The Walking Dead (2010– )
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Beside the Dying Fire 

As the farm is overrun by walkers, the group fights to escape.


Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)


Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal ... Shane Walsh (credit only)
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dale Horvath (credit only)
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier
Irone Singleton ... Theodore 'T-Dog' Douglas
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene
Scott Wilson ... Hershel Greene
Jane McNeill ... Patricia
James Allen McCune ... Jimmy


Rick and Carl return to the farm but quickly realize that that they are being followed by by a large group of walkers. Mayhem ensues as the humans try to save the farm but they are eventually forced to flee realizing that the it is lost. Several of them do not survive the onslaught and others are separated into small groups. Some are reunited but fed up with the constant bickering and complaints about his leadership, Rick lets it be known that people will now do as they are told. Andrea meanwhile, on her own and separated from the others, is rescued by a hooded stranger. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

18 March 2012 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Jon Bernthal (Shane) came to the set to watch the shooting of the finale but since he was too emotional he watched from the woods on the farm property. See more »


When Daryl returns to the farm to get Carol, you can see his motorcycle has 'offroad' tires, especially noticeable by the large MTX style tread pattern on the front wheel. In later scenes, on the highway meeting point and when they pull over when Rick runs out of gas, he suddenly has 'road' tires with a significantly different tread pattern. See more »


[first lines]
Andrea: [Andrea and the group wait at the farm house for Rick] I'm going after them.
Lori Grimes: Don't, they could be anywhere. And if Randall comes back, we're gonna need you here.
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Superb Season Finale
25 October 2014 | by slightlymad22See all my reviews

What a season finale for the second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead"

Plot In A Paragraph: The farm comes under attack from a group of walkers attracted by the sound of Carl firing his gun at the end of the last episode.

In an a superb action packed episode, we get to see how the walkers made their way to the farm from the City, initially they were following a helicopter (the same one Rick was following in the very first episode) we also got to see some of the group bite the dust. In fairness they didn't have many scenes or much dialogue, so they won't be missed much.

For the first time in a while Andrea didn't annoy me, she had me rooting for her, as she started taking out walkers defending the farm. Whilst Hershel unleashed his inner bad ass, that few suspected was hidden there. I feel a lot of sympathy for Hershel he did the right thing helping the group, and now because of them and their actions, he has lost his home.

Whilst I started to like Andrea, I wanted them to offer Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori up for Walker bait. That is one annoying woman whose behaviour is a total liability.

Overall the second season has been a bit of a slow burner. But it remained compelling viewing throughout. Some of my favourite scenes included the bonding of Daryl and Carol over the search for Sophia. And whilst some cast members will be missed, Scott Wilson is a very good addition to the cast as Hershal, as is Lauren Cohen and Emily Kinney as his daughters Maggie and Beth.

Bring on season 3.

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