New Character Announced for Season 3′s The Walking Dead

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So, let’s start off with something non-spoilery in case you haven’t seen last night’s season 2 finale of AMC’s “The Walking Dead”. Ratings. It’s being reported that last night’s finale ratings drew 9 million views and broke records for the hit zombie show. 6 million views came from adults 18-49, hitting series highs in total viewers and all key demo categories. Vs. the Season 1 finale, “The Walking Dead” was up a big 51% in total viewers, 50% in adults 18-49 and 50% in adults 25-54 (5.3 million).

That said, everything after this point has some spoilers regarding last night’s episode, so if you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading after this. Stop. Reading!

On the finale last night, when it looked like Andrea was about to bite the dust, or rather, be bitten by a zombie, she was saved at the last second by a mysterious woman armed with a sword. And who was she? None other than Michonne. In a press release, it’s been announced who’ll be playing the coveted role, which you can read below:

AMC has cast actress Danai Gurira (“Treme”/”The Visitor”) in the coveted role of Michonne in its original series, “The Walking Dead.” Tonight’s season two finale first featured the iconic character who will reappear in season three of the AMC series. Michonne, a fan favorite from Robert Kirkman’s comic book series, is a mysterious woman armed with a sword.

“The Walking Dead” tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse, following a group of survivors who travel in search of a safe and secure home. The series goes on to explore the challenges of life in a world overrun by walkers, where the interpersonal conflicts often present a greater danger than anything else and over time, the characters grow willing to do almost anything to survive.

“The Walking Dead” received rave reviews from countless critics, both domestically and internationally. “Above all else, “The Walking Dead” hasn’t lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it’s thrilling” (The Hollywood Reporter). “…with Dead’s riveting cast of characters, the personal dynamics are almost as potent as the gory thrills” (US Weekly). “The Walking Dead is a feast. Dig in.”(The Guardian- UK). “It doesn’t even take three minutes to realize that this series is setting standards” (Der Tagesspiegel-Germany).

“The Walking Dead” secured a 2010 Golden Globe nomination for best television series and won the 2011 Emmy award for outstanding prosthetic make-up. It is executive produced by Glen Mazzara, Gale Anne Hurd, Robert Kirkman and Dave Alpert.

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