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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 31, 2010
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 308 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: 40 out of 52
  2. Negative: 6 out of 52
  1. 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
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    10
    Perhaps the best episode of the show. Very violent, intense, and action packed. Carol is a bad ass and it was great for the group to get outPerhaps the best episode of the show. Very violent, intense, and action packed. Carol is a bad ass and it was great for the group to get out of Terminus. Also Morgan is back. Expand
  3. Oct 19, 2014
    10
    Easily the best zombie themed show on television. I'm a fan of the comic who loved when Darabont and Nicotero got ahold of the property.Easily the best zombie themed show on television. I'm a fan of the comic who loved when Darabont and Nicotero got ahold of the property. Although it deviates from the comic(IE Daryl was created for TV) it still retains the graphic novels it's based on look and feel. If you haven't read the comic, do so, and make sure to get "All Out War" parts one and two on shelves now. Expand
  4. Nov 17, 2014
    9
    I love the 5th show now. Story looks better when they're in the road than stay. they still agonize/fight/show deep-human nature. and, it makesI love the 5th show now. Story looks better when they're in the road than stay. they still agonize/fight/show deep-human nature. and, it makes me happy for i'm still living on one piece. Expand
  5. Oct 22, 2014
    9
    Season 5 is starting very strong. I don't remember another season premiere from this series that starts off the season this strong. EverySeason 5 is starting very strong. I don't remember another season premiere from this series that starts off the season this strong. Every character has their place, and there is no more beating around the bush with their character development. You know exactly what each character is bringing to the table and I like that. I also love how brutal some of the scenes are in this premiere. Including one scene which seemed especially brutal for The Walking Dead, and I loved every second of it. I'm through the second episode now, and you'll be guessing the whole time who is good and who is bad. And that's one of the main reasons why I enjoy it. When you meet a new character, you have to ask yourself just like the characters have to, "Do I trust this person?" After all, the only thing more scary in a post apocalyptic world than zombies are the people themselves.

    My personal thought on the series is that Season 1 was very strong. Season 2 was weaker, but still to my liking (although many people got bored of the farm). Season 3 is where the show really fell off for me. They found their footing a little bit in Season 4 even though there were too many slow episodes. I have high hopes for this season, and from the trailers I've seen, and the plot lines that I know are coming; I'm expecting Season 5 to be the best season yet.
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  6. Nov 12, 2014
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The Walking Dead Season 5 has to take a different avenue. Season 1 & 2 were fantastic but 3,4 & now seemingly 5 seem to all be too similar. I was hoping that trying to reach Washington may be more of the old like series 1 & 2 but they keep on going away from what the show is all about. Survival!!! Too much drama, I think this snow needs a major twist. Will it happen... probably not because it makes way too much money and a twist could lose that. Expand
  7. Oct 28, 2014
    0
    That show is just so bad. I feel like it's really poorly written. I've never seen such a boring show like this.
    Actually I'm a huge zombie
    That show is just so bad. I feel like it's really poorly written. I've never seen such a boring show like this.
    Actually I'm a huge zombie and horror fan but this ????? Seriously it has nothing to do with Horror.
    Sometime even the biggest fan will get it.
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