The Walking Dead season three will be broken up into two parts much like season two.
The 16-episode run will kick off on October 14th and run for eight episodes before taking a brief break then resuming the rest of the season in early 2013.
Series creator Robert Kirkman tweeted today that work officially wrapped on the mid-season finale. I wonder what kind of “cliffhanger” they have in store this time.
In addition to that update, Kirkman also supplied his followers with a taste of this building exterior which comes from the haven of Woodbury, prominently featured in the upcoming season.
"We became what we are! We are surrounded by the dead. We’re among them and when we finally give up, we become them! We’re living on borrowed time here. Every minute of our life is a minute we steal from them! You see them out there. You know that when we die, we become them. You think we hide behind these walls to protect us from the walking dead? Don’t you get it? WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD!"
I was thinking a lot about this statement that Rick Grimes made in the comic after watching last night’s episode of The Walking Dead. [Spoilers Ahead] The set up of Rick telling Shane that they should conserve their bullets makes sense. It also makes sense that less noise is better so they don’t attract the walkers. What I thought was weird immediately was that they would use such small knives to do this and that they would cut themselves, spread blood to lure the walkers, and then stab them close up (granted there was a fence separating them) giving the walkers a chance to get so close. OK, all that aside, Rick and Shane both killed zombies in apparently that same method (although they don’t show Shane doing it, we assume he cut his hand and spread blood on the fence too. He may not have, but what matters is that he used his knife to kill the walker). Upon inspecting (not very thorough I might add) the two now really dead cop walkers, Shane notes “There are no bite marks, maybe they were scratched.” (I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the basic shit he said). They leave the two cops and head out to get rid of Randall. Rick & Shane get into a fight which Lori Lady Macbeth’d them into and via a giant wrench Shane throws he ‘wakes up’ a bunch of walkers in the building. The chase ensues.
Shane gets trapped in a bus with a bunch of walkers trying to get in and eat him. Now this is the important part. Shane cuts his hand (this time I assume is really the first time he does this) with the knife he used to kill the cop walker to kill a walker trying to get in the bus. My thought here is that Shane is now infected. Shane’s storyline is anyone’s guess at this point, because he died in the comic a long time ago and he has signed on to do another pilot (Can he really be on multiple TV shows? Sure. But will he? Probably not and the end of this season seems like a good time to kill him off).
It looks as though Rick is going to leave Shane in the bus, but he looked at the two dead cop walkers and must have thought of himself and Shane and had a change of heart. Rick and Randall comes back in a perfectly advertised Honda to save Shane.
Let’s wrap these final thoughts about the episode in bullets to make it easier (for myself):
- Everyone is infected with whatever happened to start the zombie apocalypse. Everyone will turn into a walker when dead. It doesn’t matter if they get bitten or not. Is this what the doctor at the CDC whispered to Rick in the season finale last year? We now know it wasn’t that Lori was pregnant, right?
- If this theory of mine and many other people is true why doesn’t blood splatter infect you or change you or whatever?
- What is Randall’s deal? Who is he really and who is he with? How many people are with him? It seems as though we may find this out next week
- Now that it’s been announced that The Governor will be played by David Morrisey please let is be a matter of time that Michonne is cast and that is announced since her storyline is entwined with The Governor’s storyline.
There’s a few things I wanted to get into about the return of The Walking Dead. [There’s spoilers in here so beware]. I really like the show and I may be in the minority by saying I don’t mind the lack of zombies in this season overall. This may be because I have always felt the story is about the people and how they cope in the world with zombies. Now, don’t get me wrong I love zombies and definitely would love to see more of them, I’m just not too upset about it either. How the people cope in the zombie-infested world was finally brought into the show much better than it was in the first season (the Latino gang at the nursing home) with the introduction of Tony & Dave. Robert Kirkman talks to the Hollywood Reporter about this episode and the season.
THR: Was casting a known actor (Michael Raymond-James, Terriers, True Blood) as Dave a way to tease viewers that he might be The Governor?
Kirkman: I was always hoping that people would think he was potentially The Governor. We were definitely casting him because we wanted people to believe that that role was very important because we knew how the episode ended.
THR: Rick shoots Tony twice for good measure but it’s unclear if Dave is really dead. Is there a chance he survived?
Kirkman: You’ll get the answer to that very early on in Episode 9. Maybe he got him on the first pass, maybe he didn’t.
I had this same thought when watching this week’s episode and maybe someone seeing next week’s episode already will be able to debunk this theory. I also thought that maybe Merle will be The Governor if Dave is dead. We still have yet to see anything about him.
My next thought, and the producers, showrunner, everyone involved in the show has really been out there saying people are going to be dying soon.
THR: That’s if she survives the car crash. Is there a possibility we could see Lori follow the comics trajectory and be killed off sooner rather than latter?
Kirkman: Any character can go at any moment. That’s a really compelling story. If the viewers get to a point where they sit down to watch The Walking Dead and they truly believe that anyone could go at any moment, we’ve done our jobs. I don’t know that we’re quite there yet but we’ll get there eventually. No one is safe in this show. You might start to see that soon.
THR: How will the group deal with the ramifications of Lori’s accident? Will there be another search?
Kirkman: If there were to be a search for Lori, and I don’t want this to be read as any spoilers as to what Lori’s fate is, but any kind of search for Lori would be hugely repetitious over the search for Sophia. There will be no search for Lori. We will definitely see the direct outcome of this car crash very early on in the next episode but it will not lead to a search.
I bolded and italicized that last line because HOLY SHIT COULD WE REALLY DEAL WITH THAT? If you’ve read the comics you know Lori dies eventually [I told you there would be spoilers above}, I just never thought she would die this early if she is one of the people they keep hinting at will die. What I think may happen is that she lives, but loses the baby which will give them a way of not having to rely on Hershel. These are all theories of course since I haven’t actually seen next weeks episode in which these points are supposed to be quickly dealt with.
It seems like they finally looked up “pacing” in the dictionary! Fingers crossed for more zombies, less walking in circles bitching about love triangles. The second half of the season premieres February 12 at 9pm.
The Walking Dead gets incredibly close to asking a central question, although then it gets distracted by all the fleeing and chopping. Last season, the show dabbled in Lord of the Flies–style theories on the degradation of society, but with its familiar, archetypal characters (wife-beating redneck, saintly old man, heroic sheriff) it felt like rote bickering and posturing. However, by the end of the first season it did slowly tiptoe toward another idea, and this season continues in that same positive direction, asking, What makes me me? How do I know who I am? And what would have to happen either around me or within me to alter or nullify that knowledge? It’s a topic The Walking Dead is uniquely qualified to delve into.
Can The Walking Dead Turn From ‘That Zombie Show’ Into Something Deeper?
This is exactly the direction I hope The Walking Dead heads in, especially with 13 episodes to devote to character development and, of course, killing zombies.
The first of seven episodes of The Walking Dead premiere tonight at 9:00p.m. on AMC, the series will go on hiatus, and then return on February 12, 2012.
Source: New York Magazine
The six webisodes, made exclusively for the web and directed by Greg Nicotero, tells the tale of one of The Walking Dead’s most iconic walkers.
These are definitely worth watching and a surprisingly well told story altogether. They’re also just as graphic as the show to be warned. I think I only rolled my eyes at one line during the sixth webisode, you’ll know it once you hear it.
The Walking Dead Season 2 premieres Sunday October 16th at 9:00p.m.
The Walking Dead Season Two Teaser Trailer