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All of the principal actors have a "Last Supper" the day they film their death scenes.
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.
From season to season, the opening titles "decompose" more and more.
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.
Actors who played walkers had to go through walker school to learn how to walk and move like walkers.
During the filming of season 5, Norman Reedus requested to keep Andrew Lincoln's beard clippings "for some strange purpose known only to Norman Reedus."
For Season 3, the make up team used darker skin tones for the Walkers to show further decay as time had progressed.
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
The name Edwin Jenner, the doctor at the CDC, is a reference to Edward Jenner who developed the first vaccine (which was for smallpox).
During lunch breaks, the zombie cast would eat together while the human cast ate together.
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.
The prison set took about two months to build.
The timeline of the second half of season 4 (eight episodes) takes place in 8 days exactly.
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).
The prison set is located outside of Senoia, GA, and is roughly a mile from where Hershel's farm was filmed.
In Season One, of the 20 characters at the camp, only 11 are actually from the comic book. Rick, Lori, Carl, Shane, Dale, Glenn, Andrea, Amy, Jim, Carol and Sophia
During cold filming (e.g. "Beside the Dying Fire"), walker breath has to be edited out in post-production.
In season 2, Beth is 17 years old. In reality, Emily Kinney was 25 years old when she joined the cast.
While the word 'zombie' is not used in the show, it is featured multiple times in the comic books and the video game series.
Melissa McBride is the one of two series regular that has been credited as a co-star. The other one being Norman Reedus.
Not a single character appears in every episode.
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.
The first half of season 5 takes place in 4 days only.
From season to season, the title score is transposed between a semi-tone and a full tone lower to reflect the darker atmosphere of the series.
Judith Grimes is actually played by twins.
Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey and Lennie James are all British. Lauren Cohan moved to London when she was 14.
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.
The Alexandria Safe Zone is actually filmed in Senoia, Georgia - across the railroad tracks from where the Woodbury set was created.
Daniel Bonjour cut his honeymoon short to take the role of Aiden.
There have been 252 deaths so far in the series.
Carol's husband never appears in the comic, he is only mentioned to have been killed.
The Dixon Brothers, T-Dog, Jacqui, as well as Morales and his family are not characters in the comic book, although they are each featured prominently in season 1 of the TV series.
After filming of the prison concluded, most of the set was dismantled including the fences, guard towers, and the sky walk.
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 woman (Phillip's wife) in The Governors family photograph is of producer Denise M. Huth.
The show was made into a haunted house at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando, Florida. There was also a maze in Universal Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights for their 2012 event.
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.
Michael Cudlitz played Officer John Cooper on Southland (2009). He and his partner were nicknamed "The Walking Dead" in the series' fourth season.
The Walking Dead (2010) was officially renewed for season 7 on 30th October, 2015.
The episode which spans the most time is the pilot.
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 the show Rick makes reference to his brother Roberto Grimes during season 4.
There are two zombies in the very first episode of the show that are the same actors and makeup as two of the zombies used in the movie Zombieland (2009).
In Spanish, "rosita" means little rose, while "espinoza" is an adjective used to describe something full of thorns. So Rosita Espinoza would mean "little rose full of thorns".
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The logo seen on the T-shirt of Rick's son Carl is that of another Robert Kirkman creation, "Science Dog".
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.
The first season of the show mostly comes from the first six issues of the comics. This arc is titled 'Days Gone Bye', which is the same name as the pilot.
Frank Darabont also directed four of the show's actors - Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Juan Gabriel Pareja and Melissa McBride - in The Mist (2007). DeMunn also appeared in Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and The Green Mile (1999).
The prisoner Tomas physically resembles the comic's depiction of The Governor.
The Walking Dead (2010) creator Robert Kirkman was on the set throughout the filming of the first season.
Rutina Wesley was rumored for the role of Michonne before Danai Gurira was cast.
