In “The Walking Dead” Season 1 Episode 1 “Days Gone Bye,” Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes, apparently driving down the highway to hell, stops to try to siphon some gas and has an encounter with a young zombie girl.
I hate that when that happens. Spoilers follow.
Some time before, Rick was shot during a confrontation with some speeders, apparently also running from something or someone. After an undetermined time going in and out of unconsciousness, Rick wakes up in the hospital to horror.
The hospital seems to be a wreck, with the power out and bodies everywhere. There is a locked room with the words: “Dead Inside Do Not Open” spray painted on the door. There are sounds and such coming from within that make Rick run as fast as he can out of there.
The outside world is even more horrible, with still dead bodies, and then the other kind of dead, that crawl and shamble about, it search of living, human flesh. Rick makes it to his home to find his wife and son, Lori and Carl, gone, but apparently having packed to go some place. Rick also meets a man named Morgan and his son Duane, who clues him in that the Zombie Apocalypse has occurred while he was convalescing. Humanity has been reduced to isolated pockets of struggling survivors. The dead walk about in search of human flesh. One bite and you are dead as well, but then you’ll come back as one of them.
So far the first of this series is somewhat derivative of both the “Night of the Living Dead” series with a little bit of “Day of the Triffids” thrown in. That does not make this series a bad thing, just something so far we have seen before.
There are rumors of a refugee compound in Atlanta and, surmising that is where Lori and Carl went, Rick decides to go there. Morgan and Duane are left behind, with Morgan trying to get up enough courage to put down his wife, now one of them, and give her, himself, and his son some measure of peace.
While driving down the highway to hell, or Atlanta, as it were, Rick calls out on his police radio for anyone still alive to listen. This call is picked up on a CB radio in a camp of survivors that, oddly enough, includes not only Lori and Carl, but Rick’s old partner, Shane. They are unable to respond, which is distressing because it looks like major badness is waiting for Rick in Atlanta. Lori, thinking Rick is dead, seems to have taken up with Shane, which will prove very awkward when the inevitable reunion happens.
Rick manages to get to Atlanta, his gas having run out, on the back of a horse. Sadly, instead of a refugee center with lots of soldiers and machine guns, he runs right into a whole horde of the Dead. The horse gets eaten and Rick barely manages to get himself buttoned up inside an M1A tank.
The last thing that happens is that the tank’s radio crackles and says, “Hey dumbass! Hey, you in the tank.” There may be someone still around who could rescue him.
Source: The Walking Dead, Days Gone Bye, TV.Rage