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The Walking Dead is a horror drama television series based on the eponymous monthly comic book series chronicling the travels of Rick Grimes, his family and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse.
The comic, created by writer Robert Kirkman, artists Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, was first issued by publisher Image Comics in of October 2003. The series has been positively received by critics and comic book fans alike, eventually winning the Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series and landing a TV series adaptation deal with AMC in 2010.
Scenes from a pilot episode for the TV adaptation were unveiled for the first time at the San Diego Comic-Con International on July 23rd, 2010, followed by an online leak via Bittorrent on October 20th, nearly two weeks before the official premiere on October 31st. Due to the reception of the first season, AMC renewed the show for a second season with 13 episodes. Season Two premiered on the 16th of October, 2011 and finished on the March 18th, 2012. Two episodes into the second season, it was confirmed for a third season to contain 16 episodes. The third season was released on October 14th and finished March 31st. Season 4 is set to return to AMC October 13.
In April 2012, TellTale Games released a point-and-click adventure role-playing game based on Kirkman’s original comic series. Taking place shortly after the zombie apocalypse in Georgia, the story follows the main protagonist Lee Everett, a former college professor convicted for murdering a state senator in a crime of passion, and other survivors he meets along his adventures. The Walking Dead: 400 Days was released in July 2013 bridging a gap in the series. Season 2 of The Walking Dead game was announced in late October 2013. Episode 1 of the season was released in December . Activision would try to build of the fame of The Walking Dead by releasing their own game, “The Walking Dead : Survival Instinct”, developed by Terminal Reality, released in March 2013. The game is a first person and third person cover shooter, based on the AMC show rather than the graphic novels. It focuses on the Dixon Brothers as they make their way to Atlanta during the early days of the outbreak.
On January 5th, 2004, TheWalkingDead.com website was created, which features news and information regarding the comic book series. On February 4th, 2009, The Walking Dead Wiki was launched, which accumulated upwards of 2,800 pages in the first five years. As of October 2013, The Walking Dead Facebook page has gained over 19 million likes and the @WalkingDead_AMC Twitter feed has received more than 1.76 million followers.
Stuff and Things
“Stuff and Things” is a memorable quote from the Season 3 episodes “Seed”, “Home” and “I Ain’t a Judas.” In these episodes, the protagonist Rick would encounter a question and often respond by saying, “Stuff…Things.” The eventual spread of Stuff and Things would lead to image macros, and panel series.
“Full Shane” is a reference to the meme full retard which was inspired by the actions the character Shane performs in the Season 3 finale episode.
"*"Carl!* is often shouted by the character Rick Grimes when addressing his son Carl in the horror drama television series The Walking Dead, which is often mocked online for the frequency with which it occurs on the show and for Grimes’ variable pronunciation of his son’s name.