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AMC’s WALKING DEAD
Bows To 2.7 In 18-49!!

Published at: Nov. 2, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST by hercules

I am – Hercules!! “Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad” and “Dexter” all peaked at 0.9. “Rubicon” never got above 0.4. “Sons of Anarchy” pulls a 1.6. “Desperate Housewives,” Sunday night’s top hourlong, only hit a 3.5! “Dead” beat every scripted non-“Housewives” hourlong airing Sunday in broadcast.

Sundays, Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2010 Sunday 18-49 overnights (prior Sunday finals in parentheses; repeats in gray: 9.0 (----) (----) (----) (9.0) (----) (----) (10.8) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Fox Football 7.3 (9.8) (7.4) (6.7) (8.0) (7.3) (9.2) (9.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) NBC Football 4.3 (----) (2.7) (1.5) (----) (0.8) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) MLB Baseball 3.5 (3.9) (3.9) (3.9) (4.4) (4.3) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Desperate Housewives 3.0 (3.5) (3.6) (3.7) (4.0) (3.8) (2.4) (1.3) (1.1) (1.7) (1.7) (1.6) (1.7) (1.8) Undercover Boss 2.7 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) The Walking Dead 2.6 (2.5) (2.7) (2.7) (3.2) (----) (2.0) (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) (1.3) (----) (----) (----) CSI Miami 2.6 (3.4) (3.5) (3.8) (3.4) (3.8) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Amazing Race 2.3 (2.5) (2.6) (2.7) (3.0) (2.9) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Brothers & Sisters 1.8 (2.4) (2.3) (2.3) (2.6) (2.0) (1.4) (1.0) (0.9) (----) (1.2) (1.6) (1.3) (1.2) Extreme Makeover 1.4 (3.4) (2.2) (3.7) (2.0) (3.1) (2.7) (1.0) (0.9) (1.3) (1.1) (1.8) (1.3) (1.1) 60 Minutes 1.4 (1.8) (1.8) (1.5) (1.9) (----) (1.2) (1.4) (1.1) (1.2) (1.5) (1.4) (1.6) (1.5) AFH Videos 1.3 (1.1) (1.2) (1.1) (----) (1.0) (1.4) (1.0) (1.1) (1.4) (1.7) (----) (----) (----) Swamp People 1.2 (1.2) (1.3) (1.1) (1.4) (1.5) (2.0) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Boardwalk Empire 0.8 (1.1) (0.8) (1.1) (1.2) (0.9) (1.2) (0.9) (----) (1.2) (1.3) (1.4) (1.0) (0.9) Ice Road Truckers 0.8 (----) (1.2) (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Sister Wives 0.8 (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Ghost Hunters 0.8 (0.9) (0.9) (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Dexter 0.7 (0.7) (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Next Iron Chef 0.7 (0.9) (0.7) (0.7) (1.0) (1.0) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Eastbound And Down 0.5 (0.3) (0.3) (0.4) (0.4) (0.4) (0.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Fantasia 0.4 (----) (0.6) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Paranormal State 0.4 (0.4) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Football Wives 0.3 (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (0.6) (0.5) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) (----) Bored To Death

* “Undercover Boss” hit another all-time low. * Almost everything on ABC and CBS hit season lows, including “Desperate,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Makeover,” “Videos,” “Amazing Race,” and “60 Minutes.” (“CSI Miami” was an exception.)
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  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:09 p.m. CST

    great!

    by Stalkeye

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    That's Good News!

    by Arcangel2020

    That's good news that "The Wlaking Dead" pulled in some pretty excellent ratings...considering that it is on Cable and it IS a Horror show. I am hoping that the ensuing episodes are equally as good as, if not better than the premiere episode and that it continues to with excellent ratings as well.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Great news...Now greenlight Season 2, AMC!

    by SpyGuy

    We need to keep this series on the air long enough to make it to the Governor storyline.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Well done, America!

    by vic twenty

    I can only hope those who tuned in will be back for the next 5 episodes. Way to support quality zombie programming.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST

    5.3 million total viewers is awesome...

    by Mr. Profit

    I knew this would be a hit. Every talkback had people saying AMC lacked faith or was dumping it on Halloween and look at what happened. It's their highest rated show now.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST

    Great news, but...

    by ApolloBrowncoat

    ...wondering how many of those viewers stick around to watch the rest of the season, and how many just watched the pilot because they wanted something scary to watch on Halloween night.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Nice! Congrats AMC!

    by fiester

    Well done!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Despite being dead tired from Halloween(snort)

    by HapaPapa72

    My wife and I stayed up to catch this. Enjoyed it a lot. Great way to end Halloween this year.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    YESSSSS

    by SpawnofAchilles

    Bring on seasons 2-10!!!!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    The numbers are even more impressive

    by InActionMan

    considering it was up against a World Series Game and Sunday Night Football. Green light Seasons 2 and 3.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:23 p.m. CST

    fantastic

    by adml_shake

    the show certainly deserved it! I hope it can keep this up, I'd love to see Jersey Whore put in its place by some actual quality programming.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    I can't believe it's still not up on iTunes.

    by Royston Lodge

    They would be making some CRAZY money if they were selling Season Passes.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Excellent!

    by Bruce Leroy

    This first episode was amazing. I already can not wait to have the whole series on DVD. This is high quality horror.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST

    More comic to TV series soon to follow.

    by David Cloverfield

    It's a more natural medium to adapt ongoings anyway.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Well deserved - by far the best show this season

    by HndMeFood

    great pacing and use of silence to build tension. Can't wait to see the rest of the season.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    THE 'LONESOME DOVE' OF ZOMBIE MOVIES!

