Tough females are hard to find on The Walking Dead. They’re either sleeping with their husband’s best friend and not keeping an eye on their own son, or they’re fighting with an old man because he didn’t let her kill herself during a huge explosion. And while, Michonne will easily take care of that, Maggie also provided a key role as she was another character to come out of the gate that provided a lot of importance in emerging the often-sidekick Glenn out of his shell. Now, it seems we’ll be seeing plenty more of the relationship in season three, as actress Lauren Cohan just received a raise.
TV Line reveals that Cohan has received the role of series regular for The Walking Dead’s third season. But honestly, on this show that doesn’t mean much. We saw Cohan basically every episode of the last season, while actors Jon Bernthal and Jeffrey DeMunn were also series regulars when they met their own untimely demises during the last year. So, does the status save Cohan from being zombie food? No. But, it does mean we’ll be seeing a great deal more of her.
Executive producer and creator of the comic Robert Kirkman has also revealed that the plan is to split up the 16-episode third year into two parts yet again. ”The idea is we will do eight-and-eight. Getting eight-and-eight will almost be like doing two seasons a year, which is cool.” This means we’ve most likely see the series back in the fall during its usual Halloween premiere time, while the second half of the season will likely air sometime in Early 2013.
Showrunner Glen Mazzara has previously said that he sees the upcoming storyline revolving around The Prison to last until the end of the fourth season. Though the series has not yet gained a fourth year, it seems highly unlikley that the popular series would not. The Walking Dead has been a ratings juggernaut for AMC, and the network showcased that faith in the 16-episode pickup; the most episodes in a season the series has had to date. David Morrissey is set to join the cast as The Governor this next season, while Danai Gurira will join as the katanna-wielding fan favorite from the comics Michonne.