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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 506 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: 59 out of 81
  2. Negative: 13 out of 81
  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 22, 2014
    10
    The Walking Dead is a masterpiece. It's the best thing to have aired on television since Lost, which was somewhat disappointing towards theThe Walking Dead is a masterpiece. It's the best thing to have aired on television since Lost, which was somewhat disappointing towards the end. Everything about the show is amazing. This season's pilot was groundbreaking. Just watch it. It's better than Breaking Bad. End of review. 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. May 26, 2015
    7
    The season got bad once they finally got to a place. A lot of the characters died quickly which I don't think should of happened. But reallyThe season got bad once they finally got to a place. A lot of the characters died quickly which I don't think should of happened. But really can't wait for season 6 hope it has more action. Expand
  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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