    by uberman

    Very, very good show! Good script, camera work, pacing, acting, etc. But what I really want to emphasise is that this is the first time an fx crew made truly realistic looking corpses...that walk fo course. Most movie zombies simply look like a group of fan-boys in bad makeup shambling around. These zombies look PUTRID, as in rotting. The only thing I felt they got wrong was the blood spray when they get shot. In a real zombie, it would be gory, but after 48 hours that blood would be more solid, as in congealed, and not runny. Anyways, if it keeps up at this level, this is going to be the LONESOME DOVE of zombie flicks. It just blows away the others (cept for Zombieland, which was pretty good)

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Thank you America.

    by roguechef664

    Let's all hope for no dropoff. But AMC seems to have a lock on all the great, scripted programming. Now, let's get someone to do an hourlong based on 100 Bullets.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:30 p.m. CST

    It is up...

    by Dead_Geek

    ...on Itunes

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    The show was pretty damn cool...

    by Heckles

    ...didn't think I would dig it this much. Great story that was well told, awesome special effects, capable acting, and it looks sustainable for good run on TV. Look forward to the ride.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    I hope we get to see

    by adml_shake

    A copy of this book laying around in one of the scenes! http://tinyurl.com/2a9v8pg

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Hopefully they have a black & white version on BR or DVD

    by Mummy_Under_Your_Bed

    Darabont did that with the Mist and it was great.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Oh, it's only unavailable on Canadian iTunes.

    by Royston Lodge

    Damned Soviet Canuckistan copyright regs fuck me again.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:35 p.m. CST

    Glad to hear it but...

    by The Funketeer

    Getting people to watch a zombie show on Halloween isn't that impressive. I'll be more impressed if they can maintain those numbers. I'd like it if they doubled them. It was a great show.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:37 p.m. CST

    Stop beating-off to Darabont,

    by ChocolateJeebus

    Herc, you're getting spooge on my monitor. Although I'm glad a good show finally got good ratings.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    I just finished

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    The hardcover Book Four of the comic and my jaw literally dropped at what I was reading and seeing. No spoilers but it was one of the most intense things I've ever read, going to pick up Book Five today!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    'In your face Whedon!!"

    by Hercules

    Buffy averaged 5.3 million viewers in its third season.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:50 p.m. CST

    Buffy was a great show. As was Angel (great finale!).

    by vic twenty

    Weekly horror that delivered. Still hated on by the same jackasses now hating on The Walking Dead. Maybe horror just isn't for you guys/gals.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    I loved it

    by funkylovemonkey

    and I not a fan of zombies or the horror genre in general. Except for Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead, but those in my mind are much more comedies then zombie movies. The entire show was fantastic, with some great acting, writing and fx.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    Genius move to put it on Halloween

    by skycrapper

    Let's see if people stay with it. It was pretty promising, not perfect, but damn good.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Whedon is OUT, KIRKMAN IS IN!

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    ALL HAIL ROBERT KIRKMAN!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Counting the repeat showing...

    by RaRoMo

    ...on Sunday, The Walking Dead pulled in a cumulative 8.1 million viewers, which is incredible. TWD had the highest rated pilot of any show, broadcast or cable, debuting in 2010.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Not a fair analogy

    by joemc79

    Not really a fair analogy to compare it to True Blood. AMC is basic cable and included but HBO is an extra 21.99 a month so there are less subscribers.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Ha Ha!! Desperate Housewives Owns Your Ass!!

    by cookylamoo

    A show that never even gets a nod at AICN.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Ha Ha!! Desperate Housewives Owns Your Ass!!

    by cookylamoo

    A show that never even gets a nod at AICN.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Awesome.

    by Lacobus

    Y: The Last Man next please!!!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:22 p.m. CST

    Why no La La's Wedding talkback?!

    by Simpsonian

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    No, Football owns our asses

    by skycrapper

    and the women go in the other room to watch housewives. Which doesn't really deserve a "nod" does it?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:23 p.m. CST

    i still say this should have ended on halloween

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    Imagine having it amp up all month of october and then to have the big finally on halloween. I just find it odd that we'll be watching the finale while christmas jingles and egg nog hover in the background

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    hopefully this will mean a preacher series

    by brabon300

    making comics into series makes more sense than than movies

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Damn DirecTv, no AMC-HD...

    by Simpsonian

    numbers would have been even higher! well, one more viewer at least. Patiently waiting for the blu-ray...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Fell asleep twice during this suckfest...

    by Jbfan15

    Can't for the life of me understand all the adulation. Everything in this leaden hour-and-a-half has been done before, and better. Self-important, plodding and witless, it doesn't deserve to be mentioned in the same breath with Dexter, Mad Men and Breaking Bad.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:27 p.m. CST

    @Royston Lodge

    by scors54

    You can purchase the entire season pass at ITunes right now-go check again, I did this Saturday.It's 14.95 and the episodes will auto download to you ITunes account. I got the first one his morning.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Clearly Desperate Housewives needs a Zombie episode!

    by Snake Foreskin

    And countdown in 3...2...1...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    Also fell asleep...

    by Bronte

    ...and so did my wife. Maybe it was too much Halloween candy, but it could also be that this thing was boring as hell. And we both loved the comics. Watch for a rapid plunge in ratings.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    ill wait to see non Halloween numbers

    by Saen

    Its a zombie show on Halloween. Lets see what it pulls next week before we get too pumped.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    If this serves as any indication...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...my wife IS NOT a fan of the genre, but she appreciates good writing and performance. She connects with the character complexity and human drama of The Wire, the sick humor of Shaun of the Dead and the bleakness of 28 Days Later. Those comparisons helped to get her to give this a try and she absolutely LOVED it. Knowing some of the material, along with Darabont's rep...my only concern was performance. The Love Actually guy in the lead scared me in a bad way...Lennie James just the opposite. After about 15 minutes I found myself really 'caring' and got that special tingle that the whole thing was coming together...really working. I Fucking love that feeling!...wish it happened more often. My original point was that for those concerned about ratings support from the non genre loving, female demographic, of which the wife is a charter member...rest easy. Quality writing, performance and overall production are gonna win that battle for us. My wife's in for the long haul however long that may be.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Great news! Now...

