The Walking Dead (2010– )
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In Atlanta, Rick is rescued by a group of survivors, but they soon find themselves trapped inside a department store surrounded by walkers.

Director:

Michelle MacLaren

Writers:

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

Episode complete credited cast:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal ... Shane Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dale Horvath
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Michael Rooker ... Merle Dixon
Emma Bell ... Amy Harrison
Andrew Rothenberg ... Jim
Juan Gabriel Pareja ... Morales (as Juan Pareja)
Irone Singleton ... T-Dog
Jeryl Prescott ... Jacqui (as Jeryl Prescott Sales)
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Storyline

Rescued from his precarious situation, Rick meets a band of scavengers who have made their way to Atlanta to get supplies for their larger group that lives in a makeshift camp just outside the city. They're trapped in a department store with hundreds of zombies trying to break down the door to at them. Tensions are high and Rick ends up handcuffing one of them, a redneck named Merle Dixon, to keep him from killing someone. They try to escape through the sewers without success and Rick comes up with a clever scheme to draw the zombies away from their location. They have to leave one man behind however. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Legendary songwriter Craig Wilde (Craig Braginsky on IMDb) did a walk on as a zombie. It is the 4th time he has played an uncredited zombie. See more »

Goofs

Food should be abundant. Canned food, dried goods last for years. Most people dying leaving food in their homes. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lori Grimes: [Amy brings Lori back some berries from the woods] Any luck?
Amy Harrison: How do we tell if they're poison?
Lori Grimes: Uh, there's only one sure way I know of.
Amy Harrison: Ask Shane when he gets back?
Lori Grimes: Yeah, you've got it.
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Connections

References Hang 'Em High (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm A Man
(uncredited)
Written by Bo Diddley
Published by Jewel Music Publishing LTD/ARC Music Group
Performed by Black Strobe
2007 Playloudrecordings
Licensed courtesy of Playloudrecordings / Beggars Group
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A lot of guts here

Had heard nothing but great things about 'The Walking Dead' from friends and IMDb reviewers. It took a while to get round to watching, both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Finally getting round to it a few years ago and slowly working my way through it, having had a very long to watch and review list, 'The Walking Dead' turned out to be very much my cup of tea and as good as the hype made it out to be, have found it extremely addictive.

"Guts", having now decided to review all the episodes, is a great second episode, and a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is not as emotional, complex or as tense as the brilliant first/pilot episode "Days Gone Bye", at the same time it's gorier, a little gutsier (though "Days Gone Bye" was still gutsy) and more adrenaline-filled.

It still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.

Like all the episodes of the show, "Guts" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up which helps make the already freaky zombies even freakier. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

The writing is intelligent and thought-provoking, with lots of tension and emotional resonance and already showing signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more eventful scenes are thrilling and terrifying as well as uncompromising.

Particularly loved Rick and Glenn's covered in guts disguise. Do think though, and it is my only real minor niggle with "Guts", that Merle's introduction could have been handled a little better.

It's all thrilling and tautly paced without rushing through the more important parts. The world building is already stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted especially from the two leads playing particularly well-crafted characters.

Overall, great and gutsy. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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