The Walking Dead (season 2)

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The Walking Dead season 2
Walking Dead S2 Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Original channelAMC
Original runOctober 16, 2011 (2011-10-16) – March 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)[1]
Region 2August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)[2]
Region 4June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)[3]
Blu-ray Disc release
Region AAugust 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)[1]
Region BAugust 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)[3]
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The Walking Dead season 2
Walking Dead S2 Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Original channelAMC
Original runOctober 16, 2011 (2011-10-16) – March 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)[1]
Region 2August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)[2]
Region 4June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)[3]
Blu-ray Disc release
Region AAugust 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)[1]
Region BAugust 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)[3]
Season chronology
← Previous
Season 1
Next →
Season 3
List of The Walking Dead episodes

The second season of AMC's television series The Walking Dead premiered on October 16, 2011 on AMC and featured 13 episodes.[4][5] The series is based on the series of comic books of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard; it was developed for television by Frank Darabont, who serves as executive producer for the second season along with Robert Kirkman and Glen Mazzara.

The season finale episode was viewed by a record-breaking 9.0 million viewers, making it the highest rated episode of the series, and the most viewed episode of an original series on AMC, in history.[6]



The second season begins with Rick and his group of survivors leaving Atlanta. They decide that Fort Benning will be their next destination. Along the way, they come across a traffic jam of abandoned vehicles on I-85. The group loots several vehicles and as a large horde of walkers approach, are forced to hide under the vehicles. Sophia, chased away from the camp by two of the remaining walkers, runs off into the woods. Carl is accidentally shot during the initial search. The remaining group deals with interpersonal relationships while various searches for Sophia are performed. Otis, the man who shot Carl, leads Rick and Shane to a large, isolated farm owned by a veterinarian named Hershel Greene. The remainder of Rick's group move to the farm while Carl recovers. The group tries to co-exist alongside Hershel's family, but dangerous secrets and disagreements over leadership cause tensions to rise. Glenn builds a romantic relationship with Hershel's daughter Maggie and discovers that Hershel's barn is full of walkers, many of whom in life had been friends and family members of Hershel's. When Shane forces the walkers out of the barn and the group opens fire, Sophia appears as one of the undead and is shot by Rick.

Hershel, reacting to what has happened, orders Rick and his group to leave immediately, before disappearing to grieve for his family. Daryl begins to withdraw from the group, claiming that the group is "broken." Rick and Glenn go searching for Hershel and discover him drinking heavily in a local tavern. After trying to persuade Hershel to return, two other men enter the bar - survivors from another group. They tell Rick that Fort Benning has been overrun and the two men insist on moving onto Hershel's farm, only to be repeatedly turned down by Rick. The situation rapidly turns violent and there is a brief, bloody gunfight which leaves the two new survivors dead. The dead men's former group quickly finds and opens fire on Rick, Hershel, and Glenn. The noise of the firefight attracts a large horde of walkers, and in their desperation to get away, the other group of survivors leave one of their members, Randall, behind. Rick cannot stand the thought of leaving him to be killed by walkers, so the three blindfold him and take him to the farm. With the secrecy of the farm possibly compromised, Rick decides to drive Randall into the countryside and abandon him. When a disagreement with Shane botches the plan, Rick decides to bring Randall back for execution instead. Hershel's daughter Beth tries to kill herself in order to escape a seemingly hopeless situation. The group deliberates over the fate of Randall and, despite Dale's protests, decide to execute him. Carl begins experimenting in danger, and is found watching Rick as he prepares to execute Randall. Dale is fatally wounded by a walker on the farm, and as a result is killed by Daryl as an act of mercy. After Dale's funeral, the group decides that they need to rediscover their humanity. The group conducts a search for Randall, whom Shane secretly released and killed nearby. Daryl and Glenn come to the realization that the dead can reanimate without previous exposure to walkers. Shane uses the search for Randall as a ploy to silence Rick, but the plan backfires and Rick is faced with killing Shane. After Shane's death, he reanimates and Carl shoots him in the head.

The gunshot attracts a large horde of nearby walkers as Rick and Carl are forced into the barn for safety. They ignite the barn after drawing walkers inside, both to draw attention and to save themselves. In the cumulative battle to save the farm, Jimmy and Patricia are killed, Andrea is left behind, and the RV is lost. Andrea attempts to survive on her own, and is later rescued by a mysterious woman, leading chained, armless, walkers.

