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A wounded police officer in the suburban South wakes up from a coma and finds the door to his hospital room has been barred. He breaks free into a ruined and abandoned hospital, where the staff and patients have disappeared. Something enormous and clearly sinister has happened. The streets outside are blanketed with debris and abandoned vehicles. He is surrounded by death. While he was sleeping, most of the world was devoured by flesh-eating corpses.

Although AMC's The Walking Dead is obviously a show about zombies, the characters never refer to them as such. The program maintains a specific tone. They call them walkers, or biters, or simply The Dead, and they populate the landscape of the show, from the streets of Atlanta, to the abandoned highways, to the rural farmhouses. Police Officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, quickly learns what has happened to the outside world. and he embarks on a mission to find his wife and son, unprepared for the true scale of what awaits him. Along the way, he meets a variety of survivors from different walks of life and with various outlooks on the state of their post-apocalyptic world and humanity's hope for the future.

The Walking Dead was created by horror master Frank Darabont, based on Robert Kirman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard's comic book series of the same name. It is arguably distinguished from other zombie stories in its unflinching realism and willingness to tackle morally complex and bleak issues. It focuses on a large range of characters, from Rick's unstable former partner, Shane (Jon Bernthal), to redneck and reluctant warrior Darryl (Norman Reedus), to suicidal Andrea (Laurie Holden), to optimistic Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn). They journey through the countryside battling walkers and searching for a place of safety, while they wonder if such a place can ever exist for long.

Although there is little technology to speak of, bits and pieces of the truth about what's happened to the world come to light for the characters through their visit to the Atlanta CDC and other details. But the how and why of the zombie epidemic is never at the forefront of the story. Instead, The Walking Dead is about the human condition and how much horror and despair someone can handle before they begin to unravel. The pressures of living in the ruins of civilization, under the constant threat of violent death, transform Rick, his family, and his new-found friends into profoundly different people. His relationship with his wife, Lori, played by experienced television actress Sarah Wayne Callies, and their young son, Carl, played by Chandler Riggs, is constantly tested. And as they continue to explore what remains of America, they meet enemies among the living and the dead.

Filmed on location in Georgia. The Walking Dead premiered in October of 2010 to both critical and commercial success. Many of its principal cast members are veterans of Darabont's film work, including Holden, DeMunn, and others. Lincoln is a television veteran in his home country of England making his transition to an American series. The show was initially green-lit by AMC based mostly on Darabont's involvement and the popularity of the comic books. It went on to consistently earn better ratings than any other drama series in the history of basic cable. It is distributed around the world by Fox International Channels.

Though Frank Darabont has since left The Walking Dead, AMC continues to produce their most popular television show. It has been nominated and won several awards, including the AFI award for TV Programme of the year in both 2010 and 2012. The Saturn and Satellite Awards continue to recognize it across the board, and in 2011 it was nominated for Best Drama Series by the Golden Globes. Darabont himself was nominated for a Director's Guild award for the series, and the Primetime Emmy Awards have recognized it in the areas of makeup, sound editing, and visual effects.

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  • Secrets revealed about the zombies in the show.

  • The fourth season comes to a close after multiple paths collide.

  • Faith becomes a savior for some fighting to stay alive.

  • The group discovers a new site to take residence.

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Watch the 'Walking Dead' Season 5 Trailer

The season 5 premiere of "The Walking Dead" is ambling ever closer...and here's the first trailer! The full-length trailer, featuring the first footage of the hit AMC show's new season, premiered at Comic-Con today, as has become tradition for the show. Additionally, the the panel announced the premiere date for season 5, which will be October 12. In the trailer, we pick up where the season four cliffhanger left off: With Rick reunited with the rest of the group under less than ideal circumstances.

Get Your First Look at ' The Walking Dead' Season 5!

With shooting for "The Walking Dead" underway, check out the first-look video and see what you can derive about the upcoming (and allegedly "disturbing") season 5!

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"Walking Dead" fans who wish the show would never end have a kindred spirit in showrunner Scott Gimple. The zombie drama could, theoretically, keep going forever, even after all the original characters are dead, Gimple thinks. Some fans, though, are terrified by that idea.

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'Walking Dead' Mid-Season Finale: Will Everyone Survive?

"The Walking Dead" has been relatively calm through the first half of its fourth season, but those in the know have hinted that the mid-season finale will produce some well-timed fireworks. The question is whether those fireworks will make fans happy or make them riot.

Sunday Ratings: 'The Walking Dead' vs. the NFL

Professional football and flesh-eating zombies are both beloved American institutions, but on Sunday nights, TV viewers are forced to choose between the two. When "The Walking Dead" and "Sunday Night Football" go head-to-head, who wins?

'Walking Dead' Ratings: Tracking the Dead

Every show on television wishes that it had the ratings that "The Walking Dead" has. The zombie series is the current TV ratings king, but over the course of the first three weeks of the season, its ratings have dropped. Is there cause for concern?

'Walking Dead' Spin-Off: What's It All About?

The upcoming spin-off of "The Walking Dead" isn't even close to production yet, and the show's creators don't yet have a detailed grasp of what the series is going to be about. They have some ideas, though, and this week they shared a few tantalizing bits of brainstorming.

'Walking Dead' Season 4 Premiere: New Threats and Record Ratings

Last season's final episode of "The Walking Dead" was watched by a record number of viewers, and every one of those viewers was eager to catch the first episode of season 4 last Sunday. The big surprise is that they brought almost four million of their friends with them, turning the season premiere episode into, by far, the highest-rated episode of the series to date.

'The Walking Dead' Season 4: A World of Difference from the Comics

If "The Walking Dead" TV series simply followed the plot of the franchise's comic book series, there would be no surprises for viewers, given that the show lags the comic by years. On the other hand, if the TV series strays too far from the comic, it risks confusing and alienating hard-core fans. It's a dilemma—or an opportunity—that the show's producers will confront in season 4.

'Walking Dead' Spin Off Coming in 2015!

A sure sign of the zombie apocalypse is when there are too many zombies to be contained by one TV series, and that's happening right now. AMC has announced plans to create a spin off of "The Walking Dead."

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