    by Sulla

    let's keep that number high and prove it wasn't a Halloween fluke, which I personally don't think it was. Sure, it helped, but if a show is good it's good, and people will return.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    got more than a dozen non-genre fans to watch

    by George Newman

    all weekend i had been talking it up and we had people crowded around two tvs in adjacent apartments. even watched it with my sister and she's never really interested in what i'm doing.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Αll Hail,All Hail

    by KilliK

    lets hope that this will be the cause for other on-going comic series to be adapted into tv-series.like for instance Ennis' Punisher Max series.heh? heh?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    Let's be fair, Herc

    by CCon99

    I'm happy with these numbers for TWD as well, because it's an awesome show and the next 2 episodes are just as good, if not better. But to be fair, if True Blood was on a basic cable channel, I'm sure their numbers would have been higher. A 3.2 rating for a channel you have to subscribe to, is an insane number.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Don't have HBO

    by jimmy_009

    So I can't watch True Blood till I get it on Netflix. But I would if I could. Comparing the ratings is comparing apples to oranges. Walking Dead was great though, the scene where the cop finds that half-zombie was surprisingly touching.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:08 p.m. CST

    This show is frelling amazing.

    by AshokForgiven

    Mania just gave the pilot an A+. Bravo, AMC.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Amazing!

    by redshirt

    Him going back to the torso zombie, speaking kind words to her and putting her down was an incredible touch. It's little things like this that make for superior story telling. And my god what an effect that creature was!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    It's officially popular. You know what that means...

    by David Cloverfield

    Talkback hate in 10... 9... 8...

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Awesome premiere

    by 7Cal

    And at a 3.3, this show is guaranteed a season 2 renewal on AMC. They renewed Mad Men and Breaking Bad which don't come close to those numbers. I'm surprised they haven't announced a renewal already, actually, like HBO did when Boardwalk Empire debuted strong.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Never heard anythingon the ad campaign

    by Bass Ackwards

    Where "zombies" were going to be wandering around major cities worldwide, did that come to fruition?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Didn't they already greenlight season 2?

    by SnapT

    Remember hearing that months ago.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Does AMC do alot of reruns?

    by pushthebuttonmax

    I was doing a college precal quiz Sunday night. Yeah.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Even if it loses half its

    by edwardpenishands

    audience it should still get picked up for another season. I didn’t think America would be down with the zombies but I guess they have become more and more popular. It’s nice to see a show that I like finally get some solid ratings. Most of America just watches crap like 1 ½ men and 1 coked up man naked in the bathroom of a restaurant yelling niggers at the top of his lungs because a porn star wanted the money up front. Come to think of it, that would actually be worth watching.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Good show

    by JackSack

    I wasn't feeling the love for this show at about the half way mark. Felt it was just too bleak. But, the entire sequence in Atlanta and the way it ended reeled me back in, big time. I need to know what happens next! Well crafted episode.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    Thank god for visual fast forward= TWD= BORING

    by joker40

    Im so glad you can visually fast speed through the boring non speaking scenes...when watching in x15 visual mode..takes about half the time to watch...thank goodness..I would pay the $20.00 for True Blood over this over hyped Sh^^ anyday/night of the week..I hope the coming eps change my mind about TWD..otherwise yawn..

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Ratings = Box Office

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    = Who gives a shit, aside from its influence in shows being canceled.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:49 p.m. CST

    Agreed Thunderbolt Ross

    by CCon99

    I always enjoyed Harry's Anti-Box Office stance, because it takes away from the art of film making and not all good movies are seen by wide audiences. I wish coaxial followed suit, because half the bickering in the TB's is when Herc is gloating shows he likes are doing better than shows he don't like the creators on for whatever reason.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Will we have to wait until NEXT Halloween for season 2?

    by ShabbyBlue

    Because that's just ridiculous if true. For a 6 episode season, they should treat it like South Park. Do a short run in the fall and then another set of episodes in Spring 2011, and then another set in Fall 2011 and so on. People will forget about it and lose interest if they take a whole year to give us more after the initial 6 episodes. It's shit like that that really pissed off LOST and BSG fans.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    WWE Monday Night Raw

    by ParagonComplex

    I remember when it regularly got at least a 4.0, peaking at a 8.3. Used to be the undisputed king of cable.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Only thing I didn't like about Walkind Dead

    by jimmy_009

    was the cheap-o effect in the hospital when his fellow cop was bringing him flowers. Felt way beneath the production values of the rest of the show, like something you'd see on an episode of Blossom or Sebrina the Teenage Witch or something.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Being as I'm NOT a fan of

    by KCViking

    zombie and/or horror flicks/books/etc,I was quite suprised that I enjoyed this.I'll definitely tune in next week.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:44 p.m. CST

