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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 AMCTV.com. Media Post explained on March 15, 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".
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 season premiere of the second season of The Walking Dead. When the series returned on February 10, 2013 from the mid-season finale of the third season, the series moved to 10:00 pm, directly following The Walking Dead and expanded to one hour. 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 second season of Talking Dead, musicians featured on The Walking Dead's soundtrack performed at the end of the show. On the first half of the third season of Talking Dead, the "Kill of the Week" feature was included; in addition, the show took questions from the studio audience. In the third season 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.
|First aired||Last aired|
|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|
|6||16||October 23, 2016||April 2, 2017|
|7||16||October 22, 2017||April 15, 2018|
|8||16||October 7, 2018||March 31, 2019|
|9||22||October 6, 2019||2021|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||14||April 10, 2016||October 2, 2016|
|2||12||June 4, 2017||October 15, 2017|
|3||16||April 15, 2018||September 30, 2018|
|4||4||June 2, 2019||September 29, 2019|
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 4-8 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 19 episodes. Norman Reedus is the most featured cast member with 13 episodes. Colman Domingo is the most featured cast member from Fear The Walking Dead at 12 episodes. Yvette Nicole Brown is the outside guest with the most appearances at 19 episodes.
Season 1 (2011-12)
These episodes discuss season two of The Walking Dead.
|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 and Alice Cooper 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 with Fred Armisen via phone||"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.
Season 3 (2013-14)
These episodes discuss season four of The Walking Dead.
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.
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.
Season 6 (2016-17)
These episodes discuss season seven of The Walking Dead. This season featured a special "season 7 preview" episode.
|700||August 14, 2016||Austin Amelio and Yvette Nicole Brown||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"|
|703||November 6, 2016||Scott Aukerman with Christine Evangelista||"The Cell"|
|704||November 13, 2016||Lou Diamond Phillips, Ron Funches and David Alpert||"Service"|
|705||November 20, 2016||Kevin Smith, Xander Berkeley and Tom Payne||"Go Getters"|
|706||November 27, 2016||Alanna Masterson, Jonah Ray and Cassandra Peterson||"Swear"|
|707||December 4, 2016||Chandler Riggs, Josh Homme and Gale Anne Hurd||"Sing Me a Song"|
|708||December 11, 2016||Norman Reedus and Robert Kirkman with Austin Nichols||"Hearts Still Beating"|
|709||February 12, 2017||Gregory Nicotero, Khary Payton and DeAngelo Williams||"Rock in the Road"|
|710||February 19, 2017||Cooper Andrews and Seth Gilliam with Pollyanna McIntosh||"New Best Friends"|
|711||February 26, 2017||Josh McDermitt, Austin Amelio and Lil Jon||"Hostiles and Calamities"|
|712||March 5, 2017||Yvette Nicole Brown and Denise Huth||"Say Yes"|
|713||March 12, 2017||Lennie James via satellite, Scott Gimple and Michael Rooker with Karl Makinen||"Bury Me Here"|
|714||March 19, 2017||Christian Serratos and Steven Ogg with a surprise appearance by Josh McDermitt||"The Other Side"|
|715||March 26, 2017||Alanna Masterson, Lauren Cohan, Brandenn Orban-Griggs and Jill Robi||"Something They Need"|
|716||April 2, 2017||Norman Reedus, Scott Gimple and Jeffrey Dean Morgan with Sonequa Martin-Green and a surprise appearance by Michael Cudlitz||"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"|
Season 7 (2017-18)
These episodes discuss season eight of The Walking Dead. This season featured a special "season 8 preview" episode.
