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In this first and only guide to AMC's exceptional hit series The Walking Dead, the Wall Street Journal's Walking Dead columnist celebrates the show, its storylines, characters, and development, and examines its popularity and cultural resonance.From its first episode, The Walking Dead took fans in the United States and across the world by storm, becoming the highest-rated series in the history of cable television. After each episode airs, Paul Vigna writes a widely read column in which he breaks down the stories and considers what works and what doesn't, and tries to discern the small details that will become larger plot points. So how did a basic cable television show based on a graphic comic series, set in an apocalyptic dog-eat-dog world filled with flesh-eating zombies and even scarier human beings, become a ratings juggernaut and cultural phenomenon? Why is the show such a massive hit? In this playful yet comprehensive guide, Vigna dissect every aspect of The Walking Dead to assess its extraordinary success.

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Paul Vigna

Paul Vigna is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and has been a journalist for more than 25 years, as a reporter, editor, and photographer.

He currently covers the equities market on the MoneyBeat blog, and also writes about economics, technology, and finance, and is co-host of the MoneyBeat podcast. He also writes about television and arts, with a weekly recap column for "The Walking Dead."

He is co-author, along with Michael Casey, of "The Age of Cryptocurrency." The two are working on a follow-up book as well.

He is also author of "Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead," coming in October 2017 from Dey Street Books.

Vigna is a native of New Jersey and a 1990 graduate of Fairfield University. He's also incidentally been in 47 of the 50 U.S. states.

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