The Walking Dead (2010– )
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After months on the run, the group take refuge in a federal prison, while elsewhere, Andrea's health starts to deteriorate.

Director:

Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

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
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Irone Singleton ... Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene
Lew Temple ... Axel
Scott Wilson ... Hershel Greene
Theodus Crane ... Big Tiny
Nick Gomez ... Tomas
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Storyline

The survivors have spent a difficult winter moving from place to place trying to stay clear of the walkers and constantly looking for food. Lori is now at the advanced stage of her pregnancy but it's obvious that she and Rick aren't getting along. When they notice a prison in the distance, Rick convinces them it may be just what they're looking for with the possibility of food and medicine being available. They have to fight their way in, eliminating a large number of walkers but they soon settle into a secure prison block. Several of them set off to explore the prison but are soon surrounded by walkers. They aren't the only survivors in the prison either. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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(cut) | (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

This is actress Danai Gurira's first time on screen as Michonne. The character of Michonne was introduced at the end of the season 2 finale, The Walking Dead: Beside the Dying Fire (2012), but Gurira didn't portray her as she hadn't been cast at the time. An extra filled in for the spot of Michonne in that episode. See more »

Goofs

After the group overtake the prison field, Glenn goes to kill a Walker that wasn't killed and Hershel looks back to watch Glenn kill the Walker. In the next cut, Hershel looks back again and Glenn had already killed the Walker. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rick Grimes: [Rick leaves Carl in charge of watching the street as Rick's group goes over the map] 15, you're on point.
[Carl nods]
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Connections

Referenced in The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Parting Glass
(uncredited)
Performed by Emily Kinney and Lauren Cohan
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With this opening episode, all the second season's problems seemed to disappear.
13 May 2015 | by ericrnolanSee all my reviews

"The Walking Dead" returned to form tonight with a third season premiere that resurrected the magic of the first season, and even added more. I'd give this a 10 out of 10, and I was a guy who complained about Season 2. It's better than ever.

With this opening episode, all the second season's problems seemed to disappear. Our friends ARE OFF THE DAMNED FARM, and on the run, in a fast-paced horror story instead of a weird postapocalyptic milieu- type drama starring Old MacDonald, Good Cop and Bad Cop. There's action, tension, scares, mood, setting, atmosphere and decent characters – not another episode of "The Waltons," in which zombies occasionally visited.

Every major character is imperiled and has to fight. Even young Carl wields a gun and racks up a few kills. And it's a smart script, with just enough expository dialogue to explain what they're trying to do.

Seriously, for a horror fan, there's damned good fun here. The makeup and special effects are f***ing incredible. (Greg Nicotero is a genius.) There's also a few very nice creepy touches connected with the setting – including one group of zombies that are a little harder to kill. (I'm not sure if the writers knew this, but that device was also used by Dave Wellington in his "Monster Island" zombie novel.) And there are a couple of nice touches lifted straight out of the comic.

Rick used to be a boring boy scout and generic good guy who only seemed interesting as a foil for Shane. He's much more interesting here as a fallible, darker character. Carl, previously an annoying and redundant plot device ("Where's Carl?"), is damned cool this time out. Michonne, maybe a more difficult character to write and play, is just perfect.

Hell, this was better than one or two of the George A. Romero movies. Seriously, nice work, AMC!

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