The Walking Dead shambles ahead to a super-sized 3rd season

Looks like there's a zombie explosion coming, because The Walking Dead is about to get an extended run. AMC has big plans for next season, which include a serious episode boost. The network has confirmed that season three will be bigger and better than the first two.

The first season of The Walking Dead consisted of only six episodes. It was short, sweet and long enough to get us hooked. For season two, AMC ordered 13 episodes, which were split into a fall and a midseason run. While at this year's winter TCAs (Television Critics Association), the network revealed that The Walking Dead's third season would grow to 16 episodes.

But that's not the only good news.

The producers have also hired two new writers. According to Zap2it, Nichole Beattie and Sang Kim are joining the Walking Dead team. Beattie previously worked on the defunct AMC drama Rubicon, while Kim wrote for TNT's Hawthorne.

[Spoilers for the first half of season two below]

The last time we saw the survivors, they were still holed up on Hershel's farm. Shane's issues with Rick were made public, the zombie barn was exposed, and they had to take down one of their own. What's going to happen next? Will Rick still be the leader? Or will Shane stage a mutiny?

The Walking Dead midseason premiere airs Sunday, Feb. 12.

(via Coming Soon)

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