The Walking Dead (2010– )
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What Happened and What's Going On 

Rick, Glenn, Michonne and Tyreese take Noah to his home in Shirewilt Estates with hopes of finding sanctuary, but what they encounter is something else entirely.


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 / Radio Personality
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Rhee
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira ... Michonne
Melissa McBride ... Carol Peletier (voice)
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


Still recovering from Beth's death Rick, Tyreese, Glen and Michonne decide to honor her wish to help Noah get to his home. He had been living in a walled community in Richmond Virginia and they're hopeful that it may also provide them with a home. By the time they arrive, there's nothing left and the compound has been overrun. They now face a dilemma as to what to do next. One of the group is bitten by a walker however. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

8 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?


When the group enters Shirewilt Estate searching for Noah's group a brick wall can be seen with the words 'Wolves not far' painted across it, this references a group well known to readers of the graphic novels that will feature in future episodes. See more »


When Tyreese gets his arm cut off no one is seen putting pressure on the wound, not when he's being carried, and not even once they get him in the car. Just having a tourniquet on wouldn't be enough to stop the arterial bleeding, putting pressure on it would help the blood to clot. [Edit: A properly placed tourniquet will stop and arterial bleed.] See more »


[first lines]
Father Gabriel Stokes: [Father Gabriel reads from the Bible at Beth's burial] We look at not what can be seen, but we look at what can not be seen. For what can be seen is temporary... but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hand, eternal in the heavens.
Noah: She was gonna come with me.
Rick Grimes: How far?
Noah: Outside Richmond, Virginia.
Rick Grimes: It was secure. It has a wall, homes, 20 people. Beth wanted to go with him. She wanted ...
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Crazy Credits

Due to the events in the episode, the end credits have no music whatsoever - but there is no silence, either: we hear the sound of shoveling continue right till the end of the credits. See more »


Referenced in Talking Dead: What Happened and What's Going On (2015) See more »


The Walking Dead Main Title
Written by Bear McCreary
Performed by Dominik Hauser
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New & Beautiful
8 February 2015 | by ChrisT08See all my reviews

Never has an episode of TWD been so perfectly put together.

While the themes of "let's find a new home" and "home never last" have been drilled into our minds beyond belief at this point in the series, their constant reminder throughout this episode was done so in a way never seen before and never so perfectly. We saw images instead of video. Rusted filters to remind us of what was. A character so perfectly examined and picked apart, that their layers could be discussed for time to come.

It was one of the boldest moves in all of television to go with the surreal, almost psychedelic style that the episode did and a true example of what the show is and can become. The credits for this one have to go to Bear McCreary for a masterful score, whoever edited it together, Greg Nicotero for once again directing a classic episode but doing so in such a new and innovative way, and Scott Gimple for continuing to take risks and change up the most popular show on television all in the name of achieving a great product.

This may not stand as the greatest TWD episode of all time (although pretty damn close), but it stands for something else entirely. It stands for its greatest triumph. To continue to evolve this series in such a way is a gift to viewers. While it is doubtful (and frankly impossible) the rest of the season will be conducted in this certain manner, this episode alone can stand as a benchmark for what the show is capable of...all time greatness.

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