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The Best Episodes of The Walking Dead

Every episode of The Walking Dead ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Walking Dead!

Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.

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The best episode of "The Walking Dead" is "Too Far Gone", rated 9.6/10 from 29991 user votes. It was directed by Ernest R. Dickerson and written by Seth Hoffman. "Too Far Gone" aired on 12/1/2013 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "No Sanctuary".

  • Too Far Gone
    9.6/10 29,991 votes

    #1 - Too Far Gone

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2013-12-01

    After things begin to calm down at the prison, Rick and his group now face imminent danger and destruction. This time, they might not win.

    Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

    Writer: Seth Hoffman

  • No Sanctuary
    9.6/10 30,979 votes

    #2 - No Sanctuary

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2014-10-12

    We learn the true motives of the Terminans as Rick and the group find themselves in a vulnerable situation.

    Director: Greg Nicotero

    Writer: Scott M. Gimple

  • No Way Out
    9.6/10 32,653 votes

    #3 - No Way Out

    Season 6 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-02-14

    While trying to escape Alexandria, Rick and his group meet trouble when sudden noise draws walkers towards them with what could be fatal consequences.

    Director: Greg Nicotero

    Writer: Seth Hoffman

  • Killer Within
    9.3/10 18,488 votes

    #4 - Killer Within

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2012-11-04

    The group is severed, placing lives in jeopardy; Merle has a request for the Governor.

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: Sang Kyu Kim

  • The Calm Before
    9.3/10 14,807 votes

    #5 - The Calm Before

    Season 9 Episode 15 - Aired 2019-03-24

    The fair at the Kingdom is underway, with all four communities coming together in celebration for the first time in years, while some pacts are renewed, other deals will come at a much steeper price.

    Director: Laura Belsey

    Writer: Channing Powell, Geraldine Inoa

  • Days Gone Bye
    9.2/10 30,138 votes

    #6 - Days Gone Bye

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2010-10-31

    Rick searches for his family after emerging from a coma into a world terrorized by the walking dead. Morgan and Duane, whom he meets along the way, help teach Rick the new rules for survival.

    Director: Frank Darabont

    Writer: Frank Darabont

  • Pretty Much Dead Already
    9.2/10 19,900 votes

    #7 - Pretty Much Dead Already

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2011-11-27

    Hershel sets a deadline. All secrets are out in the open. Glenn stands up for himself and Shane takes charge.

    Director: Michelle MacLaren

    Writer: Scott M. Gimple

  • Beside the Dying Fire
    9.2/10 18,650 votes

    #8 - Beside the Dying Fire

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2012-03-18

    Rick and Carl find the farm in jeopardy; the group is split up in the chaos; Rick's leadership is questioned.

    Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

    Writer: Glen Mazzara, Robert Kirkman

  • The Grove
    9.2/10 18,993 votes

    #9 - The Grove

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 2014-03-16

    After establishing a new shelter, the group considers things returning to the way they used to be.

    Director: Michael Satrazemis

    Writer: Scott M. Gimple

  • Conquer
    9.2/10 18,513 votes

    #10 - Conquer

    Season 5 Episode 16 - Aired 2015-03-29

    Daryl finds trouble while on a run; Rick and the group feel like outsiders in Alexandria, where trouble approaches the gates.

    Director: Greg Nicotero

    Writer: Seth Hoffman, Scott M. Gimple

  • JSS
    9.2/10 17,639 votes

    #11 - JSS

    Season 6 Episode 2 - Aired 2015-10-18

    When it appears that things are starting to normalize in the settlement, a new problem arises for the Alexandrians.

    Director: Greg Nicotero

    Writer: Scott M. Gimple, Matthew Negrete

  • Thank You
    9.2/10 18,743 votes

    #12 - Thank You

    Season 6 Episode 3 - Aired 2015-10-25

    A return home doesn't go as expected.

