The Walking Dead is coming to a close after an 11-season run — but no matter how the series ends, The Walking Dead has certainly changed the zombie genre forever. Premiering in 2010, AMC adapted the eponymous comics of Robert Kirkman into a larger-than-life apocalypse series, following a group of survivors as they fought against the undead and human villains alike. The series saw immediate success, amassing several awards, millions of viewers, and a blooming franchise. Built on the shoulders of the zombie films that came before it, The Walking Dead arrived to tell a new kind of apocalypse story.

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Author: Emily Clute