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Walking Dead Season 1 Rewatch: Episode 1, “Days Gone Bye”

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The Walking Dead Series Premiere Rewatch: Days Gone Bye

Please Note:  We’ll be spoiling a number of Walking Dead developments which have occurred between the premiere and now.  Don’t listen if you’ve ONLY seen the premire and don’t want the series spoiled.

Rob Cesternino (@RobCesternino), Josh Wigler(@RoundHoward) are beginning a six-week quest to go back to the beginning of “The Walking Dead” with a special Season 1 re-watch series of podcasts.  This week the guys are re-watching the very first episode of “The Walking Dead” which aired on Halloween Night back in 2010.

In the premiere, we’ll take a look at the origin story of Rick Grimes, what happened to him in his coma and the major differences between the first hour of Walking Dead and where we are in Season 7.

  • Corey Shaw

    This is a webisode I found about a woman i assume she was running the hospital

  • TrentC

    Dale was the person I would leave off of the TWD top 30 list. For some reason I didn’t care for him.

    This is a great reminder to go back and do a TWD rewatch. I’ve only watched as the episodes aired since the beginning of the series.

    Looking forward to more, thanks Rob and Josh.

  • Matthew Murphy

    Frickin pumped for this mini retrospective.

  • Lance Davis

    I know that the ship has already sailed, but I long for the Days Gone Bye when Frank Darabont was at the helm of TWD. In my opinion, the show felt more cinematic and compelling as a whole during that first season. As Rob and Josh mentioned in the podcast, it was interesting that a good portion of the cast came over with Darabont after he had just got done filming, THE MIST. If I remember correctly, I had even read somewhere that the lead actor of that film, Thomas Jane, was at one time the preferred choice to play Rick Grimes before the part ultimately went to Andrew Lincoln. And lastly, these early seasons of TWD serve to remind me of just how bad-ass a character Shane (played by Jon Bernthal) was, a perfect antagonist to Rick in the early going of the show’s run.

    • TrentC

      I think the scene that was discussed involving Rick shooting the little girl illustrates your season one point. Yes we’ve seen some hardcore stuff in subsequent seasons, but something about the first season makes it feel more like a gritty horror movie than a TV series.

      Josh also touched on something I noticed when he was talking about the minimal sound. The Walking Dead has always given me a sense of emptiness or ‘lack of’, whether the scene is in an abandoned house or a city street. You can almost feel the missing electricity at times.

  • Derek_Sye

    Josh and Rob’s recaps are the best part of TWD anyways. More of those without having to watch new episodes seems like a win-win to me.

  • Megan

    Loved listening to this!!!

  • Beefcake

    I am re-watching with you guys. I did not watch S1 live; I binged it on AMC right before the S2 premiere, so this will be fun for me.

    My main observation on the rewatch is that the zombies were way, way faster and smarter back then. How come they aren’t this smart and fast in Fear the Walking Dead?

    Also, I remember really liking (and rooting for) Shane in S1 and S2. Rick is an idiot and Shane seemed to have a much better philosophy about surviving the apocalypse. That hasn’t changed so far during the re-watch. How much better of would this group have been if Rick never showed up??? #TeamShane

    • J-me not Hi-me

      ’cause FTWD sucks?

  • Charles Bikle

    Here’s an article published around the time of Darabont’s departure, in which Kurt Sutter (Sons Of Anarchy) gives his opinion on why it happened:

  • Charles Bikle

    IMO, having the Walkers occasionally show “human” characteristics, would have added another layer of creepiness to the show.

    Thinking about it, the show might have vastly better and much less predictable if Darabont had stayed.

    Maybe that booted mystery figure is Frank Darabont ?

    • TrentC

      I’m one of the three people who liked the Hershel Farm season. That would be my choice, find a place and fortify it forever.

      Touching on what you mention, I thought season two asked a good question. How far away from humanity are the walkers?

      • Charles Bikle

        I’d almost think that, besides budget issues, THIS might have been one of the key disagreements between Darabont and Kirkman & co.

        • TrentC

          I read the Sutter link below and it’s kinda scary to think that both The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad could have been axed early because of Mad Men and its budgetary needs. I enjoyed Mad Men, but to this day have never understood what all of the fuss was about. Breaking Bad was a much more satisfying series in my view and made me want to get completely invested in it after the first season.

          So do you think the plot direction of season two TWD is part of the reason Darabont hit the road?

          • Charles Bikle

            1. Sutter might’ve been full of crap.

            2. IMO, Mad men was a pretty entertaining look at the Kennedy era culture and its advertising. Darkly nostalgic in some cases and that’s where it resonated with me.

            3. I suspect that season two’s slowness was a byproduct of Darabont leaving and buying time for the showrunners to figure out exactly where they wanted to take the show.