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The Walking Dead centers around Rick Grimes, a former police officer who was shot in the line of duty and wakes up from a coma after the world has succumbed to the zombie plague. Dazed from months in the hospital, and confused as to why he can't find anyone alive, he makes his way home only to find his wife and son missing. He packs up supplies from his station and travels to Atlanta in search of his family after hearing the cities would be safe (heard from Morgan and Duane Jones, his previous neighbors). Arriving in the city on horseback, Rick is overcome by a horde of zombies and narrowly escapes death with the aid of another survivor named Glenn, who has been scavenging the city for supplies. Glenn takes Rick back to his camp just outside of town where Rick's wife Lori and son Carl happen to be living, alive and well. His partner and best friend Shane had taken Lori and Carl to the outskirts of Atlanta to wait for rescue by the US Government. There they found a small group of survivors.
To date there are several different published formats of The Walking Dead;
Issues #1-75 were published by Image Comics.
Issues #76 and up are published under the Skybound Entertainment imprint of Image Comics.
To date there have been 4 Specials outlining the origin stories of major characters;
Titan Magazines also publishes a magazine series in the UK titled The Walking Dead: The Official Magazine.
The Walking Dead received the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International
After a series of incidents indicate that staying in the area isn't the best idea, Rick began to take over as leader, insisting that they leave and find a safer place to live. Shane had fallen in love with Lori over the past few months, thinking Rick was dead and dealing with the apocalypse, and they had formed a fledgling relationship. When Rick returned, Shane lost both Lori and leadership of the group. He turned on Rick, believing that killing him was the only way to get back into the position he was in before Rick arrived. He lured Rick out into the forest to kill him, only to be killed by Carl, who had followed the men and seen Shane pull a gun on his father.
With nothing left to keep them in the area, Rick and the group decided to find a safer place to live. With a group of thirteen, ( Glenn, Allen, Donna, Ben, Billy, Dale, Carol, Sophia, Andrea, Amy, Rick, Lori, and Carl), they crammed themselves into Dale's RV and head out on the road. While scrounging for food through the winter, clearing cars from the road and checking any establishment for food, they acquired three new members to their group ( Tyreese, Julie, Chris) which causes the confines of the vehicle to quickly become more than uncomfortable. They came upon a gated community, and hope that the gates helped keep the area safe. They soon find this to be untrue, and are once again forced out onto the road.
Barely forging the long winter, and on their last cans of food and fumes of gas, the group came upon the remote farm of Hershel Greene, who welcomed the group into his home alongside his family and neighbors, ( Lacy, Arnold, Maggie, Billy, Rachel, Susie, Otis, and Patricia). Rick's group eventually discovered that Hershel's family believed the dead to be able to be cured in the future, and were housing the eldest zombified son, Shawn, in their barn. This difference in core beliefs caused the group to again separate, with some staying on the farm and some continuing down the road to look for yet another place to live.
The new rogues weren't on the road long when they came upon what they believed to be a possible paradise. A nearby prison seemed to remain mostly untouched by the plague, save a few downed gates and fences. They quickly set to work, fixing the fencing and clearing out the prison of zombies, and discovered a handful of inmates had been surviving in the cafeteria, ( Dexter, Andrew, Axel, and Thomas). They reluctantly let the prisoners roam free amongst them, and invited the rest of the Greene family to come stay at the prison. After a series of murders, Thomas was revealed to be a psychopathic killer and was himself killed. A lone woman later came upon the prison by the name of Michonne, seemingly having survived alone using a katana and two armless, jawless walkers. The group works hard to search and expand the prison, planting a garden, utilizing a generator and trying to make a better life for themselves there.
One day they witnessed a helicopter crash in the surrounding forest, and Rick, Michonne, and Glenn left to investigate and offer help to the passengers. Upon arrival, the people had been taken by others, who left tracks in the opposite direction of the Prison. They decided to investigate further, and came upon the fortified town of Woodbury, where an egomaniacial man by the name of The Governor lorded over the occupants. Friendly at first, the Governor quickly resorted to performing unspeakable torture on the three to learn where they had come from. They eventually escaped, with Michonne taking revenge on him along the way, before making their way back to the prison.
