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The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

  • Premiered: 
    October 31, 2010
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  • Network: AMC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman 
  • Subject Matter: Horror
  • Tags: zombie

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Plot Synopsis

Following a zombie apocalypse, Officer Rick Grimes leads his family and a few other survivors as they fight off death on a daily basis while constantly searching for a safe and secure home. As Rick struggles to keep his family alive, he discovers that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be far more dangerous than the mindless walkers roaming the earth, sending many to the lowest depths of human cruelty. People in his group are dying -- but they've picked up a few more survivors along the way -- and the walkers are growing in numbers while being hungrier than ever. After their farm burned down, Rick decided to take charge of the group on his own, and they head off to a maximum security prison to set up a new home.

In Season 3, which premiered on October 14, 2012, the group's resources were dwindling -- their food resources as well as their emotional, spiritual and physical resources -- and they had to make important decisions about who gets to survive. Plus, they encountered Woodbury, one of the first functioning, post-zombie apocalypse communities, led by The Governor. Woodbury seemed like Utopia on the surface, but there was something sinister underneath, which made the people of Woodbury Rick's biggest threat -- especially because humans don't follow a prescribed set of rules like the walkers. After taking a two-month break, THE WALKING DEAD returned for its Season 3 midseason premiere on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 9pm ET, with The Governor and Rick fighting for control of the prison, while new prison guests raised concerns. Plus, a new character from the comic book was introduced.

THE WALKING DEAD returned for its fourth season on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC. The 16-episode season of the series aired in two-parts, with the first eight hours kicking off October 13th and returning February 9, 2014 with the final eight episodes. Season 4 opened with Rick and the group having fostered a thriving community in the safe haven of the prison during the past six months (after the events in the finale of the previous season), but their happiness is short-lived, because walkers and outside threats are no match for danger brewing inside the fences. The group's home and new way of life will be thoroughly tested, and their struggle to survive has never been so perilous. THE WALKING DEAD returned for its Season 4 midseason premiere on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC, with the first of eight new episodes. In the first episode back, which picked up with the fallout after the prison was destroyed, Rick dealt with old wounds, while the prison residents considered if survival would be enough. In the Season 4 finale, the group struggles to survive as many paths collide, and Rick faces sheer brutality. Tonight's episode ends with a cliffhanger -- the first time in the show's history -- pushing the program in a new direction for next season.

Season 5 of THE WALKING DEAD premiered on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC. The season opener, "No Sanctuary," which was written by Scott M. Gimple and directed by Greg Nicotero, reveals the true motives of the Terminans as Rick and the group find themselves in a vulnerable situation. As in previous seasons, the series' fifth season of 16 episodes will air in two parts, with the first eight hours kicking off October 12 and the final eight episodes returning February 8, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC, immediately following an all-day marathon of encore episodes from Seasons 4 & 5. In the Season 5 Winter premiere, "What Happened and What's Going On," after facing all of the recent trials, a slight detour may offer the solution that the group has been seeking.

The sixth season of THE WALKING DEAD premiered Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, with an extended 90-minute episode immediately following an all-day (4am-9pm) encore presentation of Season 5. As in previous seasons, the show's sixth season of 16 episodes will air in two parts, with the first eight episodes kicking off October 11 and the final eight returning February 2016. In the season opener, "First Time Again," Rick and the others have a difficult time assimilating into Alexandria; meanwhile, a new threat arises. THE WALKING DEAD returned for the second half of Season 6 on Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC, immediately following an encore presentation of the first half of the sixth season from Noon-9pm. In the mid-season premiere, "No Way Out," Rick and the other survivors are scared and outnumbered now that walkers have shown up inside the gates of Alexandria.

