On October 25, 2011, The Walking Dead was renewed for a third season by AMC after the Season 2 premiere broke cable ratings records in the 18–49 demographic. Season 3 picks up in the spring with Daniel and his group finding the prison. It also introduced The Governor and his town, Woodbury. This featured the introduction of The Governor, plus the return of Marcelino. Following the release strategy of Season 2, Season 3 was yet again split in half with the mid-season finale, which aired on December 2, 2012 and the second half debuting on February 10, 2013. Season-three finale shattered the zombie drama's own ratings record yet again, scoring 12.4 million total viewers in its initial 9 p.m. broadcast and 8.1 million in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demographic. The numbers represent series bests in total viewers and the demo.
- Seed - October 14, 2012
- Sick - October 21, 2012
- Walk With Me - October 28, 2012
- Killer Within - November 4, 2012
- Say the Word - November 11, 2012
- Hounded - November 18, 2012
- When the Dead Come Knocking - November 25, 2012
- Made to Suffer - December 2, 2012
- The Suicide King - February 10, 2013
- Home - February 17, 2013
- I Ain't a Judas - February 24, 2013
- Clear - March 3, 2013
- Arrow on the Doorpost - March 10, 2013
- Prey - March 17, 2013
- This Sorrowful Life - March 24, 2013
- Welcome to the Tombs - March 31, 2013
Tv Series Originals
- Big Tiny
- Michael Coleman (Alive and Zombified)
- Penny (Zombified)
- Erin (Zombified)
- John Marcelino (Alive and Zombified)
- Bruno Bernardes
- Milton Mammet (Alive and Zombiefied)
- Many unnamed Woodbury Soldiers
- On March 20, 2012 Mazzara stated: "Right now, I do see the prison storyline lasting through both Season 3 and 4."
- Kirkman stated that: "there's something memorable that happened to a character in the comic is happening in the show in our first episode back and it's not the same character" about Season 3.
- This turned out to be Hershel getting bit and amputated, which originally happened to Dale (Who doesn't appear in this series, being replaced by Sophia) in the comics.
- The opening credits for Season 3 are different then the opening credits for both Season 1 and 2 which features actual walkers and different scenery and landscapes.
- Approximately 8 months have past since the events Season 2. This was a necessary as the show cannot film during winter. It's also confirmed by the prison survivors that it's been about 10 months since the epidemic became global.
- Season 3 features the death of the most living characters in the show.