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The Walking Dead: Bloodletting

With Carl shot, it's a race against time and the group is aided by the family residing on a farm. In need of certain medical equipment for patriarch and doctor Hershel Greene, Shane and farmhand Otis venture into a walker infested area to get what is needed.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x2
Airdate: Sunday October 23rd, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (FOX) Oct 28, 2011


Guest Stars
Melissa McBrideMelissa McBride
As Carol Peletier
Irone SingletonIrone Singleton
As T-Dog
Lauren CohanLauren Cohan
As Maggie Greene
Pruitt Taylor VincePruitt Taylor Vince
As Otis
Emily KinneyEmily Kinney
As Beth Greene
Scott WilsonScott Wilson
As Hershel Greene

Co-Guest Stars
Jane McNeillJane McNeill
As Patricia
James Allen McCuneJames Allen McCune
As Jimmy
Kelley DavisKelley Davis
As Paula
Deja  DeeDeja Dee
As Mom #1
Amy CainAmy Cain
As Mom #2
Main Cast
Andrew LincolnAndrew Lincoln
As Rick Grimes
Norman ReedusNorman Reedus
As Daryl Dixon
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 episode begins in flashback, where Lori is shown confiding in a female friend that she and Rick had a big fight the night before. The friend asks Lori if she still loves Rick. Lori from the looks of it clearly isn't sure. Suddenly, Shane pulls up with some bad news; Rick it turns out has been hurt. He is in surgery. Lori on hearing this tries her best to keep herself together, just then the school bell rings. Carl then emerges from the school and Lori breaks the news to the boy, who immediately begins to cry on hearing this tragic news. They then embrace, looking visibly distraught. Back in the present day Rick runs, carrying a seemingly lifeless Carl in his arms. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 6.70 Million Viewers

Location: The scene at the beginning at Carl's school was filmed at Peachtree Elementary School in Peachtree City, Georgia.

Trivia: T-Dog's real name is "Theodore Douglas."

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Johnny CashI See a DarknessClosing Credits

Episode Quotes
Dale: How are you feeling. T-Dog? I asked you how you were feeling just now, please don't blow that question off.
T-Dog: It really, really hurts. It's throbbing something awful. (Dale checks his wound) Ow, don't touch it.
Dale: I'm sorry, I'm sorry. Listen, your veins are very discoloured. You got a hell of an infection there. You could die from blood poisoning.
T-Dog: (laughs) Oh, man. Wouldn't that be the way? World gone to hell, the dead risen up to eat the living and Theodore Douglas is done here by a cut on his arm.

Hershel: Do you know his blood type?
Rick: A+, the same as mine.
Hershel: That's fortunate. Don't wander far, I'm going to need you. What happened?
Otis: I was tracking a buck...bullet went through it...went clean through.
Hershel: The deer slowed the bullet down, which certainly saved his life, but it did not go through clean. It broke up into pieces. I can get the bullet fragments out, I count six.

Lori: Otis, the idiot who shot my son.
Hershel: Ma'am, it was an accident.
Lori: I'll take that under advisement later, for now he is the idiot who shot our son.

Rick: (outside the room Carl is in) Should be me in there.
Shane: You been there, partner, right? But you pulled through, and so will he.
Rick: Is that why I got out of that hospital, found my family, for it to end here, like this? Is this some sort of sick joke?
Shane: You stop it, just stop.

Andrea: We're all hoping and praying with you, for what it's worth.
Daryl: I'll tell you what it's worth, not a damn thing. It's a waste of damn time, all this hopin' and prayin'. We're going to locate that little girl, and she's gonna be just fine. Am I the only one Zen around here? Good lord.

T-Dog: I'm talking about two good ole' boy cowboy sheriffs and a redneck whose brother cut off his own hand because I dropped a key. Who in that scenario is the first that's gonna be lynched.
Dale: You can't be serious. Am I missing something? Those two cowboys have done alright by us and if I'm not mistaken that redneck went out of his way to save your ass more than once.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

When the group is discussing their current situation the time of day is supposed to be dusk, around 7:00 or 7:30 pm, but the length of Daryl's shadow is too short for this time of day. This suggests that it was more likely around 3:00 or 4:00 pm.

Cultural References
Breaking Bad: The crystal meth found in Daryl's bag of drugs is blue, like that on 'Breaking Bad.'

'Breaking Bad' is another show on AMC revolving around the life of a man who makes and sells meth, that is blue due to its high purity.

Zorro: Glenn tells Dale that "this chick rode out of nowhere, like Zorro on a horse" while talking about Maggie.

'Zorro' is a fictional character created in 1919 that is the star of many films, books and television series'.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 1: Carl was shot at the end of 2x01 "What Lies Ahead" while he was hunting deer with Shane and Rick.

Season 2, Episode 1: Sophia went missing after running away from a walker in 2x01 "What Lies Ahead".

Other Episode Crew

DeveloperFrank Darabont
Executive ProducerFrank Darabont  |  Gail Anne Hurd  |  Robert Kirkman  |  David Alpert  |  Glen Mazzara
Co-Executive ProducerEvan Reilly  |  Greg Nicotero
ProducerDenise Huth  |  Scott M. Gimple
Co-ProducerPaul Gadd
Production DesignerGregory Melton
EditorNathan Gunn
CastingSherry Thomas  |  Sharon Bialy
Unit Production ManagerTom Luse
First Assistant DirectorJeffrey F. January
Second Assistant DirectorShanalyna C. Palmer  |  Veronica A. Hampton
MusicBear McCreary
Music EditorMichael Baber
Music SupervisorThomas Golubic
Costume DesignerEulyn Womble
Set DecoratorLynne Mitchell
Location ManagerMike Riley
Property MasterJohn Sanders
Construction CoordinatorJohn Fore
Production Sound MixerBartek Swiatek
Production CoordinatorMandy McCowan
Script CoordinatorSteve Sharlet
Assistant EditorLiza Cardinale
Post Production SupervisorKenneth Requa
Supervising Sound EditorJerry Ross
Re-Recording MixerGary D. Rogers  |  Dan Hiland
LeadmanDan Post
Director of PhotographyDavid Boyd
Story EditorAngela Kang
Production SupervisorJolly Dale
Based On The Works OfRobert Kirkman  |  Charlie Adlard  |  Tony Moore (2)
Costume SupervisorLayne Brightwell
Key Makeup ArtistDonna M. Premick
Casting AssociateRussell Scott (2)
Key HairstylistTaylor Knight
Steadicam OperatorChris Jones (7)
Rigging GafferMike Tyson (1)
Makeup ArtistAndre Freitas  |  Kevin Wasner  |  Toby Sells  |  Andy Schoneberg  |  Garrett Immel  |  Jake Garber
"B" Camera OperatorChris Jones (7)
Special Effects Make-upHoward Berger  |  Greg Nicotero
Production ConsultantBen Roberts  |  Jess Clark
Second 2nd Assistant DirectorAustin Davoren
Location CastingLisa Mae Fincannon  |  Craig Fincannon
Writers' AssistantAlex White
Key Rigging GripMike Pilcher
Produced ByTom Luse
VFX SupervisorJason Sperling
ClearancesLaura Sevier
Charge ScenicFranklin T. Bennett
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