In 13 days, the seventh season of AMC’s The Walking Dead is premiering on our TV screens. But before we find out if Rick’s hand will really be cut off by Negan based on speculations, I will continue with my Top List dedicated to the show.
I decided to rank every The Walking Dead episodes of the first six seasons from the worst to the best. Last week, I covered the “good” episodes, listing 21 episodes from the 63rd spot to the 43rd spot among the 83 of the series. This week, I will be listing 21 more episodes which I think are the “great” episodes of the series.
Without further ado:
42. Season 4, Episode 11 “Claimed”
An episode that introduced Joe and company; gave us more answers about the characters of Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita; and presents the deepening relationship between Michonne and Carl, “Claimed” presented a very interesting episode that shows us what happens to humanity and morality in a scary world of Walkers.
41. Season 4, Episode 9 “After”
The aftermath of an extraordinary midseason finale, “After” showed us Michonne’s backstory, and Carl’s transitioning from a boy to a man. It was an overall dramatic episode.
40. Season 3, Episode 16 “Welcome to the Tombs”
Despite of the disappointing prison assault, the season 3 finale still managed to surprise us with unexpected deaths and character decisions. Andrea’s moment with Michonne and Rick was a very powerful moment, and the Governor gunning everyone down after the failed prison assault was so gripping that it made up with all the bad aspects of the episode.
39. Season 3, Episode 8 “Made to Suffer”
It wasn’t the strongest midseason finale, but it was definitely a strong midseason finale for season 3. The Williams and co. were introduced in this episode, and we were also given a very action-packed Woodbury assault. The highlight of the episode was definitely the fight between Michonne and the Governor, where the latter lost his eye.
38. Season 1, Episode 3 “Tell It to the Frogs”
In this episode, Rick was finally reunited with his family. Overall, I could say that the episode did a great job in strengthening the relationships between the characters, and giving us a more in-depth look as to who and what they are. The highlight of the episode was the reunion, and also Ed getting beat up by Shane for threatening the women.
37. Season 5, Episode 4 “Slabtown”
After being kidnapped from the previous season, we finally find out what happened with Beth in “Slabtown.” It introduced a potential female villain in the form of a policewoman named Dawn. Beth was given a lot of flak for being an annoying character in previous seasons, but this time, she definitely proved her worth as a character when she stood up to the BS that Grady Memorial Hospital has to offer.
36. Season 3, Episode 2 “Sick”
A thrilling episode that followed a powerful season premiere, “Sick” kept things gory making it one of the promising episodes of season 3. The episode showed us how Rick’s mindset has changed, and how the characters are coping with other survivors. One character, whom a lot of us may have thought was going to be a villain, also gets a machete buried into his head.
35. Season 5, Episode 6 “Consumed”
If it’s an episode that features Carol and Daryl, then we’re definitely in for a great one. While the episode wasn’t that action packed, and nothing big really happened, the performance of the actors alone was already compelling that I don’t think a lot of us mind the silence that the episode presented.
34. Season 2, Episode 10 “18 Miles Out”
In terms of balance between action and reflection, this episode nailed it. On one side of the episode, we have the fight between Rick, and Shane, which definitely made us nervous for one of the characters. On the other side, we have Lori, and Andrea dealing with Beth’s suicidal desires differently.
33. Season 4, Episode 1 “30 Days Without an Accident”
While it was an overall positive opening for the fourth season of The Walking Dead, “30 Days Without an Accident” ended showing us what the biggest threat of the first half of season will be, that’s right, the flu. The introduction of the new characters, and the formation of new relationships between the characters showed us how promising the season will be in terms of experimenting with dynamics of the characters.
32. Season 6, Episode 11 “Knots Untie”
Three words… Jesus. Hilltop. Gregory.
31. Season 4, Episode 4 “Indifference”
The episode where Carol was exiled by Rick, “Indifference” showed us not only character development in Carol’s part, it also showed us how big of a badass that Carol is going to be in the future. We also got an in-depth look into Rick and Carol’s relationship, and how Carol’s indifference affected Rick’s decision in exiling her,
30. Season 1, Episode 4 “Vatos”
An action-packed episode that featured the mask that people have to wear in order to survive the zombie apocalypse, and the first ever horde attack in the series where there were casualties, the episode was packed with thrills and surprises. It is worth noting that the episode achieved critical acclaim.
29. Season 3, Episode 3 “Walk With Me”
Merle Dixon is back. Oh and yeah, the Governor and Woodbury are introduced. If that’s not great, I don’t know what else is.
28. Season 2, Episode 2 “Bloodletting”
“Bloodletting” was filled with heavy drama, and showed us that despite being a “villain,” Shane is ready to do whatever it takes to save the people he loves. The relationship between Rick and Shane was definitely the highlight of this episode.
27. Season 2, Episode 1 “What Lies Ahead”
One of the episodes of the show that proves that The Walking Dead is very unpredictable, “What Lies Ahead” provided terror, sorrow, and adrenaline to its viewers. It was a very strong opening for the second season, and the terrifying part was when Sophia got chased into the woods by walkers.
26. Season 3, Episode 1 “Seed”
First, we get a really action packed standoff between Rick’s group, and the prison walkers. Second, we finally meet Danai Gurira as Michonne, and we find out what happened to Andrea. Third, Hershel was bit, and his bitten limb has to be chopped off in order to prevent infection. It is, without a doubt, a very dark, gory, and powerful start for the third season.
25. Season 6, Episode 16 “Last Day On Earth”
A lot of you may be surprised why this episode appeared too early on the list, well I think a lot of fans would agree with me on this. It was a great episode but the cliffhanger definitely killed the excitement of a typical The Walking Dead finale (Yes, just like the season 3 finale). The highlight of the episode is Negan’s introduction, and let me tell you, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s performance almost makes the cliffhanger forgivable.
24. Season 2, Episode 13 “Beside the Dying Fire”
Peaceful farm overrun by a massive horde of walkers, I am in! The episode also reveals what Dr. Jenner whispered to Rick in the season 1 finale – that they’re all infected, and it marks the beginning of the Ricktatorship.
23. Season 6, Episode 3 “Thank You”
The entire episode is gripping, but let’s talk about the part of the episode when Nicholas shot himself in the head, only to take Glenn with him as he fell. That definitely scared a lot of Glenn fans, and it made a lot of us speculating whether he survived or not.
22. Season 6, Episode 1 “First Time Again”
I don’t think no words can explain how great of an episode this is. It’s just… WALKERS EVERYWHERE. Production value? Probably the greatest compared to all the other episodes of the first six seasons.
That’s it for the second part of The Adrenalist Writer’s The Walking Dead episode ranking. Check back next week for the final part of the ranking and see which episodes made it to the higher spots.
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