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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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  • Rick and the others meet someone who appears to be friendly, but can they be trusted?

  • The group is feeling down trodden after being on the road so long, but they continue to push through in spite of the changes they've encountered.

  • Rick and the group struggle with recent events, until a slight detour provides a little hope.

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The Walking Dead: The Distance: Season 5, Episode 11

As we get closer to the Season 5 finale, the group is faced with a test. Can they trust a newcomer and his safe community? Maggie and Sasha arrive back with Aaron, who they found lurking. Aaron is a seemingly nice guy, who promises to allow them inside his community if they “audition.”   “It’s hard to trust anyone who smiles after they got punched in the face.” - Rick to Aaron   Obviously Rick is suspicious and doesn't trust him, but who can blame him really.

Cinemax Picks Up New Series from 'Walking Dead' Creator

If you're a fan of Robert Kirkman and "The Walking Dead," you might want to get yourself a subscription to Cinemax. The pay-cable network has just given a series order to "Outcast," a new show based on the comics books of the same name, created by Kirkman. Instead of zombies and a post-apocalyptic world, "Outcast" focuses on exorcism and a world that could potentially be approaching the apocalypse. The story centers on a man named Kyle Barnes (played by "Almost Famous" star Patrick Fugit) who has dealt with spiritual possession his whole life.

'Walking Dead' Alum Cast as 'The Flash' Villain
6 'Walking Dead'-Inspired Valentine's Day Gifts

Valentine's Day is coming up in just a couple of weeks, so it's time to start thinking about gifts. But instead of getting that special someone in your life a bouquet of flowers (boring) or chocolates (delicious but predictable), how about something a little more...undead? If your sweetheart is a "The Walking Dead" fan, there are plenty of gifts out there to make them happy while giving them a piece of their favorite show. Here are a few "Walking Dead" ideas for Valentine's Day: Daryl Dixon Necklace This piece doesn't scream "Walking Dead" since Daryl uses a crossbow, but it is "Walking Dead" inspired.

'Walking Dead' Adds New Actor for Unconfirmed Character...Let the Guessing Begin!

"The Walking Dead" has a new human survivor! Ross Marquand has reportedly been cast in "The Walking Dead" and will appear sometime in the AMC show's eight remaining episodes of the season, which kick off in February. What we don't know yet is which character from the comics Marquand will play. Fans are already speculating that Marquand will play Aaron, a man from a nearby safe zone who meets Rick and his gang on the road. Of course, we know how things have gone in previous "safe zones" for Rick & Co.

'Sons of Anarchy' Actress Cast as 'Walking Dead' Spinoff Lead

Say hello to your new Rick Grimes! With "The Walking Dead" continuing to land impressive numbers in the ratings, AMC recently announced a spin-off series set in the "Walking Dead" universe. The series, which is currently titled "Cobalt," will take place in Los Angeles and act as a sequel to "The Walking Dead," taking place in the days immediately following the zombie outbreak. Now, the series has officially cast its lead: Kim Dickens, formerly of "Sons of Anarchy" fame, will take on the lead role of Nancy Tompkins.

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10 Gift Ideas for 'The Walking Dead' Fans

Christmas is coming up fast...faster than a shambling zombie. So if you don't have your Christmas shopping done yet, it's time to get to work! If you have a fan of "The Walking Dead" on your Christmas list, you might want to get them something that references their favorite show on TV. But which item should you get? Here are 10 suggestions of "Walking Dead"-themed gifts forthe zombie enthusiast on your list: 1. Walking Dead Monopoly The only thing more stressful that fighting off a herd of walkers while trying to defend your prison sanctuary from attackers is playing a full game of Monopoly with your family.

'Walking Dead' Petition: 30,000 Fans Want [SPOILER] Brought Back from the Dead

When your favorite TV character dies, you can either be sad, or get angry. A petition on Change.org has been gaining traction after last week's episode of "The Walking Dead," in which a major character was killed in a hostage exchange. Spoilers ahead! Rick and the team had almost managed to pull off a peaceful prisoner exchange with the corrupt cops holed up at the hospital. But a moment of anger from Beth upended the situation, and Beth ended up with a bullet in her head as a result.

'Walking Dead' Midseason Finale Kills Off Another Series Regular

Everyone involved with "The Walking Dead" promised that this season was going to be bloody. So far, they've all been true to their word. Another major character bit the literal and figurative bullet on Sunday night's midseason finale, the show's final episode before returning in February of 2015. If you haven't watched yet, don't read on...SPOILERS follow! The episode saw Rick and company trying to devise a proper plan to free Beth and Carol from Grady Memorial Hospital, where they were being held by a group of seriously corrupt cops.

'American Horror Story' Actress Joins 'Walking Dead' Cast

"The Walking Dead" already has zombies, but a ghost is about to join the cast soon. Alexandra Breckenridge is set to join the cast of "The Walking Dead" this season in a recurring role with the potential to become a series regular next season. Breckenridge is best known for her role in the first season of "American Horror Story" as the young, sexy version of Moira, the Murder House's maid. Few details are out yet about Breckenridge's character in "TWD," though there was a description the casting breakdown for the role.

'The Walking Dead' Recap: Long Live Carol, the Badass

You wanted action? The season 5 premiere of "The Walking Dead" has it for you. The new season started off with a literal bang as Rick and the gang found themselves locked in a container at Terminus, awaiting whatever terrible fate the weird cannibals had in store for them. We left off with Rick declaring that their enemies would "feel stupid" when they found out that they're "screwing with the wrong people." For a few moments it seemed like Rick might be right, as we got a suit-up montage of the team making all kinds of makeshift weapons out of whatever they had: belts, wood, etc.

Carl Raps in New 'Walking Dead' Bad Lip Reading

If there's one thing we can take away from "The Walking Dead" it's that dolphins aren't the same as apples. Wait, what? That's just a line from the latest "Bad Lip Reading" video, which once again takes on "The Walking Dead." The series of BLR videos have amassed huge views on YouTube with a simple formula: Take a popular TV show or movie, remove the original dialogue, and re-dub it by reading the actor's lips and guessing what they're saying.

'Walking Dead' Season 5 Premiere Trailer Teases 3 Possible Deaths

So, how much longer until October 12th? The "official" season five trailer for "The Walking Dead" has hit, and if what we're hearing is to be trusted, it's going to be a seriously deadly premiere. The trailer features a quick collage of action-packed shots, including a large explosion and a haggard-looking Rick, but it's what Sasha says that has us interested. "Three of us are gone," she says. Does that mean three characters will die in the premiere? Is Sasha just referring to people who have been lost up to this point? What does she mean "gone?" Are they just separated from the group, or have they become zombie chow? It certainly wouldn't be out of the question, what with the way the show has been going over the last couple of seasons.

How Will 'The Walking Dead' End? Robert Kirkman Says He Already Knows

With a new season of "The Walking Dead" starting up in October, zombie fever is still alive and well in the cable landscape. But how will it all end? Series creator Robert Kirkman, who also created the comic books, claims that he's already decided how "The Walking Dead" will wrap up. "I do know what I’m building toward," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I don’t know exactly what issue that’s going to fall on, per se, and I do have a lot of road laid out before that that is going to take a long time, but I certainly know exactly what I’m building to.

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