The Walking Dead Introduction
Season 1 consists of 6 episodes that aired between 31st October 2010 and 5th December 2010. Season 2 consists of 13 episodes that aired between 16th October 2011 and 18th March 2012. From this point onwards Seasons 3, 4 and 5 of The Walking Dead each consisted of 16 episodes that premiered on 14th October 2012,13th October 2013 and 12th October 2014 respectively. The Walking Dead season 6 consists of 16 episodes split into two eight-episode parts. The first six episodes aired on AMC from 11th October 2015, the second half began on February 14, 2016.
Given that The Walking Dead is set in a post-apocalyptic reality that is overrun by hordes of infectious zombies, it inevitably features a wealth of extremely bloody and graphic scenes where all manner of guns, axes and makeshift weapons are used to repel and kill the living undead. Every single episode features some level of moderate gore; with images of zombies in various states of decay with rotting organs and bones often on display. Not for the faint hearted!
The Walking Dead received an average 92% overall “Certified Fresh” approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes for its first season and went on to receive 86%, 93%, 89%, 97% approval ratings for its subsequent seasons. As matters stand, The Walking Dead has amassed the highest total viewership of any series in the history of cable television; with an average of 5.24 million viewers tuning in to watch Season 1 and an average of 6.9, 10.4, 13.3 and 14.4 million viewers tuning in to watch Season 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively. What’s more, the Season 5 premiere was the most watch series episode in the history of cable television; attracting approximately 17.3 million viewers!
The Walking Dead has won a series of awards over its five season run including;
- “Best Genre Series” in 2011 and “Best Cast” in 2012 at the Satelitte Awards,
- “Favourite Cable TV Drama”, “Favourite TV Anti-Hero” and two “Favourite Hero” awards at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards,
- “AFI TV Programme of the Year” at the American Film Institute (AFI) TV Awards in 2010 and 2012
- “Most Binge-worthy Show” at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Awards,
- “Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television” at the 2011 Eddie Awards,
- The pilot episode “Days Gone By” won “Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or Special” at Primetime Emmy Awards in 2011 and the episode “What Lies Ahead” reprised this same award in 2012,
- The episode “What Lies Ahead” also won “Best Sound Editing in Television Long Form – Sound Effects & Foley” in 2012 at the Golden Reel Awards and the episode “Guts” won their “Best Sound Editing in Television Short Form – Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement” award in 2011.
In addition to this vast array of cast and crew awards, The Walking Dead was also named one of the top ten television programs of 2010 by the American Film Institute Awards and the cast have won a series of Saturn Awards, Young Artist Awards and Teen Choice Awards amongst themselves for their individual leading, supporting and guest starring roles.
Based upon the ongoing Image Comics published comic book series of the same name, The Walking Dead follows the struggles of former County Sheriff Rick Grimes who wakes from a coma to find that his hometown, along with the rest of the world, has been catastrophically devastated by an apocalyptic zombie outbreak. From this moment onwards, the series follows Rick as he desperately searches for his family and meets with fellow survivors who together must fend off hordes of these infectious “walkers”. As days, weeks, months and years unfold in the wake of the initial living undead outbreak, The Walking Dead vividly depicts the struggles of a group of survivors as they come to grips with the fact that the world they once knew is gone forever. Plagued by their own personal conflicts as well as attacks from groups of ravenous walkers and gangs of hostile survivors, The Walking Dead is a thrilling, highly addictive drama that demonstrates how everyday people can be driven to extreme measures when they are forced to fight for their own survival; now that they themselves have become, in effect, the walking dead!
From that shocking, jump-out-of-your-seat moment when you glimpse your very first walker, The Walking Dead is simultaneously horrifying, completely gripping and unashamedly addictive! As the series unfolds you cannot help but marvel at its compelling characters, grotesquely beautiful makeup and special effects, superbly paired soundtrack and intelligent plotlines that can transition from uplifting to heart-wrenching in an instant.
However, what truly sets The Walking Dead apart from other zombie films and television programs is the manner in which it presents the morality of its characters. Rather than simply creating individuals who are black-and-white heroes or villains, The Walking Dead expertly delves into the murky grey realm of human nature wherein a person’s innermost moral compass can be warped by their desire for survival. In a post-apocalyptic world that requires you to surrender your principles in order to secure your own survival or that of your family and friends, this series really makes you question how our fundamental standards of human decency and ethical beliefs can be expected to survive when the human race is being driven towards extinction.
As a result, this combination of thought-provoking plotlines and exceptional acting from a strong leading and supporting cast makes The Walking Dead one of the best television shows currently on the air. This intense post-apocalyptic zombie survival drama draws you in from the very start and has you eagerly vying with bated breath for your favourite characters to overcome the odds and pull through to the next episode!
“Days Gone By” | “Guts” | “Tell It To The Frogs” | “Vatos” | “Wildfire” | “TS-19”
“What Lies Ahead” “Bloodletting” | “Save The Last One” | “Cherokee Rose” | “Chupacabra” | “Secrets” | “Pretty Much Dead Already” | “Nebraska” | “Triggerfinger” | “18 Miles Out” | “Judge, Jury, Executioner” | “Better Angels” | “Beside The Dying Fire”
“Seed” | “Sick” | “Walk With Me” | “Killer Within” | “Say The Word” | “Hounded” | “When The Dead Come Knocking” | “Made To Suffer” | “The Suicide King” | “Home” | “I Ain’t A Judas” | “Clear” | “Arrow On The Doorpost” | “Prey” | “This Sorrowful | Life” | “Welcome To The Tombs”
“30 Days Without An Accident” | “Infected” | “Isolation” | “Indifference” | “Internment” | “Live Bait” | “Dead Weight” | “Too Far Gone” | “After” | “Inmates” | “Claimed” | “Still” | “Alone” | “The Grove” | “Us” | “A” |
“No Sanctuary” | “Strangers” | “Four Walls And A Roof” | “Slabtown” | “Self Help” | “Consumed” | “Crossed” | “Coda” | “What Happened And What’s Going On” | “Them” | “The Distance” | “Remember” | “Forget” | “Spend” | “Try” “Conquer”