December 7th, 2010
09:29 AM ET
'The Walking Dead' finale breaks ratings records
The ratings for "The Walking Dead's" just-ended first season have been such that perhaps AMC is wishing that it had lasted more than just six weeks.
The anticipation for the season finale garnered six million viewers, according to the network, and it received the highest ratings of any basic cable show, ever, in the all-important 18-49 demographic.
To put those numbers into perspective, October's season finale of "Mad Men" had an audience of 2.44 million, according to TVbytheNumbers.com.
(On the other hand, that 18-49 number is very important, because the New York Post reported in 2007 that a post-"High School Musical 2" episode of "Hannah Montana," with much of its audience under 18, averaged 10.7 million viewers.)
As hot as "The Walking Dead" is, it's not quite to the level of some episodes of "The Sopranos" final season, which on two occasions had around 13 million viewers.
Still, the network says that "The Walking Dead's" average 18-49 viewership of 3.5 million for this season makes it the most watched drama series in basic cable history in the demographic.
The big question is, now that the show has grown beyond its core fanbase, will the "Dead-heads" tune in once again next Halloween (the likely start date for season two), despite the long wait? What do you think? Share your comments below.
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i am 50 and never liked zombies. but this show is a can.t miss. It is sad that i will have to wait till next fall to see season 2. Love the show and I'll be there in the fall
hey sarah r.. you are a moron. they clearly stated the tv will not be the same as the comics... wait to call people idiots
Loved the program and watched all the shows. The only one that bothered me, because it didn't ring true, was where they left the guy who had been bitten, and would soon die and turn, leaning against a tree and drove off. If I had been the guy who was bitten I wouldn't want to turn into one of them and would ask to be shot or do it myself. If I had been among the healthy I wouldn't have left him there to turn and bite someone.
I like this series however what I find interesting are all the comments about Shane and Lori. Interesting to see all of our divergent moral perspectives, some being very simplistic. For those people who have never been placed in a very stressful situation that goes on a long time, it is not surprising at all that people seek human comfort from others.... and this has little to do with husband being alive or dead. Women may even run into the arms of the people you .. or they... would least expect.... I will not go into details here but I have seen some interesting examples when I did humanitarian missions in civil war torn Northern Iraq, southern Sudan, and Liberia. It is easy to pass moral judgement until you walk in the shoes .. or perhaps even barefoot of someone else.
they're going to make us wait until next halloween? that's crazy
Sucks we have to wait that long, but we will wait as well... my husband and I both think this is one of the best shows we've seen in a long time.
I love psychologically intense shows like this one and Dexter. They really get into your head!!! I love it. I feel like a fien wanting more drugs after every episode, lol. This show is just what I needed, I feel like I have been waiting my whole life to find a show that gets me like this one!!! I thought horror was falling off, but this show has proved me wrong, I am at a loss for words, its just tooooo good!!!! Any true horror fan has to fall in love with this show, The Walking Dead is off the charts and the anticipation is killing me for the next season.
I will tune in, definitely. I'd think the outrageously zealous and underestimated viewership might lead them to accelerate production(hopefully not negatively affecting quality), as they are clearly sitting on a goldmine, and I surely do not wish to wait until Oct!!
Very well done show...
AND SMARTER PLOT LINES?! honestly?! This entire show is created from a comic book. Wow. To think that an 18 year old knowsd more about this show than you do.
All of you are idiots. Lori is going to end up pregant. Maybe you should read the comic books before you watch the show so you understand whats going on and whats going to happen at the end. Seriously.
I LOVE Walking Dead!! My boyfriend and I watched it every Sunday night and I was on the edge of my seat during the finale! My boyfriends theory on what the CDC doc whispered to Rick was that Amy's sister was infected (from holding and rubbing on her after she died). I think I missed if the doc said that everybody was OK or if he just gave Rick's results. My theory was either that she was infected or Lori is pregnant by Shane. Like some of you guys said they can't kill Shane yet cause if they do then what other developing story line do you have there other than trying to stay alive and unbitten by the "walkers". I'm so MAD it's taking a whole year to come on again but I'll definietly be watching!
I think the short season is fine as it should allow the writers to create/adapt smarter plot lines however, I also think that the long wait for season 2 will hurt them.
I'll definitely watch in the Fall b/c I love the show. I do agree with a few bloggers though that Americans are very smart and we'd definitely be driving around some tanks or nice vehicles like Hummers and we'd be locked and loaded 🙂 – those slow moving geeks wouldn't have a chance – a toddler could crawl faster then they move – however, the show is very entertaining and I'm hooked 🙂
Battlestar Galactica used to string the fans along for season breaks that lasted over a year. This not only angered some fans but some just lost interest after such a long break.
I'm afraid that WD may end up with the same situation. I know that I love the show but I have no idea if I will be able to hang on until Oct 2011. I'll probably end up forgetting all about it around June or July.
I hate waitng for a year to see the next season of a show. You'd think the network would get a popular show back on ASAP.
More Daryl! More Daryl!! More Daryl!!!
i LOVE this show! it ALWAYS has me on my toes..its amazing! i just hate that the season's already over! can't wait for it 2 come back on!
They need to realize they have a tv show here and get everyone back to work quickly. To answer the big question many of the creators and cast are asking themselves, "No", most of the audience won't return if you make us wait a year. Some other network will have come up with an equally good show of the same material or the next hot thing will have our attention. Make hay now and feed the beast while you can because we are fickle and fleeting on a good day to say nothing of making us wait a year.
It's an awesome show.
I don't know what 'The Walking Dead' has to do with Trueblood (which i refuse to watch because it will ruin the books for me)
Everyone do yourself a favor, and if you haven't already, READ THE COMIC BOOKS. The story is way better, way grittier, and more powerful. You'll also realize that the writers of the TV show are simply RUINING the plot and pacing. I hope that they get the story back on track, and don't continue to ruin quite possibly one of the best stories of all time.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know it's a television adaptation of the book, and there will be new characters and reinterpreted aspects, but a lot of the liberties that the writers are taking are removing or screwing up what is quite possibly the best pacing I've ever experienced in a story.
Just my humble opinion, but I hope that they get back on the rails, and stop thinking "made for television". Everyone will benefit from the story getting back to where it should be.
So we will have Trueblood in June wait a month and a half and then have Walking back.....They need to pick up the pace though because we will be growing out of the Democraphic if they keep waiting this long to give us new episodes!! LOL
It is odd to wait so long. After working in Hollywood, I learned that most studios contract for a certain number of shows and see how it goes. The production companies of the show usually have more new episodes in hand and start filming more if they get picked up by the studio. Maybe the economy has changed the way it used to work. Maybe AMC is doing their own producing. I have not checked that.
All in all, if the writing, acting and all that is of the same high caliber it is now, I'd still watch. Us zombie fans don't get much of this in mainstream media. I can understand though where others who may not be as into Zombiana may lose interest.
GREAT SHOW, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEW SERIES
In a society living with perpetual ADHD,,,,,, what were we talking about again.
It's a long time until next Halloween, but I plan to watch. The entire family enjoyed this series and looked forward to it each week.
And your "associate producer" needs to proofread his "typo's"...
I like the show, but it got less and less plausible as it went along. He acted like he was trapped in the tank. I would have started that Abrams up and started crushing those zombies and then ran away at the 45 mph it can go. I would have searched all those military trucks for supplies and weapons. They didnt refuel the gen sets, they did none of that in the interest of raising the drama level for some. To me it was stupid. They better make more episodes and make them more believable next season..
Exceptional series – I'm 47 and the backdrop story, characters, interplay, and unfolding story are all very well put down on film by the cast and crew. I'll be back.
thank you amc for haveing the guts and showing them getting eaten, lol for putting this show on the air. i am betting they will not wait till october to start the new season.this is a great show hope they dont screw it up and wait so long for new shows.keep up the good work amc.
Look at all the whiners, on here crying about waiting until October. Here is why is takes so long.
A) AMC Ordered 13 full episodes of an hour each (About 48-51 actual minutes of show) That is about 663 minutes of show they have to write/direct/produce/shoot/edit.
B) A typical movie takes 3-4 months, and most movies are only 90-120 minutes
C) They know it's a hit and want to make it GREAT - So be patient.
@Stosh The Sopranos had an extended break of almost 19 months, and it had a MASSIVE impact on the ratings for the almost 1/2 that season.... The ratings were down almost 30% from the season before.
Long a a wait, but i will tune it. Lost had a long wait as well...but if it takes that long to make it good, I am willing to wait.
The Sopranos had an extended break one year, and that didn't seem to affect the audience. I don' I hink it will be a problem for The Walking Dead either.
I know I, for one, will be watching when the show comes back. I want to know what happened to Merle!
this show is predictable as hell. Plus I can't stand all the whining and crying from the characters. I wish that grenade had bounced off the glass and blown the whole group up. Now there is a season finale!
I love the show but I believe that a year wait will have me tunining into something else and I won't watch again I think they dropped the ball with 6 episodes you would think they woulda at least had 15-18 I think they will bring it back in a year and loose half their viewers do to forgeting about it They would be wise if they could get it back up by 4-6 months,but i won't hold my breathe
Love the show! Can't wait for more!
Awesome show!!! But bring it back before next Halloween. Although I'll be watching it regardless. And make the seasons a little longer please!!!
Please don't wait till next Halloween to give us the next season. Take advantage of the momentum RIGHT NOW. Brad Pitt has bought the rights to "World War Z" and is probably working on that one fast and furious, given the success of this show. START FILMING SEASON 2 NOW.
So many new shows will pop up between now and then. Most shows don't go a whole year. New trend seems to be two seasons per year with a split in the middle. Makes better sense that way. The hard thing for AMC is that it is not a common channel that people frequent. Out of sight, out of mind... I will watch again if I stumble upon it. It would be great to kill off Dale... hate the old coot. And kill off Lori... she wants to bicker with her husband over their marriage issues while the human race dies off... what a loser.
Wait almost a year? I don't think so. As good as 'Walking Dead' is, a year is toooooooo long.
You got to be kiddin me!!!I love this Show its excellent!!
What? Wait a year for the next 6 episodes?? Ain't gonna happen. Hope you enjoyed your run, AMC! Ta ta!
Why not? That strategy worked pretty well for "Breaking Bad." Only difference being that the first season of "Breaking Bad" was seven episodes and the second season was 13 episodes or so. Expect about the same for "The Walking Dead."
awesome comic an awesome show!
This was a very fun and original show to watch. We get zombie movies every year, but this is a good opportunity to expand on the zombie idea by stretching it over episodes (and hopefully seasons). There are so many little facets to zombie lore that they cannot all be tackled in a 90 minute block buster. Hopefully this show can do what no other zombie media has been able to pull off before.
That said, SCREW waiting a year. I already do it with true blood, sons of anarchy, and justified. I would love for a decent show (like this one) to come out that doesn't leave you hanging for 9 months... It's really easy to lose interest in that time span.
Too long to wait. Really wish it was coming back in the spring.
I will wait as long as I have to. This is the best series for people like me who love good zombie movies!
I really like this show, but I'm constantly irritated by the Disney world dress code. Am I the only one who, on first site of biting zombies, dons a freakin long sleeve shirt? Maybe replace those flippy floppys with oh, I don't know a pair of hiking boots? It's like another bad season of Survivor and nobody knows how to swim or make fire!
Sorry, but a year is too long to keep my interest. it will also give others time to develop something I'll be equally interested in watching.
I'm a big fan of AMC's episodic dramas. I just wish the seasons were either longer or more frequent. The quality and originality of these shows is excellent. I have been hanging in there for Breaking Bad and I'll probably be back next fall for The Walking Dead. I'm just afraid they won't be able to hold the attention of most fans and the shows will die while still in infancy. One other note for any AMC executives that may be reading: get on board with Hulu! Maybe keeping your programs available, online, during the off season will help grow, or at least maintain, the fan base.
