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The First 59 Episodes Of "The Walking Dead" Ranked From Worst To Best

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With Season 5 of The Walking Dead now on its mid-season break, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the shows best and worst episodes. All in a nice handy list.

59. Judge, Jury, Executioner

AMC

Season 2, Episode 11

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Written by: Angela Kang

Rick and the group decide to execute Randall, much to the frustration of Dale, who fears the group is losing its humanity. Meanwhile, Carl behaves recklessly, which initiates grave consequences for the group.

58. I Ain't a Judas

AMC

Season 3, Episode 11

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Written by: Angela Kang

As Rick and the group debate their next course of action, Andrea tries to negotiate with them. Meanwhile, The Governor prepares Woodbury for battle.

56. Guts

AMC

Season 1, Episode 2

Directed by: Michelle MacLaren

Written by: Frank Darabont

Rick finds himself trapped with a group of survivors inside a department store that is surrounded by walkers.

55. Welcome to the Tombs

AMC

Season 3, Episode 16

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Glen Mazzara

As Rick and the group prepare for The Governor's impending attack, Andrea fights to escape captivity.

54. Hounded

AMC

Season 3 , Episode 6

Directed by: Daniel Attias

Written by: Scott M. Gimple

Rick receives a mysterious phone call. Andrea grows closer to The Governor. Merle tries to hunt down Michonne.

53. Slabtown

AMC

Season 5, Episode 4

Directed by: Michael Edison Satrazemis

Written by: Matthew Negrete & Channing Powell

Beth finds herself in a sinister hospital in Atlanta after being separated from Daryl.

52. Chupacabra

AMC

Season 2, Episode 5

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Written by: David Johnson

Daryl becomes injured and stranded in the middle of the woods whilst searching for Sophia. Shane urges Rick to call off the search party. Glenn uncovers a secret.

51. The Suicide King

AMC

Season 3, Episode 9

Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter

Written by: Evan T. Reilly

After the invasion of Woodbury by Rick's group, Daryl and Merle are captured by The Governor. Rick decides the fate of Tyreese's group.

50. Us

AMC

Season 4, Episode 15

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Written by: Nichole Beattie & Seth Hoffman

Glenn and Tara are set on the way to Terminus, but Abraham is reluctant. Daryl struggles to adjust to the Claimers' rules.

49. A

AMC

Season 4, Episode 16

Directed by: Michelle MacLaren

Written by: Scott M. Gimple & Angela Kang

Rick, Carl and Michonne cross paths with the Claimers once again on the way to Terminus, as the so-called sanctuary begins to reveal its true face.

48. Alone

AMC

Season 4, Episode 13

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Curtis Gwinn

Maggie, Sasha and Bob clash over whether they should head to Terminus. Daryl and Beth take shelter in a seemingly abandoned funeral home.

46. Arrow on the Doorpost

AMC

Season 3, Episode 13

Directed by: David Boyd

Written by: Ryan C. Coleman

Rick and The Governor meet face-to-face, ostensibly to make a peaceful resolution to prevent further bloodshed. Back at the prison, tensions arise between Merle and the rest of the group.

45. What Lies Ahead

AMC

Season 2, Episode 1

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson & Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Written by: Frank Darabont & Robert Kirkman

The group's plan to head for Fort Benning is put on hold when Sophia goes missing.

44. Secrets

AMC

Season 2, Episode 6

Directed by: David Boyd

Written by: Angela Kang

Dale confronts Hershel after Glenn tells him about the walkers in the barn. Meanwhile, Lori struggles to come to terms with her pregnancy, and Shane tries to teach Andrea how to use weapons.

43. Nebraska

AMC

Season 2, Episode 8

Directed by: Clark Johnson

Written by: Evan T. Reilly

In the aftermath of the barn incident; the group bury loved ones, Beth falls into shock, and Rick and Glenn head out to find Hershel when he disappears.

42. Pretty Much Dead Already

AMC

Season 2, Episode 7

Directed by: Michelle MacLaren

Written by: Scott M. Gimple

Glenn tells the rest of the group about the walkers in the barn, dividing them on what to do. Meanwhile, Hershel sets a deadline for the group to leave, unless Rick does a difficult task.

41. Wildfire

AMC

Season 1, Episode 5

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Glen Mazzara

After the attack on the camp, Rick leads the survivors to the C.D.C., in the hope that they can cure an infected Jim.

