The Walking Dead: Season 3 (2012 - 2013)

Season 3
The Walking Dead

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The palpable terror and visceral thrills continue in the third season of The Walking Dead, along with a deeper sense of the people who inhabit its apocalyptic landscape.



Critic Ratings: 33


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Air date: Oct 14, 2012

In the Season 3 premiere, Rick comes upon a potential sanctuary and pushes the group to secure the area.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2012

Traumatic events leave a life hanging in the balance, while the survivors deal with a new threat.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2012

Andrea and Michonne meet a new band of survivors, but conflicts arise.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2012

Lives are endangered when the group gets separated, while in Woodbury, Merle makes an appeal to the Governor.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2012

Rick struggles after experiencing another loss; Michonne has her suspicions about the Governor, who throws a party for the people of Woodbury, but gives it an unusual twist.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2012

Andrea and the Governor bond, while Michonne comes to a decision about Woodbury.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2012

The Governor seeks information, while a new arrival at the prison forces Rick to make a decision.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2012

A situation in Woodbury throws inhabitants for a loop and forces Andrea to take charge, while a new threat arises at the prison.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2013

Rick attempts to rescue an imperiled member of the group, while a recent attack has left Woodbury in disarray. Later, concerns are raised at the prison after new guests arrive.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2013

While the group ponders their next move, Rick sets out to find a missing friend. Later, Merle and Daryl begin to have second thoughts about their choices; and, after restoring order to Woodbury, the Governor determines to punish those responsible.

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In series 3 of the AMC zombie drama, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and his band of survivors finally find some shelter from life on the road. There are only two problems with their sanctuary: It's a prison; and it's infested with walkers. As the group struggle to lock it down and make it into a place where they can live safely, Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) grows closer to giving birth, and her pregnancy storyline comes to a head in the harrowing episode "Killer Within." Meanwhile, Andrea (Laurie Holden) and newly introduced comic-book favorite Michonne (Danai Gurira) travel to the heavily fortified town of Woodbury, run by the enigmatic Governor (David Morrissey), a man harboring dark secrets. In other events, Rick is reunited with Morgan (Lennie James); Glenn (Steven Yeun) and Maggie (Lauren Cohan) grapple with romance in a world overrun by zombies; and tensions build toward a climactic battle between Rick's group at the prison and the Governor and his soldiers from Woodbury.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Lincoln
Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
Daryl Dixon
Lauren Cohan
Maggie Greene
David Morrissey
The Governor
Melissa McBride
Carol Peletier
Scott Wilson
Hershel Greene
Emily Kinney
Beth Greene
Nick Gomez
Chad L. Coleman
Tyreese Williams
Jose Pablo Cantillo
Caesar Martinez
Dallas Roberts
Milton Mamet
Frank Darabont
Executive Producer
Robert Kirkman
Executive Producer
Gale Anne Hurd
Executive Producer
David Alpert
Executive Producer
Glen Mazzara
Executive Producer
Greg Nicotero
David Boyd
Ryan C. Coleman
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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead Season 3

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (18)

Like the comic that inspired it, Mazzara's reconfigured Walking Dead is, above all else, a fine and lean killing machine.

Sep 17, 2013 | Full Review…

All the tightly constructed zombie attack set pieces in the world can't save a show where the living are less interesting than the dead.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

The secret turned out to be surprisingly simple: Fashion a TV show that looks exactly like an MA-rated video game.

Oct 14, 2012 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead is hitting its stride.

Oct 14, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Yes, the new season is that good.

Oct 14, 2012 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

This is way too well-made a series to be dubbed a "guilty pleasure," even if a sizable percentage of the audience may watch purely for the visceral thrills of all that weekly bloodletting.

Oct 14, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

But nothing has been quite as useful or as long-serving as our old friends the great undead. If you require further convincing, simply witness the wonder that is AMC's series The Walking Dead.

Aug 17, 2017 | Full Review…

It's atmospheric, tense and definitely not for the faint-hearted. But jumping out of your skin half a dozen times and desperately trying to fathom who's a secret zombie was more fun than you might think.

Aug 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Although a significant improvement over Year 2, the junior season of AMC's hit zombie serial still suffered from some of the problems that have plagued the series throughout its run, namely piss-poor characterizations and momentum-less midseason arcs.

Aug 27, 2013 | Full Review…

The success of a zombie thriller relies on its ability to surprise within its predictable constraints. To that end, The Walking Dead has fun.

May 19, 2016 | Full Review…

There's no two ways about it: this third season premiere episode is the BEST episode of The Walking Dead since the beginning of the show.

Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…

I am hoping that The Walking Dead takes its cues for future episodes from this year's finale, and settles into a long-form storytelling mode comprised of small, stunning stories like this.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 3

  • Jun 12, 2021
    Definitely one of the best seasons! It has a great villain, intense action scenes, and a lot of great character development.
  • May 11, 2021
    Another great season of this great show. The survivors find a new place to stay on which is the prison, they faced walkers and some criminals. Also, fighting against a dangerous villain called the Governor who has a community and people fighting for him. This season has a lot of action and problems between the living who are the most dangerous in this season.
  • Apr 18, 2021
    Alternating great moments and unbelievably stupid plot points, this season is still pretty good but wastes most of its potential.
  • Apr 15, 2021
    Extremely well paced for starters. The season wasted no time getting Rick and the group settled into their new home. They waste no time establishing the governor or the fact that you should hate him. They get everything you need to see out in very efficient way and I appreciate that. Not only that but it's all very gripping. The gun fights hardly have any score playing in the background, so you just hear the surprise shots, and boom you're in the middle of what feels like an actual war. And they maintain that feeling of "anyone could die" by actively rewarding consequences to negative choices characters make. Characters die, get severely injured, captured. It all plays on the height of intensity. Not only all of that but theres a really beautiful character arc for Rick in this season.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    The best season thus far. Engaging storylines bolstered by a stellar, growing ensemble cast.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    Excellent I love it bro
  • Mar 30, 2021
    Exquisite! Probably my second-favorite season. The governor was the icing at the top of the cake. Rest in peace Merle.
  • Mar 15, 2021
    Season 3 gives the show an amazing atmosphere in the apocalypse with a compelling Villain and heartbreaking moments.
  • Mar 10, 2021
    This gets better every season
  • Feb 08, 2021
    This season was spectacular in my sight Everything in season is perfect. Screenplay, Performance, The soundtrack is top and many things. Very good

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