THE WALKING DEAD Season 7 premiered on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 9-10:05pm ET/PT on AMC, immediately following an encore presentation of the sixth season from 3:30am-9pm. As in previous seasons, the show's seventh season of 16 episodes airs in two parts, with the first eight episodes kicking off October 23 and the final eight returning February 2017. In the 65-minute season opener, "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be," as the members of the group remain helpless, Negan takes action that will forever haunt those who survive. Up until this point, the group has lived through conflicts, disease, hunger, scores of the undead, tragedy, betrayal, and unthinkable loss. Through this, they've become formidable. Powerful. Unstoppable. To start Season 7 that power is taken away. They had found safety and stability. They had created a home. They thought the world was theirs. They thought they knew the world. They were wrong. The first half of Season 7 sees the group fractured, broken, bereaved, and picking up the pieces while living under the thumb of oppression. Negan will have successfully brought the survivors under his control, brutally convincing them to live under his rules with a deadly and horrific example of what happens if they don't. Other characters are unaware of what's happened, but have become separated from the group either by incident or choice -- they will learn that they can't escape this new turn of their world, either. This half season is about these characters starting over. The overall theme of the season is beginning again. The world isn't what they thought it was. It's bigger and it's even more dangerous. Season 7 introduces new cast member Ezekiel (Khary Payton). Ezekiel is King. Of the Kingdom. With a tiger. While intellectually curious and majestically grandiose, Ezekiel is not naive to the violence and atrocities of this world, and truly wants to help others thrive. On Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, AMC debuted the mid-season premiere of THE WALKING DEAD, immediately following an all-day marathon (4:25am-9pm) of encore episodes from Seasons 6 and 7. The first half of Season 7 saw Rick and the group broken by Negan, forced to fall under his will and brutally convinced to live under his rules. The second half of the season focuses on preparing for war and gathering the supplies and numbers to take Negan down once and for all. Rick's group finds out yet again that the world isn't what they thought it was. It's much bigger than anything they've seen so far. While they have a singular purpose -- to defeat Negan -- it won't come easy. More importantly, victory will require more than Alexandria. They need the numbers of the Kingdom and the Hilltop, but, similar to how Rick felt, Ezekiel and Gregory do not want bloodshed. To convince them otherwise will take more than speeches. The lengths Rick and the group will have to go to in order to find weapons, food and new fighters is nothing short of remarkable. Rick and the group tested will be test in ways as never before. There will be treachery, but Rick is confident as he sees his group and many others band together with the common goal of taking down Negan. But no amount of planning will prepare the group for all-out war with Negan and his army. In the mid-season premiere, "Rock in the Road," Rick and the group are led to a new community where they are introduced to its inhabitants and ruler. A familiar face resurfaces.

Season 8 of THE WALKING DEAD premiered on Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 9pm ET/PT, as AMC debuted the show's 100th episode. Last season, Rick and his group of survivors were confronted with their deadliest challenge yet. With the comfort of Alexandria, they let their guard down, only to be reminded how brutal the world they live in can be. The introduction of Negan and the Saviors broke our group. Feeling powerless under Negan's rules and demands, Rick advocated the group play along. But seeing that Negan couldn't be reasoned with, Rick began rallying together other communities affected by the Saviors. And with the support of the Hilltop and Kingdom, they finally have enough fire power to contest the Saviors. This year, Rick brings "All Out War" to Negan and his forces. The Saviors are larger, better-equipped, and ruthless -- but Rick and the unified communities are fighting for the promise of a brighter future. The battle lines are drawn as they launch into a kinetic, action-packed offensive. Up until now, survival has been the focus of Rick and our group, but it's not enough. They have to fight to take back their freedom so that they can live. So that they can rebuild. As with any battle, there will be losses. Casualties. But with Rick leading the Alexandrian forces, Maggie leading the Hilltop, and King Ezekiel leading the Kingdom -- Negan and the Saviors' grip on this world may finally be coming to an end. AMC premiered the second half of Season 8 THE WALKING DEAD on Sunday February 25, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT. All out war has had a devastating impact on every person involved. The communities themselves are fractured. Alexandria has been destroyed, the Hilltop finds themselves pinned, and the Kingdom is shattered -- half of them dead, the other half controlled by the Saviors. At the very center -- Rick, having been distracted by the conflict, has just returned home to learn that Carl, who heroically shepherded the Alexandrians to safety during Negan's attack, has been bitten by a walker. Once his sole motivation in this otherwise stark existence, Rick is forced to deal with this reality. Carl has always been a beacon of hope, a symbol for the remaining thread of humanity -- lessons that the survivors around him would be wise to take with them as this war surges onward. But Rick isn't the only person who's living in peril. Aaron and Enid are in a dire situation at Oceanside -- unclear if they're in friendly territory, or if they've just made new enemies. Father Gabriel will do his part in attempting to smuggle Dr. Carson safely back to the Hilltop and a pregnant Maggie is wrestling with the many moral gray areas that come with leadership during war. In a standoff with the Saviors, she must decide how to proceed with the dozens of POW lives she's currently in control of, as well as new complications that come with being a leader. In addition to the war, Negan continues to deal with struggles within his ranks as workers, traitors, and others' thirst for power cause conflict at the Sanctuary. Having gifted the Saviors a major victory, Eugene's loyalty is repeatedly tested as new obstacles present themselves. As all-out-war consumes us, the line between good and evil continues to blur. People fighting for what they believe in. Everybody working together for something bigger -- to feel safe and have a world worth living in.

