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  • Acclaimed Flop: Downplayed in Season 9. While the show is still the top-rated program of Sunday nights, and critical reception is dramatically better than the past few seasons, ratings are still far below the lofty standards set by the show's heyday.
  • Acting for Two:
    • Andrew Lincoln plays The Hero Rick Grimes, but he also had an uncredited role as a British radio announcer in "What Happened and What's Going On".
    • Addy Miller, who played the very first walker in the pilot episode’s opening, returns several years later in the eighth season premiere as another walker. This was done as part of the episode’s Milestone Celebration of the show’s 100th episode.
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    • Joshua Mikel, who played Savior Jared, was also a walker in Season Two, which is ironic since Jared ends up being Devoured by the Horde.
  • Adored by the Network: A very odd case, given how much The Walking Dead flip flops between this trope and Screwed by the Network. On the one hand, AMC runs marathons of the show much more frequently than some of their other series, like Mad Men, The Killing, and Breaking Bad, has a discussion panel after new episodes air with The Talking Dead, and even aired an altered black and white version of the pilot episode to reflect the comic's visual style, due to popular demand from the fanbase. Given the show's very high ratings for a cable network, none of this is a surprise. On the other hand, as of 2012, two showrunners have been released from The Walking Dead over behind-the-scenes issues. While it is clear that this series is AMC's ratings making baby, the executive decisions look series destroying, which has fans worried. Still, the ratings keep growing, as do the marathons.
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  • Author Existence Failure: Scott Wilson died the eve of the Season 9 premiere, though he had already filmed his scenes reprising his role as Hershel for the season.
  • Billing Displacement: Lauren Cohan has higher billing than Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride and Lennie James despite her character appearing a season after the three (which was the inaugural), though James' case justifies this by not being a prominent character until Season 5. The same can be said for Danai Gurira who is billed higher than McBride (and James, but again...), though she's after Riggs.
  • Cast the Runner-Up:
    • Jon Bernthal was reportedly considered to play Rick Grimes being cast as Shane Walsh.
    • Ethan Embry, who plays Carter in the Season 6 premiere, originally auditioned for the roles of Rick and Shane.
    • Norman Reedus originally auditioned for Merle Dixon. Although he didn't get the part, his performance wowed the producers so much that they created the role of Daryl for him in the show.
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    • Ted Huckabee, who plays Alexandria resident Bruce, also auditioned for the role of Merle Dixon, as well.
    • Laurie Holden was originally asked to audition for the role of Lori Grimes before she was cast as Andrea.
    • Chad L. Coleman originally auditioned for the role of Morgan Jones. Similar to Reedus, he impressed the producers despite not getting the part that he's one of the actors considered (and ultimately cast) to play Tyreese when the character debuted in Season 3.
    • Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays Sasha Willians, originally auditioned for the role of Michonne.
    • Markice Moore, who plays the prisoner Andrew in Season 3, originally auditioned for the role of T-Dog.
    • Ross Marquand (who plays Aaron) and Daniel Bonjour (who plays Aiden Monroe) were among those who auditioned for Gareth.
    • Ian Cassellberry, who played Gabe, the Savior guard who went to go retrieve Craig before being killed by Michonne, originally auditioned for the role of Tomas, a part that eventually went to Nick Gomez.
  • The Cast Showoff:
    • We see the Governor golfing in "Walk With Me". David Morrissey, the actor portraying him is reportedly the best golfer in the cast.
    • Because Emily Kinney is a trained singer, Beth gets a couple big singing scenes in the Season 3 episodes "Seed" and "I Ain't a Judas", and then again in Season 4's "Alone".
    • Andrew Lincoln is a known voice-artist in the U.K., so the show gave him an uncredited role as a British radio announcer in "What Happened and What's Going On".
