor reels as Michonne prepares to finish him off, but Andrea walks in and draws her gun. The two women stare at each other but Michonne flees. The Governor cradles Penny's body. The Governor, with a gauze over his eye, realizes Merle lied about Michonne being dead and tells the angry and freighted crowd that Merle betrayed them to “terrorists” and shows Daryl as proof. "You wanted your brother," The Governor tells Merle, "now you got him."
In the arena, The Governor declares that Merle and Daryl will fight to the death and the two play it off until Rick and the rescue team come to their aid. Later, the group rendezvous with Glenn and Michonne at the car where they last parked it and the two are appalled that Merle is with them. Merle informs the group that Andrea is sleeping with The Governor. The group is shocked to learn Andrea is alive and well in Woodbury. They refuse to let Merle return with them so Daryl leaves with his brother. Rick will only let Michonne stay until she’s healed. Glenn, on the way back lets out his rage at Rick for his decisions until Maggie calms him down.
Back at the prison, Hershel warns Tyreese that his group might be leaving when Rick returns. Allen wants to ambush them but Tyreese and Sasha shoot the idea down. When Rick returns but ignores Tyreese's group. That night, Hershel tells Rick that Michonne won't be well enough to travel for another couple of days and convince him to let her stay. As for Tyreese’s group, despite their sincerity, Rick refuses to let them in. When he hallucinates Lori in the shadows, Rick becomes frantic and waves gun saying “get out” Unsure who Rick is screaming at, Tyreese's group starts to back away and leave. Everyone stares at Rick as he frantically paces the common room.
Back in Woodbury, chaos ensues and people are being block from leaving and walkers are still attacking people. The Governor remains in his apartment and only comes out to put down a bitten citizen. Andrea urges him to reassure them, but Philip refuses and confesses to his captivity of her friends reasoning that she is “just a visitor.” Later, Andrea rallies and pacifies the crowd with promises of perseverance and rebuilding as The Governor watches from his window.
Rick continues to see Lori and as the group worries for his sanity. While Rick is still absent outside the prison gates, Glenn makes an executive decision to fortify the prison against The Governor. Hershel finally talks to Rick and he tell the old man about his visions of Lori and needs time to figure things out.
Daryl and Merle, despite going off alone together, are not getting along. They encounter a group of survivors and after Daryl rescues them, Merle wants to loot their things. Daryl holds his brother off while they drive off. Merle angrily stalks Daryl into the forest and chastises him for risking his life to help strangers. Daryl points out that Merle's continued bitterness toward him is just leftover anger from being abandoned in Atlanta. After a fight, Daryl decides to go back to the prison and, after contemplation, Merle begrudgingly follows his little brother.
Out of the blue, The Governor attacks the prison, killing Axel and dropping a “walker bomb” in the courtyard before leaving with his group. Glenn picks up Hershel and Michonne in a car while Rick is struggling to fight off Walkers until he is rescued by the Dixon brothers and they head for the prison.
The survivors regroup in the cell block following The Governor's assault. Rick and Glenn want to stay and face The Governor; Hershel thinks they should flee. Merle tells them The Governor won’t stop until they are all dead. As Rick surveys the walker-infested prison yard, Carl expresses his opinion to his father that he should stop being the leader.
In Woodbury, The Governor tells Milton to enlist residents aged thirteen and up to fight. Milton calculates that will give them 35 soldiers. After confronting the Governor about the prison attack, she decides to go to the prison, with Milton’s help, to escape to make peace with her former companions. Arriving at the prison, she is initially treated as an intruder until they learn of her true intentions. While catching up, she tells them about negotiating peace with Philip, but they are doubtful of the prospect. She is encouraged by Carol to kill Philip in his sleep. While laying with Philip, she pulls a knife out but cannot bring herself to kill him.
Milton finds and takes Tyreese’s group to Woodbury. The Governor welcomes them to stay as long as they like, then brings up Rick's group. Tyreese recounts his experience at the prison and offers to join the fight.
Rick, Carl, and Michonne driving to King County, in hopes of finding weapons at the police station Rick used to work at. They encounter Morgan Jones who has become deranged since Rick last saw him. Morgan nearly kills Rick until he reminds the unstable man of who he is. Morgan tells how he killed his wife after she bit Duane and could reach him on the Walkie-talkie let alone find him. Morgan refuses to go with him as he has to “clear,” but allows Rick to take the amount of guns he needs.
While Rick deals with Morgan, Carl goes off to look for stuff and reluctantly allows Michonne to follow him despite trying to get away from her more than once. When they reach a bar, Carl reveals his reason to go there was to get a photo of his mom for Judith. She decides to help him get with success.
