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


Critic Consensus: With excellent acting and compelling dialogue, "Self Help" is a rewarding adaptation of the comic book as well as an expertly crafted hour of television.

Episode Info

While on a mission, the group is confronted by new problems that test their ability to survive.


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
Larry Gilliard Jr.
as Bob Stookey
Alanna Masterson
as Tara Chambler
Christian Serratos
as Rosita Espinosa
Josh McDermitt
as Eugene Porter
Seth Gilliam
as Gabriel Stokes
Lennie James
as Morgan Jones
Alexandra Breckenridge
as Jessie Anderson
Austin Nichols
as Spencer Monroe
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Critic reviews for Self Help

The best thing about this generally well-done episode, I thought, was its whole thesis that as awful and ridiculous as Eugene's behavior was, it actually did save lives, or at least one life -- Abraham's.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

I dug this episode -- it told a nuanced story without beating you over the face, and it got pretty deep on characters that frankly never seemed very interesting to me before.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

There's now a lot of "what's nexts" left on the table... Certainly, by the end of the hour I was back on board, so I'm just ready to see where all those jumping off points go and where the season is really headed.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

There were a few hiccups in this one, and the loss of the D.C. mission wasn't a gut-punch for the show since it seemed far-fetched to begin with, but the way it represented the collapse of Abraham's whole world brought out the heartache.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Props to Josh McDermitt (Eugene) and Michael Cudlitz (Abraham) for some great acting in this episode. Looks like no one's going to Washington, D.C. after all.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Much like last week's Beth-centric episode, "Self Help" maintained the season's momentum while still allowing time for much-needed character beats to contextualize the mayhem.

January 2, 2015 | Full Review…
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