The Walking Dead (season 5)
|The Walking Dead (season 5)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original release||October 12, 2014– March 29, 2015|
The fifth season of the AMC horror–drama television series The Walking Dead premiered on October 12, 2014, and concluded on March 29, 2015, consisting of 16 episodes. The series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard; it was developed for television by Frank Darabont and is executive produced by Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, and Gale Anne Hurd. Gimple continued the role of showrunner, after assuming the position in season 4.
Season 5 follows the group of survivors led by former sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes as they face several threats from both humans and walkers in their search for finding a new place to reside. The first half of the season introduces notable characters from the graphic novels, including Father Gabriel Stokes and the cannibalistic Hunters. It also marks the return of Morgan Jones, who was last seen in the season 3 episode "Clear" who has recurring appearances which lead him to being integrated into the main story line by the end of the season. The main story lines of the first half of the season involve escaping from Terminus and rescuing Beth Greene from Grady Memorial Hospital. The group is also motivated by Eugene Porter's proposal to head to Washington, D.C. for a possible cure for the walker virus. The second half of the season introduces the most notable and longest lasting location, from the comic series, the Alexandria Safe Zone.  The television series introduces prominent characters from the graphic novels such as the scouts, Aaron and Eric, Olivia, Tobin, Bruce, Nicholas and his family, Jessie Anderson and her family, as well as a remixed version of the Monroe family, which includes Deanna and the comic book character, Spencer Monroe. The main storyline of the second half of the season consists of the group trying to survive while grieving over their excessive losses, then trying to manage a normal life in Alexandria and live like they did pre-apocalypse.
- 1 Cast
- 2 Production
- 3 Episodes
- 4 Reception
- 5 Broadcast
- 6 Home media releases
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The fifth season features 17 series regulars: 10 of the actors featured in the opening credits; the other seven are credited as "also starring". Michael Cudlitz, who portrays Sgt. Abraham Ford, is added in the opening sequence after recurring in the previous season, as are Emily Kinney and Chad L. Coleman, who portray Beth Greene and Tyreese, respectively, after previously being credited as "also starring". Credited as "also starring" are Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Alanna Masterson, and Andrew J. West, who were promoted to series regulars after recurring in the previous season, and Seth Gilliam joins as a series regular as Father Gabriel Stokes. Kinney and Coleman's names are removed from the opening credits after episode 9. They are re-added in episode 13 for a brief flashback scene.
- Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, the series' protagonist and father of Carl and Judith, who had recently overcome a struggle to balance his brutality and humanity. However, when faced with the brutality of other people and the severe loss of life around him Rick has become incredibly distrusting of any strangers and committed to ensuring the survival of his group, especially his son and daughter. Lincoln also voiced the role of a radio broadcaster with his natural accent in "What Happened and What's Going On". (14 episodes)
- Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, an anti-hero, the group's primary hunter and Rick's second-in-command, who has finally overcome past abuse and last season formed a strong bond with Beth. He has an even closer bond with Carol and forms a friendship with Aaron, as they both feel like outsiders in their respective ways. (14 episodes)
- Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, a former pizza delivery man who saved Rick's life at the beginning of the series, has gradually matured throughout the series, and is married to Maggie. He is the group's primary scavenger and supply runner. He has formed strong friendships with Abraham and Tara, after encountering them when the prison fell. (14 episodes)
- Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Glenn's strong-willed and determined wife, who leads several supply runs and whose father, Hershel, was killed by the Governor and sister Beth was kidnapped. (13 episodes)
- Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Rick's teenage son, whose recklessness clashes with his morality. Despite having become cold and emotionally hardened Carl has become alarmed to his ways and regained his morality, but is at odds with his father when encountering strangers. Carl has a crush on Enid but is too timid to pursue it, while conflicted with Alexandria's normality. (12 episodes)
- Danai Gurira as Michonne, a fierce, katana-wielding survivor who has opened up to Carl about the loss of her family; Carl, in turn, looks to her as a surrogate mother. She has grown tired of living in survival mode and longs to find a refuge; she tries to convince Rick of this, as well. (12 episodes)
- Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, a resourceful and empowered former victim of domestic abuse, who lost her daughter and husband to walkers, and is attempting to rebound from several tragedies. (14 episodes)
- Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford, a former military sergeant and Rosita's boyfriend, whose mission is to bring Eugene to Washington, D.C. to cure the walker virus, while enduring the pain of losing his entire family to walkers. Though he is tough and has a sharp sense of wit, Abraham has a short temper and has aggressive outbursts. (13 episodes)
- Emily Kinney as Beth Greene, Maggie's sister, who was kidnapped from the rest of the group in the previous season, after forming a strong bond with Daryl, imprisoned in Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta by Lt. Dawn Lerner, and forced to work there in dangerous conditions, with fellow captive Noah. (5 episodes)
- Chad Coleman as Tyreese, Sasha's older brother, who is tough, compassionate, and struggling with his own morality from his past actions and tragedies. He acts as Judith's primary caretaker in Rick's absence. As a result of the past events occurring around him he is unwilling to kill anyone, even in severe situations. (8 episodes)
- Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha, Tyreese's fiery younger sister and a former firefighter, who forms a relationship with Bob. (12 episodes)
- Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. as Bob Stookey, a former army medic, recovering alcoholic, and Sasha's boyfriend, who has a renewed optimism after surviving the prison's downfall with other survivors. He'd previously been forced to watch, as the sole survivor, two whole groups being killed by walkers. (5 episodes)
- Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, a scientist who claims to know the cure for the walker virus but needs to travel to Washington, D.C. to talk with government agents. (12 episodes)
- Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Abraham's feisty and determined girlfriend, who accompanies him to escort Eugene to Washington, D.C. and is protective of Tara. (14 episodes)
- Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, a former ally of The Governor's, and the only surviving member of her family. She was rescued by Glenn from the destroyed prison, helped him look for Maggie, and befriended them both. Though fierce she is also very humorous and tries to bolster the group's morale with her wits. She is shown to have a crush on Rosita and a friendship with Eugene. (12 episodes)
- Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes, a priest encountered by Rick's group, who had sheltered himself within his church and had minimal experience in the new world. He is struggling with his faith, due to the brutality of society around him and what's needed to survive. (10 episodes)
- Andrew J. West as Gareth, the cannibalistic leader of Terminus and primary captor of Rick's group. After Terminus' destruction, he refashions its survivors as "The Hunters". Gareth used to be a good man and built Terminus to help people, but when unknown assailants held him captive and shattered his faith, he and his group eventually resorted to cannibalism to survive. (3 episodes)
- Chris Coy as Martin, a cannibalistic survivor who becomes part of Gareth's group, "The Hunters", and who forms an antagonism against Tyreese. (4 episodes)
- Denise Crosby as Mary, one of the cannibalistic survivors, and Gareth and Alex's mother. (1 episode)
- Tate Ellington as Alex, a cannibalistic Terminus resident, Mary's son, and Gareth's brother; he appears in a flashback and as a corpse in the present. (1 episode)
Grady Memorial Hospital
- Tyler James Williams as Noah, a survivor Beth encounters, who originates from a walled community in Richmond, Virginia but was abducted and forced to stay in Grady. He is shown to be very resourceful but has minimal experience in the outside world. He feels distant from the group, despite their having accepted him as part of the family. (10 episodes)
- Ricky Wayne as O'Donnell, a violent and cynical police officer fed up with Dawn's leadership style, despite their having been friends since they were rookies, and who seeks to eliminate her. (4 episodes)
- Christine Woods as Lt. Dawn Lerner, a police officer who holds Beth captive and the leader of Grady Memorial Hospital, who is trying to keep the old world alive believing that help will eventually come. However, despite her intentions, her manipulative, violent, and obsessive nature antagonizes most of her cops and her captives. (3 episodes)
- Erik Jensen as Dr. Steven Edwards, a scheming doctor working for Dawn, who takes a liking to Beth but isn't unwilling risk his own preservation by killing others. Edwards is the only doctor at Grady. (3 episodes)
- Teri Wyble as Shepherd, a police officer and subordinate of Dawn's, who greatly distrusts her and is aware of the paranoid monster she has become. (3 episodes)
- Maximiliano Hernández as Sgt. Bob Lamson, a police officer and subordinate of Dawn's, who respects Rick and is one of the more compassionate cops at Grady, though he isn't unwilling to use brutality to ensure his own survival. (2 episodes)
- Christopher Matthew Cook as Licari, a police officer and subordinate of Dawn's, who knows how to stay on Dawn's good side. (2 episodes)
- Keisha Castle-Hughes as Joan, a survivor Beth encounters who'd been raped by the other cops at Grady. (1 episode)
- Cullen Moss as Gorman, an abusive and manipulative police officer who "rescued" Beth in the previous season but also rapes the women at Grady and quickly comes to antagonize Beth. (1 episode)
- Ross Marquand as Aaron, a former NGO worker and now recruiter for the Alexandria Safe Zone, who takes in Rick's group and forms a friendship with Daryl due to feeling like outsiders in their respective ways. (6 episodes)
- Tovah Feldshuh as Deanna Monroe, a fierce yet understanding woman and former Congresswoman, who is now the leader of the Alexandria Safe Zone. Though she is confident Rick's group can help them survive, she is somewhat leery about their increasingly prominent roles in the community. (5 episodes)
- Alexandra Breckenridge as Jessie Anderson, a former stylist who lives in Alexandria with her sons, Ron and Sam, and husband, Pete, who helps Rick adjust into the community. Jessie has displayed signs of attraction to Rick which he returns, and it's later revealed that Pete is abusing her. (5 episodes)
- Michael Traynor as Nicholas, a supply runner for Alexandria whose cowardly nature has led to other people's getting killed; he forms a bitter grudge against Glenn. (5 episodes)
- Corey Brill as Pete Anderson, Alexandria's resident surgeon and Jessie's abusive husband, whose actions culminate in a conflict between him and Rick. Because Pete's actions have saved lives before Deanna remains ignorant to his abusive tendencies towards Jessie, just as Jessie remains unwilling to act upon it as both hope he'll get better. (5 episodes)
- Jason Douglas as Tobin, the foreman of Alexandria's construction crew, who is willing to let members of his crew die to preserve the lives of the others. (4 episodes)
- Jordan Woods-Robinson as Eric, a survivor who lives in Alexandria, and Aaron's boyfriend and his recruiting partner. (4 episodes)
- Major Dodson as Sam Anderson, Jessie and Pete's younger son, who forms an attachment with Carol and is fully aware of his father's abusive tendencies towards his mother and even desires a gun to protect her, much to Jessie's heartbreak. (4 episodes)
- Steve Coulter as Reg Monroe, Deanna's husband and an architect, who built Alexandria's walls and who unlike Deanna understands Rick's brutality but desires to keep everyone together. (4 episodes)
