The Walking Dead is a monthly black-and-white American comic book series published by Image Comics beginning in 2003. The comic was created by writer Robert Kirkman and artist Tony Moore, who was replaced by Charlie Adlard from issue #7 onward,although Moore continued to do the covers through issue #24
The story chronicles the travels of a group of people trying to survive in a world stricken by a zombie apocalypse. The series won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series at San Diego Comic-Con International. A television series was announced to be in production on August 11, 2009 and premiered on October 31, 2010 on AMC.
The Walking Dead is centered on Rick Grimes, a small-town police officer from Cynthiana, Kentucky, his family, and a number of other survivors who have banded together in order to survive after the world is overrun with zombies. As the series progresses, the characters become more developed, and their personalities shift under the stress of a zombie apocalypse, most notably Rick's.
In the beginning of the series, Rick and partner Shane are in a gunfight and Rick is shot and enters a coma. Upon waking in a hospital, he discovers the undead are in the building and town. Rick returns home and shortly decides to go to Atlanta, where the survivors were told to await help, to find his wife Lori and son Carl. He discovers the city is crowded with zombies and bumps into Glenn, a scavenger for a band of survivors. Following Glenn, Rick discovers Lori and Carl are okay along with Shane. However Shane is less than happy that his former partner has returned, having made romantic advances on Lori in Rick's absence.
The group searches for a place to call home, settling in a couple of temporary camps, including a prison, which comes to the attention of an insane man calling himself the Governor. The Governor runs his local city, Woodbury, Georgia, like a dictator and tortures Rick (including cutting off his right hand) and other members of his group, culminating in an all-out assault on the prison. Several of the main characters die in the battle, including Lori, her new baby Judith (possibly fathered by Shane) and the Governor himself. After the prison is made insecure by the attack, Rick and the surviving members leave with others to Washington, D.C.
On the way to the capital, they find out that the man leading them, claiming to be in contact with DC scientists, is lying and find that DC is just as badly off as the other major cities. They are eventually recruited to stay in a secluded and secure township on the outskirts of Washington DC, called Alexandria Safe-Zone. Each person tries to find a semblance of real life, but Grimes doesn't trust the leader of the town, a former US Congressman. He becomes the Constable, attempting to keep the peace in the town, but eventually kills a man that was hurting his own wife. The town gets in danger, as a skirmish with a group of bandits attracts a horde of zombies from DC. The zombies surround the place and Rick is named the new leader of Alexandria.
尽管去年的《囚徒》（The Prisoner）反响一般，今年AMC仍坚持拍摄同类型的原创幻想剧。这次他们把目光瞄向了在北美地区颇受欢迎的科幻恐怖漫画《行尸走肉》。AMC不仅请来原漫画的作者Robert Kirkman担任该剧的执行制片人，还邀请获得三届奥斯卡提名的FrankDarabont（《肖申克的救赎 The Shawshank Redemption》、《绿里奇迹 The Green mile》）撰写该剧剧本并执导首集。有着丰富科幻片经验的Gale AnneHurd（《终结者》、《异形》、《世界末日》、《无敌绿巨人》）兼任执行制片人。
如果你看过电影《惊变28天》（28 DaysLater），会感觉首集和这部电影非常相似－－世界被僵尸统治，每一个场景都触目惊心。故事讲述地球遭遇一场生化灾难之后，大多数人类都变成了僵尸，幸存者微乎其微。一个叫Rick Grimes的普通警官（AndrewLincoln扮演）在人类的「生存之路」上扮演了重要角色。他带领幸存者穿越北美大陆，寻找适合他们重建家园的安全地点。在这段艰难的旅程中，不仅铺天盖地的僵尸想要置他们于死地，幸存者内部的矛盾也成为更加可怕的敌人。
Jeffrey DeMunn、Jon Bernthal、Laurie Holden、Steven Yeun参与演出。
导演Frank Darabont称，AMC新剧《行尸走肉》（The Walking Dead）将不完全按照漫画书的情节去发展，但故事的目标一致。此外，该剧不会采用数字摄像机拍摄。「为了体现一种怀旧风情，我们将采用胶片方式拍摄」