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The Walking Dead
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Title: The Walking Dead
Running time: 60 min.
country: USA
Network: AMC
Seasons: 1+
Episodes: 6+
Production company: AMC; Circle of Confusion; Valhalla Motion Pictures; TWD Productions LLC.
Executive producers: Frank Darabont; Charles H. Eglee; Gale Anne Hurd; Robert Kirkman; David Alpert; Jack LoGiudice; Glen Mazzara; Greg Nicotero
Producers: Denise M. Huth; Tom Luse; Adam Fierro; Skip Schoolnik
Principal cast: Andrew Lincoln; Jon Bernthal; Chandler Riggs; Sarah Wayne Callies; Jeffrey DeMunn; Laurie Holden; Steven Yeun; Norman Reedus
Air dates
First aired: October 31st, 2010

The Walking Dead is an American television series that first began airing in October of 2010. The series was produced by Frank Darabont and based on The Walking Dead comic book series by Robert Kirkman, published by Image Comics. The Walking Dead follows the journey of Georgia police officer Rick Grimes as he awakens to a world that has been overrun by zombies. Traveling across the state of Georgia, Rick finds other survivors of the zombie plague and together they struggle to survive in a world that no longer makes any sense to them.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Season One[edit | edit source]

Season Two[edit | edit source]

Season Three[edit | edit source]

Season Four[edit | edit source]

Season Five[edit | edit source]

Main article: Walking Dead/Season 5

Season Six[edit | edit source]

Season Seven[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
7x1 The Day Will Come When You Won't Be October 23rd, 2016
7x2 The Well October 30th, 2016
7x3 The Cell November 6th, 2016
7x4 Service November 13th, 2016
7x5 Go Getters November 20th, 2016
7x6 Swear November 27th, 2016
7x7 Sing Me a Song December 4th, 2016
7x8 Hearts Still Beating December 11th, 2016
7x9 Rock in the Road February 12th, 2017
7x10 New Best Friends February 19th, 2017
7x11 Hostiles and Calamities February 26th, 2017
7x12 Say Yes March 5th, 2017
7x13 Bury Me Here March 12th, 2017
7x14 The Other Side March 19th, 2017
7x15 Something They Need March 26th, 2017
7x16 The First Day of the Rest of Your Life April 2nd, 2017

Season Eight[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
8x1 Mercy October 22nd, 2017
8x2 The Damned October 29th, 2017
8x3 Monsters November 5th, 2017
8x4 Some Guy November 12th, 2017
8x5 The Big Scary U November 19th, 2017
8x6 The King, The Widow, and Rick November 26th, 2017
8x7 Time for After December 3rd, 2017
8x8 How It's Gotta Be December 10th, 2017
8x9 Honor February 25th, 2018
8x10 The Lost and the Plunderers March 4th, 2018
8x11 Dead or Alive Or March 11th, 2018
8x12 The Key March 18th, 2018
8x13 Do Not Send Us Astray March 25th, 2018
8x14 Still Gotta Mean Something April 1st, 2018
8x15 Worth April 8th, 2018
8x16 Wrath April 15th, 2018

Season Nine[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
9x1 "A New Beginning" October 7th, 2018
9x2 "The Bridge" October 14th, 2018
9x3 "Warning Signs" October 21st, 2018
9x4 "The Obliged" October 28th, 2018
9x5 "What Comes After" November 4th, 2018
9x6 "Who Are You Now?" November 11th, 2018
9x7 "Stradivarius" November 18th, 2018
9x8 "Evolution" November 25th, 2018
9x9 "Adaptation" February 10th, 2019
9x10 "Omega" February 17th, 2019
9x11 "Bounty" February 24th, 2019
9x12 "Guardians" March 3rd, 2019
9x13 "Chokepoint" March 10th, 2019
9x14 "Scars" March 17th, 2019
9x15 "The Calm Before" March 24th, 2019
9x16 "The Storm" March 31st, 2019

