'The Walking Dead' family photo album: 20 behind-the-scenes pics of the cast and crew on set

Kimberly Potts
Writer, Yahoo Entertainment

—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

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)

Carol the Creeper (Season 3)

Some people bring flowers, Melissa McBride brings a serrated machete for her surprise greeting for co-star Danai Gurira.

(Photo: AMC)

Two Carls? (Season 4)

Nope, it’s Chandler Riggs and his Carl Grimes stunt double, 32-year-old stuntwoman Emily Brobst.

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)

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!

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)

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.”

(Photo: AMC)

Farewell, Sasha (Season 7)

Sonequa Martin-Green shows off her biggest Walker Sasha smile while filming the Season 7 finale.

(Photo: AMC)

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.”

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)

Photobombing Morgan (Season 7)

While filming on the Kingdom set, Norman Reedus makes bunny ears on co-star Lennie James.

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)

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.

(Photo: AMC)