    Critically acclaimed popular,

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:51 p.m. CST

    The Walking Dead succeeds where George A. Romero has recently fa

    by CreepyThinMan1978

    CreepyThinMan here…..<br> <br>I fucking LOVE Horror and Zombies are my most beloved sub-genre. I’ve watched, read and played about everything to do with the living dead while my three top movies would be Return of the Living Dead (1985), Dawn of the Dead (1978) and Zombie (1979), my favorite music video of all time is Thriller and the first three Resident Evil games proudly sit on my shelf along side my copies of Book of the Dead: The Complete History of Zombie Cinema by Jamie Russell and World War Z : An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks. <br> <br>I will watch ANYTHING involving Zombies from beginning to end, even the lowest of low budget shit such as The Video Dead, unlike certain limp wristed pansies that write for this site. I just never get tired of the living challenged and their dietary needs. <br> <br>IMHO this has been the decade of the zombie as more living dead flicks have been made then at any other time, particularly with major studio backing in some cases. This was spurred on by the release of the first Resident Evil movie, 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead followed by the Dawn of the Dead remake and, the genre’s creator, George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead. It seems that, everywhere you look these days, zombies are everywhere. There was even one as President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 *smirk*. There are also “zombie walks” that have taken place in various cities where people dress up and stumble about all in good fun. <br> <br>The Walking Dead is a comic book series created by Robert Kirkman, with art by Tony Moore and then Charles Adlard who took over from issue #7 onwards, that has been adapted as a TV series by Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile and The Mist) who also scripted the entire six part series while Directing the first episode called Days Gone Bye of which this review refers to. <br> <br>There are only two eras in Horror as far as I’m concerned; Pre-Night of the Living Dead and Post-Night of the Living Dead. What Romero’s movie did was drag Horror away from the castles and crypts of Old Europe and placed it firmly in Middle America of the late 1960’s. Not only did he practically invent his own genre but he also cemented NOTLD’s reputation as an uncompromising Horror masterpiece by ramming the audiences face into an unrelentingly nihilistic vision of death where there is no hope and no one survives. It still makes me smile when I think of Roger Ebert’s review of NOTLD where he describes how he sat in a theatre filled with kids who had been left there by their parents, probably while off to do some shopping, who thought that their children were going to watch some silly monster movie. He tells of 9 year olds crying because of the sheer terror they were experiencing and when I think of that I can’t stop laughing. <br> <br>Later Romero created yet another zombie masterpiece in 1978, Dawn of the Dead, which has gained more relevance with each passing year with its satirical subtext of the zombies representing mindless consumerism. Day of the Dead is the Return of the Jedi of Romero’s zombie series and, just like Lucas, it represents the beginning of a downward trajectory in the overall quality of the series. Romero’s mistake, IMHO, with Day was that he placed the events too far into the future, after the initial resurrection of the dead. By this time the characters have been living with this for so long that they are used to it, so there was no where to go dramatically which is why Romero felt he needed to create dramatic tension with the annoying and obnoxious military bitches who do nothing but act like complete and utter fucking assholes to such an extent that you have to wonder why the more reasonable characters didn’t just take off in the helicopter and not come back? <br> <br>Then there is Bub, the “zombie with a soul” who, under observation, shows that he has some memory of his former life and basic emotions as in evidence of his outburst at the discovery of Dr. Logan’s death. This plotline was an obvious indication that Romero himself was becoming less interested in his human characters. The real mistake is that Romero started to put forward the idea that the zombies were somehow “evolving”. That concept never jived with me as I feel these things are nothing more then motorized chunks of rotting flesh looking to sink their teeth into something much like the shark in Jaws. The true flaw in the Romeroverse is his characters lack of pathos and real human emotions apart from fear and terror. <br> <br>IMHO, I wish Romero had modeled Day of the Dead on those nuclear holocaust movies of the 1980’s such as The Day After, Threads and Testament. Make it an ensemble piece that showed ordinary life before the dead came back to life and focus on the human drama of characters trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world surrounded by the living dead at every turn. <br> <br>With the first episode of The Walking Dead, Kirkman and Darabont have made the type of zombie movie that can stand with the best of them. They emphasize their characters attempts to survive and focus on their humanity, even extending that towards the zombies themselves who are regarded with pity and sadness, acknowledging that these were once people who lost their lives, while also reminding us that they are dangerous and not sad eyed puppies like Bub was. <br> <br>Sheriffs’ Deputy Rick Grimes is shot in the line of duty and wakes up some time later in a hospital, an obvious nod to 28 Days Later (itself a homage to Romero’s living dead series), and is confronted with the horror’s of this new world. Corpses everywhere and the look of terror on Grimes face is palatable. British actor Andrew Lincoln does a great job here, really sells the characters fear and his southern accent is fine without overboard. His first confrontation with one of the walking dead is the park zombie, a female corpse that is badly decomposed with its lower half missing. It’s an instant classic make-up job (supervised by Greg Nicotero of KNB) that uses CGI sensibly while the actress cast really makes you both sympathies and fear her character. <br> <br>Grimes goes to his home to find his wife and son gone and soon comes into contact with Morgan Jones, and his son, who are hold up in one of the abandoned houses on Ricks street. They relate to Rick what happened and explain a few of the old tropes about the walking dead, don’t get bit, get them in the head to put them down and although they might seems pathetic on their own, don’t let yourself get stuck in a corner with a bunch of them near by, a mistake that Rick makes at the end of the episode. But it seems the father (well played by fellow Brit Lennie James) has his own burden as his wife (who had been bitten-died- and came back) is wandering around the neighborhood because he didn’t have the heart to put down the mother of his child. This is exactly the type of wrenching human drama that is otherwise missing from Romero’s comic book styling’s and makes The Walking Dead all the better for it. <br> <br>Rick decides to go to Atlanta, where Jones relates that there were broadcasts promising shelter and safety in the initial days of the outbreak, as it seems logical that his wife and their son would have gone there. Rick, Jones and his son head to the police station and stock up on weapons and ammo. Jones stays behind to take care of his wife while Rick goes forward but not before taking care of some business himself. I’m not going to go further, as I don’t want to ruin what happens when Rick makes the mistake of letting himself get surrounded by zombies, but it’s very cool and sets up the next episode. <br> <br>Overall, I have to say that, even on its own, The Walking Dead : Days Gone Bye stands as one of the best piece’s of zombie related entertainment since Charlie Brooker’s absolutely fantastic Big Brother-reality TV Brit series Dead Set (if you haven’t seen it DO SO NOW!). The writing and performances are very good and Darabont manages to create very solid mood and atmosphere while delivering plenty-o-gore, more then you’d expect for television. I’m also relieved that he has toned down the use of hand held shakey cam that, IMHO, was one of the things that brought down his adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. He picked up this technique from working on The Shield and thankfully has dialed it back towards more artfully composed framing while correctly sprinkling a little bit in here and there when it’s called for, specifically in moments when you need a frenetic action to create the kinetic visual energy of, say, being surrounded by hundreds of zombies. <br> <br>Anywho, my only worry at this point is that the rest of this six episode series won’t live up to the quality of Days Gone Bye. Darabont has scripted the entire series while the other five episodes are being Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson, Guy Ferland, Gwyneth Horder-Payton, Michelle Maxwell MacLaren and Johan Renck with Dickerson being the only person with any solid genre credits being that he Directed Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight, which I think was a pretty solid little movie back in the day. What all of them have in common is their extensive work in television drama’s which makes sense as Darabont is clearly putting emphasis on creating a series that doesn’t rely simply on action and violence but, instead, focuses on the human condition of people trying to survive and retain their humanity in a post-apocalyptic world filled with zombies and Horror’s of the human heart.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    I admit, this was TOO GOOD for T.V.

