The Walking Dead is an American television drama series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard.
Rick Grimes is a former police officer who has been in a coma for several months after being shot whilst on duty. When he wakes, he discovers that the world has been taken over by Zombies, and that he seems to be the only person still alive. Having returned home to discover his wife and son missing, he heads for Atlanta to search for his family. Narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Zombies on arrival in Atlanta, he is aided by another survivor Glenn who takes Rick to a camp outside the town. There Rick finds his wife Lori and son Carl. Along with his partner and best friend Shane, he founds a small group of survivors who struggle to fend off the zombie hordes, as well as competing with other survivor groups who are prepared to do whatever it takes to survive. Written by WellardRockard
- The logo seen on the T-shirt of Rick’s son Carl is that of another Robert Kirkman creation, Science Dog.
- The Dixon brothers, T-Dog, Jacqui, as well as Morales and his family are not characters in the comic book, although they are each featured prominently in season 1 of the TV series.
- Carol’s husband never appears in the comic, he is only mentioned to have been killed.
- Out of the 20 characters at the camp, only 10 are actually in the comic (Rick Lori, Carl, Shane, Carol, Sophia, Jim, Dale, Andrea, Amy and Glenn).
- SPOILER: In the comic, Lori and Shane’s affair was only a one night stand instead of a regular occurrence and is revealed in issue 5, while in the show in the 2nd episode.
- The story takes place during the “Days Gone By” (which the pilot is also called) arc (issues 1-6).
- The word ‘zombie’ is never said throughout the first season. The zombies are either referred to as “Walkers”, “Geeks”, “Roamers”, “Lamebrains”, and to the CDC, “Test Subjects”.
- “Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman was on the set throughout the filming of the first season.
- This is the second AMC show to feature a Winnebago. In the show “Breaking Bad”, a bigger model is used throughout the show.
- The name Edwin Jenner, the doctor at the CDC, is a reference to to Edward Jenner who developed the first vaccine.
- During lunch breaks, the zombie cast would eat together while the human cast ate together.
- Actors who played zombies had to go through zombie school to learn how to walk and move like zombies.
- Frank Darabont also directed four of the show’s actors – Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Juan Gabriel Pareja and Melissa McBride – in The Mist (2007). DeMunn also appeared in Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile.
- In an online interview, it was revealed that Frank Darabont envisioned having several self-contained episodes that would not continue the main story. One such episode would have been the season two premiere. It would have involved Sam Witwer (who Darabont used in The Mist (2007) and played the tank zombie in the series premiere) as a solider in a Black Hawk Down style Atlanta. Witwer would have encountered several of the cast before being bit and locking himself in the tank.
- The show is being made into a haunted house at Universal’s “Halloween Horror Nights” in Orlando Florida, and a Maze in Universal’s Halloween Horror nights Hollywood for their 2012 event.
- Jeffrey DeMunn, who plays “Dale”, has appeared in all of Frank Darabont’s feature films.
- The army helicopters parked outside the hospital when Deputy Grimes makes his escape bear the markings of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, General Custer’s command at Little Big Horn.
- The tank Rick took refuge in from the zombies is a Chieftain Mk.10, the same model actor Kevin Spacey purchased at a military auction to use on his ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta.
- It took 3 hours to get the makeup on the “Bicycle girl” zombie. to get the her to look like she was missing her lower torso they used blue pants to be removed in editing.
- In the first episode of the first season, when Grimes beats his first zombie to death with a baseball bat the blood splatter on his shirt resembles a smiling skull.
- During filming of this episode, when Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker) is shooting from the rooftop of the department store, The S.W.A.T. squad of Atlanta were called because people thought he was a sniper. But everything was fine when they were told they were filming.
- SPOILER: The construction company whose truck Rick and Glenn steal to get the other survivors out of Atlanta is “Ferenc Builders”. Ferenc is series developer/writer Frank Darabont’s given first name.
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