The Walking Dead (franchise)

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The Walking Dead is a media franchise created by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard including a comic book series, television series, web series, films, novels, video games, and various other media such as audio books and soundtracks.

Comic book[edit]

The Walking Dead franchise originates from the comic book series of the same name. The comics consist of a monthly black-and-white comic book series chronicling the travels of Rick Grimes, his family, and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse.[citation needed]

First issued in 2003 by publisher Image Comics, the series was created by writer Robert Kirkman[1] and artist Tony Moore - who was later replaced by Charlie Adlard from issue #7 onward,[2] though Moore continued to do the covers through issue #24.[3] The Walking Dead comic book series received the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International. The 193rd and final issue was released in 2019.

Television series[edit]

SeriesSeasonEpisodesOriginally airedShowrunner(s)Status
First airedLast aired
The Walking Dead16October 31, 2010 (2010-10-31)December 5, 2010 (2010-12-05)Frank DarabontReleased
213October 16, 2011 (2011-10-16)March 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)Glen Mazzara
316October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)March 31, 2013 (2013-03-31)
416October 13, 2013 (2013-10-13)March 30, 2014 (2014-03-30)Scott M. Gimple
516October 12, 2014 (2014-10-12)March 29, 2015 (2015-03-29)
616October 11, 2015 (2015-10-11)April 3, 2016 (2016-04-03)
716October 23, 2016 (2016-10-23)April 2, 2017 (2017-04-02)
816October 22, 2017 (2017-10-22)April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)
916October 7, 2018 (2018-10-07)March 31, 2019 (2019-03-31)Angela Kang
1022[4]October 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)TBAAwaiting release
Fear the Walking Dead16August 23, 2015 (2015-08-23)October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04)Dave EricksonReleased
215April 10, 2016 (2016-04-10)October 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)
316June 4, 2017 (2017-06-04)October 15, 2017 (2017-10-15)
416April 15, 2018 (2018-04-15)September 30, 2018 (2018-09-30)Andrew Chambliss and Ian B. Goldberg
516June 2, 2019 (2019-06-02)September 29, 2019 (2019-09-29)
6TBAOctober 11, 2020 (2020-10-11)[6]TBAAwaiting release
The Walking Dead: World Beyond110[7]October 4, 2020 (2020-10-04)[8]TBAMatthew NegreteAwaiting release

The Walking Dead (2010–present)[edit]

Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma in a post-apocalyptic world where the undead, known as walkers, have taken over. Rick must fight for his survival to protect his family and friends while along the way he meets new allies and confronts enemies who try to take over communities.[citation needed]

Fear the Walking Dead (2015–present)[edit]

Set initially in Los Angeles, California, the series follows a dysfunctional family composed of high school guidance counselor Madison Clark, her boyfriend and English teacher Travis Manawa, her daughter Alicia, and her drug-addicted son Nick, at the onset of the zombie apocalypse. The four must either revamp themselves or cling to their deep flaws as they come to terms with the impending collapse of civilization.[citation needed]

The Walking Dead: World Beyond[edit]

In July 2018, during San Diego Comic Con, executive producer Scott Gimple announced that a new spin-off is in the works.[10] In April 2019, AMC officially announced the 10-episode female lead series would begin production during the summer in Virginia and is set to debut in 2020.[11][7] The first trailer was released at New York Comic Con 2019.[12] The Walking Dead: World Beyond will run for a total of two seasons and 20 episodes.[9]

Web series[edit]

Series Episodes Release date Story by Timeline
The Walking Dead: Torn Apart 6 October 3, 2011 John Esposito and Greg Nicotero Set before the First Season of The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: Cold Storage 4 October 1, 2012 John Esposito
The Walking Dead: The Oath 3 October 1, 2013 Greg Nicotero
Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 16 October 4, 2015 - March 26, 2016 Lauren Signorino and Michael Zunic Set during the Third Episode of Fear the Walking Dead Season One.
Fear the Walking Dead: Passage 16 October 17, 2016 Set before the Third Season of Fear the Walking Dead
The Walking Dead: Red Machete 6 October 22, 2017 - April 9, 2018 Nick Bernardone Set during the entire apocalypse mainly through and after Seasons 4, 5, 7 and 8 of The Walking Dead's events.
The Althea Tapes 6 August 8, 2019 Michael Alaimo and Jacob Pinion


In November 2018, Scott Gimple announced on Talking Dead that three The Walking Dead films are in development from AMC Original Films, with Andrew Lincoln signed on to reprise his role as Rick Grimes. The films will focus on the events that follow his exit from the television series. Pollyanna McIntosh will reprise her role from the shows as Jadis.[13]

In July 2019, it was revealed that the films will be released in theaters, rather than on television. The series will follow the continued adventures of Rick, with Gimple serving as screenwriter for the first film.[14] Later that month, Universal Pictures acquired distribution for the film series.[15] Production on the first film is scheduled to begin "as early as 2019".[14] The creators have discussed the possibility of bringing back Corey Hawkins as Heath, who had his role cut short on the show to do other projects.[16]

Expanded setting[edit]


Board games[edit]

Multiple board games for the franchise have been released.

