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Series Stars Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden, Jeffrey DeMunn, Steven Yeun, Emma Bell, and Chandler Riggs
Written and Executive-Produced by Three-Time Academy® Award Nominee Frank Darabont;
Executive Produced by Gale Anne Hurd NEW YORK, NY

– October 1, 2010 – Waking up in an empty hospital after weeks in a coma, County Sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) finds himself utterly alone. The world as he knows it is gone, ravaged by a zombie epidemic. “The Walking Dead” tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after the apocalypse. Based on Robert Kirkman’s hugely successful and popular comic book series, AMC’s new original series, “The Walking Dead,” premieres with a 90-minute episode on Halloween night: October 31 at 10pm ET/PT. Written and executive produced by three-time Academy® Award-nominee Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile), who also directs the pilot, and executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd (The Terminator, Aliens), the series debuts during AMC Fearfest, the network's annual blockbuster marathon of thriller and horror films.

“The Walking Dead” is an epic, edge-of-your-seat drama where personal struggles are magnified against a backdrop of moment-to-moment survival. A survivalist story at its core, the series explores how the living are changed by the overwhelming realization that those who survive can be far more dangerous that the mindless walkers roaming the earth. They themselves have become the walking dead. Shot on location in Atlanta, “The Walking Dead” is led by a cast that includes Lincoln (“Teachers,” Love Actually) as Rick Grimes, Jon Bernthal (“The Pacific,” The Ghost Writer) as Shane Walsh, Sarah Wayne Callies (“Prison Break”) as Lori Grimes, Laurie Holden (“The Shield,” Stephen King’s The Mist) as Andrea, Jeffrey DeMunn (Stephen King’s The Mist, The Green Mile) as Dale, Steven Yeun (“The Big Bang Theory”) as Glen, Emma Bell (The Bedford Diaries) as Amy and Chandler Riggs (Get Low) as Carl Grimes.
The debut of “The Walking Dead” will be complemented by a wealth of exclusive material available on Fans can check out episode recaps, sneak peeks, photo galleries, a blog, games, “The Walking Dead” Motion Comic, Inside “The Walking Dead” videos, including on-camera interviews with the cast and crew, and a 20-minute “Behind-the-Scenes” documentary.

Joining Darabont and Hurd as executive producers are Kirkman; David Alpert from Circle of Confusion; and Charles “Chic” Eglee (“Dexter,” “The Shield”). Jack LoGiudice (“Sons of Anarchy,” “Resurrection Blvd”) serves as co-executive producer with Denise Huth (Stephen King’s The Mist) as producer. “The Walking Dead” was written by Darabont, Eglee, LoGiudice, Kirkman, Glen Mazzara and Adam E. Fierro. In addition to Darabont, directors for the series include Michelle MacLaren, Gwyneth Horder Payton, Johan Renck, Ernest Dickerson and Guy Ferland.
The creative team also includes Directors of Photography David Tattersall and David Boyd, Production Designers Greg Melton and Alex Hadju, Costume Designer Peggy Stamper, and Editors Hunter M. Via, Julius Ramsay and Sidney Wolinsky. The effects team includes veteran special effects makeup designer Greg Nicotero, special effects coordinator Darrell Pritchett, and visual effects supervisor Sam Nicholson.

Some Of The Things You Will See...

RICK GRIMES (Andrew Lincoln)

Rick Grimes is a sheriff’s deputy in a small Georgia town. Wounded in the line of duty, he is in a coma when the zombie apocalypse occurs. Awakening alone, he sets off in search of his wife, Lori, and young son, Carl, and along the way discovers what has happened to the world. Rick is an everyman - smart, calm, just, a good friend and father - but flawed. He sees most problems as black or white and will often stubbornly cling to his personal strong moral code, which results in not always making the best decisions. He has been partners and friends with Shane for a long time and he is used to, and has perhaps taken for granted, their easy camaraderie. Rick is a natural leader, someone his fellow survivors will turn to in crisis, confident in his guidance, even when he at times doubts himself. However, his overwhelming need to do the right thing and protect those who can’t protect themselves may pull him away from his family, causing cracks of tension within his marriage and in his relationship with his son.

SHANE WALSH (Jon Bernthal)

Shane is Rick’s partner in the sheriff’s department, and best friend since high school. When the apocalypse occurred, and with Rick stuck in a coma, Shane helped save Lori and Carl by getting them out of their small town and heading for Atlanta. He was the last to see Rick in the hospital and is tortured by his responsibility in leaving him there, but also knows he never would have been able to save Lori and Carl if he hadn’t left Rick. He made an impossible decision that he’ll never be able to fully justify, to himself or to Lori. Among the group of survivors, Shane has become the de facto leader, a position he enjoys. He always lived in Rick’s shadow and while he never consciously resented it, he’s relishing his newfound position of authority. However, when Shane’s leadership within the group is challenged, it pushes him over the edge, and he begins losing his temper and his control with increasing regularity, making him reckless, erratic and dangerous to everyone around him.