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Danai Gurira, Chandler Riggs, and Michael Cudlitz have all expressed some manner of disapproval or sympathy with the fan backlash towards the cliffhanger of the sixth season. Meanwhile, Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple have passively criticized the fan backlash, as they were surprised the decision had such intense negative reception. The day after the cliffhanger, Gimple criticized fans for being cynical about the decision. In August, Kirkman would begrudgingly admit that it was unlikely Season 7 or future seasons would end in a similar manner after such massive negative reception.
    • Majority of the cast were not pleased over the decision to kill off Carl midway through Season 8. Andrew Lincoln, specifically, criticizes this decision as it effectively renders his character Rick's entire arc moot, even saying that he had a Heroic BSoD when told about it over the phone.
    • Both Xander Berkeley and Tom Payne voiced dissatisfaction with their stagnant roles in the series (particularly during Season 8), and were candid with showrunners Scott Gimple and Angela Kang about it. They both essentially asked to either have more development/screentime or to just be killed off to help the narrative. Kang obliged them by killing both of them off in Season 9.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Maggie started the series at 22, when her actress, Lauren Cohan, was 29.
    • Beth started the series at 16, when her actress, Emily Kinney, was 26.
    • Downplayed with Andrea. She started the series at 36, when her actress, Laurie Holden, was 40.
    • Randall is stated to be 20 in a deleted scene, while his actor Michael Zegen was around 33 at the time of filming.
    • Prison newcomer Patrick's age range is 15 to 17-years-old, while his actor Vincent Martella was 21 when he first played him.
    • Noah is at least 17 when he first appears, while Tyler James Williams was 22 when he started out on the show.
  • Directed by Cast Member: Well, former cast member. Season 9's "Stradivarius" is directed by Michael Cudlitz, who portrayed Abraham until the character's death in the Season 7 premiere.
  • Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Connie's actress Lauren Ridloff is also deaf in real life.
    • Angel Theory, who plays Connie's sister and interpreter Kelly, is hard of hearing. The Season 10 premiere reveals that Kelly is also losing her hearing, likely due to the same genetic trait as Connie.
  • Dueling Shows:
    • Despite being very different in tone, the fact that they're both about the Zombie Apocalypse makes this inevitable with Z Nation. In terms of sheer popularity Walking Dead is the clear winner, but Z Nation has been getting a push from Netflix. Furthermore, Z Nation has less than one-third the budget per-episode, and was made for a much less prestigous network. Only time will tell how this plays out.
    • A straighter example is with HBO's Game of Thrones. Both shows are wildly popular adaptations of ongoing series known for the idea that Anyone Can Die. One of the subplots even involve zombie attacks not unlike The Walking Dead. Comparisons were instantly drawn between the fakeout deaths of Glenn Rhee and Jon Snow.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • Michael Rooker has been a pretty big guy for years, and was perfect for Merle in Season 1. He then lost twenty pounds to play Merle post-amputation in Season 3.
    • Samantha Morton actually had her head shaved for her role as Alpha.
  • Enforced Method Acting: The Talking Dead recap for the episode Prey revealed that this was used to great effect in the warehouse scene between Andrea and The Governor. Laurie Holden had the general idea of what David Morrissey was going to do in the scene but had no clue WHEN he was going to do it. As a result her surprised reactions when he busted out the glass and his all around creepiness were all real.
  • Executive Meddling: Conflicts with AMC regarding the second season's budget eventually resulted in the departure of pilot director and first season showrunner Frank Darabont.
  • Fake American:
    • English actors Andrew Lincoln, Lennie James, David Morrissey, Tom Payne, Samantha Morton, Eleanor Matsuura, and Lauren Cohan note  play, respectively, Rick Grimes, Morgan Jones, The Governor, Paul "Jesus" Rovia, Alpha, Yumiko, and Maggie Greene/Rhee.
    • Canadians Laurie Holden and Steven Ogg as Andrea and Simon.
    • German actress Nadia Hilker portrays Magna.
    • Australian Callan McAuliffe as Alden.