    Director: Michael Slovis

    Writer: Angela Kang

  • The Day Will Come When You Won't Be
    9.2/10 44,821 votes

    #13 - The Day Will Come When You Won't Be

    Season 7 Episode 1 - Aired 2016-10-23

    Rick and his group kneel helplessly before Negan and the Saviors. What Negan does will haunt those who survive forever.

    Director: Greg Nicotero

    Writer: Scott M. Gimple

  • What Comes After
    9.2/10 18,266 votes

    #14 - What Comes After

    Season 9 Episode 5 - Aired 2018-11-04

    Rick is forced to face the past as he struggles to maintain the safety of the communities and protect the future he and Carl envisioned.

    Director: Greg Nicotero

    Writer: Scott M. Gimple, Matthew Negrete

  • Here's Negan
    9.2/10 15,265 votes

    #15 - Here's Negan

    Season 10 Episode 22 - Aired 2021-04-04

    Carol takes Negan on a journey, hoping to minimize the increasing tension. Negan reflects on the events that led him to this point and comes to a conclusion about his future.

    Director: Laura Belsey

    Writer: David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick

  • Better Angels
    9.1/10 17,067 votes

    #16 - Better Angels

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2012-03-11

    Someone dangerous may be loose near the farm; Rick, Shane, Daryl and Glenn keep the group safe.

    Director: Guy Ferland

    Writer: Evan Reilly, Glen Mazzara

  • A
    9.1/10 18,502 votes

    #17 - A

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2014-03-30

    Many paths collide; Rick faces sheer brutality; the group struggles to survive.

    Director: Michelle MacLaren

    Writer: Frank Darabont, Angela Kang

  • Four Walls and a Roof
    9.0/10 16,308 votes

    #18 - Four Walls and a Roof

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 2014-10-26

    Rick and the others find themselves pitted against a group of nasty people.

    Director: Jeffrey F. January

    Writer: Corey Reed, Angela Kang

  • Not Tomorrow Yet
    9.0/10 14,184 votes

    #19 - Not Tomorrow Yet

    Season 6 Episode 12 - Aired 2016-03-06

    Rick and the group realize the only way to maintain the peace of Alexandria is to fight a new enemy. This time, though, our group might be outmatched.

    Director: Greg Nicotero

    Writer: Seth Hoffman

  • Walk with Us
    9.0/10 10,330 votes

    #20 - Walk with Us

    Season 10 Episode 12 - Aired 2020-03-15

    Negan helps the Whisperers and Alpha launch an attack against the Hilltop.

    Director: Greg Nicotero

    Writer: Nicole Mirante-Matthews, Eli Jorné

  • Made to Suffer
    8.9/10 14,159 votes

    #21 - Made to Suffer

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2012-12-02

    Andrea steps up when the people of Woodbury are thrown into uncharted territory; a new threat arises at the prison.

    Director: Billy Gierhart

    Writer: Robert Kirkman

  • Spend
    8.9/10 13,980 votes

    #22 - Spend

    Season 5 Episode 14 - Aired 2015-03-15

    While trying to secure a new home, Rick and his group face challenges, and question the utopia they find themselves in.

    Director: Jennifer Lynch

    Writer: Matthew Negrete

  • Seed
    8.8/10 16,220 votes

    #23 - Seed

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-10-14

    With the world growing increasingly more dangerous and Lori’s pregnancy advancing, Rick discovers a potentially safe haven. But first he must secure the premises, pushing his group to its limit.

    Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

    Writer: Glen Mazzara

  • This Sorrowful Life
    8.8/10 14,189 votes

    #24 - This Sorrowful Life

    Season 3 Episode 15 - Aired 2013-03-24

    Rick and the group are faced with a serious problem. If they want a truce with the Governor, they will have to make a huge sacrifice.

    Director: Greg Nicotero

    Writer: Scott M. Gimple

  • Internment
    8.8/10 14,576 votes

    #25 - Internment

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2013-11-10

    Assorted enemies pressure Rick and the group. The survivors and the prison may reach a breaking point.

    Director: David Boyd

    Writer: Channing Powell