The Walking Dead returns in February, but a third season will now run even longer…
The first season of The Walking Dead, launched globally around Hallowe'en 2010 (on AMC in America and FX in the UK) was a mere six episodes long and it returned in October 2011 with thirteen episodes to play out – split into two sections a la Doctor Who's recent run. Seven episodes have been shown of the second season and the final six will be seen from February.
But news comes that the third outing, presumed to launch in October 2013 will now have SIXTEEN episodes to enjoy, once again split into two runs either side of the Christmas holidays. Two new writers will join the team, now including Crash/Hawthorne's Sang Kim and Nichole Beattie (John from Cincinnati/Rubicon). Glen Mazzara took over from Frank Darabont soon after Season two began production and the change caused some serious controversy as to the reasons. However Mazzara is a capable pair of hands and the series has retained strong ratings, though its plotting differs slightly from the comic (by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard) that inspired it.
Charlie Adlard is interviewed in #241 of Impact, out this month.