  • Fan Nickname: Several so far, either from the internet or from tie-in show Talking Dead:
    • Hershel's God shotgun from Beside The Dying Fire — Hershel fired many more shots from his shotgun than is possible without reloading.
    • Rick's dictatorship was coined "Ricktatorship" by fans.
    • The walker bomb from Home the Governor sent a truck full of walkers crashing through the prison's front gate.
    • The sex garage — Maggie pulled Glenn into a garage and... just guess.
    • Despite only appearing in one episode, Clara immediately earned the moniker Creepy Clara.
    • Merle is called Captain Hook.
    • Tim, the Asian Woodbury Mook, is called "Evil Glenn" or "Anti-Glenn".
    • Some fans have taken to calling Oscar from the prison "2-Dog" or "O-Dog" due to his joining Rick's group almost immediately after T-Dog's death. Once Tyreese, the character T-Dog is based from in the comics, finally appeared, there are some fans who called him Ty-Dog or True-Dog.
    • The Termites for the group of survivors inhabiting Terminus, though they end up being unofficially dubbed the Hunters like their comic counterparts in early season 5 (as Gareth offhandedly says they've become hunters).
    • Pete in season 5 is widely known as "Porchdick." He's introduced sitting on a porch. And he's a dick. Corey Brill even sings "The Ballad of Porchdick." After his son Ron Took a Level in Jerkass in Season 6, many fans now label him as "Porchdick Jr."
    • Carol has been called with various nicknames ever since she Took a Level in Badass while getting increasingly darker to the point of Memetic Psychopath. Ranging from Assassin Carol for dressing like Ezio in "JSS", to Darth Carol and Terminator Carol for her willingness and generally low hesitation to kill.
    • Before his actual name was revealed in the Season 7 premiere, Simon was dubbed "Trevor", due to being portrayed by Steven Ogg (aka Trevor Philips). It helps that his overall personality matches with Trevor's personality
    • The Scavengers have a number of these, including the Garbage Pail Kids, the Heapsters, the Junkyard Gang, the Dark Elves, the Garbage People, and the Trash People.
  • Fatal Method Acting: Stuntman John Bernecker was killed in a stunt-gone-wrong during production of Season 8, which led to production being halted for a while.
  • Funny Character, Boring Actor: Inverted. In stark contrast to the serious and tense characters they play, the cast are very lively and are known for their pranks on set.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy:
    • Sonequa Martin-Green was pregnant while shooting Season 5, and covered it up by wearing the late Bob's jacket and carrying larger guns.
    • Alanna Masterson was pregnant while shooting Season 6. It's the reason why Tara was never given a full body shot, and was eventually Put on a Bus in the second half of the season.
    • Christian Serratos was pregnant while shooting Season 8. Much like in the source material, her character ends up pregnant in Season 9.
  • I Knew It!:
    • A lot of fans (especially those of the comics) knew from the get-go that the Anderson family would get wiped out, and that Carl would lose his eye in "No Way Out" from the commercials and the episode's title.
    • Many fans had this reaction to Abraham being selected as Negan's Lucille victim in the Season 7 premiere, given that the character had received a lot of recent focus after spending quite some time Out of Focus. What the majority did not expect was Glenn, who was the one killed in the comics, also getting offed just minutes later as punishment for Daryl attacking Negan, believing that his controversial Near-Death Experience the previous season assured his safety.
    • In "Swear" it is revealed that the Saviors massacred every male in the Oceanside community over the age of 10 for trying to rebel. Given Negan's philosophy that people must be kept around as a resource rather than slaughtered all at once it seemed oddly out of character for the Savior leader to have killed so many people at once without a good reason. Midway through Season 8, Simon reveals himself to be considerably more Ax-Crazy than previously thought, and a strong advocate for the complete extermination of all of Hilltop's residents, in addition to killing all but one of the Scavengers. Naturally, not very many were surprised to learn that Simon was the one responsible for the Oceanside massacre.
