The Walking Dead Rise: Season 3 Starts Sunday

October 12, 2012

Photo credit: AMC

Here’s another reason why zombies should be on your radar this month. The Walking Dead, AMC’s smash hit, premieres this Sunday. After a killer finale last season that attracted a whopping 9 million viewers, the comic book series adaptation returns to thrill fans with its badass characters, CGI brilliance, and blood and guts galore. Let’s take a look at the series so far and see what we can expect from Season 3, which critics are saying could possibly be the best season yet.

The series’ debuted with sheriff’s deputy Rick Grimes waking up from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world ridden with zombies and his wife and son missing. He travels to Atlanta to seek refuge, but he soon discovers that the city is swarming with walkers. A group of survivors helps him escape and reunites him with his wife and son and his best friend, Shane. Assuming leadership of the group, Rick and Shane decide to go to the CDC hoping to find a cure, where they find a lone scientist trying to do so by experimenting on his zombie wife. The season ends with a bang as the scientist enables a failsafe self-destruct on the CDC building and it explodes, leaving Rick, Shane, and the group to search for another safe place.

As the second season begins, the group is looking for shelter and end up on the farm of veterinarian Hershel Greene. Sophia, a little girl in the group, gets lost, and when she’s found, they realize she has become a zombie. It’s left to Rick to shoot her. Shane, who secretly killed another member of the group, attempts to kill Rick, but Rick wins the battle and after killing Shane, watches him turn into a walker right before his eyes. Rick now realizes that everyone becomes a walker when they die; they don’t need to have been bitten. The season ends with a climactic massacre as the zombies attack Herschel’s farm. The survivors are forced to look for a new shelter, and they meet the character of Michonne, the katana-wielding heroine.

In the new season, the group settles down in an abandoned prison that appears to be the perfect refuge from the zombies. But is it as safe as they think? The new season introduces The Governor. It will be interesting to see how this sinister character from the original story is portrayed.

The Walking Dead premieres Sunday October 14 at 9 p.m. on AMC.