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Since its conception, The Walking Dead has been redefining the zombie genre. To some, it created the zombie genre. In the days, months, and years after the fall of civilization, a small, savvy, desperate and disparate group of nobodies struggles to keep themselves, along with their hope, alive in the American south. Their leader, police chief Rick Grimes, is a stoic and determined man, who's seen the best and the worst in people. He'll stop at nothing to secure the safety of his family and friends. As the troop begins to adapt to a world inhabited by the walking dead, they soon realize that the true challenge of survival lies in the evil that lurks in the power-hungry hearts of their fellow man.
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- 7 Seasons, 92 Episodes - Currently Airing
- October 31, 2010
- Drama, Horror & Suspense
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A closer view of the Sanctuary and the world of the Saviors; members of Alexandria search for supplies.
Someone stumbles upon a new society different from anything known before.
Saddled with grief and surrounded by foes, members of the crew attempt to find safety at the Hilltop before it's too late.
The remaining members of the gang try to keep it together in Alexandria; they get a sobering visit.
A new crew of survivors seem to have everything in their impressive community; but, there is a price.
For many familiar faces, a new, well-established neighborhood appears too good to be true.
The seventh season opens with Rick and the group kneeling powerless before Negan and his crew. Negan's actions will terrorize those who survive.
In the season finale, Rick and the group venture outside the walls of safety to save one of their own. On the road, they encounter Negan, who issues them a brutal warning.
When someone goes missing in Alexandria, the community goes on high alert, and search parties venture out.
Two separate groups leave Alexandria for supplies, and while both worry over the future of the community, they will face immediate danger.
With no hope of security in Alexandria, Rick and his group of survivors soon find a bigger world with new dangers and new opportunities.
Rick and the group realize the only way to maintain the peace of Alexandria is to fight a new enemy. However, this time, the group might be outmatched.
While trying to escape Alexandria, Rick and his group meet trouble when sudden noise draws walkers towards them.
Trouble returns to Alexandria after a short period of peace. Only now, the danger may be too much to handle.
At last, Alexandria is able to start putting itself back together; peace is accepted between the two companies.
While trying to go back to Alexandria, Daryl, Abraham and Sasha encounter multiple obstacles and threats.
After a lot of stumbling blocks, the feel in Alexandria turns bleak for the sheltered inhabitants.
Morgan tells the captured wolf about his journey from King County to Alexandria, where he met a lone survivor with a code.
The group attempt to return home, but will they all make it?
Just as things start to get back to normal, the Alexandrians are faced with a new issue.
In the season 6 premiere, Rick and the others struggle to adjust in Alexandria. A new threat occurs.
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Did The Walking Dead jump the shark with its gory season-seven premiere? Evidence is mounting that at least some viewers are losing interest in the series as the current season wears on, but TWD remains the biggest series on cable TV.
Last week, we suggested that the ratings dip between TWD's first and second episodes of the season could be due to the fact that episode two was competing with a very highly-rated World Series game. But the ratings drop held up even when delayed viewing was taken into account, suggesting that about 20 percent of the audience from the premiere decided they weren't into episode two, baseball game or not.
The bad news continued with last Sunday's episode three, when there was no high-profile competition to blame. The episode was still the highest-rated program on cable, but its ratings fell by about 7 percent in the 18-49 age demographic compared to the week before. Compared to the season premiere, the episode was down by a third among younger viewers.
Even more concerning is that the total same-day viewership for episode three was the lowest of any episode in the series since the middle of season four, way back in 2013. Should the series' ratings slip much further, they'll flirt with the levels of the first three seasons, when TWD was merely a popular cable show rather than a must-watch phenonenon.
There's evidence that all those viewers who said they were done with The Walking Dead after last week's episode weren't kidding. This week's second episode of TWD's season seven experienced a major drop in ratings from the previous episode, a trend that's unusual for the series.
The debut episode of the series' seventh season drew big ratings, and partially reversed the downward trajectory that the series experienced for part of its sixth season. This season's debut episode scored an 8.4 rating in the 18-49 age demographic and 17 million viewers overall; that was significantly higher than ratings for the season-six debut and nearly as high as the record-setting season-five debut.
This week's second episode, however, fell off by more than 25 percent to about 12.5 million viewers and a 6.1 rating in the 18-49 group. The typical decline for the series in recent years has been between 11 and 15 percent from each season's first episode to the second.
TWD had the misfortune to be up against a hot World Series game this week, but it's probable that the big drop in ratings can't be entirely blamed on the competition. Last week's gruesomely violent episode spurred some vocal backlash from fans who found the episode off-putting. The question is, are those fans gone for good, or are they just taking a little break? Ratings for next week's episode, with no baseball game to play the scapegoat, will help to answer that question.
The season-seven premiere of The Walking Dead finally hit the air Sunday night, resolving the cliffhanger that had fans agitated all summer. Those fans had waited months to find out the identity of Negan's victim, and when they at last had answers, at least some fans wished they didn't.
WARNING: We're going to try avoid major spoilers here, but if you don't want to know anything about Sunday's episode before you see it, don't read any further.
Sunday's episode resolved the cliffhanger at an excrutiatingly slow pace, jumping ahead and then flashing back to walk us through Negan's sadistic monologue all over again before finally revealing who was going to end up dead. When the reveal came, it was extremely graphic in its violence, and the drawn-out lead-up to the killing, the bloody murder itself, and its immediate aftermath took up the entire episode.