- Austin Nichols as Spencer Monroe, Deanna's youngest son and Aiden's brother, who takes a liking to Sasha. (3 episodes)
- Austin Abrams as Ron Anderson, Jessie's oldest son, and friend of Mikey and Carl's. He is in a relationship with Enid. (3 episodes)
- Daniel Bonjour as Aiden Monroe, Alexandria's chief supply runner and Deanna's egotistical elder son. (2 episodes)
- Katelyn Nacon as Enid, an introverted teenager recruited to Alexandria eight months prior to the arrival of Rick's group, whom Carl has a crush on, but she is dating Ron. (2 episodes)
- Elijah Marcano as Mikey, Nicholas' teenage son and a friend of Ron, Carl, and Enid's. (2 episodes)
- Ann Mahoney as Olivia, an Alexandria resident who is in charge of the community's food and weapons. (2 episodes)
- Ted Huckabee as Bruce, a member of the construction crew who looks up to Abraham. (2 episodes)
- Dahlia Legault as Francine, a member of the construction crew whom Tobin is willing to sacrifice and thus has a grudge against him. (2 episodes)
- Lennie James as Morgan Jones, the first survivor Rick encountered in season one, who has experienced mental deterioration after losing his son, Duane. He has since regained a much healthier mindset, willing to hurt people who threaten him but will not kill them if he doesn't have to and isn't afraid to help strangers. Morgan is on a quest to find Rick, and has followed Rick's trail from Terminus, to Gabriel's church, to the Wolves base near Alexandria. (3 episodes)
- David Morrissey as Philip Blake / The Governor, the unstable and maniacal, deceased former leader of Woodbury, whose actions destroyed the prison in the previous season. The Governor murdered people in Rick's group (including Merle, Hershel and Andrea) and even his own men in the previous two seasons, until Tara's sister Lilly killed him. He appears in an hallucination to Tyreese. (1 episode)
- Brighton Sharbino and Kyla Kenedy as Lizzie and Mika Samuels, two deceased young survivors whom Tyreese and Carol looked after when the prison fell in season four. However it was soon clear that Mika was too innocent for her own good, while Lizzie was revealed to have a number of psychological problems which led to both their deaths. They appear in hallucinations to Tyreese. (1 episode)
- Robin Lord Taylor as Sam, an inexperienced yet positive minded survivor Rick previously encountered on a supply run but was separated after his girlfriend Ana was killed by walkers. (1 episode)
- Benedict Samuel as Alpha Wolf, a cold, greedy and uncaring scavenger. He is the leader of the Wolves who first appear in the season finale. His group is known for killing people and taking their supplies. They carve "W"s on people's foreheads who they let turn into walkers and are responsible for destroying Noah's community. (1 episode)
The series was renewed for a fifth season on October 29, 2013. The season began filming May 5, 2014 and finished filming November 22, 2014. In January 2015, it was announced that Ross Marquand had been cast in a series regular role, to debut during the second half of the season. It was believed Marquand would play Aaron, a prominent character from the comic series. The character debuted in the episode "Them" and his role as Aaron was confirmed. The season finale aired in an expanded 90-minute time slot.
The titles of the final five episodes of the season ("Remember", "Forget", "Spend", "Try", and "Conquer"), which feature the characters in Alexandria, refer to William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury, which Dale quotes from in the season 1 episode "Vatos".
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|52||1||"No Sanctuary"||Greg Nicotero||Scott M. Gimple||October 12, 2014||17.29|
|Flashbacks show the Terminus inhabitants being assaulted by marauders and held in a train car before their leader, Gareth, declares their need to become "the butcher" in order to take back their sanctuary. In the present, Carol and Tyreese learn from a Terminus ally, Martin, that the rest of their group is being held captive in Terminus. Carol heads off to rescue Rick's group, while Tyreese stays behind with Martin and Judith. Carol causes an explosion that sets parts of Terminus ablaze, attracts a nearby herd of walkers, and averts the executions of Rick, Daryl, Glenn, and Bob, who use the opportunity to escape after discovering Terminus' inhabitants are murderous cannibals. They fight their way through the herd of walkers and the Terminus inhabitants, and rescue the rest of their group from the train car, while Gareth leads his surviving men out of Terminus. After Rick's proposal to pursue Gareth's men is rejected, Rick's group reunites with Carol, Judith, and Tyreese, who claims to have killed Martin after the latter threatened Judith's life. The group proceeds to places unknown, with Abraham intending to deliver Eugene to Washington, D.C. to cure the walker virus. Rick covers up a Terminus sign and labels it "No Sanctuary". In a post-credits scene, Morgan Jones discovers the sign.|
|53||2||"Strangers"||David Boyd||Robert Kirkman||October 19, 2014||15.14|
|While trekking through the woods, the group encounters a priest, Father Gabriel Stokes, whom Rick immediately distrusts after Stokes claims to have never killed any walkers or people. Fr. Gabriel leads the group to his church for shelter, despite Abraham's belief this would slow down their journey to Washington. Fr. Gabriel, who had survived on canned goods from a fortuitously-timed food drive, directs Rick to a food bank which has supplies but is overrun with walkers. Rick ultimately decides to travel to the food bank with Michonne, Bob, Sasha, and a reluctant Fr. Gabriel. Upon their arrival, Rick's group dispatches several walkers in a flooded area, but Bob is caught in a scuffle with a decayed walker before Sasha takes it out. Later that day, Carl discovers writing on the church's exterior which reads: "You'll burn for this", further raising the group's suspicions of Fr. Gabriel. During a dinner that night in the church, Abraham expresses the need to continue to Washington, and Rick finally agrees to participate in the mission; Tara confesses to Maggie that she was among the Governor's army, but Maggie reassures her of her position within the group. Rick thanks Fr. Gabriel for his hospitality, but also threatens to kill him should anything he is hiding cause harm to the group. Carol, who feels uneasy after her fatal actions at the prison and the grove, attempts to withdraw from the group, but Daryl follows her to an abandoned car that they fixed earlier. Another car speeds past, and Daryl notices that it has the same white cross painted on the window as the one that drove away with Beth; therefore, the two decide to follow the car. Bob, who went outside the church to weep, is captured by Gareth's small band of Terminus survivors, which includes a still-alive Martin. Upon awakening, Bob realizes his leg has been amputated and is being eaten by Gareth's group of "hunters".|