The ninth season of THE WALKING DEAD premiered on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC. Lauren Ridloff, who is deaf herself, recurs in the new season as Connie, the series' first deaf character. Plus, Jon Bernthal reprises his role as Shane during the new season. Previous showrunner Scott M. Gimple was elevated to Chief Content Officer, overseeing the entire DEAD television universe, including THE WALKING DEAD, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, and potential brand extensions on a variety of platforms; and Angela Kang, who has been a writer on the show since 2011 and co-executive producer since 2013, is being promoted by Gimple to executive producer and showrunner of THE WALKING DEAD starting with Season 9. Last season brought the culmination of "All Out War," which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan's life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group. Now, it's a year and a half after the end of the war, and the survivors are rebuilding civilization under Rick's steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors. As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build. After nearly a three-month break, THE WALKING DEAD returned for its Season 9 winter premiere on Sunday, February 9, 2019 from 9-10:14pm ET/PT on AMC, immediately following an all-day marathon (6am-9pm) of encore episodes for the eighth and ninth seasons. The second half of Season 9 finds the groups of survivors -- both old and new -- continuing to deal with the impact of events that took place during the six years that have passed. Since the disappearance of Rick, many of these characters have become strangers to each other, and in some ways, strangers to themselves. What they do know is that they are in undeniable danger. They will soon realize the world just beyond does not operate as they thought. The group's rules and ways of survival no longer guarantee their safety. A whole new threat has crossed their paths, and they soon discover it's unlike any threat they have encountered or endured before. The group will start to question what they think they see. What may appear to be normal in this post-apocalyptic world could actually be more disturbing and terrifying than when the apocalypse first broke out. All that is certain is the stakes are high and numerous. In the mid-season debut, "Adaptation," the group unmasks a disturbing and dangerous new threat, and an escaped captive revisits his past.

Season 10 of THE WALKING DEAD premiered on Sunday, October 6, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC. It is now Spring, a few months after the end of Season 9, when our group of survivors dared to cross into Whisperer territory during the harsh winter. The collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha's horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new borderlines being imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable. But the Whisperers are a threat unlike any they have ever faced. Backed by a massive horde of the dead it is seemingly a fight they cannot win. The question of what to do and the fear it breeds will infect the communities and give rise to paranoia, propaganda, secret agendas, and infighting that will test them as individuals and as a society. The very idea of whether civilization can survive in a world filled with the dead hangs in the balance. THE WALKING DEAD returned for its Season 10 winter premiere on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 9-10:05pm ET/PT on AMC, immediately following an all-day marathon (Noon-9pm) of encore episodes from the tenth season. THE WALKING DEAD Returns to find the group of survivors trapped. Some in the confines of a cave filled with walkers, while others are caught in a spiral of suspicion and grief. All orchestrated at the hand of Alpha, who continues to prove the Whisperers are always watching, and one step ahead of the communities. Which includes the new and potentially deadly threat of having added Negan to their ranks. Through this conflict and all they've lost, a few still hold onto hope, especially Eugene, who believes the mysterious voice he spoke with on the radio may lead to their world getting bigger once again. But with the Whisperer War upon them, the collective communities must come together and possibly sacrifice all they have to find a way to silence the Whispers once and for all. Otherwise Alpha will ensure they face a certain doom.
THE WALKING DEAD completes its 10th season on Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 3:01am ET/12:01am PT, when AMC+ released "A Certain Doom." Beta engages the final battle of the Whisperer War. The season ender makes its linear television debut on Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 9pm ET/PT on AMC.

On Wednesday, September 9, 2020 AMC announced that THE WALKING DEAD will end with an expanded two-year eleventh season that will span 24 episodes. With the previously announced six extra Season 10 episodes scheduled for early next year, there are 30 remaining episodes of the flagship series that will run through late 2022.