Darn another long wait. This is like V. I can't understand why the network is going to wait almost 1 yr!!!
The show is better than most of the stuff on basic cable, although it took turns to family melodrama and pseudoscientific mumbo-jumbo. Then again there is not that many misanthropic molecular biologists watching it anyway, so may be it's OK. I think the show borrows a bit from the British Dead Set series but not enough. In Dead Set people are more alive than type-cast, and although rednecks and wife-beaters add to the usual zombie diet, the token black dude and the Asian dude are always on the menu. The new reality of the zombie-infested life is better explored not only by the Dead Set, but even by the comedic Zombieland. I hope come next season the writers would get out of the Little-house-on-the-prairie-with-zombies routine and pick up some steam. And as a personal favor, maybe they would stop writing in any scientists, CDC, and that sort of stuff.
This show is awesome!!!
Cant wait for the next season to start.
best show on tv hands down stargate universe is def close second ..........i give it 9 of 10 because nothings perfect.....but i hate these long waits for shows its so dumb and annoying really halloween next year jeez i could take june of next year but halloween wow .....but ill still watch it its great rick is my main man!!!!
this show is definitely a keeper. Areed though, the windows on the vehicles should have blown out or melted some metal from the heat of the blast. Otherwise, great show. Just shows what good writing and actually telling a story can do.
The first episodes were best. After that the pace seemed to slow down and get more introspective, character developmental. What we need though was more danger and zombie killing. Zombies attack. Kill zombies. Take ten. Repeat. The heck with character development. Main characters need to die right and left. Why read the comic series or parrot any comics? Step out of the mold in more vicious and sadistic ways. We're not going for the pre-teen demographic. Carnage. Gore. Sadism. Come on people! No wonder they fired the writers. In other thoughts: As much blood spatter as they get on themselves, how come they don't seem to get infected from it? Is there no intra-species infection? No zombie buzzards, crows, opposums, rats? They need more automatic weapons and ammo. Surely some of the troops were over run before they ran through all the ammo. Why don't they check the troops bodies and get some zombie choppers? It's killing me the amount of stuff they're overlooking. Great idea with the cross bow and arrows. Quiet and reusable. Excellent. Find a dang sporting goods store or hit a national guard armory for supplies asap and stock up (bow, arrows, 22 rifles and tons of ammo. Good for killing, and trading). I'm thinking they need sharp swords as side arms. Where's the camp combat training for everyone, every day? Find a drug store for supplies too. They'd better get to where they're going soon as the gas is going to go stale in any tank not treated with Stabil. Time to hunt up some horses to ride. Good job, deputy, getting the first horse eaten. Wish the horse had escaped and they'd eaten you. They need to find a good library to stock up on how-to books. Find more women. Need breeding stock. Ditch the old and weak or stake them out in the open and use them for zombie bait to the killing field. Guess hording gold and silver was a waste of time and money after all. Come on next season and new writers.
i agree with alot of what you said,but it is still a great show.i think they wanted it to be more than a run of the mill zombie flick.e-mail me with any comments firstname.lastname@example.org
THIS SHOW WAS THE BEST SHOW I EVER SEEN IN TERMS OF HORROR CLASSIC SCI-FI GENRE.
I HOPE IT RETURNS AGAIN AS IT IS EXTREMELY ENTERTAINING AND UNIQUE IN STYLE.
CONGRATS TO THE PRODUCERS...
Loved the show, hate the wait. Almost wish I hadn't watched it at all. =(. A year is just too long.
We are a "gimme gimme, now now" sort of culture aren't we? Remember when patience was considered a virtue?
I have to wait until NEXT Halloween??? NOOOOOOOO!!!!!
Stop your whining and go to Borders and start reading the comics. Catch up, and then you can get new issues monthly.
I must say, I didn't have a clue what the hell the AMC channel's purpose was. Until now. It's one of those shows I didn't really expect much from. Like DEXTER. I didn't have any expectations going into it, but man am I now hooked!! Sometimes the best stuff, you don't see coming. I hope AMC doesn't let this one slip through the cracks and die off before next year.
COME ON! They gotta throw us a bone before Halloween!!!! An more than a half dozen episodes next time please!! Sheeesh... Jersey Shore Runs longer than that...haha!.
You're right on the fluids. The flowers were major wilted/dead. Even in a coma he'd need more than what was in a single fluid bag. Not to mention the mess of excretia he'd be lying in. Ugh.
Sorry, Joe, I meant the last post for Ian.
Very well written show, great realistic portrayal of human emotions, can't wait for more, hope they can put out more episodes than 6
OK Where is the brother with one hand? When is he gonna show up?
Couple of questions if they have not been answered already. How long was Rick in the hospital after Shane left him. He could only last a couple of days without fluid, but it seems as if he was there a month alone. Also, wouldn't the walkers flesh start to rot. Especially in Atlanta, a little warm there. I know you have to suspend reality for some things, but just thought I would ask.
It's generally accepted that Zombies are considered to be in a suspended state of necrosis. They rot, but not nearly as fast as a totally dead carcass.
More zombies less redneck drama.
Yes, there will be zombies, but this is a show about the people. So, if you're looking for non-stop Zombie killing action, look else where.
Awesome series! Its amazing and I can't wait until it comes back on!!!!! It comes back January 18 and 19 2011!!! (My birthday!):) I'm sooooooooooo excited AMC has deffinetly made me happy!
No. It doesn't come back till Halloween '11
It's a solid show w/ great acting. it is as good as AMC's Breaking Bad. I enjoy the show quite a bit.
1) The doctor told them that the building's failsafe was in place for either terrorist attack or CATASTROPHIC power failure.. meaning no power grid. I ask, what would you want done to a building that housed the most leathal diseases on earth, if suddenly all the freezers went offline once the power died for good Huh?
2) The explosive was NOT harmless to buildings. Vai said it was a 2 stage weapon. 1 stage that burned the air to 6,000 degrees(killing all life), another stage that contained the largest yield explosive that wasn't a nuke.. How could something like that not level a concrete building?
3) I think you're right!! Raid the city, then get the hell out...far away! The best thing about the comics is that you do get to see them get smarter as a group. All sorts of protective "encampments" are used... rural farms, gated subdivisions, prisons, fenced in towns, bunkers etc etc. Lots of great things ahead!!
1. I'm really unconcerned with what the writers had the character say.
What I object to is the very IDEA that the government would construct a billion dollar research lab that our front line defense against biological threats and in the middle of a metro area and then put in a self destruct system that's activated if the power goes out. It's silly, absolutely silly.
It's very common in large storms to lose the power grid entirely and because of the weather, be unable to deliver diesel for the backups resulting in critical facilities losing power. It's VERY common. The only way to ensure against this is to put a nuclear generator inside the structure, something I personally would believe is feasible at the CDC's only level 4 lab in the country. But to assume that the public is stupid enough to believe the government is routinely placing self-destruct systems in key government installations? I don't think so. The very premise is beyond ridiculous.
2. You need to re-listen to what is said by the computer. She says it's a 2 stage system, as you assert, but it's first phase is dispersal of an aerosol combustible with a second phase high heat yield detonation (essentially describing a fuel air bomb, the largest of which are the largest conventional munitions in the US stockpile) and then the computer says the purpose of the system is to destroy organic life while preserving structures, equipment and infrastructure. The quote was nearly textbook for effects of a neutron bomb and the reason I locked onto what was said and became fascinated with how they would resolve two the two into a cohesive storyline. So what the writers did was take two real system borrow quotes from them, ignore that the second quote says the infrastructure will remain then proceed to blow up the only Level 4 lab in the US because the power went out to the computer (as if that's a good reason to destroy a large building in a metro area). This doesn't even consider that the computer systems would be one of the first things turned off because maintaining positive airflow and seals on the labs would be the priority or the other rather silly statements and actions.
If you can't see how silly a building self-destruct system is on a critical building for biologic research in the US I can't help you. I find the entire premise beyond silly. Just picturing the congressional hearing where the CDC explains to congress that they are installing an automated self-destruct system into the billion dollar structure in case the power goes out gives me giggles it's so damned ridiculous. I can't believe the writers think the public is that dumb.
I'm a big fan of the Zombie culture and have been since I saw Night of the Living dead (Original) when I was a child several decades ago. But I expect at least plausible explanations and storyline if they set the zombie apocalypse in the modern world. I don't mind so much if it's an alternate reality or future type thing ala Resident Evil, but I won't tolerate downright silly things like building self destruct systems, they simply don't exist, especially when they are triggered by something as common as an extended power outage. Need I remind you, several winters ago a large chunk of the northeast was without power for close to 2 weeks and diesel deliveries were nearly impossible because the roads were solid ice. Everything went without power and under the scenario presented in this episode a dozen critical government buildings should have blown up. Just silly.
Trent I'm with you man! All of that and more is why I can't stand watching this show. It's insulting me at every turn.
Unlike you, I do have a problem with the characters. They also are not believable. The comic was much better. It wasn't perfect but it was definitely better.
Nope. They need to do something quicker than a year away to keep the interest. Something else will come along between now and then. It was only six episodes. They need to start production now and crank out a second season by summertime or risk cancellation.
No need to rush it. They'll do just fine marketing it.
Just don't let CBS get a hold of The Walking Dead. They'd just cancel before next season.
I'll wait but I don't like it. If they are claiming it to be such a great hit with AMC why not speed up production and get it out early. Great zombie show but it doesn't need to be a halloween show. It seems to me that it would do well any time of year.
Not a zombie fan, but this show was by far my favorite of the season. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time just wanting everyone to shut up and whisper so that no zombies would show up...
For those of you worried about such a short season followed by a break, consider this:
The Wonder Years season 1 lasted 6 episodes
The Office season 1 lasted 6 episodes
Given the ratings, this show will be back, and given the quality, it will probably continue to succeed. Also, I agree with everyone who is saying the comic storyline is better.
@Ryan – not even that, most British show seasons last only for 6-8 episodes.
I say we kick lady gaga off the show because she has an adams apple and tucks her sack back.
I hope the network bring The walking dead back for a whole season. No longer then that cause they will run out of story lines and then it will get boring or stupid.
I'll wait as long as it takes for season 2. Love the show and the comics!
Don't think the wait between seasons will be as long as we think, though. There's so much demand for this show that I'm betting we'll get another season in less time than a year.
OCT!!! UGGgggggg ! heck I guess I will just have to wait. Please make it sooner than Oct.2011
Hell yeah, I'll wait! I'm so impatient, but I will DEFINITELY be watching when the season 2 starts!
I have an idea, but when my script becomes really really popular, i'm going to fire all of the writers and make the audience wait a year to see any more episodes. How could this possibly go wrong....maybe i'll see what happens to flash in the pan Walking Dead...
The writers were not fired, and there has been some shoddy writing, so I think the writers shake-up has serious potential.
I'm sure that our expectations will be rewarded when the next season starts! 🙂 I'm sure it will be worth the long waiting!
I'm sure that our expectations will be rewarded when the next season starts! 🙂
I enjoyed the show but it was not very original. Guy shooting zombies with rifle from roof? Getting merchandise from a mall while zombies are outside? One side of freeway clear while other is cluttered with abandoned vehicles? Dawn of The Dead and 28 Days later scenes almost done identically in the show.
I love love love Shane. It's not his fault that he fell in love with Ricks sleezy wife. She needs a bullet in her head. She is a tramp.