  • In Memoriam:
    • The Season 8 premiere was dedicated to stuntman John Bernecker, who died during production of the season.
    • The Season 9 premiere was dedicated to Hershel's actor Scott Wilson, who died the day before the episode aired.
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine:
  • Lying Creator: The crew was adamant for months that Sasha's actress being cast in Star Trek: Discovery didn't mean she was going to die at the end of Season 7.
  • Milestone Celebration: The Season 8 premiere is also the show's 100th episode.
  • McLeaned:
    • Dale. Jeffrey DeMunn, who was a long-time collaborator and friend with showrunner Frank Darabont, asked to be written out when Darabont was axed. He later had second thoughts, but by then it was too late.
    • Tyreese. Chad L. Coleman was written out of the show because he got a major part in The Expanse.
    • Noah. Tyler James Williams was written out of the show after being cast in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
    • Sasha. Sonequa Martin-Green was cast as the lead of Star Trek: Discovery, and the virtual death sentence for the character did not go unnoticed by fans after the announcement. Sasha did indeed die, reanimate and be slain for good in the seventh season finale. Although according to Martin-Green she only took the role on Discovery after learning her character would be killed off.
  • Name's the Same: Jadis the leader of the Scavengers shares her name with the Big Bad of the Narnia novels. Other similarities besides the name exist, such as a creepy attraction towards a male protagonist and a penchant for betraying and imprisoning those they manipulate into doing their bidding. Just replace Turkish Delight with the promise of lending aid to fight the Saviors.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • The show is dubbed in Filipino on two different studios with completely different set of cast.
    • The Season 8 finale features a flashback scene with Rick and Carl set a number of years before the series began while Rick is writing to a deceased Carl. For obvious reasons, Carl is not portrayed by Chandler Riggs in that scene (though the actor playing Carl there is never facing the camera).
    • After the second time skip in Season 9, the actor playing Henry is replaced (by his real-life brother, no less).
  • Playing Against Type:
  • Prima Donna Creator: Frank Darabont was this during Season 2, given the caustic, abusive e-mails he sent to AMC before he was fired and replaced by Glen Mazzara as seen here. Warning: NSFW.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Both Steven Yeun and Jeffrey Dean Morgan were fans of the comics way before they were cast in the show. Alas, it's only appropriate that one of the most iconic scenes in the source material involving their respective characters got retained.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • As explained in this interview (spoilers, obviously), Sarah Wayne Callies was informed of Lori Grimes' death while working at a refugee camp in Thailand, preoccupied with "issues about medical care and gender safety." This makes Lori's Death by Childbirth — a fate that modern medical technology has largely eliminated in the Western world, but which is still all too common in places like a Thai refugee camp — all the more ironic.
    • Part of Henry's storyline is him having to deal with a dead older brother. Both his actors' sister played Sophia in the first two seasons, so in a way, he also has a "dead older sibling" behind the scenes.
    • Andrew Lincoln said in an interview that he did not take the decision to kill-off his onscreen son well.
  • Real-Life Relative:
    • Madison (who plays Sophia) and Macsen (who plays Henry) Lintz are siblings. Bonus for their brother Matthew Lintz playing Henry after the second Time Skip in Season 9.
    • The original Filipino voice actors of Hershel and Maggie Greene are brother and sister.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Heath plays a minor role in his tenure in the series and is ultimately written out of the show after one season due to his actor Corey Hawkins getting cast as the lead of the 24 reboot and also sustaining a leg injury during the filming of Season 6.
    • The reason Tara is absent from the final episodes of season six is likely because Alanna Masterson's pregnancy (which was visible from Tara's first appearance in the season, and Masterson obviously gained weight as the season went on) was in its final days around the time of filming.
    • Negan has facial hair in his debut because Jeffrey Dean Morgan was an eleventh hour casting and reportedly literally went to film the day after getting cast. He later shaves it off during mid-Season 7.
