No Sanctuary
The Walking Dead Season 5



Critic Ratings: 15
Critics Consensus

In The Walking Dead's season five premiere, "No Sanctuary" delivered an action-packed resolution to last season's cliffhanger while deepening our understanding of Rick and Carol.

Episode Info

We learn the true motives of the Terminans as Rick and the group find themselves in a vulnerable situation. Will they be able to work together?


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
Emily Kinney
as Beth 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
Justice Leak
as Knife Smock Man
Adam Boyer
as Bat Smock Man
Owen Hard
as Crazed Filthy Man
Anissa Matlock
as Twenty-Something Woman
Nelson Bonilla
as Knife Cut Face Terminus Guard
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic Reviews for No Sanctuary

This season seems prepared to delve deeper into that question: What happens when good people do very bad things?

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…

To a certain degree, the decision to burn through this plot this fast makes sense. It kicks off the season with a bang, and there's no sense of stalling to fill time.

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

After a seemingly interminable (or in-Terminus-able) wait, the fifth season of the epic zombie series kicked things off in brutal fashion.

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…

And despite the outright predictability of the season five premiere's broad strokes, it's the details of "No Sanctuary" that make it the most promising season premiere since the pilot.

Feb 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Consider "No Sanctuary" a fine way to kick things off, with a hint of some major storylines to come.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Hit that perfect sweet spot of gore, despair, violence and, against all odds, it stuck the landing on a moment of emotional triumph.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Carol is a butcher and now the show's most fascinating-and formidable-character.

Nov 10, 2016 | Full Review…

While last season's "Indifference" and "The Grove" elevated Carol's character, "No Sanctuary" made her even more fan-accessible by using her no-nonsense approach to the zompocalypse as a way to shift her into full warrior mode.

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…

As the zombie apocalypse brings out worse and worse levels of human depravity, Rick has evolved into a very different character with each passing season, and thanks to Lincoln, season five's iteration might be the most cheer-worthy yet.

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…

By turning the fifth season premiere into wall-to-wall action, Scott Gimple effectively fool-proofed "No Sanctuary."

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…

You win, Walking Dead! You're back in my good graces. (Until the inevitable slowdown, that is. We have a rocky relationship, show.)

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…

It ignored most of the cast, it was merciless and unflinching in presenting the new world order -- and hardly anyone speechified much (except for the mundanely eeevil psychopath who messed with Tyreese's head).

Jan 1, 2015 | Full Review…