With The Walking Dead Season 5 almost upon us and the excitement reaching breaking point, I thought we would go down memory lane and try to put together the very best 10 episodes of the show. It hasn't been easy to pick just 10 episodes from the 51 on offer. Opinions will of course differ as to how I have ranked them, please discuss below, debate is good. So let's get kicked off- The 10 Greatest Episodes of The Walking Dead are:
10. AFTER (Episode 9, Season 4)
After the events of the previous episode this is aptly named. Directed by FX God Greg Nicotero the episode follows the cast as they are split up and now must move on from the prison. After is packed with incident, Rick is comatosed, Michonne must go it alone and we finally get her backstory and the character of Carl opens and grows up. And whilst Michonne's backstory does give her a sentimental side that nobody could have seen coming- she redeems her street cred by taking out 27 zombies give or take in under 60 seconds. And who can forget Herschel's moving head?
9. THIS SORROWFUL LIFE (Episode 15, Season 3)
This episode is all about Michael Rooker's superb and last performance as Merle. Redeeming himself some what as the bad seed. He finally does something decent for the group and pays the ultimate price. Daryl has no option but to kill his brother and we finally see Daryl break down. An excellent episode and one of the most emotional.
8. TS-19 (Episode 6, Season 1)
TS-19 has an almost futuristic slant to it and feels like no other Walking Dead episode to date. The team are at a loss as to where to go next, before they encounter a center for disease control and prevention. Sensing that somebody must be in there, they finally gain access and meet Dr Edwin Jenner. For a moment inside life seems normal again, food, drink and hot showers are aplenty. But Jenner has some dark secrets- one of which he whispers to Rick. With this being the final episode of the first season, we had to wait for what Rick heard. Comes complete with an explosive finale.
7. WALK WITH ME (Episode 3, Season 3)
A truly memorable episode. The introduction of The Governor, Woodbury and the return of Merle Dixon. At first glance it seems that the Governor played terrifcally by David Morrissery is a genuine soul out to look after his peoples interests, but by the end of the episode serious question marks raise their ugly heads. And Michonne is one step ahead of love struck Andrea.
6. KILLER WITHIN (Episode 4, Season 3)
Another highly charged and emotional episode. It's good bye T-Dog, though to be fair would we ever miss him? But more importantly it's good bye Sarah Wayne Callies- and Rick Grimes' wife. Who could have thought at the time? The death of Lori was quite a shock and resonated with viewers, almost 10m watched. Gory episode as usual and Rick begins his mental breakdown in the prison- and somebody is feeding them zombies.....
5. BESIDE THE DYING FIRE (Episode 13, Season 2)
The Season 2 finale doesn't disappoint as Herschel's farm is destroyed and the team are seperated partially, who made it and who didn't? The fall out from Shane's death and a swarm of zombies engulf this episode, which has superb action sequences throughout. The characters all get beefed up and fleshed out (pardon the pun) during this episode and now it is time to find new residence.
4. LIVE BAIT (Episode 6, Season 4)
Live Bait starts off with The Governor's song- a man beaten and broken with an eye patch, beard and swagger to rival anything that Snake Plissken could ever muster. A genuine classic episode which see's in part the redemption of The Governor as he stumbles from town to town before finding comfort in a family who have their own struggles. For a moment there, we have empathy towards a bad guy- how great is the writing? But a dark streak will always remain. By far David Morrissery's tour de force on the show.
3. GUTS (Episode 2, Season 1)
One of the goriest episodes, led to some cuts on the DVD in England. But this is one of the greatest episodes. Following on directly from the pilot, Rick finds hilmself in a city center whack full of zombies. Luckily for him he groups up with some survivors, and they find a way of escaping by ripping open a zombie and spreading its remains over themselves as to 'shield' them from the horde of walkers. Also remembered fondly for Michael Rookers debut, but he has to hang around on the rooftop for a while for being a bad boy.
2. DAYS GONE BYE (Episode 1, Season 1)
The episode that kickstarted the show and what a piece of television it is. Rick Grimes a cop is shot on duty and slips into a coma. But when he awakes the world is literally gone. His world is now ravanged by the living dead who are hellbent on eating him and anyone else they can find. Quite possibly the best segment of zombie footage this side of George A Romero's trilogy of films. And the final quarter of an hour is just too good and tension filled. We are spoiled.
1. TOO FAR GONE (Episode 8, Season 4)
The word jawdropping could be reserved just for this one singular episode of the show. The Governor is really pissed this time and seeks out the team to kick them out of the prison. As bait he has Herschel and Michonne and this will be a fight to the death. It's an episode full of hate, death and action, and you literally don't know where to look next. It's like Halloween, Christmas and New Year all rolled into one. And this episode makes the No.1. spot so far. Can any Season 5 episode intrude into this top 10- I sincerly hope so.