The WORST Episodes of The Walking Dead

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2021

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.

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#1 - Diverged

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 28, 2021

Daryl and Carol come to a fork in the road and head their separate ways. Each going into their own type of survival mode, the easiest of challenges become much harder.

star 6.00
1,637 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Heather Bellson

#2 - Splinter

Season 10 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 21, 2021

Eugene, Ezekiel, Yumiko and Princess are captured and separated. Princess struggles with memories of her traumatic past and tries to escape one way or another with the help of Ezekiel.

star 6.66
1,666 votes
Directors: Laura Belsey
Writers: Julia Ruchman, Vivian Tse
Find Me

#3 - Find Me

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 7, 2021

An adventure for Daryl and Carol turns sideways when they come across an old cabin. It takes Daryl back to the years when he left the group after Rick disappeared as he relives a time that only the apocalypse could manifest.

star 6.71
1,672 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Nicole Mirante-Matthews
One More

#4 - One More

Season 10 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 14, 2021

Gabriel and Aaron search for food and supplies to bring back to Alexandria. Small tragedies lead to bigger tragedies as faith is broken and optimism is fragmented when they are put to the ultimate test.

star 7.05
1,665 votes
Directors: Laura Belsey
Writers: Erik Mountain, Jim Barnes
We Are the End of the World

#5 - We Are the End of the World

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 13, 2019

The origins of Alpha and Beta are revealed; Alpha attempts to toughen up Lydia as they prepare to walk with the dead. The Whisperers create their herds.

star 7.07
2,996 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Nicole Mirante-Matthews
Silence the Whisperers

#6 - Silence the Whisperers

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 2019

Still paranoid Alexandrians get riled up over the Whisperers and take their fear out on Negan. The Hilltop group deals with an unexpected safety issue.

star 7.15
2,848 votes
Directors: Michael Cudlitz
Writers: Geraldine Inoa

#7 - Swear

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 27, 2016

Someone stumbles upon a new society unlike anything seen before.

star 7.25
12,937 votes
Writers: David Leslie Johnson
The King, The Widow and Rick

#8 - The King, The Widow and Rick

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 26, 2017

With things looking up for Rick and the group, an argument breaks out at the Hilltop, where the consequences of the decision are life versus death.

star 7.27
7,341 votes
Directors: John Polson
Writers: Angela Kang, Corey Reed
Home Sweet Home

#9 - Home Sweet Home

Season 10 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 28, 2021

Maggie has returned with a story she is not ready to share, even when her past catches up to her. Negan’s safety is at stake again. Daryl and Maggie fight an unseen and unknown threat.

star 7.28
1,730 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Corey Reed, Kevin Deiboldt
Still Gotta Mean Something

#10 - Still Gotta Mean Something

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Apr 1, 2018

A Heaps prisoner makes a discovery; Carol searches for someone in the nearby forest; Rick and Morgan find themselves in the company of strangers.

star 7.29
5,373 votes
Writers: Eddie Guzelian

#11 - Rendition

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 5, 2021

Daryl and Dog get captured by the Reapers and are taken to the Meridian and reconnect with someone.

star 7.29
855 votes
Writers: Frank Darabont, Nicole Mirante-Matthews, Robert Kirkman

#12 - Squeeze

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 23, 2020

The group must figure out how to get out of a precarious situation.

star 7.29
2,194 votes
Writers: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick
A New Beginning

#13 - A New Beginning

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 7, 2018

Rick and his group make a risky run into Washington, D.C. to search for artifacts they will need to build the civilization he and Carl envisioned.

star 7.30
4,443 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Angela Kang

#14 - Honor

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 25, 2018

Rick faces new difficulties after a battle. Meanwhile, the fight continues in other communities as core members face hard decisions.

star 7.31
6,365 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Channing Powell, Matthew Negrete
The Storm

#15 - The Storm

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 31, 2019

In the aftermath of an overwhelming loss, the communities must brave a ferocious blizzard; as one group deals with an enemy from within, another is forced to make a life or death decision.

star 7.31
3,473 votes
Directors: Greg Nicotero
Writers: Angela Kang, Matthew Negrete
Dead or Alive Or

#16 - Dead or Alive Or

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 11, 2018

Daryl finds himself in bad company as his group heads to the Hilltop; Maggie makes difficult decisions at the Hilltop; Gabriel's faith becomes tested.

star 7.31
5,735 votes
Writers: Eddie Guzelian
The Tower

#17 - The Tower

Season 10 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 5, 2020

The communities prepare for the final battle of the Whisperer War. Eugene's group encounters Princess.

star 7.33
2,112 votes

#18 - Hunted

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 5, 2021

Magna and Kelly attempt to catch horses; Judith and Gracie cope with their parents leaving.

star 7.33
996 votes
Writers: Vivian Tse

#19 - Ghosts

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 2019

The threat of the Whisperers return leads to paranoia sweeping over Alexandria. Carol battles with the need for revenge.

star 7.34
2,897 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Jim Barnes
What We Become

#20 - What We Become

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 22, 2020

Michonne takes Virgil back to his island to find his family. In exchange, Virgil offers weapons.

star 7.35
2,144 votes
Directors: Sharat Raju
Writers: Vivian Tse

#21 - Secrets

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 20, 2011

Secrets are told and secrets are revealed. Hershel refuses to acknowledge the world’s new reality. Andrea comes out of her shell. Everyone is becoming more and more aware that “everything is food for something.”

star 7.36
12,342 votes
Directors: David Boyd
Writers: Angela Kang
Do Not Send Us Astray

#22 - Do Not Send Us Astray

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 25, 2018

Trouble arises when unexpected visitors arrive at the Hilltop and the community is thrust into action; heartbreaking discoveries are made.

star 7.37
5,527 votes
Writers: Angela Kang, Matthew Negrete

#23 - Still

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 2, 2014

Faced with the day-to-day survival of life outside shelter, a simple request by someone in the group leads to a bizarre but enlightening mission.

star 7.37
8,963 votes
Directors: Julius Ramsey
Writers: Angela Kang
Out of the Ashes

#24 - Out of the Ashes

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 19, 2021

Alexandrians encounter Hilltop squatters; Eugene’s group undergoes orientation at the Commonwealth.

star 7.37
373 votes
Time for After

#25 - Time for After

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 3, 2017

Negan has to enlist the help of his lieutenants in solving a huge issue facing the Sanctuary; Rick and the group continue to enact the plan.

star 7.38
6,919 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Corey Reed, Matthew Negrete