The Walking Dead - Season 1, Episode 2 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: "Guts" finds The Walking Dead settling into a gory groove and delivering thrilling action, even when some of its character development feels cliched.

Episode Info

Rick receives some surprise help escaping from a tank surrounded by walkers, and hooks up with a resourceful survivor who leads him to other humans holed up in a downtown department store. The group is none-too-pleased with Rick, whose gunshots have attracted a rapacious rabble of zombies, and he is forced to come up with a gutsy plan to get them out of the city.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Michael Rooker
as Merle Dixon
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Alexandra Breckenridge
as Jessie Anderson
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic reviews for Guts

We couldn't help but kind of admire the commitment to being truly horrifying. And yet, as horrifying as the gore was - and it was definitely pushing the boundaries of basic cable.

June 8, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm concerned this show is heading into the PUW territory: pretty useless woman. Blonde chick doesn't realize her safety's off. Em, how long has she been allowed to hold a gun?

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

"Guts," the second episode of AMC's new zombie series, The Walking Dead, is both faster-paced and, as the title hints, gorier, than the premiere. And with about twice as many characters as episode one, we don't have time to really get to know any of them.

May 6, 2015 | Rating: 8.4/10 | Full Review…

Of the three Walking Dead episodes I've seen, "Guts" was the most disappointing. It's not that it's bad, but that it's familiar.

May 6, 2015 | Full Review…

I, too, thought it was a stroke of touching and twisted genius to have Rick give those last rites-to humanize this deceased member of the undead-before whacking up Wayne like a lumberjack Lizzie Borden.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

I enjoyed "Guts" on a pure thrill level, and I can see it as a necessary episode in terms of proving the scale of action that Frank Darabont intends to deliver on a weekly cable-TV budget.

May 28, 2015 | Full Review…

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