The Walking Dead: Season 2 (2011 - 2012)

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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.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 16, 2011
2
Air date: Oct 23, 2011
3
Air date: Oct 30, 2011
4
Air date: Nov 6, 2011
5
Air date: Nov 13, 2011
6
Air date: Nov 20, 2011
7
Air date: Nov 27, 2011
8
Air date: Feb 12, 2012
9
Air date: Feb 19, 2012
10
Air date: Feb 26, 2012
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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 (12)

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…
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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…
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The show's main problem is its lack of compelling characters. It isn't a question of whether or not they're "likable." They are likable. That's the problem, actually - they're likable to a fault.

Oct 16, 2011 | 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…

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 action moves along briskly and there are credible attempts to make the survivors of a zombie apocalypse more than a collection of types.

Oct 16, 2011 | Full Review…

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

Oct 16, 2011 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 2

  • 7h ago
    Excellent session to an excellent show
  • Jun 21, 2020
    The second season dragged on and did not really pick up until the middle or so. The barn scene made it worth it though.
  • Jun 11, 2020
    A very good season. I saw the ratings and i was surprised by the results. I consider this to be one of the better seasons. The storyline with the farm was was peaceful and different. I liked the conflict between Dale and Shane. Shane‘s death scene was very well handled. This season was overall very good.
  • Jun 08, 2020
    with an even greater focus on its characters, and some tense moments of importance for the future of the plot, the second season of The Walking Dead can very easily overcome the first in most aspects
  • May 18, 2020
    While it is not quite as good as season one, season two of TWD is able to introduce new fresh scenery and new characters. Once again, Lincolns performance is amazing and they couldn't have picked anyone better to star as Rick. This seasons visuals are probably the best out of all seasons. The farm and Herschel's family is certainly why you would want to stick around. Solid season 4/5
  • Apr 13, 2020
    I didn't hate The Walking Dead season 2 as much as everyone else did. But I will admit it was not as good as its first season. What I did like about season 2 was The character drama. Watching Shane lose his mind over Lori and Carl was fantastic. John Bernthal did a great job of portraying that character. Shane and Rick's feud was the highlight of the season. It always kept me wondering what was Rick going to do about Shane or what was Shane going to do. I also really liked Daryl this season. We got to see what a bad ass he was. A hunter, tracker, and total savage he was. New characters like Hershel and Maggie were also great. What everyone was so upset about with this season was the farm. I didn't hate the farm storyline and I don't think everyone else hated it either. It's just it got really boring at times. There were some great moments on the farm like the walker in the water well. Also the walkers stashed away in the barn was also a great moment on the farm. And so was Sophia‘s surprising death. But other than that the farm was admittedly very boring. Either way though we did get a great send off to the farm with a hoard of walkers overrunning it. Like I said before, season 2 of The Walking Dead was not bad but it wasn't as good as season 1. There were some truly great character moments and drama and some surprising tension and shocking twists. But what dragged this season down was the farm itself. The group was there just too long. Regardless though this wasn't bad television nor was it a bad season. It just got boring at times, but it would pick right back up within an episode or two. I liked the season a lot just not as much as I did season 1.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    Great but rewatchability is very low
  • Feb 13, 2020
    felt very slow but had great acting by all the cast
  • Jan 27, 2020
    By far the weakest season. Some scenes are extremely boring, and the whole season feels like filler. This season is required to have good buildup for later seasons, but many of these episodes were not needed at all.
  • Jan 18, 2020
    The Walking Dead: Season 2 is okay... except for the pacing. I'll explain that later. The villain here is Shane now I like this because I didn't like Shane at all... but I like how they slowly show he is starting to become more crazy and more dangerous. Character I don't like are Carl, Andrea, Maggie, Carol, and Hershel. All these characters are complaining about something and it's really annoying. Things I hate about Season 2 is the pacing the beginning of this season just goes down the toilet it really sucks. It just takes to long for Shane to become the villain. To sum this up this season is okay I give it a 4 out of 5

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