Where to Watch The Walking Dead Online

What keeps The Walking Dead on its feet is showing how complex characters react and evolve when pushed further than imaginable. This series, based on Robert Kirkman's graphic novels, is also just a blast for horror fans — with brilliantly choreographed scenes of chaos and carnage.

You won't (legally) find The Walking Dead for free, but you can save by choosing where to shop. A cable- or satellite-TV subscription may not be the best way to watch if you want to catch up. Netflix is the winner for bingeing, with Seasons 1 to 7 (along with everything else Netflix offers) available, starting at $9.99 per month.

Your best online option for recent episodes is to purchase a la carte from Fandango Now. Of course, your choice also depends on if a particular service works with your device.

If you're looking for just a few episodes, it's hard to make a wrong choice; nearly everyone sells them for $1.99 in standard definition (SD) and $2.99 in high definition (HD). Episodes typically become available the day after they air on broadcast TV. Seasons, likewise, are usually sold in SD or HD. SD might be fine for a phone to tablet, but you'll probably regret it on a bigger screen.

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If you have to see the show as soon as it airs, you can watch on traditional pay TV (and DVR whatever you want to watch again) or on two live-streaming services. AMC is included in the entry-level packages for both Sling TV (more than 20 channels for $20 per month) and PlayStation Vue (45 channels for $29.99 per month). Sling TV offers only a DVR in beta, but it does provide at least recent back episodes on demand; PlayStation Vue (available in a half-dozen U.S. cities) provides a nearly limitless online DVR.

The Walking Dead via AMC is also avallable through DirecTV Now cable replacement service (starting at $35 per month), but we don't recommend DirecTV currently. If you're undecided on which cord cutting option is best, check out our face-off between Sling TV, PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now.

Here's the breakdown. To keep things neat, prices that end in 99 cents are rounded to the nearest dollar; and below-average prices are in bold.

AMC's website

If you have AMC in your cable or satellite package, you can login and watch on AMC's website. New episodes are generally available up to four weeks after their original airdate.

Amazon Video (a la carte)

Amazon Prime Video ($99 per year) provides access to unlimited streaming of some content, but not The Walking Dead.

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1: $11 SD/$16 HD
Season 2: $20 SD/$30 HD
Season 3: $25 SD/$35 HD
Season 4: $26 SD/$40 HD
Season 5: $27 SD/$42 HD
Season 6: $27 SD/$42 HD

Season 7: $27 SD/$42 HD

Google Play (a la carte)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1: $10 SD/$15 HD
Season 2: $20 SD/$30 HD
Season 3: $25 SD/$35 HD
Season 4: $26 SD/$40 HD
Season 5: $27 SD/$42 HD
Season 6: $27 SD/$42 HD

Season 7: $27 SD/$42 HD

iTunes (a la carte)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1: $11 SD/16 HD
Season 2: $25 SD/$35 HD
Season 3: $31 SD/$43 HD
Season 4: $31 SD/$43 HD
Season 5: $31 SD/$43 HD
Season 6: 31 SD/$43 HD

Season 7: 31 SD/$43 HD

Fandago Now (a la carte)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1:  $9 SD/$14 HD
Season 2:  $16 SD/$27 HD
Season 3: $24 SD/$34 HD
Season 4: $25 SD/$37 HD
Season 5: $25 SD/$38 HD
Season 6: $27 SD/$40 HD

Microsoft (a la carte, plays on Xbox and Windows devices)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1:  $10 SD/$15 HD
Season 2:  $20 SD/$30 HD
Season 3: $25 SD/$35 HD
Season 4: $26 SD/$35 HD
Season 5: $26 SD/$40 HD
Season 6: $29.39 SD/$42 HD

Season 7: $27 SD/$42 HD

Netflix (unlimited, log in to view)

Seasons 1-5: Starting at $10 per month

PlayStation Entertainment Network (a la carte, log in to view)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1:  $10 SD/$15 HD
Season 2:  $20 SD/$30 HD
Season 3: $25 SD/$35 HD
Season 4: $26 SD/$40 HD
Season 5: $28 SD/$42 HD
Season 6: $28 SD/$42 HD

Season 7: $28/$42 HD

PlayStation Vue (online TV, with DVR)

Current episodes only: Starting at $30 per month.

Sling TV (online TV, no DVR)

Current episodes only: Starting at $20 per month

Vudu (a la carte)

Episodes: $2 SD/$3 HD

Season 1:  $11 SD/$16 HD
Season 2:  $23 SD/$34 HD
Season 3: $27 SD/$42 HD
Season 4: $27 SD/$42 HD
Season 5: $27 SD/$42 HD
Season 6: $27 SD/$42 HD

Season 7: $27 SD/$42 HD

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  • Neiihn
    I like how the writer tries to make Amazon look cheaper then iTunes by saying its 1.99 on Amazon. It is also 1.99 on iTunes for the standard def version. For High Def versions it is 2.99 on BOTH services.
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  • joytech22
    In Australia we really have like one legal way for streaming - Quickflix.

    With a Monthly subscription, you still have to pay to watch each episode.
    Now you know why Australia has such an insane amount of torrenting, because it's behind when it compares to other countries' streaming services..
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  • Maxor127
    Or do yourself a favor and don't waste your time watching because it's an overrated, borderline terrible show. Unless you love soap operas, then you might like it. It's a soap opera with occasional zombies. Or if you give it a try, and you find that you're not really into it, it doesn't get better.
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