The Walking Dead has had so many seasons now that you’d think we’d get a full scope of this intense microcosm of a life with the undead. However, there’s so much interesting behind-the-scenes stuff that shines a light on this awesome series! Let’s dive in!
1. If you’re a die-hard fan, you’ll notice that the opening title sequence to the show shows a slow decomposition as the seasons progress. Each season, the title sequence shows further and further decay.
2. When Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) had his beard trimmed in the fifth season, Norman Reedus asked if he could keep some of the beard’s clippings. Why? Well, only Reedus knows the answer to that and he’s not giving it up.
3. On the set, the Living cast eats with each other for lunches while the Walker cast only eats with one another. Talk about keeping it separated.
4. An image of Norman Reedus was leaked from a movie he was working on (Pandorum) which showed his character being dismembered. He panicked upon realizing it, worrying that people would assume it was showing a premature death for his character in the show and send them into a panic over the beloved Daryl.
5. Thomas Jane had originally shown an interest in playing Rick Grimes but, by the time pre-production was being started, he had signed on for a series with HBO that meant he couldn’t do both series. He eventually decided to go with HBO and has lamented publicly that it was one of the biggest mistakes in his career. Personally, I can’t imagine it being anyone other than Andrew Lincoln!
6. When scenes take place in cold weather, the breath of the actors who play Walkers has to be digitally removed in post-production. Well, until they find actual undead actors. Man, that’d be a real time saver.
7. Negan’s aesthetic is based on the musician and actor Henry Rollins despite the fact people claim the writers based it on the actor, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, himself.
8. Glenn once admitted that his favorite video game was Portal and he was a rather avid gamer. We knew we liked him! (Miss you, buddy.)
9. Chandler Riggs, who played Carl, was becoming harder and harder to consider for his role due to the fact Carl was only supposed to have aged two years during the span of the series up to now. This was becoming more and more complex as Riggs was to be turning 18 rather than the character’s age of 14 and the visual identifiers were too noticeable to ignore.
10. From the third season onward, whenever the trailers for the upcoming seasons were premiered at San Diego Comic Con, they would go on to break viewing records for trailer releases that year. These numbers would break records within the first five days of their upload. Can you imagine 31 million views coming to your video within a week? Insane!