Two years ago AMC debuted its TV adaptation of “The Walking Dead” on Halloween. The move paid off dividends as overnight the cable network had the hottest show on television. While that initial season was only comprised of six episodes, AMC doubled-down on the episode count for season two and saw a ratings bonanza as a result. Tonight season three of “The Walking Dead” debuts and if history is any indication, the record books are about to be altered yet again!
When “Dead” ended its second season back in March, audiences were left with a haunting shot of our survivor’s next location; prison! While the singular shot of the sprawling compound made famous in the comic book ended another stellar season for the AMC drama, it also set the stage for what is sure to be another highly rated premiere.
The prison setting isn’t the only thing getting fans excited for the show’s return tonight as this season will introduce the villainous “Governor” character from the comics (played by David Morrissey) as well as the mysterious Michonne (played by Danai Gurira) who was briefly introduced in the finale.
Yet the biggest buzz is surrounding the return of Michael Rooker as Merle. The redneck hell raiser had been missing from the show since the tail end of the first season where he cut off his own hand to escape from a hoard of approaching zombies. Ever since then viewers have been waiting for his return, especially after he appeared in a season two hallucination sequence alongside his brother Daryl, played by Norman Reedus.
Together these storylines set the table for what promises to be an exciting third season after a haunting finale that pushed all of the main cast members to their emotional limits. Yesterday at the show’s New York Comic-Con panel, series lead Andrew Lincoln told the crowd it doesn’t get any easier for our band of survivors.
“I walked into the writers room and asked, what do you think Rick’s breaking point is? Well, that’s the worst thing I could have asked. We find out this season.”
After what Lincoln and his crew went through in season two, you shudder to think what else can be thrown at these people, but on a show with such a high body count, everything is in play. With a number of fan favorites written out of the show in season two (and according to that same Comic-Con panel more reportedly on the way for season three), audiences will have to be constantly adapting to the changing storylines just as much as the characters themselves. While the stakes aren’t nearly as high, viewers have still become attached to the cast which should send the ratings even higher!
“The Walking Dead” returns tonight on AMC.
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“The New Normal”
“The Mob Doctor”
“Ben and Kate”
“The Mindy Project”
“Made In Jersey”
“Sons Of Anarchy”
“The X Factor”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“The Good Wife”
“Once Upon A Time”
2012 Fall Preview Coverage:
–Most Promising Comedies
–Most Promising Dramas
–Least Promising Series
–Celebrities To Watch
-Week 1: Ratings Winners & Losers
-Week 2: Ratings Winners & Losers
-Week 3: Ratings Winners & Losers