A New Day (The Walking Dead)

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"A New Day"
The Walking Dead episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 1
Directed by Sean Vanaman
Written by Sean Vanaman
Original air date April 24, 2012 (2012-04-24)
Running time Between 1 and 2 hours
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"A New Day" is the first episode of the episodic graphic adventure The Walking Dead, based on Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead comic book series. It was originally released by its developer Telltale Games on April 24, 2012 for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and on July 26, 2012 for iOS.

Kirkman worked closely with Telltale, providing oversight on what aspects of the story were appropriate components of The Walking Dead universe.[1] Kirkman had not been impressed with an early build of the episode, but by the time they had presented him with a near-final build, Kirkman was reportedly highly impressed by the game.[2] The episode was well received, receiving Metacritic ratings between 84 and 79.


The episode begins with the game's main character, Lee Everett, sitting in the back of a police car, having been arrested for what is eventually revealed as the murder of a state senator who was having an affair with his wife. The police car runs into a person crossing the highway and turns over and knocking Lee unconscious.

Soon afterwards, Lee wakes up to find out that the police officer driving the car has turned into a zombie (referred to as "walkers" in the Walking Dead universe). Here the player encounter the game's first quick-time events. After killing the police officer with the cop's own shotgun, Lee enters an abandoned house and encounters a young girl named Clementine, who reveals herself from a treehouse. Clementine's parents went to Savannah and the babysitter hired to take care of her had succumbed to recent events. Lee and Clementine then meet a young man, Shawn Greene, who takes them to his father's farm. Here, the entourage meets Kenny and his family, including his wife Katjaa and his son Duck. Walkers then attack the Greene farm, and Lee (the player) is given the choice to either try to save Duck or Shawn. Regardless of the player's actions, Shawn succumbs to walkers. This enrages Shawn's father, Hershel, and they are forced to leave the farm.

Lee, Clementine, and Kenny's family head toward Macon, where they encounter Air Force employee Lilly, her retired army father Larry, IT technician Doug, reporter Carley, and pizza delivery boy Glenn in Lee's family drugstore. After an argument between members of the group regarding Duck appearing to be bitten (the player is asked to side with either Larry or Kenny), Larry has a heart episode and Lee is asked to find medication in the drugstore that would relieve him of his situation. While exploring the drugstore, Lee finds out that his family has succumbed to the disaster and have either died, or in the case of his brother, been reanimated as a walker. Carley reveals to Lee that she knows about his criminal background but promises not to tell the group about it. Glenn, who had volunteered to search for supplies, interrupts Lee and the group when he reveals through Clementine's walkie-talkie that he boxed in a motel by walkers. Lee and Carley offer to rescue Glenn.

Upon having rescued Glenn, the three encounter a lady named Irene who received a walker bite and locked herself into a hotel room. Irene insists on using Carley's gun to commit suicide, thus preventing her from turning into a walker. Upon returning to the drugstore, Lee kills his zombified brother and retrieves the keys to the prescription storage of the drugstore and is able to find the necessary medicine for Larry. However, an alarm is set off, attracting hoards of walkers, and the group is forced to leave. In the ensuing struggle against the walkers, Lee is forced to make a choice as to whether to save Carley or Doug. After the group evacuates the drugstore, they head to the motel. After hearing that Atlanta has been overrun by walkers, Glenn leaves to find his friends. Clementine is left distraught as her walkie-talkie which she had used to talk to her parents broke during the struggle. Larry reveals to Lee that he also knows about his criminal background and will reveal it to the group if anything happened to Lilly or Clementine. The group anticipates setting up in the motel, but the security of the location is revealed to only be temporary as the electricity shuts off.


Actor/Actress Role Detail
Dave Fennoy Lee Everett First appearance
Melissa Hutchison Clementine First appearance
Gavin Hammon Kenny First appearance
Cissy Jones Katjaa First appearance
Max Kaufman Kenny Jr."Duck" First appearance
Nikki Rapp Lilly First appearance
Terence McGovern Larry First appearance
Nicole Vigil Carley First appearance
Sam Joan Doug First appearance
Chuck Kourouklis Hershel Greene First appearance (Guest)
Peter Edward Mussad Shawn Greene First appearance (Guest)
Nick Herman Glenn Rhee First appearance (Guest)
Brett Pels Irene First appearance (Guest)
Mark Barbolak Police Officer First appearance (Guest)


The game was released on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3, and later on PlayStation Vita and iOS. Players were able to download the episode for $4.99 in the United States, or roughly $25 for the entire season.

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The episode was generally well received. GameSpot noted "its attention to appearance, plot, and character development",[3] while Emily Richardson of The Telegraph noted that from the beginning of the episode the player is "constantly plagued, choice after choice, as to whether the choice you made [is] the right decision".[4]


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