|54||3||"Four Walls and a Roof"||Jeffrey F. January||Angela Kang & Corey Reed||October 26, 2014||13.80|
|Gareth continues to taunt Bob and threaten his group, but Bob begins laughing hysterically and reveals that he was bitten by the walker in the food bank, and they are eating "tainted meat". At the church, Sasha and Rick confront Fr. Gabriel about the disappearances of Bob, Daryl, and Carol, and demand that he reveal his secret. Fr. Gabriel tearfully tells the group that he locked out many people from his church, including his own congregation, and left them to die at the hands of walkers, and he believes Rick's group was sent to him as punishment. The group then hears a whistle and discovers an incapacitated Bob outside the church, deposited there by Gareth's group. Bob reveals he was bitten and tells them all he knows about the Hunters. Abraham wishes to leave with Eugene immediately on the church bus, but Rick demands that they stay to retaliate against the Hunters, and wait for Daryl and Carol to return. Their disagreement becomes heated and nearly violent before Glenn defuses the situation by agreeing to assist his group (alongside Maggie and Tara) if Abraham stays for 12 hours to help them. After Rick, Abraham, Sasha, Maggie, Glenn, Tara, and Michonne leave towards Gareth's hideout, the Hunters break into the church to kill the remaining members who stayed behind, including Carl and Judith. However, Rick's group ambushes them, kills two of Gareth's men, and shoots off two of Gareth's fingers. Despite Gareth's explaining their group's motives, Rick, Sasha, Abraham, and Michonne slaughter him, Martin, and the rest of the Hunters. The following morning, the group bids their goodbyes to Bob before he dies and Tyreese stabs him in the head to prevent reanimation. After burying Bob, the group parts ways with Abraham's band, with Abraham leaving a map for Rick that includes an apology. That night, Michonne encounters Daryl returning to the church. Michonne asks where Carol is; Daryl pauses and then calls for someone to come out of the bush behind him.|
|55||4||"Slabtown"||Michael E. Satrazemis||Matthew Negrete & Channing Powell||November 2, 2014||14.52|
|Beth awakens in Grady Memorial Hospital, in the middle of Atlanta. Officer Dawn Lerner, who is in charge of the hospital, assigns her as a nurse under Dr. Steven Edwards, the hospital's remaining doctor, and she claims her officers rescued Beth from walkers the night she was separated from Daryl. Dawn enforces a policy in which the people her fellow officers rescue must work under them before they are rescued by the military, while disposing of injured people who threaten the scarce medical resources. A heavily injured man, Gavin Trevitt, is brought in, and Dawn insists that Edwards save him at all costs. Dawn retaliates by hitting Beth when Stevens deems Trevitt a lost cause. Beth encounters another worker, Joan, who has been bitten and recaptured after a failed escape, and is forced to help Dawn and Edwards amputate Joan's bitten arm. Later, Beth meets Noah, a laundry worker, who explains that the officers save only weak people and that he wishes to escape to his walled community in Virginia. An officer, Gorman, begins making sexual advances towards Beth, only to be stopped by Edwards. When Beth asks Edwards why he remains in the hospital despite its bad conditions, he replies that it is still better inside than in the overrun Atlanta. He tells Beth to give Trevitt a dose of Clozapine, but this results in Trevitt seizing and flatlining. Dawn confronts Beth about Trevitt's death, but Noah takes the blame and is beaten by the officers as punishment. Beth becomes confused when Edwards questions her about giving the correct drug, Clonazepam. Beth and Noah formulate a plan to escape the hospital through the elevator shaft. While hunting for the elevator shaft key in Dawn's office, Beth encounters the body of Joan, who has killed herself by reopening her amputation wound, and Gorman, who tries to blackmail her into performing sexual acts. Beth complies, in order to buy time for Joan's reanimation, and then smashes Gorman's head with a glass jar before he is eaten by the zombified Joan. Beth and Noah then proceed to exit through the shaft, and fight their way through walkers; although she is tackled by an officer, she smiles after seeing Noah has successfully escaped. Beth berates Dawn for letting things happen for nothing, and Dawn retaliates by knocking her out. Beth later confronts Edwards about deliberately using her to kill Trevitt, another doctor, who would have threatened his position in the hospital. As Beth prepares to kill Edwards in the hallway, she sees an unconscious Carol wheeled in on a stretcher.|
|56||5||"Self Help"||Ernest Dickerson||Heather Bellson & Seth Hoffman||November 9, 2014||13.53|
|In flashbacks, Abraham kills several men who have assaulted his family. Frightened, his family abandons him while he's sleeping, and Abraham soon discovers they've been eaten by walkers. He prepares to shoot himself when he encounters Eugene, who is being attacked by walkers. After being saved, Eugene tells Abraham he's on a very important mission, an obvious lie used to enlist Abraham's continued protection. In the present, a damaged engine in the church bus disrupts Abraham's view, leading the bus to flip over when it collides with a car. The group escapes just before the bus bursts into flames, and they find shelter in a nearby library. That night, Eugene watches Abraham and Rosita have sex. He's discovered by Tara, to whom he confesses that he intentionally sabotaged the bus. When asked why he did it, he reveals his fear of being outcast from the group even if he were able to save the world. Tara reassures him that he is a friend and that the group would never do that, regardless of the outcome; she offers to keep his involvement in the bus crash a secret. The next morning, the group locates a fire truck, and they are able to get it running but are forced to stop after spotting hundreds of walkers ahead on their route. Abraham pressures the group to move forward, while Glenn begs him to find a safer route. Refusing to comply, Abraham drags Eugene towards the truck out of frustration, causing a scuffle amongst the group that results in Eugene confessing that he's not a scientist and that he sabotaged the church bus. With the rest of the group shocked, Eugene explains that he used his intelligence and his ability to lie to convince Abraham to lead him to Washington, D.C., which he believes is the best possible place to survive. An enraged Abraham punches and knocks out Eugene, nearly killing him after he falls face-first into the pavement. Abraham then walks away and collapses to his knees shortly afterward, in shock and disbelief.|