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    Darabont, this was some fine work my man.Fine work once again. How are you not directing more movies? What in fuck's sake is wrong with producers? Darbont...god bless ye, ye monster loving sumbitch!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:54 p.m. CST

    DARABONT A HIT!, DARABONT TO DIRECT EVERY FILM OF 2011

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 6:55 p.m. CST

    Awesome entertainment

    by Shub-Wankalot

    All the drama, angst, morality, dark humor, and gore to celebrate and revel in this quaint bloody series - a winner in my eyes. You can never get enough living dead exploitation and wanking.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Off to a good start

    by Manatee

    Good pilot episode. Aside from all the "boring" character development, it boasted plenty of atmosphere and violence. As far as ratings go, I would expect it to settle around a 1.0-1.3 share, similar to AMC's other great shows.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    i didn't expect to, but

    by zom-bot.com

    i nearly got choked up with the dead black mom/dad/son drama, and with Rick taking the time to track down the half-zombie in the park. it flashed me back to the first time i saw Travis put down old yeller when he was rabid. i guess that was the point. plus you could tell the zombie was exhausted and in pain (?)....compelling.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Watch for a MASSIVE fall next week and the next and the next.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Fables TV

    by jimbojones123

    Then Y. More funnybooks on TV.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    EX Machina

    by P862010

    should be a tv series

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    CreepyThinMan1978 dont you think you are a bit hasty?

    by KilliK

    i mean its only an episode,the pilot episode and regardless of good it turned out to be and how popular to the audience,it still remains to see how the rest of the series will progress and handle the tv ratings.its too early to bring out the verdict thats all i am saying..

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    I"ll say it again for those who missed it...

    by WarrenSmooth

    DEAD SET sucks. If you want to spend 5 hours of your life, watching a great concept totally undermined by a ham-handed "let's just end it here" ending, watch it. Otherwise... take a pass.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Kirkman: Great with story, bad with dialogue

    by Burgundy82

    And that's why this series will be even better than the comic.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8 p.m. CST

    @ zombot

    by Turingtestee

    I felt the exact same way about that scene in the park. The actor playing the zombie did an amazing job getting that feeling to come across. Myb only complaint is that Rick should have wept then and not at home. That and the title sequence kinda sucked.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Yeah, title credits

    by 7Cal

    Too bad they didn't use those awesome fan-made title credits instead. Way better than the ones they actually did use. http://vimeo.com/15266890

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    do zombies still represent capitalist consumers

    by animas

    or just americans in general?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Absolutely loved it

    by Kammich

    Against all odds, I loved this show. Why against all odds? Unfortunately, I spent Halloween night in the emergency room with my most recent Crohn's flare-up, and didn't get to watch "The Walking Dead" until I got released at 4 a.m. So, in a shitty mood and a lot of pain, I'm amazed at how much I truly enjoyed the first episode. Brilliant, tense pacing. Game-changing zombie make-up effects. A well-written, likable protagonist and a great supporting turn by Lennie James. And they managed to pull 90 minutes of greatly compelling television out of, what, the first 3 issues or so of the comic? With writing like that, this series could really have legs. And I hope it does.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:17 p.m. CST

    I just saw that it's already available OnDemand...

    by DellsDontBounce

    in HD through my digital cable, till this Saturday. Awesome!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    It's no Swamp People, but I enjoyed the hell out of it.

    by Shermdawg

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    what i remember about the comic

    by zom-bot.com

    i vaguely recall it was implied the 'half zombie' was probably a person hit or run over by a car (maybe while on the nearby bike), probably trying to escape the neighborhood panic. that's what i gleaned from it, but i haven't seen that issue in years. in the show, it was just hey there's a dead chick by this bike i found.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    GREAT PILOT EPISODE!!!

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    It was a bit cleche overall (waking up from coma, stockpiling guns, survivors on walkie-talkies), but very scray none-the-less!!!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST

    I thought it was over at 11

    by Adelai Niska

    And then I thought a second episode had started. They should have made it clear that the show was an hour and a half. <p> Otherwise, good job AMC.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Jersey Shore?

    by dcut75

    THAT many people watch Jersey fucking Shore! We deserve everything that's coming!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    I hear you, dcut75

    by Manatee

    When I see the popularity of shows like JS all I can think is, "Bring on the asteroid!"