The remaining survivors, consisting of Rick, Lori, Carl, Glenn, Daryl, Carol, T-Dog, Maggie, Beth, and Hershel, regroup on the highway, but are forced to make camp due to a shortage of gas. Frustrated, Rick reveals the truth behind Shane's death, and what Dr. Jenner whispered to him at the CDC, that whatever the plague is, they all carry it, and will return as walkers, regardless of the cause of their death. A large prison looms in the distance as the season ends.


Main cast

The primary characters of the second season include (from left to right): Rick, Sophia, Carol, Lori, Carl, T-Dog, Glenn, Andrea, Dale, Daryl and Shane.

The second season features eight major roles receiving star billing, all returning from the first season; seven were listed as main cast members in the first season, while the last is promoted from recurring status. Andrew Lincoln portrays Rick Grimes, the series' protagonist, a former deputy sheriff from King County, Georgia, and husband of Lori and father of Carl. Jon Bernthal portrays Shane Walsh, Rick's close friend, former fellow deputy sheriff and primary antagonist. Sarah Wayne Callies plays Lori Grimes, Rick's wife and mother of Carl. Laurie Holden plays Andrea, a former successful civil rights attorney, whose younger sister Amy died in the first season. Jeffrey DeMunn portrays Dale Horvath, an older member of the group who owns an RV with whom the group travels. Steven Yeun portrays Glenn, a former pizza delivery boy and integral member of the group. Chandler Riggs plays Carl Grimes, Rick and Lori's young son. Norman Reedus plays Daryl Dixon, the group's hunter and expert tracker; Reedus was upgraded to the main cast from being a recurring cast member in the first season.

Recurring cast

Several recurring cast members appear in the second season. Three recurring cast members return from the first season: Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, a former victim of domestic abuse who has found new strength after the death of her abusive husband Ed, Madison Lintz as Sophia Peletier, Carol's young daughter; and IronE Singleton as Theodore "T-Dog" Douglas, a member of the group. New recurring cast members include Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene, a ranch owner; Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Hershel's eldest daughter; Pruitt Taylor Vince as Otis, Hershel's ranch hand; Jane McNeill as Patricia, Otis's wife; Michael Zegen as Randall, a teenager whom Rick, Glenn and Hershel encounter; Emily Kinney as Beth Greene, Hershel's youngest daughter; and James Allen McCune, as Jimmy, Beth's boyfriend. Two recurring cast members from the first season also appear in guest appearances: Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon, Daryl's redneck elder brother in a hallucination; and Adam Minarovich as Ed Peletier, Carol's deceased husband in a flashback sequence.


The cast of The Walking Dead at PaleyFest 2011.

After the airing of the first season, reported that Frank Darabont had let go of the entire writing staff, and planned to use freelance writers for the second season.[7] This turned out to be not entirely accurate, and Robert Kirkman was quoted as saying that the changes to the writing staff would not affect the production of the show.[8] In February 2011 it was announced that Glen Mazzara, who had written the first season episode "Wildfire", had been hired as a writer/executive producer for the second season and will now put together a staff of five more writers.[9]

At C2E2 members of the cast confirmed that the second season would begin shooting on June 1, 2011, and that Frank Darabont would write the season premiere. At the same event, cast members speculated that acclaimed author and long-time Darabont collaborator Stephen King may write an episode.[10] Kirkman later confirmed that along with himself, Darabont and Mazzara the writing staff will consist of Scott M. Gimple, Evan Reilly, Angela Kang and one freelance writer, David Leslie Johnson.[11][12] Four actors have joined the cast as new characters for season 2—Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene, Lauren Cohan as his daughter Maggie, Pruitt Taylor Vince as Hershel's ranch hand Otis, and Michael Zegen as a man named Randall.[13][14]

A preview of season 2 was shown during the season premiere of Breaking Bad on July 17, 2011[15] and a full length trailer was released to promote season 2 at Comic-Con 2011, on July 22, 2011.[16]

In July 2011, series developer and showrunner Frank Darabont stepped down from his position as showrunner for the series, with believed reasoning he was unable to adjust to the schedule of running a television series.[17] Executive producer Glen Mazzara will be the series' new showrunner.[18] Darabont's sudden departure further sparked controversy in August when The Hollywood Reporter broke a story revealing that Darabont had in fact been fired due to issues of the show's reduced budget and a strained relationship with AMC executives.[19]

