The Walking Dead (2010– )
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No Sanctuary 

Carol takes drastic action to rescue Rick and the group from the cannibals of Terminus as she and Tyreese reach the compound. A familiar face makes a return.


Greg Nicotero


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
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene (credit only)
Chad L. Coleman ... Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Bob Stookey
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler


Rick and the others are still prisoners in the boxcar but the time of reckoning has come. They prepare to take on their captors by making weapons from whatever they can find and just wait for them to open the boxcar door. Those in charge however are one step ahead of them. Not far from Terminus Carol, Tyreese and baby Judith hear gunfire and soon after overhear someone talking about Michonne on his walkie talkie. They tie him up and while Tyreese says behind to keep an eye on him, Carol heads off to Terminus to save her friends. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

12 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Carol doesn't know where all her people are located, nor could she know how large such an explosion would be. From her perspective, any explosion and resulting fire could kill them as well. See more »


[first lines]
Alex: [Gareth and his people talk while locked in a train car in a flashback] We should never have put up the signs. What the hell did we think was gonna happen? We brought them here.
Gareth: We were trying to do something good.
[Alex laughs]
Gareth: We were being human beings.
Alex: What are we now, Gareth?
[Gareth closes his eyes as his expression grows cold]
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Written by Bear McCreary
Performed by Dominik Hauser
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A gruesome and thrilling start to a season with great potential
13 October 2014 | by SpoodermanDerpSee all my reviews

No Sanctuary was one of those The Walking Dead episodes that is completely awesome. Just like Too Far Gone last Season 4, it never failed to keep me at the edge of my seat and make my heart race like rapid fire. I was not expecting this episode to be that great. The first episodes of each season do not really engage me immediately unlike this one. They cut all the crap and started the action with matching pitch perfect storytelling.

The episode introduces us to what Terminus is all about. Gruesome images being shown back and forth added to the intensity of the episode and indeed did its job to creep me out. The visuals have improved very well if compared to previous seasons. Explosions and gut wrenching scenes looked great on screen. The episode also shows us the changes that Rick and his gang have went through. Rick is not the same calm farmer who would take violence as his last resort. In this one, violence was his key to escape Terminus and to save those he loves the most, his family. However, Carol had a far more unmerciful approach to Terminus. In the episode she is seen doing everything, no matter how cruel or wrong as long as it will be to save Rick and his gang. Just like in Season 4, Carol kicked ass in the episode. She became a strong female character last season and I'm expecting to see more of that this season as well. As for the story and pacing goes in the episode, amazing. I was never bored at any scene in the episode and remained at my seat looking terrified and couldn't even move. This episode had the same impact as Too Far Gone and deserves a spot at one of the best The Walking Dead episodes ever.

With gruesome and detailed visuals, thrilling action sequences, scenes that will drag you to the edge of your seat and great developed characters. This season is gonna be an amazing one.

Verdict: 9.5/10

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