Rick and Shane argue over what to do with Randall. Back at the farm, Lori, Andrea and Maggie deal with a suicidal Beth.

Director:

Ernest R. Dickerson (as Ernest Dickerson)

Writers:

Frank Darabont (developed by), Robert Kirkman (based on the series of graphic novels by) | 5 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Andrew Lincoln ... Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal ... Shane Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden ... Andrea Harrison
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Dale Horvath (credit only)
Steven Yeun ... Glenn Rhee (credit only)
Chandler Riggs ... Carl Grimes (credit only)
Norman Reedus ... Daryl Dixon (credit only)
Lauren Cohan ... Maggie Greene
Emily Kinney ... Beth Greene
Michael Zegen ... Randall Culver
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Storyline

Rick and Shane drive 18 miles out far from Hershel's farm to seek a safe place to leave the outsider Randall, who has recovered from the injury to his leg. Rick stops the car at a crossroad and has a serious conversation with Shane about Lori and Carl. When they reach a county prison, they leave Randall with his hands and legs tied and a knife. While pleading for his life, Randall says he knows Maggie. Shane decides to kill him. Rick and Shane fight, and at one point Shane throws a big wrench at Rick that misses him but breaks a window in the building. A swarm of walkers crawl out and attack the humans. They trap Shane in a school bus, and though Rick at first wants to leave him to be killed. he gets the car and goes back to save him. Back at the farm, Beth wants to commit suicide but she is dissuaded by Lori and Maggie. When Andrea offers to keep an eye on Beth, she leaves her alone to reach a decision. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Director Ernest R. Dickerson said it was a struggle to prevent Jon Bernthal (Shane) and Andrew Lincoln (Rick) from doing their own stunts See more »

Goofs

Shane uses his knife to cut his hand a short time after stabbing a zombie in the head. If the zombie pathogen can be transferred by a bite or scratch then using a knife to cut yourself after using it on zombies would be very risky. Even if this doesn't transfer the disease there would be no way to be sure of this. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Shane Walsh: [Rick and Shane drive Randall 18 miles out] I thought we were going further.
Rick Grimes: We are. 18 miles out.
Shane Walsh: So why are we stopping?
Rick Grimes: I wanted to talk. Been waiting a week till we were gonna do this. I just wanna talk.
Shane Walsh: We don't need to.
Rick Grimes: We do.
Shane Walsh: No man, we don't.
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Connections

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

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Civilian
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Performed by Wye Oak
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Tension and pathos
7 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Had heard nothing but great things about 'The Walking Dead' from friends and IMDb reviewers. It took a while to get round to watching, both from being busy and also not being sure whether it would be my cup of tea. Finally getting round to it a few years ago and slowly working my way through it, having had a very long to watch and review list, 'The Walking Dead' turned out to be very much my cup of tea and as good as the hype made it out to be, have found it extremely addictive.

All the previous episodes of Season 2 were very good to great, but the season once again has a high point in "18 Miles Out". And a strong reminder of how Seasons 1-5 of 'The Walking Dead' to me were absolutely brilliant and seeing the show in its full glory days (Season 6 was uneven, Season 7 was a huge disappointment and am still debating whether to watch Season 8). It is as emotional, complex and as tense as one would expect , at the same time it has adrenaline and guts.

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 could be made when so many films have tried and failed abysmally to do so.

"18 Miles Out" is one of the tightest, most exciting and most emotionally investable episode of Season 2 for me and one of all of the above for the show. It doesn't feel as heavy in talk as a few other episodes of the season.

Like all the episodes of the show, "18 Miles Out" is incredibly well made in the production values, with gritty and audacious production design, photography of almost cinematic quality, effects that look good, have soul and are not overused or abused and pretty frightening make-up that make the zombies even more terrifying. The music is haunting and affecting, having presence but never being too intrusive.

The writing generally is intelligent and thought-provoking, with lots of tension and emotional resonance and already showing signs of character complexity and multiple layer storytelling. The more eventful scenes are thrilling and terrifying as well as uncompromising.

Appreciated the ever strong and still progressing story and character building (the character development is some of the best of the show up to this point), which the episode has a bigger emphasis on, and that the pace is never dull or rushed. There is a lot of tension and Beth's story really touched me and was handled poignantly.

Everything is tautly paced without rushing through the more important parts and emotionally complex. The world building is stunningly immersive and effective. Direction is smart and atmospheric while the show throughout has been strongly acted. Emily Kinney really knocks it out of the park with her meatiest material by far yet, the first time actually she has properly shone because she has something to do.

Overall, amazing. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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Release Date:

26 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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Douglasville, Georgia, USA

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