Season Ten[edit | edit source]

Episode Title Airdate
10x1 Lines We Cross October 6th, 2019
10x2 We Are the End of the World October 13th, 2019
10x3 Ghosts October 20th, 2019
10x4 Silence the Whisperers October 27th, 2019
10x5 What It Always Is November 3rd, 2019
10x6 Bonds November 10th, 2019
10x7 Open Your Eyes November 17th, 2019
10x8 The World Before November 24th, 2019
10x9 Squeeze February 23rd, 2020
10x10 Stalker March 1st, 2020
10x11 Morning Star March 8th, 2020
10x12 Walk With Us March 15th, 2020
10x13 What We Become March 22nd, 2020
10x14 Look at the Flowers March 29th, 2020
10x15 The Tower April 5th, 2020
10x16 A Certain Doom TBA 2020

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

Entertainment Weekly (Dec. 3, 2010)

  • First mainstream television series that focuses primarily on zombies.
  • The first episode of the series, "Days Gone Bye" ran 1½ hours. The regular episodes from the series ran 1 hour each.
  • The Walking Dead was the cover feature article on the December 3rd, 2010 edition of Entertainment Weekly.
  • Morgan Jones is the first character on The Walking Dead to refer to infected as "walkers".
  • Shortly before the broadcast of the season one finale, "TS-19", rumors began to circulate that series developer Frank Darabont had fired the entire writing staff. Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd provided an interview to Entertainment Weekly, correcting the oversight and confirming that none of the staff writers had been fired. "It's completely inaccurate," she told EW exclusively. "[In] the writers' room, there are people that have set up other projects that will be their first priority if their own series is picked up as a pilot or if it’s a series. I think [Eglee] just decided that he wants to run his own show." [1]
  • Classically trained British actor Andrew Lincoln, who plays the lead role of Rick Grimes in the series, was completely unprepared for the sort of visceral entertainment he would be providing. When describing the scene in episode two, "Guts" where Lincoln and young co-star Steven Yeun were required to smear zombie intestines across their body to mask their scent, Lincoln expressed great discomfort saying, "Please! This is not what I signed up for!" [2]
  • Actor Jon Bernthal, who plays the role of Shane Walsh found that not all of the show's viewers appreciated his character's exploits, in particular, his mother. "She texted me," Bernthal stated, "How dare you be in the woods with another man's wife!" [3]
  • On March 8th, 2011, series creator Robert Kirkman offered an open invitation to controversal sitcom star Charlie Sheen to come join the cast of the show for season 2. Kirkman is quoted as saying, "Charlie call us, we will totally make that happen. We'll do whatever you want." [5]
  • Actor Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, was voted one of three breakout TV stars to watch in 2011 by Entertainment Weekly readers' choice, owing largely to his performance in season two of The Walking Dead. [6]
  • The Walking Dead won the 2011 Saturn Award for the category of Best Television Presentation.
  • Glen Mazzara replaced series co-creator Frank Darabont as showrunner for The Walking Dead with season two. Darabont was still credited as executive producer on the episodes however. [7]
  • Greg Nicotero became an executive producer on the series beginning with season two.
  • Paul Gadd, Scott M. Gimple and Evan Reilly joined the show as producers on season two.
  • Since the premiere of season two, a live aftershow titled Talking Dead has aired and is hosted by Chris Hardwick. The show typically features cast and crew members along with celebrities who are fans of The Walking Dead discussing the latest episode. The most common celebrity featured is Yvette Nicole Brown, who is a superfan of the series. Fans also began to pick up on the fact "Surprise Cast Member" typically meant a major character would die in the episode though Chris Hardwick even references this sometimes and says it doesn't always mean a death. Surprise Cast Members have also been new characters introduced or who played a major role in the episode. 
  • In 2018, Angela Kang was promoted to showrunner of The Walking Dead, replacing Scott M. Gimple, who remained on the series as an executive producer and consultant. [8]
  • It was reported in May 2018 that series star Andrew Lincoln would be departing the series following its ninth season scheduled to begin airing in October of that year. It was said that Lincoln would only appear in about a half-dozen episodes. This news came hot on the tails of similar reports of Lauren Cohan likewise leaving the series after only six episodes or so, to make way for her future career on the TV series Whiskey Cavalier. It was reported that Norman Reedus would be taking on a larger, possibly a leadership roll in the wake of Lincoln's absence. [9]
  • While season nine sees the departure of Andrew Lincoln and Lauren Cohan, it also sees the return of a season one staple - Jon Bernthal. Bernthal played the part of Shane Walsh in seasons one an two. Yeah... the same Shane who was killed by Rick Grimes, came back as a zombie and then shot in the head by Carl. Bernthal is also known for playing vigilante killer Frank Castle on the Netflix original series The Punisher. As he was under contract to the studio for that series, his ability to appear on The Walking Dead would be limited to three episodes. At the time of its initial report, it remained unclear exactly what role Bernthal's character would play in season nine, though most speculated that he would appear in the show via flashback. [10]
  • On June 17th, 2018, The Talking Dead 's after-show host Chris Hardwick came under fire when former girlfriend, Chloe Dyktra made allegations against him, accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse, as well obstructions to her career in the entertainment industry. As a result, AMC pulled Hardwick's series Talking With Chris Hardwick from its line-up. The internet blog site The Nerdist, which Hardwick founded, removed all references to Chris Hardwick from its website. [11]
  • Season 9 of The Walking Dead sees a time-jump in the series, taking place some time after the events of season eight's "All Out War" storyline. This tracks with events that played out in the comic book series, which jumped ahead two years after the conclusion of the storyline. [12]
  • Less than a month prior to the season nine premiere, AMC announced its intention to continue The Walking Dead franchise for at least another decade, despite suffering an increasing drop in viewership on its staple program for the past two seasons. At the time this information was first released, it was unknown whether another Walking Dead spin-off was being considered or not. [13]
  • Season ten went on a mid-season hiatus in 2020 due to safety concerns arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On September 9th, 2020, it was announced that AMC would be discontinuing The Walking Dead following season eleven, which would consist of an unprecedented twenty-three episode final season. It was also announced that the characters of Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier would continue on in their own spin-off series, as well maintaining plans to see the return of Andrew Lincoln for a multi-part movie project. [14]

