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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 31, 2010
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 490 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: 56 out of 78
  2. Negative: 13 out of 78
  1. May 25, 2015
    10
    this season started off fast but slowed down alot but redeemed itself at the 2 half of season 5 i cant wait for season 6. This so far is mythis season started off fast but slowed down alot but redeemed itself at the 2 half of season 5 i cant wait for season 6. This so far is my favorite season yet Robert kirkman is a genius and so is the writing of the TV show. 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. Jan 14, 2015
    7
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Pros:
    - Probably the best season premiere since Season 1.
    - Carol goes beast mode.
    - Cannibals are always a shocking element in a post-apocalyptic world setting.
    - Varied (yet not really new) locations apart from forests.

    Cons:
    - The first half of the season does not bring plot development at all and those first two arcs get closed after the first episodes.
    - Zombies are becoming almost dangerous "props" more than a key plot element in a human wars environment.
    - Disbanding groups with no purpose only to reunite them later definitely damages the story.
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  6. Dec 5, 2014
    5
    The show is going downhill. How come after all this time no good people can manage to get organized only the bad ones. Ricks group fallsThe show is going downhill. How come after all this time no good people can manage to get organized only the bad ones. Ricks group falls somewhere in between good and bad. For society to survive a group has to settle down and figure out where their next meal is coming from other than the canned food they been eating. but I guess long term survival is not worth planning for. I like show that at least has a possibility of happy endings. But I will keep watching anyway. Expand
  7. Feb 16, 2015
    0
    Sh..t as always.Sh..t as always. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Expand

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