The Walking Dead (franchise)

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The Walking Dead is a media franchise including a comic book series, a television series, two novels, video games, and various other media.

Comic book series[edit]

The Walking Dead is a monthly black-and-white comic book series chronicling the travels of Rick Grimes, his family, and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse.[1]

First issued in 2003 by publisher Image Comics, the comic was created by writer Robert Kirkman[2] and artist Tony Moore (who was later replaced by Charlie Adlard from issue #7 onward,[3] though Moore continued to do the covers through issue #24.)[4] The Walking Dead received the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International.

Television series[edit]

The Walking Dead is an American television drama series developed by Frank Darabont. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy[5] Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find the world dominated by flesh-eating "walkers", resembling the zombies of George A. Romero's horror movies. He sets out to find his family and encounters other survivors along the way.

The Walking Dead premiered on October 31, 2010 on the cable television channel AMC in the United States.[6] Based on its reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes, which premiered on October 16, 2011.[7][8] Two episodes into the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season, airing on October 14, 2012.[9] The fourth season of the TV program ended on March 30, 2014 and the fifth season began on October 12, 2014.

The series has been well received[10][11] and has received many award nominations, including a Writers Guild of America Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series Drama.[12][13] The series has also attained strong Nielsen ratings, beating various records for a cable series, including receiving 15.5 million viewers for its season three midseason finale, and 17.29 viewers for its season five premiere, to become the most-watched basic cable drama telecast in history.[14]


Rise of the Governor[edit]

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor is a post-apocalyptic horror novel written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. The novel explores the back-story of one of the franchise's most infamous characters, The Governor. Rise of the Governor is the first in a planned trilogy of novels.[15] The novel was released on October 11, 2011.

The Road to Woodbury[edit]

The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury is a post-apocalyptic horror novel written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. The novel explores the back-story of one of the series' most infamous characters, Lilly.

The Fall of the Governor[edit]

The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor is a post-apocalyptic horror story written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga, released in two parts.

The Descent[edit]

Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent is a post-apocalyptic horror story written by Jay Bonansinga. It is the first of a new series of four novels.[16]


Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Invasion is a post-apocalyptic horror story written by Jay Bonansinga. It is the second of a series of four novels.

Video games[edit]

Telltale Games[edit]

The Walking Dead: Season One[edit]

On February 18, 2011, Telltale Games announced plans to create an episodic video game based on the comics,[17] was scheduled to debut in fall 2011, but finally was released on April 24, 2012.[18] Kirkman has said that, unlike typical zombie games such as Left 4 Dead, it focuses more on characterization and emotion than action. The video game includes known characters and also introduces characters not shown in the comic or TV show.[19]

From April 24, 2012 to November 20, 2012, the game released five episodes, and then released a DLC Pack in June 2013.

The game was met with critical acclaim, winning several Game of the Year awards.

The Walking Dead: Season Two[edit]

Following Season One '​s success, a sequel was announced for release. Its first episode was released on December 17, 2013. Its final was released on August 26, 2014.

The Walking Dead: Season Three[edit]

Telltale Games recently confirmed that it will produce a third season of its Walking Dead episodic adventure series, following the success of both series one and two.

Survival Instinct[edit]

On July 6, 2012, Activision announced a first-person shooter based on the television series, which is being developed by Terminal Reality.[20] It is was released on March 19, 2013 in North America.[21] It was met with negative reception.

Overkill's The Walking Dead[edit]

A Walking Dead co-op first-person shooter from Payday 2 developer Overkill Software is in the works, the company's owner, Starbreeze Studios, announced last week. The game is called Overkill's The Walking Dead, and it claims to deliver a "completely new co-op experience" to the Walking Dead universe that will explore new characters and storylines. It is scheduled to launch on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in 2016. The game is being made with the blessing of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, who says he was certain from the first day he saw the project that it was the "co-op action game fans have been waiting for." It is also the result of a new "long-term" partnership between Starbreeze and Kirkman's Skybound Interactive company. This partnership will extend "into the next decade" and marks a new era for Starbreeze, the company said.

Board games[edit]

Multiple board games for the franchise have been released. One has so far been released based on the comic, Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: The Board Game. It was developed by Keith Tralins, Brian-David Marshall and Matthew Wang and was released by Z-Man Games in 2011. A second game based on the comic, The Walking Dead: The Prison, from the same developers is scheduled to be released in November 2014 by Alliance Game Distributors.

Cryptozoic Entertainment has so far released two board games based on the TV show. The Walking Dead Board Game was released in 2011 and The Walking Dead Board Game: Best Defense was released in 2013. Additionally, Cryptozoic released The Walking Dead Card Game in 2013, and released a Woodbury expansion for Best Defense.

Additionally, The Walking Dead themed versions of other games have been released, including Monopoly and Risk.

Other products[edit]

The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine published by Titan Magazines since 2012 October.[22]

Taverncraft has produced The Walking Dead pint glasses and steins, and has a license to release lighters for the series as well.[23]

Action figures resembling the characters in the comic book were manufactured by McFarlane Toys for September 2011 release. In addition, action figures resembling characters from the TV series, including Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon and a dismemberable Walker and Biter, were set for release in November 2011.[24]

Vannen Watches has produced two limited edition wrist watches featuring artwork from Charlie Adlard. The first watch was released February 2012, and came with packaging that was hand-signed by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. The second watch was released June 2012, and came with packaging signed only by Robert Kirkman.


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