Beside the Dying Fire

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Critic Consensus: "Beside the Dying Fire" is a suspense-filled finale that balances narrative twists and zombie action while rounding out one arc and setting up another.

Episode Info

Rick and Carl make it out of the woods but find chaos on the farm, where the group has been split up and people are questioning Rick's leadership abilities. Season 2 finale.

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Critic Reviews for Beside the Dying Fire

The problem, as ever, for The Walking Dead is that when these well-choreographed ballets of blood and adrenaline finally arrive, they feel less earned and more like an attempt to distract from the RV-sized plot holes that preceded them.

Jul 28, 2015 | Full Review…

From the opening seconds right to the very end, we got exactly the kind of show we always knew Walking Dead could be: gripping, horrifying, and full of human emotion and characters worth rooting for.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Right now, I'm just glad this part of the story is over. The Walking Dead continues to do just enough right for me to stick with it, and just enough wrong to irritate me several times a week.

Jul 28, 2015 | Full Review…

Epic, action-packed, emotional - 'Beside the Dying Fire' is great television. Every single major character gets their moment to shine... and the final reveal of the prison is a nice final touch.

Jul 28, 2015 | Full Review…

It's appropriate that we've left Season 2's farm-the figurative scene of new hope and literal scene of new life-for Season 3's prison. And while I welcome the action that will come with it, part of me is glad that Dale never had to see it all come to this

Jul 28, 2015 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…

As Hank Williams allegedly once said to his son Hank Jr., "Always leave them wanting more." Last night's The Walking Dead season finale did that wonderfully, wrapping up several loose threads before pointing the compass directly at the heart of Season 3.

Jul 28, 2015 | Full Review…

"This isn't a democracy anymore," [Rick] spits... This is a definite direction. I'm not sure if the show's going to make Rick an out-and-out monster, or if this is setting up some sort of redemptive arc for him in season three, but it's a strong choice.

Jul 28, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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"Beside the Dying Fire" works primarily because it keeps the most unattractive part of the program, and its characters, on hold until after it has done the work needed to keep the audience enthralled and excited.

May 1, 2015 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead season finale was a big one, that's for certain. And it certainly delivered on several things many viewers have been wanting to see for quite awhile.

Jul 28, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

Ultimately, "Beside the Dying Fire" had a mixture of everything: all the zombie fun you could love, a few surprising twists and some truly confounding moments.

Jul 28, 2015 | Full Review…