The premiere aired in an extended 90-minute time slot, similar to the pilot episode. After the first seven episodes aired, the series went on a hiatus, and returned on February 12, 2012, with the final six episodes of the season airing until its conclusion on March 18, 2012.[20]


Torn Apart, a six-part web series premiered on October 3, 2011 on AMC's official website. The web series is directed by special effects makeup artist and co-executive producer Greg Nicotero and tells the origin story of Hannah, also known as "Bicycle Girl", the walker that Rick Grimes killed in the first episode.[21]

Talking Dead

Following the encore presentation of the second season premiere on October 16, 2011, a live after-show titled Talking Dead hosted by Chris Hardwick premiered. The series airs after encore presentations of The Walking Dead Sunday nights. It features host Chris Hardwick discussing the latest episode with fans, actors, and producers of the show.[22]


No.#TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
71"What Lies Ahead"Ernest Dickerson & Gwyneth Horder-PaytonArdeth Bey and Robert KirkmanOctober 16, 2011 (2011-10-16)7.26[23]
The group heads to Fort Benning, but are blocked by a pileup of vehicles on the interstate, and are further delayed when the RV blows a radiator hose. A depressed Andrea expresses resentment towards Dale for not being allowed to die in a way of her choosing, since he forced her to save him from the CDC explosion; he feels he saved her. Shane tells Lori he has decided to leave the group when he has the chance. The group narrowly avoids most of a "herd" of walkers passing the pileup, but Sophia is discovered and chased into the woods by two. Rick distracts and kills her pursuing walkers, but she goes missing in the process. During a search for Sophia, the group stops at a rural church, at which point Andrea privately asks Shane if she can join him when he leaves the group. As the search continues, Rick, Shane, and Carl come upon a buck deer; as Carl approaches the animal a gunshot passes through the deer into him. 
82"Bloodletting"Ernest DickersonGlen MazzaraOctober 23, 2011 (2011-10-23)6.70[24]
In a flashback to a time before the apocalypse, Shane tells Lori that Rick has been wounded from a highway shootout, and Lori in turn tells Carl. In the present, Carl has been accidentally shot by a hunter named Otis. Otis directs Rick, Shane, and Carl to the home of veterinarian Hershel Greene, who manages to remove one of six fragments of the bullet. One of Hershel's daughters, Maggie, is sent to the group searching for Sophia and returns with Lori to the Greene home. Rick gives blood to Carl while Otis and Shane go to the former FEMA aid station at a walker-infested high school to gather urgently needed medical supplies. Dale and T-Dog wait at the RV; Dale fears that T-Dog may have contracted an infection from his injury, and the two search for antibiotics. Shane and Otis find the necessary supplies from the FEMA aid station; however they are forced to barricade themselves in the entrance of the school after walkers surround them. 
93"Save the Last One"Phil AbrahamScott M. GimpleOctober 30, 2011 (2011-10-30)6.10[25]
Hershel tells Lori and Rick that he might need to perform Carl's surgery without a respirator if Shane and Otis do not return soon with the necessary medical supplies. Daryl and Andrea return to the forest to search for Sophia, where Daryl shares a childhood memory from when he was lost in the woods as a child. The two then come upon a zombie hanging from a tree where he had attempted to kill himself before transformation and ended up having his legs eaten; Daryl kills the zombie, but only after Andrea agrees to answer his question concerning whether she wants to continue living or kill herself. Glenn and T-Dog arrive at the Greene home, where T-Dog's injury is treated while Glenn and Maggie talk about faith. Lori contemplates letting Carl die to end his suffering from living in the world as it now is, while Rick holds to the belief that Carl may yet live in a better future. Meanwhile, Shane and Otis fight to escape the high school, only to face more walkers at every turn. Just as they are about to run out of ammo, an injured Shane incapacitates Otis, so he can escape the walkers. Shane then takes the supplies from Otis and watches as he is ripped apart by the horde of walkers. Shane returns alone to the Greene home with the critical medical supplies just in time for Carl's surgery. Shane misleads everyone about Otis' death and shaves his head, both as a sign that he has completely changed his way of thinking in this new world and in order to eliminate the one thing (his hair) Otis was able to grasp when the crucial moment came. 
