The Walking Dead (2010– )
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Days Gone Bye 

Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakens from a coma, and searches for his family in a world ravaged by the undead.


Frank Darabont


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal ... Shane Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison (credit only)
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dale Horvath
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee (voice)
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Lennie James ... Morgan Jones
Emma Bell ... Amy Harrison
Jim R. Coleman ... Lam Kendal (as Jim Coleman)
Linds Edwards ... Leon Basset
Keisha Tillis ... Morgan's Wife
Adrian Kali Turner Adrian Kali Turner ... Duane


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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English | Spanish

Release Date:

31 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Days Gone Bye See more »

Filming Locations:

Fairburn, Georgia, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


An international zombie invasion was organized in 26 cities to coincide with the transmission of the first episode. See more »


Durring the car chase and shootout scene in the first episode, Rick tells one of the deputies to make sure he has his gun's safety off. The gun he has is a Glock, which does not have a safety. 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: MM 54 (2018) See more »


Space Junk
Performed by Wang Chung
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Excellent Start!
10 August 2013 | by g-bodylSee 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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