The Distance
The Walking Dead Season 5

80%

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Critic Ratings: 20
Critics Consensus

"The Distance" is an improvement over the previous episode with an exciting new direction, even if the plot itself is somewhat confusing.

Episode Info

After a spectacular storm, Rick and the group meet a seemingly friendly person.

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Critic Reviews for The Distance

Perhaps the most interesting thing about this episode was its implication that both Aaron and his offer were genuine.

Mar 11, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In "The Distance," the sunrise that greets Aaron's arrival really does seem to mark a new day for The Walking Dead -- the dawn before which last week's depressing slog was darkest.

Feb 23, 2015 | Full Review…

It's too morally tentative to make a story like this one come into sharp focus

Feb 23, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This week's episode doesn't quite make up for last week's slow pace, but it's a start. My main

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It seems The Walking Dead has at last gotten back to asking the right questions, rather than spouting insoluble platitudes about coping with tragedy, and "The Distance" very much gets its message across.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

On the whole, I wasn't that impressed with this episode... although Rick killing the Walker with a flare gun was a really fun moment.

Feb 24, 2015 | Full Review…

The introduction of Aaron at the very end was exciting. Seeing him oddly clean and calmly asking to speak with Rick felt like the potential for the story to shift gears, to change directions towards something new and exciting.

Feb 23, 2015 | Rating: 4.7/5 | Full Review…

The Walking Dead isn't quite off the hook after "The Distance," but I'd bet anyone a dollar that it was the best of the three episodes we've seen in Season 5B so far.

Feb 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Though there were some terrifying moments in "The Distance" -- especially a nighttime attack by walkers that was the stuff of a full-on horror movie -- at times, the storytelling felt a little confusing to me.

Feb 23, 2015 | Full Review…

"The Distance" was a distinct step up in pacing and drama from last week's languid episode of The Walking Dead and went a long way toward moving the series toward what could potentially be its new status quo.

Feb 23, 2015 | Full Review…

This was a superior episode all around from the last two, and I'm curious to at least see the start of everyone's time in Alexandria, even if it's safe to assume the end will be a bad one.

Feb 23, 2015 | Full Review…

In terms of non-walker-related intrigue, "The Distance" successfully uses Michonne's hopefulness as a potent counter to Rick's willful suspicion.

Feb 23, 2015 | Full Review…