40. Home

AMC

Season 3, Episode 10

Directed by: Seith Mann

Written by: Nichole Beattie

Rick begins to see visions of Lori and asks Hershel for help. The Governor plans an assault on the prison. Daryl and Merle fend for themselves out in the forest.

39. Crossed

AMC

Season 5, Episode 7

Directed by: Bill Gierhart

Written by: Seth Hoffman

While Carl, Michonne and Gabriel hold down the church, Rick takes a rescue mission to Atlanta, as Abraham's group deal with the fallout from Eugene's revelation.

38. Self Help

AMC

Season 5, Episode 5

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Heather Bellson & Seth Hoffman

Tensions run high within Abraham's group as they head to Washington, D.C.

37. Claimed

AMC

Season 4, Episode 11

Directed by: Seith Mann

Written by: Nichole Beattie & Seth Hoffman

While Carl and Michonne look for supplies, Rick is faced against a gang of marauders. Meanwhile, Glenn and Tara are brought together with three strangers on an important mission.

35. Inmates

AMC

Season 4, Episode 10

Directed by: Tricia Brock

Written by: Matthew Negrete & Channing Powell

Beth tries to remain hopeful. Tyreese, Lizzie and Mika run into a familiar face. Glenn and Maggie struggle to cope without each other.

34. Prey

AMC

Season 3, Episode 14

Directed by: Stefan Schwartz

Written by: Glen Mazzara & Evan T. Reilly

The Governor hunts down Andrea when she flees Woodbury. Meanwhile, tensions arise within Tyreese's group, and The Governor's plan for Rick's group is sabotaged.

33. 30 Days Without an Accident

AMC

Season 4, Episode 1

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Written by: Scott M. Gimple

Several months have passed and Rick and the expanded group are living a more peaceful life at the prison. Problems surface when Rick encounters a new survivor, and a supply run ends in disaster.

31. Infected

AMC

Season 4, Episode 2

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Written by: Angela Kang

Rick is forced to abandon his quiet lifestyle when a mysterious virus puts the lives of everyone at the prison at risk.

30. Say the Word

AMC

Season 3, Episode 5

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Written by: Angela Kang

Rick struggles to cope. Andrea and Michonne part ways. Daryl and Maggie head out to find food and clothes for the baby.

29. Dead Weight

AMC

Season 4, Episode 7

Directed by: Jeremy Podeswa

Written by: Curtis Gwinn

The Governor plans his next move as he, Lilly, Tara and Meghan adjust to new surroundings.

28. Bloodletting

AMC

Season 2, Episode 2

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Glen Mazzara

After Carl is accidentally shot, the group are brought to a family living on a nearby farm. Shane makes a dangerous trip to the local high school in search of medical supplies.

27. Triggerfinger

AMC

Season 2, Episode 9

Directed by: Bill Gierhart

Written by: David Johnson

Rick, Glenn and Hershel come under enemy fire in a nearby town. Meanwhile, Shane rescues Lori after a car accident.

26. Tell It to the Frogs

AMC

Season 1, Episode 3

Directed by: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

Written by: Charles H. Eglee, Jack LoGiudice, Charles H. Eglee, Jack LoGiudice & Frank Darabont

Rick is reunited with Lori and Carl but soon decides - along with some of the other survivors - to return to the rooftop and rescue Merle. Meanwhile, tensions run high between the other survivors at the camp.

25. After

AMC

Season 4, Episode 9

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Written by: Robert Kirkman

With the prison overrun, Rick and Carl find themselves on the road looking for shelter. Meanwhile, Michonne is haunted by memories of the past.

24. Better Angels

AMC

Season 2, Episode 12

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Written by: Evan T. Reilly & Glen Mazzara

Shane's antagonistic behaviour reaches new heights, while Carl suffers the consequences of his actions.

23. TS-19

AMC

Season 1, Episode 6

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Written by: Adam Fierro & Frank Darabont

The survivors gain access to the C.D.C. in the hope of a safe haven, however they soon learn that the building is on a countdown to self-destruct.

22. Walk With Me

AMC

Season 3, Episode 3

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Written by: Evan T. Reilly

Andrea and Michonne are brought to a human civilization camp run by a man called The Governor.

21. Four Walls and a Roof

AMC

Season 5, Episode 3

Directed by: Jeffrey F. January

Written by: Angela Kang & Corey Reed

As Bob's life hangs in the balance, the group prepares to face off against Gareth and the remaining members of Terminus.

20. Coda

AMC

Season 5, Episode 8

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Angela Kang

Rick and the group go face-to-face against Dawn and her officers in an attempt to save both Beth and Carol without any more bloodshed.

