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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 31, 2010
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 481 Ratings

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  • Summary: Scott M. Gimple returns as showrunner for the fifth season of the zombie drama.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 10, 2014
    91
    Not every question--or every character’s fate--is settled in the premiere, but fans of the show will not be disappointed.
  2. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Oct 10, 2014
    90
    The Walking Dead still has a strong grip on our imagination as it continues to aim at all three levels--brain, heart and stomach--with deadly accuracy.
  3. Reviewed by: Ray Rahman
    Oct 8, 2014
    83
    All that commotion sets the season on a compelling path, hitting the road with a purpose. This is when Dead is at its best: journeying through postapocalyptic, fun-house-mirror America.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 29, 2014
    80
    It’s bracing to see a series that has weathered offscreen changes, and all but redefined expectations for cable viewership (as reflected in its soaring ad rates), continue to take creative chances--proving it can still leap ahead not just by shuffling along, but at breakneck speed.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 2, 2014
    80
    The episode moves along at a good pace, with only a couple of moments when the timing feels a little too coincidental.
  6. Reviewed by: Elisabeth Vincentelli
    Oct 10, 2014
    75
    It’s swiftly paced, disgusting--lots of shots of walkers chomping on screaming faces--and puts down some much needed signposts for the rest of the season. Consider us still hooked.
  7. Reviewed by: Patrick Kevin Day
    Oct 10, 2014
    70
    When death no longer holds the dread it once did, what's left is the fear of what life can become. And that is the boogeyman with which the characters must now wrestle.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 75
  2. Negative: 13 out of 75
  1. Dec 21, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. After a pretty disappointing second half of season 4, The Walking Dead breathed new life in the first half of season 4. It has been the best half season of the show so far and I can't wait for the rest of the season 5. The premiere opened up with a violent and intense assault at Terminus. Action scenes are always great in TWD and this is no different. This first half of season 5 really showed how great the show can be written and acted. The rest of the season was slower and not as intense, but that really worked well with the story. The Terminus storyline lasted a lot shorter than people were expecting it too. The next storyline would involve a hospital where is Beth is located in. The storyline and location were very compelling a breath of fresh air to the series. Beth does a great stand alone episode(an episode that is completely underrated) and Carol delivers her best performances this season. The rest of the cast was also used in a much better capacity and it was nice seeing some rather good character development this season. The ending was intense and Beth lost her life ib one of the most interesting deaths in The Walking Dead. So far, the writing, story, direction, acting, etc has all been vastly improved over prior seasons. As of right now, The Walking Dead is one of the best dramas on TV and I can't wait to see what happens next. Expand
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    AWSM the walking dead season 5 back with much more gore more walkers more drama, more accion . never leaves a surprise up his sleeve. ThisAWSM the walking dead season 5 back with much more gore more walkers more drama, more accion . never leaves a surprise up his sleeve. This show is definitely the best thing on TV very realistic special effects and well maintained I do not want to miss this season also return to the city zombie infested Expand
  3. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    best season premier yet. great character development, great Gore scenes and it was just gut wrenching, perfectly written. it was justbest season premier yet. great character development, great Gore scenes and it was just gut wrenching, perfectly written. it was just great.carol is a hero. it is going to be a top notch season Expand
  4. Mar 29, 2015
    9
    The fifth season signifies that The Walking Dead has drastically matured. Unpredictability returns, and there is rarely a dull moment to beThe fifth season signifies that The Walking Dead has drastically matured. Unpredictability returns, and there is rarely a dull moment to be had. The story is all over the place in the best possible way, character arcs return to familiar - yet welcome - themes, and things are as gripping as ever. This truly is the series at its finest. Expand
  5. Dec 16, 2014
    7
    Review in progress: The first half of season 5 sees the return of many of the series' most enticing elements. Jumpy scares, plot twists andReview in progress: The first half of season 5 sees the return of many of the series' most enticing elements. Jumpy scares, plot twists and blood soaking action. We remain entertained in season 5 and after a mind blowing premiere begin to settle into a more grounded season in terms of quality. The story is well thought out and well acted by the still extremely talented cast. However, the series seems to lose it's direction during the first half of season 5. This adds a degree of welcomed mystery but does take away an important reason to feel intrigued. Expand
  6. Dec 3, 2014
    5
    Up and down and then down again; Zzzzzzzzz. It's a real shame; after a strong 3-episode opening of this incredibly patchy series the writersUp and down and then down again; Zzzzzzzzz. It's a real shame; after a strong 3-episode opening of this incredibly patchy series the writers have decided, once again, to indulge in some more of their patented 'ultra-padding', in which uninteresting plot meanderings (Beth in hospital and Abraham's tedious Washington mission) fill out entire episodes, while the most interesting characters remain completely absent. Season four wasted a staggering amount of time on tiresome one-off episodes in which the scattered factions of the cast engaged in irrelevant and plodding misadventures following the forced exodus from their prison (this itself following on from the already excruciatingly dull flu outbreak story in which people we didn’t care about moaned and sweated). Give me strength.

    From the majority of reviews here it looks as though avid fans of the series are willing to let the writers get away with the same trick. Four episodes into season five and we have clearly reached the ceremonial slump which will no doubt pick up by about episode 13 or 14 - just in time to wake the parish up so they might froth to everyone about how good it all is. Of course this season may prove me wrong yet.

    I will resist from ranting about the many bizarre and unconvincing motivations of the characters (most recently Abraham & Glen) and the ill-conceived Eugene (oh Jesus don’t get me started on Eugene) and just say this; the show works best when it keeps focus and details the challenges that Rick Grimes faces in keeping his people safe. Now that the character of Rick has reached near Mad Max levels of intensity, the writers would do better to work with his story without the misguided deviations – this is not The Wire.

    The Walking Dead is not without its merits, I have clapped with joy and anxiety at some moments – I was near orgasmic when the Terminus crew reached their end at the church – but let’s be honest, these kinds of payoffs are few and far between. To be completely fair, the show is generally diverting, I wouldn’t have come this far if it wasn’t, it even has moments of excellence, but if you’re older than 12 and genuinely think this is the best thing on TV, I feel bad for you son.
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  7. Feb 16, 2015
    0
    Sh..t as always.Sh..t as always. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Expand

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