The BEST Episodes of The Walking Dead

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2019

Network: AMC

The world we knew is gone. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living. Based on a comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, this AMC project focuses on the world after a zombie apocalypse. The series follows a police officer, Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma to find the world ravaged with zombies. Looking for his family, he and a group of survivors attempt to battle against the zombies in order to stay alive.

Too Far Gone

#1 - Too Far Gone

Season 4 - Episode 8

Just when everything started to calm down at the prison, Rick and his group now face imminent danger and destruction. This time, they might not win.

star 8.67
5,074 votes
Writers: Seth Hoffman
No Sanctuary

#2 - No Sanctuary

Season 5 - Episode 1

We learn the true motives of the Terminans as Rick and the group find themselves in a vulnerable situation.

star 8.60
5,960 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
Beside the Dying Fire

#3 - Beside the Dying Fire

Season 2 - Episode 13

Rick and Carl find the farm in jeopardy; the group is split up in the chaos; Rick's leadership is questioned.

star 8.54
3,203 votes
Pretty Much Dead Already

#4 - Pretty Much Dead Already

Season 2 - Episode 7

Hershel sets a deadline. All secrets are out in the open. Glenn stands up for himself and Shane takes charge.

star 8.48
3,211 votes
Killer Within

#5 - Killer Within

Season 3 - Episode 4

The group is severed, placing lives in jeopardy. Merle has a request for the Governor. Meanwhile the prison doesn't seem to be a place as secure as they thought.

star 8.43
3,559 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Sang Kyu Kim
No Way Out

#6 - No Way Out

Season 6 - Episode 9

While trying to escape Alexandria, Rick and his group meet trouble when sudden noise draws walkers towards them with what could be fatal consequences.

star 8.43
8,326 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Seth Hoffman
Better Angels

#7 - Better Angels

Season 2 - Episode 12

Someone dangerous may be loose near the farm; Rick, Shane, Daryl and Glenn keep the group safe.

star 8.39
3,165 votes

#8 - Conquer

Season 5 - Episode 16

Daryl finds trouble while on a run; Rick and the group feel like outsiders in Alexandria, where trouble approaches the gates.

star 8.34
5,641 votes

#9 - A

Season 4 - Episode 16

Many paths collide. Rick faces sheer brutality. The group struggles to survive.

star 8.34
4,877 votes
Writers: Angela Kang, Scott M. Gimple
Made to Suffer

#10 - Made to Suffer

Season 3 - Episode 8

Andrea steps up when the people of Woodbury are thrown into uncharted territory. A new threat arises at the prison.

star 8.31
3,292 votes
Directors: Bill Gierhart
Writers: Robert Kirkman

#11 - Seed

Season 3 - Episode 1

As the world grows more dangerous and Lori's pregnancy advances, Rick locates a potentially safe haven.

star 8.31
3,715 votes
Writers: Glen Mazzara
This Sorrowful Life

#12 - This Sorrowful Life

Season 3 - Episode 15

Rick and the group are faced with a serious problem. If they want a truce with the Governor, they will have to make a huge sacrifice.

star 8.30
3,841 votes
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
Judge, Jury, Executioner

#13 - Judge, Jury, Executioner

Season 2 - Episode 11

Rick sides with Shane causing Dale to worry that the group is losing its humanity; Carl's actions have unintended consequences.

star 8.22
3,082 votes
Days Gone Bye

#14 - Days Gone Bye

Season 1 - Episode 1

Rick searches for his family after emerging from a coma into a world terrorized by the walking dead. Morgan and Duane, whom he meets along the way, help teach Rick the new rules for survival.

star 8.21
5,509 votes
Directors: Frank Darabont
Writers: Frank Darabont
The Grove

#15 - The Grove

Season 4 - Episode 14

After finding an idyllic place to establish a new shelter, the group starts to question whether it is possible to go back to the way things were.

star 8.21
4,838 votes
Writers: Scott M. Gimple

#16 - TS-19

Season 1 - Episode 6

Rick and the group are allowed into the CDC by a strange doctor, but all is not what it seems in their newfound haven.

star 8.20
3,281 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Adam Fierro

#17 - Coda

Season 5 - Episode 8

Rick wants to find a peaceful agreement, but the enemies seem to prefer a more violent resolution.

star 8.17
4,765 votes
Writers: Angela Kang
The Day Will Come When You Won't Be

#18 - The Day Will Come When You Won't Be

Season 7 - Episode 1

Last season ended with Rick and our group kneeling helplessly before Negan and his group; what Negan does will haunt those who survive forever.

star 8.16
12,524 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Scott M. Gimple

#19 - Hounded

Season 3 - Episode 6

Michonne makes a decision about Woodbury; Glenn and Maggie go on a run; Rick struggles.

star 8.14
3,222 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Scott M. Gimple

#20 - Vatos

Season 1 - Episode 4

While still in search of Merle, the group tries to retrieve the bag of guns but are attacked by several living men who are also after the weapons. The group manages to grab the injured attacker; however, several of the attackers escape and take Glenn hostage. Back at camp a large group of walkers venture up the hill and take the survivors by surprise.

star 8.14
3,462 votes
Directors: Johan Renck
Writers: Robert Kirkman

#21 - Home

Season 3 - Episode 10

As the group debates their next course of action, Rick wanders after a lost friend. After helping another group of survivors flee a group of walkers, Daryl and Merle begin to have second thoughts about leaving the prison. The Governor cedes leadership of Woodbury to Andrea and makes plans to punish those responsible for the chaos.

star 8.13
3,286 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Nichole Beattie
Welcome to the Tombs

#22 - Welcome to the Tombs

Season 3 - Episode 16

Rick and the others consider the defense of the prison as the Governor's impending attack looms.

star 8.13
4,025 votes
Writers: Glen Mazzara

#23 - Sick

Season 3 - Episode 2

A life hangs in the balance; the group deals with a threat to their new surroundings.

star 8.12
3,297 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Nichole Beattie
What Lies Ahead

#24 - What Lies Ahead

Season 2 - Episode 1

Rick and the group leave Atlanta and encounter a threat on the highway the likes of which they've never seen. Elsewhere, the group search for a missing person.

star 8.12
3,461 votes
Writers: Ardeth Bey, Robert Kirkman
Four Walls and a Roof

#25 - Four Walls and a Roof

Season 5 - Episode 3

Rick and the others find themselves pitted against a group of nasty people.

star 8.11
5,140 votes
Writers: Angela Kang, Corey Reed