The BEST Episodes of The Walking Dead

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 5, 2020

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.

No Sanctuary

#1 - No Sanctuary

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 12, 2014

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

star 8.53
9,094 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
Too Far Gone

#2 - Too Far Gone

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 1, 2013

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 8.40
9,871 votes
Writers: Seth Hoffman
No Way Out

#3 - No Way Out

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 14, 2016

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 8.38
9,768 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Seth Hoffman

#4 - Conquer

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 29, 2015

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

star 8.33
7,897 votes

#5 - A

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 30, 2014

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

star 8.28
8,702 votes
Writers: Angela Kang, Scott M. Gimple
Killer Within

#6 - Killer Within

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 4, 2012

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 8.27
11,041 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Sang Kyu Kim
Beside the Dying Fire

#7 - Beside the Dying Fire

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 18, 2012

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

star 8.23
11,297 votes
Writers: Glen Mazzara, Robert Kirkman
Pretty Much Dead Already

#8 - Pretty Much Dead Already

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 27, 2011

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

star 8.20
12,781 votes
Writers: Scott M. Gimple

#9 - Seed

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 14, 2012

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

star 8.17
11,429 votes
Writers: Glen Mazzara
Made to Suffer

#10 - Made to Suffer

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 2, 2012

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

star 8.17
10,302 votes
Directors: Bill Gierhart
Writers: Robert Kirkman
The Day Will Come When You Won't Be

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

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 23, 2016

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
14,282 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
Days Gone Bye

#12 - Days Gone Bye

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 31, 2010

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 8.13
19,281 votes
Directors: Frank Darabont
Writers: Frank Darabont
The Grove

#13 - The Grove

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 16, 2014

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 8.12
8,775 votes
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
This Sorrowful Life

#14 - This Sorrowful Life

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 24, 2013

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 8.11
10,306 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
Better Angels

#15 - Better Angels

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 11, 2012

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

star 8.11
11,698 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Evan Reilly, Glen Mazzara

#16 - Coda

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 30, 2014

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

star 8.10
7,455 votes
Writers: Angela Kang
Walk with Us

#17 - Walk with Us

Season 10 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 15, 2020

With Negan's help, Alpha and the Whisperers attack Hilltop.

star 8.10
1,786 votes
Not Tomorrow Yet

#18 - Not Tomorrow Yet

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 6, 2016

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 8.09
8,747 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Seth Hoffman

#19 - Clear

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 3, 2013

Since they are outgunned against the Governor's forces, Rick undertakes a mission to get more weapons.

star 8.09
10,528 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
The Calm Before

#20 - The Calm Before

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 24, 2019

The fair at the Kingdom is underway, with all four communities coming together in celebration for the first time in years, while some pacts are renewed, other deals will come at a much steeper price.

star 8.08
3,440 votes
Hearts Still Beating

#21 - Hearts Still Beating

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 11, 2016

Negan's unwelcome visit to Alexandria continues as other members scavenge for supplies; things quickly spin out of control.

star 8.07
12,836 votes
Writers: Channing Powell, Matthew Negrete
Four Walls and a Roof

#22 - Four Walls and a Roof

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 26, 2014

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

star 8.07
8,233 votes
Writers: Angela Kang, Corey Reed
Thank You

#23 - Thank You

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 25, 2015

A return home doesn't go as expected.

star 8.06
8,534 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Angela Kang
The Same Boat

#24 - The Same Boat

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 13, 2016

After experiencing a minor success, there is a whole new set of issues when members of the group are taken and held hostage.

star 8.06
9,046 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Angela Kang

#25 - Home

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 17, 2013

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 8.05
9,542 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Nichole Beattie