|57||6||"Consumed"||Seith Mann||Matthew Negrete & Corey Reed||November 16, 2014||14.07|
|Daryl and Carol follow a car marked with crosses to Atlanta. Their car runs out of gas, however, and the pair is forced to spend the night in a nearby women's shelter – one where Carol had stayed before. The next morning, they travel downtown and ascend a tall office building to get a better view of the city. Daryl spots a van with similar white crosses hanging over a bridge. On the way to check it out, they are ambushed by Noah, who steals their weapons and runs off leaving them to fend for themselves, as several walkers attack. Carol attempts to shoot Noah with a pistol she is still armed with, but Daryl knocks her just as she shoots, causing her to miss. The pair decides to continue on to the van. Inside, a label on a gurney leads them to believe the group they're following is based out of Grady Memorial Hospital. Walkers surround the van, trapping Daryl and Carol inside. They brace themselves as they intentionally rock the van off the ledge, survive the fall, and begin traveling towards the hospital. They enter a courthouse across the street to plan their next move. Gunfire erupts, and they discover it's from Noah, who is being attacked by walkers inside the building. Daryl reclaims their weapons and pins Noah down under a bookshelf, with the intention of leaving him behind. Carol insists on rescuing Noah, and Daryl reluctantly gives in. Noah reveals that he knows Beth, and that she helped him escape from the hospital. They decide to work together to free Beth, but Noah warns that the police will be coming soon to investigate the gunfire. As they evacuate the building, the police hit Carol with their car. Undetected, Noah restrains Daryl to keep them hidden, while Carol is placed on a gurney and loaded into the car. Noah assures him that those who took Carol have medicine and a doctor who will treat her. Noah and Daryl commandeer a truck and travel towards the church to enlist Rick and the rest of the group's help.|
|58||7||"Crossed"||Billy Gierhart||Seth Hoffman||November 23, 2014||13.33|
|After helping Carl and Michonne fortify the church, Rick, Sasha, and Tyreese accompany Daryl and Noah to Atlanta, to rescue Beth and Carol. Despite Carl's offering to teach him self-defense, Gabriel locks himself in a room and secretly flees the church. At the hospital, Beth desperately seeks help for Carol, but Dawn is unwilling to use her resources. Dawn eventually relents and secretly gives Beth the key to the medicine cabinet. Confronted by Beth, Dr. Stevens tells her that a dose of epinephrine may save Carol, although he warns her that Dawn didn't give her the key out of kindness. She administers the medicine to Carol and stays by her side. Meanwhile, Maggie tends to an unconscious Eugene and a catatonic Abraham, while Rosita, Glenn, and Tara retrieve water and catch fish. Rosita describes how she met Abraham and Eugene. After sheltering a still unconscious Eugene from the sun, Maggie tries to persuade Abraham to have a bottle of water. Eugene awakens shortly afterward. In Atlanta, Rick proposes to invade the hospital to quickly retrieve Beth and Carol, but Tyreese insists they capture several police officers to use in trade, instead. Deciding to execute Tyreese's plan, the group engages in a short scuffle that leads to the capture of three police officers. Officer Lamson, who Noah says is "one of the good ones", offers advice to Rick on how to make the trade effective. Tyreese gives solace and comfort to Sasha, who is still mourning the loss of Bob. Lamson, recognizing what's going on, takes advantage of Sasha's condition. He tells her about a nearby walker that was his police partner, who died in the napalm bombing of Atlanta. Sasha offers take the walker out, and while aiming her rifle, Lamson knocks her out, by ramming her into the window, and escapes.|
|59||8||"Coda"||Ernest Dickerson||Angela Kang||November 30, 2014||14.81|
|Lamson is chased by Rick, who hits him with his car and shoots him. The remaining officers being held captive agree to lie to Dawn about Lamson's death in order for the deal to push through. Gabriel explores the old camp used by Gareth's men, where he is horrified by Bob's roasted leg on the barbecue pit. Walkers break out of a nearby school and follow him to the church, where Carl and Michonne fend off the horde. When the walkers enter the church, the three escape through Gabriel's secret exit. Abraham's group arrives shortly afterward to help end the attack. Glenn tells Michonne that Eugene lied about the cure, and Michonne reveals to the group that they know where Beth is. Meanwhile, Dawn is opening up to Beth, explaining to her that covering up recent events surrounding Gorman's death and Carol's situation was for her protection. Officer O'Donnell is nearby eavesdropping on their conversation and attempts to blackmail Dawn. Beth and Dawn work together to kill him. Continuing their earlier conversation, Beth accuses Dawn of covering up her actions in order to defend her reputation. Beth tells Dawn her intention to escape, just like Noah, but Dawn retorts, saying she knows Noah will return. Rick's group proposes a trade with Dawn, and both groups meet at the hospital. The officers are traded for Carol and Beth, but Dawn changes the terms by demanding Noah's return. Despite Rick's refusal, Noah volunteers to stay. Beth confronts Dawn, stabbing her with scissors Beth had hidden earlier. Dawn instinctively shoots Beth dead, while showing shock and remorse, and an enraged Daryl kills Dawn immediately. Both groups engage in a standoff; however, the officers decide to stand down, as they knew Dawn was unraveling. Noah rejoins the group as they leave the hospital and meet up with Abraham's group. Maggie breaks down after seeing Daryl carrying Beth's body. In a post-credits scene, Morgan explores Gareth's camp and Fr. Gabriel's church, where he finds the map Abraham left for Rick.|