    • Following in Alanna Masterson's footsteps, Rosita is shot during the Season 7 finale and is last seen recovering in Alexandria's medical office. She is out of commission for much of the first half of Season 8 due to Christian Serratos being heavily pregnant around the time the season began filming.
    • Subverted in the case of Chandler Riggs. As he grew to be a young adult, fans questioned his being able to juggle the show with other commitments such as college, which he had already delayed to continue filming. In a shocking turn, he ends up getting bit and dies midway through Season 8, which fans initially assumed meant he was given the only plausible permanent out he could have gotten in order to focus on college full-time. But then it came out that Riggs had (much like Emily Kinney before him) bought a house close to the filming location and hadn't even been told the decision until days prior to filming it. Tempers flared when Word of God revealed that it was a decision made to patch up an arguably inconsequential plot hole from the comics that fans argue could have been dealt with in a better, smoother way, especially on a show hit with complaints of countless plot holes already.
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  • Screwed by the Network: Laurie Holden was contracted since the beginning to appear for seven seasons and was even told that her character will eventually end-up with The Hero Rick as was in the source material. She was written shoddily in Seasons 2 and 3 before being killed-off in the latter's Season Finale.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting:
  • Shrug of God: What caused the outbreak? Kirkman is on record for saying it will never be stated.
  • Spin-Off Cookbook: The Walking Dead: The Official Cookbook and Survival Guide is a cookbook based off the television series.
  • Spoiler:
    • The details of the Blu-Ray release of the second season were released before Season 2 was over. The blurb said that the release included Shane's last episode. Non-spoiler news story here.
    • AMC's Facebook page accidentally spoiled Beth's death by uploading a graphic featuring Daryl cradling her lifeless body before the episode had aired in certain time zones, not to mention other countries.
    • Foreign FOX affiliates have a reputation for being a lot looser with spoilers than AMC. For example, the Latin American promo for "Inmates" spoiled Judith's survival and Russian FOX spoiled Carl getting shot in the eye in "No Way Out."
  • Star-Making Role:
  • Throw It In!:
    • The barn's collapse in the second season finale was not scripted.
    • In After, Michonne slaughters an entire herd of over a dozen walkers on her own. Originally, she was scripted to kill only eight walkers onscreen, but director Greg Nicotero was so impressed by her performance he kept letting the scene run. Since she never heard the word "Cut!", Danai Gurira just rolled with it and kept attacking the walkers.
    • Daryl's "You look ridiculous!" comment upon seeing Carol in her Stepford wife outfit in Remember was Norman Reedus' actual reaction to seeing Melissa McBride in the getup for the first time. Nicotero told him to say it when they filmed because it was something Daryl would say too.
    • Deanna's last roar of defiance before her death was thrown in by Tovah Feldshuh.
  • Troubled Production: The series has been a massive hit for AMC, but significant production issues and a rotating stable of showrunners also made it a magnet for controversy:
    • During production of the first season, Frank Darabont reportedly fired his entire writing staff, including executive producer Charles Eglee. While executives with the production were quick to deny the story, sources indicated that Darabont wanted to use freelance writers, but pushback from AMC and possible issues with the Writer's Guild of America convinced him otherwise.
    • The house that was intended to be used as the Hershel residence in Season 2 was initially denied usage by the religious family that owned it, as they saw the series and thought was going to be shown in something that would be trashing religion. It took Darabont stepping in personally to smooth out the matter after the owners couldn't come to an understanding with the production crew.
