The Walking Dead (2010– )
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As Glenn, Maggie, Abraham and co. head to D.C., a new revelation threatens to bring the whole journey to a halt.


Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 4 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes (credit only)
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon (credit only)
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes (credit only)
Danai Gurira ... Michonne (credit only)
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier (credit only)
Michael Cudlitz ... Abraham Ford
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene (credit only)
Chad L. Coleman ... Tyreese Williams (credit only)
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams (credit only)
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler
Seth Gilliam ... Gabriel Stokes (credit only)


Abraham is driving the bus to Washington but has an accident and the bus overturns. The group protects Eugene and walks to a bookstore to spend the night. Eugene discloses to Tara that he had sabotaged the bus but she does not reveal to the group. In the morning, Abraham finds a fire truck and they drive to Washington again. When the truck breaks on the road, Abraham wants to walk through a horde of walkers and Eugene discloses a secret to the group of survivors about his research. Meanwhile Abraham recalls the fate of his wife Annie and their two kids and how he met Eugene. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

9 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


After the second flash back from Abraham's past when you first see Ellen's face and the children, the group is leaving the bookstore heading towards the fire hall and you see them walking through a puddle with rotting cardboard and a dirty hairband that is the same as the one that Ellen was wearing. See more »


The entire inside of the church bus is seen engulfed in flames, yet the inside of the bus is made of metal. There may of been some fuel leakage, but you can clearly see flames originating from areas that couldn't possibly have gotten any spilled fuel on them. See more »


[first lines]
Rosita Espinosa: [Rosita combs Abraham's hair as he drives the mini-bus] It's getting a little messy for you.
Sgt. Abraham Ford: Gettin' ready for retirement. Relaxin' the grooming standards. Thinkin' about becomin' a plumber, a sheepherder, or something.
Rosita Espinosa: You ain't herding sheep now, Abraham. Eyes on the prize.
Sgt. Abraham Ford: Damn right. That's my girl. Maybe I'll let you shave me down all over, dolphin-smooth.
Rosita Espinosa: [Rosita laughs sitting back] I'll cut it for you tonight.
Sgt. Abraham Ford: [Abraham smiles] Yes, Ma'am.
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Referenced in Talking Dead: Heads Up (2015) See more »


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User Reviews

Helped Eugene and Abraham's character
10 November 2014 | by seshasai-trisSee all my reviews

Yes, the troop to DC start their journey. This episode does not take us through that journey but invests more time in character building.

The episode is centered on Eugene's character more. We finally get to see something more about him. The locations are well shot and so are the props around the characters. More Walker Kills, in cool ways add more positive points to this episode.

The first 3 seasons of the Walking dead were more story oriented making it interesting to average audience. Fourth season was entirely focused on character building, which might not be liked by everyone, who expect considerable story pace in each episode. This season started with rapid story telling, has it speed since last two episodes, focusing more on characterization and emotions. Yes, the walker killing scenes have increased compared to last season.

Whenever we view two episodes that lack story movement, we should expect a fast paced episode next in The walking dead series.

My Rating 7.3/10

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