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Talking Dead is a live after-show about AMC's The Walking Dead in which the host Chris Hardwick discusses the show with special guests. Several after-show episodes are available online at Media Post explained on March 15th, 2012 that Talking Dead "may be the first-ever talk show on which guests don't have to worry about promoting something or deflecting private questions".

After the success of Fear The Walking Dead, it was announced that the series will also get its own Talking Dead show starting Season 2.[1]

Broadcast and Format

The series features host Chris Hardwick discussing the latest episode with guests who are fans of the series. Cast and crew from The Walking Dead also appear on the talk show. Segments on Talking Dead include an "In Memoriam" highlighting the deaths from the episode, an online poll, episode trivia, behind-the-scenes footage, and questions from fans via phone, from the audience, Facebook, Twitter, or from the official Talking Dead website. After the on-air episode ends, a bonus 15-20 minute segment continues online for the 30 minute episodes; there would be a bonus 5-10 minute online segment for the 60 minute episodes; Hardwick refers to this bonus segment as "Talking Talking Dead".

The series premiered on October 16, 2011, following the encore presentation of the second-season premiere of The Walking Dead. When the series returned on February 10, 2013 from the season three midseason finale, the series moved to 10:00 pm, directly following The Walking Dead and expanded to one hour.[2] Hardwick stated that having the show go an hour as opposed to half an hour allowed more "breathing room" and more time to discuss the topics with the guests and fans.

On three of the episodes at the end of season 2 of Talking Dead, musicians featured on The Walking Dead's soundtrack performed at the end of the show. On the first half of season 3 of Talking Dead, the "Kill of the Week" feature was included; in addition, the show took questions from the studio audience. In season 3 of Talking Dead, "fan of the week" was introduced for fans who used the "Dead Yourself" mobile app. The show also introduced "Survival Tips", which gave tips on how to survive if a hypothetical zombie apocalypse really happened.

Episodes also show "Inside the Dead" which feature around three behind the scenes still photographs with "pops up" bubbles containing trivia about the show.

Other segments include the "Talking Dead Survival Tips" were Matt Mogk from the Zombie Research Society gives tips to survive a zombie apocalypse and Oprah like give aways of merchandise sold in the Walking Dead online store.[3]

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 13 October 16, 2011 March 18, 2012
2 16 October 14, 2012 March 31, 2013
3 16 October 13, 2013 March 30, 2014
4 16 October 12, 2014 March 29, 2015
5 16 October 11, 2015 April 3, 2016


Producers that were regular guests of Talking Dead include: creator of The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman, seasons 2-3 showrunner Glen Mazzara, director and executive producer Greg Nicotero, executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, and seasons 4-5 showrunner Scott M. Gimple. Guests listed after "with" were surprise guests for the episode. Robert Kirkman has the most appearances of any crew member at 9 episodes. Lauren Cohan is the most featured cast member with 6 episodes. Yvette Nicole Brown is the outside guest with the most appearances at 6 episodes.

The Walking Dead

Season 1 (2011-12)

These episodes discuss season two of The Walking Dead.

# Air Date Guests Episode
201 October 16, 2011 Patton Oswalt and James Gunn with Robert Kirkman via satellite "What Lies Ahead"
202 October 23, 2011 Robert Kirkman and Brian Posehn "Bloodletting"
203 October 30, 2011 Felicia Day and Jon Heder with Gale Anne Hurd "Save the Last One"
204 November 6, 2011 Matt Besser and Matt Mogk with Steven Yeun and Lauren Cohan via satellite "Cherokee Rose"
205 November 13, 2011 Aisha Tyler and Michael Rooker "Chupacabra"
206 November 20, 2011 Kevin Smith and Paul F. Tompkins "Secrets"
207 November 27, 2011 Robert Kirkman, Gregory Nicotero and Norman Reedus with Laurie Holden via phone "Pretty Much Dead Already"
208 February 12, 2012 Dave Navarro and Glen Mazzara "Nebraska"
209 February 19, 2012 Steven Yeun and Paget Brewster "Triggerfinger"
210 February 26, 2012 Michael Zegen and Kevin Smith with Scott Wilson "18 Miles Out"
211 March 4, 2012 Gregory Nicotero, Scott Ian, and Dana Gould "Judge, Jury, Executioner"
212 March 11, 2012 Lauren Cohan and Zachary Levi "Better Angels"
213 March 18, 2012 Glen Mazzara, Robert Kirkman and Laurie Holden "Beside the Dying Fire"

Season 2 (2012-13)

These episodes discuss season three of The Walking Dead. This season featured a special "season 3 preview" episode.

