Start to Finish
The Walking Dead Season 6



Critic Ratings: 26
Critics Consensus

"Start to Finish" fails to live up to The Walking Dead's potential with a midseason finale that is both dull and frustrating.

Episode Info

After having a few moments of peace, trouble finds its way to Alexandria yet again. Only this time, the threat might be too big to defeat.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Steven Yeun
as Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Melissa McBride
as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
Michael Cudlitz
as Abraham Ford
Alanna Masterson
as Tara Chambler
Christian Serratos
as Rosita Espinosa
Josh McDermitt
as Eugene Porter
Seth Gilliam
as Gabriel Stokes
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic Reviews for Start to Finish

When the episode faded to black, deferring the end of this scene to February, it felt incomplete rather than suspenseful. We don't know what happens next, but we're also not given a motivating reason to wonder beyond "Do our heroes survive?"

Nov 30, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This episode makes it seem like the Ricketeers are the only ones in the town, while everyone else was out getting groceries or something. It's a noticeable absence, especially with Alexandria itself under attack

Nov 30, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Walking Dead midseason finale was a dud in every sense of the term-it barely moved the story forward, it offered no surprising twists, it hinged on plot developments that made no sense, and, well, you call that a cliffhanger?

Nov 30, 2015 | Full Review…

That's an extremely tense moment in that chain for those people trying to get through that horde of zombies... And when we come back, we come back in that moment. It doesn't stop from there. People will be really excited about what's coming.

Nov 30, 2015 | Full Review…

The culmination of seven hour's worth of narrative treadmilling, "Start to Finish" is a 42-minute bore fest.

Mar 10, 2020 | Full Review…

"Start to Finish" brought on the kind of chaos you'd expect in a mid-season finale.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Honestly, this whole hour felt like a mess...

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

The midseason finale had way too much potential to deliver such an underwhelming and limp cliffhanger.

Nov 30, 2015 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

As my wife likes to point out, one of the pleasures of the show is how they continuously find new ways to top themselves in terms of gore. This week, that played out as the largest battle yet seen between humans and walkers.

Feb 22, 2016 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

So while 'Start to Finish' is a little unsatisfying in isolation, with its standout moments not quite compensating for the amount left unresolved, it's hard to fault a publicity machine that already has fans salivating for 2016.

Dec 1, 2015 | Full Review…

It's beautifully shot by Michael E. Satrazemis, with the opening zombie attack especially striking. It subverts expectations, too.

Nov 30, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

For an episode that started off with a metaphor so very heavy-handed (we're all meat eaten by ants!), the rest of "Start to Finish" could barely lift its arms to throw a knockout punch that typically comes with a "finale," half-season or otherwise.

Nov 30, 2015 | Full Review…