The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 1

Days Gone Bye (31 Oct. 2010)

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After being shot, Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakes to find the world overrun by the undead.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Andrea Harrison (credit only)
Glenn Rhee (voice)
Lam Kendal (as Jim Coleman)
Adrian Kali Turner ...


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 garykmcd

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Adrian Kali Turner's character Duane Jones, is a nod to the actor Duane Jones, who appeared as Ben in the original Night of the Living Dead (1968). See more »


In "Days Gone By" and "TS-19," Rick's hospital room is shown to be on the 4th floor. The cafeteria is shown to be on the same floor. Hospitals almost always keep their cafeterias on the first floor or in the basement, away from patient rooms - this is partially to keep the hustle-and-bustle of the kitchen away from patients, and partially to direct public traffic away from patient areas. It would be virtually unheard of for a hospital cafeteria to be on any patient floor, let alone the fourth floor. See more »


[first lines]
Rick Grimes: [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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References 28 Days Later... (2002) See more »


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Performed by Wang Chung
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A Great Start
18 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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