The Walking Dead: Season 3 (2012 - 2013)


Season 3
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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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User Ratings: 2766

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Air date: Oct 14, 2012
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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.

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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead Season 3

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (14)

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…
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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…
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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 21, 2020
    This is when I realized the writers were just recycling the same story over and over: They find a haven, think it's safe, then zombies (or humans) show up and destroy it. Sure, there is admittedly more action this season and that action is impressive, but this show overall lacks the one thing no show should ever be without: direction. If a show doesn't move in a direction, there is no tension, no intrigue, and no desire to keep watching. I am not going to watch this show any more.
  • Jun 11, 2020
    Very good. Basically the only thing i didn't like was Andrea. I don't know. She is just kind of annoying. The rest of the season was exactly how a season of „The Walking Dead" should look like.
  • Jun 08, 2020
    the governor is a villain who captivates, causing the series to take a different course from the previous two
  • May 18, 2020
    Season 3 of TWD is one of the best seasons to date. The new change of scenery and the Governor story arc are some of the best things I've watched on cable TV. This season does have some stupid things one of them being the whole Andrea storyline with the Governor, but the introduction of Michonne is amazing. Lincoln, Reedus, Yeun and Cohan and the underrated Scott Wilson make this season a must see. Its filled with moments that make you upset, angry, frustrated and shocked. 4.5/5
  • Apr 13, 2020
    Wow! Truly this is and will always be the best season of The Walking Dead. Everything about it was truly amazing. The storyline of the prison and Rick vs the terrifying new villain called The Governor was scary, eventful, horrifying, and utterly amazing. Speaking of The Governor actor David Morrissey did a AMAZING job playing the scary one eyed man. This is what a true villain and threat is. Other TV shows should look at this villain and take notes. Beyond that we get more great character moments with Daryl and newcomer Michonne and the return of Merel who was great this season. Everything was great about this season. The characters (except Andrea ), the writing, the tension, the blood and gore, the gun fights, just everything. I loved the fact that they also killed off Lori and T-Dog in the 4th episode of 16. That was a crazy moment but totally worth it. Seeing Rick morn about his wife was so interesting to. Just everything about season 3 was great. Twists and shocking events (like the Governor keeping his dead zombie daughter in a cage) keep the city fresh and eventful. I just loved everything about season three and I suggest you watch it. Trust me you won't be disappointed.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    Such a great season , thats where I got extremely hooked
  • Feb 13, 2020
    a good story with a good villain one of the favourite seasons
  • Jan 27, 2020
    Not the strongest season, but a very good season none the less. This is when The Walking Dead begins to shine, and it shows.
  • Jan 07, 2020
    Great season .......
  • Jan 07, 2020
    zombie zombie zombie

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