# Air Date Guests Episode
300 July 8, 2012 Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Drew Carrey and Chandler Riggs via phone Season 3 Preview
301 October 14, 2012 Glen Mazzara and Danai Gurira "Seed"
302 October 21, 2012 Wil Wheaton and Nick Gomez "Sick"
303 October 28, 2012 David Alpert and Bobak Ferdowsi "Walk With Me"
304 November 4, 2012 IronE Singleton and Gale Anne Hurd "Killer Within"
305 November 11, 2012 Gregory Nicotero and Dalton Ross "Say the Word"
306 November 18, 2012 Sarah Silverman and Joel Madden "Hounded"
307 November 25, 2012 CM Punk and Yvette Nicole Brown "When the Dead Come Knocking"
308 December 2, 2012 Robert Kirkman and Damon Lindelof "Made to Suffer"
309 February 10, 2013 Steven Yeun and Kevin Smith "The Suicide King"
310 February 17, 2013 Robert Kirkman and Joe Manganiello with Lew Temple; musical guest: Baby Bee "Home"
311 February 24, 2013 Retta, Scott Adsit and Emily Kinney "I Ain't a Judas"
312 March 3, 2013 Aisha Tyler and Scott Porter "Clear"
313 March 10, 2013 Keegan-Michael Key and Eliza Dushku with Lauren Cohan; musical guest: Jamie N. Commons "Arrow on the Doorpost"
314 March 17, 2013 Kumail Nanjiani and Todd McFarlane with Laurie Holden; musical guest: Voxhaul Broadcast "Prey"
315 March 24, 2013 Reggie Watts, Gregory Nicotero and David Morrissey with Michael Rooker "This Sorrowful Life"
316 March 31, 2013 Chad Coleman, Yvette Nicole Brown and Norman Reedus "Welcome to the Tombs"

Season 3 (2013-14)

These episodes discuss season four of The Walking Dead.

# Air Date Guests Episode
401 October 13, 2013 Nathan Fillion and Scott Gimple "30 Days Without An Accident"
402 October 20, 2013 Gregory Nicotero, Doug Benson and Hayley Williams of Paramore "Infected"
403 October 27, 2013 Gale Anne Hurd, Jack Osbourne and Marilyn Manson "Isolation"
404 November 3, 2013 Chris Jericho and Gillian Jacobs "Indifference"
405 November 10, 2013 Adam Savage and Breckin Meyer "Internment"
406 November 17, 2013 Ike Barinholtz and David Morrissey "Live Bait"
407 November 24, 2013 Paul Scheer, Fred Armisen and Jose Pablo Cantillo "Dead Weight"
408 December 1, 2013 Robert Kirkman, Lauren Cohan with Scott Wilson "Too Far Gone"
409 February 9, 2014 Gregory Nicotero and Danai Gurira "After"
410 February 16, 2014 Joe Kernen, Jim Gaffigan with Alanna Masterson "Inmates"
411 February 23, 2014 Michael Cudlitz and Mindy Kaling "Claimed"
412 March 2, 2014 Norman Reedus, Emily Kinney and J.B. Smoove "Still"
413 March 9, 2014 Lauren Cohan and Sonequa Martin-Green "Alone
414 March 16, 2014 Melissa McBride, Philip Brooks (CM Punk) and Yvette Nicole Brown "The Grove"
415 March 23, 2014 Steven Yeun and Josh McDermitt "Us"
416 March 30, 2014 Andrew Lincoln and Scott M. Gimple "A"

Season 4 (2014-15)

These episodes discuss season five of The Walking Dead. This season featured a special "season 5 preview" episode. This season of Talking Dead introduced live polls as well as a live interactive quiz where fans compete online on their mobile phones, tablets, or computer.

