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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 16th, 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 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.[1] 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 4, "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.[2]

Guests and Bonus Content

Season 2

# Air Date Guests Episode
201 October 16th, 2011 Robert Kirkman, Patton Oswalt and James Gunn "What Lies Ahead"
202 October 23rd, 2011 Robert Kirkman and Brian Posehn "Bloodletting"
203 October 30th, 2011 Felicia Day and Jon Heder "Save the Last One"
204 November 6th, 2011 Matt Besser and Matt Mogk "Cherokee Rose"
205 November 13th, 2011 Aisha Tyler and Michael Rooker "Chupacabra"
206 November 20th, 2011 Kevin Smith and Paul F. Tompkins "Secrets"
207 November 27th, 2011 Robert Kirkman, Gregory Nicotero and Norman Reedus "Pretty Much Dead Already"
208 February 12th, 2012 Dave Navarro and Glen Mazzara "Nebraska"
209 February 19th, 2012 Steven Yeun and Paget Brewster "Triggerfinger"
210 February 26th, 2012 Scott Wilson, Michael Zegen and Kevin Smith "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 3

# Air Date Guests Episode
300 July 8, 2012 Gale Anne Hurd, Glen Mazzara, Robert Kirkman, David Alpert and Drew Carrey use the special one hour episode to discuss the upcoming Season 3. Episode announced ahead of time on July 2. 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 , Joe Manganiello and Lew Temple "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 , Eliza Dushku and Lauren Cohan "Arrow on the Doorpost"
314 March 17, 2013 Kumail Nanjiani , Todd McFarlane and Laurie Holden "Prey"
315 March 24, 2013 Reggie Watts , Gregory Nicotero , David Morrissey and Michael Rooker "This Sorrowful Life"
316 March 31, 2013 Chad Coleman, Yvette Nicole Brown and Norman Reedus "Welcome to the Tombs"

Season 4

# 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, and Scott Wilson "Too Far Gone"
409 February 9, 2014 Gregory Nicotero and Danai Gurira "After"
410 February 16, 2014 Joe Kernen, Jim Gaffigan, and 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 Gimple "A"

Season 5

# 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), and 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 and Emily Kinney "Coda


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.
  • Robert Kirkman has appeared a total of 9 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.

External links


  1. Berkshire, Geoff (December 3, 2012). "'Walking Dead' returns Feb. 10, 2013; 'Talking Dead' expands to one hour". Zap2it. Retrieved on December 4, 2012.
  2. Talking Dead, Inside the Dead, Season 4, Episode 15.

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