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->''"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|Adaptation}} television ZombieApocalypse series based on [[ComicBook/TheWalkingDead 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 [[TrueCompanions 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 Creator/{{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 7th, 2014 AMC confirmed that the series has been renewed for a sixth season.

The series has [[http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead its own homepage]]. It includes three series of {{webisode}}s, 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 [[http://www.amctv.com/shows/the-walking-dead/dead-reckoning 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 ([[ApprovalofGod Creator Approved]]) liberties with its source material, so comic readers, don't expect to come into this knowing everything beforehand. WordOfGod says that the intention from the start has been to approach the series as an AlternateContinuity of its own, in which certain events play out differently- [[NotHisSled sometimes radically so]]- due to the ButterflyEffect ripples of the [[AdaptationExpansion additions]] and [[AdaptedOut subtractions]] of various characters and events major and minor.

Has its own dedicated ShoutOut page [[ShoutOut/TheWalkingDeadTVShow here]]. Now also has an in-progress [[Recap/TheWalkingDead recap page]]. And see '''[[Characters/TheWalkingDeadTVShow here]]''' for characters page.

A spinoff is currently in development, titled ''Series/FearTheWalkingDead'', and will take place on the west coast of America, primarily in Los Angeles. It is set to air in August 2015.

See also ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDeadSurvivalInstinct'', a first person shooter video game set in the TV series continuity.

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* TheWalkingDead/TropesLToR
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