We are the undead. Days Gone Bye, the first episode of Frank Darabon’s summer drama based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book, generated a franchise for AMC when it was released ten years ago on Halloween night 2010. When MP Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) comes out of a coma in a world conquered by an undead carnivore, he begins a desperate search for Laurie’s wife (Sarah Wayne Callis) and son Carl (Chandler Riggs). Rick learns new survival rules from Morgan Jones (Lenny James) and his son Duane (Adrian Kali Turner) before going to the Atlanta pedestrian zone where a last-minute rescue from Glenn (Stephen Young) Rick eventually leads to his family.
Ten years later you celebrate The Walking Dead with a second of all 147 episodes of The Walking Dead – from Days Gone Bye to the end of the 10th episode. season of A Certain Doom – in the official tribute video above.
I first contacted the Walker Dead in 2005. I worked for Frank Darabont, and he told me about this comic book he found in a comic book store, said executive producer Denise Huth during the first season of The Walking Dead: The starting marathon, which was broadcast on AMC in the summer. And when he told me that story, I remember I said: It’s a TV show. It contained all the major elements of the serial drama.
The black and white comic book that Kirkman and artist Tony Moore launched for Image Comics in 2003, originally inspired by George A’s classic Zombie Night. Romero de Undead, flip-flopped for about five years before AMC finally had the courage to say yes and actually let go, remembers Hoot.
Television operators involved in The Walking Dead feared that a show requiring multiple open spaces and a large number of zombie extras with special effects would be too expensive. Other potential buyers were concerned that the public would not be present.
The first season in six games ended with Lincoln joining a group of Atlanta survivors including John Burnthal, Norman Reidus, IronE Singleton and Michael Rucker. Darabont’s then show director hired regulars Melissa McBride, Laurie Holden and Jeffrey DeMann, all of whom played cartoon characters in a series by veteran producer Gale Anne Hurd.
The first episode of the original AMC series became the most acclaimed series of the 2010 premiere and committed murder in the coveted 18-49 demo version. In the third season of 2012, The Walking Dead became the first cable series in the history of television, taking first place in the demographic ranking for every show in the fall season.
Ten seasons later, a zombie shows two side effects: the fear of dying and the fear of being killed: World Beyond – with many TV series in progress, including flowery side stories about the undead and a nameless sequel featuring the characters of Daryl and Carol. Lincoln, who left the Mother Show in season 9, returns as Rick Grimes in Kirkman’s undated feature film, The Walk of the Dead, and content director for the Scott Gimple franchise.
In 2022 the Walking Dead ends after 177 episodes of 11 seasons and 12 years. There remain 30 episodes, including a six-episode extension of season 10 – now produced against the backdrop of the Covid 19 pandemic – and a final extended season of 24 episodes that will last two years.
Follow author @CameronBonomolo on Twitter for everything TWD The Walking Dead returns to the CMA in early 2021 with six new episodes.