The Walking Dead - Season 8, Episode 12 - Rotten Tomatoes


Critic Consensus: "The Key" injects interesting new characters and action into TWD season 8's ongoing arc of betrayal, though the series sorely needs to break some predictable patterns.

Episode Info

Hilltop's leadership faces a difficult dilemma after the arrival of unexpected visitors. Meanwhile, Rick comes face-to-face with an adversary.


Andrew Lincoln
as Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
as Daryl Dixon
Chandler Riggs
as Carl Grimes
Danai Gurira
as Michonne
Melissa McBride
as Carol Peletier
Lauren Cohan
as Maggie Greene
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
Avi Nash
as Strange Traveler
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Critic reviews for The Key

"The Key" is a pretty eventful episode by "Walking Dead" standards, but it's still primarily about hitting notes the show has hit before.

March 19, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Tonight's episode was much better than the last couple episodes. I feel like we are finally moving forward.

July 2, 2018 | Full Review…

[This] episode of The Walking Dead, represents the first time we've ever really seen Negan sweat - and with good reason.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Given how the show almost desperately keeps its characters from growing-or resets them almost immediately whenever they manage it-it's genuinely hard for me to imagine that there is a really better future in store for Hilltop and its inhabitants

May 10, 2018 | Full Review…

... to be honest, it's invigorating to see that TWD has a long-term plan that goes beyond the grueling Rick vs. Negan competition.

March 19, 2018 | Full Review…

That's all well and good - Georgie's giving a much-needed injection of hope to our survivors - but who is she really?

March 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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