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 »
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[in a flash-forward, Rick sees a little girl walking on a deserted street]
Little girl? I'm a policeman. Little girl.
[the little girl stops]
Don't be afraid. Okay? Little girl.
[when the little girl turns around it's revealed to Rick that she's a walker by a part of her face missing]
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The pilot episode of The Walking Dead, is PERFECT. I mean, if you've asked me how will you tell us a story about a town sheriff that is trying to find some "civilization", i can't write more good than this episode.
It consists both very nice story arc and character expressions. The time Sheriff Rick makes a discovery in farmhouse and his facial expressions, the lost of hope, courage, that change of emotions... is perfect.
The cliffhanger ending is very good as well. And I really liked the after effect of gunshot sound. I hope they will continue that kind of effects.
My vote is 10/10. Perfect.
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