|Season 2, Episode 8|
|Air date||August 5th, 2012|
|Written by||Heather V. Regnier|
|Directed by||Seith Mann|
|US Viewers||3.34 million|
"The Price of Greatness"
"Death March" is the 18th episode of Falling Skies and the eighth episode of the second season. It was written by Heather V. Regnier and helmed by new director Seith Mann. It premiered on August 5, 2012 and drew 3.34 million US viewers. The episode focuses on the 2nd Mass' push on to Charleston. Weaver learns more about Tector’s background from before the invasion. Hal learns about Maggie's dark past.
Low on gas, the 2nd Mass is on its last push to Charleston, South Carolina. Ahead of the convoy is Hal, Maggie and Pope in a forward scout car.
Hal, Maggie and Pope deal with an overheated engine, and Maggie tells Hal her secret.
The main convoy comes across a harnessed girl who wants to return to her "family". She eventually escapes from the bus.
Matt writes a last will and testament and gives it to Tom, who assures him they will be safe.
Lourdes continues to be visibly hurt by the loss of Jamil.
In the lead vehicle, Weaver talks with the driver about their military past.
At Charleston they find the bridge out and the city in ruins, however they are soon found by Colonel Porter.
- The 2nd Massachusetts Militia Regiment arrives at Charleston, South Carolina to find the city destroyed.
- Colonel Porter is shown to have survived, and made it to South Carolina where he is now a part of national resistance force, known as the 1st Continental Army.
- Margaret opens up to Hal about her past which includes: drugs, robbery, prison, and a son.
- The plotline with the harnessed girl they pick up is never brought up again in Season 2.
- This episode is what people in TV production call a "bottle episode" - an episode using a minimal number of sets, locations, and special effects to save production costs for a different episode. "Mutiny" in season one was much the same idea. Note how almost the entire episode takes place at night in vehicles, allowing them to film in the vehicles on a soundstage, which is a lot cheaper than taking the production out on location. The only real special effects needed are the girl's brother (only seen through the window), and the very end of the episode where they are outside and arrive in Chareston.
- First Appearance of Continental Army.