# Air Date Guests Episode
500 July 6, 2014 Scott Gimple and Aisha Tyler use the special one hour episode to discuss the upcoming Season 5. Season 5 Preview
501 October 12, 2014 Gregory Nicotero, Scott Gimple, and Conan O'Brien "No Sanctuary"
502 October 19, 2014 Matt Jones and Chad Coleman "Strangers"
503 October 26, 2014 Mary Lynn Rajskub, Saul Hudson (Slash) with Andrew J. West "Four Walls and a Roof"
504 November 2, 2014 John Barrowman, Ana Gasteyer, and Emily Kinney "Slabtown"
505 November 9, 2014 Michael Cudlitz, Gale Anne Hurd, and Josh McDermitt "Self Help"
506 November 16, 2014 Tyler James Williams, Philip Brooks (CM Punk) and Yvette Nicole Brown "Consumed"
507 November 23, 2014 Paul F. Tompkins, Christian Serratos and Sonequa Martin-Green "Crossed"
508 November 30, 2014 Robert Kirkman, Keegan Michael Key with Emily Kinney "Coda"
509 February 8, 2015 Greg Nicotero and Chad Coleman "What Happened and What's Going On"
510 February 15, 2015 Robin Lord Taylor, Seth Gilliam and Lauren Cohan "Them"
511 February 22, 2015 Paul Feig and Danai Gurira "The Distance"
512 March 1, 2015 Alanna Masterson, Timothy Simons and Denise Huth "Remember"
513 March 8, 2015 Kevin Smith, Ross Marquand and Alexandra Breckenridge "Forget"
514 March 15, 2015 Steven Yeun, Josh McDermitt and Tyler James Williams "Spend"
515 March 22, 2015 Chandler Riggs, Gale Ann Hurd and Yvette Nicole Brown "Try"
516 March 29, 2015 Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride with Lennie James "Conquer"

Season 5 (2015-16)

These episodes discuss season six of The Walking Dead. This season featured a special "season 6 preview" episode. This season of Talking Dead introduced live polls as well as a live interactive quiz where fans compete online on their mobile phones, tablets, or computer.

# Air Date Guests Episode
600 August 23, 2015 Scott Gimple and Jorge Garcia use the special one hour episode to discuss the upcoming Season 6. Season 6 Preview
601 October 11, 2015 Scott Gimple, Gregory Nicotero and Ethan Embry. "First Time Again"
602 October 18, 2015 Katelyn Nacon, Kevin Smith, and Paul Bettany "JSS"
603 October 25, 2015 Yvette Nicole Brown and Damon Lindelof "Thank You"
604 November 1, 2015 Lennie James, John Carroll Lynch and Josh Gad "Here's Not Here"
605 November 8, 2015 Alexandra Breckenridge and Zachary Levi "Now"
606 November 15, 2015 Michael Rooker, Doug Benson, and Paget Brewster "Always Accountable"
607 November 22, 2015 Ken Jeong and Gale Anne Hurd "Heads Up"
608 November 29, 2015 Robert Kirkman, Jason Alexander, and Tovah Feldshuh "Start to Finish"
609 February 14, 2016 Greg Nicotero, Carrie Underwood, and Benedict Samuel "No Way Out"
610 February 21, 2016 Danai Gurira, Austin Nichols, and Nathan Fillion "The Next World"
611 February 28, 2016 Lauren Cohan, Tom Payne, and Kid Cudi "Knots Untie"
612 March 6, 2016 Alanna Masterson, Ross Marquand and J.B. Smoove "Not Tomorrow Yet"
613 March 13, 2016 Melissa McBride, Paul Feig, and Alicia Witt "The Same Boat"
614 March 20, 2016 Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt and Greg Raewiski (Walking Dead Ultimate Fan Winner) "Twice as Far"
615 March 27, 2016 Sonequa Martin-Green, Denise Huth, and Yvette Nicole Brown "East"
616 April 3, 2016 Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Robert Kirkman, and Scott Gimple "Last Day on Earth"

Season 6 (2016-17)

These episodes discuss season seven of The Walking Dead.

