While the world watched, Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, became conscious of his surroundings after spending a month in a coma. As the world held its breath, an injured and disoriented Rick Grimes became aware that he was in a hospital that was rife with the terror of the undead. From the beginning minutes of the season one, episode one premier, The Walking Dead (AMC) has awed, inspired and terrified its cast and its more than 15 million viewers world-wide. No other show in the history of cable has had the same impact as The Walking Dead.
The series was originally based on the comic book series of the same name, written by Robert Kirkman. The comic was started in 1993 and has grown in popularity since the advent of the show. The Walking Dead also creates a series of webisodes that correspond with each season, offering a new look on from the prospective of survivors caught in different situations. Due to the collective efforts of Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and Greg Nicotero, The Walking Dead is now one of the most popular and most-watched shows of all time for any basic cable airing. Not only does it have a premium crew of Executive and Co-Executive producers but it has an award-winning cast that has proven its talent many times. It has broken viewing records several times and has the most awards for any cable TV show in history.
As the storyline develops, Walking Dead fans watch as zombie apocalypse survivors face the harsh realities of a world that is as terrifying as it is free. There are no more electric bills to pay, work schedules to keep or foreclosures to avoid, but now it is the dead that are rising up against the living to devour them. Families have put aside petty differences but not out of love for each other. Rather, they do it out of the need and necessity to survive against zombie hordes that move slowly through a place, overtaking the living by sheer numbers. Even when the living avoid becoming the cuisine of the dead, they have to concern themselves with stockpiling on food and drinkable water so they do not starve or get dehydrated. The women that are pregnant have to worry about giving birth in less than sterile conditions. If they survive the labor, they are responsible for feeding and caring for a newborn that may cry out at the wrong time to alert zombies to the presence of humans. It is a gritty, harsh world that teaches new survival skills through the death of humans- by starvation, by lack of medical care and by zombie attack.
The original group of survivors has dwindled and grown again, picking up the much-anticipated character, Michonne, played by Danai Gurira and losing the much-hated antagonist, The Governor, played by David Morrissey. It has also boasted talents from the famous Scott Wilson, who played Hershel Greene, and Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon.
The show has become so popular that it has its own talk show, The Talking Dead (AMC), which airs after the newest episode every week. This is the first live talk show that AMC has ever presented. The hour long show is hosted by Chris Hardwick. It provides a place where fans can ask questions of the guest stars, in person or through social media sites. The guest stars largely consist of the latest cast member to get killed off from the show. The talk show recaps on the events of the newest episode, with a look back on the zombies and characters that were killed off during the show. It allows for honest debate amongst the viewers and guest stars about what the key points of the latest show were and what they think is in store for viewers on the next episode. Chris Hardwick makes the recaps interesting with insight about the characters and his unique ability to see every angle.
AMC’s The Walking Dead has become an almost completely interactive experience that surpasses the simple viewing of a show. Through The Walking Dead website or mobile apps, via AMC’s site, viewers can take advantage of interactive apps, which includes an app that turns a selfie into a zombie face. Fans can also play games that register response times and determine how that person would do in a survival situation. There are several different ways fans can enjoy the show because of the versatility of its online offerings, its talk show and the weekly episodes themselves.