The third season of The Walking Dead will debut on October 14.
The announcement came today as part of the show’s panel at ComicCon.
The panel also included a screening of a new trailer for season three. \
The panel confirmed that Merle, last seen in season one, will return next year. For those of you who forgot, Merle was last seen on top of a department store in Atlanta, handcuffed to a pipe.
As for what else is ahead, star Andrew Lincoln says that this season will about Rick becoming the group’s leader.
“He’s been pushing people away to protect his son; in doing so, he loses his humanity,” Lincoln said. “Rick has isolated himself from the group and in his marriage and that’s the way he’s been protecting everybody… The season is very much about him realizing that he does need other people to survive.”