I'm getting a kick out of the comments that the CDC is fakey, the open-top Jeep is fakey, the freshly-cut lawns are fakey, the dopey decisions of the survivors are fakey.....but they neglect to mention that WALKING DEAD PEOPLE who seem absolutely delighted to eat live people aren't fakey. And if they're dead all over except for that little glow in their brain cortex, why do they need to eat anything, anyway. That's so fakey!
AMC had better bust a move on sooner episodes, before another network copycats their sucess! The show rocks!!
We are hooked on this show. Why do we have to wait until next Halloween?? I hope they listen to the fans and start the second season sooner. We're bummed this season is over and we have to wait so long for season 2. When I heard it was picked up for a second season I figured we would be seeing it in January or Februry.
They need an Ozkew357 in this movie, for sure. They are pretty bad a$$... u can see them at http://www.ezombiez.com
Typically I don't get into television series, but this show got my attention. I wish the season lasted longer...can't wait till October to see where the story leads too.
What do we want? Brains!
When do we want them? After finish mowing lawn!
Zombies only eat "Brains" in the Return of the Living Dead Universe...In Romero universe they eat anything they can bite...
This show kicks butt!
Hell yes, I'll wait!!!! I'm impatient, but I will definitely be watching when the premier for season 2 starts!
Usually i dnt comment about shows that i watch but the 'Walking Dead' was one of best shows i have seen this year. Too bad that it ended so soon and have to wait so long to see it next year. Could there be a chance that show could view sooner than later.
This is a great show, but it is ridiculous that with how many people want to see more episodes, they are projecting the season two start date to be around October. Why not listen to the fans and start it sooner?
From what I've read (being a local in Atlanta) they had no idea if the show would be a hit or not. So, they did a short 6 episode season to see what the reaction could be. The practice is used quite frequently with series ideas over on SyFy (hate that name) since SciFi/Horror shows can be hit or miss. The approximate timeframe for shooting the second season I've heard is the early spring around March-April and hopefully will avoid the summer again.
@James if you were referring to say.. "The Vampire Diaries" on the CW .. lol ... then yes your comment would be appropriate. However, in this case you look foolish since the show is about an apocalyptic virus run amok in the world. An infection/virus/plague that turns the infected into mindless flesh eating zombies and of course how the ordinary people deal with it.
i'm so out of touch
I'll definitely wait but hope its sooner than Oct. 2011. Best horror series ever!!
Too long of a wait between seasons...good show but many people will not wait...
AMC is not worried. They know the fans of the comic alone will ensure a successful season 2.
Is this another idiotic show about vampires? No wonder America is losing to the Chinese.
I liked the fact that the plot moved along quickly and a lot of "stuff" happened in each episode. Hopefully they won't drag out the episodes when there are 13 in Season 2. Re: Jenner whispering in Rick's ear. I think he told him that Andrea is infected. Remember when Rick walked in and asked Jenner about the bloodwork? And Jenner said, "No surprises"? I think Jenner had already suspected that Andrea was infected (based on all the grief she gave him when he was drawing her blood), and the blookdwork confirmed it. Great show, bummer about the wait for season 2, but I'm sure they'll be quality!!
I really don't understand these really short "seasons" and then the extended wait for the next one. It does make people lose interest and, frankly, I won't remember what happened by then. (like LOST) This is why so many shows come and go. Can't we have a show that goes from September to May and then begins again in September like they used to? I am hooked on this show and I know they will rerun the first "season" before they start the second one, but seriously, who has 6 extra hours to catch up on something? This is a damn shame.
If they do decide to bring it back, I won't wait a year. It's over and done as far as I'm concerned. I think they had their chance and lost it. Especially considering they canned all the writers and want to bring in new folks. There won't be any continuity. It'll die quickly just like all those poor shows back during the writers strike (e.g. Heroes).
I enjoy reading this page simply for the fact that a lot of you didn't/do not read the comic. I am a BIG fan of the comic and the show is doing a good job. Stay tuned because things get REALLY crazy.
Dont make us wait a year...come on. I recorded all the shows and watched them twice..Please dont make us wait a year. It doesnt have to be Halloween to have zombies.
Are you kidding me? a Year? After only 6 episodes? Son of a B@#$%.....
I'm not a fan of 6 week shows and a year wait before the next start. Attention spans aren't that long these days. Out of sight out of mind as they say. I stuck with 24 and I stuck with The Shield through the long periods between seasons but to have to wait 46 weeks for it to start up again? Nah. That's too long.
Rick is HOT!
is it October yet?....I'm dieing for more (pun intended)
What the hell?
The season is over?
Too bad I have to wait almost a year to watch something that doesn't have one of the Palins in.
I love this show, or at least I want to love this show. I am really worried that it will drag on slowly to the point that I won't even care... like LOST.
I hate to break it to you, but the WHOLE POINT of this series is to follow a group of survivors for the long haul during a zombie apocalypse. The comic has been going since 03 and is up to issues 80 or so, and Kirkman, the series creator, has said numerous times he has the outline scripted for 150 or 250 issues.
Why is AMC ratings compared to HBO ratings? HBO is a channel you actually have to spend money for, and only about a fraction of the public has. You only have to have cable to get AMC.
I agree that waiting till October is ridiculous. I have to wait till August for Mad Men, and who knows how long for Sons. These are great, quality shows that they need to fill the gap a little on.
Shane IS a jerk – because he keeps messing with Lori, but besides that he's a good guy. I lost respect for Lori right off when she the did horizontal with Shane, since her husband had only been "dead" 2 months. That's crass.
I'm happy the wife beater got wiped out, and it's a shame Amy did, because she was hot!
All hail the traditional scripted TV show! F all reality shows!
If you want more Walking Dead go pick up the comic series at your local comic store. They have collected the back issues in "graphic novel" format. I am sure there will be some differences but it is still one hell of a read!
AMC is dumb. If another programmer (cable TV channel – perhaps Syfy) came up with another viable "zombie" TV show they will steal all of the AMC viewers who are not please they have to wait a full year for more of "The Walking Dead"! I think it is a very stupid move and a smart cable channel would contact George Romero (who created the Genre with "Night of the Living Dead" and I bet they could have a few episodes of a new "zombie" show done in time for early summer thus taking AMC's thunder away. (and of course the viewers would win if they did)!
There is room for more than one zombie show. I'd gladly set appointment TV for as many zombie shows as cable can throw at me.
Too Long! Get the show back in production. What is it with these year long breaks between new episodes. This is not England, where they do such things. American audiences are fickle – we need consistency.
A year???!!! Well maybe in that time they will be able to find a nice motor coach with a plow blade and get rid of the old winnabago.
I watch it for zombies and partly for the drama. Zombies seem less and less during the last few episodes so.....they change that or I am gone as a veiwer. You can get drama on any show but you can't get zombies.
I understand avoiding risk, but ordering only 6 episodes then making me wait a year, not good. Broadcasters need to learn how to keep us involvoed. 24 learned this early on, run a season weekly uninterrupted. Lost, The Event and others loose audience when they take a serial episodic show and insert large breaks. I wonder if I will be this excited to see Walking Dead next year after forgetting the first 6 episodes. I heop they have a catch up episode up front next year.
This show is racist.
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!! OCTOBER 2011 IS THE NEXT SCHEDULED DATE FOR SEASON 2!!!! I would have thought they would get it back in January, just after the holidays!!! Why do these studios insist on loosing their fan base on decent shows by putting on 5 or 6 episodes then letting them sit for months at a time? Caprica, on the scifi channel, has been canceled, "V" is scheduled to start back in January, but it would not be a surprize if it goes the same way as Caprica. People move too fast these days. They jump from one interest to another and do not have time, or patience, to wait long periods of time to watch a TV show. Walking Dead is a really good show, what is the thinking to make the fans wait 10+ months to get the continuation? You will have lost all continuity from season one!!! There will always be die-hards that will watch, but it is the casual fans that you need to keep interested to keep the rating ups and the ad money flowing? Why cut that off by delaying for so long?? I just don't get it!! I'll probably watch when it comes back, that is, if I remember to. What a shame and waste of a really good program!!!!
How stupid do the directors think the public is? Does anyone out there that watched this show actually believe that the government would setup a billion dollar underground lab that is used to research the most dangerous pathogens in the world to blow up if it runs out of power? I mean seriously, we're going to blow up a billion dollar research facility because the power goes out? I don't think so.
I was completely shocked at how stupid the ending was on that item alone. Then to top it all off, the computer tells them the air-mixed explosive is specifically designed to create a fire wave and destroy organic life and leave the building UNHARMED (like the lab cleansing they showed earlier in the episode), then the building is destroyed. Bravo, foreshadow something, then completely ignore it!
And if these people don't start thinking maybe it's a good idea to head into the country where population densities are low I'm going to lose hope that a single one of them has any intelligence whatsoever. They should have moved a thousand miles from a big city in the first episode. After all there are parts of the US where a single box of ammo could clear out the entire population of zombies.
Exactly why I turned the show off. It never fails to insult my intelligence with the writing. The characters are completely unbelievable. Their actions do not make any sense to me at all.
I love this show. This could've been terrible. It's obviously low budget, but they've made the characters real and have a lot more to say than what comes out of their mouths. I wish I didn't have to wait for Halloween. I hope the lure of big money gets them moving faster. And Lori is the one that annoys me most. She was already torturing her husband with hints of leaving him and couldn't wait to hook up with Shane. You could see that she already regretted it but thought she was stuck needing him to keep her and her son alive...until her boring true blue husband miraculously reappeared. Then she gets to act like queen bee again, because she has Captain America behind her again. I was sad that the black woman (can't remember her name) chose to stay behind. She was nice to everybody and never showed signs of giving up. BTW, I think Andrea's pregnant, and it must be Dale's. If Lori is also, she doesn't know yet, and the question will be whose. She'll have to tell Rick what she did, because Shane will go nuts. He enjoyed playing Daddy and won't want to give up the chance. The actors and the production people do such a good job of showing these little emotions and things! That's what makes it fun to speculate what they are thinking. And where did Merle go with that truck?
I'm confused...is there a comic book series AND graphic novels? I heard people refer to both in this thread. If there is both, which do you recommend? I'm obsessed with this show now, so I need a fix until next year.
they are both graphic novels and comic books. a graphic novel is basically a bunch of little comic books combined together to tell the story. the comic book series is really good and even though they didn't have the cdc originally in the story i liked that addition
Thanks for the clarification.
Totally forgot about the blood test...thanks!
In the comic book Shane was killed by Rick son at the Camp Site.... Shane is annoying
BEST DATE FOR SEASON 2 TO START?
Easter 2011 > when ALL known undead resurrected!
Me 49,Husband 57,Daughter 17, look forward to sitting down as a family to watch it (DVR'd, of course) Zombies? Really?....But done so well, holds interest, intelligent,funny,fresh dialog. So cool to look at..the Gross factor perfect! I feel the same excitement & anticipation I had watching & waiting for the few short wonderful episodes of Life on Mars a while back. Very rare in TVland. Waiting until Halloween is a mistake. For the great fun of it all, I say Thanks.....
I hope I still love it in a year.
Please, for season two bring back Tony Soprano as a zombie!
I absolutely LOVED this show! I can't wait for it to come back and wish it would be sooner. My only issue was, and i'm just wondering if anyone else noticed this, but during the finale they stopped the caravan because the RV blew a hose but then they were saying good bye to Jim and all drove off as though there was no breakdown of the RV? i was very disappointed in the seemingly obvious oversight! Other than that i really do enjoy the show!
That did seem to be a scene they cut out. After they talked about the broken hose, Shane said he would go up the road to what looked like a gas station. They never showed that, but I guess it is asumed he found the station and the parts needed to fix the RV. I really can't believe they are waiting until October to continue the show, what a waste!! I really wanted to know what happened to Merle after he cut his hand off, and to the man and his son (sorry, can't remember the names) that Rick left in town in the first episode!!
