ON HALLOWEEN NIGHT 2010, the television adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead hit small screens in the US, later going on to air in 120 countries. Based on the longrunning post-apocalyptic comic, the Frank Darabont written/directed pilot “Days Gone Bye” sparked an unexpected global phenomenon. Of course, horror-tinged TV series were nothing new, as shows like Supernatural had previously been hits, but nothing in horror TV had produced something quite like The Walking Dead’s zeitgeist takeover

At the height of its popularity in season five, more than 17 million people in the US alone tuned into certain episodes, with average seasonal ratings upwards of 20+ million viewers via various viewing platforms around the globe. A decade later, The Walking Dead is now a universe, with multiple spin-off series, and theatrical films planned that would bring chief protagonist Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) back into the narrative after his departure in season nine.

Perhaps more telling is how many creatives

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