|800||September 10, 2017||Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lennie James and Scott Gimple||Season 8 Preview|
|801||October 22, 2017||Current cast: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Alanna Masterson, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Austin Amelio, Tom Payne, Xander Berkeley, Khary Payton, Steven Ogg, Katelyn Nacon and Pollyanna McIntosh|
Executive producers: Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gregory Nicotero, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert
Former cast: Sonequa Martin-Green, Emily Kinney, Scott Wilson, IronE Singleton and Michael Rooker
Video messages: Steven Yeun and Sarah Wayne Callies
|802||October 29, 2017||Scott Gimple, Chris Sullivan and Alanna Masterson with Tom Payne via satellite||"The Damned"|
|803||November 5, 2017||Norman Reedus with Ross Marquand and Jordan Woods-Robinson with an appearance by Juan Gabriel Pareja||"Monsters"|
|804||November 12, 2017||Robert Kirkman, Lil Jon and Khary Payton with Cooper Andrews via satellite||"Some Guy"|
|805||November 19, 2017||Steven Ogg, Desus Nice and Lisa Edelstein||"The Big Scary U"|
|806||November 26, 2017||Melissa McBride and Kevin Smith with Avi Nash||"The King, the Widow, and Rick"|
|807||December 3, 2017||Josh McDermitt, Austin Amelio and David Mazouz||"Time for After"|
|808||December 10, 2017||Scott Gimple, Khary Payton and Yvette Nicole Brown||"How It's Gotta Be"|
|809||February 25, 2018||Gregory Nicotero and Chandler Riggs||"Honor"|
|810||March 4, 2018||Robert Kirkman and Ross Marquand with Katelyn Nacon||"The Lost and the Plunderers"|
|811||March 11, 2018||Denise Huth and Steve Agee with R. Keith Harris||"Dead or Alive Or"|
|812||March 18, 2018||Andrew J. West and Yvette Nicole Brown with Jayne Atkinson||"The Key"|
|813||March 25, 2018||Alanna Masterson with Jason Douglas||"Do Not Send Us Astray"|
|814||April 1, 2018||Pollyanna McIntosh, Ron Funches and Joshua Mikel plus an appearance from Khary Payton||"Still Gotta Mean Something"|
|815||April 8, 2018||Christian Serratos, Steven Ogg and Ashley Weidman plus a surprise call from Seth Rogen||"Worth"|
|816/401||April 15, 2018||Andrew Lincoln, Lennie James, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple||"Wrath"|
crossover with "What's Your Story?"
Season 8 (2018-19)
These episodes discuss season nine of The Walking Dead. This season featured a special "season 9 preview" episode.
|900||August 5, 2018||Khary Payton, Tom Payne and Angela Kang; guest-hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown||Season 9 Preview|
|901||October 7, 2018||Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Gregory Nicotero and Angela Kang||"A New Beginning"|
|902||October 14, 2018||Tom Payne, Katelyn Nacon and Deborah Joy Winans||"The Bridge"|
|903||October 21, 2018||Pollyanna McIntosh and Sydney Park||"Warning Signs"|
|904||October 28, 2018||Angela Kang, Michael Rooker and Jeffrey Dean Morgan||"The Obliged"|
|905||November 4, 2018||Andrew Lincoln, Melissa McBride, Scott Gimple and Yvette Nicole Brown||"What Comes After"|
|906||November 11, 2018||Lauren Ridloff, Angel Theory and Drew Scott||"Who Are You Now?"|
|907||November 18, 2018||Michael Cudlitz, Dan Fogler and Matt Lintz plus an appearance from Madison Lintz||"Stradivarius"|
|908||November 25, 2018||Ross Marquand, Robert Kirkman and Tom Payne||"Evolution"|
|909||February 10, 2019||Gregory Nicotero, Norman Reedus and Jeffrey Dean Morgan||"Adaptation"|
|910||February 17, 2019||Gale Anne Hurd, Nadia Hilker and Eleanor Matsuura||"Omega"|
|911||February 24, 2019||Khary Payton, Cooper Andrews and Alanna Masterson||"Bounty"|
|912||March 3, 2019||Seth Gilliam, Christian Serratos and Ron Funches plus an appearance from Alanna Masterson||"Guardians"|
|913||March 10, 2019||Lauren Ridloff, Ryan Hurst and Ultimate Fan Kristi Ferguson||"Chokepoint"|
|914||March 17, 2019||Denise Huth and Yvette Nicole Brown||"Scars"|
|915||March 24, 2019||Scott Gimple, Avi Nash and Brett Butler||"The Calm Before"|
|916||March 31, 2019||Angela Kang and Melissa McBride||"The Storm"|
Season 9 (2019-21)
These episodes discuss season ten of The Walking Dead. This season featured a special "season 10 preview" episode. The March 15 episode was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Beginning with the March 22 episode, Hardwick and the guests speak from their homes via webcam.