How would the doctor know if Lori is pregnant?
Remember when they first came into the CDC... he told them the price of admission (or soemthing like that) was a blood test to be sure they were/were not infected? He took her blood although they only showed him taking the sister's blood.
the blood test
Love this show. I have a hard time waiting for the new seanson to start. But to me it is well worth the wait. I am also a True Blood fan and it is also hard to wait for. But once you get into the next season you see it is well worth the wait.
"commendable job with the graphic novel" – THERE IS A BOOK? WHAT IS THE NAME OF IT AND WHERE CAN I FIND IT?
It's called THE WALKING DEAD (shocking!). There are 13 volumes in paperback. You can find them at basically any bookstore or comic book store, or online outlet that sells books.
So, what did the CDC guy tell Rick???????
Wanna bet he told Rick that Lori is pregnant? (and he probably told him that Shane is the father...my guess) Remember those blood tests he made them all take to get in?! ...yeah...
A year before season 2 starts? AMC is nuts.
...and it's probably more than 6 million viewers. This show made Sunday nights awesome, instead of dreading work the next day Monday.
Abigail... thank you so much for the info! I was going to the library today anyway! This may hold me off until next October.
Not a problem! I'm happy to help!!! I hope your library carries the compendium!
I loved every minute of The Walking Dead and can't wait for next season. I will tune in – but I hope the network re-thinks the long delay until season 2. Thanks AMC for a great, great show!
I read The Walking Dead comic series six years ago, and it's about time they made a TV show out of it. The actors they chose are perfect, and the quality of the show is awesome, it's like watching a movie. Good on you AMC, and keep up the great work. I really can't wait to see the new season......the suspense is "killing me".
shane did the wife backdoor style. that is all
And she loved it! You could see the look of ecstasy on her face...especially when she was so quick to toss her wedding band when Shane took her like a she-animal. I hope she ends up as some zombie butt buffett!
YUP.. that was my second favorite part of the whole season. LOL
I think this proves several things:
1) there is a huge market for zombie/apocalyptic fiction
2) If you write it well, they will come
3) If you have a great script and concept, you don't need a huge star to anchor the film
Why all the hype over this stupid show? It's merely a metaphor for "Real Housewives of New Jersey"...or maybe the Bristol Palin Vote Scandal on DWTS. Whatever.
Didn't anyone watch "America's Cutest Cat 2010" last night? Now THAT is what TV is all about!
I love the show. However, maybe another reason for the record breaking viewers was because people are so sick of reality shows, they needed some real entertainment...
That about sums it up, syfy is dead as a channel, amazed me that AMC picked this one up and I bet a few other stations are kicking themselves.
My guess is that the good Doctor whispered to Rick that either 1. the government of the U.S. is still intact and in the secure bunker under the Pentagon, or 2. that the Navy is intact and at sea looking for a solution, or 3. that Alaska is uninfected and a last bastion of humanity left on the planet. Now, having lived in Alaska I can tell you that there are areas so remote there is little chance of a virus carrier infecting anyone. So, if anyone was going to survive it would be Alaskans!
Awesome ideas!!! I have friends in Alaska and would def head there! I never thought about hitting the sea! It would def be safer than land.
OK so if Alaskans are safe...good bet that the Northern Canadians are safe as well. Whew!
All of you need to read the comics because you'll realize NONE of those are what he, most likely, whispered to her. 🙂
Ok, I like the show. Good premise and all that. What I don't get is the whole "walkers" thing. They have been known as "Zombies" for decades now. Everybody in the states just about knows the "walkers" as "zombies". There have been books and clubs created about what to do in a Zombie attack. Why did the creators think it was a good idea to change that?
even in the night of the living dead, zombies were never refered to as zombies.
I doubt it. The long wait between seasons is what's gonna kill it. Its what killed Kyle XY. People just got tired of waiting.
I agree with Sara...as long as Norman Reedus is on, I will be watching!
AMC would have to dum as a box of roofing nails to wait untill next fall to restart the series. A lot of copies are already in the works ( I would wager a months pay) and would make the show look stale if they wait that long.
About Shane. While the "love triangle" has played out well for a few episodes, he really does need to go, as he did in the novel. The reason why is that, well – imagine being in his shoes. They really are living in an "Extinction Event" and for awhile at least, he had Lori to console him. Now that Rick is back and alive, and Lori hates him and he's now alone – he's had his whole world turned upside down again. In a time of intense horror, trajedy and daily nervous breakdowns, being alone really affects your reasoning. They are all suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Any one of them could die at any moment. The 1 person Shane wants to project and love – despises him. Shane can't leave the group and he can't stay the way it is now. In the novel, Carl kills Shane trying to protect his dad. I'm not sure that would fly on tv. It'l be interesting to see how the first 2 episode's play out next season. I think we will see them visit the new home community in the first episode where they lose Shane and then pick up a few others while encountering a ton of geeks while they restock their RV with cangoods. I see the 2nd episode having them reach the farm and then the prison is found by like the 4 or 5th episode.teeing up a season finale with The Governor.
it's ridiculous to have to wait that long for a show, and why was this season only 6 weeks? 6 months is a reasonable break in between seasons but 1 year is too much.
Where can I find the comic books? Borders? How many are there so far?
The best way to go is to first buy The Walking Dead Compendium. It is comic books #1-48. After that get The Walking Dead Volumes 9-13. I personally would go with the books (if you are looking to purchase) because the Volumes are already in paperback, the the only books I've seen are hardcover. This way, if you are a member of Barnes and Noble you get your discount, or go through Amazon. Volume 13 are comic issues #73-78.
If you have money to spend I would recommend supporting your local comic book store and purchase the items there. Although, since I do not, I got all of mine on Amazon or checked them out at my local library. Most comic stores have issues #73-78 on their shelves right now.
I hope this helps. The Walking Dead comic wikipedia page is also VERY helpful too. 🙂
Sorry, I meant to say if you are going to purchase go with the volumes over the books because they are in paperback form.
too much talking.... need more zombie killing and actions.
I've watched this from episode one and have really enjoyed it, but I have to say I'm a bit shocked at the Season 2 premiere date, given that there were only 6 episodes in this season. I'm hoping AMC will revise that after seeing these ratings numbers because as much as I've liked the show, I'm not sure I'll remember to tune in again after 10 MONTHS! (or I may not care anymore)
I have not seen this infantile show, not will I.
It iis beneath me.
Zombies DO NOT EXIST. The logic of a show based on pure lies escapes me.
Do viewers want to die? Do they worship death? There must be some kind of mental illness afoot,,
I was wondering how long it would take for the religious-zealot whack jobs to start commenting.
I know you are looking to incite a reaction. You're not getting one from me. Have a good day.
So I'm wondering if things like Star Trek, Star Wars, etc. are also below you? Just because something is not necessarily fact-based doesn't make it unworthy.
Personally, I was never a horror movie fan and especially couldn't handle gory movies. I have no idea why, but about six years ago I watched the Dawn of the Dead remake, and I was hooked. While I don't like torture movies or things like that, I absolutely love zombie movies – not the gore but the stories. We have a huge zombie movie collection now, and my son loves them too. Flicks like Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead, Dance of the Dead and the Romero classics comment not just on zombies or blood but also on society. Even the bad ones aren't as bad as some "blockbusters" I've seen.
It's too bad you've made a judgment about something you obviously know nothing about. Actually, that's kind of "zombieish. " 🙂
Open the shades on the windows in your mom's basement and let alittle sunlight in. You have issues.
The air must be pretty thin up there on your giant high horse. Hope you don't get a nose-bleed.
Ah, come on now! Wait until October, this is madness. Please tell the producers to continue the restart a new sesona ate least in 6 months from now, thats too long to wait for such a good show! Damn!!!!!!!!
If you really want to know how things turn out, just read the comics. They are following them pretty closely so far. They are up to #80, it has been out for several years. So you can "read ahead" (pardon the pun). If the fall is too long, start going to comic book stores and READ.
They've made it clear that they will be using the comics as a template, but that character development and story is free to go off in other directions.
I cannot WAIT until they introduce Hershel and his entire family, them setting up shop at the prison, The Governor, and MY favorite ... Michonne!!!!! SO EXCITED SO EXCITED SO EXCITED.
On another note. I'm kinda glad they are keeping Shane around longer in the series than when he was knocked off in the comics. He could end up being a really great character to do more with.
I don't know if I can wait until October. That's the one thing I hate about AMC and their programming. They do the same thing with Breaking Bad. It starts in April/May and then ends in July. I wish they would give us more episodes, and have the series last a little longer. At the same time AMC has the best shows and programing over all the other crap networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. I don't like watching so-called reality TV. I hate these stupid dancing/skating with the stars crap. I don't give a rat's rear about fat people losing weight. I don't care about them dropping people on an island to compete with each other. I want to see actual quality shows with great story lines whether it be drama or comedy!!!
i can't wait that long. simply can't.
need more. now.
In recent years, I've enjoyed shows like "Survivor" and "The Colony" because I had become numb to all of the other tv drama/CSI crap that simply redoes past stories with a new spin. I've read "The Walking Dead" since the beginning and have long thought that a TV like this one would really connect with folks. The book & movie "The Road" was simply too bleak for tv. In "The Walking Dead" tv show, we have a true survival of the human spirit story. It appeals to more than just the Zombie crowd because the characters are so believable that their stories just pull you right in. I know people who watch a lot of tv that are picking up on this show because it's a show about keeping the human spirit alive. While the grim images project violence and gore, these are just a background to the actual story – and the success of the show proves that the story is what is bringing in the viewers. That RV may as well be the Battlestar Galactica, or a Wagon Train, or an Island. The point is – the intriging stories are great, and keep your eyes glued to the screen. And, having read the entire series, I can only say that it's only going to get better and better.
I watched the show for first time by catching the marathon. As predicticable as it was, I liked it. But the finale has put the big question in my head about the CDC..is there really such a security measure in place? That was the best scene from the six shows that I watched..my opinion.
Damn you Frank Darabont! Damn you to hell!!!!
Why is everyone waiting for Shane to die? I was a fan of the comic before the show but I LOVE the way they are drawing out the relationship trifecta between Rick, Lori and Shane. In the comic you just saw Shane as a crazy, jealous, power hungry leader who stole his best friends wife. In the show you see a best friend, reliable co-worker, caring partner, learned father, but you also see glimpses of how unstable he is. Maybe a foreshadowing of how a person, whos actions are rooted in a just cause, can slowly rot and decay (like the dead) into a power hungry, violent and jealous dictator. Let him stick around and play his part, and when he no longer contributes to the story, well.... you know
I agree with you. I'm glad he's sticking around longer. I think when it comes to the privacy of the prison they are going to set up shop in it's REALLY going to add to the skewed love triangle.
Everyone should take time out and read the Graphic novel, it is AMAZING. I love the movie because it stays with the graphic novel. Excited about season 2. Great job AMCtv
This show is yet another example of the dumbing down of America- Here is a news flash- Zombies don't exist!!!
I completely agree. I think if people who watched the show read the graphic novels it would get them even more psyched out for the show to start again. I love how they are keeping with the comics enough so you can still follow the characters and major plot points, but they are deviating to do more with the characters. Love the show and love the comics. I bet Image Comic realizes that creating this comic line was the smartest thing they've ever done! 😉
an infantile show on 'zombies' based on a funnybook. Obviously a lot of immature viewers out there.
This is one show Im glad I missed.
Yet you felt the need to comment on it...
And commenting on a show you've never seen just to put down its viewers is mature?
