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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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  • Daryl has trouble on a run while Rick and his group continue to feel like outsiders in Alexandria.

  • Rick may reach his limit when the group finds that seclusion might be impossible to achieve.

  • Numerous challenges arise for Rick and his group while trying to secure their new home.

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