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The final two episodes of The Walking Dead Season 3 will be jaw-droppers. The finale — Episode 16, "Welcome to the Tombs" — will air Sunday, March 31 on AMC.

A few days before Episode 15 aired, showrunner Glen Mazzara told The Canadian Press he plotted this season "as a historical novel" building toward "the first major battle between surviving groups in the aftermath of this zombie apocalypse." He added, "Everyone's in play now, everyone's on stage, everybody has a stake in it and I think it'll be a very interesting, surprising ending for the fans. I know it won't be what people will expect but I think hopefully it'll be emotionally satisfying."

Interesting. In early February, Mazzara told The Wrap, "The season finale will set up Season 4, but there'll be a satisfying end to this season. I don't think it's fair to fans to leave too much of a cliffhanger. … We're going to look for some time of resolution that satisfies viewers at the end of the 16-episode run but also leaves questions so people are excited to come back for Season 4."

Dallas Roberts (Milton) gave a cliffhanger-ish tease earlier this month to Entertainment Tonight: "The Walking Dead fans will not feel cheated by the finale. It's not a soft close for sure. As [the season] starts to wrap up, it gets stronger, crazier and weirder. Although you'll never see it coming, when it cuts to black at the end of season three, there will be millions of mouths agape." Mouths agape!

On that note, Andrew Lincoln (Rick) told E! News of the finale, "That episode doesn't pull any punches. It's pretty much what everyone has grown accustomed to in our season finale. It's carnage, and there is death. Something happens that I find incredibly shocking that relates directly to my character and the prison family. It really came out of left field for me and I never expected it. When I read the script, I was really shocked."

Robert Kirkman told Entertainment Weekly, “there is a resolution to the storyline at the end of the season, as people would expect. It becomes a whole complete story that you’ve been able to experience over the course of season 3. And It will set things up nicely for season 4. There are new places to go in season 4, but whether or not that means a new setting or new story direction or simply new characters I can’t really nail down any specifics."

And this is interesting. EP David Alpert told The Hollywood Reporter, "There's stuff in the finale specifically that's going to call back to the beginning of the season that will pay off for people who have been paying attention and are invested in the show. You don't need to have seen it but your experience of the show is going to be much more rewarded if you watch the first-half closely.

Read more Season 3 finale spoilers here. Could we see the return of a certain someone?

Sources: The Canadian Press, The Wrap, Entertainment Tonight, Entertainment Weekly

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