The last eight episodes of Season 3 of the Walking Dead are scheduled to begin airing on February 10 – and it’s about time!
AMC has been leaking video trailers and spoilers since October, while fans of the graphic novel series have been combing through the books to see what comparisons can be made between the comic storyline and the scraps of visual information gleaned from the trailers.
Certain infamous cliffhangers from episode 3.8 have grown a life of their own on the blogospheres; will Daryl survive the showdown with Merle? Will Andrea leave the Governor and return to Rick’s group? Watching the clips, people have second-guessed that Daryl will survival – but will he survive the rest of the season? And as for Andrea – there are indications that series creator Robert Kirkman is going to extend the Governor’s television life expectancy past his prearranged demise from the graphic novels, thus leaving room for additional romantic consternation from the series’ most prolific lover of bad boys.
AMC has promoted the theme of the next eight episodes as “An Eye for an Eye”, highlighted by a poster of Rick’s face in the foreground with one of his eyes symbolically not in the camera shot, and The Governor in the foreground with his new eye patch. Is this a hint of the ‘tragic injury’ that Rick will purportedly sustain this season? Kirkman has stated before in interviews that he regrets the original severe injury Rick received from The Governor while held hostage at Woodbury; could this be a way of maintaining the integrity of the story while still ensuring that no characters remain unscathed?
Last week, AMC released the title names of the remaining eight episodes of Season 3. "The Suicide King" debuts on February 10, and according to various reports Andrea will intervene in the Merle vs. Daryl death match, all of Rick’s people will flee to the prison, and The Governor will plan an attack on the prison with his Woodbury Army.
Episode 3.10, reportedly titled “Home”, will be followed by “I Ain’t A Judas”, and will probably focus on the two storylines of Andrea and Merle, intermingled with Rick's anticipated showdown with the Gov. Could these be the episodes where Daryl must make an ultimate decision? The next two episodes are titled “Clear” and “Pale Horse,” an obvious reference to Pestilence, the fourth horse of the Apocalypse.
When episode 3.14 airs, it is currently titled “Killer Within, Part II” and promises to wrap up some unfinished business from the first part of Season 3, to be followed by an episode called “This Sorrowful Life” and the season finale titled “Welcome to the Tombs”.
According to The Inquisitr, “Welcome to The Tombs” is the final episode of Season 3. The Walking Dead spoilers indicate that during the episode Rick determines that someone in the group has been tricking them… Someone in Rick’s group supposedly commits suicide, and the fearless leader who dazzles female fans when wearing “sexy dirt” blames Tyrese for the death.
In keeping with the ‘no one is safe’ mentality of the series, AMC has stated that at least one more major character will not survive Season 3. Legions of fans have promised to riot if Daryl dies – it is only a matter of time to find out if AMC has been listening to what the fans want, or if the show will continue to shock viewers with more unexpected deaths of beloved characters.