According to The Nielsen Company over 9 million viewers tuned in on Sunday evening, which makes it the highest viewed episode of the series. It’s also the number one drama series in basic cable history among adults & men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. The finale grew more than 50% in total viewers over season one.
In a released press statement AMC president Charlie Collier said ”Congratulations to everyone associated with AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ and thank you to the fans for creating, literally, record-setting television.”
The 2nd season finale also left us with some plot lines heading into next year. For instance, the prison looming in the background lets readers of the comics know what the next major plot line will revolve around. For those wondering who the dual sword wielding, zombie dragging hero was that saved Andrea’s life, well it was announced yesterday that it was Michonne, who is a major character in the comic books. It was also announced that Danai Gurira had been cast to play Michonne, although it wasn’t her in the finale. Earlier this year it was announced that David Morrissey was cast as The Governor, another major character from the series. Walking Dead producer Glen Mazzara told EW that they intend to show two different story lines next year, one with “Rick’s band of survivors”, and the other with “the Governor’s world of Woodbury.” They also hint that Michael Rooker will be back next season as Daryl’s brother Merle. And finally, next season is also going to be longer, this time 16 episodes instead of the 13 that aired this year.
It’ll be a long wait for sure, but if the series picks up where this season left off, it’s sure to be well worth it.