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How Long Does It Take To Film A Season Of The Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead is a popular American television series and franchise that began as a comic book series created by Robert Kirkman in 2003. The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by zombies (referred to as “walkers” in the show) and follows a group of survivors as they navigate their way through the dangerous and unpredictable new world.

The Walking Dead television series premiered on AMC in 2010 and has since become a cultural phenomenon, with spin-offs, merchandise, and a dedicated fan base. The show has been praised for its strong writing, compelling characters, and intense and graphic depictions of violence and survival in a world where the dead walk.

How long does it take to film a single TV episode?

The time it takes to film a TV episode can vary depending on various factors such as the length of the episode, the number of scenes, the complexity of the scenes, the number of actors involved, and the production values.

Generally, a TV episode can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to film. For example, half-hour comedies typically take about 3-5 days to film, while hour-long dramas such as The Walking Dead can take 7-10 days or longer to film. Some high-budget dramas or episodes with extensive special effects can take several weeks or even months to complete.

It’s also worth noting that the filming schedule is often broken up into blocks, with different episodes or scenes being filmed simultaneously or in different locations. This allows for more efficient use of time and resources where possible.

Overall, the time it takes to film a TV episode can vary greatly depending on the specific show, its production schedule, and various other factors.

How long did it take to film each season of The Walking Dead?

Using the information above i.e. 7 – 10 days or longer to film an hour-long drama, I’ve collated the minimal amount of time to film each season of the walking dead below:

SeasonNumber of episodesTime taken to film
Season 16Approx 60 days (2 Months)
Season 213Approx 130 days (4 Months)
Season 316Approx 160 days (5 Months)
Season 416Approx 160 days (5 Months)
Season 516Approx 160 days (5 Months)
Season 616Approx 160 days (5 Months)
Season 716Approx 160 days (5 Months)
Season 816Approx 160 days (5 Months)
Season 916Approx 160 days (5 Months)
Season 1022Approx 220 days (7 Months)
Season 1124Approx 240 days (8 Months)
Approximate information

As The Walking Dead has evolved over the years each seasons has gotten longer and longer with Season 11 taking the longest at at least 8 months to film. Please do remember each of these timeframes are approximate and inferred from the 7-10 day mark per episode. It is likely that some of the larger episodes actually took a significant amount of time to film.

If you want to binge-watch all of The Walking Dead it is available to stream on Disney+ in the UK. Speaking of things on Disney+ – find out how long it took to make The Simpsons Movie here.