The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead takes place after the onset of a worldwide zombie apocalypse. The zombies, colloquially referred to as "walkers", shamble towards living humans and other creatures to eat them; they are attracted to noise, such as gunshots, and to different scents, e.g. humans. Humans that they bite or scratch become infected and slowly turn into walkers as well. It is revealed early in the series that all living humans carry this pathogen, so that if they die from any other cause, they will also turn into walkers. The only way to permanently kill a walker is to damage its brain or otherwise fully destroy the body, such as by cremating it.
The series centers on sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to discover this apocalypse. He becomes the leader of a group of survivors from the Atlanta, Georgia region as they attempt to sustain themselves and protect themselves not only against attacks by walkers but by other groups of survivors willing to assure their longevity by any means necessary.
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» Season 1
E01: Days Gone Bye
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.
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.
E03: Tell It to the Frogs
After returning to the camp with the department store survivors and an emotional reunion with his wife and son, Rick decides to go against Shane's advice and go back to Atlanta for Merle Dixon and his dropped bag of guns accompanied by Merle's younger brother, Darryl Dixon, as well as Glenn and T-Dog.
While still in search of Merle, the group tries to retrieve the bag of guns but are attacked by several living men who are also after the weapons. The group manages to grab the injured attacker; however, several of the attackers escape and take Glenn hostage. Back at camp a large group of walkers venture up the hill and take the survivors by surprise.
Rick leads the group to the CDC after the attack on the camp. Jim must make a terrible life and death decision.
Rick and the group are allowed into the CDC by a strange doctor, but all is not what it seems in their newfound haven.
» Season 2
E01: What Lies Ahead
Rick and the group leave Atlanta and encounter a threat on the highway the likes of which they've never seen. Elsewhere, the group search for a missing person.
Rick discovers a possible safe haven. Shane must go on a dangerous mission to get needed medical supplies.
E03: Save the Last One
The group desperately awaits Shane's return. Shane finds himself trapped in a school, surrounded by the undead. Daryl and Andrea search for someone in the woods.
E04: Cherokee Rose
Shane makes a deadly sacrifice which leads to unusual behavior and self-distancing. The rest of the group tries to hang on somewhere between living to die and dying to live.
Concerned for their safety, the group makes a plan – one that Hershel disagrees with adamantly. He makes it clear the group is fine to stay for now, but not indefinitely.
Secrets are told and secrets are revealed. Hershel refuses to acknowledge the world’s new reality. Andrea comes out of her shell. Everyone is becoming more and more aware that “everything is food for something.”
E07: Pretty Much Dead Already
Hershel sets a deadline. All secrets are out in the open. Glenn stands up for himself and Shane takes charge.
Rick and the others try to restore order in the aftermath of a terrible discovery. Hershel takes up an old habit and disappears, Rick and Glenn must follow him into town.
Rick, Hershel and Glen are trapped and fight to survive; Shane finds Lori in danger.
E10: 18 Miles Out
Rick and Shane are in conflict over the fate of an outsider; Andrea helps Hershel's daughter face a crucial decision.
E11: Judge, Jury, Executioner
Rick sides with Shane causing Dale to worry that the group is losing its humanity; Carl's actions have unintended consequences.
E12: Better Angels
Someone dangerous may be loose near the farm; Rick, Shane, Daryl and Glenn keep the group safe.
E13: Beside the Dying Fire
Rick and Carl find the farm in jeopardy; the group is split up in the chaos; Rick's leadership is questioned.
» Season 3
As the world grows more dangerous and Lori's pregnancy advances, Rick locates a potentially safe haven.
A life hangs in the balance; the group deals with a threat to their new surroundings.
E03: Walk with Me
After witnessing an accident, Andrea and Michonne are introduced to a new community of survivors. As conflicts arise with their new acquaintances, a decision must be made.
E04: Killer Within
The group is severed, placing lives in jeopardy. Merle has a request for the Governor. Meanwhile the prison doesn't seem to be a place as secure as they thought.
E05: Say the Word
Rick struggles after another loss. Michonne is suspicious of the Governor.
Michonne makes a decision about Woodbury; Glenn and Maggie go on a run; Rick struggles.
E07: When the Dead Come Knocking
The Governor presses for information. A new guest arrives at the prison, forcing Rick's hand.
E08: Made to Suffer
Andrea steps up when the people of Woodbury are thrown into uncharted territory. A new threat arises at the prison.
E09: The Suicide King
After the invasion of Woodbury by Rick’s group, Daryl and Merle are captured by The Governor. Rick decides the fate of Tyreese’s group.
As the group debates their next course of action, Rick wanders after a lost friend. After helping another group of survivors flee a group of walkers, Daryl and Merle begin to have second thoughts about leaving the prison. The Governor cedes leadership of Woodbury to Andrea and makes plans to punish those responsible for the chaos.