|1000||August 11, 2019||Khary Payton, Josh McDermitt and Angela Kang||Season 10 Preview|
|1001||October 6, 2019||Norman Reedus, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Melissa McBride, Cailey Fleming, Angela Kang and Gregory Nicotero||"Lines We Cross"|
|1002||October 13, 2019||Ryan Hurst, Thora Birch and Yvette Nicole Brown||"We Are the End of the World"|
|1003||October 20, 2019||Angela Kang and Chris Jericho with Melissa McBride and Ross Marquand via satellite||"Ghosts"|
|1004||October 28, 2019||Cassady McClincy, Michael Cudlitz and Matt Jones||"Silence the Whisperers"|
|1005||November 3, 2019||Angel Theory, Eleanor Matsuura and Chris Sullivan||"What It Always Is"|
|1006||November 10, 2019||Jamie King and Sinbad||"Bonds"|
|1007||November 17, 2019||Avi Nash and Chandler Riggs||"Open Your Eyes"|
|1008||November 24, 2019||Seth Gilliam, Juan Javier Cardenas and Deborah Joy Winans||"The World Before"|
|1009||February 23, 2020||Lauren Ridloff, Cooper Andrews and Michael Satrazemis||"Squeeze"|
|1010||March 1, 2020||Thora Birch, Denise Huth and Nico Tortorella||"Stalker"|
|1011||March 8, 2020||Norman Reedus and Gregory Nicotero||"Morning Star"|
|1012||March 15, 2020||Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic||"Walk With Us"|
|1013||March 22, 2020||Yvette Nicole Brown and Scott Gimple with Danai Gurira||"What We Become"|
|1014||March 29, 2020||Ryan Hurst, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Ron Funches||"Look at the Flowers"|
|1015||April 5, 2020||Paola Lázaro, Khary Payton and Josh McDermitt with Angela Kang via phone||"The Tower"|
|1016||October 4, 2020||TBA||"A Certain Doom"|
|100||October 4, 2015||Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis and Dave Erickson||"Talking Fear"|
Season 1 (2016)
These episodes discuss season two of Fear The Walking Dead.
Season 2 (2017)
These episodes discuss season three of Fear The Walking Dead which two episodes often being discussed on the same night.
|301-302||June 4, 2017||Cliff Curtis, Alycia Debnam-Carey and Dave Erickson||"Eye of the Beholder"|
"The New Frontier"
|303||June 11, 2017||Alycia Debnam-Carey and Chris Sullivan||"TEOTWAWKI"|
|304||June 18, 2017||Rubén Blades and Drew Scott with Jesse Borrego||"100"|
|305||June 25, 2017||Danay Garcia, Sam Underwood and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi||"Burning in Water, Drowning in Flame"|
|306||July 2, 2017||Gale Anne Hurd, Dayton Callie and Sinbad||"Red Dirt"|
|307-308||July 9, 2017||Kim Dickens, Michael Greyeyes and Colman Domingo with Mercedes Mason||"The Unveiling"|
"Children of Wrath"
|309-310||September 10, 2017||Colman Domingo and Yvette Nicole Brown||"Minotaur"|
|311||September 17, 2017||Colman Domingo and Lisandra Tena||"La Serpiente"|
|312||September 24, 2017||Mercedes Mason, Neil Perry and Sam Underwood||"Brother's Keeper"|
|313||October 1, 2017||Alycia Debnam-Carey and Aisha Tyler||"This Land Is Your Land"|
|314||October 8, 2017||Lisa Edelstein, Rubén Blades and Mercedes Mason||"El Matadero"|
|315-316||October 15, 2017||Kim Dickens and Colman Domingo||"Things Bad Begun"|
Season 3 (2018)
These episodes discuss season four of Fear The Walking Dead.
|401/816||April 15, 2018||Andrew Lincoln, Lennie James, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danay Garcia, Garret Dillahunt, Robert Kirkman and Scott Gimple||"What's Your Story?"|
crossover with "Wrath"
|402||April 22, 2018||Kim Dickens with Kevin Zegers||"Another Day in the Diamond"|
|403||April 29, 2018||Danay Garcia, Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg and Evan Gamble||"Good Out Here"|
|404||May 6, 2018||Maggie Grace, Sebastian Sozzi and Jonah Ray||"Buried"|
|405||May 13, 2018||Jenna Elfman and Yvette Nicole Brown||"Laura"|
|406||May 20, 2018||Garret Dillahunt, Gale Anne Hurd and Lights||"Just in Case"|
|407||June 3, 2018||Colman Domingo and Kevin Zegers||"The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now"|
|408||June 10, 2018||Alycia Debnam-Carey and Colman Domingo with Kim Dickens||"No One's Gone"|
|409||August 12, 2018||Ian Goldberg, Danay Garcia and Yvette Nicole Brown||"People Like Us"|
|410||August 19, 2018||Andrew Chambliss, Deborah Joy Winans and Mercedes Mason||"Close Your Eyes"|
|411||August 26, 2018||Drew Scott, Mo Collins and Daryl Mitchell||"The Code"|
|412||September 2, 2018||Colman Domingo, Jenna Elfman and Lisa Edelstein||"Weak"|
|413||September 9, 2018||Colman Domingo and Danay Garcia||"Blackjack"|
|414||September 16, 2018||Tonya Pinkins, Lou Diamond Phillips and Sinbad||"MM 54"|
|415||September 23, 2018||Jenna Elfman, Mo Collins and Aaron Stanford||"I Lose People..."|
|416||September 30, 2018||Lennie James, Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, Maggie Grace and Scott Gimple||"... I Lose Myself"|
Season 4 (2019)
These episodes discuss season five of Fear The Walking Dead but only selected episodes.
