The cast and creators of The living Dead thank the fans after Sunday’s series finale, which put the AMC zombie drama to rest after 11 seasons, 12 years and 177 episodes. In the nearly 13-minute video published on The living Dead YouTube page on Thanksgiving, cast members past and present shared their appreciation for the fans who made Robert Kirkman’s comic book adaptation the highest-rated series in cable history. Watch the video below featuring performances by Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, original cast members Chandler Riggs, Sarah Wayne Callies, Laurie Holden and many more.
Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes): It was just so surreal, and amazing, and thrilling, and terrifying. And then nobody knew who we were. We were just forging our way. This has been one of the most important characters in my life, and it’s been a really exciting experience.
Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon): It was a great honor to play this role for 11 seasons and get to know a lot of you. Sending you lots of love and thank you for being with us on this crazy ride. Honestly, from the bottom of my heart, thank you all so much.
Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier): This would never have been possible without the fans. It never would have happened. The support you’ve given our show is incredible. I think of new fans and I think of the people that I know were there from the beginning.
Danai Gurira (Michonne): I got into season 3 so I knew it was already a huge fan favorite show. I very carefully walked into a juggernaut. Because of all this kerfuffle, I thought, ‘What am I a part of? What is going on?’ It was very clear that I was in a whole new world at that moment.
Lauren Cohan (Maggie Rhee): I’m just so thankful we got the chance to make it and it meant just as much to you. I just have a lot of memories, and I bet you do too.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan): I’ve never been a part of anything The living Dead. It’s been a great run and we owe you everything. What a cool ride, and it was an honor to go on that ride with you. Thank you for every second of those 11 years. Thank you for your passion.
Lennie James (Morgan Jones): Looking back on it, standing where we were when we were shooting that pilot episode, no one could have imagined that what we were doing would become one of the greatest TV shows of all time. Thank you very much.
Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes): None of us thought that The living Dead would become so iconic. To play a character so beloved by the fans, it was truly an incredible experience that I am so fortunate to cherish. I can’t thank you enough for being with me every step of the way.
Seth Gilliam (Father Gabriel): I am so proud to be a part of this wonderful piece of work. Thank you very much for being here.
Ross Marquand (Aaron): It was a huge, huge turning point in my life, one that I will forever be grateful for. We literally couldn’t have had 11 seasons of this show without your loyalty, and without your excitement and your genuine joy of watching this show year after year. Lots of love.
Lauren Ridloff (Connie): I want to tell you that I love you. You are really family. Thanks for the love.