During an interview, Robert Kirkman claimed Norman Reedus (Daryl) originally auditioned for the part of Merle Dixon. He was rejected, but his audition so intrigued the show-runners that they created the part of Daryl just for him.
In an interview on National Public Radio, Steven Yeun (Glenn) said that his parents (who emigrated from Korea as adults) watch the show faithfully but do not always understand the nuances of the English used in it, so they get a bootlegged version with Korean subtitles. Yeun also said that his father once asked him to thank Melissa McBride for saving his life. Even though Yeun reminded his father that it was all make-believe, Mr. Yeun insisted that his son should thank her, which he then did.
Among the common nicknames for the Walking dead that are shared in different groups, are "Walkers", "Lamebrains", "Biters", "Rotters", "Lurkers", "Roamers", "Geeks". The term "zombie" has never been used
Originally, the characters of Lizzie and Mika were going to be cast as different gendered twins, with Mika being the boy named Mike; however after Kyla Kenedy's audition via Skype, they scrapped the idea so they could cast her.
Between seasons 1 and 5 Carl Grimes has only aged twice from age 12 to 14. However, actor Chandler Riggs will be 17 years old when Season 7 goes to air. This means there could be some sort of time jump (seen in the graphic novels) to ensure that the actor isn't too old for his role.
According to Norman Reedus, he accidentally incited a small panic among The Walking Dead (2010) fans when a photo surfaced of him sporting a prosthetic dismembered stomach. This photo does not spoil the end of Daryl Dixon, but rather Reedus' character in Pandorum (2009).
During filming of season 6, Alanna Masterson (Tara) was pregnant with her first child, a baby girl, who was born on November 5th 2015. Eagle eye views will be able to spot some subtle cover-ups during full length shots.
Deanna, the leader of Alexandria, has the biggest character change from the comics. The leader in the comics is actually a man named Douglas. Deanna's husband, Reg, is named Regina in the comic, and is Douglas' wife.
In an online interview, it was revealed that Frank Darabont envisioned having several self-contained episodes that would not continue the main story. One such episode would have been the season two premiere. It would have involved Sam Witwer (who Darabont used in The Mist (2007) and played the tank zombie in the series premiere) as a soldier in a Black Hawk Down (2001) styled Atlanta. Witwer's character would have encountered several of the cast before being bit and locking himself in the tank.
The actors portraying the walkers are actually more talented than one might think. They have to walk and sound like the creatures, while also avoiding breathing too much. They also have to jolt their limbs to take bullets realistically, and effectively pretend to eat fake human flesh.
In late 2015, there was a casting call for a character named Orin. A description for this character says that he is smart, brutal, inappropriate, hilarious, etc. It is rumored that he will show up at the end of season six. This character is most likely Negan.
In Season 3, the beginning of the first and last episodes have the same camera sequence. The Walking Dead: Seed (2012) begins with a close-up shot of a walker's eye with the camera slowly zooming out, while The Walking Dead: Welcome to the Tombs (2013) begins with a close-up shot of The Governor's eye with the camera slowly zooming out.
In 2009 Thomas Jane agreed to play Rick Grimes because of his friendship with showrunner Frank Darabont but when he signed with HBO for another series he said no to Frank. He says he regrets saying no to the role.
Creator Robert Kirkman addressed the beginning of this and the comic series as being strongly similar to that of 28 Days Later... (2002). According to him, it was "a complete coincidence. I saw '28 Days Later' shortly before the first issue of Walking Dead was released. That first issue came out in October of 2003 and 28 Days Later was released in the States in June of 2003. So we were working on our second issue by the time I saw it. It was going to be a matter of somehow trying to restage the entire first issue, because it was a very similar coma opening. I made a decision-which I pretty much regret at this point-I said, 'You know what? It's so different [from that point on], I will probably never hear anything about this.' And I was wrong."