When they returned to the prison, they discovered the fences to have been breached, and began to prepare for the likely coming attack from the citizens of Woodbury. They settled back into their routines, with Glenn and Maggie marrying, and Lori preparing to give birth, when they were finally attacked. The Woodbury citizens kill many of Rick's group in the ensuing bloodbath, and the rest were scattered when they fled.
In a nearby deserted town, Rick took refuge with Carl, devastated by the loss of his wife and new baby. They soon met up with the remaining escapees from the prison, and decided to move on when a new group of survivors ( Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene) appeared and informed them that the entire plague could be stopped if they could get to Washington, D.C. A small contingent of the group diverted to Rick's nearby sheriff station for ammo and supplies, picking up his neighbor Morgan on the way back. With Morgan now in tow, the small group discovered that the walkers were beginning to herd together, becoming more dangerous than ever.
Continuing on their path to the capitol, the group endured many hardships including encountering a tortured minister who had let his people die to save himself ( Gabriel), having to deal with one of the children being killed at the hands of another, and being attacked by cannibals who, much like the zombies, were intent on eating their flesh.
Reaching just outside of the capitol, the group was approached by a lone stranger (Aaron), who claimed to had been watching them for awhile and extended an invitation to come live in his safe community. Upon learning the truth about the non-existent cure to the plague, they decide to go with him. They were brought into a small community named Alexandria with impressive walls built around the outside. Inside, they were astonished to find friendly survivors who lived very close to the way things were before the apocalypse. As they settled in, suspicions arose in both groups, and Rick and Carl struggled to return to a 'normal' life.
The story is set to run in perpetuity, following how different groups of people would handle trying to survive in the complicated hell of a world overrun by zombies. Although the book revolves around a zombie apocalypse, the main focus of the book is human survival and character interaction and development. Whether held up in an enclosed town, the middle of the woods, or even a prison the question keeps arising "who can you trust when the world's social structure breaks down?" The readers quickly learn, no character is safe from death or mutilation, even main characters. The story emotionally involves the reader as they experience the horrific events that could occur when people live in a world where the only person they could trust is themselves.
The Walking Dead is an American television drama series developed by Frank Darabont for AMC. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find the world dominated by flesh-eating "walkers" or zombies. 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. Due to great reception, AMC renewed the series for a second season of 13 episodes, which premiered on October 16, 2011. After only two episodes of the second season, AMC announced that the show would return for a third season, airing on October 14, 2012.
The series has been nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series Drama. The series has also attained strong Nielsen ratings, setting a record of 15.5 million viewers for its season three midseason finale to become the most-watched basic cable drama telecast in history.
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The Walking Dead (OSX, iOS, PS3, Xbox360, PC)
An adaptation set into an episodic video game series produced by Telltale Games. The game follows the story of a convicted murderer named Lee who must protect a young girl as they make their way though the world at the very beginning of the outbreak. The story is tied more closely to the comic series than the television show, but features all new characters with minor cameos from some characters found in the comic series.
- 2012 "Game of the Year" awards, from USA Today, Wired, Complex, GamesRadar and Official Xbox Magazine
- "Game of the Year", "Best Adapted Video Game", and "Best Downloadable Game" by Spike Video Game Awards
- Melissa Hutchinson's role as Clementine named "Best Performance By a Human Female", Telltale Games named as "Studio of the Year". The game was awarded "Best Downloadable Game" and "Best Character Design" for Lee Everett at the 2012 Inside Gaming Awards
- 2012 "Game of the Year" and "Best Multi-Platform Game" by Destructoid
- "Best Writing", "Best Digitally Distributed Game", and "Game of the Year" by Digital Trends
- Yahoo! Games' Flan Dering listed it as his "Game of the Year" and "Best Downloadable Game"
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Survival Instinct (PC, PS3, Xbox360, Wii U)
Activision announced a first person shooter based on the television series, which is being developed by Terminal Reality. It is scheduled to be released in 2013. The game will act as a Prequel to the TV Series, focusing on Daryl and Merle.
The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor: is the first of a trilogy of novels written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. The novel is a spin-off of Kirkman's series and explores the back-story of The Governor.
The Walking Dead: The Road to Woodbury: is the second novel written by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga. This story outlines the back-story of Lilly before arriving at Woodbury.