Critics overwhelmingly blasted the episode, citing the excessively manipulative attempts to lengthen the suspense and the episode's general failure to do much to advance the series' plot. The critical consensus seems to be that the episode was, by far, not worth the wait.
At least in their immediate reactions, many fans seemed to be more disturbed by the episode's violence than its weak writing. The on-camera violence outdid anything the infamously violent series had come up with so far, leading some to accuse the producers of using violence gratuitously (the term "tortue porn" came up more than once).
Ultimately, the talk of poor writing and over-the-line violence overshadowed discussion of what was supposed to be the dramatic impact of the episode: the death of a major character and the introduction of a major new villain.
So now TWD, having turned off both critics and fans, faces a season in which it must prove that it still has an entertaining story to tell.
Whether you were excited or angry about the cliffhanger that ended the sixth season of The Walking Dead, you're probably equally eager to see this weekend's premiere episode of season seven. Love the writers' decision to leave fans dangling through the summer or hate it, you've got to admit that you really, really want to know who Negan is going to kill. Well, this Sunday, you'll finally find out.
The series' producers and cast have been extraordinarily tight-lipped about the identity of the Negan's victim, and there have been no leaks that have given away the identity of the character who will no longer be with us.
In a recent interview with Variety, executive producer - and director of the season-seven premiere episode - Greg Nicotero gave us a hint that really wasn't much of a hint.
"I would probably say that people will be sad," Nicotero said. "I recommend watching the episode with lots of Kleenex, and there will be a lot of questions and a lot of whys and 'What’s going to happen next?' and 'How could you?'"
That would seem to suggest that the unfortunate character will be one of the series' central cast rather than one of the more peripheral characters at Negan's mercy. But which one will it be? Glenn? Maggie? Carl? Daryl?
A more important question for the future of the series is Nicotero's "What's going to happen next?" Cliffhangers grab headlines, and character deaths provide shock value, but after those things are wrapped up on Sunday, TWD has a whole season to get through. Will Negan, Ezekiel and a pet tiger be enough to keep fans interested into season eight?
Season seven of The Walking Dead premieres on October 23 on AMC.
News for The Walking Dead got a little bit ahead of itself this week with the announcement that the series has been renewed for an eighth season before the premiere of its seventh. That means the zombie apocalypse will continue into 2018, no matter what happens in the meantime.
The eighth season of TWD will begin with the series' 100th episode, a landmark that easily makes the TWD the longest-running series on TWD. The early renewal shows that the network still has faith in TWD despite signs of peaking ratings, inconsistent critical reviews, and some fan dissatisfaction with plot development throughout the series' sixth season.
Season seven of TWD debuts on AMC on October 23, and that first episode of the season should reveal the resolution to the controversial cliffhanger that ended season six. In that season's finale, the new bad guy Negan - whose arrival fans had been waiting for all season - began to beat to death an unrevealed member of Rick's group. Negan's chosen victim will be revealed early on in season seven, leaving Rick and the surviving members of his group free to get on with the business of surviving the latest baddie who threatens their security.
Aside from Negan, season seven will also introduce another flashy character in Ezekiel, the leader of a new community called the Kingdom, and his pet tiger.
According to one of the series' producers, The Walking Dead could easily have been a crime-of-the-week procedural in which a crime-fighting duo solved a series of zombie crimes. We have AMC to thank for sparing us from that fate and giving us instead a show that revolves around a series of who-dies-this-time cliffhangers.
A report in Variety cites TWD executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, who was speaking at a masterclass at the Edinburgh International TV Festival. Hurd says that NBC was interested when the series' creators pitched TWD to the network way back in the beginning. The NBC execs, however, didn't like the idea of an ongoing storyline and suggested, instead, an episodic show in which the zombie-fighters completed a new case each week. The series apparently would have followed the crime procedural model that, at the time, made up a large portion of NBC's prime-time programming.
Fortunately, the NBC deal didn't work out, and AMC gave the series the freedom to stay true to its comic-book roots. The rest is history, as TWD went on to become the hottest series on TV.
While the idea of a zombie procedural might seen ridiculous at first glance, that is essentially the premise of The CW's iZombie. That tongue-in-cheek series, though, is night-and-day different from the deadly serious TWD, and we can be thankful that Rick Grimes and crew weren't forced into that mold.
Entertainment Weekly this week provided a glimpse of The Walking Dead's upcoming season via a still image presumably from the season's first episode. Fans who've been agitated by last season's unnerving cliffhanger won't learn much from the image or from the "intel" that EW gathered about the fall's season premiere.
The image shows Negan brandishing his barbed-wire embellished baseball bat, Lucille, in a shot apparently from the very scene that ended last season's finale. If you're hoping that the shot gives a clue to the identity of the person that Negan walloped with the bat, you're out of luck. In fact, Lucille's pristine, blood-free condition suggests that the shot comes from a moment before Negan even hit anyone with her - in other words, a moment you already saw last season.
Beyond that, EW's reveal only says that producer Greg Nicotero assures the cliffhanger won't extend into season 7.
"Yes, who was at the receiving end of Negan’s bat will be revealed in the first episode," he says.
For viewers who expected Negan's victim to be revealed last season, that's a small consolation. Keeping that bit of information a secret past the beginning of next season would surely push many fans' patience past the breaking point.