The Walking Dead is a popular horror/drama television series that premiered in 2010 on AMC. It features both zombies and regular people. Both popular with audiences and critically acclaimed, The Walking Dead is now in its third season.
In the series’ first season, it had an amazing $3.4 million per episode budget. This is far more than most shows. The Walking Dead, however, strives for an authentic look and hence, uses many extras, shoots on a variety of locations and utilizes intense zombie makeup.
However, after the first season, AMC decreased the show’s per episode budget to a mere $2.8 million. Considering this is more than most people make in their lifetime, it’s probably plenty for one television episode.