Sonequa Martin-Green originally auditioned for the role of Michonne. While she was unsuccessful, producers liked her audition so much that they created the role of Sasha Williams for her (the character does not appear in the comics).
Basically, when recurring cast members are promoted for series regular, their names are added after the original series regulars in the opening credits. However, this is is not the case of Norman Reedus and Lauren Cohan who are credited before Chandler Riggs who has been a regular since the first season.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
In the show, Michonne hates The Governor based on a hunch and he only loses an eye. However, in the graphic novels, he brutally rapes her for days, leading to the loss of his eye, arm, and testicle when she gets her revenge.
Season 6 Episode 1 features a scene in which Rick asks Morgan who taught him to fight with a staff, and Morgan remains silent. In response, Rick says, "I ask, you answer. Common courtesy, isn't it?" This is a reference to Season 1 Episode 1, where the roles are reversed as Morgan is questioning Rick about his wound.
Dale had not originally been scheduled to die as early as he did in the show. However, after his close friend, Frank Darabont, was fired as showrunner, DeMunn asked to be killed off. Later, he had a change of heart, but his death had already been scripted and budgeted for, so his request to continue on the series was denied.
In the comics, during The Governor's prison attack, Judith is killed after Lori is shot and falls on top of her. The writers used this to worry comic book fans when Judith's carrier was filled with blood in Season 4, Episode 8.
The last line of Season 4 on TV is "They're screwing with the wrong people". However, on disc, Rick says f-cking instead. Andrew Lincoln only did one take of the censored version because he liked the similarities to the comics.
The last five episodes of season 5 (Remember, Forget, Spend, Try, Conquer) are named based on a quote by Dale in season 1: "I like what a father said to son when he gives him a watch that had been handed down through generations... I give it to you not that you may REMEMBER time, but that you may FORGET it for a moment now and then and not SPEND all of your breath TRYing to CONQUER it."
The set used in the construction site scene where Abe is collecting materials for Alexandria is actually the prison set after being stripped down. You can see this by looking at the building behind them. It has burn marks from the Governors attack.
In the season 5 premiere, when the Terminites were slicing throats, the main cast members were not told about the prosthetic necks and fake blood that would ooze through the trough in front of them. This caused them to act as if they were surprised and as if they'd never seen anything like it.
The coat that Rick wears in the last episodes of season 4 and most of season 5 and 6 belongs to "Claimer Lou," the man he strangled in the bathroom at the house he, Carl, and Michonne were staying at after the prison.
Seconds after the Season 5 mid-season finale 'Coda' ended, AMC's facebook page mistakenly shared a picture of Daryl carrying Beth's corpse, with the caption "RIP Beth". It was badly received by people who had not watched the episode yet in the West Coast, Europe and South America.
At the beginning of S1:E5, Edwin Jenner mentions in his live video recording that it has been 194 days since "wildfire" (when the disease got out of control BUT not yet global). This episode is on the 4th day after Rick wakes from his coma. If there is no mention or signs of a "disease" at the time of Rick's near-fatal shooting (very 1st episode), this suggests he could've been comatose for over 6 months.
On November 10th 2015, it was announced that Jeffrey Dean Morgan has been cast as the well known villain Negan. Negan is scheduled to make his first appearance in the season 6 finale, which is scheduled to air on April 3rd 2016.
Baseball bats have been featured more so throughout season five, possible to foreshadow a death like Glenn's comic book death, though with a different character. Kirkman debunked any predictions about Glenn dying in this way during an '@midnight' segment called 'Fake Spoilers'. Ultimately, these predictions ended up coming true anyway with Glenn's death mirroring the graphic novel exactly.
Beth's death in the season 5 mid-season finale caused an uproar on social media with fans sending hate mail and death threats to Scott Gimple along with boxes of plastic spoons being sent to the AMC studios (a reference to the silver Washington D.C. spoon Beth Found). A Change.org petition titled "Bring Beth Back" was also created and has collected over 135,000 signatures and was even discussed on "Good Morning America".
