It’s been nine years since The Walking Dead first premiered and to say that it’s been on quite the journey would be a vast understatement. It’s had its fair share of ups and downs, but at 130 episodes and counting the zombie drama refuses to be stopped. As fans embark on the final episodes of season 9, we thought it would be fun to see just where the new season ranks amongst seasons past. We took to Rotten Tomatoes and the list below was born! What season do you think has the highest score on Rotten Tomatoes? Make your guess and scroll on!
#9 –Season 7
Critic Consensus: “ Increased character depth and effective world-building help The Walking Deadovercome a tiresome reliance on excessive, gratuitous violence.”
Highest Ranked Episode: 9×02 – “The Well” – Carol and Morgan are brought to a community called the Kingdom, led by the eccentric King Ezekiel.
Critic Consensus: “The Walking Dead‘s eighth season energizes its characters with some much-needed angst and action, though it’s still occasionally choppy and lacking forward-moving plot progression.”
Highest Rated Episode: 8×01 – “Mercy” – Rick and his group, along with the Kingdom and Hilltop, band together to bring the fight to Negan and the Saviors.
Critic Consensus: “ Six seasons in, The Walking Dead is still finding ways to top itself, despite slow patches that do little to advance the plot.”
Highest Rated Episode: 6×02 – “JSS” – While Rick and his group lure the herd away, Carol and Morgan lead a line of defense against the Wolves when Alexandria comes under attack.
Critic Consensus: “ The second season of The Walking Dead fleshes out the characters while maintaining the grueling tension and gore that made the show a hit.”
Highest Rated Episode: 2×12 – “Better Angels” – Shane’s antagonistic behaviour reaches new heights, while Carl suffers the consequences of his actions.
Critic Consensus: “Consistently thrilling, with solid character development and enough gore to please grindhouse fans, this season of The Walking Dead continues to demonstrate why it’s one of the best horror shows on television.”
Highest Rated Episode: 4×2 – “Infected” – Rick is forced to abandon his quiet lifestyle when a mysterious virus puts the lives of everyone at the prison at risk.
Critic Consensus: “The palpable terror and visceral thrills continue in the third season of The Walking Dead, along with a deeper sense of the people who inhabit its apocalyptic landscape.”
Highest Rated Episode: 9×12 – “Clear” – 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.
Critic Consensus: “Blood-spattered, emotionally resonant, and white-knuckle intense, The Walking Dead puts an intelligent spin on the overcrowded zombie subgenre.”
Highest Rated Episode: 9×01 – “Days Gone Bye” – Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes awakens from a coma, and searches for his family in a world ravaged by the undead.
Critic Consensus: “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.”
Highest Rated Episode: 9×01 – “No Sanctuary” – Carol takes drastic action to rescue Rick and the group from the cannibals of Terminus as she and Tyreese reach the compound. A familiar face makes a return.
Critic Consensus: “Nine seasons in, The Walking Dead feels more alive than ever, with heightened tension and a refreshed pace that rejuvenates this long-running franchise.”
Highest Rated Episode (so far): 9×03 – “Warning Signs” – A mysterious disappearance from the work camp threatens Rick’s vision for the future.
What’s your favorite season of The Walking Dead? Let us know in the comments!
Having studied Media & Writing at James Madison University, I always knew that I wanted to do some type of creative writing, but being able to write about zombies, Starks, and superheroes on a daily basis for Fan Fest is my actual dream. While I probably shouldn’t be as proud as I am to be so similar to Nick Miller, I do hope to one day write my own “Pepperwood Chronicles’.