The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 4

Vatos (21 Nov. 2010)

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Rick, Glenn, Daryl and T-Dog come across a group of seemingly hostile survivors whilst searching for Merle. Back at camp, Jim begins behaving erratically.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Morales (as Juan Pareja)
Felipe (as Noel G.)


While continuing their search for Merle, Rick and the others stumble across another group of survivors that kidnap Glenn and are willing to trade him for Rick's guns. At camp, Jim has been digging a bunch of holes and everyone else wonders why. Their question is answered, that night, when zombies attack. Written by Chris Green

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Did You Know?


This is the second AMC show to feature a Winnebago. The model that appears in this episode is from the late 1970s. AMC's Breaking Bad features a larger but later model, built in the 1980s. However, the use of the vehicle ended in the third season when it was crushed at a junkyard. See more »


Once Shane tackles Jim, pinning him down after he is digging holes, Jim expresses what had happened to his wife and sons. In this shot, we see him pinned down to the ground, his hat knocked off. But in the next shot, Jim's hat is back on his head. See more »


Daryl Dixon: Told you he was tough. Nobody could kill Merle but Merle.
Rick Grimes: Don't take that out on faith. He's lost a lot of blood.
Daryl Dixon: Yeah? Didn't stop him from busting out of this death trap.
Glenn: He left the building. Why the hell would he do that?
Daryl Dixon: Why wouldn't he? He's out there alone as far as he knows, doing what he's gotta do. Surviving.
T-Dog: You call that surviving? Just wandering out in the streets, maybe passing out? What are his odds out there?
Daryl Dixon: No worse than being handcuffed and being left to rot by you sorry ...
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Continues to Get Better!
12 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Judging by the first season, the Walking Dead seems like it's not only going to be a entertaining zombie series, but it's going to have an emotional core. This episode, the fourth in Season 1, is one of the better episodes since the pilot. There is some good characterization scenes and towards the end, there is plenty of zombie violence which may result in a few surprises.

This episode, "Vatos" has Rick and few of the other guys encountering a group of hostile survivors while searching for Merle. Meanwhile back at camp, Jim begins to dig holes despite the fact no one seems to know why.

Overall, this is a very good episode. It has plenty of emotional moments especially during the latter half. The story, score, characters, and the such continues to improve with each passing episode. I feel like this show will only get better and this episode proves why. I rate this episode 9/10.

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