Michonne, Carl and Rick depart. Back on the road they see a freshly killed body, a hitchhiker they left behind earlier. They take his backpack before leaving.
Rick and members of his crew enter a barn where they meet The Governor, Andrea and other members of Woodbury to negotiate a way out of conflict. They two leaders remain wary of each other and question each other’s leadership. The Governor demands Rick’s surrender or die. However, Philip offers a compromise, bring Michonne to him and Rick and his people will be left alone. Rick has two days to decide.
Outside, Milton scribbles in a notebook, explaining he's making a record of events post-apocalypse. A small group of Walkers approaches. Daryl, Andrea and Martinez take turns killing them, flaunting their combat skills while Milton and Hershel bond. After Rick and Philip exit the barn, the Woodbury group leaves as Rick rustles with the decision to turn Michonne over.
At the prison, Merle packs a duffel bag full of guns and announces his plan to kill The Governor. Merle asks when Glenn tries to stop him. The two brawl, in which Maggie and Michonne intervene, while Beth ends the fight by firing a single shot into the ceiling, without saying a word.
As the Governor prepares a torture room for Michonne, Andrea begins to see the true nature of the Governor and attempt to kill him multiple times and fails each time. She leaves to warn and return to Rick’s group only to be captured by The Governor and imprisoned in his torture room.
While Milton also questions The Governor’s motive, he still has faith in him.
Tyreese and Sasha question their role in Woodbury while Allen and his son are ready for the chance to take Rick’s group down for forcing them out when they needed help. After seeing a pit full of Walkers, Tyreese is appalled and nearly kills Allen after arguing with him when the latter recalls his choices.
In the middle of the night, an unknown person douses the pit walkers in gasoline and lights them on fire.
Rick tells Daryl about The Governor's offer. Daryl and Hershel try to dissuade Rick from giving up Michonne, but Rick insists it's their best shot at saving lives. Merle warns that The Governor won't kill Michonne; just torture her. Rick finds cable to bind her but decides to not turn her over.
Merle takes matters into his own hands and kidnaps Michonne to deliver her to The Governor. As they drive on the road, they talk and Merle decides to let Michonne go and take care of The Governor his own way. He succeeds in downsizing his army but is found and killed by Philip.
Back at the prison, Glenn asks Hershel for Maggie's hand in marriage. Hershel gives his blessing. Michonne returns and tells Daryl what happened. Rick gathers the group and discloses The Governor's offer. He concedes that he doesn't want to be the only person making decisions for the group anymore. Daryl finds his brother as a Walker and put him down while distraught.
The Governor brutally beats Milton for torching the pit of walkers and forces him to kill Andrea. When he refuses, Philip stabs him and declares one way or another, Milton will kill Andrea and leaves them in the room. Andrea attempts to free herself as Milton slowly dies and turns into a Walker.
The Governor’s army arrives at the prison that apparently has been abandoned. When they reach the “tombs,” the smoke grenades go off and the army is chased away by gunfire. After they get far enough, The Governor tries to get them to go back but they refuse. Angered, he shoots them, including Allen and leaves with Martinez and Shumpert. Karen, the survivor of the massacre, is found by Rick and the group and they head to Woodbury where they convince Tyreese to let them in. They find Milton dead and Andrea bitten. After a talk, she asks Rick to let her kill herself before she turns. Rick agrees and Michonne stays with her to the end.
Rick brings the rest of Woodbury to live in the prison and is healed mentally and emotionally as he no longer sees his hallucination of Lori.