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Whedon has moved on to blockbuster films

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    Darabont has moved backwards to TV. Just sayin' for the Whedon hater.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    I don't care for Whedon, but... advantage Whedon.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    TV is not backwards

    by TheJudger

    We are in a new level of entertainment on demand. The only compromised aspect of adapting this to tv is the loss of excessive langauge- even that can be argued since it takes a certain type of person to resort to "F" bombs to deal. Movies are coming to the living room quicker then they ever did from the cinema's. As long as your vision isn't compromised because of the medium you want to show it off on- Then it's not a step back. I cant wait for FD's The Long Walk. Maybe that is next.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    Great show, but I'm a little bummed out to learn

    by Quadrillionaire

    that this season is only 6 episodes long. How's about getting 12 for Season 2?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Go Zombies Gooooo!

    by NeverTalksBack

    BTW Royston Lodge, it was available from itunes last night around 1:30am pacific time and I have a season's pass ;) <p> <p> I thought the first episode was excellent, I hope the ratings stay high!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    I totally enjoyed it but 1st week ratings don't mean crap.

    by chadiwack

    wait until week 4 then I'll be impressed with the viewer-ship.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    I'm just eager as hell to get to the prison

    by TheJudger

    That's when the story really goes wild. It's as if Kirkman got smashed out of his mind and became sadistic with everyone- You can almost heard him saying hey you love this cat right, Ha! well I'm drunk with power right now, this cat is gone, oh and you think the hero will rise and face the fire and walk away unscathed, Ha! no- and after they go there with these characters the special fx budget will shoot up a bit to keep the illusion alive. <P> Will they double shoot of all these characters scenes with motion controlled cameras to make this effect seemless, I guess they could use an practical extension, but it will be very hard to make it look real, so I'm hoping it's a 2d clone and paste cgi job. If you don't know, don't seek out the answer out, don't ruin it for yourself, but this show, man, once they go to the prison and the town and they meet the Judge and seeing what we've seen there will be futurama tanks- oh hell you aint seen nothing yet. Even the devil himself would be disgusted and shocked. I cant wait!

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    AMC HD NOW

    by strykebr

    DirecTV & Charter dont have it, would make this show so much better

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST

    sadly, people only watched because it was Halloween

    by DioxholsterOperationsOutpost

    i mean who wouldnt? good start but expect a huge drop.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    The Governor

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    If the series makes it that far, which I hope it does, it'll be interesting to see what AMC will allow them to get away with when it comes to his character. Who do you think should play him? My vote goes to Garrett Dillahunt. Also, for Tyrese, there is no other actor better suited for that role than Chad Coleman who played "Cutty" in The Wire.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Sorry but first week means everything actually...

    by andrew coleman

    TV is like movies these days. Big opening with legs even lower rated legs is loved. It's small openings that get things canned. So this is already a hit especially with AMC. Haters will always just be haters. You found the show boring? Keep watching Jersey Shore you ADD bitch. I'm watching every episode baby! Great numbers against a World Series game and a Sunday Night Football game with America's Team(The Saints) and getting those numbers is impressive. Also saying "Expect a huge drop"... Do you think this is ground breaking? Every major show drops after first episode and don't you think AMC expects this? I mean the first episode was on Halloween I think they know a drop is coming.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Copycats begin in 3...2...1....

    by NzYme

    ABC, NBC, CBS, and HBO will all come out with some form of zombie series you wait.....

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    if hbo did a zombie series

    by palewook

    some of the zombies would have be to be depressed and some would have to be gay. <p> it's not tv, its been done before..

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST

    THE WALKING DEAD is not THE EVENT!

    by ForgetfulPete

    It actually gets good ratings! So, Herc - does Fox News win the 18-35 demographic typically? The internet seems to think so! What's your take on reality? Do you still believe THE EVENT IS THE FUTURE OF DRAMA ON TELEVISION (SERIOUSLY!) ?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    uberman...

    by SchwarzenGollum

    You just said "real zombie." That was kinda funny.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:17 p.m. CST

    get it on On Demand, AMC!

    by BadMrWonka

    I was out on Halloween, I don't have Tivo. it's not on Hulu or streaming on AMC's site. are they just basically DARING me to download this illegally?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    So much better than anything Romero has done

    by Powerring

    refreshing---real story, real actors, real script and excellent effects. This is what Romero could have made after NOTLD if he wasn't such a yellow-toothed hack.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    tried to watch it on...

    by deelzbub

    Casttv...picked up some spyware and was able to watch 20 mins at a snail's pace. Probably took an hour and a half to get that far. Dont even try that suck-ass site.<P> Anyone with a solution?

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Warners get to it

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Y The Last Man, Ex Machina, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Transmetropolitan all great properties, just need to be handled by the right people and you too could produce quality like this. <p> All much better as TV series than movies as well.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    I don't give a shit about ratings...But this show was awesome

    by theneonsamurai

    awesome.

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Juemad

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    Whedon needs to prove himself in regards to Avengers, and he has set himself a very very tought task. <p> For me there has been some outstanding cable TV this year, and the movies have been very very average (I would struggle to come up with a top ten at this stage, top 5 at best).

  • Nov. 1, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Creepy Thin Man

    by CharlesThomasMathewsMom

    Enjoy the ban you stupid, reprehensible prick.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Really liked it

    by Epsilon

    The beginning didn't wow me since it was basically a ripoff of 28 days later (which carried out that premise better), but the second hour was particularly good. Also, because I live outside of Atlanta, it was cool to see the ATL skyline in the show.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    I loved how they pointed out how

    by Dapper Swindler

    Firing a gun will attract the zombie horde. I've been waiting for a zombie flick smart enough to point that out.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:45 a.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/28lf2vm

    by crispengloverdirectedme

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST

    The scene that took my breath away was...

    by DarkHawke

    ...when Rick practically rode into that big ol' pack of zombies. I've read the book, I saw the trailer, but that still caught me like a cold hand at the back of the neck! EVERY bit as good as I'd hoped, and Hallelujah Lordy Christ, it's even popular! Whodathunkit? The only downside is that there's only 5 more eps left in the season! AMC! Renew this brilliant show NOW!!!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    So glad to hear it's a big success out of the gate.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Downloaded the episode off itunes, will watch it when I finish work before sleep - have been with Kirkman since the first issue of Walking Dead and have loved every one. Hasn't been a better comic epic since the whole Judda/Kraken/Deadman/Judge Dredd Necropolis epic, for me at least. Dead keeps getting better and better and I really didn't believe they'd do it justice. Reading the success and the comments on characterisation have really made me excited to see it later. Cannot wait, now. Didn't see the Love Actually chap as Rick but I'm guessing that's gonna change for me pretty quick if the positive comments are right. Long live the show. Great news for comic fans in general, quality conversions like this can only be good news for all the better properties.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    Best. News. Ever.

