The Walking Dead (2010– )
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Days Gone Bye 

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)


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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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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31 October 2010 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


It took four hours to put makeup on the "bicycle girl" zombie. For it to look like she was missing her lower torso they used blue pants to be removed in editing. See more »


During the shootout following the car chase you can see elbow pad on the first gunman as he falls after being shot. See more »


[first lines]
Rick Grimes: [in a flash-forward, Rick sees a little girl walking on a deserted street] Little girl? I'm a policeman. Little girl.
Rick Grimes: [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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Referenced in Talking Dead: Last Day on Earth (2016) See more »


The Walking Dead Main Title
Written by Bear McCreary
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Excellent Start!
10 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Walking Dead is a very popular show and all my friends constantly talk about it. This being the kind of thing I like to watch, I decided to check out this pilot episode. This is so good that I really can't find words to describe my feelings for this. This strikes a high note with your emotions and there's some great character development with our main character.

This is about a police officer who was shot and induced into a coma during a high-speed chase. When he awakens, he finds out the world has been overrun with zombies and his family missing. He become friends with fellow survivors, a father and his son. After he is told what the world has become, he set out to find his family.

Overall, this is a very fine pilot. It may not feature all action, but the drama is top notch. It has some emotional scenes which I usually don't see in the pilot. The acting is fine from what I see here especially from Andrew Lincoln. I rate this episode 10/10.

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