Some time after being shot on duty, Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakens in hospital to find it deserted with bodies strewn everywhere. He returns to his home to find it abandoned but believes his wife and son may still be alive. He meets Morgan Jones and his son Duane who explain to him that the world has been overrun with zombies (aka walkers). The disease usually started with an infection and high fever followed by re-animation. The creatures are attracted to sound and eat flesh to survive. Morgan tells him that he thinks there is a refugee center in Atlanta and Rick sets off in the hope of finding his wife and child. Once there, he finds himself surrounded by the undead with little apparent hope of escaping.....until he hears a voice over the radio. Written by
In an online interview, Frank Darabont revealed having envisioned several self-contained episodes that would not continue the main story. One such episode would have been the season two premiere. It would have involved Sam Witwer (who played the tank zombie in The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye (2010) and Darabont cast in The Mist (2007)) as a soldier in a Black Hawk Down (2001) styled Atlanta. Witwer's character would have encountered several of the cast before being bit and locking himself in the tank. See more »
Rick was in the hospital for about 2 months and the IV fluid bags have enough water for a couple of hours, this is leading to wonder how is he alive and is the zombie outbreak just a dream. See more »
[to a walker girl, thinking she is alive]
Little girl? I'm a policeman. Little girl. Don't be afraid. Okay? Little girl?
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As far as season openers go, the first episode of AMC's The Walking Dead wastes no time in setting the time for what is to follow.
Plot In A Paragraph: Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes wakes up in the hospital to find his town overrun by flesh-eating zombies. After making friends with Morgan and his son Duane, they fill him in on what he had missed. So Rick sets out to find his wife and son.
Andrew Lincoln does a superb job as Rick, and he pretty much carries most of the episode on his own. Lennie James as Morgan has a heartbreaking scene towards the end of the episode, but other than that it's Lincoln's show.
Scary, heartbreaking and harrowing. A great start.
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