Season 1; episode 1
Episode 1: Days Gone Bye (October 31, 2010)
The tone of the TV show The Walking Dead is set before we have seen five minutes of the pilot. Even before the characters has been introduced. Its set when we see Sheriff Rick Grimes put a bullet in the head of a young girl, maybe 8-10 years old. A young Zombie girl that is. From that moment we all know how this show is going to play out, how much violence we are going to see, how much emotions we are going to see and what fine acting we are going to see. Five minutes. That’s all it needs to get me hocked. The Walking Dead has every chance on becoming a classic.
This pilot is one of the best I have seen and it immediately draws you into the series. You want more. The characters we get to meet here are few and mostly concentrated on Rick Grimes and his struggle with getting a grip of what has happened to the world. His fight to survive and to find his wife and son. And we do get to see his wife and his son, the first in the arms of his partner Shane.
And when the extra long (67 minute) episode ends we leave Rick in a situation he can’t possible survive, or can he?