"This show should be called the Walking Living because there are no zombies. [...] I wont watch another season that stretches a 10-minute television show into an hour."
You are so right on this!!! So much opportunity to expand on the zombie apocalypse, but at season end they're still getting all weepy about how everybody's dead, while they're sitting with their backs to the woods at night. They establish that the zombies swarm when they hear loud noises, then they're yelling all the time. You can only have so many walk-around-in-the-woods episodes before people catch on. Look at what happened with Lost. They need to take a look at old shows like Survivors (UK show) or Jeremiah (and to a lesser degree Jericho) that did a great job of post-apocalyptic fiction in standalone episodic form while still having a continuing story. I guess all those shows I've listed were cancelled though, so I guess they need to stick to the melodrama to keep the chicks watching.
As long as they keep Norman Reedus in the cast, I am one happy woman! 😛
Oh Yes! Love that man!
Last Sunday was the first time I saw this show – started watching it at 7:00 pm and stayed till the finally – even missed Desperate Housewifes for this show !!!! Its really great and I sure will be watching next season
I wonder if Denise Richards is as annoying in bed as she is in real life...
I really love this show and I will wait... I was a big Lost fan and I think this might be my replacement show! Definitely a winner.
I will blow off Walking Dead if the wait is more than 6 months.
How many shows do they think we will watch that never end 4400, Caprica, etc or make us wait a year for.
I am sorry but until a network promises it will end a series correctly (even with an opening to come back) if canceled it is not worth watching these series any more.
I enjoyed this series (every minute) and don't mind waiting. However, when the second season comes, AMC needs to think long and hard about making The Walking Dead a true length season series. I have been a Zombie junkie ever since my mom took me to see the original Night of the Living Dead in the late 60's. Keep up the good work AMC!!
Pretty common with first seasons being short. It all comes down to money and risk. The network takes the risk to make a pilot, if it does well, then they take the risk to make a few other episodes. If it continues to do well, then they take a larger risk and make even more episodes in season 2, 3, etc. Now that they've proven that the viewers are tuning into the show these past 6 weeks, they now have actually create season 2. Unfortunately for us, that takes time. :/
Even "The Office" had a short first season of only 6 episodes. The second season? 22 episodes. Of course, it is much quicker to film a 30min sitcom set in an office, compared to a 60min show with all the special effects and makeup that "The Walking Dead" require.
I love this show. I'm 46 years old and have been a Zombie fan forever. Glad to see a TV network put on a show that's so different and not ashamed to show gore and have the characters speaking in language we all can relate to whether offensive or not.....
Now, all I know is, if I were in that situation, my family would come first and I would not be following some lemming like Rick or Shane....So the yare ex-cops, those two couldn't lead a junior high school band. I'd bust Shane's cabbage the first time he mouthed off and played badass leader, and I'd take my family and split and cope as best I could. In a world like that, its every man for himself and if you think you're gonna play the leader and tell me what to do, then yo uwill be gone. All law is gone, and you do wha tneeds to be done to save your own family.
That's why I'd be taking you out first.
I Demand another show soon....like now........I hate Cliffhanger Endings....
I'll look forward to it for a few months, then forget about it. And then be really excited when it comes back. But it makes me mad to have to wait so long. Perhaps with this popularity they'll consider airing it sooner. 6 episodes blows though – it should have been a freakin' full season!
That's a long time to wait for season 2. There ain't much to watch till then 🙁
Well, I love the searies.. what did the Doc whisper is the wife prego that is my guess... what a twist that would make. Where is one handed dude... did he die or will he return? What about the guy and his boy will they be back next season? I hate waiting but I will because it's that good.
I see from all the postings that there is more positive commentary than negative. While I agree that six episodes is nothing short of a tease, it does make sense in this tough economic situation for AMC to test the waters with something new. It is not news that a series could be made from a comic book. We have enjoyed Superman, Batman, the Green Lantern, the Fantastic Four and many others in comics turned to movies or TV series. Books may reach a certain portion of readers, but comics have always reached further. I would also like to see longer seasons, as this is the first since BSG to captivate my interest. Hopefully, AMC will orchestrate longer seasons with shorter breaks in between to capitalize on their runaway hit. Giving too little show with too much wait to next showing, as so many have conjectured will only lose momentum to many who will gravitate to other shows. As to the people giving up spoilers, they may not make any difference if the writers alter the script from the comics. All in all the crowd I know is waiting for more.
The Walking Dead is an awesome show. You better believe I will watch the next season! I just wish it had more than six episodes. I am 51 (outside the 18-49 demographic) and watch the show with my 16 year old son, who also loves it. My wife - not so much.
As far as I know, this is the first zombie SHOW ever to hit TV. Considering how popular zombie movies have always been, it's no wonder at all that this show did great. I would really like to see this show come back in the spring, even though I'll still watch it if it airs again on Halloween 2011. However, if AMC wants ratings, then I'd highly suggest they bring it back in the spring... for a mini-season at least.
First Loved It , found myself waiting for Sunday nights ...Second, Yes next Oct is a long time away but I will be there when it returns. 3rd ,, If you really liked the show and are feeling some undead withdrawls could check out (as has been suggested) the comics or Max Brooks World War Z or the Survial Guide ...and of course the dvds ...or find something else to keep busy with until next fall ...the way some people reacted to the short season 1 and the long wait you would think that their first born had been taken.
Decent show over-all, but has pretty bad acting at times and mostly unlikeable characters. They are fairly short on common sense and I find it amazing that they have managed to survive this long. It's definitely NOT the best thing on television that some people think it is.
I agree with everything you said except decent show. It's a horrible show. I just WANT it to be decent but it really is not.
Unless there's a competing zombie show, we'll all be back.
I only caught the last few episodes, it's a cool show though. But seriously... October? Dunno, maybe it's hard to say since that's a freaking year from now. I would definitely watch it next week but i guess that ain't gonna happen.
Just wondering: How is it commandos in tanks in front of the CDC can't survive but the jerk in the open topped jeep with a 12 gauge just keeps on going?
That's the kind of things in the show that bother me. I'm glad they fired all of the writers. Good premise, but mostly bad writing and acting.
I will definiely be waiting for this awesome show to come back! I very seldom even turn on network tv now that AMC and FX have ruined me for the bland "dramas"!
I think AMC is making a mistake by having such long delays between seasons of its shows such as Breaking Bad and Walking Dead.
I had really high hopes for this show from the start. I think being this was the pilot season/ one really long episode, the writing will get better next season (i hope). whatever happened to Merle btw? Or Morgan & his son? I'm hoping for more zombies, less drama as one other person put it. more gore too never hurts! this is why I like the resident evil movies as far as newer zombie movies go (not saying they stayed real true to the original games)
The trouble is that if you had gotten your wish (more zombies, more gore, less human characters you care about), this series wouldn't be coming back. The ratings would have tanked after the first couple of episodes.
This isn't a Romero fanboi flick where you sit and cheer as you watch one shmuck after another get eaten. It's a very different show, and that's what makes it worth watching.
Well do we as the viewers have a choice in the matter if we want to carry on with this saga? I really don't know nor do I understand the reasoning behind Hollywood's putting so much distance between showings of todays bigger than big movies,Take for instance The Twilight Saga, The last movie Eclipse came out in what June or July? Now we have to WAIT until October of 2011 just to see the first part of the two part Breaking Dawn,ANd we all know it's already been made part two of Breaking Dawn is in production as of right now though,So why make us wait so damn long? What about the folks out there that are Twilight Fans and have illnesses like Cancer and may not live to see the end of this Saga..I know that sounds stupid,But hey there out there. We also have the Harry Potter Story.. So Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part one was just released on November 19,2010 and we have to wait until some time next year to see part two,And the Final part of this long running Saga,But it too has also been finished So WHY make people wait so damn long?? Is it a $$$$$ thing? Or what....My wife and I are Hard Nosed Son's Of Anarchy fans which is broadcast on the FX network,Which FX is very well known for it's programs like this one and The Shield that have their share of Brutality and bloodshed,Which is perfectly fine with me. I prefer that to Playing Xbox360,Too much bloodshed there...But my son likes it just fine. Now As for waiting for the next slot of The Walking Dead episodes....Will the Long wait sway our commitment to AMC? Prolly NOT..Im not a real big zombie fan,But my wife is and you married folk know that when one is hooked the other might just as well be too, But Hell I do kinda like the show..It aint Dexter or nothin but hey it will do...Hang in there people Halloween will be here before you know it,For those of you over 30 you know what I mean....
So, 6 episodes now makes a "season" for a television show??? But wait about a year and there will be new episodes? Talk about cable networks begging viewers to become disinterested. Seriously, if you can only produce 6 – 12 episodes for an entire season, why are you even bothering?
That's pretty normal for original programming on cable networks or premium channels, especially for the first season. MAD MEN seasons, for example, are on the same network and about a dozen episodes long. Network TV does it for new programs too - that's why new shows often wind up as mid-season replacements with shorter first seasons (see THE OFFICE, for example). If too many episodes are produced and the show flops, networks wind up paying for programming that they don't air.
Waiting a whole year for the next round is ridiculous! The Execs making this should be fired! You knew you had a hit, why put it off. It's disrespectful to us viewers. That said, it's a great show! The pilot episode was phenomenal! The finale was just ok. Wondering what the Dr. had whispered. Loved the "G" character a few episodes back. The custodian was great! Guess I'll just wait for next Halloween??????
You obviously don't know how the system works.
Some people are thinking that the doctor whispered to Rick that his wife was pregnant, but that makes no sense to me. First, he was saying to Rick, "You won't thank me for helping you survive" before he whispered to him. But how would the doc know that the kid wasn't Rick's baby? He barely knew them for a day. The doc couldn't possibly know what Shane had done. And if she was pregnant, why make a deep dark secret about it?
No, I think it's something else, something that really pushed the doctor into despair, and I'm guessing he has learned that EVERYONE who dies comes back as a zombie, regardless of how you die. Eventually, everyone is doomed to become a walker unless someone puts a bullet through their head. That's what he told Rick.
The doctor could very well have known that she was pregnant. Remember, he took blood samples from all of them. With the equipment at the CDC facility at his disposal, he could easily have seen that she was pregnant from her blood sample. I don't think he could know that the baby is not Rick's though. For that, he would need to have taken a sample from the fetus and compare it to Rick and Shane's samples.
Great show but since when is 6 episodes a season? A season used to run through April or May with December being the off month for reruns of that seasons first episodes then January would start up with new episodes to continue the story. A cliff hanger would end the season in April or May and the next season would start in September or October.
Braaaaiiinns! J/K loved it, looking forward to next season.
If you can’t get enough, I suggest you read the comics this show is based on (The Walking Dead). Naturally the storyline deviates, but it is even more jaw dropping than the TV episodes (which I felt to be a little slow). Do note that the comics are much more violent and use adult language, but the artwork is truly amazing.
Showtime needs to pick this up to replace Weeds.
The great thing about this TV show vs. the Comic Book. NO READING.
Yep, if not Breaking Bad would not be such a big hit as well.
seems like a long time to wait after a very short first season. does anyone remember what happened after the 4400 or Crossing Jordan took a sabbatical? People lost interest. Maybe they should add in a couple of behind the scenes shows and such during the wait to keep interest going.
Yeah, love the show. But come on, 6 episodes? Get crackin' on writing and filming guys, I want more NOW!!!
That's a little much to wait that long.
Don't think i can wait that long for the dead to walk on by.
I'll definitely watch again, but it is a horribly long time to make fans wait. I really enjoyed the show.
