The Walking Dead takes place after the onset of a worldwide zombie apocalypse. The zombies, colloquially referred to as "walkers", shamble towards living humans and other creatures to eat them; they are attracted to noise, such as gunshots, and to different scents, e.g. humans. Humans that they bite or scratch become infected and slowly turn into walkers as well.
The series centers on sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to discover this apocalypse. He becomes the leader of a group of survivors from the Atlanta, Georgia region as they attempt to sustain themselves and protect themselves not only against attacks by walkers but by other groups of survivors willing to assure their longevity by any means necessary.
Rick and the group are as close to an ideal life as possible at the prison. Will they be able to hold on to humanity in the face of a new evil?
As the group faces a brand new enemy, Rick and the others must fight to protect the livelihood they worked so hard to create at the prison.
As one group leaves the prison in search for supplies at a local college, those who stay must deal with recent losses while preserving what remains.
While on a supplies mission to a local college, members of the group run into multiple hurdles. Things at the prison are getting worse.
Multiple enemies put pressure on Rick and the group. Could this finally be the breaking point for the survivors and the prison?
A familiar face returns as each member of the group struggles to find his or her humanity in a world of constant threats.
A new and scary chapter is unfolding at a camp outside the prison. Will peace be attainable with the addition of new members?
Just when everything started to calm down at the prison, Rick and his group now face imminent danger and destruction. This time, they might not win.
As Rick deals with old wounds, members of the prison have to come to terms with their new environment and ask themselves if survival alone is enough.
The group encounters many obstacles in their quest to find stability and safety, but sometimes all they have to guide them is hope.
Just when Rick thinks he's going to be able to relax, he's faced with multiple immediate threats. Other members of the group deal with their past.
Faced with the day-to-day survival of life outside shelter, a simple request by someone in the group leads to a bizarre but enlightening mission.
As one group finds what may be an ideal shelter, another group comes to realize that the best protection comes from those around them.
After finding an idyllic place to establish a new shelter, the group starts to question whether it is possible to go back to the way things were.
However brutal some survivors believe they must be to stay alive, we get to see that faith can sometimes be the strongest survival tool.