# Air Date Guests Episode
700 August 14, 2016 Austin Amelio and Yvette Nicole Brown use the special one hour episode to discuss the upcoming Season 7. Season 7 Preview
701 October 23, 2016 Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Michael Cudlitz, Sonequa Martin-Green, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"
702 October 30, 2016 Khary Payton, Chloe Bennet and Dana Gould "The Well"

Season 7 (2017-18)

These episodes discuss Season 8 of The Walking Dead. TBA

Fear The Walking Dead

Season 1 (2016)

These episodes discuss season two of Fear the Walking Dead.

# Air Date Guests Episode
201 April 10, 2016 Cliff Curtis, Dave Erickson, and Hozier "Monster"
202 April 17, 2016 Kim Dickens, Lou Diamond Phillips, and Lyndie Greenwood "We All Fall Down"
203 April 24, 2016 Lorenzo Henrie, Michelle Ang, and Chris Jericho "Ouroboros"
204 May 1, 2016 Colman Domingo and Yvette Nicole Brown "Blood in the Streets"
205 May 8, 2016 Alycia Debnam-Carey, Jesse McCartney and Daniel Zovatto "Captive"
206 May 15, 2016 Mercedes Mason, Jim Gaffigan and Tamera Mowry-Housley "Sicut Cervus"
207 May 22, 2016 Gale Anne Hurd, Cliff Curtis, Marlene Forté and Rubén Blades "Shiva"
208 August 21, 2016 Kim Dickens, Dave Erickson and Danay Garcia "Grotesque"
209 August 28, 2016 Kim Dickens, Colman Domingo and Ethan Embry "Los Muertos"

Season 2 (2017-18)

These episodes discuss season three of Fear the Walking Dead. TBA

Season 3 (2018-19)

These episodes discuss season four of Fear the Walking Dead. TBA

Awards & Nominations

Emmy Awards

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
2015 Outstanding Interactive Program Talking Dead (AMC Studios, Embassy Row) Nominated

Webby Awards

Year Category Nominee(s) Webby Result People's Voice
2013 Online Film & Video: Variety[4] Talking Dead Extended Sho Online (AMC) Honoree Honoree
2015 Online Film & Video: Variety[5] Talking Dead (AMC) Winner Winner
Online Film & Video: Best Web Personality/Host[6] Talking Dead (AMC) Honoree Honoree


To see photos from Talking Dead, see the Talking Dead Gallery.


  • In the behind-the-scenes trivia for "The Suicide King", it is said that Greg Nicotero made his second appearance as a walker in the episode. It was actually his third.
  • In the Episode for "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" in an Interview with Tom Payne, the actor who plays Paul Rovia is credited as Paul Monroe. Monroe being the name of the comic counterpart of said character.
  • Robert Kirkman has appeared a total of 11 times on the Talking Dead so far, much more than any other guest star.
  • March 30, 2014 marks Andrew Lincoln's first appearance on the Talking Dead.
  • In the memorial section Julio is incorrectly mentioned as part of The Governor's Army.
  • Aside from Chris Hardwick, only Robert Kirkman, Lauren Cohan, Greg Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and Norman Reedus have appeared in every season.
  • The February 8, 2015 episode is the first Talking Dead episode to not air directly after The Walking Dead ends due to the series premiere of Better Call Saul. It aired after the conclusion of Better Call Saul.
  • Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeffrey DeMunn and Lawrence Gilliard Jr. are the only main cast members that never appeared on Talking Dead.
    • Laurie Holden and David Morrissey also are the only main cast members to make appearances on Talking Dead but not appear on the episode their character died in.
  • March 22, 2015 marks Chandler Riggs' first appearance on the Talking Dead.
  • Kim Dickens is the first cast member to appear in consecutive episodes, having been on Talking Dead for Fear The Walking Dead episodes "Grotesque" and "Los Muertos".

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