While Woodbury is an actual town in west Georgia, scenes featuring the town were filmed in downtown Senoia, GA which is about 30 miles away.
As of the 5th season, there are three The Wire (2002) alums on The Walking Dead (2010): Chad L. Coleman, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., and Seth Gilliam.
Ricks sidearm is a 357. Magnum Colt Python
Morgan Jones' sons name is Duane. Duane Jones is the name of the lead actor who played Ben in the original Night of the Living Dead (1968).
The first half of Season Six happens in 2 days (excluding flashbacks): The Walking Dead: First Time Again (2015) happened the same time as the first half of The Walking Dead: JSS (2015), The Walking Dead: Thank You (2015) happened the same time as the second half of "JSS", The Walking Dead: Heads Up (2015) and The Walking Dead: Always Accountable (2015) happen at the same time, and the end of "Always Accountable" happening during The Walking Dead: Start to Finish (2015).
Ross Marquand auditioned for the role Gareth but instead he took the role Aaron. These two roles are very different and show Ross' acting potential.
In the season 5 episode, "Crossed," a sign on the church wall contains Bible verses with living dead imagery.
During season 2 Glenn tells Maggie his favorite activities on a Friday night were playing Portal while eating Hot Pockets and drinking Mountain Dew.
Renewed for Season 7 on October 30th, 2015.
While Daryl Dixon (played by Norman Reedus) isn't in the comics the show is based on, readers will be familiar with his weapon (the crossbow, wielded by Dwight in the comics).
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.
Jon Bernthal and Michael Rooker are both involved with Marvel; Bernthal plays Frank Castle/Punisher (Netflix's Daredevil), and Rooker plays Yondu Udonta (Guardians of the Galaxy of Disney's MCU).
This is the second AMC show to feature an RV. The Walking Dead (2010) utilizes a Winnebago Chieftain, while in Breaking Bad (2008), a Fleetwood Bounder is used throughout the show.
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."
Laurie Holden(Andrea Harrison) and Emma Bell(Amy Harrison) play sisters in the show. In real life, they share the same birthday: December 17th.
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).
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John Hawkes turned down the role of the Governor.
'Sarah Wayne Callies' appeared in Into the Storm (2014) with Alycia Debnam-Carey, who plays Alicia in Fear the Walking Dead (2015).
Three out of five of the actors in the film Straight Outta Compton (2015) have been on this show: Neil Brown Jr. (Guillermo), Corey Hawkins (Heath), and Aldis Hodge (who played Michonne's boyfriend in a flashback).
At the end of season 1 and the beginning of season 2, several tracks of Sunshine (2007)'s movie soundtrack are used in and outside of the CDC.
In season 2 of Once Upon a Time (2011), Sonequa Martin-Green and Ethan Embry were the primary story arc's antagonists. They reunited on season 6 of The Walking Dead (2010).
Chandler Riggs' middle name is Carlton. Coincidentally, he plays the role of Carl Grimes.
Laurie Holden originally auditioned for the role of Lori Grimes before she was offered the role of Andrea Harrison.
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Although 'Sarah Wayne Callies' and Michael Cudlitz never appear in the same scene, they are both in the same two episodes of Prison Break (2005) (Prison Break: Riots, Drills and the Devil: Part 1 (2005) and Prison Break: Riots, Drills and the Devil: Part 2 (2005)).
Michael Cudlitz guest starred as an living dead high school jock in one episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
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The horse seen in the pilot is the very same horse used in Survival of the Dead (2009).
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Negan wields a barb-wired baseball bat called Lucille. Jeffrey Dean Morgan himself enjoys playing baseball, as well as various sports.
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.
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In the entire series, Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal and Sarah Wayne Callies are the only cast members to have been credited alongside images of themselves in the opening credits. This occurred in the first two seasons only.
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Negan's appearance is based on that of actor/singer Henry Rollins, not of Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Steven Ogg, who plays Simon, starred with Henry Rollins in He Never Died (2015)
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Merritt Wever who plays Dr. Denise Cloud played a different type of medical professional, a RN, in Nurse Jackie.