E11: I Ain't a Judas
Rick and the group are forced to make a decision now that their safety is no longer guaranteed. Andrea feels uncomfortable now that Woodbury has become a police state.
Since they are outgunned against the Governor's forces, Rick undertakes a mission to get more weapons.
E13: Arrow on the Doorpost
Rick and the Governor contemplate a peace treaty.
The Governor chases a fleeing dissenter; while the Governor is gone, a traitor tries to sabotage his plans.
E15: This Sorrowful Life
Rick and the group are faced with a serious problem. If they want a truce with the Governor, they will have to make a huge sacrifice.
E16: Welcome to the Tombs
Rick and the others consider the defense of the prison as the Governor's impending attack looms.
» Season 4
E01: 30 Days Without an Accident
Rick and the group are as close to an ideal life as possible at the prison. Will they be able to hold on to humanity in the face of a new evil?
As the group faces a brand new enemy, Rick and the others must fight to protect the livelihood they worked so hard to create at the prison.
As one group leaves the prison in search for supplies at a local college, those who stay must deal with recent losses while preserving what remains.
While on a supplies mission to a local college, members of the group run into multiple hurdles. Things at the prison are getting worse.
Multiple enemies put pressure on Rick and the group. Could this finally be the breaking point for the survivors and the prison?
E06: Live Bait
A familiar face returns as each member of the group struggles to find his or her humanity in a world of constant threats.
E07: Dead Weight
A new and scary chapter is unfolding at a camp outside the prison. Will peace be attainable with the addition of new members?
E08: Too Far Gone
Just when everything started to calm down at the prison, Rick and his group now face imminent danger and destruction. This time, they might not win.
As Rick deals with old wounds, members of the prison have to come to terms with their new environment and ask themselves if survival alone is enough.
The group encounters many obstacles in their quest to find stability and safety, but sometimes all they have to guide them is hope.
Just when Rick thinks he's going to be able to relax, he's faced with multiple immediate threats. Other members of the group deal with their past.
Faced with the day-to-day survival of life outside shelter, a simple request by someone in the group leads to a bizarre but enlightening mission.
As one group finds what may be an ideal shelter, another group comes to realize that the best protection comes from those around them.
E14: The Grove
After finding an idyllic place to establish a new shelter, the group starts to question whether it is possible to go back to the way things were.
However brutal some survivors believe they must be to stay alive, we get to see that faith can sometimes be the strongest survival tool.
Many paths collide. Rick faces sheer brutality. The group struggles to survive.
» Season 5
E01: No Sanctuary
We learn the true motives of the Terminans as Rick and the group find themselves in a vulnerable situation.
Rick leads a risky mission for a possible small reward when the supplies run low.
E03: Four Walls and a Roof
Rick and the others find themselves pitted against a group of nasty people.
Beth awakes in a hospital in the middle of Atlanta controlled by what's left of the police force. Now she must find a way out while being harassed by both the officer in charge, Dawn Lerner, and one of her deputies.
E05: Self Help
A new set of issues confront the group while on a mission.
Stakes are high when members of the group must go on a rescue mission in a familiar location.
Some members hold down the church while the others are on a rescue mission.
Rick wants to find a peaceful agreement, but the enemies seem to prefer a more violent resolution.
E09: What Happened and What’s Going On
After all the recent trials the group has faced, a slight detour might prove to be the solution they've been looking for.
The group feels beaten after living life on the road, but must continue to trudge along in spite of the changes they have incurred.
E11: The Distance
After withstanding a spectacular storm, Rick and the others meet what appears to be a friendly person, but find themselves mistrustful.
The group has a difficult time molding to a new lifestyle, forcing them to consider whether they can be the people they once were.
As Rick and the others continue to acclimate to their new surroundings, they consider a return to normalcy.
While trying to secure a new home, Rick and his group face challenges, and question the utopia they find themselves in.
When life within the walls begins to mimic life outside, the group realizes that sheltered life may not be possible.
Daryl finds trouble while on a run; Rick and the group feel like outsiders in Alexandria, where trouble approaches the gates.
» Season 6
E01: First Time Again
Rick and the group continue to have trouble assimilating into Alexandria. Multiple threats lead the community to adopt a mindset of hardness, while Rick's group must take a step back from the violence they've come to embrace.
When it appears that things are starting to normalize in the settlement, a new problem arises for the Alexandrians.
E03: Thank You
A return home doesn't go as expected.
E04: Here's Not Here
A new face appears; trust issues form.
Following a number of setbacks, the mood in Alexandria grows grim for the sheltered citizens.
E06: Always Accountable
Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha encounter many obstacles and a new threat while trying to return to Alexandria.
E07: Heads Up
Alexandria is finally able to begin pulling itself back together; peace is embraced between the two groups.
E08: Start to Finish
After a few moments of peace, trouble finds its way to Alexandria again with a threat that may be too big to defeat.
E09: No Way Out
While trying to escape Alexandria, Rick and his group meet trouble when sudden noise draws walkers towards them with what could be fatal consequences.
