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The Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye

Sheriff Rick Grimes is critically wounded in the line of duty and falls into a coma. When he awakens, he is horrified to find that the world has been devastated by the dead having come back to life and the living are now clinging to the outskirts for survival. He sets forth to trek a virtually dead landscape in hopes of finding his wife and son.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday October 31st, 2010
Special Runtime: 90 Minutes

Director: Frank Darabont
Teleplay: Frank Darabont

Alternate Airdates:

USA Oct 31, 2010
Bulgaria Nov 01, 2010
UK (FOX) Nov 05, 2010

Guest Stars
Lennie JamesLennie James
As Morgan Jones
Emma BellEmma Bell
As Amy

Co-Guest Stars
Jim R. ColemanJim R. Coleman
As Lam Kendal (as Jim Coleman)
Linds EdwardsLinds Edwards
As Leon Basset
Keisha TillisKeisha Tillis
As Morgan's Wife

Chance BartelsChance Bartels
As Horse Eating Walker
Frances CobbFrances Cobb
As Camp Survivor
Orlando VargasOrlando Vargas
As Camp Survivor
Sam WitwerSam Witwer
As Dead Soldier In Tank
Addy MillerAddy Miller
As Little Girl Walker
L. Stephanie RayL. Stephanie Ray
As Camp Survivor
Melissa CowanMelissa Cowan
As Bicycle Girl Walker
Main Cast
Andrew LincolnAndrew Lincoln
As Rick Grimes
Steven YeunSteven Yeun
As Glenn Rhee
Chandler RiggsChandler Riggs
As Carl Grimes
Sarah Wayne CalliesSarah Wayne Callies
As Lori Grimes
Jeffrey DeMunnJeffrey DeMunn
As Dale Horvath
Jon BernthalJon Bernthal
As Shane Walsh


The scene opens with a police car pulling up to an abandoned gas station where there are vehicles turned over and rust on them. The Sherriff, Rick Grimes, walks up to find that there are a lot of cars with dead people rotting inside. As Rick turns to leave, he hears a scuffle. A little girl is walking and he tells that he is a policeman. However, when the little girl turns around and she is not alive, but a zombie. Rick shoots her in the head. The scene flashbacks to before the incident happened and Officer Rick Grimes and Officer Shane Walsh are eating lunch and Shane talks about how he has women issues and he asks about Lori, Rick’s wife. Rick tells that they didn’t have a good night. He tells that she is always upset with him and said that he doesn’t care about the family. They get the call of a high speed chase and they lay down tire spikes in the road to catch the runaway vehicle. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 5.35 Million Viewers

Trivia: Actor Sam Witwer was cast as the dead soldier Rick finds in the tank, as Frank Darabont had intended to revisit the character in flashback for the Season 2 premiere. This never materialized due to the departure of Darabont.

Awards and Nominations: 'Days Gone Bye' received three Creative Arts Emmy Award nominations for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series. It won the award for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or Special.

Series star Laurie Holden does not appear in this episode.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Wang ChungSpace Junk (Wang Chung '97)Rick is trapped in the tank at end of episode.

Episode Quotes
Rick: What's the difference between men and women?
Shane: Is this a joke?
Rick: No, serious.
Shane: I've never met a woman who knew how to turn off a light. They're born thinking the switch only goes one way. On. I mean, they're, they're struck blind the second they leave a room. I mean every woman, I ever let have a key, I swear to God. It's like, I come home, house all lit up. And my job, apparently because my chromosomes happen to be different, is that I gotta walk through that house and turn off every single light this chick left on.

Morgan: Hey mister, you even know what's going on?
Rick: I woke up today... in the hospital, came home and that's all I know.
Morgan: But you know about the dead people, right?
Rick: Yeah, I saw a lot of that - out on the loading dock, piled in trucks.
Morgan: No, not the ones they put down. The ones they didn't - the walkers, like the one I shot today. Cause he'd have ripped into you, tried to eat you, taken some flesh at least. Well, I guess if this is the first you're hearing it, I know how it must sound... But listen, one thing I do know - don't you get bit. I saw your bandage and that's what we were afraid of. Bites kill you. The fever burns you out. But then after a come back.
Duane: Seen it happen.

Duane: Daddy, can I learn to shoot? I'm old enough.
Morgan: Hell yes, you're gonna learn. But we gotta do it carefully, teach you to respect the weapon.
Rick: That's right. It's not a toy. You pull the trigger, you have to mean it. Always remember that, Duane.
Duane: Yes, sir.

Rick: They're alive: my wife and son. At least they were when they left.
Morgan: How can you know? By the look of this place, they...
Rick: I found empty drawers in the bedroom. They packed some clothes. Not a lot. But enough to travel.
Morgan: You know anybody could've broken in here and stolen clothes, right?
Rick: You see the framed photos on the walls? Neither do I. Some random thief took those too, you think? Our photo albums, family pictures, all gone.
Morgan: Photo albums. My wife: same thing. There I am, packing survival gear, she's grabbing photo albums.

