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AMC is giving The Walking Dead fans even more reason to look forward to the series’ third season. While we still have more of Season 2 to anticipate, the cable network announced today that the third season will consist of even more episodes.

AMC announced back in October that they were renewing The Walking Dead for Season 3. While the first season of the zombie-apocalypse series, which is based on Robert Kirkman’s graphic novel, consisted of a meager six episodes, the series returned last fall for a thirteen-episode season, with the first seven episodes airing in 2011 and the second half of the season set to resume next month (February 12th). Per AMC’s blog, the network announced today that Season 3 will consist of sixteen episodes.

Sixteen episodes isn’t just a lot for The Walking Dead, it’s a sizable order for any AMC series. Breaking Bad and Mad Men typically air 13-episode seasons on the channel. So this is certainly good news and demonstrates the network’s faith in the series.

If you’re looking forward to The Walking Dead’s return, check out the new sneak peek at “Nebraska” here.

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