—To celebrate the Oct. 22 Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead — the series’ 100th episode — Yahoo TV will be posting a new TWD-related story everyday through the season opener.
It doesn’t get much darker or more dramatic in primetime than the stories of post-apocalyptic quest for survival The Walking Dead cast and crew bring us each week. But as this collection of 20 great behind-the-scenes photos from the AMC production show, this is a group who knows how to find — and make — moments of levity while unfolding such intense tales. Peruse our TWD family photo album for peeks at laughing enemies, bird-flipping walkers, and licking Norman Reeduses (yes, plural).
The Walking Dead Season 8 premieres Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
We Are Family (Season 3)
Yes, Norman Reedus does appear to be licking Steven Yeun, as is often his way.
Pictured: Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Sonequa Martin-Green, David Morrissey, Melissa McBride, Melissa Ponzio, Chandler Riggs, Emily Kinney, Chad Coleman, Danai Gurira, and Scott Wilson
Twin Zombie Merles (Season 3)
As Michael Rooker gets zombified for Merle Dixon’s big death, a zombie Merle dummy sits behind him, just waiting to be stabbed by Merle’s brother, Daryl.
Happy Hunting (Season 3)
Knives and crossbows and machetes, oh my! Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, and Andy Lincoln take a break and share a laugh at the prison set.
Carol the Creeper (Season 3)
Some people bring flowers, Melissa McBride brings a serrated machete for her surprise greeting for co-star Danai Gurira.
Two Carls? (Season 4)
Nope, it’s Chandler Riggs and his Carl Grimes stunt double, 32-year-old stuntwoman Emily Brobst.
Bird-Flippin’ Bonding (Season 4)
They’re adversaries on-screen, but off-camera, Norman Reedus and the walker extras bond by flashing their middle fingers for a selfie.
Can Walkers Get a Sunburn? (Season 5)
Probably not, but even the undead — or those who play them on TV — need some protection from that summer Atlanta heat on The Walking Dead set. (Photo: AMC)
You’ve Got Something in Your Eye (Season 6)
Merrit Wever laughs it up as she prepares to film Dr. Denise’s death. Damn you, Dwight!
That’s a Whole Lot of Red Dye (Season 6)
Director Jeff January gives double the notes for the two Abrahams: TWD star Michael Cudlitz and his stunt double, Christopher Parker.
Up Close at the Dumpster (Season 6)
Steven Yeun gets right up in the camera while filming the big Dumpster scene, i.e. the death he survived.
(Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC)
Moonlighting (Season 6)
TWD director, EP, and makeup whiz Greg Nicotero takes on another role — walker — for the Dumpster scene in “Thank You.”
Farewell, Sasha (Season 7)
Sonequa Martin-Green shows off her biggest Walker Sasha smile while filming the Season 7 finale.
Apocalypse Carnival (Season 7)
Andrew Lincoln and his stunt double Felipe Savahge peruse cell phone pics while hanging around a ferris wheel in “Say Yes.”
Smokin’ Bros (Season 7)
Dwight portrayer Austin Amelio lights up a cigarette as Josh McDermitt pretends to smoke his Eugene’s favorite snack, a pickle.
Photobombing Morgan (Season 7)
While filming on the Kingdom set, Norman Reedus makes bunny ears on co-star Lennie James.
The Hashtag Says It All (Season 7)
Co-Executive Producer Denise Huth shows her series pride with a #TWDfamily T-shirt while surrounded by cast Katelyn Nacon, Sonequa Martin-Green, Danai Gurira, and Lauren Cohan.
Deep Dive (Season 7)
TWD crew show just how dedicated they are as they get right into the water while filming a boat scene with Andy Lincoln in Season 7’s midseason finale.
Negan and Rick: Frenemies? (Season 7)
We’ll probably never seen it on-screen, but Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Andy Lincoln crack each other up while filming on the Alexandria set.
Three Amigos (Season 4)
Andy Lincoln and Norman Reedus give a Reedus-type salute with fan and cast favorite Scott Wilson on the prison set.
Bloody Good Smile (Season 4)
Rick Grimes had just bitten the jugular out of Claimer Joe’s neck, but Andy Lincoln is all smiles while getting a touch up on the bloody aftermath of his face.