If any of you even realise the walking dead is a LONG running comic boot with enough material to fill countless seasons of a tv show. The first season was maybe half of the first 5 issues. There are alot of changes, for one, there is no CDC in the comic, they hole up in a prison. Many characters should be dead that are not dead. You can read the comic and still be suprised by the show. The best job I have seen in a LONG time for screen adaptation.
No matter what location they were filming in, especially when at the CDC in the city, all the grass lawns looked freshly cut. With everything going on for many weeks/months, wouldn't the grass have grown out of control or at least be very high?? In every scene, the grass looks recently cut... Who the heck is cutting all the grass???
Zombie lawn man. He trundles along pushing a lawn mower than never runs out of gas. 🙂
Can't wait to see how many more commercials they can cram in after all this seems to have been a hit.
I heard the producers went to every network and no one bothered except for amc. and thank goodness they did! my wife and i absolutely love the show!
I want to see the Governor!!!!
I have the final episode on DVR and haven't had time to watch yet, but I love me some zombies and you'd better believe that I'm setting my DVR NOW for next Halloween! But like most others, I too wish that the season was longer – it's agony!
To put this in perspective, the writer of this article compared the series 1 finale of a brand new, 6-episode show to that of The Sopranos? That's like comparing the stats of your company softball team to the Yankees. Let's give the Walking Dead a few more seasons before we start comparing those ratings. For my $$, the Walking Dead is the best thing on TV today.
As a huge fan of the show, I will be watching it again no matter the wait, but I think it's a terrible idea for any series to have such a long time between seasons. If the seasons were 20-30 shows long, it wouldn't be a problem. But in a 24/7 kind of world we live in, voids are easily and quickly filled by other interests (or other shows) which cause very good shows-like this one-to end up not following through with the momentum because of the length of time between seasons. I'll be waiting for the next season, but from a practical standpoint, I don't expect them to have nearly the numbers they could have if the series came back in a few months. I've seen the same thing happen with a LOT of series recently and good shows have gone because of it.
I hate when people get on here and guess correctly what is going to happen in the future and acting like they never read the comics. However, I am pleased they changed up the series from the comic a little by adding stuff to the series that didn't happen in the comic series but still keeping true to the base. I look forward to the next season but those who read the comics shouldn't be on here "guessing" about what is going to happen in the future of the series trying to get around people mad about giving spoilers out.
Total viewership doesn't matter at all because advertisers only pay real money for the 18-49 segment. Total viewership is for PR bragging rights. Ask Tvbythenumbers.com how the system works.
I'm not a fan of horror movies... like at all. I even dislike shows like the CSIs that make a gratuitous use of gore. On the other hand I am a huge fan of tight scripts, ambitious visions and mastery in the art of bringing them to the screen. I can't remember one single series that had the total package. Maybe Rome came closest, but TWD premiere's direction beat anything I've ever seen on the small screen so far. The only comparison that, in my mind, does justice to TWD's swiss clock-like efficiency is the first Halloween movie, or maybe the second. So I don't like gore but I put up with it in TWD, I force myself to watch because I know it's not for nothing, I know I'm in the hands of people I can trust to blow my mind. So far, they're 6 for 6 in my book.
Dude, you should be doing reviews for LOGO. Yeah, okay, you don't like gore and violence...how many times did you make that evident? Leave the man shows to men and go watch the Home and Garden Show...wimp!
It really doesn't make sense to prolong these series like they do......the universe now spins on a dime in the time it takes to see the next season....who knows....Georgia may not even exist next year? I'm not sure it exists now.....
Love this show! Gave me a reason to watch AMC, now I may have to finally check out Mad Men!
I love the comic and although it's a bit different I love love the show !!!! Can't wait til next season !!
Don't kill Shane !!!!
I've can't wait to see Carl blast a hole through Shane's throat.
Really? We have to wait a whole year? Darn...
Great Job AMC, except for a bit of the writing, it was a great start. I hope to see a full 13 episodes next year!
Great make-up, gore and directing as well!
does my DVR count as a viewer?
I cant not wait to see next season, love the show!!!! Hope they will show earlier tho.
Awesome show, man. Loved it!
Shoot the executives in the head that did not plan for a full year of shows. How hard would it be to move up next season to Jan 2011? Unless the writers and the executives have been bitten. What do we want? Brains!! When do we want them? Brains!!!
If they make fans wait a year, its going to be like Hero's and all these other shows...Lost, etc...they get their fans and then lose them by making them wait. I could see maybe bringing the next set of shows back in April or something but not October. Im afraid I will have lost my attention on the matter by then.
NEXT Halloween? WTH?? Why does AMC do this? Need to wait a year for Walking Dead, a year for Breaking Bad...way to kill momentum! I mean, yeah I'll be there whenEVER it starts, but don't you want good ratings all year long? What is going to fill the time in between from now to then? The Mummy 84748074 times?
Why wait until next Halloween? Has anyone at AMC heard the expression: "Strike while the anvil's hot"?
I hope that this show continues on,it's quite good and my wife and I watch it faithfully.If they decide to drop this show in the future,they should at least film a end to it instead of leaving everyone hanging on the middle of a show.Jericko wasn't to bad but there was no end to it and I hate that show and I hoped for one. There should be an written rule that all shows must have an ending.
We have to wait an entire year for season 2?!
Will definitely tune in again next season. Nice ending – not a cliff-hanger, but definitely leaves viewers anxious for more. Now, what about the rumors of Fringe being in it's final season?
I've read every last issue of this. Both are great. I do like that the series does not follow the comic scene-for-scene. However, holding out for a year is very unwise. They now have found a momentum and are able to put actual flesh-and-bone on these characters. Don't let the actors forget who these people are, and don't let the viewing public forget how good a show this is: get back to writing and filming.
They would be smart if they wouldn't wait that long considering the interest that this has actually drawn. I was afraid this would fail because others would not be interested, but I am happy that it is doing so well! Why wait all the way until Oct. 31st just to hit a silly holiday tie-in? You did it for the first season. That is good enough. Give fans more of what they want and get this show up and running before the momentum runs out!
Wow...and I thought maybe I was the only "sicko" that possibly watched this show! Next Fall does seem like a long wait. Those kids won't look like kids by that point.
Still, I'm glad to know there will be a 2nd season...look forward to it. In the meantime, I'll watch reruns of it or the "28..." movies!
Unless the new season will keep the focus on character development, and the interactions between the core characters by clever writing with unanticipated twists and turns, the series wont hold my attention. There's a limit to how many times one can be interested in zombies chewing on the odd arm or foot! Will tune in next year to see how it goes!
I am a zombie genre fan and LOVED this series but we zombie lovers cannot fault AMC for paying millions of dollars for a short set of episodes. I mean, can you imagine the greenlight meeting on this – someone's job was on the line if this didn't make a go of it. AMC is making GREAT shows. Breaking Bad, MadMen, Walking Dead. They have some serious talent at that network.
Absolutely a great series.. I do not like waiting until next fall however will do so because each show was worth it! Why exactly do we have to wait until fall? That I would like to know.
If they make it I will watch it... the show is AMAZING
They need to seriously work out a way to get the show back on for the May rating sweeps. There is a ton of money to made for them if they do. October means they could lose a lot of interest and audience.
I hate the gigantic waits that are commonplace for series these days. I honestly have forgotten several series that I've enjoyed because I've moved on by the time they re-air. About the only way they can keep me is if they put one equally entertaining series after another in the same time slot on the same channel.
Regarding the show, some of the pseudo-philosophical pieces are a little overdone. When society breaks down in the fashion it has in this zombie apocalypse, I would expect roving bands of people like Merle Dixon (the guy who cut off his hand). Meanwhile, it just seems like it's filled with well-meaning people doing the best they can. There could be a lot more tension and real drama, rather than soap-opera type drama around the love triangle.
Next Year OMG i hate when they make you wait.
I stop watching Dexters on Sunday nights.
I only began watching due to my 19 y/o son. Had it not been for him I NEVER would have watched this show. But now I'm hooked and will watch again next Fall (if I remember – or hopefully he'll remind me).
I met Gale Hurd, the executive producer for Walking Dead, when she came into a store that I work in. She was very nice, down to earth, and excited to see how this show would do. Congrats to here and everyone else who worked on the show. Oh and her daughter is pretty cute too!
Hell yeah, I'll wait another year for season 2. It's a great show, which fleshes out human relationships in a dire situation, instead of just focusing on zombies all the time.
best ratings ever huh? is that why the staff writers were let go??
And you heard that where? They've already ordered a 13 episode 2nd season.
mom2boys - the poster is partially right. The writing staff has left the show, but they weren't fired. They just moved on to other projects voluntarily. The early reporting said they were fired, but that was corrected later as details emerged. For what it's worth, only 1 of the 6 episodes was written by one of the staff writers anyway.
Great new mini-series...the best since Battlestar Galactica! I was a little disappointed that it was only six episodes in duration, but I can understand the network probably going with only six to gauge veiwer interest and not dump a lot of money into a potentially failed project. I would be willing to wait until next fall for the next season if quality is not compromised, but will the viewing audience be willing to wait so long? Lots can happen in a year and viewer interest may wane resulting in lost viewers who have turned to something else. Whatever, AMC has a winner here...keep the momentum going!
Look at it this way. Other than the occasional movie, The Walking Dead is the only show I watch on AMC. I will be watching the next season whenever it airs. Until then, I hope the advertisers recognize I represent a large demographic (40 year old white, educated male with a good job) and reduce AMC's revenues accordingly. That is the only incentive that will prevent an irrationally short season followed by a preposterously long hiatus.
Someone please tell me that line was a terrible joke?
This show is horrible. The acting is some of the worst there is. The directing is absolutely the worst. The script and plot could have been written better by your average 10 year old. I watched the first few episodes through to the end. Each show has left me less and less willing to subject myself to the torture that is this show. I couldn't make it past 15 minutes on the finale before turning it off. There really is NO saving grace for this steaming pile of turds. Nothing is believable here. I just finished reading the comics and they are so much better than this series.
Breaking Bad is the absolute best show on tv bar none. Mad Men is the second best show on tv. Walking Dead is one of the worst shows on tv.
The why pray tell do you bother commenting if you hated it so much. i think the show is fantastic along with many others apparently so if you have nothing nice to say, then don't say it.
I commented because I have a valid opinion. I commented because I want a good show. Maybe, just maybe someone who has some influence in the show will notice. At the very least I feel better having said my piece. All the people saying this show is the greatest thing are horrible judges. There is absolutely no comparison between the truly great shows of Breaking Bad and Mad Men and this awful offal that is Walking Dead. So you love the zombie genre, good for you. That doesn't make everything that includes zombies in it automatically the best thing ever unless you're a child. Take out the zombies in this series and look at what remains. It's just bad.
I enjoyed the six episodes and with the budget they had things were surprisingly great for me and very entertaining. There are several moments where the believability of certain scenarios goes straight out the windows. For example the industrial generators would be using diesel not gas which is highly explosive for underground facilities. Moreover a government building with this level of sophistication would have several backup power options such as solar panels. Also it is ludicrous to believe that any scientist would approve plans where such highly important research data is lost. The computers are not located any where near research samples in every professional research facility I can think of at the moment. I love the main character sheriff and the pizza delivery guy the little boy is also sweet. Every other character is up for TV execution in my book. In such hard times I expect a character to die every episode even if they are only newly introduced such as the good doctor. Keep the drama alive and check with some real scientists and engineers first for believability.
You wanted a zombie show that is 'believable."?!?
What part of horror fantasy do you not understand?
Yes. I wanted a zombie show that was believable. I can suspend my disbelief for some things, like the dead coming back to life. I can accept that. What I can't accept are the absolutely unbelievable actions and stances taken by the characters and the things complete lack of reality in how they portray our world.
