After seven full seasons and 99 episodes, The Walking Dead is about to cross the highly-coveted 100-episode milestone. The series was a hit for AMC almost immediately upon its debut back in 2010, and the show has continuously wowed audiences with its unrelenting depiction of a world ravaged by the undead. It has been a long and deadly ride, and AMC has just released a brand-new video chronicling the emotional journey through the last seven years. Check it out below.
Crazy to think that it has been seven years, right? That video does not give us every nitty gritty detail from The Walking Dead's run (and it kind of skimps on the gore), but it provides enough of the broad strokes to get you up to speed and remind you of why this show has become so beloved by fans. Bookended by Hershel's' Season 2 comments about dealing with the natural order of the world, it is a reminder that this is a show about choosing life -- even if the title refers to death. I swear I am not crying; you're crying.
Another thing worth noting in this video is that it serves as a clear reminder of how many great characters The Walking Dead has lost over the years -- good and bad alike. From Shane Walsh to Hershel and Merle Dixon, the AMC zombie series has continuously managed to give us great characters over the course of its seven-year run -- even peaking with the full introduction of Negan in Season 7. It serves to emphasize the point further that The Walking Dead genuinely feels bigger than any one character, and even though guys like Rick Grimes and Daryl Dixon are still around, they could still easily be killed off by the time the final credits roll on the series.
Of course, whether intentional or not, this video also shows us how much The Walking Dead has fundamentally changed over the years. The series has gone through no less than three showrunners (Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara, and Scott Gimple) during its time on the air, and each of them ultimately made their respective runs on the show feel quite distinct from one another. There's no question that The Walking Dead has found its stride in recent years, but it is always fascinating to look back on the earlier years to see how some basic changes took place within the mythology.