The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead
The Walkin Dead-title.jpg
Premiere October 31, 2010
Airs On hiatus
Based on the series of graphic novels by
Robert Kirkman and
Tony Moore and
Charlie Adlard
Developed by Frank Darabont
Network AMC
Style 60-minute horror drama
Company Idiot Box
(seasons 4—)
Skybound Entertainment
(seasons 6—)
Circle of Confusion Productions
Valhalla Entertainment
Darkwoods Productions
(seasons 1–2)
AMC Studios
Seasons 7
Episodes 99 + 1 special (through season 7)
Status Renewed through season 8 (2017)
Origin USA
Official Site AMC
Official Twitter @WalkingDead_AMC feed on Twitter
Official Facebook The Walking Dead on Facebook

The Walking Dead is a horror drama developed by Frank Darabont that currently airs on AMC. Loosely based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, the series follows the main protagonist, sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who awakens from a coma inside an abandoned hospital after getting shot. After exploring the hospital, he quickly realizes he has awoken to a post-apocalyptic world inhabited primarily by flesh-eating zombies. Rick leaves the hospital to meet up with his family and any remaining survivors in order to unravel the circumstances of what happened and if any solution exists.

In its second season, a talk show entitled Talking Dead premiered immediately after new episodes of the series, featuring host Chris Hardwick discussing the show with guests. In 2015, Fear the Walking Dead premiered, a spin-off which takes place in LA at the beginning of the outbreak.

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Premise

The series is based on the comic book series of the same name published by Image Comics, and set in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and follows a group of survivors led by Kentucky police officer Rick Grimes. Robert Kirkman, the creator and writer of the comic series, characterizes the book as being about the struggles of the survivors' interpersonal conflicts and attempts to find security, rather than being about the zombies specifically.

In August 2009, Variety announced that Frank Darabont was in final talks with AMC to write and direct the series, with Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert attached as executive producers. AMC Senior VP of Programming Joel Stillerman has said that the series will remain faithful to the tone of the original comics, particularly pointing out that the network's annual Fear Fest movie series in October is one of AMC's most popular events. "This is not about zombies popping out of closets," Stillerman further elaborated. "This is a story about survival, and the dynamics of what happens when a group is forced to survive under these circumstances. The world is portrayed in a smart, sophisticated way."

A pilot for the series was ordered by AMC in January 2010, and a six episode season was announced in March 2010 for an October 2010 premiere. In September 2010, over a month before the show premiered, it was announced that a second season of 13 episodes had already been ordered.

Premiering to both high ratings and critical acclaim on AMC, The Walking Dead joined fellow AMC companions Mad Men and Breaking Bad for establishing AMC as a preeminent cable network fostering high-quality scripted dramas. In addition to winning the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series (Drama), The Walking Dead has set numerous ratings records during its three seasons, including being the most-watched cable series in television history. Its third season finale, "Welcome to the Tombs," became the most-watched drama series telecast in basic cable history. The record was surpassed again with the fourth season premiere, "30 Days Without an Accident."

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Andrew Lincoln Rick Grimes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jon Bernthal Shane Walsh 1 2 3
Sarah Wayne Callies Lori Grimes 1 2 3
Laurie Holden Andrea Harrison 1 2 3
Jeffrey DeMunn Dale Horvath 1 2
Norman Reedus Daryl Dixon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Steven Yeun Glenn Rhee 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Lauren Cohan Maggie Greene 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Chandler Riggs Carl Grimes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Danai Gurira Michonne 3 4 5 6 7 8
Michael Rooker Merle Dixon 1 2 3
Melissa McBride Carol Peletier 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Scott Wilson Hershel Greene 2 3 4
Michael Cudlitz Abraham Ford 4 5 6 7
Emily Kinney Beth Greene 2 3 4 5
Chad L. Coleman Tyreese Williams 3 4 5
Lennie James Morgan Jones 1 3 5 6 7 8
Sonequa Martin-Green Sasha Williams 3 4 5 6 7
Alanna Masterson Tara Chambler 4 5 6 7 8
Josh McDermitt Eugene Porter 4 5 6 7 8
Christian Serratos Rosita Espinosa 4 5 6 7 8
David Morrissey Philip "The Governor" Blake 3 4 5
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Negan 6 7 8
Polly McIntosh Jadis 7 8
Steven Ogg Simon 6 7 8
Katelyn Nacon Enid 5 6 7 8
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
IronE Singleton Theodore "T-Dog" Douglas 1 2 3
Madison Lintz Sophia Peletier 1 2
Jane McNeill Patricia 2
Jose Pablo Cantillo Caesar Martinez 3 4
Dallas Roberts Milton Mamet 3
Lew Temple Axel 3
Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. Bob Stookey 4 5
Brighton Sharbino Lizzie Samuels 4 5
Tyler James Williams Noah 5
Alexandra Breckenridge Jessie Anderson 5 6
Tovah Feldshuh Deanna Monroe 5 6
Michael Traynor Nicholas 5 6
Major Dodson Sam Anderson 5 6
Austin Abrams Ron Anderson 5 6
Austin Nichols Spencer Monroe 5 6 7
Ann Mahoney Olivia 5 6 7
Jordan Woods-Robinson Eric Raleigh 5 6 7
Jason Douglas Tobin 5 6 7
Seth Gilliam Gabriel Stokes 5 6 7 8
Ross Marquand Aaron 5 6 7 8
Merritt Wever Denise Cloyd 6
Tom Payne Paul "Jesus" Rovia 6 7 8
Austin Amelio Dwight 6 7 8
Xander Berkeley Gregory 6 7 8
Khary Payton King Ezekiel 7 8

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
AMC
Season One October 31, 2010 December 5, 2010 6
Season Two October 16, 2011 March 18, 2012 13
Season Three October 14, 2012 March 31, 2013 16
Season Four October 13, 2013 March 30, 2014 16
Season Five October 12, 2014 March 29, 2015 16
Season Six October 11, 2015 April 3, 2016 16
Season Seven October 23, 2016 April 2, 2017 16 + 1
Season Eight October 22, 2017 16

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Characters: List of characters appearing in the series
  • Music: A listing all of the music used throughout the series, including named musical scores

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Discs
Season Sets
The Complete First Season March 8, 2011 purchase 2
The Complete First Season: Special Edition October 4, 2011 purchase 3
The Complete Second Season August 28, 2012 purchase 4
The Complete Third Season August 27, 2013 purchase 5
The Complete Fourth Season August 26, 2014 purchase 5
The Complete Fifth Season August 25, 2015 purchase 5

Blu-ray

Title Release Discs
Season Sets
The Complete First Season March 8, 2011 purchase 2
The Complete First Season: Special Edition October 4, 2011 purchase 3
The Complete Second Season August 28, 2012 purchase 4
The Complete Third Season August 27, 2013 purchase 5
The Complete Fourth Season August 26, 2014 purchase 5
The Complete Fourth Season: Limited Edition August 26, 2014 purchase 5
The Complete Fifth Season August 25, 2015 purchase 5

External Sites