'The Walking Dead' to Take Over Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

BY THE NUMBERS: "The Walking Dead"

7 million: Average viewers per episode; 150: Extras who showed up to audition for roles as zombies

AMC's The Walking Dead is going from San Diego's Petco Park to Universal Studios.

The zombie drama, based on the comic series created by Robert Kirkman, will become the first TV series to be featured at Universal Studios and its Orlando counterpart's Halloween Horror Nights experience, the network confirmed Wednesday.

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Visitors to both theme parks will experience mazes themed to the post-apocalyptic world in the AMC series that will feature elaborately designed sets that include iconic locations and scenes from the show (think Hershel's farm and the upcoming prison featured in Season 3) with walkers wondering around both parks.

"We want people to experience the same terror of the walker-filled reality our characters faced in Seasons 1 and 2 -- and will continue to face in our third season,” said Greg Nicotero, co-executive producer and special effects makeup artist. "Our collaboration with Universal's creative teams is exciting as we work to truly capture the essence of the show." 

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Universal's Halloween Horror Nights have been running for more than 20 years, featuring stage shows, mazes and other interactive events.

The Walking Dead deal comes after comic publisher Image transformed Petco Park to celebrate the 100th issue of the series with an interactive obstacle course at Comic-Con.

Season 3 of The Walking Dead premieres Oct. 14 on AMC.

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