For example: Who would allow their loved one to die, and then not do something to the CORPSE which you know is just inanimate THING, but wanting to do something to it when it re-animates? Really? What the hell kind of sense does that make on any level? You can't shoot a corpse but you'll shoot the animated life-like one?
Other examples: This is America. The series is shot in the United States. Guns are extremely common here and many sources exist. From military to police to citizens, guns and to a slightly lesser degree, ammunition are not hard to come by given the premise that 99% of the population is undead.
Gas would be common, not uncommon.
Food would not be a problem for many years.
Shelter would be very easy to acquire and defend.
The absolute nonsense they gave in terms of how the CDC functions is just.. stupid. Not one thing rang true about that entire episode. For crying out loud, you people are truly sad if you like this @#$$. Demand better! Suspending belief for one thing doesn't mean you have to accept that one has to accept that all reality has ceased to exist as well.
Argh.. I hate how you can't edit after you hit 'post'. I messed up on my editing job. 🙁
I agree. I find the characters so totally uninteresting, the story so predictable and cliche-ridden. I dont care what happens to anyone. Zombies are just so passe.
Loving the series, so character and emotionally driven, yet sprinkled with action, angst, blood, guts, and gore! What more could you want?! I cannot wait till the next season, despite the long wait. Loving Daryl as a character too. Fascinating character dynamic in that one!
I'm a huge zombie fan and I think it's about time a show like this comes along.But I must say the acting is terrible.Now that zombies are cool again watch more channels start putting out shows about the living dead just like all of the vampire shows out there.
MORE.....MORE......MORE.....I WANT MORE NOW. how did they think that this show would not be a hit & only make 6 episodes? Undead are almost always a hit. Awesome show to come out of no where.
The show was absolutely DEADTASTIC!!! Except for mabye a few weak points here and there. Like that UBER WEAK CDC explosion. Not much for the largest explosive power second to a nuke. They should've all been dead standing out in the parking lot.
Yeah, I was wondering why the windows in the RV didn't break from the shockwaves. And why is Shane in an open top jeep? Does he really love his car that much that he'd rather be unprotected than ride with someone else?
WHAT? Next Halloween? Seriously? By that time I'll probably have forgotten a lot of what happened. THAT is why I try to never get hooked on Cable Shows. I loved Walking Dead, but I can't guarantee I'll still enthusiastic for it a year from now!
The buy the DVD's in March silly!
We had high hopes, but we were annoyed by so many of the characters–not sure if it's the acting or what, but man, those people are annoying). The main guy's wife is totally not-likeable. Not sure my interest will be there in a year. Now, Being Human...I will wait for that one!!!
STOP DROPPING SPOILERS!!!
Some of us haven't seen this show yet.
Then maybe I shouldn't tell you that it's really easy to find a summary of the comic online. I've glanced through the whole thing and I really hope the TV show skips over at least one other major event from the comic.
For those who cannot wait until next halloween for walking dead, I highly recommend you visit a bookstore and purchase some of the trade's from the Comic books series (if you haven't already read them). Even if you are not much into comics, the Walking Dead is one of the best comic series to ever hit the press.
Yes, we KNOW there is a comic about this but some of us prefer our zombies to MOVE on a screen than read about them. I don't see a comic making me feel creeped out. Sorry. I'm a zombie freak and I think I would have a hard time getting freaked out by some drawings.
I liked the show alot. I don't normally watch series but this one is unique. It is just sad that they are waiting so long for more episodes.
I really, really hope we dont have to wait until next year to see season 2. I would hope that after they wrote the first season and aired the premiere and such a huge hit, they were smart enough to get cracking on good material so they could get season 2 out without it being crap. This series has so much potential its crazy. I hope AMC capitalizes on it.
Production on season 2 doesn't start until 2011. AMC had no idea the pilot season would become such a huge hit. It's not a rip-off to have to wait for the upcoming 13 episode season 2. At least, not if you want the series to continue to be good.
Are you serious? That's IT for the 1st season? What a rip off.
And the writing and acting are kinda BLAAA.....very predictable plot – but why wouldn't a zombie movie be predictable?
Great show, better than I expected at the start. Oct 2011 is a long time to wait, since the average American attention span is around 45 mintues. I hope the writers keep working on the human aspects and let the gore take its course.
What do we want? BRAINS!
When do we want them? BRAINS!
The problem with a long hiatus between seasons, especially if you have young people in the cast, is they grow up.
Between the airing of the 'Punky Brewster' pilot and the first actual episode, her puppy became a full grown dog, and the girl (Soleil Moon-Frye) grew four inches
I'm glad the show's over for a while. Since I'm at work so early, I'm usually in bed early – but for some reason, Mondays have been a bit rough the past few weeks! Even if I had a DVR I wouldn't have used it. Thanks for the lack of sleep AMC.
AMC took a huge calculated risk. There have never been a Zombie series in TV before. Thus, 6 episode run seems like a smart risk-taking in part of AMC. Can't wait for season 2!
This show should be called the Walking Living because there are no zombies. Somebody sue them for false advertising. There were 4 zombies in the last episode. I wont watch another season that stretches a 10-minute television show into an hour. Obviously enough people will to keep it going. They cant play on the tension between the husband and his wife stealing buddy forever. Oh well...
There were way more then 4 zombies in the final episode, it just happened that most of them had already been "put down."
I can wait til Halloween for the next season. Would rather have quality writing than churned out crap just for ratings. The thing that worries me is that they fired all the first season writers. That's a risk that may or may not pay off considering how well the first season was written.
It's a bummer that we have to wait until October for the continuance, but I prefer to wait than to have AMC rush together some poorly written drivel, just to satisfy the fans! Please, please keep the quality and the story line up to the standards of one thru six.
This show is terrible. Less drama, more zombies please.
You obviously haven't read the comics. The series is to show the HUMAN interactions more so than the walkers. That is the point of the show idiot. To show how the human characters react and interact with each other in the face of disaster. Geeez! The show is fantastic!
Brian, if you want to see non-stop zombies eating cardboard protagonists that you care nothing about, then you've got your pick of bad movies on Netflix. The human interaction is what makes this series unique.
This is the best show yet. We want more. Please dont cancle it. It seems like all the good shows get cancled. It would be nice if we didnt have to wait till next year. 6 episodes is not enough.
Unfortunately, I tend to lose interest when I have to wait nearly a year to see the next season. They've raised the bar for themselves, I sure hope they can maintain the level of story they've created. Great show though, looked forward to the episodes.
I don't know what AMC's problem is. It'll be damn near a year and a half between the end of season 3 and the start of season 4 for Breaking Bad. Doesn't surprise me one bit that they're putting 10 months between seasons 1 and 2 of TWD. You'd think that with 3 blockbuster shows (Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), they could afford to speed up the production time and take a risk on creating next season while this season is airing. I got news, AMC: Those 3 shows are probably going to be good for 'one more season' for at least a couple years each. You're safe to start producing early!
The first season is over already? It just started on Oct. 31. I remember back when I was little — in the olden days — when a TV series made 20 to 24 episodes in a season.
Pilot seasons are typically shorter because they don't want to spend the money to make a bunch of episodes for a show when they don't know if it will even make it through a full first season before it's canceled. Even still, season 2 will probably only be 10-12 episodes. A 16 episode per season run on these hour long dramas would be music to my ears these days.
Back in the' 60's and '70's TV shows were 39 episodes and then 13 weeks of re-runs or a summer replacement series!
Hollywood isn't run by creative people anymore. It's now run by bean-counters. Longtime movie industry people say it's just about the money right now. New shows are not given the chance to succeed (i.e. I saw Firefly and many others quoted). Get used to these new production schedules.
Why not air 13 episodes starting in Late July\Early August and have the Season Finale (2 hrs) on Halloween night. That would make the most sense. Can't wait 11 months for a show that only had 6 episodes.
The wait will be long but it will be worth it!
great job AMC!
It's a shame they only bought 6 episodes. I firmly believe in striking while the iron is hot. I have seen other show with hot starts followed by a long hiatus fail to maintain the fervor once it restarts. Love the show. It jumped to the top of my A-list of shows. Up there with Dexter and Chuck.
Next halloween for new episodes?! *BLEEP*!!!!
I think AMC shorted everybody by only making 6 episodes. Why not at least 13 like most series do. Although I would like it better if tv in general would run shows like they use to with 22 episodes and take the summer off, but that's wishful thinking I guess. I love The Walking Dead as I have been a big zombie fan forever and I want more of it NOW!!!
the long wait might be good. get the hype up for a year and they'll have even more viewers
Lost's 1st season was huge, (the best one). BUT season 2 opener had MASSIVE ratings. I didn't watch the 1st season and had to pick it up on DVD to get caught up. Took me like 3 days marathon style.
Same thing will happen with TWD. The DVD sales will be big. People that wanted to watch it but missed it for whatever reason will pick it up, etc. Next season will debut with like 7-10 million US viewers.
I have to wait for a year for my other shows, yes I will wait and 51 years watch too.
Holy Crapola...I love this show, but next Halloween for new episodes?!?
The show is alright. The graphic novels it is based on, are much better.
I do like how they are developing Dale and Andrea's relationship.
I love this show. This and Boardwalk Empire on HBO are my two favorites!
"The Walking Dead" was by far one of the best television series I have seen in a long time. I got into it because my son is a fan and I was actually surprised by how much I also enjoyed the show! I don't want to wait until October for the new series premier.....it's way to long to wait for such an awesome show. We will be there to watch when it starts up again but the sooner the better!
6 shows does not a series make............what a rip-off.
well, it was more of a test run. Like an extra long pilot. I'm sure AMC was pleasantly surprised by the amount of views this show has gotten
It does, actually. It's a pilot season. They only do a few episodes so that they don't sink a lot of money into a a potentially failed project. If viewers react positively then they do episode 2 which is much longer.
That's showbiz. Why produce a full season of a show that sin't exactly mainstream if people aren't going to watch it? So you test the waters. I know with all of the Whedon shows I've watched the first season is half what the other seasons were: Buffy season 1 was 12 episodes as was the first (and only) Season of Firefly.
Chin up though, next season will probably be a full season of shows because it's popular for the genre and demographic. However many shows that is for an AMC series.
AMC has already announced 13 episodes for next year...
It's extraordinarily common for mid-season replacements like Walking Dead. Remember, Grey's Anatomy (which I don't think anyone would argue is just a little show) had only nine episodes in its first season, because it was a mid-season replacement. I think AMC wanted something to cover the space between Mad Men ending in October and the new year. I don't think they figured it was going to be THIS popular.
Yeah, and don't you love that they were already advertising for the first "season" on DVD and Blueray? Oh and BTW, the price is about what they charge for a full season (20 or so episodes) of most other shows.
I love the show so far but if you want me to buy it they better offer more then 6 episodes, and preferably combine this paltry 6 episodes with season 2 to make package worth buying.
Great Series! six episodes and we have to wait an year? Come on AMC we want more!
Yeah. I think AMC played it conservative when they launched the show and weren't expecting the large viewer turnout. I'm guessing next season will have more shows.
As for the article saying "it's not quite to the level of some episodes of "The Sopranos" final season, which on two occasions had around 13 million viewers." -- This isn't the show's final season so comparing its first season to the last of the *Sopranos* – one of the most popular drama shows ever – is unfair. The chances of any new show topping the last season of the Sopranos is remote. The fact it has so many viewers already should be a spur to the network to tap this market. If the show runs as long as the Sopranos, I'm sure the viewer numbers will grow.
I would like to see the show come back much sooner than Halloween 2011 but I do not want the quality of the show sacrificed. I have read other sources that indicate that the scripts for season 2 are not even completed yet.
You are correct. They fired all of the current writers.
