The Walking Dead Returns For A Third Series

Comic-Con 2010 - Walking Dead banners

Comic-Con 2010 – Walking Dead banners (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The third season of hit AMC series The Walking Dead returns to British screens later this autumn. English actor Andrew Lincoln stars in post-apocalyptic drama that see’s his character, sheriff Rick Grimes, lead a group survivors in a world overrun by zombies. For those of you who haven’t seen the first two series here is the brief premise of the series without too many spoilers:

Premise

Rick Grimes is the local sheriff who gets shot whilst apprehending some criminals. He survies but is in a coma. When he awakes from his coma in hospital there are no staff in the hospital and he is barricaded in his room. Still weak, weary and on intravenous antibiotics, he stumbles out of his room to find the hospital abandoned with dead bodies lining the corridors and car park. Elements of a once large military force are present. Confused and still not really well enough to travel he tries to make his way home to his wife and child, played by Sarah Wayne Callies and Chandler Riggs respectively. course, when he gets there the house is empty and their belongings are gone. Eventually, after meeting other survivors and getting up to speed with the situation, he is reunited with his wife and son. Rick’s best friend and partner Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) had been looking after them and became leader of a group of survivors. Cue happy reunited family. But, as often happens in these situations (well, at least in the movies: Pearl Harbour for example) the wife took comfort with her husbands best friend. She doesn’t confess to this right away, which leads to lots of various tensions within the group over the 2 seasons. Rick gradually replaces Shane as leader of the group as they decide to try and find their safe haven. They lose members of their group on their travels and find more out about just what happened to cause this chaos.

Walking Dead Truck

Walking Dead Truck (Photo credit: ewen and donabel)

Unique Aspects

What makes this zombie drama unique is the simple fact its a television series not a film. Television enables a significantly greater level of character development than in films. This allows for personal stories of characters trials and tribulations to be told alongside the bigger zombie narrative. Furthermore, because its television it can cover a long period of time after the zombies started, meaning we get great discussions of democracy and morality in this series. For example, one of the strong themes in The Walking Dead is suicide. Just how long do you keep trying to survive for before just giving up hope and ending your life in a more humane way. The survival instinct is also another aspect of the series. Some characters develop a survival of the fittest mentality and will do anything to survive. Others optimistically believe there might be a cure to fix everything that has happened, so they avoid killing zombies unless absolutely necessary. Alongside the powerful performances of the actors, the series also has high production values. This isn’t necessarily a good thing if you are the squeamish type.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead (Photo credit: Med PhotoBlog)

Third Series

So now to the third series. We were left with several cliffhangers at the end of series two, I won’t go into more details for the benefit of anyone who has yet to watch it. But the third series will feature a new area, new characters and of course more zombies. The most notable addition to the cast is another British actor. David Morrissey  joins the group with the intriguing character title ‘The Governor’. I’m a big fan of Morrissey particularly from State Of Play and Thorne, so I am very excited by this piece of casting. The third series will have 16 episodes in two 8 episode blocks. This extended run is primarily after the success of the second series, which as well as being critically acclaimed set new records for viewing figures in the 18-49 demographic.

The new series of The Walking Dead airs on Friday 10th October at 10PM on the FX Channel.

About scottmdewey

Journalism, Film and Media Graduate from Cardiff Uni. Arsenal fan. Technology fan. Dreams of being a TV producer

Posted on October 10, 2012, in Television and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hi Scott. I really like David Morrissey as well, Scott, and Andrew Lincoln, too, but I gave up on TWD after the first season. It’s beautifully made, thought-provokng stuff and the acting is excellent, but I just found it too grim, to be honest. I reviewed a couple of the first season episodes at unpopcult and I meant to start watching season 2 but ultimately just could not face it. Doesn’t sound like it got any cheerier….

    • Thanks for the comment CJ. I can totally understand where you are coming from there, I was quite surprised with the level of grotesqueness in the series, especially as the person who recommended the series to me is squeamish . However, I think the producers delight in the goriness of it and in a weird way it adds to the quality aesthetics and making of the show. But no it did not get any cheerier…

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