Series: The Walking Dead

And where do you think you're going?
"You step outside, you risk your life. Take a drink of water, you risk your life... Every moment now, you don't have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you're risking it for!"
Hershel Greene

The Walking Dead is a live action television Zombie Apocalypse series based on the comic of the same name. Like the comic, its story focuses on a group of survivors struggling to stay alive in a world overrun by undead humans. Rick Grimes, the leader of the group, awakens in the hospital from a coma to find everything has gone downhill. He sets out to find his family, and the rest of the show focuses on him and the rest of the characters as they adapt and relate to each other in a terrible new world. Though the survivors face great hardship - not just from the walkers, but also from people who are far worse than the undead - they find that their most vital resources are each other, and the will to survive day by day. The group takes casualties, finds new members, suffers brutal defeats, but led by Rick, they push on, with the hope that things get better, no matter how briefly, beyond the horizon.

The series premiered on October 31st, 2010 on AMC, and is produced by Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara and Gale Anne Hurd. Comic creator Robert Kirkman is also heavily involved with the production, including being the writer of the first season's fourth episode. The show has finished its fifth season, the season finale airing on March 29th, 2015. On October 30th, 2015 AMC confirmed that the series has been renewed for a seventh season.

The series has its own homepage. It includes three series of webisodes, the six part Torn Apart, the four part Cold Storage, and the three part The Oath along with other extra content, including online content for the Talking Dead talk show accompanying the series. A flash-based adventure game entitled Dead Reckoning is also available on the website, and shows Shane's initial encounters with the walkers when the outbreak begins.

The show's writers are knowingly taking (Creator Approved) liberties with its source material, so comic readers, don't expect to come into this knowing everything beforehand. Word of God says that the intention from the start has been to approach the series as an Alternate Continuity of its own, in which certain events play out differently- sometimes radically so- due to the Butterfly Effect ripples of the additions and subtractions of various characters and events major and minor.

Has its own dedicated Shout-Out page here. Now also has an in-progress recap page. And see here for characters page.

A spinoff, Fear The Walking Dead, premiered in August 2015, and takes place on the west coast of the United States, primarily in Los Angeles in the early days of the Zombie Apocalypse.

See also The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct, a first person shooter video game set in the TV series continuity.

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The Walking Dead TV Show