|60||9||"What Happened and What's Going On"||Greg Nicotero||Scott M. Gimple||February 8, 2015||15.64|
|The group is still reeling from the tragedy at Grady Memorial Hospital. Rick, Tyreese, Glenn, and Michonne decide to take Noah back to his hometown near Richmond, Virginia, in honor of Beth who was planning to help him get there. Upon arrival, however, they discover that the walled community has been overrun by walkers and no signs of any survivors. Noah breaks down, then sprints to his family’s home with Tyreese in pursuit, only to find the remains of his mother and twin brothers inside. While Tyreese is surveying a bedroom, he's bitten in the arm by one of Noah's brothers, now a walker. Noah dispatches his brother and runs off to get the others who are scavenging the neighborhood for supplies. Tyreese suffers severe blood loss and begins to hallucinate, having imagined conversations with Martin, Bob, The Governor, Lizzie, Mika, and Beth. His strength and character are challenged by Martin and The Governor, while the others try to reassure him that everything's going to be alright. Elsewhere, Michonne continues to express her desire to settle in one place and to fortify the town, but Rick argues that the town is indefensible. Michonne then recommends going to Washington, D.C., as their best chance for survival, arguing that Eugene may have lied about the cure, but his belief that Washington holds the best odds is true. Rick nods in agreement as they are alerted by Noah's screams for help. Michonne amputates Tyreese's bitten arm, and they escape from an attacking horde of walkers. During the ride back, goaded by visions of Beth, Bob, Lizzie, and Mika, Tyreese dies. He is buried, and Gabriel presides over the funeral.|
|61||10||"Them"||Julius Ramsay||Heather Bellson||February 15, 2015||12.27|
|On their journey to Washington, D.C., the group's van breaks down, forcing them to travel on foot. They are exhausted and dehydrated due to dwindling supplies, and they begin to question their chances of survival. They continue to be disheartened by the untimely deaths of Beth and Tyreese. After traveling for miles, with a herd of walkers dangerously close behind, Rick orchestrates a plan to eliminate them by luring them off the end of a bridge, but Sasha dispatches them with her knife, forcing the group to abandon the plan and take on the walkers head-on; Michonne continues to chastise Sasha for her recklessness and warns her that Sasha might end up like her brother. While the group is resting, a pack of feral dogs arrives; the dogs are swiftly eliminated by Sasha and eaten by the group. Despite comfort from Carol, a grieving and emotionally numb Daryl begins to self-inflict pain. After discovering a barn in the woods, Daryl rejoins the survivors, who are suspicious of water bottles left in the middle of the road with a note indicating that they came from "friend". Believing the water to be a trap, the group agrees not to risk drinking it for the time being. Rain begins to pour, and the group rejoices by catching the rainwater with their mouths before realizing that the rainfall has escalated into a violent thunderstorm. They take the water bottles before hiding in the barn Daryl found. That night, Rick tells the group they have to live with reality, to "do what [they] have to do", and to tell themselves they "are the walking dead". Daryl looks outside the entrance to see that a herd of walkers has converged; the group works together to fend them off. The next morning, the storm has decimated the walkers, and Maggie and Sasha decide to travel outside to watch the sunrise. The two are approached by a man named Aaron, who identifies himself as the "friend" and wishes to talk to Rick.|
|62||11||"The Distance"||Larysa Kondracki||Seth Hoffman||February 22, 2015||13.44|
|Aaron tells the group he is from the Alexandria Safe Zone and shows them pictures, trying to convince them to join him and "audition for membership". Rick, however, distrusts Aaron and knocks him unconscious. When Aaron awakens, he finds he has been tied up, and Rick and the others have searched through his bag, finding a flare gun. Aaron reveals that the gun is to be used to signal his partner, who is outside nearby. He also reveals that they have two vehicles nearby that are large enough to transport them all back to the safe zone. Michonne convinces Rick that they should see if Aaron is telling the truth about the vehicles, and when they find he has, she pressures Rick to go to the safe zone. Rick confides in her that he's scared of losing his family, and that he doesn't know if he can go through with visiting the safe zone, reasoning that Woodbury and Terminus appeared to be safe havens but were sinister. Michonne convinces him to give it a chance and he agrees, but only if they take an alternate route. Aaron advises against it, as they have not cleared the area of straggling walkers. They leave at night and hit a herd of walkers in the middle of the road. After escaping the walkers, Rick, Glenn, Aaron, and Michonne meet up with the rest of the group, from which they were separated. Aaron is reunited with his partner, Eric, who was rescued by the other group after shooting his flare gun. The next morning, the group arrives at the Alexandria Safe Zone.|
|63||12||"Remember"||Greg Nicotero||Channing Powell||March 1, 2015||14.43|
|Rick and the group enter Alexandria and are instructed to surrender their weapons. The group meets with Deanna, the leader of the safe zone, who interviews the group members individually and records their conversations. Rick, during his interview, warns her not to accept strangers into the community and tells her how the world has changed, while Carol lies about her past and makes herself seem weak to Deanna. The group is given two separate houses to live in; however, Rick insists that the entire group stay in the same house the first night. Several members of the group clean up, including Rick, who shaves his beard and gets a haircut from Jessie, a resident of Alexandria and a former stylist. Glenn, Tara, and Noah go on a supply run with two residents, Nicholas and Deanna's son, Aiden. Tara is nearly killed during the supply run by a walker, due to Aiden's cockiness, inexperience, and recklessness. This causes Glenn to get into a fight with Aiden back at the safe zone. As a sign of trust and equality, Deanna assigns Rick and Michonne as constables of Alexandria. Later, Rick convenes with Carol and Daryl, declaring that if the members of the community cannot protect themselves, then Rick's group will take over.|
