As a trope, zombies are an interesting concept. Theories vary on what they represent at a given cultural moment — some suggest it harkens back to our latent fears of pursuit predation, which is why The Terminator and the creature from It Follows give us that same feeling of dread, while others liken it to fears of conformity and loss of identity, which is where we get Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and its countless, unironic imitators.
And then there’s The Walking Dead, which is more or less about how people suck whether they’re dead or not, and about which the creator himself has gone on record admitting he just wanted to make a soap opera with zombies. The television show is proving true to its name, shambling through its sixth season at the moment with showrunner plans for at least six more, despite repeated calls from critics to put the poor thing out of its misery. Its episodic story games produced through Telltale have so far proven a little more reserved in their presentation, with just two five-episode seasons and a currently-running three-part miniseries spotlighting the character Michonne — but speaking with Mashable, the studio revealed today that it plans move ahead with a third full season, beginning later this year.
“From a role-playing, interactive storytelling point of view, it is not from the bag of tricks that we’ve ever shown anybody before,” says Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner. “The way that we’re dealing with and validating and retaining all those different playthroughs [from Season Two] is really cool and unexpected and, I think, pretty innovative from the storytelling point of view.”
While the first season of Telltale’s Walking Dead adhered to a pretty linear storyline, with many of its choices funneling back into the same conclusions within a couple chapters, the game’s second season starring hard-as-nails preteen Clementine had several divergent endings. So it remains to be seen whether Telltale’s third season will pick up with Clementine as the protagonist again (probably not) or introduce a new hero, someone with their own ethical quandaries and emoting to do.
We’re likely to learn more about Season Three as we get closer to a release window, maybe in the summer in time for the San Diego Comic-Con. In the meantime, Telltale’s Michonne miniseries has released two of its three episodes, with its final installment expected next month.
Kris Ligman is the News Editor for ZAM. Their zombie apocalypse survival rating is somewhere around 3/100. Eat their brains on Twitter @KrisLigman.