The Walking Dead - Season 3, Episode 5 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: "Say the Word" takes a step back from the action of the last episode, while driving home major plot points for the season going forward.

Episode Info

Rick struggles after experiencing another loss; Michonne has her suspicions about the Governor, who throws a party for the people of Woodbury, but gives it an unusual twist.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Scott Wilson
as Hershel Greene
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
David Morrissey
as The Governor
Emily Kinney
as Beth Greene
Michael Rooker
as Merle Dixon
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Alexandra Breckenridge
as Jessie Anderson
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic reviews for Say the Word

I appreciated the disintegration of our once-stalwart leader. Rick is neither human nor walker now; he's a third rail.

July 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Between the Governor's daughter, Rick's rampage in the prison, and the fighting sport that the villagers watch, the episode is a study in the psychological maladies of the zombie apocalypse in a season that has focused mostly on the physical.

July 29, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Not a complete story told in one hour of television, but it was still an engrossing hour, because we finally care about what happens to these people.

June 20, 2018 | Full Review…

"Say the Word" was a buildup episode of The Walking Dead that solidified several ongoing plots.

July 29, 2015 | Full Review…

If anything, this hour proves that even the lower-key episodes this season are going to be full of great moments.

July 29, 2015 | Full Review…

It was understandable to have "Say the Word" be more of an aftermath episode, taking a step back after the huge events last week. But it was also pretty jam-packed in its own right, as The Governor revealed just how twisted he was.

July 29, 2015 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

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