In AMC's 'Breaking Bad', Walt rents a red Dodge Challenger from a man named Glenn. Coincidentally, Glenn Rhee from 'The Walking Dead' drives an exact model in the Season 1 episodes: 'Guts' and 'Tell It To The Frogs'.
Many deaths in the show and the comic are similar, albeit with different characters. In the comic it is Carl who shoots and kills Shane and Rick who kills the walker Shane. In the show Rick stabs Shane and Carl shoots the undead Shane. Dale's fate is shared with Herschel and Bob. In the Book Dale loses a leg to a walker and The Hunters. In the comic book it is Tyreese who is beheaded by the Governor, in the show it's Herschel. In the show Tyreese is bitten on the arm and is chopped off by Michone, in the comic book it is Morgan Jones.
Cast members Lauren Cohan and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star as husband and wife, Thomas and Martha Wayne in the Upcoming DC Comics Movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). This is ironic however because Morgan's character, Negan, kills Cohan's character, Maggie's husband, Glenn in the comics and the television series. Both actors also portrayed characters on Supernatural, with JDM notably playing Sam and Dean's father, John Winchester. Lauren Cohan played the antagonist Bela.
The church structure that plays a prominent role during the first half of season 5 was not a real church. It was instead built from the ground up and then aged to look appropriately worn and real. In the DVD extras, it is explained that they decided they had to build a new structure instead of filming in a practical church location because they knew from before the season started that the brutal and bloody events in "Four Walls and a Roof" would have to be filmed there, and they were quite certain that no actual church would allow for those actions to be simulated on their grounds. By contrast, the town of Alexandria (which plays a similarly prominent role in the second half of season 5) is not only a real community (Senoia, Georgia) but the development the show is filmed in has a codicil in its charter that its residents have to allow movies and TV shows to be filmed there.
All of the seven main characters to die as of the end of the fourth season, with the exception of Andrea (Dale, Merle, Governor, Lori, Shane, Hershel) have all been brought down mercilessly by another character, whether it's before or after reanimation. (Andrea was put down by herself)
Lori has "relations" with both Shane and Rick within a 24-hour period, and it is implied that it was her first time to be with Shane (she removed her necklace with Rick's wedding ring). This could easily make Shane or Rick Judith's biological father. Towards the end of season 1, in the CDC, Shane says to Lori, "You know, you and I carried on quite a bit," implying what we saw wasn't the only time they had been together.
In the comics, Morgan Jones dies in the Alexandria Safe Zone where a herd of walkers break down the walls and attack survivors. This attack is foreshadowed in the Season 5 finale entitled "Conquer" where Morgan saves Daryl and Aaron from a mob of Walkers who come out of cargo trucks. Later in the episode, the Wolves are seen leading the same Walkers back into the trucks.
When Bob, Tyreese, Daryl, and Michonne hear the Terminus broadcast message from the radio, it was eight days before Bob would make his way there and nine days before Daryl and Michonne would. Tyreese does not enter Terminus.
Scott Wilson, who plays Hershel Greene, appeared in the TV movie The Jack Bull (1999) as a character called "Governor." Ironically, he gets killed by "The Governor" (played by David Morrissey) in The Walking Dead (2010). Wilson also plays a governer in Young Guns II, the role of the real life Governer Lew Wallace who promised to pardon Billy the Kid.
With Beth dying in the end of season 5A and Tyreese dying in the first episode of season 5B, this makes two deaths back to back. This also happened on season 3 episodes 15 (Merle) and 16 (Andrea), as well as season 2 episodes 11 (Dale) and 12 (Shane). Lori and T-dog also dies back to back. However in the same episode. Season 3, episode 4.
At the end of the pilot episode when Rick is in Atlanta, the tank that he locks himself in to get away from the walkers is a British Chieftain Mark 11 tank and not an American M1 Abrams tank, as could be assumed.