The Walking Dead (season 5)
|The Walking Dead (season 5)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original run||October 12, 2014– present|
The fifth season of the AMC horror–drama television series The Walking Dead premiered on October 12, 2014, and will consist of 16 episodes. The series is based on the series of comic books of the same name 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 with the fourth season.
The fifth season features 17 series regulars, with 10 actors featured in the opening credits, while seven others are credited as "also starring". Michael Cudlitz, who portrays Sgt. Abraham Ford, is added in the opening sequence as are Emily Kinney and Chad L. Coleman, who portray Beth Greene and Tyreese, 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, while Seth Gilliam joins as series regular as Father Gabriel Stokes.
- Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, the series' protagonist and father of Carl and Judith, who has balanced his brutality and humanity. (2 episodes)
- Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon, a Southern "redneck" survivalist, the group's hunter and Rick's second-in-command, who has finally overcome past abuse. (2 episodes)
- Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee, a former pizza delivery man who has gradually matured throughout the series and is now married to Maggie. (2 episodes)
- Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene, Glenn's wife and Beth's half-sister, whose father, Hershel, died at the hands of the Governor. (2 episodes)
- Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Rick's teenage son whose recklessness clashes with his morality. (2 episodes)
- Danai Gurira as Michonne, a fierce, katana-wielding survivor who has opened up to Carl about the loss of her family. (2 episodes)
- Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier, an empowered former victim of domestic abuse who is attempting to rebound from several tragedies. (2 episodes)
- Michael Cudlitz as Sgt. Abraham Ford, a former military sergeant whose mission is to bring Eugene to Washington, D.C. to cure the walker virus. (2 episodes)
- Emily Kinney as Beth Greene, Maggie's soft-spoken half-sister who was separated from Daryl in the previous season.
- Chad Coleman as Tyreese, Sasha's older brother, who is tough but compassionate. He acts as the primary caretaker of Judith. (2 episodes)
- Sonequa Martin-Green as Sasha, Tyreese's fiery younger sister and a former firefighter. (2 episodes)
- Lawrence Gilliard, Jr. as Bob Stookey, a former army medic and alcoholic, who has a renewed optimism after surviving the prison's downfall with other survivors. (2 episodes)
- Josh McDermitt as Dr. Eugene Porter, a scientist who claims to know the cure of the walker virus, but needs to travel to Washington to talk with government agents. (2 episodes)
- Christian Serratos as Rosita Espinosa, Abraham's girlfriend who accompanies him to escort Eugene to Washington. (2 episodes)
- Alanna Masterson as Tara Chambler, a former ally of the Governor and the only surviving member of her family. She was rescued by Glenn from the destroyed prison. (2 episodes)
- Seth Gilliam as Father Gabriel Stokes, a priest encountered by Rick's group of survivors. (1 episode)
- Andrew J. West as Gareth, the pragmatic yet mysterious leader of Terminus, and primary captor of Rick's group. (2 episodes)
- Chris Coy as Martin, a Terminus survivor that joins Gareth in hunting the group. (2 episodes)
- Denise Crosby as Mary, one of the survivors stationed at Terminus and mother of Gareth and Alex. (1 episode)
- Tate Ellington as Alex, a Terminus resident, son of Mary, and brother of Gareth; appears in a flashback. (1 episode)
- Lennie James as Morgan Jones, the first survivor that Rick encountered, who has experienced mental deterioration after losing his son. (1 episode)
- Robin Lord Taylor as Sam, a survivor Rick encountered previously on a supply run. (1 episode)
- Christine Woods as Vivian, a policewoman who holds Beth captive.
- Tyler James Williams as Noah
- Keisha Castle-Hughes as Amber, a survivor Beth encounters.
- Cullen Moss as Michael, a policeman who holds Beth captive.
- Alexandra Breckenridge as Samantha, a charming woman who also has a vulnerable side.
|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|
|In flashbacks, the Terminus inhabitants are assaulted and captured by marauders before their leader Gareth declares their need to become "the butcher". In the present, Carol and Tyreese learn from a Terminus ally, Martin, that the rest of her group was being held captive in Terminus. Carol heads off to rescue Rick's group while Tyreese stays behind. Carol causes an explosion that sets fire to parts of Terminus, attracts a nearby herd of walkers, and averts the executions of Rick, Daryl, Glenn and Bob, who use the opportunity to escape after realizing that the inhabitants of Terminus are cannibals. The four fight their way through the herd of walkers and the Terminus inhabitants, and rescue the rest of their group, while Gareth leads some of his surviving men out of Terminus. After Rick's proposal to pursue Gareth's men is rejected, the 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 to cure the walker virus. Rick covers up a Terminus sign and labels it: "No Sanctuary", which is discovered by Morgan Jones.|
|53||2||"Strangers"||David Boyd||Robert Kirkman||October 19, 2014||15.14|
|While trekking through the woods, the group addresses several moments of their pasts, but Daryl senses that someone is watching them. The group encounters a priest, Father Gabriel Stokes, who Rick immediately suspects is hiding something after he claims that he has never killed any walkers nor people. Fr. Gabriel leads the group to his church for shelter, despite Abraham believing that it would slow down their journey to Washington. Fr. Gabriel, who had survived through canned goods from a food drive, directs Rick to a food bank which has supplies, but is overrun with walkers. Rick decides to travel to the food bank anyway, with Michonne, Bob, Sasha and a reluctant Fr. Gabriel joining him. Before leaving, Rick expresses his distrust for Fr. Gabriel to Carl, and reminds him to keep his guard up. At the food bank, Rick's group dispatches several walkers in a flooded area, however Bob is caught in a scuffle with a decayed walker before it is taken out by Sasha. Rick continually pressures Fr. Gabriel to reveal what he is hiding, to no success; Carl later discovers a writing on the church's exterior: "You'll burn for this." During a festive dinner that night, Abraham expresses the need to continue with the mission, with Rick finally agreeing to participate, and Tara confesses to Maggie that she was among the Governor's army, although Maggie reassures her position within the group. Rick thanks Fr. Gabriel for his hospitality, however he also threatens him if his secret causes harm to the group. Carol, who feels uneasy with the new members of the group, decides to leave, but Daryl follows her to an abandoned car that they fixed earlier. A car speeds by them; the two follow it in their car after Daryl recognizes it as the one that took Beth. 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 waking up, Bob realizes that 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||October 26, 2014|
|55||4||"Slabtown"||Michael E. Satrazemis||Matthew Negrete||November 2, 2014|
|56||5||Ernest Dickerson||Heather Bellson||November 9, 2014|
|57||6||Seith Mann||Matthew Negrete||November 16, 2014|
|58||7||"Crossed"||Billy Gierhart||Seth Hoffman||November 23, 2014|
|59||8||Ernest Dickerson||Angela Kang||November 30, 2014|
|60||9||Greg Nicotero||Scott M. Gimple||February 8, 2015|
|61||10||Julius Ramsay||Heather Bellson||February 15, 2015|
|62||11||Larysa Kondracki||Seth Hoffman||February 22, 2015|
|63||12||Greg Nicotero||March 1, 2015|
|64||13||David Boyd||March 8, 2015|
|65||14||Jennifer Lynch||March 15, 2015|
|66||15||Michael E. Satrazemis||March 22, 2015|
|67||16||Greg Nicotero||March 29, 2015|
The fifth season has received very positive reviews from critics. 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."
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- Official website
- List of The Walking Dead episodes at the Internet Movie Database
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