  • Cryptozoic Entertainment has released two board games based on the TV show:
    • The Walking Dead Board Game (2011)
    • The Walking Dead Board Game: Best Defense was released in 2013, as well as an expansion
  • Keith Tralins, Brian-David Marshall, and Matthew Wang have released two games based on the comic:
    • Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: The Board Game (2011), released by Z-Man Games
  • The Walking Dead: The Prison (November 2014), released by Alliance Game Distributors
  • A The Walking Game version of Monopoly has been released
  • A The Walking Game version of Risk has been released

Card games[edit]

  • Cryptozoic released The Walking Dead Card Game in 2013

Miniatures games[edit]

The Walking Dead: All Out War[edit]

In January 2016, Mantic Games announced plans to release a tabletop miniature wargame based on The Walking Dead, named The Walking Dead: All Out War.

Video games[edit]

Telltale Games[edit]

The official game for The Walking Dead set within the comic book universe.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16April 24, 2012 (2012-04-24)July 2, 2013 (2013-07-02)
25December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)August 26, 2014 (2014-08-26)
Michonne3February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23)April 26, 2015 (2015-04-26)
35December 20, 2016 (2016-12-20)May 30, 2017 (2017-05-30)
44August 14, 2018 (2018-08-14)March 26, 2019 (2019-03-26)

The Walking Dead: Social Game[edit]

Flash based social game on Facebook, launched in 2012 and shut down at the end of 2014.

Survival Instinct[edit]

On July 6, 2012, Activision announced a first-person shooter based on and set before the television series, which is being developed by Terminal Reality.[17] It was released on March 19, 2013 in North America.[18] It was met with negative reception.

The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning[edit]

Game for the AMC website and set before the television series.[citation needed]

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival[edit]

The Walking Dead: Road to Survival is a role-playing video game developed by Scopely based on the comic book series. It was released initially on the Android platform, later on iOS. Players complete various missions using teams, in exchange for further rewards, and more challenging stages.[citation needed]

The Walking Dead: No Man's Land[edit]

Game for Android/iOS.[citation needed]

The Walking Dead: Our World[edit]

Location-based mobile game.[citation needed]

The Escapists: The Walking Dead[edit]

The Escapists: The Walking Dead is a spin-off from The Escapists, a puzzle role-playing video game about escaping prisons.[19]

Overkill's The Walking Dead[edit]

In August 2014, Starbreeze Studios announced that a The Walking Dead co-op first-person shooter is in development by Overkill Software.[20] 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 was scheduled to launch on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows in 2018. The game is being made with 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 company Skybound Interactive. This partnership will extend "into the next decade" and marks a new era for Starbreeze, the company said. It is also confirmed to be taken place within the comic book universe of The Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead: Onslaught[edit]

The official VR game for AMC's The Walking Dead.[citation needed]

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners[edit]

The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners is a virtual reality game developed by Skybound Entertainment. It was released on January 23, 2020.[21]


Novels for The Walking Dead set within the comic book universe.

  • Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga (October 11, 2011). The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga (October 16, 2012). The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga (December 4, 2012). A Walking Dead Short: Just Another Day at the Office.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga (October 8, 2013). The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor: Part One.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • Jay Bonansinga (March 4, 2014). The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor: Part Two.
  • Jay Bonansinga (October 14, 2014). Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Descent.
  • Jay Bonansinga (October 6, 2015). Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Invasion.
  • Jay Bonansinga (October 18, 2016). Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Search and Destroy.
  • Jay Bonansinga (October 17, 2017). Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury.
  • Wesley Chu (October 1, 2019). Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Typhoon.

Other products[edit]

  • McFarlane Toys manufactured action figures resembling the characters in the comic book for September 2011 release. In addition, action figures resembling characters from the TV series, including Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon, and a dismemberable "walker", were set for release in November 2011.[22]
  • Taverncraft has produced The Walking Dead pint glasses and steins, and has a license to release lighters for the series as well.[23]
  • Titan Magazines has published The Walking Dead, The Official Magazine since October 2012.[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.
  • Two pinball tables based on the series were released: a physical table developed by Stern Pinball[25] and a virtual one developed and published by Zen Studios, based on Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: Season One.[26][27][28]



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