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Sarah Wayne Callies and Michael Rooker shared scenes together in 2007's Whisper, a horror film about a menacing young boy à la Damien in The Omen.
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Tom Payne (Jesus) and Steven Yeun (Glenn) share the same birthday.
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Cudlitz and Reedus were both in The Pawn Shop Chronicles
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Spoilers 

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.
In the Season 2 premiere, Rick is on a rooftop in Atlanta talking to Morgan Jones on a walkie talkie. In the background Grady Memorial Hospital (which is featured in Season 5) is clearly visible.
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.
As of Season 3, Carol (Melissa McBride) is the only known female character remaining from season 1, making her the longest-living female character in the show.
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.
In the comics, it is Dale who is eaten by The Hunters, not Bob. Both of whom say "You're eating tainted meat, you stupid pricks".
The place where the Governor, Martinez, and Shumpert camp in the season 4 episode 6 flashback is the same place where the Governor and his soldiers wiped out the National Guard in season 3 episode 3
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.
At the beginning of the Season 5 mid-season finale, before killing Bob Lamson, Rick says 'Can't go back, Bob'. This is the exact line that is spoken to Bob Stooky by Gareth at Terminus.
At the end of season 4, episode 8, the last words are "Don't look back, Carl. Just keep walking". Andrew Lincoln insisted that the whole phrase was left in so the final word was 'walking'.
In season 4, episode 9 when Rick is unconscious, the scene in which Carl leads the walkers away from the house is the exact same as the comic (dialogue and camera angles).
A Greene family member has died in three of the six mid-season finales: Zombified Shawn and Annette Greene were put down by the group in The Walking Dead: Pretty Much Dead Already (2011), Hershel was decapitated by The Governor in The Walking Dead: Too Far Gone (2013), and Beth was shot by Dawn in The Walking Dead: Coda (2014).
As of the season 6 finale, Rick, Carl, Carol, Glenn, Daryl, and Morgan are the only characters to survive from season 1.
Daryl gets a new crossbow in the season 3 episode "Clear" when Michonne brings him one from Morgan's apartment
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 the comic, Lori and Shane's affair was only a one night stand instead of a regular occurrence and is revealed in issue 5, while in the show in the 2nd episode.
The timeline of season 3 is just under two months stated by Hershel in season 4
The finale of season 3 is the only finale in which a series regular is killed off.
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'.
In the comics all members of the Grimes family were shot. Rick which led to his coma, and in the stomach in the prison. Carl in the shoulder and eye, and Lori which killed her and her new born baby.
The 3 questions Rick asks the woman in the woods in the season 4 premier were foreshadowed by season 3, episode 6 when Rick was getting phone calls in prison after Lori's death.
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.
In the comics, Tyreese is never with a woman named Karen (there never is a woman named Karen). Instead, he was with Carol, and then Michonne after a fight and complications with Carol.
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.
Chad L. Coleman, who portrayed Tyreese in seasons 3-5, also appears as "Coach" in Left 4 Dead 2 (2009), a game that is also about survival in a zombie apocalypse.
When Andrea shoots herself with Rick's revolver you hear the empty brass hit the ground but revolvers do not automatically eject the casing.
Since the first half of season 5 took place in 4 days (excluding the sub plot story line of "slab town" episode 4) it has been 5 days since Rick bit Claimer Joe's neck
It has been less than two weeks (about 12 days) from the season 4 mid-season finale since the Governor destroyed the prison and Hershel was killed.
In the comics the final Governer attack was in issue 48 and in the show it was season 4 episode 8
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.
With just four appearances (3 credited as a series regular), Andrew J. West has made the fewest appearances as a series regular.
In the first season Daryl's back tattoos are covered but when his brother sees his scars in the back he has two tattoos there.
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.

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