    by FlandersBum

    Nice to something like this do well. Needs to be renewed asap.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST

    And the Romero bashing continues...

    by Volllllume3

    Pathetic really. The guy INVENTED the genre for fucks sake.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:57 a.m. CST

    I enjoyed pirating Walking Dead 2 Weeks ago

    by EmmaWatsonsWeirdAss

    wasn't expecting much save for a better version of 28 days later and it was.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:21 a.m. CST

    The first ep fucking rocked!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Just watched it and it was pretty awesome stuff! Way to go!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:47 a.m. CST

    why the Whedon hate in here?

    by palewook

    only thing i know of whedon and walking dead, he's admitted to being a fan of kirkman's work and the ongoing series.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    as for the calls of renew

    by palewook

    amc ordered a 13 episode season 2, before it premiered.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST

    MAD MEN Is Still The Best Show, But TWD Is Really Good

    by LaserPants

    I'm glad that it's such a hit! The comic is great.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:26 a.m. CST

    i remember when creepythin man..

    by zom-bot.com

    ...used to have something to say and didn't just push his blog or repost an entire 'review'. i liked him better as an anti-aicn rebel and not a self promoting troll.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:46 a.m. CST

    the show kicked ass!

    by MAD_MIKE

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST

    I feel sorry for those....

    by Take_29_Productions

    .....who have not read the comic, but I'm also jealous. I would love to be reading it again for the first time!! I made a live action "trailer/tribute" for the show myself. Please go check it out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln-1FdHkVgo

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    Anyone catch Dead Set on IFC over the weekend...

    by Gus Sinclair

    That was solid and surprisingly gory.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Soooo excited

    by skywise404

    that this episode did so well...hopefully they can keep it up so we get seasons 2 and 3 at the very least.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    CAUSE THIS IS THRILLERRRR!!!! THRILLER NIIGGHHT!

    by turketron_2

    I wonder if MJ and thriller existed in the world of The Walking Dead?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Something never seen in a Zombie Movie

    by DangerDave

    A devoured corpe. Everyone knows the cannon the the zombie story...they feast on flesh. But there are never and corpses that just lay about having been consumed. TWD had that...in the hospital hallway. <P> Tip of the hat Darabout!!!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Why is noone ever concerned about blow-back?

    by tritium

    I mean, if it is a pathogen that is causing the animation of the dead into zombies...wouldn't one be concerned about getting blood/viscera/bodily fluids on them when shooting them in the head at CLOSE range ????

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    Kevin Bacon Zombie????

    by DangerDave

    Did anyone notice the "Lead Zombie" in downtown Atlanta? There are rumors that it was Kevin Bacon (I am not falling for that) But he was giving a lot of screen time...considering the number of zombies in the scene. In fact, he and Rick shared a long stare before closing the hatch on the tank.... <P> Thoughts?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    I thought that zombie looked more like Jim Carrey

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    I think the reason why that particular zombie was given notable screen time is because its actions will factor in later in a future episode.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Romero Bashers

    by TheJudger

    Both the comics and the show are continual. Of course the characters will mean more to the audience because of this. <P> You get to be with these characters for a much longer period of time. experiencing more with them, then you could in 3 hour or under film setting. <P> I kind of think it's unfair to compare TWD to any Romero Film, because of this. I hope someone gets him on the show, somehow, at some point or maybe they let him guest direct and episode.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Well Darabont did say in a recent issue of Empire

    by skimn

    that he would show things we haven't seen before in the zombie genre. Glad to see he was true to his word.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST

    Prof.

    by DangerDave

    I would assume that too, considering that cannon states that they zombies will persue for miles. <P> He might be following them in future episodes. Maybe someone knows him from the group?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    Skimn

    by DangerDave

    I hope that he continues because that is the shit that makes it real for me.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Buffy's 3rd season was back in the 20th century

    by punto

    when there was no internet. It was a different time

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I'd give the pilot a B

    by FrodoFraggins

    It was good and was well placed on halloween. But it dragged a bit. It's still far more interesting than shows I've stuck with like Rubicon.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Fucking great!

    by Billyeveryteen

    Best Zombies evar!! That legless one crawling around was tits. I'm all like "Holy Shit! That was a real fucking zombie!"

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Bollocks

    by Sharpe

    I so want to see this but will no doubt have to wait an eternity before it shows up at some ungodly hour with little advertising in the UK. I'm a moving pictures bitch at heart so I'm going to give the comic a wide berth and enjoy a zombie show I know little about. You jammy Yanks.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:20 a.m. CST

    Loved it, I want more.

    by craptacular

    TWD delivers. The horse got it worse than anybody!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    HEY THE JUDGER

    by SpawnofAchilles

    STOP SPOILING THE STORY YOU STUPID FUCKING ASSHOLE.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:42 a.m. CST

    pretty good but could have been better

    by lostboytexas

    it seemed a little low budget for me and some of the SFX were too obvious. Why would you have to add barrels post process? still better than most of the TV shows out there.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:47 a.m. CST

    "jammy Yanks"?

    by skimn

    Am I being slammed or complimented?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Moving Zombies...

    by KabutoKoji

    I agree with what another talkbacker mentioned earlier. This thing was quality all the way. It looked and felt like a film, not a tv show. The cinematography, scope, framing, etc. was superior and it showed Darabont's craftmanship and all that experience he has, not only in tv but film as well. Outstanding pilot episode. Keep it up.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 10:03 a.m. CST

