The Walking Dead (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.

Director:

Johan Renck

Writers:

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

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Emma Bell ... Amy Harrison
Andrew Rothenberg ... Jim
Juan Gabriel Pareja ... Morales (as Juan Pareja)
Noel Gugliemi ... Felipe (as Noel G.)
Irone Singleton ... T-Dog
Adam Minarovich ... Ed
Melissa McBride ... Carol
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Storyline

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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, 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

This is the first episode in which we actually see some human characters being eaten by the walkers. See more »

Goofs

During the confrontation with Guillermo, the shotgun Rick is holding is clearly a fake. It doesn't even have a trigger. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Amy: [Andrea and Amy sit in a canoe together while fishing for the group] What?
Andrea: Nothing.
Amy: It's not nothing. It's always something.
Andrea: Didn't dad teach you to tie nail knots?
Amy: Why would he do that? He only ever used a fisherman's knot. One knot.
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Connections

References The Sound and the Fury (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

The Walking Dead Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by Bear McCreary
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Has plenty of bite
17 May 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

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.

"Vatos" continues the extensive character building and a full establishment of tone, in no way disappoints, maintains the complexity and delivers even more on the tension, emotional impact and adrenaline-rush guts. Another 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). The characters and storylines are advancing well even if there are not what one calls "resolutions".

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.

Complaints are few actually. Sarah Wayne Callies doesn't seem at ease yet in a role that was not interesting at this point of the show. The biggest issue though for me was the tension of Rick's storyline being let down too much by an anti-climactic and hokey-in-writing stand off where Guillermo's silly dialogue and how little the scene adds to the rest of the episode or that particular subplot in general dilutes things too much.

Like all the episodes of the show however, "Vatos" 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, the aforementioned grievances aside, 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 found the Amy and Andrea's interactions very effective, the sisterly bond wrenching the heart.

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. "Vatos" is no exception, with the heartfelt performance of Laurie Holden standing out. Andrew Lincoln continues to be an excellent lead.

Overall, excellent on the most part. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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