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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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.

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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

  • Oct 16, 2020
    Great season, where the best thing is clearly the development of the characters and the relationships between them. The war against the Governor begins! I loved!
  • Oct 05, 2020
    Best season, best villain, and the best pacing we saw.
  • Sep 23, 2020
    This is possibly the best one. Does it have its issues, sure, but it has 16 episodes that last more than 40 minutes, can you blame the show for it? Just have fun with it and join the ride. There is a lot to admire from season 3, both as improvements over its previous runs or as quality aspects that have vanished ever since
  • Aug 20, 2020
    The series is overly contrived with boring drama and unrealistic violence. Season 3 is even more boring than seasons 1 &2
  • Aug 18, 2020
    Best show i have ever seen
  • Aug 14, 2020
    Woodbury and the governor are spectacular elements that give TWD another season of vitality and quality. It seems that the creativity of these producers never ends. I recommend!
  • Jul 26, 2020
    The initial gang are still interesting but Andrea was so annoying throughout, and I think the Governor is overrated
  • Jul 26, 2020
    It's a rehash of ideas from season 2 while it's characters become less interesting.
  • 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.

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