Walking Dead With No Walkers Almost Happened

The creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman, almost missed out on the most popular zombie show on television because of one really strange interaction with the folks at NBC.

Shopping a pilot for a show can be hard.  You have to get many people to agree to a concept, cast, and storyline that they think they can sell advertising revenue for and make into a long-running program.  Many shows get altered a lot from concept to actually being on the air, and The Walking Dead almost made one of those major changes.

On a recent visit to The Writer’s Room, Kirkman shared a little known fact about the show:

Robert-Kirkman[1]“It actually did almost get made at NBC. When the pilot was turned in, the famous story is, one of the executives said, ‘This is awesome. I really love it. Does it have to have zombies in it?’”

Personally, I’m so glad that The Walking Dead is on AMC.  Being on that channel in a later time slot really allows a big creative license with swear words and violence that they’d never be able to achieve on network television.  We’d lose out on some of the most heart-wrenching moments of the series.  Not only that, but many events that are from The Walking Dead comic book series would never have a chance of being replicated.

Could you imagine a world on The Walking Dead where there are no walkers?  No threat of getting bit or consumed around every corner?  I know I can’t.



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  • http://fansided.com/ Matt Blake

    Man, thank goodness that didn’t happen. This show would never have worked on NBC, let along if there weren’t any Walkers.

    • Adam B. Carlson

      I just can’t imagine it. Would they replace the threat or just make the threat be people? And how would they tackles some of the extremely sensitive content on NBC? My head hurts just thnking about it.

  • Blake Bass

    How would Walking Dead even be a show without walkers? I know the show is much more than the walkers but that’s pretty much half of the concept. The other half is developing a relationship with each character and hoping they don’t die off.

    • https://www.facebook.com/PurplePeoplePodcast Adam Carlson

      If they replace the threat with something else, that’s the only way they could really pull it off. The key for this show is survival. And the more things there are the prevent them from surviving in the new world is what makes the show so intense. So glad that the NBC version of The Walking Dead never happened.