    • The second-season premiere, "What Lies Ahead", was so fraught with problems that it was described by later showrunner Glen Mazzara as a potential "show-killer" years after the fact in an unsealed deposition. Filming began in earnest during a particularly hot summer, which reportedly caused director Gwyneth Horner-Peyton to suffer from heat stroke and turn in reportedly-unusable footage to AMC (the deleted scenes shown on the DVD and in trailers appear to disprove this claim, as they are mostly well-shot). According to Darabont's own words, he went to Suzie Fitzgerald (AMC's VP of scripted programming) and told her that production would be delayed by three weeks, but she reportedly lied about having the conversation while speaking with cast and crew. Due to the contentious shooting schedule, Darabont attempted to re-edit Horner-Peyton's footage himself, going so far as to use a pseudonym ("Ardeth Bey") in the final cut. Two-thirds of the episode was lopped off in the editing room and the remaining footage was re-edited into the following installment. Additionally, the production crew had to go back and reshoot at least one scene, as evidenced by Rick inexplicably wearing his full sheriff's uniform during the scene where he attempts to radio Morgan.
    • As a result of the contentious season premiere, Darabont was fired as showrunner midway through production of the episode "Secrets" (and just three days after appearing at ComiCon 2011). His departure reportedly caused strife and uncertainty on-set, with all of the cast members staying quiet due to a fear of losing their jobs if they spoke out. Numerous reasons were given for his sacking, some of which he spoke about years later after he sued AMC for unpaid royalties related to his contract:
      • Robert Kirkman has explained in interviews that he was unhappy with how the episode "TS-19" turned out, and reportedly ran into conflict with Darabont because the latter tried to give a scientific explanation for The Virus and hinted at events that were going on elsewhere in the world.
      • According to Darabont's unsealed deposition in 2016, he immediately butted heads with Joel Stillerman (AMC's head of scripted programming) right after joining the series, and that budget cuts and the contentious season premiere were used as an excuse to fire him.
      • Articles written at the time of Darabont's departure also lay blame at the feet of AMC themselves, who were showing favoritism towards Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner by giving him an increased budget for his series while short-shifting others.
    • Jeffrey DeMunn (who played Dale) was incensed by the network's decision to cut Darabont, and asked to be written out of the show. He later reconsidered, but by that time the writers had his character get killed off near the end of the second season and had no intention of changing their stance.
    • Showrunner Glen Mazzara (who took over production duties from Darabont) left at the end of the third season, which confused many fans who enjoyed the third season's jump in quality. This move was reportedly due to creative differences between Mazzara and AMC over various parts of the episodes. According to one article, Mazzara stalled production several times due to a lack of material to work with, and Kirkman reportedly forced him out at the end of the season.
    • Half of the third-season finale, "Welcome to the Tombs", was reshot months after filming wrapped due to a perceived lack of suspense regarding Andrea's fate (originally, Milton would be shot by the Governor, and would do more to try and free her. Tyreese eventually discovered the undead Milton taking a bite out of Andrea and saved her, but she asks for a gun to kill herself with). It is unknown if this was the incident that caused Mazzara's departure from the production.
    • Residents in Senoia, Georgia (where the Alexandria Safe Zone scenes are filmed) eventually got so fed up that the production crew had taken over a large chunk of town (along with curious fans and on-set spies showing up to sneak video and photos away from the set) that they repeatedly complained to the local city council about it, causing some strife between the town and the production crew.
    • The show had continuous problems with sensitive information and character deaths being leaked months in advance, with efforts to stem the leaks often being for naught. Shane Walsh's death in the second season was spoiled weeks before its airdate by the description of a DVD boxset, while spoilers and speculation ran so rampant on the seventh season premiere (with both Abraham and Glenn falling to Negan's baseball bat) that AMC attempted to level cease-and-desist orders on groups like The Spoiling Dead Fans. It didn't work, and in an effort to stem the leaks, AMC shot multiple death scenes for all of the characters in Negan's lineup, as well as had Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) attend set long after his death scene was shot in an apparent bid to throw off the trail.
    • Filming on Season 8 was suspended when stuntman John Bernecker was killed during a fall gone wrong, landing on a concrete floor on his head. And at the exact same time, some of Darabont's emails from the time he left were leaked to the public, and showed him to be shockingly furious and profane over what he suspected was deliberate sabotage to get him off the show. AMC, for their part, quickly started pointing to this tone as evidence of the erratic behavior that caused them to want to get rid of him.
