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. 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.
Guests and Bonus Content
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 4 episodes.
Season 1 (2011–12)
These episodes discuss season two of The Walking Dead.
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.
|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"|
- 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.
- Aside from Chris Hardwick, only Robert Kirkman, Lauren Cohan, Greg Nicotero and Gale Anne Hurd have appeared in every season. Additionally, Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus have appeared in every season apart from Season 5, which is still currently airing.
- Official site
- Talking Dead at the Internet Movie Database
- Talking Dead on Twitter
- Talking Dead on Facebook
- ↑ 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.