|64||13||"Forget"||David Boyd||Corey Reed||March 8, 2015||14.53|
|Sasha travels outside the gates of Alexandria, taking with her framed family portraits she found in Alexandria to use as target practice. Feeling desolate, she wanders further into the woods, mumbling to herself for the walkers to "come and get" her. Meanwhile, Rick, Carol, and Daryl meet privately in the woods to discuss retrieving weapons from the armory in Alexandria, should they need them at short notice. They kill a walker and discover a mysterious "W" carved into its forehead. While out hunting, Daryl encounters Aaron, who is also out hunting. The duo try to catch a wild horse but are attacked by walkers, and the horse is killed. Sasha returns to Alexandria unscathed and requests to be a lookout in the bell tower, but her request is rejected by Deanna, who feels there is no need for a lookout for the time being. That evening, Deanna holds a welcoming party for Rick's group at her house, where Rick is introduced to Deanna's husband Reg and Jessie's husband Pete. Sam stamps Rick's hand with the letter "A". Daryl is unwilling to attend the party and is invited into Aaron's house, where he, Aaron, and Eric eat a meal together. Aaron shows Daryl a workshop filled with motorcycle parts, says he's welcome to rebuild a bike, and persuades him to become a "recruiter" for Alexandria. With everyone else still at the party, Carol sneaks into the armory and loads up with weapons, but is confronted by Jessie's son, Sam. Carol threatens to have him killed if he tells anyone what he saw. At the party, Sasha lashes out at a guest over her superficial concerns and storms out. The next day, Deanna finally allows Sasha to be a lookout in the bell tower, while Rick, Carol, and Daryl meet again in the woods. Daryl declines a weapon from Carol, believing the residents of Alexandria are harmless, while Rick takes a handgun. Upon their reentry into Alexandria, Rick passes Jessie and Pete and examines the "A" on his hand.|
|65||14||"Spend"||Jennifer Lynch||Matthew Negrete||March 15, 2015||13.78|
|Noah and Reg meet for breakfast, and Noah expresses his desire to learn architecture, in order to improve Alexandria's walls. Meanwhile, a walker herd attacks Alexandria's construction crew - including Abraham. Despite Tobin's instructions to fall back, Abraham rescues a lookout named Francine, who is surrounded by walkers, and helps the group eliminate the herd. He begins taking charge, and Tobin suggests to Deanna that Abraham become the construction team's new leader. Deanna notices that members of Rick's group are beginning to take charge in activities around the community. With the town's electrical power failing, Glenn, Eugene, Tara, Noah, Aiden, and Nicholas go on a supply run to find the necessary parts to repair the solar panels. Aiden accidentally shoots a grenade attached to a riot gear-clad walker. The resulting explosion knocks Tara unconscious and impales Aiden on steel pipes, where he is devoured by walkers after Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas are unable to save him. While attempting to escape, Glenn, Noah, and Nicholas are trapped in a revolving door surrounded by walkers, but Eugene manages to distract some walkers to clear an escape path. A panicked Nicholas pushes his way out, exposing the remaining two; Noah is torn apart while Glenn looks on in horror. When Nicholas attempts to take Eugene's van, Glenn catches up to him and knocks him out. Glenn and Eugene toss him into the back of the van before returning to Alexandria, with Tara still unconscious and quickly losing blood. Meanwhile, Fr. Gabriel confronts Deanna and, while Maggie eavesdrops, attempts to convince her that Rick's group are disguised evil that will destroy what she has built. After several periodic visits from Sam and suspicious activity from Pete, Carol concludes that Pete is abusing Jessie and Sam, and suggests that Rick help the family by killing Pete.|
|66||15||"Try"||Michael E. Satrazemis||Angela Kang||March 22, 2015||13.76|
|As Deanna and her family mourn Aiden's death, Deanna reviews a video of Nicholas recounting the events of the ill-fated supply run, blaming Glenn and Noah; Glenn tells the true facts about the run to Rick. Meanwhile, the remaining group members try to deal with their own issues. Sasha leaves her post in the bell tower to hunt walkers outside the walls, leading Michonne and Rosita to go out and retrieve her. While looking for more survivors to recruit, Daryl and Aaron come across dismembered limbs and the corpse of a woman who had been tied to a tree and disemboweled by walkers. They discover a "W" carved into her forehead. Carl continues to follow Enid, and the two begin to bond over their shared experiences as survivors from outside the walls. Glenn confronts Nicholas and warns him never to set foot outside the walls again, prompting Nicholas to retrieve a hidden gun, which turns out to be the same one Rick had previously stashed away and lost. Carol talks with Sam and manages to obtain more evidence of Pete's abuse, which she relays to Rick. Angered, Rick approaches Deanna, who reveals she knows about Pete's abusive behavior but turns a blind eye since he is the town surgeon, and his skills are valuable. Deanna turns down Rick's plans to either separate Pete from Jessie or execute him, and assures him that she will exile Pete if things get out of hand. Rick then approaches Jessie privately, promising her that he can protect her from Pete. Jessie reluctantly agrees just as Pete walks in. Rick and Pete get into an argument which quickly escalates into a physical brawl, attracting the attention of the entire town. Rick is able to subdue Pete and draws his gun on the onlookers. He ignores Deanna's orders to stand down and rants about how Deanna's leadership is weak and Alexandria's residents have grown too complacent to survive against the dangers of the outside world. Suddenly, Michonne arrives and knocks Rick out as he is ranting.|
|67||16||"Conquer"||Greg Nicotero||Scott M. Gimple & Seth Hoffman||March 29, 2015||15.78|
