The Key
The Walking Dead Season 8



Critic Ratings: 25
Critics 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.

Cast & Crew

Andrew Lincoln
Rick Grimes
Norman Reedus
Daryl Dixon
Lauren Cohan
Maggie Rhee
Danai Gurira
Melissa McBride
Carol Peletier
Alanna Masterson
Tara Chambler
Josh McDermitt
Dr. Eugene Porter
Christian Serratos
Rosita Espinosa
Seth Gilliam
Gabriel Stokes
Austin Amelio
Tom Payne
Paul "Jesus" Rovia
Greg Nicotero
Greg Nicotero
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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.

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

As with last week's "Dead or Alive Or," it's a lot easier to sit through The Walking Dead's circuitous dialectics when the characters are actually doing something while they state their respective cases.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The Key is simultaneously a reminder of how mercilessly boring The Walking Dead can be and a tantalizing, frustrating glimpse at another version of the show, one that leans into the inherent surreality of the zombie apocalypse.

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The first half of the season, Rick was so wishy-washy and it was kind of annoying. This Rick... yeah, he still talked too much, but he was on a mission and was relentless about completing that mission. Go Rick Go!

Apr 23, 2020 | Full Review…

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

Jul 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.

Mar 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?

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

After trudging along since its midseason return and with only four episodes remaining in the season, The Walking Dead desperately needed to kick things into high gear. And thankfully, that's exactly what "The Key" accomplished.

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

"Best" might not be quite the right word, but I feel like it's safe to say that tonight's Walking Dead episode, "The Key," was the most entertained I've been during the second half of season 8.

Mar 19, 2018 | Rating: 7.9/10 | Full Review…

In 'The Key' we get some action, some deceit and betrayal, and a few new faces. Sadly, we also get more Enid scenes.

Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…

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