LORI GRIMES (Sarah Wayne Callies)

Believing her husband Rick to be dead, Lori, along with her son Carl, goes with Shane towards Atlanta, counting on him to keep her and her son safe. Extremely compassionate and empathetic, Lori is the emotional center of the group of survivors. With their entire world in chaos, Lori will cling to her humanity and fight to maintain their decency and rituals, offering comfort to everyone as they face their individual tragedies. First and foremost, she is a fiercely protective mother, desperate to keep her son safe and extremely wary of anyone she doesn’t trust getting too close to him.

ANDREA (Laurie Holden)

A successful civil rights attorney living in Florida, Andrea was on a road trip with her younger sister Amy, headed back to Amy’s college when the zombie apocalypse occurred. They were stranded in Atlanta when they were rescued by Dale, and they’ve been living with him and the rest of our survivors at the camp ever since. Andrea is intelligent, cautious and extremely protective of her younger sister, with whom she has not always had the closest relationship. Never one to shy away from a challenge or a fight, Andrea is headstrong, opinionated and first and foremost interested in keeping Amy safe. They don’t know what has become of their parents but Andrea has no real expectation of them being alive and will endeavor to stand strong as the only family Amy has left.

DALE (Jeffrey DeMunn)

Dale had planned to spend his retirement traveling the country with his beloved wife Irma in their RV, but she passed away from cancer before their dream came to pass. Traveling on his own, he comes across Andrea and Amy when the apocalypse occurs and takes them in. His age, calm experience, and RV provide the nucleus around which the small community of survivors has formed. He is wise, sometimes profound and is the respected elder of the group, though is also rather feisty, not afraid to speak his mind and call others out for mistakes in judgment. Over time he, Andrea and Amy form their own little family unit and he finds spending time with them has helped bring him back to life in a way he never anticipated. Dale is a fairly self-sufficient man, and ever watchful of the changing dynamics among the survivor community.

GLENN (Steven Yeun)

Glenn meets Rick during one of his frequent forays into Atlanta to scavenge much-needed supplies to sustain the camp. He is keenly aware of the extreme danger of these missions, but because of his youth is willing to take the risk. He used to deliver pizzas for a living and his knowledge of every shortcut in town proves extremely useful to the groups scavenging needs. Young and resourceful, Glenn thinks on his feet and shows great compassion and humanity by taking the time and risk to help save Rick, a total stranger’s, life. Despite all the horrors he’s seen, he maintains a youthful enthusiasm for life and its unexpected pleasures. Glenn is an integral part of the camp, showing surprising depth and emotion when the group experiences devastating tragedy.

CARL GRIMES (Chandler Riggs)

Carl flees his small town with his mom, Lori, and Shane. He is a kind boy - inquisitive and intelligent - but quiet, struggling in this new world and still trying to come to terms with the fact that he may never see his father again. He has bonded a great deal with Shane, his dad’s best friend, who always takes time to talk with him, teach him things, and make him feel like he still has a father figure. Carl worships his father and believes, as only a child can, that Rick is indestructible and that blind faith in his father helps provide comfort to Lori, who isn’t as confident that Rick will return to them. Carl’s closest friend is Sophia, Carol’s daughter, as well as the Morales children, all of whom he regularly plays with, helping to keep him in a child’s world as much as possible. However, he is frequently confronted with the realities of his harsh new world when he witnesses shocking violence and has to say goodbye to even more people he cares about.

AMY (Emma Bell)

Amy and her older sister Andrea have made their home in Dale’s RV at the camp. She is twelve years younger than Andrea and that has caused no small amount of tension between the sisters. Amy is resentful of Andrea leaving her behind at home and not coming back often enough to visit and be a part of her life. The experience of the apocalypse has strengthened their bond enormously, though Amy is still often frustrated by Andrea correcting her, judging her and generally telling her what to do. On the other hand, Amy worships her older sister, wanting to be just like her. Still young, Amy is impetuous and eternally optimistic. She helps look out for the kids in the camp, is quick to defend other’s actions when she sees them as being protective and generally tries to keep the peace among her fellow survivors.

Sneek Peak - Pilot/Episode 1: Days Gone By

Rick searches for his family after emerging from a coma into a world terrorized by the walking dead. Morgan and Duane, whom he meets along the way, help teach Rick the new rules for survival.

Sneek Peak - Episode 2: Guts

Rick unknowingly causes a group of survivors to be trapped by walkers. The group dynamic devolves from accusations to violence, as Rick must confront an enemy far more dangerous than the undead.

Sneek Peak - Episode 3: Tell It To The Frogs

Rick makes a decision to go back to Atlanta to retrieve the bag of guns and save a man’s life. Lori and Shane must deal with the surprising return of someone they thought was dead.