|Morgan is ambushed by two members of the Wolves, a group of scavengers that conform to the ancient belief that men had evolved from wolves. The two men threaten to kill him and take his supplies but are incapacitated by Morgan who leaves them unconscious in a car. As a result of Rick's outburst, Deanna decides to hold a meeting over his possible exile, and Rick advocates to hold Deanna's family hostage if the Alexandrians are in favor of his exile. Maggie tries to persuade Deanna to keep Rick in the community, but Deanna states that she "will do what she has to do". Abraham visits Tara's bedside, where he and Eugene make amends. Glenn follows Nicholas out of Alexandria, where the latter attacks him, and they brawl in the woods. Fr. Gabriel attempts to commit suicide by offering himself to a walker before changing his mind and killing it and another walker before collapsing into tears; he returns and absentmindedly leaves the town gate ajar. Meanwhile, Daryl and Aaron follow a man in a red poncho that they are interested in recruiting, but they fall into an elaborate trap set by the Wolves and they are attacked by dozens of walkers. They take refuge in a car before they are rescued by Morgan, whom they recruit after finding out that he knows Rick. The Wolves earlier encountered by Morgan capture the man in the red poncho and kill him, before resetting the trap and finding Aaron's backpack, which contain photos of Alexandria. Still traumatized, Sasha seeks help from Fr. Gabriel, who rejects her offer and taunts her. Rick notices the unlocked gate, which he closes, and races around the town following blood splatters, eliminating walkers that have strayed inside. Despite an absent Rick, Deanna initiates the meeting, where several allies of Rick make their case to keep him. Knowing Fr. Gabriel's betrayal, Maggie visits his church, where she comes upon Sasha holding him at gunpoint after a brief scuffle. Maggie convinces the two to stop, and they pray together. Tara awakens from her unconscious state. Glenn manages to subdue Nicholas, but he decides to spare him, and they help each other return to Alexandria. Rick carries a walker corpse to the meeting, where he tells them that the dead and the living will always find a way to infiltrate the town; he offers to show them how to survive. An enraged and drunken Pete, who had been relocated to a new house, barges in the meeting wielding Michonne's katana as he threatens Rick. Reg intervenes and Pete accidentally slits his throat, killing him. Hysterical, Deanna tells Rick to kill Pete and Rick complies without hesitation, just as Morgan, Daryl and Aaron arrive. In the first post-credits scene, Michonne is about to put her katana on the wall again, but changes her mind and puts the sword into the scabbard on her back. In the second scene, the red poncho man, now a walker, wanders around the yard where the Wolves keep the other walkers. The car in the yard is spray-painted with the words "WOLVES NOT FAR".|
The fifth season has received widespread critical acclaim. Based on 36 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, season 5 received an average 97% overall "Certified Fresh" approval rating; the website's consensus states, "Thanks to a liberal dose of propulsive, bloody action and enough compelling character moments to reward longtime fans, The Walking Dead 's fifth season continues to deliver top-notch entertainment." On Metacritic, the season has a score of 80 out of 100 based on 11 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Brian Lowry of Variety gave the fifth season premiere a positive review, saying: "After the (rather too) long and winding road to Terminus, 'The Walking Dead' opens its fifth season in spectacular fashion, a dazzling adrenaline rush filled with suspense, righteous violence and, before it's all over, genuine emotion. Imbued with cinematic touches, the only downside to this breathtaking episode is pondering what the creative brain trust can do for an encore. Still, AMC's megahit finds itself in a very good place, from the current makeup of its ever-evolving cast to the latitude it has earned to take unexpected detours. Given the hype surrounding the series, it's still impressive to see the producers deliver such a feast."
Several critics have felt the fifth season has been a huge improvement to its preceding seasons. Todd VanDerWerff for Vox, wrote: "...it's not unprecedented for a series to have its best season in its fifth year, but it's definitely strange for a show to make this big of a leap this late in its run." He praised all aspects of the storytelling and conception of the fifth season, singling out the action, themes, characters, advanced storylines, newly introduced anthology character-focused episodes, and overall improvements to the material the show has always worked with.
Similarly, writing for Grantland, Andy Greenwald praised Scott M. Gimple as showrunner, particularly noting him as an improvement to Glen Mazzara and Frank Darabont, as well as praising the increase in minorities and resulting racial diversity among the main cast. He further commented: "Gimple has also done wonders with the characters he inherited", and singled out characters such as Beth Greene and Tyreese, praising their newly established complexities and character evolution. The constantly shifting environments and surrounding threats were also noted and lauded. Zack Handlen of The A.V. Club in his review of "Consumed", summarized the season as a whole, saying: "This is a large part of why The Walking Dead has gotten so good this season: The writers have found a way to exploit subtext and history in compelling, haunting ways."
Laura Prudom of Variety on her review of "Conquer" commented that "...season five represents a marked improvement over the stagnation of previous years, with the promise of Alexandria breathing new life into the series, offering our group a form of opposition that isn’t inherently wrong, unlike The Governor or the Termites." She assessed it as "arguably been “The Walking Dead’s” best yet, propelled by compulsive story threads and fascinating character dynamics".
For the 41st Saturn Awards, the series received seven nominations, including Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, Andrew Lincoln for Best Actor on Television, Norman Reedus for Best Supporting Actor on Television, Melissa McBride and Emily Kinney for Best Supporting Actress on Television, Chandler Riggs for Best Performance by a Younger Actor on Television, and Andrew J. West for Best Guest Starring Role on Television.
Home media releases
The fifth season will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1/A on August 25, 2015.
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