As "The Walking Dead" universe continues to expand, the original series will be followed by a greenlit spin-off focused on the popular Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) characters, which will premiere in 2023 and be run by current THE WALKING DEAD showrunner Angela Kang, who co-created the series with Scott M. Gimple, chief content officer of THE WALKING DEAD Universe. AMC is also working with Gimple to develop a new TALES OF THE WALKING DEAD series, an episodic anthology with individual episodes or arcs of episodes focused on new or existing characters, backstories or other stand-alone experiences. The company, working closely with Gimple, is also developing a number of other new and innovative projects grounded in THE WALKING DEAD universe.

"It's been ten years 'gone bye;' what lies ahead are two more to come and stories and stories to tell beyond that," said Gimple. "What's clear is that this show has been about the living, made by a passionate cast, team of writer/producers, producers, and crew, bringing to life the vision put forth by Robert Kirkman in his brilliant comic -- and supported by the best fans in the world. We have a lot of thrilling story left to tell on TWD, and then, this end will be a beginning of more WALKING DEAD -- brand new stories and characters, familiar faces and places, new voices, and new mythologies. This will be a grand finale that will lead to new premieres. Evolution is upon us. THE WALKING DEAD lives."

"I look forward to digging in with our brilliant writers, producers, directors, cast and crew to bring this epic final chapter of Robert Kirkman's story to life for our fans over the next two years," said Kang. "THE WALKING DEAD flagship series has been my creative home for a decade and so it's bittersweet to bring it to an end, but I could not be more excited to be working with Scott Gimple and AMC to develop a new series for Daryl and Carol. Working with Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride has been a highlight of my career and I'm thrilled that we get to keep telling stories together."

"Of course, I've always enjoyed working so closely with Norman throughout these many seasons. In playing Carol, and as a viewer of the show, I've also long been intrigued with 'Daryl and Carol,' and by what so early on between them, even then, felt somehow bound," said McBride. Their shared history is long, and each's own personal fight to survive, even longer -- the more obvious aspect of what has kept them close and loyal. But there is also a rather mysterious aspect to their fondness for one another that I enjoy, and their playfulness when the world permits. I'm very curious! Angela has a way of shaking things up in great and unexpected ways. She's like a kid playing with the dimmer switch! I'm very excited!"

"I feel incredibly honored to be a part of THE WALKING DEAD. This show changed my life and career and everyone involved has truly been a family for me over the last decade. I'm thankful for AMC's love and support and know there's so much more story to tell and so much more to bring the best fans in the world. Daryl's relationship with Carol has always been my favorite relationship on the show (sorry Rick)," Reedus said. "I love the way these characters interact and relate to each other on so many levels and can't wait to see where their ride goes from here."


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by AMC Studios
  • Produced by Circle of Confusion
  • Produced by Darkwood Productions
  • Produced by Valhalla Motion Pictures

Firsts, Lasts & Notable Notes

  • October 31, 2010: AMC's first wholly-owned original series.
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Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • November 28, 2010: Amy dies
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  • November 27, 2011: Sophia Peletier dies
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  • March 4, 2012: Dale Horvath dies
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  • March 11, 2012: Shane Walsh dies
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  • November 4, 2012: Lori Grimes dies
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  • November 4, 2012: Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas dies
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  • March 24, 2013: Merle Dixon dies
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  • March 31, 2013: Milton Mamet dies
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  • March 31, 2013: Andrea dies
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  • November 24, 2013: Caesar Martinez dies
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  • December 1, 2013: Hershel Greene dies
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  • December 1, 2013: The Governor dies
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  • March 16, 2014: Lizzie Samuels dies
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  • March 16, 2014: Mika Samuels dies
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  • October 26, 2014: Gareth dies
  • October 26, 2014: Bob Stookey dies
  • November 30, 2014: Beth Greene dies
  • February 8, 2015: Tyreese dies
  • March 15, 2015: Noah dies
  • March 29, 2015: Pete Anderson dies
  • October 25, 2015: Nicholas dies
  • November 29, 2015: Deanna Monroe dies
  • March 20, 2016: Dr. Denise Cloyd dies
  • October 23, 2016: Glenn Rhee dies
  • October 23, 2016: Abraham Ford dies
  • December 11, 2016: Spencer Monroe dies
  • April 2, 2017: Sasha Williams dies
  • April 15, 2018: Carl Grimes dies
  • October 7, 2018: Gregory dies
  • November 11, 2018: Jed dies
  • November 25, 2018: Paul 'Jesus' Rovia dies
  • March 24, 2019: Tara Chambler dies
  • March 24, 2019: Enid dies
  • March 24, 2019: Tammy Rose Sutton dies