The Walking Dead: Season 5 (2014 - 2015)


Season 5
The Walking Dead

Critics Consensus

Thanks to a liberal dose of propulsive, bloody action and enough compelling character moments to reward longtime fans, The Walking Dead's fifth season continues to deliver top-notch entertainment.



Critic Ratings: 31


Audience Score

User Ratings: 3482
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Air date: Oct 12, 2014
Air date: Oct 19, 2014
Air date: Oct 26, 2014
Air date: Nov 2, 2014
Air date: Nov 9, 2014
Air date: Nov 16, 2014
Air date: Nov 23, 2014
Air date: Nov 30, 2014
Air date: Feb 8, 2015
Air date: Feb 15, 2015
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Season 5 of The Walking Dead picks up shortly after Season 4 left off, and we follow the people of Terminus as they attempt to find a cure in Washington, D.C. As they begin to lose comrades, the fate of the group becomes unclear, more so when they gain new locales and, with them, new conflicts.


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
Emily Kinney
as Beth Greene
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as Bob Stookey
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
David Morrissey
as The Governor
Scott Wilson
as Hershel Greene
Michael Rooker
as Merle Dixon
Justice Leak
as Knife Smock Man
Adam Boyer
as Bat Smock Man
Jon Bernthal
as Shane Walsh
Owen Hard
as Crazed Filthy Man
Jeffrey DeMunn
as Dale Horvath
Anissa Matlock
as Twenty-Something Woman
Madison Lintz
as Sophia Peletier
Nelson Bonilla
as Knife Cut Face Terminus Guard
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Critic Reviews for The Walking Dead Season 5

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (13)

What ensues is a dizzying, turbocharged confrontation designed to keep your nerves in a vise (or your stomach in knots). Of course, it's all punctuated with the violent reverie of an all-out zombie splat-fest. So, basically, it's The Walking Dead on crank

Oct 7, 2014 | Full Review…

The episode moves along at a good pace, with only a couple of moments when the timing feels a little too coincidental.

Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The show's fifth season seems much more propulsive, setting up new plots and then moving through them with surprising haste.

Oct 20, 2014 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead team delivered an action-packed premiere that played like a World War II movie.

Oct 14, 2014 | Full Review…

Suddenly, we don't have to talk about The Walking Dead as an anomaly on AMC's schedule of masterful dramas. It's fitting right in.

Oct 13, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Does The Walking Dead outdo itself with this season premiere? Of course, but "outdo" is what The Walking Dead does. This is not a series content to recycle visual ideas over and over even if it's a little less resistant to recycling thematic ones.

Oct 13, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season represents a major step down for a show that had seemingly finally figured out what it was missing.

Aug 24, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Tonight's episode flat-out cooks. Plus there's a machete with a red handle out there. And sooner or later, Rick is going to use it.

Oct 9, 2014 | Full Review…

What season premieres are made of.

Oct 19, 2014 | Full Review…

This was a fantastic episode, and along with last season's "The Grove", another one of the best they've ever done. We viewers are waiting with baited breath to see what happens next.

Oct 14, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Walking Dead: Season 5

  • 3d ago
    The high spot of the walking dead
  • Aug 11, 2019
    Season 5 delivered probably one of the most satisfying premieres out of all seasons thus far. It gave us nothing but action, character emotion, and the reunion of our beloved characters that we were longing for. Way to go Carol! Season 5 had us on a roller-coaster from start to finish. The church massacre, Beth and Tyreese's Death, finding Alexandria, and complex characters and groups like the Wolves that will add to a compelling 6th season. No season goes without downfalls though, and that was the dragged out Hospital story line, and being on the road for a lonnnng time. The finale was intense and reassured us that our group of survivors are still stronger than ever.
  • Jun 21, 2019
    Great start from where the last season ended. Introduces new people and shows how the survivors do not take chances anymore because of what they just experienced. Many characters have become cold, but most of them make it back from this time in their lives. Introduces the new community that will be the main location for the foreseeable future.
  • Jun 04, 2019
    Slow in some spots, great in others. Hoping for a big plot twist in Season 6!!!
  • May 08, 2019
    also a very good season
  • Apr 04, 2019
    Five seasons and still no thwarts from me. This season showed that the Walking Dead knows what makes great television.
  • Feb 26, 2019
    Damn this is the best season so far, Rick is so ruthless and bad, makes the show more scarier. Good story like of this show. But very disappointed of the next season.
  • Nov 22, 2018
    5 seasons in and "The Walking Dead" still has plenty to offer. Season 5 of The Walking Dead picks up shortly after Season 4 left off, and we follow the people of Terminus as they attempt to find a cure in Washington, D.C. As they begin to lose comrades, the fate of the group becomes unclear, more so when they gain new locales and, with them, new conflicts. After losing out on the prison and the group being separated, this is where they start to discover new communities. So just a heads up, I don't think I've reviewed a season of any TV show in how many months, maybe a while. Also ironic because I could just look it up in my TV ratings but I'm already writing this it goes! I've also been going through all of "The Walking Dead" seasons in chronological order, and I'm already on 8. So my memory of very specific events is hazy but overall, I've really been enjoying the entire series. One thing to really love is the characters. The characters that we know and love continue to get their due diligence, while we're introduced to some new characters that we're able to learn more and grow attached to. The stakes are raised when we're introduced to the possibility that there's a cure. Everyone gets kind of split in their own groups so it gives us a chance to be isolated with everyone. We get the chance to learn more about the relationships and everyone's past. It allows us to get closer to characters, their wants, desires, and what drives them to live. We're still granted with some extremely dark, gruesome moments. We're constantly thrown moments of pure scariness. We're still provided with moments of pure shock and emotion. Moments where it seems like humanity is broken. I truly enjoyed this season and even though it seemed kind of sporadic at times, it gave us a chance to connect with everyone on screen. In the end, the series continues strong with this season and I can't wait to write about the next few seasons.
  • Nov 05, 2018
    With the most heartfelt and tragic scenes in franchise to this point, Season 5 of The Walking Dead shows that this show is not all about gore and people getting shot.
  • Oct 15, 2018
    The best season and fun also morgan comes back.

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