The Walking Dead (2010– )
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Rick and the group go face-to-face against Dawn and her officers in an attempt to save both Beth and Carol without any more bloodshed.

Director:

Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

Writers:

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

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
Chad L. Coleman ... Tyreese Williams
Sonequa Martin-Green ... Sasha Williams
Josh McDermitt ... Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos ... Rosita Espinosa
Alanna Masterson ... Tara Chambler
Seth Gilliam ... Gabriel Stokes
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Storyline

Rick hunts Officer Bob Lamson down and hits him with the police car since he does not stop running. He is badly injured and Rick is forced to kill him. Meanwhile Father Gabriel is chased by a horde of walkers and forces Michonne and Carl to open the front door of the church compromising the place. However they flee from the church with Judith and trap the walkers inside the place. Out of the blue, Abraham's group returns and protects them. In Atlanta, Officers Shepherd and Licari agree to help Rick and his group, telling that Lamson was attacked by rotters. Rick negotiates the trade of Carol and Beth per Shepherd and Licari in the hospital. Everything seems to be resolved when a tragedy happens. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The scene where Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl (Norman Reedus) aim their guns, there is a sign behind them that says "5th floor". This is a reference to The Boondock Saints (1999), where Norman Reedus' character Murphy MacManus lived in a studio apartment on the 5th floor. Their stance is also similar to the MacManus brothers in scenes from the film. See more »

Goofs

When Rick Grimes is negotiating with the two police officers, Tyree and Sasha are supposed to be on the roof. From their POV, they can see Rick's back, the two police officers and the walker coming up, but, when the camera switches to the POV of either the officers or looking at Rick, you never see Tyree or Sasha. No Police officer would ever stay under visible gun sight. Tyree and Sasha they would have been east to see even before they pulled up, they'd have at a minimum jumped in their squad car and pulled back or taken cover behind the doors. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rick Grimes: [Rick chases down Officer Lamson with a police car, talking to him on the police speaker] Stop. Stop right now. Stop. I won't ask again.
Sgt. Bob Lamson: [Rick revs up the police car engine at Lamson] Oh, shit!
[Rick runs down Officer Lamson from behind and gets out of the vehicle]
Sgt. Bob Lamson: [Officer Lamson pants in pain] Son of a bitch. You son of a bitch. Help me. Son of a bitch. Help me. You crazy - You crazy son of a bitch. I think - I think you broke my back.
Rick Grimes: [...]
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Crazy Credits

This is the second Walking Dead episode to contain an after credits scene, and, as of Episode 4x08, the longest. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

The Walking Dead Main Title
(uncredited)
Written by Bear McCreary
Performed by Dominik Hauser
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Closure with a punch to the gut
21 December 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Admittedly it took me time to get round to watching 'The Walking Dead'. It was highly recommended to me. Both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. 'The Walking Dead' though was one of those gradually getting through the episodes over-time experiences but at its best it proved to be extremely addictive viewing, which is why it was a shame that Seasons 7 and 8 were such a let down (yes do have to agree with the general consensus here on this front).

Regarding the first five seasons, Season 5 for me had the most consistent beginning, none of the previous seasons had equally brilliant first three episodes, that are up there with the most gutsy and powerful episodes of the show, like Season 5 did. As has been said many times (and it still will continue to be because for me it's an important point to make), it still shocks me at how an intelligent, well-made (so much so that it is easy to mistake it for a film) show about zombies, though the show is so much more than that, could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so. The season after the third episode did have a bit of a quality dip, though not a drastically big one. "Slabtown" and "Self Help" had a lot of great merits but underwhelmed a bit while "Consumed" while not a return to form was a step up, likewise with "Crossed".

Generally found "Coda" among the better episodes of the first part of Season 5 and a very well done mid-season finale. Not in the same league as the first three episodes, a step down from "Consumed" and has a slight edge over "Slabtown", "Self Help" and "Crossed". As was said with "Crossed", other episodes do a much better job progressing/advancing the plot and characters, as well as providing more surprises.

Did find the Father Gabriel parts a bit tedious again and veering on being on the too silly side.

More problematic was some of the character decisions, which did lack logic and do frustrate. Particularly Beth's in the latter stages, which were fairly inexplicable.

Everything else however is terrific. "Coda", like all the episodes before it, is superbly made. It has gritty and audacious production design, visuals that are well crafted and have soul rather than being overused and abused and photography of almost cinematic quality, especially in the trade off. The music is haunting and affecting, without being intrusive.

There is a lot of thought provoking writing and emotion. There is subtle tension and emotional power, and some great character development that feels advanced rather than reiterated or going in circles. Did care for the characters here and it is a shame that Dawn never got to grow as a character as she could have done. Never do expect non-stop action from the show because it excels even more at world immersion, character building/development and interaction. "Coda" excels very well in all three. It also though provides some thrilling and gut-punching action, with an attention grabbing opening and a truly harrowing and heart-rending ending.

"Coda" is controlled in its direction on the most part and the acting all round ranges from very good to outstanding. Especially from Lauren Cohan and Norman Reedus in the latter parts of the episodes. Emily Kinney also gives some of her best acting of the show here.

Summarising, very well done mid-season finale. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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