E10: The Next World
A simple scavenging run proves to be more tricky, when the survivors are not the only ones after a goldmine of supplies.
E11: Knots Untie
After Rick comes to the realization that Alexandria might not be as safe as he thought, decisions must be made about where to go from here.
E12: Not Tomorrow Yet
Rick and the group realize the only way to maintain the peace of Alexandria is to fight a new enemy. However, this time, the group might be outmatched.
E13: The Same Boat
After experiencing a minor success, there is a whole new set of issues when members of the group are taken and held hostage.
E14: Twice as Far
Two separate groups leave Alexandria for supplies, and while both worry over the future of the community, they will face immediate danger.
Alexandria is alerted after realizing someone is missing. Several search parties will venture out, but what they find isn't what they're hoping for.
E16: Last Day on Earth
To save one of their own, Rick's group must venture outside the walls. Their experience there will change their lives forever.
» Season 7
E01: The Day Will Come When You Won't Be
Last season ended with Rick and our group kneeling helplessly before Negan and his group; what Negan does will haunt those who survive forever.
E02: The Well
For a number of familiar faces, a new, well-established community seems too good to be true.
E03: The Cell
A new group of survivors seem to have it all in their impressive community; however, there is a price.
The remaining members of the group try to keep it together in Alexandria; they receive a sobering visit.
E05: Go Getters
Saddled with grief and surrounded by enemies, members of the group try to find safety at the Hilltop before it's too late.
Someone stumbles upon a new society unlike anything seen before.
E07: Sing Me a Song
A deeper look at the Sanctuary and the world of the Saviors; members of Alexandria look for supplies.
E08: Hearts Still Beating
Negan's unwelcome visit to Alexandria continues as other members scavenge for supplies; things quickly spin out of control.
E09: Rock in the Road
Rick and the group are led to a new community where they are introduced to its inhabitants and ruler. A familiar face resurfaces.
E10: New Best Friends
While searching for a missing Alexandrian, Rick and his group encounter a mysterious collective, its inhabitants unlike any they have come across.
E11: Hostiles and Calamities
An Alexandrian discovers they must navigate the mysterious, confusing and terrifying world within the Saviors' compound.
E12: Say Yes
The group scavenges for supplies. Back in Alexandria, someone must make a morally challenging decision.
E13: Bury Me Here
Things do not go as planned when a group of Kingdommers delivers goods to the Saviors during a routine supply drop-off.
E14: The Other Side
The Saviors visit the Hilltop unexpectedly, surprising everyone with plans of taking more than supplies.
E15: Something They Need
A group of Alexandrians embarks on a journey to a distant community and one member of the group must make a heartbreaking decision.
E16: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
In the season finale, the stakes keep mounting higher and higher as different stories from the season clash while the group enacts an intricate plan.
» Season 8
Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, have banded together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.
E02: The Damned
The plan involving Alexandrians, Kingdommers and Hilltoppers unfolds. As Rick continues to fight, he encounters a familiar face.
Conflict with the Saviors leads to unintended consequences for the Hilltop, the Kingdom, and Alexandria. Morality proves tricky in wartime.
E04: Some Guy
A new weapon in the Savior arsenal proves to be a giant hurdle as fighting continues between Rick's forces and those of the Saviors.
E05: The Big Scary U
With war raging all around him, we get a close look at Negan and the lives of the Saviors during the conflict through a familiar set of eyes.
E06: The King, The Widow and Rick
With things looking up for Rick and the group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop, where the consequences of the decision are life versus death.
E07: Time for After
Negan has to enlist the help of his lieutenants in solving a huge issue facing the Sanctuary; Rick and the group continue to enact the plan.
E08: How It's Gotta Be
Every story and battle from the first half of the season comes crashing together in this action-packed, emotional mid-season finale.
Rick faces new difficulties after a battle. Meanwhile, the fight continues in other communities as core members face hard decisions.
E10: The Lost and the Plunderers
Groups unite their forces and converge on the Hilltop; Aaron and Enid search for allies; Simon takes matters into his own hands.
E11: Dead or Alive Or
Daryl finds himself in bad company as his group heads to the Hilltop; Maggie makes difficult decisions at the Hilltop; Gabriel's faith becomes tested.
E12: The Key
Hilltop's leadership faces a difficult dilemma after the arrival of unexpected visitors; Rick comes face to face with an adversary.
E13: Do Not Send Us Astray
Trouble arises when unexpected visitors arrive at the Hilltop and the community is thrust into action; heartbreaking discoveries are made.
E14: Still Gotta Mean Something
A Heaps prisoner makes a discovery; Carol searches for someone in the nearby forest; Rick and Morgan find themselves in the company of strangers.
With the threat of the Saviors still looming, Aaron continues searching for allies; Daryl and Rosita take action and confront an old friend.
The communities join forces in the last stand against the Saviors as all-out war unfolds.