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The third season of AMC’s television series The Walking Dead Season 3 DVD Box Set premiered on October 14, 2012 and featured 16 episodes. The series is based on the series of comic books of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard; it was developed for television by Frank Darabont, and is executive produced by Kirkman, Glen Mazzara, and Gale Anne Hurd. As in the comics, the season is set in both an abandoned prison and an active rural town of survivors. It introduces several notable characters from the comics, including The Governor, Michonne, and Tyreese.
The The Walking Dead Season 3 features ten major roles receiving star billing, with eight returning from the previous season and two new cast members introduced; six were listed as main cast members in the second season, while Lauren Cohan and Michael Rooker are promoted from recurring status, and Danai Gurira and David Morrissey are added to the main cast as Michonne and The Governor, respectively. Scott Wilson is also promoted to series regular, however also like Melissa McBride is credited as “also starring”.
AMC renewed The Walking Dead for a third season on October 25, 2011 after the season two premiere broke cable ratings records in the 18–49 demographic. On January 14, 2012, AMC announced that the third season will contain 16 episodes.
Filming for the The Walking Dead Season 3 DVD Box Set began in May 2012 in Coweta County, Georgia, with the city of Senoia being used as the filming location for the town of Woodbury. Ernest Dickerson directed the season premiere episode. Greg Nicotero, co-executive producer and special make-up FX artist on the series, directed the fifth episode of season 3 after already having directed the season 2 episode “Judge, Jury, Executioner”. He also returned as a zombie in the episode “The Suicide King”, after portraying two different zombies in the first season. In November 2012, Glen Mazzara announced that Ernest Dickerson would direct the season finale.
After the conclusion of the third season of The Walking Dead DVD Box Set, Mazzara will step down from his position as showrunner and executive producer for the series, in a mutual agreement by both Mazzara and AMC. The press release read, “Both parties acknowledge that there is a difference of opinion about where the show should go moving forward, and conclude that it is best to part ways.”