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 ... 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?


AMC pre-ordered the first season initially on the basis of the finished script, the comic book series itself and writer-producer Frank Darabont's involvement. (Ironically, Darabont would be fired from the show in the second season.) See more »


Towards the end of the episode when Rick is riding into Atlanta on horseback and while trying to flag down the helicopter he rounds the corner onto the street that is filled with zombies. As Rick stares in stunned silence for a second we get a clear view of the giant herd of walkers. Right before they start rushing after Rick and the horse one of the zombie extras can clearly be seen drinking from a bottle of water. 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: Rock in the Road (2017) See more »


The Walking Dead Main Title
Written by Bear McCreary
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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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