What Happened and What's Going On
The Walking Dead Season 5

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Critic Ratings: 29
Critics Consensus

A visually impressive episode of The Walking Dead, "What Happened and What's Going On" artfully portrays the psychology of the characters, rather than focusing on its shocking moments.

Episode Info

After the recent trials the group has faced, a slight detour could be the solution they've been searching for.

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Critic Reviews for What Happened and What's Going On

Part of the fascination with The Walking Dead, of course, is that unlike many shows, it offers no continuing hints of where it could end, if it ends at all. Sunday's episode reminds us that's the conversation that matters.

Feb 9, 2015 | Full Review…

You might be a good show, The Walking Dead, but our relationship would be as toxic as blah blah blah you get the point.

Feb 9, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A borderline Malickian montage of deathly images and mournful sounds and sayings is certainly an apropos way to open an episode titled "What Happened and What's Going On?" It's an artful but unidentified perspective.

Feb 9, 2015 | Full Review…

The episode was visually striking throughout - all oblique angles, filtered light and arresting imagery.

Feb 9, 2015 | Full Review…

This episode is proof that The Walking Dead is still at the top of its game.

Feb 10, 2015 | Full Review…

Is it without holes? Certainly not; but as an emotionally resonant, visually experimental half hour, "What Happened" is an unmitigated success.

Feb 27, 2020 | Full Review…

The visual poetry of Tyreese's memories, as well as the many unexpected cameos make tonight's premiere a memorable one, albeit not tremendously exciting for the season itself.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Before The Walking Dead I would have never expected a zombie show to look so lovely at times. It fit the mood tonight.

Feb 9, 2015 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

In the midseason premiere of The Walking Dead, a trip to Richmond leads to another test of the survivors' will and endurance.

Feb 8, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Even if the answers aren't clear, Robert Kirkman's original vision for using the zombie apocalypse as the backdrop for an examination of human nature has never been more fully realized.

Feb 12, 2015 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

This week, the grim reaper caught up with one of the main characters who had been living on borrowed time for at least a season.

Feb 10, 2015 | Full Review…

"What Happened and What's Going On" was a reminder of how difficult it is to sustain the narrative of this series without simply wallowing in misery. This really is a world without much hope, and the show hasn't flinched from that.

Feb 9, 2015 | Full Review…