104"Cherokee Rose"Billy GierhartEvan ReillyNovember 6, 2011 (2011-11-06)6.29[26]
Dale, Daryl, Andrea and Carol arrive at the Greene home and set up camp as Carl recovers. Since Shane is still injured and Rick is weak from blood loss, Daryl decides to search alone for Sophia. He does not find Sophia, but instead finds a Cherokee rose (a Native American symbol for the tears of mothers on the Trail of Tears), and gives it to Carol. Hershel takes Rick on a tour; he then tells Rick that he and his group should leave the property after Sophia is found and Carl heals. Rick begs Hershel to reconsider that they leave; the latter will think about letting them stay if they follow his rules. While Dale and T-Dog are retrieving water from a nearby well, they realize that there is a walker inside. Since the survivors cannot kill it, since it might infect the water further, it is decided that Glenn act as bait to snare the walker, so that it can be taken out of the well. They succeed in roping and raising the walker but just as it is being pulled out of the well, the walker's legs and internal organs break off and spill back into the well, thoroughly infecting the water; T-Dog then kills the walker. Maggie and Glenn head to a local pharmacy for supplies, where Maggie offers to have sex with Glenn and he accepts. Glenn retrieves a pregnancy test, requested by Lori; Lori later uses it and realizes that she is pregnant. 
115"Chupacabra"Guy FerlandDavid Leslie JohnsonNovember 13, 2011 (2011-11-13)6.12[27]
The survivors continue to search for Sophia, but Hershel is growing increasingly concerned about their presence on his land for unclear reasons. Shane and Rick argue over whether to continue the search, with Shane arguing that it's time to cut their losses and leave. Rick is angry with him, but later begins to wonder whether he is right. While out searching for Sophia, Daryl finds her doll, but subsequently falls off a ridge, and is badly injured. He has hallucinations of his brother Merle but snaps out of it in time to deal with two attacking walkers. He then finds the strength to climb up the ridge and return to the farm. As he approaches the farm limping, he is mistaken for a walker and is shot and wounded by Andrea, who was told not to use the rifle. Maggie passes a note to Glenn asking to meet for a sexual encounter. Glenn passes it back, saying to meet in the barn. A horrified Maggie attempts to stop him, but she is unable to prevent him from discovering that the barn is full of captured walkers. 
126"Secrets"David BoydAngela KangNovember 20, 2011 (2011-11-20)6.08[28]
The group practices their shooting skills and Andrea performs well. Glenn tells Dale about the walkers being kept in the barn. Dale confronts Hershel about the barn and Hershel explains that the walkers in the barn are family members and are "still people"; that they are merely sick and are being contained so that they can be cured in the future. Lori sends Glenn and Maggie to the pharmacy to get morning-after pills. Maggie gets attacked by a walker and Glenn kills it. In a fury, Maggie gives Lori the pills and yells at her for almost getting them killed. Glenn tells Lori that Rick should be involved in the decision and also gives Lori prenatal vitamins. Lori takes the pills, but forces herself to vomit them up. Shane and Andrea go to look for Sophia in a nearby town and are surrounded by walkers. Andrea and Shane kill them and flee. Andrea, feeling empowered, comes on to Shane on the way back and they engage in sexual relations. When they arrive at camp, Dale recognizes something is going on between them. Out of concern for Andrea, he confronts Shane about what really happened the night Otis died as Dale seems to have figured out that Shane killed him in order to save himself. Shane threatens Dale. Rick finds the empty morning-after pill package and confronts Lori. They debate the ethical decision of bringing the unborn child into a world infested with walkers. Lori confesses to being in a sexual relationship with Shane when she thought Rick was dead. 
137"Pretty Much Dead Already"Michelle MacLarenScott M. GimpleNovember 27, 2011 (2011-11-27)6.62[29]
When Glenn reveals to the group that walkers are being kept in the barn, Rick discusses the matter with Hershel, also trying to convince him to let the group stay, especially since his wife is pregnant. Rick tells Shane that Lori is pregnant and Shane confronts her, knowing that her child may be his. Dale tries to hide the group's guns in the swamp but fails when Shane catches him. Against Hershel's and Rick's wishes, Shane hands the guns out to members of the group. Hershel tricks Rick to help him recover some walkers stuck in quicksand, and tells him that his group can stay so long as they do not kill the walkers (Hershel believes they are sick people, and not monsters). As they return, Shane sees the captured walkers and becomes enraged. He repeatedly shoots Hershel's captured walker in the chest asking why it doesn't die if it is a living sick person. He then shoots it in the head as Hershel looks on. Shane breaks open the barn door, forcing the group to shoot all of the captured walkers. Thinking all the walkers are dead, the stunned group watches as the missing Sophia comes out of the barn as a walker. Rick remorsefully steps forward and shoots her in the head. 
