Where to Watch The Walking Dead

Need to know how to watch zombie epic The Walking Dead when the final season returns in October? CableTV.com has all the brain-splattering details.

The last season of The Walking Dead starts on Sunday, October 2, 2022, on AMC and AMC+. You can also catch up on the first 10 seasons on AMC+.

Scroll down to see our expert recommendations for the best streaming services and TV providers to watch America’s favorite zombie-apocalypse wish fulfillment.

What is The Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead (TWD) is a character-based horror series about a zombie apocalypse, based on Robert Kirkman’s Image Comics graphic novel of the same name. The TV series premiered in 2010 on AMC and is currently in its 11th and final season, which resumes October 2.

Though there are plenty of zombies on The Walking Dead (which are never referred to as “zombies,” but “walkers”), the show is really about its living characters and their shifting relationships post-society. Famed Night of the Living Dead director George A. Romero has even referred to TWD as “a soap opera with occasional zombies” (The Big Issue, 2013).

At its ratings peak in 2014 with season 5, The Walking Dead was watched by over 17 million viewers, a staggering number for a cable TV drama. The current season, which premiered in August 2021, has averaged around 2 million weekly—the show has lost more viewers than heroes, villains, and showrunners, which is saying something.

When it’s over, The Walking Dead will be survived by AMC’s spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead (which has aired seven seasons), The Walking Dead: World Beyond and a trio of upcoming AMC movies centered on original Walking Dead lead Rick Grimes. There’s also a spinoff show about long-running TWD characters Carol and Daryl in the works, as well as an anthology series called Tales of the Walking Dead. Like the zombie apocalypse, the TWD universe is endless.

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Where to watch The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead has aired 169 episodes (so far), which means newcomers have several power-binge weekends ahead of them. Fortunately, the first 10 seasons of TWD are as easy to find as a lumbering zombie pack, as is the in-progress, 24-episode final run.

The Walking Dead seasons 1–10 (2010–2021)

Seasons 1–10 of The Walking Dead are streaming on Netflix—it doesn’t get simpler than that. You can also buy or rent episodes from Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, or YouTube. But, at $1.99 an episode, why would you? We’d obviously recommend the Netflix route.

You can also watch The Walking Dead for free on Pluto TV, through the Stories by AMC channel (135). But Pluto TV is “live,” which in this case means the content on all channels stream on a 24/7 loop that can’t be paused. The Stories by AMC channel runs blocks of TWD episodes daily, but unless you catch the beginning of the loop, you’ll just be lost in the woods.

Netflix and Pluto TV plans and pricing

Service Price Video Streams Details
Netflix $8.99-$17.99/mo. 720p, 1080p, 4K 1-4 View Plans
Pluto TV Free 720p Unlimited View Plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Walking Dead season 11 (2021-2022)

The current season of The Walking Dead, which resumes on Sunday, October 2, is only available on AMC and its premium streamer, AMC+ (formerly AMC Premiere). AMC is on nearly every cable, satellite, and live TV streaming service (with the exception of Hulu + Live TV), so finding it is no trick.

The initial eight episodes of The Walking Dead’s 11th season can only be found on AMC+. And that’s not the only perk of AMC’s on-demand streaming service: AMC+ makes new episodes of TWD available a full week ahead of their premieres on AMC proper every Sunday.

Where to watch The Walking Dead spinoffs

AMC creates The Walking Dead spinoffs like zombies create more zombies. Right now there are three current Walking Dead spinoffs:

  • Fear the Walking Dead
  • The Walking Dead: World Beyond
  • Tales of the Walking Dead

Here’s where to watch them live and on-demand.

Where to watch Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead airs live on AMC, and streams on-demand on AMC+.

Where to watch The Walking Dead: World Beyond

The Walking Dead: World Beyond airs live on AMC and streams on-demand on AMC+ and Shudder.

Where to watch Tales of the Walking Dead

The Tales of the Walking Dead anthology series airs live on AMC and streams on-demand at AMC+.

Best cable providers for AMC and The Walking Dead

Provider Price Channels
(including AMC)
Details
Spectrum
Our pick
$49.99–$99.99/mo. 125–200+ View Plans
Xfinity $49.99–$89.99/mo. 140–220+ View Plans
Cox $25.00–$69.99/mo. 75–140+ View Plans
Optimum $30.00–$115.00/mo. 50–420+ View plans
Sparklight $15.00–$84.00/mo. 27–100+ View Plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Best satellite providers for AMC and The Walking Dead

Provider Price Channels
(including AMC)
Details
DISH
Our pick
$64.99–$94.99/mo. 190–290+ View Plans
DIRECTV $74.99–$149.99/mo. 160–330+ View Plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Best live TV streaming providers for AMC and The Walking Dead

Provider Price Channels
(including AMC)
Details
YouTube TV
Our pick
$64.99/mo. 100+ View Plans
Philo
Cheapest
$25.00/mo. 60+ View Plans
Sling TV $35.00–$50.00/mo. 30–50+ View Plans
fuboTV $69.99–$79.99/mo. 111–166+ View Plans
DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$149.00/mo. 65–140+ View Plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

AMC+ plans and pricing

Service Price Video Streams Details
AMC+ $8.99/mo. 1080p, 4K 5 View Plans

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

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Final take: The Walking Dead will never die

Whether you’re a Walking Dead lifer, a curious newbie, or a former fan who dropped out sometime around when Negan and his barbed-wire bat “Lucille” showed up (we feel you), there’s no denying the pop-cultural impact of the series. When you can even buy Walking Dead wine glasses, you know full media saturation has been achieved.

Even though The Walking Dead will finally end in 2022, there’s still plenty of zombie drama to be had from the TWD universe (we’re partial to Fear the Walking Dead—check it out on Hulu). We’re looking forward to the Rick Grimes movies and Tales of the Walking Dead, if a bit skeptical of the Carol and Daryl spinoff—was nothing learned from Hobbes & Shaw?

Where to watch The Walking Dead FAQ

Is The Walking Dead on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video?

Seasons 1–10 of The Walking Dead are available on Netflix. Season 11 is currently only available through AMC on-demand on cable, satellite, or live TV streaming services, and AMC+.

Is AMC free on Amazon Prime Video?

The AMC+ app can be added to Prime Video channels for free, but a subscription to activate it costs $8.99 a month (after a seven-day free trial period). Full seasons or individual episodes of The Walking Dead can be also purchased through Amazon Prime Video.

Where can I watch all seasons of The Walking Dead for free?

You can watch seasons and episodes of The Walking Dead on Pluto TV’s live Stories by AMC channel (135), but only at certain times of the day in random blocks. Also, unlike most Pluto TV live content, The Walking Dead isn’t available in its on-demand library.

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