Buck up, little camper! Life is still worth living, even between seasons of The Walking Dead. We have to wait about six months for Season 5 to start, but that doesn’t mean you have to live without any TWD content. Season 4 won’t be available on DVD until August, but you can always go back to where this whole journey began by checking out the comic books.
Robert Kirkman started The Walking Dead back in 2003 and TWD just celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. A documentary called The Walking Dead: A Decade of Dead was released in October, sharing how the story came about. The 23-minute doc starts with RK in his native Kentucky, which is also Rick Grimes’ home state in the comic books. Robert explained that he decided to take everything he loved about zombie movies, especially the George Romero movies, and pour it into the genre.
"There was no indication that the book was going to be a success," RK said. "It actually launched as part of Image Comics' Horror Month, where they launched three or four new horror-themed comics, and The Walking Dead was the least-ordered among the four." But the second issue sales jumped, and by Issue 3 he knew there was "something of a phenomenon" going on. The series is now up to Issue 125 (coming out April 9) with plans to possibly go on for another 200 issues.
Watch the full documentary for a lot more — including how/why they decided to turn the comics into a TV show, interviews with actors Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Danai Gurira (Michonne), and a look at the giant, rabid, growing TWD fan base. That’s all of us!
We highly recommend you check out the video below, but we should warn you that it contains some NSFW language.
The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres in October 2014 on AMC.