148"Nebraska"Clark JohnsonEvan ReillyFebruary 12, 2012 (2012-02-12)8.10[30]
After the destruction of his family, Hershel demands that Rick and his group leave immediately. Shane accuses Rick of being just as delusional as Hershel, saying that Hershel knew about Sophia the whole time and hid her from the group. Dale tells Andrea to be careful about her relationship with Shane, since Dale knows what kind of person Shane is and now wants him gone from the group. He also reveals this to Lori, including what he believes the fate of Otis was. Hershel goes missing, but Rick and Glenn find him in the town bar, drinking and lamenting the folly of his hope of a cure for his family. After Rick convinces him to return to his family, two men named Dave and Tony enter the bar and attempt to request refuge at Hershel's farm. Rick, Glenn and Hershel learn from the two men that Fort Benning is overrun. When Rick flatly refuses them safe haven, Dave draws his firearm, but Rick is quicker on the draw and kills him and Tony. Hershel's daughter Beth is rendered unconscious from an unknown ailment, leading Lori to drive into town to retrieve Hershel. Lori hits a walker on the road and flips the car, her fate unknown. The episode ends with Shane and T-Dog setting fire to the dead walkers from the barn. 
159"Triggerfinger"Billy GierhartDavid Leslie JohnsonFebruary 19, 2012 (2012-02-19)6.89[31]
After killing their attackers, Rick, Hershel and Glenn prepare to leave, but three other men, looking for Dave and Tony, enter the town before they can escape. Lori escapes from two walkers and continues down the road on foot to look for her husband. Rick, Hershel and Glenn inadvertently get into a gunfight with the others. Back at the farm, Carol tries to talk to Daryl, and is rebuffed the same way Lori was. When they realize Lori is missing, Shane goes down to help her, and convinces her to come back by telling her that Rick and the others are already back. When she finds out he lied, he reveals that she is pregnant. Carl asks to name the baby Sophia if it is a girl. Shane and Lori talk about their past relationship, with Shane being convinced it was real. In town, Hershel shoots one attacker who is then killed by walkers. Another attacker attempts to jump from a building into their truck, but instead impales his leg on a gate, causing the third man to abandon him. Rick, Hershel, and Glenn rescue him and bring him back. Rick plans to send him away once he is healed, but Shane disagrees. Lori tells Rick that Shane is dangerous. 
1610"18 Miles Out"Ernest DickersonScott M. Gimple & Glen MazzaraFebruary 26, 2012 (2012-02-26)7.04[32]
Rick and Shane have a roadside discussion about Shane's feelings for Lori, and about the circumstances surrounding Otis' death, with Shane questioning his friend's ability to make the hard decisions. They are taking the wounded man from the previous episode 18 miles out from the farm to abandon him. The man begs them to let him stay, inadvertently revealing that he knows the location of the farm. Shane wants to kill the man, but Rick says that he needs to think about it first; their disagreement leads to a fight, which attracts a group of walkers. All three barely make it out alive. Back at the farm, Beth has given up on life and is contemplating suicide. Both Lori and Maggie attempt to talk her out of it and want to place her under watch, but Andrea says that Beth needs to find her own reasons to keep living. Beth locks herself in the bathroom and uses a piece of broken mirror to slit her wrist, but Lori manages to break open the door before she bleeds out. Maggie and Lori are furious with Andrea for not keeping an eye on Beth; Andrea defends herself by saying that Beth no longer wants to commit suicide and that Hershel was able to save her. Rick tells Shane that he needs to follow his (Rick's) lead from now on. They then put the man back into the trunk and drive back to the farm. 
1711"Judge, Jury, Executioner"Greg NicoteroAngela KangMarch 4, 2012 (2012-03-04)6.77[33]
