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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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…

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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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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 3

  • Dec 02, 2019
    This is imo the best season of the walking dead. David Morrissey (Who plays "The Governor") presents himself in such a profoundly mysterious way. There's no getting around the fact that he is the presented villain on the walking dead! I've watched this season, probably way too many times, and it's all because of his one character. Also, Meryl and the prison are very interesting components.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    This might be my favorite season
  • Oct 19, 2019
    What a ride! This season is full of tension and epic moments. Wow!
  • Oct 01, 2019
    The same scale as Season 1, but this time it's in a prison
  • Sep 26, 2019
    There are much better Zombie films than this. I would recommend you stay away from this film if you want to be entertained. This series has nothing going for it except that I ended up feeling like a zombie with how much I was waking up and falling asleep watching this. Bore on!🖕🏾👊🏿👎🏿
  • Sep 22, 2019
    muy buena temporada y el villano gran papel en esta temporada
  • Sep 18, 2019
    Carry's on the good work from the previous season with great new characters (and you gotta love Merle).
  • Aug 19, 2019
    This is where the series starts to pick up. Not only was the walkers more creative but the storytelling became way more daring. Episode 4 shocked the hell out of me but it is when I knew that I was sticking with this show to the very end. Andrew Lincoln's acting was masterful. Episode 12 with Danai Gurira and Lennie James was just award-winning. Definitely one of their best seasons.
  • Jun 28, 2019
    Despite a fair amount of lesser episodes and a very lacklustre ending, the third season of The Walking Dead soars almost effortlessly as the perfect character-, story- and set-pieces seem to fall perfectly into place.
  • Jun 21, 2019
    Great way to show what humans will do when their lives are threatened and how human nature effects what one will do. Has some the best moments in the series and introduces one of the best villains seen in the show.

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