Glenn: Hey you. Dumbass. Yeah, you in the tank. Cozy in there?

Episode Goofs

In the gunfight at the start of the episode Rick is shot just below his left shoulder. When he wakes up in the hospital he has a bandage over his lower left abdomen, but no wounds in his shoulders or back.

Crew or Equipment Visible:

During the shoot-out when the first gunman falls you can see that he is wearing elbow pads under his shirt because one comes loose and can be seen on his wrist.

Factual Error:

When Rick wakes up alone in the hospital his IV bag is shown to be empty. In real life, blood will back up into the IV bag if it is empty because the bag forms a vacuum. There is no blood in the lines or the bag of Rick's IV.

Factual Error:

When Rick is riding towards Atlanta, on the I-85 going south, we see a skyline of Atlanta that is shot from the Freedom Parkway which is actually facing west.

Factual Error:

When the car being chased by the police goes over the stop sticks, it flips in the air and crashes. Stop sticks slowly deflate the air from tires, causing it to slow down, not flip or roll.

Factual Error:

While riding through Atlanta Rick passes a bus on the road that is not used by the MARTA in Atlanta in real life.

Factual Error:

The tank that Rick climbs into to escape the horde of zombies has an escape hatch on the floor. The tank is shown to be a M1A1 Abrams tank, which in real life, has no escape hatch on the floor.

Factual Error:

Rick's sidearm is a Colt Python revolver, which is not currently used by any police force in the United States.

Cultural References
Episode Title: Days Gone Bye

'Days Gone Bye' is the title of the first volume of 'The Walking Dead' comics the series is based on, by Robert Kirkman.

Night of the Living Dead: The character of Duane Jones is a reference to the actor, Duane Jones, who starred as Ben in the original 'Night of the Living Dead.'

'Night of the Living Dead' is a cult classic horror film from 1968 about zombies.

The Seventh Cavalry: When Rick is walking out of the hospital he passed an air cavalry helicopter with crossed swords and the number '7' on the side.

This is an homage to the 7th Air Cavalry unit, which was George A. Custer's unit. The unit was retired from service after being massacred at the Little Big Horn.

The Exorcist: Shane tells Rick that when he gets his girlfriends mad they start using their "Exorcist" voice.

'The Exorcist' is a horror film from 1973 starring Ellen Burstyn, Max Von Sydow and Linda Blair.

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperFrank Darabont
Executive ProducerFrank Darabont  |  Gail Anne Hurd  |  Robert Kirkman  |  Charles H. Eglee  |  David Alpert
Co-Executive ProducerJack LoGiudice
ProducerDenise Huth
Consulting ProducerGreg Nicotero  |  Adam E. Fierro
Associate ProducerSkip Schoolnik
Production DesignerGregory Melton
EditorHunter M. Via
CastingSherry Thomas  |  Sharon Bialy
Unit Production ManagerStephanie Accetta
First Assistant DirectorK.C. Colwell
Second Assistant DirectorKaren Davis (2)
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorThomas Golubic
Costume DesignerPeggy Stamper
Key GripRichard Mall
Set DecoratorLisa Jeanne Alkofer
Location ManagerMike Riley
Property MasterMichael Sabo
Construction CoordinatorJohn Fore
Production Sound MixerShirley Libby
Script SupervisorRebecca Poulos
Assistant EditorSara Mineo  |  Nathan Gunn
Post Production SupervisorKenneth Requa
Supervising Sound EditorWalter Newman
Re-Recording MixerDan Hiland  |  Gary D. Rogers
Director of PhotographyDavid Tattersall
Stunt CoordinatorSteve Ritzi
Production SupervisorCaleb Womble
Based On The Works OfCharlie Adlard  |  Tony Moore (2)  |  Robert Kirkman
Key Makeup ArtistDonna M. Premick
Production AccountantHerb Johnson
Chief Lighting TechnicianStephen Thompson (2)
"A" Camera OperatorGreg Smith (8)
Casting AssociateRussell Scott (2)
Key HairstylistTaylor Knight
Steadicam OperatorGreg Smith (8)
Special Effects CoordinatorDarrell Pritchett
Makeup ArtistAndy Schoneberg  |  Garrett Immel  |  Bill Johnson (2)  |  Jake Garber
AssistantJess Clark
Special Effects Make-upHoward Berger  |  Greg Nicotero
Location CastingLisa Mae Fincannon  |  Craig Fincannon
SculptorJeremy Aiello
Produced ByTom Luse
VFX SupervisorSam Nicholson
ClearancesLaura Sevier
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