18. Isolation

AMC

Season 4, Episode 3

Directed by: Daniel Sackheim

Written by: Robert Kirkman

As the sick are quarantined, Daryl, Tyreese, Michonne and Bob leave the prison in search of medical supplies. Rick makes a shocking discovery.

17. Consumed

AMC

Season 5, Episode 6

Directed by: Seith Mann

Written by: Matthew Negrete & Corey Reed

Daryl and Carol chase the white-crossed car to a desolated Atlanta with hopes of finding Beth and her kidnappers.

16. Indifference

AMC

Season 4, Episode 4

Directed by: Tricia Brock

Written by: Matthew Negrete

Daryl, Tyreese, Michonne, and Bob continue to the veterinary college on foot in search of medicine. Rick and Carol go on a run to a nearby town where they find two uninfected stragglers.

15. When the Dead Come Knocking

AMC

Season 3, Episode 7

Directed by: Daniel Sackheim

Written by: Frank Renzulli

Michonne leads Rick, Daryl and Oscar to Woodbury to rescue Glenn and Maggie. Merle tries to force information out of Glenn.

14. Vatos

AMC

Season 1, Episode 4

Directed by: Johan Renck

Written by: Robert Kirkman

Rick, Glenn, Daryl and T-Dog come across a group of seemingly hostile survivors whilst searching for Merle. Back at camp, Jim begins behaving erratically.

13. Beside the Dying Fire

AMC

Season 2, Episode 13

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Robert Kirkman & Glen Mazzara

As the farm is overrun by walkers, the group fight to escape.

12. Killer Within

AMC

Season 3, Episode 4

Directed by: Guy Ferland

Written by: Sang Kyu Kim

Lori goes into labour when walkers attack the prison. Michonne tries to convince Andrea to leave Woodbury.

11. This Sorrowful Life

AMC

Season 3, Episode 15

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Written by: Greg Nicotero

While Rick decides the fate of Michonne, Merle takes matters into his own hands. The Governor and his group head to the meeting area.

10. Internment

AMC

Season 4, Episode 5

Directed by: David Boyd

Written by: Channing Powell

Hershel struggles to care for the sick as the situation in the cell block escalates. Meanwhile, Rick and Carl defend the prison as the fences give way.

9. Too Far Gone

AMC

Season 4, Episode 8

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Seth Hoffman

Rick and the group face imminent danger as The Governor and his army arrive to take the prison.

8. No Sanctuary

AMC

Season 5, Episode 1

Directed by: Greg Nicotero

Written by: Scott M. Gimple

Carol takes drastic action to save Rick and the reunited group from Gareth and the people of Terminus as she and Tyreese reach the compound.

7. Save the Last One

AMC

Season 2, Episode 3

Directed by: Phil Abraham

Written by: Scott M. Gimple

As Carl's condition continues to deteriorate, Shane and Otis try to dodge the walkers as they head back to the farm.

6. Seed

AMC

Season 3, Episode 1

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Glen Mazzara

After months on the run, the group take refuge in a federal prison, while elsewhere, Andrea's health starts to deteriorate.

5. Made to Suffer

AMC

Season 3, Episode 8

Directed by: Bill Gierhart

Written by: Robert Kirkman

Rick, Daryl, Michonne and Oscar enter Woodbury in search of Glenn and Maggie. Meanwhile, a new group of survivors encounter the prison.

4. 18 Miles Out

AMC

Season 2, Episode 10

Directed by: Ernest R. Dickerson

Written by: Scott M. Gimple & Glen Mazzara

Rick and Shane try to decide what to do with Randall. Back at the farm, Lori, Andrea and Maggie deal with a suicidal Beth.

3. The Grove

AMC

Season 4, Episode 14

Directed by: Michael Edison Satrazemis

Written by: Scott M. Gimple

Carol has to cope with old secrets and Lizzie's psychotic behavior when she, Tyreese and the girls take refuge in a vacant house on the way to Terminus.

2. Days Gone Bye

AMC

Season 1, Episode 1

Directed by: Frank Darabont

Written by: Frank Darabont

After being shot, Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes wakes up in the hospital to find his town overrun by flesh-eating zombies. After making friends with survivor Morgan Jones and his son Duane, Rick sets out to find his wife and son.

1. Clear

AMC

Season 3, Episode 12

Directed by: Tricia Brock

Written by: Scott M. Gimple

Rick runs into a familiar face when he, Carl and Michonne head back to Rick's hometown for more guns to fortify themselves against The Governor.

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