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30 Days Without an Accident 

Several months have passed and Rick and the expanded group are living a more peaceful life at the prison. Problems surface when Rick encounters a new survivor, and a supply run ends in disaster.

Director:

Greg Nicotero

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
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Scott Wilson ... Hershel Greene
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene
Chad L. Coleman ... Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Bob Stookey
Melissa Ponzio ... Karen
Kerry Condon ... Clara
Kyle Gallner ... Zach
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Storyline

The community in the prison has grown significantly and they are slowly becoming self sufficient. They are growing vegetables and raising pigs and soon will no longer need to go on food runs. For now, that's still a requirement and Glenn, Tyreese, Daryl, Michonne and several others go to a nearby army base to see what they can find. All goes well until a minor accident results in walkers dropping in on them. Back at the prison, Rick goes to check their trap line and comes across a woman who says she and her husband haven't eaten for four days and would like to join their camp. Rick is wary and, as it turns out, with good reason. Written by garykmcd

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Official Sites:

Official iTunes Season 4

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 2013 (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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Trivia

The book Carol (Melissa McBride) reads at story time is "Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain. This book would be mentioned again later in Season 4, The Walking Dead: The Grove (2014). In the scene Mika (Kyla Kenedy) describes herself as Tom Sawyer, Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) as Huck Finn, and Carol as the Widow Douglas. See more »

Goofs

Michonne says she is planning to go to Macon (in Bibb County) to look for "him". Later, Michonne is shown with a map and has her finger on Macon County. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Carl Grimes: [Carl tells Rick that he never woke him up in the morning] You didn't wake me up.
Rick Grimes: 'Cause I knew you were up all night reading comics with a flashlight.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Walking Dead Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by Bear McCreary
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Quietness interrupted
13 August 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.

After a disappointing (though not terrible) end to Season 3, Season 4 begins not quite with a bang but with a huge amount to love and potential with "30 Days Without an Accident". It is yet again 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 as emotional, complex and as tense as one would expect, at the same time it has adrenaline and guts.

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.

My only complaint of "30 Days Without an Accident" is that at times it is a little too heavy on the talk, something not uncommon in the previous season. Did not mind though at all that it was a quieter episode and relatively action-light, this was an approach that was necessary and 'The Walking Dead' has proven more than once that it can do quieter episodes very well.

Like all the episodes of the show, "30 Days Without an Accident" 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. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

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

Appreciated the ever strong and still progressing story, where a lot happens and full of different strands without being confused or over-stuffed, and character building, which the episode has a bigger emphasis on, and that the pace is rarely dull or rushed, if not as taut or edge of your seat as other previous episdes. The character writing and the character interactions are what is particularly great here, like with Rick and Clara.

Everything is nicely 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. Andrew Lincoln is excellent as ever and gets particularly great support from Steven Yeun and Norman Reedus.

On the whole, excellent start to the fourth season. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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