Last week, "The Walking Dead" debuted its second season to records shattering ratings; which made the question of its renewal "when," not "if."
Earlier today, AMC made it official and picked up "The Walking Dead" for a third season.
"Today we are pleased to announce that the 'dead' shall live as we proudly renew 'The Walking Dead' for a third season on AMC and, globally, with our terrific partners at Fox International Channels," said AMC's President, Charlie Collier. "We are thankful for everyone's contribution in front of and behind the camera as we continue to make 'The Walking Dead' a unique television experience. And, we are so proud as it continues to set viewership records around the world."
Notably missing from the announcement was the return date for the series or the number of episodes. But given its high performance among viewers, another October debut and 13 additional episodes seem very likely.
Despite a summer of creative turmoil that saw the ouster of original showrunner Frank Darabont, the continued success of the series proves that the audience will continue to come as long as there is no apparent drop in the quality of the show. However, the turmoil is rumored to have caused Stephen King and Joe Hill to pull out of writing an episode of "The Walking Dead" because of their loyalty to Darabont.
As it is, viewers of "The Walking Dead" are going to have a long wait after the seventh episode airs on November 27. AMC plans to put the series on a holiday break before airing the final six episodes of season two starting on February 12, 2012.
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