    NeverTalksBack: Thank you!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    I just bought my Season Pass.<p> Damn you iTunes, scaring me like that!!!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Loved the QUIET

    by ennio

    Praise Darabont to have the balls to keep the score to a minimum. The eerie quiet between shootings adds more texture than a typical American bombastic score to tell us all how to feel. Darabont knows classic-cinema.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Skimn

    by Sharpe

    'Jammy' is a Brit slang word for 'lucky', so you're kind of being slammed and complimented at the same time.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Knobules

    by DangerDave

    That sequence was great because the scene in the comic book is 2 frames....Rick pulls over...get out of the car and blast it and leaves. <P> Darabont knows how to make it great, with that alone, he has my fullest of attention.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:18 a.m. CST

    Black & White

    by mayorofsmpleton

    Apparently they will include a B&W version for the DVD/BD release of Season 1 for the pilot at the very least. Darabont said if there was enough interest they might be able to convince them to let 'em do it for every episode but that it was unlikely. I think it would be a cool special feature.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Hey America! THANKS!!!!!!!

    by sam jacksons wig

    You're finally getting what the world has known for fucking ages, and switching off from bollocks such as Jersey Shore, Desperate Housewives and the Kardasians..... all mind numbing cunt discharge of TV programming. <br>br> However, stick with True Blood, please. I live in hope that I will eean episode where Anna Paquin takes it up the arse and then sucks Bills cock straight afterwards......

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    Regarding the fan credits

    by BlaGyver

    LOVED them, but didn't expect them to use them or anything. That said, it would have been really cool/really appropriate for the scene if for the last scene of the pilot (in the tank) they used the song from the fan-made trailer and ended it on the same note (where the guy is singing "Come on baby, I need fresh blood")

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    I've got 10 rolls of 16mm. Now I wanna make a zombie flick!

    by Royston Lodge

    The film is WAY past its expiry date, and my two 16mm cameras are broken, but where there's a will there's a way!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:46 a.m. CST

    Two and a Half Men Owns Your Ass!

    by wash

    13.95 MILLION VIEWERS in 2010! HAIL TO THE SHEEN, BABY!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    last night..............

    by sam jacksons wig

    ScottPilgimFan had two and a half men.......<br><br> And the midget had the biggest cock of the three.....

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    jimmy_009

    by Bedhead7

    Agree, I also can't stand the cheap-o effect used in the hospital flowers scene. I thought the effect used in Predators when the chick got drugged by the poison knife works much better for this type of thing. Peter Jackson pulled out the cheap-O effect in some of the orc heavy LotR shots and It looked like crap there as well. NO MORE Cheap-O effects ever again please! Also, of all the songs they could have picked for the end of the tank scene/episode, why did they pick that B rate, Quiznos/Kmart soundtrack song? Other than that, the episode was a fucking masterpiece!

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST

    didn't like the last song at all.

    by zom-bot.com

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    oops- hit enter too soon...

    by zom-bot.com

    anyway, didn't like the last song either. was hoping for something as out of left field yet appropriate as the song used in the trailer. the end music undid the gravity of the situation. even the music in snyder's DoTD, though modern and 'ironic' was better suited in that....and most any stephen king movie (darabont or not) has better suited, ironic throwback music. it seemes to suit horror.hope they choose better the rest of the season.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    I knew that horse was gonna get it

    by elsewhere

    as soon as it went clip clopping around the city.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 2:18 p.m. CST

    Coma effect: inside joke to Romero?

    by MGTHEDJ

    Romero, after doing NOTLD, did an episode of the old PBS children's show "Mr Rogers' Neighborhood." Mr. Rogers had to go to the hospital, and Romero, as director of the footage, did a sequences where Rogers was sedated. The screen did that blurry picture effect. True story.<p>I too loved the quite. One thing I hate about Broadcast TV is they will not use silence to great effect. They are terrified of Silence.-----later----m

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 3:56 p.m. CST

    FINALLY (BUT?)

    by RottNElsewhere

    Entertaining (with lots of fun visual references/lifted shots), too few real bugs to keep me away from it. But if it gets too soapy- (in between big punch-outs/gun play over who's boinking who's whatever, gotta pause and pop a coupla zombie heads just to keep things on target)

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Sorry but this show was mediocre

    by MST3KPIMP

    just a self-indulgent CGI-blood slow-burn quasi-drama try ing to be deeper than it is. Didnt care about any characters. Ooooh he shot the zombie girl.. big deal. Most zombie movies are uneeded and this will be a weekly installment of said mediocrity cept many of you dopes will exagerate how good this is and make it into a phenomenon. suckas..

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5 p.m. CST

    ^^^^14 yrs old ^^^^

    by vic twenty

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST

    Why is noone ever concerned about blow-back

    by Alientoast

    Well a) the blood would be coagulated, so less liquid splatter b) when he used the baseball bat on that one chilling by the mailbox, he did have a splatter shield in front of his face. The show has shown some good realism anyways in other aspects...like the fact that firing a revolver inside a closed metal space like a tank would be deafeningly loud.

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 7:12 p.m. CST

    2.7? 3.3?

    by supertoyslast

    That's quite a big error which has been corrected. How come it was so far out?

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Caprica/BSG is dead...all hail Walking Dead!

    by _V_

  • Nov. 2, 2010, 11:53 p.m. CST

    @ DangerDave

    by SamBlackChvrch21

    Your Zombie in question is Special FX specialist Joe Giles, he appears in the pilot and 1 other episode.

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Err...wasn't it 3.3...like...yesterday?

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Now it's 2.7? What's happening?

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    yeah why 3.3 to 2.7?

    by Rocksy

    just changed the headline, and removed part of the paragraph without an reason?

  • Nov. 3, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    I loved the gunshot inside the tank.

    by Royston Lodge

    D'oh!

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