They would be foolish to wait until next fall to air new episodes. They should already be in production and can crank out an episode every 8 shooting days or so. Spring launch of six new episodes would make the most sense.
Seeing 6 new episodes in the spring would be better than having to wait til next October.
I love True Blood, but the waiting sucks (pun intended).
I would love a 3 or 4 ep spring/summer mini-season following Morgan and the kid while the main cast and crew gets the new season ready. I don't think they could craft a truly great S2 on a rush, but a side story that may or may not connect with the main story could be a fun way to stay in that world.
No matter where they are, the grass lawns are all manicured and recently cut. Who's cutting all the lawns?? When you watch the show, check it out.. every lawn is freshly cut. The landscapers know something here that no one else does!!!!
Guthooked, that is a great observation! I never noticed until you pointed it out. perhaps there is another strain of zmbie virus that affects plants. So now you have a whole bunch of zombie plants that no longer grow, but don't die either. Um, why not? Hey, Robert Kirkman, do you think that explanation earns me a No-Prize. true comic geeks should know what I'm refering to.
Good grief. Could I possibly have any more typos in my previous post? Yeesh!
This has got to be one of the best series ever on tv today...Bravo AMC...
No, no ... just AMC ... not Bravo. That's a whole 'nother network. Cudos!
Reply to Dead Dave
You realize that the word "bravo" means "good job" "wonderful" or even "kudos" as you said. The word has been around for much longer than the network... hundreds of years longer in fact.
Reply to Rly?
Sense of humor fail.
Wow.. that's rude to call someone a fail
It's also rude to be a humorless know-it-all.
Dude... grow a sense of humor. He wasn't being rude, he's pointing out how stupid your comment was because it's obvious he's making a joke.
All of this crying over a simple misunderstanding over the use of the word... bravo? Wow. When there are so many more important things to get angry about... like, uh, the AIDS epidemic in Africa maybe?
kept waiting for Shane to die
Agreed...really thought the finale would wrap that up. Seems they're trying to portray him as less-crazy, what with actually trying to help Rick and all. I think this show will be like True Blood: 2-for-1. See all your favorite characters from the book do something completely different. That can be good and it can be bad.
I won't wait that long.. the new habit of "wait a year or more" for the next episode has already made me lose interest in "Breaking Bad", "Justified", "Entourage", and others. Ridiculous.
I will absolutley wait till Halloween, I love this show, but WHY, WHY make us wait that long, I consider this to be cruel and unusal punishment... 🙂
I will definitely be tuning in next fall! In fact, Halloween is the perfect time for season 2 to start, don't you think?
And for all of you Shane haters, don't you think Lori is the one who should be hated? Shane really thought Rick was dead, and he developed feelings for her in the midst of the world ending around them. I'd probably go a little batty too. Not saying Lori should run back in to Shane's arms, but she could at least be decent to the poor guy.
I'm guessing the CDC guy whispered to Rick that Lori's pregnant, and I'd bet it's with Shane's kid. Hoping Shane sticks around!
Wait wait wait!!! Rick's wife should have died as well....I mean okay she though her husband was died but seriously after 1mth you wanna do another guy...and it's his best friend....Shane is a jerk but come on they aren't going to kill him. I bet she gets pregnant and doesnt know who the father is
I think main dude's wife is pregnant and its Shanes I think that's what the doc was whispering to him before they ran from the building. So Shane will have to die in some heroic way because he will be in the way. I hate that they show som many commercials and are waiting so long to start Season 2 hopefully i wont have lost interest in it by then
Read the comics. This tv script is bad. The comic plot is infinitely superior.
Shane is not supposed to make it out of the camp.
I won't give the rest of the spoilers as they could possibly still happen.
LOVE this show! Though I must admit.. I love the comic book so much more.. While it hasn't stuck to the comic's plot, its still a great show. Can't wait to see what happens next! A year wait is killing me!
Though I do believe Shane should already be dead.... blah >.>
If you can't wait read the comics. They are reprinting the series one issue a week throughout 2011.
This is a great series...period! They are doing a commendable job with the graphic novel that I have been following since the beginning. Even though I was wishing for black and white like the book, I am still very impressed at how they are capturing the feel of the comics. I will not give away any plot secrets except to say that they are changing some things....like Shane should have been killed now. I guess they are going to keep him around for awhile as he is the best antagonist. This series should run for a fair amount of time as there are 13 graphic novels out as of now. 12 episodes per year (starting next yea)r would cover about 2 graphic novels per year and it is still ongoing.
too long of a wait between seasons. dont be like the sopranos!
The show is really good. The actor that plays Shane is a horrible actor. Hopefully he gets better. They already stated the show will not follow the comics and comparing a tv show to a comic book is stupid.
Get real. He is here to stay. Why would they kill of the main drama of the show. The zombies are meant to be incidental. Everything else is meant to be the core of the show.
This show departs from the comics in more than just plot, they also diverge in basic premise. In the comics all of the characters are in danger at all times. Bad things happen to them and main characters die horrible deaths. Children grow twisted and do bad things and take an active role in the madness and anarchy. This show changes the basic premise that makes the comic unique and great and imo, it fails at being a good show.
I really enjoyed watching the show with my son. Hopefully, next season, they will have better special effects, and a better budget.
For those who have been in love with the comic, be it for six years or six months, I find it hard to stomach some of the changes, while appreciating other things. Shane's fate is well known to us, and its annoying/exciting that its being dragged out so long. In relation to the book, what happens to Shane is taking FOREVER. Wish the series was longer already and we wouldn't wait so long
the kid kills him in the comic fairly soon into it. But from what I'm hearing, they decided to leave him in the show to add the extra conflict. if anyone hasn't read the comic/graphic novel, I HIGHLY recommend it. It's in black and white, but it adds to overall effect. I've been reading comics for 35 years and this is definately one of the continuously best series I've ever read. The shocks and plot twists just don't stop coming at you.
shane died pretty early on in the comic book but the director decided to keep him alive for the show. he's one of those guys you love to hate.
Because of this show my boys know 3 important things.
1. The only good zed is a dead zed (geek in WD ish)
2. They can answer the question (w/o hesitation): How do you kill a zed? "Shoot it in the head"
3. Why should you never decapitate a zed. "It makes a roll around chomper."
This show is great. Usually Im out like a light on a Sunday night, but this show keeps me awake. Cant wait until it starts up again. Oh, and you cant kill off one of the best characters too early.
I'm happy with what there doing so far......right now I can't wait for Merle to show up again...and I can't help but wonder how they'll handle the Governor storyline from the books
I will definitely watch! I wish the series was more than just 6 episodes. Zombies are cool! I can't wait a full year for my Zombie fix! Please AMC... Shoot the series faster!
I love Shane's character. Any man would feel the same in his position. Rick is a "chosen one" character. Reminds me of John Connor. He's supposed to be the savior of humanity and not once do they mention why. This type of protagonist falls flat. I haven't read the comic books but so far Shane is showing far more emotion and thus more enjoyable to watch. Obviously Lori thought he was a little flat too or she wouldn't have fallen for Shane so quickly.
I missed the 1st episode twice, but I am hooked anyway. The characters are great and well played by the actors. Finally a show that has a solid Korean/ asian charactor. I hope they don't write him off. He's cute as heck 🙂
I won't wait if its almost a year before I can watch again. I will lose interest.
Doesn't anyone here read the comics? All this speculation could be put to rest!
But seriously, 6 episodes? Not even HBO pulls that s***.
I missed the 1st episode twice, but I am hooked anyway."
havent you heard of "the internet" ?
Shane should have died at the campsite.... In the comic book Rick son shot Shane after Shane and Rick were fighting.... Shane should have been killed early
I won't wait that long.for the next episode; Some one else will copy the premis and will bring it on! This wait till next year is just a waste! This has already made me lose interest in "Breaking Bad", "Justified", "Entourage as well; too bad for A&E
Everyone keeps complaining that Shane didn't die in the first season, but if people have been keeping up with The Walking Dead news, they would have known that Shane was going to make it out of the first season alive. (As annoying as that truly is) As told in Entertainment Weekly: "yes, Shane will make it out of season 1 alive. In the comics, the character is killed rather quickly, and it was Darabont's belief that there was more story to be mined..."
Plus, when writing the show, they stated that they didn't want to end on a cliff hanger. They couldn't! They didn't know how the show would do and if they didn't get cleared for another season, we'd be left with a Breaking Bad situation...sitting around for more than a year waiting for the next season after being left with a cliffhanger.
Word. I have never wished more for a character's grisly demise since Jack Shepherd on Lost.
how could you hope that Shane dies? he is maybe the most interesting character in the group. he tried to save Rick, yet he engages in all kinds of villianous behavior. that's like expecting Dr. Smith to bite it in Lost in Space.
i have to wait until next Halloween!!!!
Shane really thought Rick was dead?? Not according to Shane's flash-back. He knew Rick was alive, but he could not move him....that is why he placed the bed across the door...to block the Walkers from getting to Rick.
What is wrong with you people. This finale had to be the worst written worst acted finale ever. Move it to the Oxygen chanell if you want to see this kind of soap opera acting. The Walking Dead..you got that right. Now that all the writers are fired, lets move on to the actors!
This show isn't even that good. I watch it but it's a little cheesy and has alot of bad actors in it. I hope they do an overhaul of the actors for next season.
I am 64 and loved this show. Even my mom who is 88 and my pop who is 86 watched every episode of the show.
There's a reason for the long wait for the next season......and you all would've 'seen' it if you'd just thought about it for a minute.
6 episodes......just six episodes for the first 'season. Why? Because no one really expected this series to catch and hold an audience.
By now......most of the cast and/or production team are off on other projects. Now that AMC has a good feeling for the series, they have to corral these folks up to begin writing-producing-editing the next season.
Wouldn't the glass windows on the vehicles have melted from the explosion? Otherwise good series.
Awesome show! However, we need to stop calling fans of the show 'Dead Heads'. That moniker has been secured by Grateful Dead fans for 40+ years.
Anyone who's a REAL fan of this show will wait a year for next season. Does it suck having to wait a year? Yes. But it's better than no second season at all.
How about starting Season 2 at the beginning of October instead of on Halloween. That way we can possibly have more episodes to watch. It is so annoying that most networks work so hard to get our attention, then when the show is good we have to wait so long for the next season. Networks should realize that good shows come and go so fast, and another network may come up with an even better show and some viewers may forget to tune in a year later.
I liked the show but am a little concerned. One thing is we have 600 million vehicles in the United states and all these guy can find to drive is a bunch of beat up vehicles...we have nearly as many guns at our disposal and these guys can only come up with a few guns...Generators run out of gas so thats it lets just nuke ourselves?????
Come writers...these are americans here not a bunch of swedes...we would have found a way to keep those generators going. I will check it out next year but if they cant do portray americans better than this then I wont continue to watch it.
I hate that we have to wait until next Halloween. Can't AMC see that they have a hot show and continue it? The story line is kind of slow, but overall it's woth watching. They need more zombies though. And how come in zombie movies, no one ver refers to them a s zombies? It's like no one has ever seen a zombie movie in zombie movies.
We all know that Lori is pregnant and the show will allude to the fact that the father is Shane's which would bring more drama between Rick and Shane but in the end...the child is really Rick's child ! and get this...the baby is a girl ! – guess why?
yes i will watch the show.i thought it was so great.they should not make us wait so long.it is not just another zombie movie,although i love them too.you could connect with someone on the show.i don't think that they thought it would be such a big hit.it reminds me of twilight.they didn't expect it to be so big and were not ready part2,3,4.my wife and i will be waiting with anticipation.there is so many story lines left.so many outcomes that can come from this ,we just can't wait.you can e-mail me if you like the walking dead email@example.com