The BEST Episodes of The Walking Dead

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 29, 2019

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 8.65
5,201 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
6,026 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 8.51
3,454 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 8.44
3,518 votes
No Way Out

#5 - 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 8.42
8,333 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Seth Hoffman
Killer Within

#6 - 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 8.42
3,782 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Sang Kyu Kim
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 8.36
3,431 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
5,684 votes

#9 - A

Season 4 - Episode 16

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

star 8.33
4,977 votes
Writers: Scott M. Gimple, Angela Kang

#10 - Seed

Season 3 - Episode 1

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

star 8.30
3,945 votes
Writers: Glen Mazzara
Made to Suffer

#11 - 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 8.30
3,504 votes
Directors: Bill Gierhart
Writers: Robert Kirkman
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 8.28
4,036 votes
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
Days Gone Bye

#13 - 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 8.20
5,916 votes
Directors: Frank Darabont
Writers: Frank Darabont
The Grove

#14 - 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 8.20
4,942 votes
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
Judge, Jury, Executioner

#15 - 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 8.17
3,338 votes

#16 - 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
4,825 votes
Writers: Angela Kang
The Day Will Come When You Won't Be

#17 - 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
12,534 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Scott M. Gimple

#18 - 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 8.16
3,643 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Adam Fierro

#19 - Hounded

Season 3 - Episode 6

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

star 8.13
3,431 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Scott M. Gimple

#20 - 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
3,470 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Nichole Beattie
Welcome to the Tombs

#21 - 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 8.12
4,212 votes
Writers: Glen Mazzara

#22 - Sick

Season 3 - Episode 2

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

star 8.11
3,524 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Nichole Beattie
Not Tomorrow Yet

#23 - Not Tomorrow Yet

Season 6 - Episode 12

Rick and the group realize the only way to maintain the peace of Alexandria is to fight a new enemy. However, this time, the group might be outmatched.

star 8.11
7,451 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Seth Hoffman
Four Walls and a Roof

#24 - 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
5,211 votes
Writers: Angela Kang, Corey Reed

#25 - 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 8.10
3,863 votes
Directors: Johan Renck
Writers: Robert Kirkman