|501||June 2, 2019||Colman Domingo, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Ian Goldberg and Andrew Chambliss||"Here to Help"|
|508||July 21, 2019||Ian Goldberg, Jenna Elfman and Daryl Mitchell||"Is Anybody Out There?"|
|509||August 11, 2019||Danay Garcia, Karen David and Maggie Grace||"Channel 4"|
|516||September 29, 2019||Austin Amelio, Jenna Elfman, Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg||"End of the Line"|
Awards and Nominations
|2015||Outstanding Interactive Program||Talking Dead (AMC Studios, Embassy Row)||Nominated|
|2016||Outstanding Interactive Program||Talking Dead (Jen Patton, Brandon Monk, Chris Hardwick, Chris Smith, Cash Hartzell)||Nominated|
|Year||Category||Nominee(s)||Webby Result||People's Voice|
|2013||Online Film & Video: Variety||Talking Dead Extended Show Online (AMC)||Honoree||Honoree|
|2015||Online Film & Video: Variety||Talking Dead (AMC)||Winner||Winner|
|Online Film & Video: Best Web Personality/Host||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.
- Yvette Nicole Brown has appeared a total of 20 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, Gregory 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, Jeffrey DeMunn, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Callan McAuliffe and Samantha Morton are the only main cast members of the main show that never appeared on Talking Dead.
- Laurie Holden, David Morrissey, Xander Berkeley, Alanna Masterson, and Katelyn Nacon also are the only main cast members to make appearances on Talking Dead but not appear on the episode their character died in.
- Lauren Cohan, Michael Rooker, Emily Kinney, Chad Coleman, Alanna Masterson, Michael Cudlitz, Lennie James, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Pollyanna McIntosh, Steven Ogg, Avi Nash, Lauren Ridloff, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, Ryan Hurst and Cooper Andrews all made an appearance(s) before they became series regulars on the main show.
- Frank Dillane, Daniel Sharman and Alexa Nisenson are the only main cast members of Fear The Walking Dead that never appeared on Talking Dead.
- Danay Garcia is the only cast member who made an appearance before becoming a series regular on Fear The Walking Dead.
- Elizabeth Rodriguez, Dayton Callie, and Lisandra Tena are the only main cast members to make appearances on Talking Dead but not appear on the episode their character died in. Rodriguez made her appearance the following season after her character was killed off.
- Lennie James and Austin Amelio are the only cast members from the main show who made an appearance before joining Fear The Walking Dead.
- 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".
- In the episode for "Bonds", it was announced that Scott Gimple will appear but does not due to his illness.
- Tom Payne and two surprise guests (Samantha Morton and Thora Birch) were supposed to appear on March 15, 2020 after "Walk With Us", but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the show did not air.
- Official site
- Talking Dead at the Internet Movie Database
- Talking Dead on Twitter
- Talking Dead on Facebook
- ↑ http://www.inquisitr.com/2485901/fear-the-walking-dead-season-2-will-get-its-own-version-of-talking-dead/
- ↑ Berkshire, Geoff (December 3, 2012). "'Walking Dead' returns Feb. 10, 2013; 'Talking Dead' expands to one hour". Zap2it. Retrieved on December 4, 2012.
- ↑ Talking Dead, Inside the Dead, Season 3, Episode 15.
- ↑ https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2020/03/15/talking-dead-canceled-coronavirus-chris-hardwick-amc/
- ↑ https://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2020/03/22/walking-dead-talking-guests-michonne-danai-gurira/
- ↑ 2013 Honoree Talking Dead Extended Show Online
- ↑ 2015 People's Voice / Webby Award Winner Talking Dead
- ↑ 2015 Honoree Talking Dead