The Walking Dead: Season 3 (2012 - 2013)

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Season 3
The Walking Dead

Critics Consensus

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.

88%

TOMATOMETER

Critic Ratings: 33

86%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 2620
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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 14, 2012
2
Air date: Oct 21, 2012
3
Air date: Oct 28, 2012
4
Air date: Nov 4, 2012
5
Air date: Nov 11, 2012
6
Air date: Nov 18, 2012
7
Air date: Nov 25, 2012
8
Air date: Dec 2, 2012
9
Air date: Feb 10, 2013
10
Air date: Feb 17, 2013
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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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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 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.
  • Jun 09, 2019
    The third season of this phenomenon really improved over the second season. The pacing was a LOT better, the gore and darkness of this apocalyptic wasteland definitely shined, introducing the first ever antagonist (besides Shane), and the katana wielding badass Michonne, the return of Merle, raising the stakes higher for the group, and losing a BUNCH of characters that we all know and love. But this season definitely had a weak conclusion. The death of Andrea was a HUGE mistake and she could've turned herself around to live up to her comic counterpart, but they cut her off way to short. So "Prey" and "Welcome to the Tombs" were probably the weakest episodes imo. I really loved the return of Morgan though! :)
  • May 02, 2019
    though the new environment isn't easy to adapt, but the atmosphere the show progresses from still adds tension to their source material
  • Apr 04, 2019
    The amount of blood, aggression, and gore see in this season are enough to ask if this tv show wasn't pushing the boundaries for what was allowed to be aired at this time. The episode begins on a high note with a winding turn when Rick comes across a safe-haven in Seed. The mind-numbing loss of a fond character in Say the Word and the guilt Rick has to face for letting it happen is just breathtaking. This is more than a horror tv show. It's a drama, suspense, and psychological thriller all wrapped in one with an overlying feeling of horror while watching it unfold.

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