    • Midway through the eighth season, it was revealed that Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes) had been let go from the show by producer Scott Gimple, which caused no end to fan complaints. Aside from the manner in which his character leaves the show (Carl is bit in the abdomen while rescuing a side character who only debuted in the mid-season finale), the move was seen as a Shocking Swerve that wasn't helped by the fact that Carl becomes the de facto lead character in the comics. Though it was originally suggested that Riggs quit the show because he wanted to move to Los Angeles and become a DJ, it was then revealed (in a Facebook post by his father) that Riggs was fired after the producers promised to extend his contract for three more years.
    • The conclusion of the eighth season was marred by a number of controversial developments. Both Andrew Lincoln (Rick) and Lauren Cohan (Maggie) opted not to renew their contracts for the following season and only star in six episodes, with the former reportedly wanting to spend more time with his family and the latter accepting a role on the ABC series Whiskey Cavalier. After significant fan complaints to story developments, showrunner Scott Gimple was Kicked Upstairs while Angela Kang took over as showrunner. Amidst these changes, it was revealed that Jeffrey Dean Morgan (like Josh McDermott during production of season 7) had been dealing with death threats from fans, while Chris Hardwick (the host of the Talking Dead aftershow) was effectively removed from his job after an ex-girlfriend accused him of sexual and emotional abuse.
  • Typecasting: Playing Abraham Ford only adds to Michael Cudlitz's long list of military and law enforcement roles.
  • What Could Have Been: Has its own dedicated page.
  • Why the Fandom Can't Have Nice Things:
    • Chris Hardwick, host of Talking Dead regularly lampshades that he receives a lot of hate for the show's faults or transgressions (most notably after the universally panned season 6 cliffhanger), despite the fact that he has nothing to do with the production of the show.
    • After the end of Season 7, Josh McDermitt deleted his social media accounts because he was getting a lot of hate and death threats over his role of Eugene (who had undergone a Face–Heel Turn that season). McDermitt noted in his last Facebook Live feed that fans are free to wish for the character to die, but he was personally saddened by the death threats directed at him for a character he plays on TV.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Walking Dead Wiki.
  • Word of God: The Talking Dead tie-in talk show interviews with series executives and actors provides a good deal of information not available within the show itself:
    • Creator Robert Kirkman stated that in the universe of the TV show, George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead (1968) was never created, and there was consequently never a boom of Zombie Apocalypse pop culture like in our world. This is why the word "walker" is more commonly used, as none of the characters have any knowledge of the concept of "zombies" in the modern sense of the term.
    • He also confirmed that Raising the Steaks will be averted.
    • According to Talking Dead, Otis was the one who found and corralled the undead Sophia into Hershel's barn, but Shane killed Otis before Otis knew of a missing girl in the group, meaning that the whole search and Daryl's near death was all for naught.
    • Glen Mazzara has stated that T-Dog is a former football player, and that a line in which it was mentioned got cut during the first season.
    • Kirkman revealed in the comics letter page that the Hunters did not get infected from eating Bob's/Dale's "tainted meat", in either the show or comic.
    • The Talking Dead also revealed that the sewer walkers Maggie and Aaron encountered in "Now" were former Alexandria citizens who had been exiled from the community, and bitten while trying to sneak back in.
    • Angela Kang confirmed after Season 9's "What Comes After" that Heath was also traded to the helicopter pilot for supplies, presumably by Jadis/Anne.
  • Word of Saint Paul:
    • According to Sonequa Martin-Green, Sasha was a firefighter before the apocalypse.
    • According to Chandler Riggs in his Ask.fm, Carl knows that Ron is dating Enid, which is why he thinks he didn't kiss her in the tree in "Try". It's expanded on more explicitly on-screen during Season 6.

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