|Title||Writer(s)||Air Dates||U.S. Viewers|
|1.||"Seed"||Glen Mazzara||October 14, 2012 (US)|
October 19, 2012 (UK)
|2.||"Sick"||Nichole Beattie||October 21, 2012 (US)|
October 26, 2012 (UK)
|3.||"Walk With Me"||Evan T. Reilly||October 28, 2012 (US)|
November 2, 2012 (UK)
|4.||"Killer Within"||Sang Kyu Kim||November 4, 2012 (US)|
November 9, 2012 (UK)
|5.||"Say the Word"||Angela Kang||November 11, 2012 (US)|
November 16, 2012 (UK)
|6.||"Hounded"||Scott Gimple||November 18, 2012 (US)|
November 23, 2012 (UK)
|7.||"When the Dead Come Knocking"||Frank Renzulli||November 25, 2012 (US)|
November 30, 2012 (UK)
|8.||"Made to Suffer"||Robert Kirkman||December 2, 2012 (US)|
December 7, 2012 (UK)
|9.||"The Suicide King"||Evan T. Reilly||February 10, 2013 (US)|
February 15, 2013 (UK)
|10.||"Home"||Nichole Beattie||February 17, 2013 (US)|
February 22, 2013 (UK)
|11.||"I Ain't a Judas"||Angela Kang||February 24, 2013 (US)|
March 1, 2013 (UK)
|12.||"Clear"||Scott Gimple||March 3, 2013 (US)|
March 8, 2013 (UK)
|13.||"Arrow on the Doorpost"||Ryan C. Coleman||March 10, 2013 (US)|
March 15, 2013 (UK)
|14.||"Prey"||Evan T. Reilly|
|March 17, 2013 (US)|
March 22, 2013 (UK)
|15.||"This Sorrowful Life"||Scott Gimple||March 24, 2013 (US)|
March 29, 2013 (UK)
|16.||"Welcome to the Tombs"||Glen Mazzara||March 31, 2013 (US)|
April 5, 2013 (UK)
- Big Tiny
- Sean (Alive and Zombified)
- Welles (Alive)
- Lori Grimes
- Haley's Father (Confirmed Fate)
- Haley's Brother (Confirmed Fate)
- Daryl's Mother (Confirmed Fate)
- Michael Coleman (Alive and Zombified)
- Bob Adams
- Penny (Zombified)
- Richard Foster
- Erin (Zombified)
- Jenny Jones (Zombified, Confirmed Fate)
- Duane Jones (Alive, Confirmed Fate)
- Martinez's Wife (Confirmed Fate)
- Martinez's Kids (Confirmed Fate)
- Merle Dixon (Alive and Zombified)
- Noah (Off-Screen)
- Robbie (Off-Screen)
- Rowan (Off-Screen)
- Dr. Stevens (Off-Screen)
- Eileen (Off-Screen)
- Betty Coleman (Off-Screen)
- Milton Mamet (Alive and Zombified)
- At least 6 Unnamed U.S. Military Soldiers
- 1 deer
- 1 unnamed Hermit
- Many unnamed Woodbury soldiers
On January 14, 2012 it was announced from the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Pasadena, California that AMC's third season of The Walking Dead will consist of 16 episodes. AMC's international broadcast partner FOX International Channels (FIC) will follow the 16 episode order and structure a similar schedule worldwide.
On February 24, 2012, it was announced that David Morrissey had been cast as The Governor, a major antagonist in the comic series. Morrissey will be a main cast member in the third season, which begins production in the first quarter of 2012.
On March 17, 2012 it was announced that Michael Rooker (Merle Dixon) will appear in the third season.. On March 20, 2012 Glen Mazzara tweeted that the prison is being built especially for the series.
Danai Gurira has been cast as Michonne.
As of April 4, 2012, there is a general outline for season 3, but there are no scripts yet.
It has been revealed by Glen Mazzara via Twitter that Stefan Schwartz will direct episode 14.
The Walking Dead cast is scheduled to begin shooting small town of Senoia, Coweta County, Georgia in May 2012 and construction of sets began in February 2012, involving 60 local carpenters. Scott Tigchelaar of Raleigh Studios Atlanta says people can expect to see the town a little dirtier than normal to fit the look of the show.
On April 2, 2012 Mike Riley and Seth Zimmerman of AMC Television attended a Senoia City Council meeting — telling the council that the film series will be shooting in Senoia throughout 2012 and possibly in 2013, too. In the series, the town will be a place cordoned off from the zombie infested world outside. “You’re in a safe environment, If you’re outside it, you’re not,” Riley said. He said the town will be governed by “a benevolent dictator.”
The television crew will “build a temporary, movable perimeter wall." Portions of Travis and Main streets will be closed to traffic at times during scenes that show the wall.
“It will look like a gate” made from “various paraphernalia — old tires, doors,” Riley said. The wall will be made so that is can be stored between episodes.
The block from Travis Street to Seavy Street “right now is being considered as our main set,” Riley said. An area of Johnson Street may also be used. Some episodes may be almost entirely filmed in Senoia, and it is possible one or more episode might not be filmed in the town at all.
Cast and crew will arrive in Senoia on May 31 to film “the episode that premiers the town,” Riley said, “Once the town is established, it becomes a recurring location for us.”
“Walking Dead” has its principal set at Raleigh-Riverwood studio in Senoia.
For the first episode, “we’ll be filming in Senoia, for eight days,” Riley said. “We may be doing some filming at night in that episode. We may be filming at night for some of the other episodes, as well.”
Most filming will be done on weekdays.
Riley said grass would need to be left uncut in certain areas at times and said signs would be placed to let local residents know why the grass was high. He also said “anything we do to the buildings — anything we do to Senoia” will be put back in “as good or better shape when we pull out at the end of the season.”
Senoia has been a popular location for film production, including “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “Pet Sematary 2” and television series including Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva.” Riley said the “Walking Dead” season of shooting will be different from what the town has experienced with previous productions. “This is long-term,” he explained. “You’re used to having a film crew come in and shoot for week or two, and then they’re gone.”
