The Walking Dead/Days Gone Bye

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Days Gone Bye
Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate October 31, 2010
Teleplay by Frank Darabont
Director(s) Frank Darabont
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Days Gone Bye is the first episode of the first season of The Walking Dead.

Starring: Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes), Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh), Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes), Laurie Holden (Andrea Harrison) (credit only), Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale Horvath), Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee) (voice), Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes)

Guest Starring: Lennie James (Morgan Jones), Emma Bell (Amy Harrison)

Co-Starring: Jim Coleman (Lam Kendal), Linds Edwards (Leon Basset), Keisha Tillis (Morgan's Wife), Adrian Kali Turner (Duane)

Uncredited: Sam Witwer (Dead Soldier in Tank)


Plot Overview

Sheriff Rick Grimes is critically wounded in the line of duty and fall into a coma. When he awakens, he finds that the dead have come back to life. Recovering, he sets forth to trek a virtually dead landscape in search of his wife and son.



  • Wang Chung - "Space Junk (Wang Chung '97)"

Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • 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 materialised due to the departure of Darabont.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments


  • Rick: You shot that man today.
    Morgan: Man?
    Duane: It weren't no man.
    Morgan: What the hell was that out your mouth just now?
    Duane: It wasn't a man.
    Rick: You shot him, in the street, out front. A man.
    Morgan: Friend, you need glasses. It was a walker.