The BEST Episodes of The Walking Dead

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 12, 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 8.40
3,058 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 8.39
9,808 votes
Writers: Seth Hoffman
Conquer

#3 - 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
7,841 votes
A

#4 - A

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 30, 2014

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

star 8.28
8,639 votes
Writers: Angela Kang, Scott M. Gimple
Beside the Dying Fire

#5 - 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
11,229 votes
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 8.20
7,405 votes
Directors: Guy Ferland
Writers: Sang Kyu Kim
The Cell

#7 - The Cell

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 6, 2016

A new group of survivors seem to have it all in their impressive community; however, there is a price.

star 8.20
1,243 votes
Directors: Alrick Riley
Writers: Angela Kang
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
12,697 votes
Seed

#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
11,363 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
10,238 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 8.17
14,213 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
19,122 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
8,708 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
10,247 votes
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
No Way Out

#15 - 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 8.11
1,384 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Seth Hoffman
Better Angels

#16 - 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
11,625 votes
Clear

#17 - 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 8.10
7,078 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
8,696 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Seth Hoffman
Hearts Still Beating

#19 - 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
12,788 votes
Writers: Channing Powell, Matthew Negrete
Four Walls and a Roof

#20 - 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
8,174 votes
Writers: Angela Kang, Corey Reed
The Same Boat

#21 - 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
9,000 votes
Directors: Billy Gierhart
Writers: Angela Kang
Home

#22 - 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
9,477 votes
Directors: Seith Mann
Writers: Nichole Beattie
Hounded

#23 - Hounded

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 18, 2012

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

star 8.05
10,032 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Scott M. Gimple
When the Dead Come Knocking

#24 - When the Dead Come Knocking

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 25, 2012

The Governor presses for information. A new guest arrives at the prison, forcing Rick's hand.

star 8.03
10,307 votes
Directors: Dan Sackheim
Writers: Frank Renzulli
What Comes After

#25 - What Comes After

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 4, 2018

Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned.

star 8.03
138 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Matthew Negrete