While in the group's custody, the prisoner, Randall, is tortured by Daryl for information. Randall reveals that his old survivor group contained thirty male members and that some of those members had once raped a pair of teenage female survivors; forcing their father to watch, which convinces the group that letting Randall live is a huge risk. Dale, horrified that the group is actually considering executing Randall, tries to convince everybody that they must not sacrifice their humanity. Meanwhile, Carl wanders into the forest and finds a walker trapped in mud. Carl tries and fails to kill it, and flees when it starts breaking free from the mud. Back at the farm, Dale fails to convince the group to stop the execution. Rick, Shane, and Daryl take Randall to the barn to execute him, but Rick hesitates when he sees that Carl is watching. He then decides to delay the execution. Meanwhile, Dale encounters a dying cow in the field. When he turns around, he is attacked by a walker and has his stomach ripped open. Daryl kills the walker, and Carl is shocked to see that it was the same one he had failed to kill in the forest. Daryl then mercifully kills Dale in order to end his suffering. 
1812"Better Angels"Guy FerlandEvan Reilly & Glen MazzaraMarch 11, 2012 (2012-03-11)6.89[34]
With Dale dead, the group holds a brief funeral for him. Rick asks the group to stay united, despite Dale's warning that the group is "broken." They work together to prepare for the coming winter, by stockpiling supplies, and clearing walkers from the surrounding area. However, there is still the issue of what to do with Randall. Rick ultimately decides to honor Dale's memory by sparing Randall's life, and plans to drop him off somewhere far away from the farm. However, Shane frees Randall from the barn and leads him into the forest, where he breaks his neck. Shane then goes back to the farm and tells the rest of the group that Randall escaped. Rick, Shane, Glenn, and Daryl go into the forest to track him down. Glenn and Daryl split off from Rick and Shane and encounter Randall, who has somehow turned into a walker, despite the fact there was no evidence of being bitten. Glenn then kills Randall again, by impaling him through the head with a machete. Meanwhile, Rick tells Shane to admit he plans to murder him. Shane holds Rick at gunpoint and they get into an argument over who would be a better father and husband. Rick talks Shane into putting his gun down. Knowing he has to kill Shane, he stabs him in the heart. Carl arrives and appears to have pulled his gun on Rick, but then aims behind his father as he puts a bullet into the head of an undead Shane (who, like Randall, also had no evidence of being bitten, seeming to experience intense and disturbing zombie-like thoughts). Meanwhile, a massive number of walkers, drawn by the gunshots, are shown headed towards them. 
1913"Beside the Dying Fire"Ernest DickersonRobert Kirkman & Glen MazzaraMarch 18, 2012 (2012-03-18)8.99[35]
Shortly after Shane's death, a massive horde of walkers attacks the farm. The survivors attempt to fight off the horde, but are quickly overwhelmed. Jimmy and Patricia are killed, and Andrea is inadvertently left behind. The remaining survivors are forced to scatter in the darkness, but eventually reunite at the highway where they left supplies for Sophia. Meanwhile, Andrea is still alive and fleeing from the walkers on foot. She is about to be caught by the walkers when she is rescued by a hooded figure wielding a sword and flanked by two leashed walkers. The other survivors believe that Andrea is a lost cause and decide to search for a new shelter, but their cars begin to run low on gas and they are forced to stop for the night. Confronted with the knowledge that Shane turned into a walker without being bitten, Rick finally reveals to the group what Jenner had told him at the CDC: that everybody is already infected with the virus, and will eventually turn into walkers when they die. He also admits that he killed Shane. With this knowledge, the group's morale begins to plummet, but Rick announces that from now on he's in charge and the group will no longer be run as a democracy, and that they will find a safe haven from the walkers. As the camera pulls back, a prison complex is visible nearby. 
Limited Edition DVD packaging showing a screwdriver in a zombie's eye socket

DVD and Blu-ray release

The Walking Dead – The Complete Second Season
Set detailsSpecial features
  • 13 episodes
  • 4-disc set
  • French language soundtrack and Spanish subtitles
  • Special "zombie head" packaging for Limited Editions
  • Audio commentaries from cast and crew on episodes 1, 7, 8, 11 and 13
  • 6 webisodes
  • 8 deleted scenes
  • 11 featurettes
Release dates
Region 1 & ARegion 2 & BRegion 4
August 28, 2012 (2012-08-28)[1]August 27, 2012 (2012-08-27)[2]June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20)[3]


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