Seasons[edit | edit source]

Season One[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Walking Dead Writers Not Fired!"; Alexandra; Movies
  2. Entertainment Weekly; December 3rd, 2010; page 30
  3. Entertainment Weekly; December 3rd, 2010; page 31
  4. IMDB; IronE Singleton; Biography
  5. Lillian "Zenbitch" Standefer; SCIFI Mafia; March 8th, 2011
  6. Entertainment Weekly; January 13th, 2011; #1189
  7. "Glen Mazzara Replaces Frank Darabont as Walking Dead Showrunner"; TV; July 27th, 2011
  8. Hollywood Reporter. Goldberg, Lesley (4-18-18). "Meet the New Brains Behind 'The Walking Dead'".
  9.; Trumbore, Dave (5-29-18). "Exclusive: Andrew Lincoln to Exit AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ in Season 9"
  10. Hollywood Reporter; Wigler, Josh & Goldber, Lesley (6-18-18). "'Walking Dead': Jon Bernthal to Return in Season 9".
  11. Almasy, Steve (6-17-18). "AMC suspends Chris Hardwick talk show after ex-girlfriend makes allegations of abuse".
  12. TV; Macdonald, Lindsay (6-20-18). "The Walking Dead Showrunner Confirms Season 9 Time Jump".
  13. Chitwood, Adam (9-14-18). "AMC Plans to Continue ‘The Walking Dead’ Universe for at Least Another Decade".
  14.; "The Walking Dead CANCELLED: AMC horror to end after season 11 with Daryl spin-off planned"; Davies, Alex (9-9-2020).

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