The Walking Dead: Season 2 (2011 - 2012)

Season 2
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The second season of The Walking Dead fleshes out the characters while maintaining the grueling tension and gore that made the show a hit.



Critic Ratings: 24


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Air date: Oct 16, 2011

In the Season 2 premiere, 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.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2011

Rick possibly stumbles upon another safe spot while attempting to come to the aid of someone in danger. Meanwhile, Shane heads off on a mission for much-needed medical supplies.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2011

The group await Shane's return, unaware that he's trapped in a school surrounded by zombies; Daryl and Andrea scour the woods for a missing person.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2011

Shane's deadly sacrifice leads to strange behavior, while the rest of the group contemplate the fine line between living and dying.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2011

While searching the woods for clues, Daryl is seriously injured and set upon by walkers. Meanwhile, Rick second-guesses himself; and Glenn believes he's getting positive signals from Maggie, but then isn't so sure.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2011

Glenn becomes the keeper of a pair of secrets; Andrea develops a new skill and is forced to rely on it during a life-or-death confrontation; Rick uncovers a secret about someone close to him.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2011

A grave threat rears its head from a surprise source; Rick and Hershel work together to avoid a dire situation; and Dale has it out with Shane.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2012

In the aftermath of a horrific discovery, Rick must restore order. Meanwhile, Hershel falls back into a bad habit and disappears, leaving Glenn and Rick to track him down in town.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2012

Rick, Glenn and Hershel find themselves trapped and facing a battle for survival against a new army of foes, both dead and alive; Lori encounters danger on the road and Shane attempts to rescue her and return her to the farm.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2012

The appearance of an outsider puts Rick and Shane at odds; Hershel's youngest daughter faces a momentous decision and Andrea steps in to help.

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In series 2, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the survivors he's teamed up with continue their search for safety from the walkers. After escaping the explosion at the CDC in Atlanta, the group encounters a threat on the road. Shelter is found at a farm owned by veterinarian Hershel Green (Scott Wilson), the site of most of the season's action, including a tragic incident that tests the bonds of the group.

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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead Season 2

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (16)

There is so little depth on display that if you replaced every single member of the cast with an animal you'd have essentially the same show. You'd probably have a better one.

Mar 28, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

I still need convincing that The Walking Dead' is anything more than a hackneyed apocalyptic melodrama with borscht-like guts spilling out all over the place.

Oct 16, 2011 | Full Review…

Coming out of the starting blocks, at least, the show is still clinging to its complexity, darkness and humor.

Oct 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Season 2 so far is still a watchable feast of decayed human flesh and frayed nerve endings.

Oct 16, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Six million zombiephiles watched the finale of the first season and those 6 million will not want to miss Sunday's opener, which is excellent and appropriately disgusting. The larger concern is the future.

Oct 16, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

The last three episodes of season two of The Walking Dead are among the best cable television that's aired so far this year.

Oct 16, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The opener had a feeling of unhurried foreboding that had you shifting uncomfortably in your seat, wondering how the next threat would materialise.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

A series in which everybody basically did nothing. Except when they were doing incredibly stupid things in order to drive the plot.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

I will say this, there is one hell of a cliffhanger that I didn't see coming.

Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Dead returns very much alive and kicking, the gut-wrenching highlight of another busy TV weekend.

Oct 16, 2011 | Full Review…

But the show creates tension -- through atmosphere and characters the audience cares about -- and offers so many make-you-jump scares that by the end of an episode, you're left breathless.

Oct 16, 2011 | Full Review…

However, the second season premiere on Sunday night was good, lively and tense like last year's pilot. In many ways, it was where the series ought to have begun.

Oct 16, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 2

  • May 12, 2021
    Season 2 had a very underrated setting with a great conflict between Rick and Shane. Some episodes seemed like fillers, but the final two episodes were amazing!
  • May 11, 2021
    This season is slower than the first one, but from meeting Hershel Greene to the events at the farm, and the problem between Rick and Shane, makes this season great to watch, and one of the best seasons.
  • Apr 28, 2021
    Worth it just for the character of Shane.
  • Apr 18, 2021
    It might be a bit slow at times, but thanks to grat dialogue and characters, the tension is still pqlpable throughout.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    A step down from the previous season. Character-focused and emotional television.
  • Apr 02, 2021
    Awesome show bro cool
  • Mar 15, 2021
    Season 2 gives powerful moments and performances that make us care for the characters we are sharing the journey with.
  • Mar 10, 2021
    Seems a little bit like a soap opera with zombies.
  • Feb 08, 2021
    This season is getting better and better I like the role that Abraham Lincoln makes him perfect in the series I like the scenes, the script and the performances of the characters, well done Very good
  • Jan 01, 2021
    Wow! Incredibly overrated still. Even the zombies overact. It should be called "The Arguing Living--Guest Starring the Occasional Zombie". Okay, so 90% of the show involves people arguing. Once in a while there's a zombie attack. It's chock full of melodrama. They argue, build tension, a zombie attacks...zzzzz. Repeat as necessary and we have a season. I can't believe this season is 13 episodes. It drags on relentlessly. Hell, half of it was spent wandering around the woods looking for someone. Sometimes the director uses foreshadowing at the start of an episode which reveals who gets attacked. Great! Thanks soooo much for the spoiler. What a fantastic way to kick off an episode. The story did expand and get deeper this season and the special effects are a joy but it's just not enough to separate an average show from an exceptional show. It's slightly better than a bad show leaving it somewhere around the middle of the ranks. What a bummer. I should've known considering the amount of hype surrounding this show. It's a good way to kill a lot of time if you plan to lay in bed all day. Is it scary? Not at all. Is it gory? Mmm mmm good in that category though it left me wanting more. I'm not particularly interested in watching a human drama unfold unless the drama involves peoples faces getting eaten off. They did a good job laying down the "ground rules" for dealing with the walkers in the first season, yet the people persistently do moronic things like shoot guns unnecessarily, make loud noise otherwise, etc. Doh! You mean guns are a thing and we don't have to yell at each other? Ohhhh--typical horror trope. Please give me a break. Is this the 1970's still?

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