With only days to go until the huge 90-minute Season 5 finale of [The Walking Dead](series:201193) hits screens, it's fair to say that this has been one of, if not the most, action packed and thrilling seasons to date. With the show continually bettering itself with each and every season, Entertainment Weekly went straight to the cast of the show to ask what episode they thought was deserving to be called the best episode ever.
Note: Season 5 had not yet aired when these questions were asked, so those episodes are exempt.
Andrew Lincoln a.k.a. Rick Grimes
Season 1, episode 1 "Days Gone Bye"
The first. It’s always the first, because it’s just extraordinary. Only because I was finding my way, it was Frank [Darabont], and just the scares. I loved it. It was really exciting, and terrifying, and just euphoria. And I think that was just kind of connecting. I will always harken back to riding a horse into downtown Atlanta, being chased by 500 zombies. That doesn’t happen that often in one’s career.
Melissa McBride a.k.a Carol Peletier
Season 4, episode 14 "The Grove"
It would have to be ‘The Grove,’ because, oh, several reasons. It was written by Scott Gimple, who has written a couple other of my favorite episodes. It was a huge turning point for my character. It was awesome as an actress to play the depths from which he wrote her. It was just an all-around great shooting experience, and also it was special because Mike Satrazemis—who was one of our camera guys, and then became our director of his photography—this was his first episode to direct. So that was just a special experience to share, to be the first with him. Yeah, that was cool. He was very excited, too. Lots of good memories with that episode. But yeah, it’s hard to choose, and I have so many favorite scenes from different episodes.
Norman Reedus a.k.a Daryl Dixon
Season 4, episode 12 "Still"
I gotta the say the one with Beth, ‘Still.’ I gotta say that one. Emily and I, we bonded so much on that episode and I had never really worked one-on-one with Emily before. I’d worked with everybody but Emily pretty much. Doing that…It was those two characters learning about each other as those two actors learned about each other all on the spot. It was really interesting and I loved watching her get that opportunity to just explode like that.
Danai Gurira a.k.a Michonne
Season 3, episode 12 "Clear" AND Season 4, episode 9 "After"
I think within the context of season 3, ‘Clear’ was really special for me because Michonne has always been this chick who’s actively trying to not get to know people even though her heart wanted to—she just had too many wounds, too many layers, too much masking. There’s something so wonderful about ‘Clear’ for me because it really was her trying to get past that and it felt so great as an actor to try to connect with people rather than be cold as ice to them. It really was, to me, that episode with Michonne saying to Rick and Carl, I choose you. That was a really enjoyable experience, to choose people rather than be cold as ice to them. Then again, of course, “After” was huge because I got to show so many components of her from her path of choose life not death, that journey of finally metabolizing her wounds, and once again choosing Rick and Carl. I just love that moment when they find each other. It’s a great ending. She needed that.
Lauren Cohan a.k.a Maggie Greene
Season 3, episode 8 "Made to Suffer"
One of my favorite episodes to shoot was definitely when Maggie and Glenn break out of Woodbury, and he’s so badass and he smashes a chair and he guts the walker, and then we break out and we kill a bunch of people and we get out of Woodbury. Probably that one, because that just felt like the essence of the show to me. Like, somehow our gang found us, and we all broke out and nothing can keep us down. And that to me is the essence of our band.
Steven Yeun a.k.a Glenn Rhee
Season 1, episode 2 "Guts"
Episode 2 of the whole series—that one stayed with me for good. That was awesome. To have the first meeting between Glenn and Rick. To being covered in guts, running down the street, being chased by walkers, jumping over the fence. Doing all that action stuff and really getting to know Glenn as a character and really kind of bringing Rick and the rest of the group together. That was a blast. That’s definitely one of my favorite episodes.
Chad Coleman a.k.a Tyreese
Season 4, episode 14 "The Grove"
It would definitely be ‘The Grove.’ We pushed the envelope, and [showrunner] Scott Gimple did an amazing job on that script. And [director Mike Satrazemis] did an incredible job of directing. And the cast. It was a risky proposition, yet we delivered something that the audience worldwide has really embraced. And that was a real risky episode. But we pulled it off. Not to be selfish, but I just thought it was one of the most painstaking yet beautiful episodes. And it was a great experience for me as well. And Melissa McBride? My goodness! You know?
The Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead airs Sunday on AMC