The Walking Dead (2010– )
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The Distance 

Recovering from a devastating storm, Rick and the group find themselves mistrustful of a new survivor who promises them safety in a walled-off community.


Larysa Kondracki


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 3 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Michael Cudlitz ... Abraham Ford
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler
Seth Gilliam ... Gabriel Stokes
Tyler James Williams ... Noah
Ross Marquand ... Aaron


The morning after the huge storm, Sasha and Maggie come across the man who has been following them and left a supply of water. Aaron tells them he's their friend and they have nothing to fear but Rick has no trust left in him and isn't prepared to take any chances. Aaron says he and his group live in a walled city where people have families, homes and lead as normal a life as is possible in the circumstances. With some encouragement from Michonne Rick agrees they should all go with Aaron to Alexandria, Va. but afraid of walking into a trap, refuses to follow the route he's suggested. Rick alternate route leads them into a confrontation with a large group of walkers. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

22 February 2015 (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?


This episode introduces a new director: Larysa Kondracki. See more »


When Rick asks Michonne what she heard when she was outside Woodbury's walls for the first time she says she didn't hear anything. However the first time Michonne was outside of Woodbury's walls she and Andrea had just been captured by Merle and the Governor and were riding inside a SUV, so they couldn't of heard any sounds from inside the walls, even if they hadn't arrived at night after curfew. See more »


[first lines]
Maggie Greene: Hey. Everyone, this is Aaron. We met him outside. He's by himself. We took his weapon and we took his gear.
Aaron: [Aaron attempts to shake Rick's hand] Hi. It's nice to meet you.
Rick Grimes: You said he had a weapon?
Rick Grimes: [Maggie hands Rick Aaron's pistol] There something you need?
Sasha Williams: He has a camp nearby. He wants us to audition for membership.
Aaron: I wish there was another word. Audition makes it sound like we're some kind of dance troupe. That's only on Friday nights.
Aaron: [...]
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Another Great Episode
22 February 2015 | by cody-fields82See all my reviews

I don't have too much to say about this episode other than it was another good one. Michonne and Glenn really shined tonight with their dialog between one another and between the others within the group. It's been fun to see how Michonne has evolved since she was found at the prison gates in season 3, proving that it IS possible to keep humanity while also realizing that there's things that need to be done (i.e. killing The Governor). It's nice to see -- although maybe not for Aaron -- that Rick was being mistrustful of the prospects of a safe zone after Terminus and Woodbury. And to top it off, the scene where Rick, Glenn, Aaron, and Michonne stumble across a herd of walkers was really tense and action packed. Now, to see if Alexandria is truly the safe zone it's rumored to be...

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