- This season is mainly based on "Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars", "Volume 4: The Heart's Desire", "Volume 5: The Best Defense" and "Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life" from the Comic Series.
- This season debuts a new opening sequence, replacing the one used from "Days Gone Bye" to "Beside the Dying Fire".
- This is the last season written and produced by Glen Mazzara.
- This is also the last season in which he is the showrunner of the series.
- There were numerous additions to the main cast in Season 3.
- Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Scott Wilson (Hershel) and Michael Rooker (Merle) were upgraded to series regulars from the recurring cast in previous seasons.
- Rooker was credited as a main cast member starting with his first appearance in the season, "Walk With Me", and was listed as a regular for the rest of the season.
- Wilson is listed under the "Also Starring" section, despite his status as a series regular.
- Melissa McBride (Carol) is still credited under "also starring" despite being a series regular since the previous season.
- McBride and Wilson continue to be credited in the episodes they do not appear in.
- Danai Gurira (Michonne) and David Morrissey (The Governor) are series regulars from their first appearances in the season.
- Despite her character being killed off in "Killer Within", Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori) continues to be credited for the remainder of the season. Callies would make several appearances as Lori throughout the rest of the season.
- Both Sarah Wayne Callies and Laurie Holden (Andrea) are credited over the same image in the title sequence (unlike any other actor), and coincidentally, both the characters they portray are killed off in this season.
- Lauren Cohan (Maggie), Scott Wilson (Hershel) and Michael Rooker (Merle) were upgraded to series regulars from the recurring cast in previous seasons.
- On March 20, 2012, Mazzara stated: "Right now, I do see the prison storyline lasting through both Season 3 and 4."
- Kirkman stated that: "there's something memorable that happened to a character in the comic is happening in the show in our first episode back and it's not the same character" about Season 3.
- The opening credits for Season 3 are different then the opening credits for both Season 1 and 2 which features actual walkers and different scenery and landscapes.
- Episode 8, "Made to Suffer", shares its name with Volume 8 of the comics.
- Episode 15, "This Sorrowful Life", shares its name with Volume 6 of the comics.
- New characters from the comic, in this season are: Axel, Andrew, Michonne, Caesar Martinez, Dr. Stevens, Penny, The Governor, Allen, Ben, Donna and Tyreese.
- Approximately 8 months have past since the events Season 2. This was necessary as the show cannot film during winter. It's also confirmed by the prison survivors that it's been about 10 months since the epidemic became global.
- The song "Black", by Kari Kimmel, was used in the trailer.
- For Season 3, the make up team used darker skin tones for the Walkers to show further decay as time has progressed.
- Season 3 has by far the most differences from the source material it adapts.
- Funeralwise.com found that The Walking Dead was the most violent show on TV in the fall of 2012, with 308 dead (or undead) bodies shown in the eight episodes aired of the show's third season.
- During his comicbook.com Q&A, Mazarra revealed that he actually pitched a scene set in a French lab with subtitles, but he decided to write the idea off, since "...the writers thought I was nuts".
- The promotional poster of part one appear in chapter 32 of the manga Gakkou Gurashi.(http://mangafox.me/manga/gakkou_gurashi/v06/c032/20.html)
- ↑ Ryan Turek, Walking Dead Season 3 Will Be Broken In Two, Robert Kirkman Tweets, "work officially wrapped on the mid-season finale." Shock Till You Drop, (August 10, 2012).
- ↑ Season 3 Episode Announcement, AMC.
- ↑ The Walking Dead Season 3: Michael Rooker Confirms His Return as Merle, Daily Dead, (March 17, 2012).
- ↑ Glen Mazzara, GlenMazzara, Twitter, (March 20, 2012).
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 W. Winston Skinner, 'Walking Dead' filming in Senoia regularly in month of May, Times Herald, (April 4, 2012).
- ↑ The Walking Dead Season 3 Details Emerging, Dread Central, (February 3, 2012).
- ↑ Walking Dead shooting in May, Lilja's Library, (February 3, 2012).
- ↑ Scott West, ‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner On What We Can Expect From Seasons 3 And 4, Science Ficton.com, (March 22, 2012).
- ↑ Kevin Fitzpatrick, The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara Talks About The Prison, Michonne and Future Comic Characters, "Right now, I do see that prison as a significant storyline for season 3 and season 4." TVOvermind, (March 27th, 2012).
- ↑ Lesley Goldberg, 'The Walking Dead' Producers, Cast Reflect on Bloody Season 2, Tease What's Next The Hollywood Reporter, (April 14, 2012).
- ↑ Patrick Kevin Day