The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #1!

Conquer

Here we are! We’ve finally reached #1 on the countdown and you know what that means? The Walking Dead returns tomorrow!

Yes, it is finally here and I am so freaking excited! However, before it gets here, I need to talk about my favourite Walking Dead episode. And that episode is the season five finale, “Conquer”.

This episode was an hour and a half and was completely action-packed and phenomenal! I did have a hard time decided whether this should be number one or two on the list and I switched it around quite a bit with “Consumed”. I ultimately listed this as number one though because this episode features all the characters.

There were so many things that happened this episode, but I’m only going to mention three to keep this from being too long.

First, I loved Carol in this episode! At one point she takes some food over to Pete and then threatens to kill him with her knife, saying no one would believe she had done it on purpose, but just out of self defence.

As if we didn’t already know Carol was badass, this moment definitely proved it and it also showed just how much she’s changed between her first appearance in season one episode three. Pete is exactly like Ed, but unlike season one where she cowered away from confrontation (can’t blame her at all), she knows she has power now. She knows how strong she is and she uses that and it’s so wonderful.

Another moment I loved when Daryl and Aaron’s recruiting trip. They ended up setting off a trap set by the wolves, but thankfully they both make it out alive.

This moment was huge for several reasons. Like Carol, we saw just how much Daryl has progressed since his first appearance on the show throughout his conversation in the car with Aaron in which both of them offered to sacrifice themselves.

This was also huge because it revealed just what the wolves are capable of and it served as the introduction of Morgan to a member of Rick’s group.

And that leads me to the third thing I want to mention about this amazing episode and that is the moment at the end.

While everyone is debating what to do about Rick, Pete shows up with Michonne’s sword. He’s clearly drunk and the end result of this is that he ends up killing Deanna’s husband Reg. I have to admit that this is actually one of the few moments on the show when I had to look away.

Noah’s death and Reg’s death are two that I can’t watch no matter how many times I watch the episodes because of how gruesome they are.

This catastrophe led to a merging of Alexandria and Rick’s group, at least between Rick and Deanna. Deanna finally realized that sometimes you can’t talk your way out of a situation and that in this new world sometimes you have no choice but to kill which is exactly what Rick did to Pete. And he did this right as Daryl and Aaron arrived with Morgan.

This was insane! Oh my gosh, the screen went black and now we’ve been waiting months and months for the show to return.

I was shouting and crying and feeling so many things! From the looks of it, season six picks up basically right after this point and I am so incredibly excited to see what happens.

Thank you so much to everyone who has stuck with me in this countdown. I’ve had a lot of fun and I would love to hear what you think! Which episodes are your favourite?

What are you excited to see in the new season?

I’ll be reviewing the new episode tomorrow night so look forward to that!

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #2

Consumed

“Consumed” is episode five of season six and is number two on my list. This one was one of the hardest to place and I switched this one and tomorrow’s one about a million times because I couldn’t decide which one should be number one or number two.

Eventually I settled on “Consumed” as number two, but it’s a very loose two.

“Consumed” is, in my opinion, one of the best episodes in the whole series. The episode follows Daryl and Carol after they have followed the car with the white cross on it all the way into Atlanta where they meet Noah and discover where Beth is being held.

If “Still” was number three because I loved the friendship between Daryl and Beth, you can probably guess why I love this one. Daryl and Carol’s relationship is one of my absolute favourite things on this show (how many times have I said that in this countdown?).

They both have such dark pasts and I think they’re two characters whose lives actually improved in some ways after the world ended. Every character on the show has so many layers, but have an easier time of showing it and revealing things while these two are so complex and hold back so much.

All throughout this episode we see little things and learn little bits about both these characters and it’s great because it happens at the same time they’re learning things about each other.

When they find shelter Carol reveals that it was a shelter she and Sophia stayed at once to get away from Ed. Also while they’re there, Daryl finds a book about surviving childhood abuse and it is later revealed to Carol and viewers that he kept it.

While we already knew both of them had dealt with abuse in the past, but these little details about how they each dealt with it really add more dimensions to the characters.

While there were so many times in this episode where the true extent of their relationship was show from burning the walkers bodies to the moment in the van before it fell, there is one moment in particular that stands out to me.

Just before they see the van and are in the office building and Carol tells Daryl he doesn’t know her. He then responds with, “keep telling yourself that”.

It’s two short lines, but I feel like this pretty much encompasses their whole relationship because they do know each, probably better than anyone else in the group and maybe even each other. But they’re so used to hiding from people that the idea of someone else knowing anything about them is foreign.

Daryl and Carol are two of the best characters on this show and definitely two of the most badass. They’ve both evolved so much since the first season and it’s crazy now to go back and watch those first few episodes and see how much things have changed.

“Consumed”, like “Still”, is an episode I watch over and over again. It focuses mainly on only two characters, but it’s so complex and so non-stop that you’re never bored and you desperately want to know what happens next.

I’m incredibly excited to see what next season will bring for these two amazing characters.

What did you think of “Consumed”?

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Episodes Countdown: #3

Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney) - The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 12 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

This episode is just… amazing. I tried to think of a better word or at least a word I hadn’t used a million times the past few days, but I have a cold and my brain is all fuzzy so words aren’t really my thing right now.

“Still” follows Beth and Daryl on a very important (at least to Beth) quest: to get Beth her first alcoholic drink.

This episode is number three on my list because we learn so much about both of these characters and see such different sides to them. They’re not in the prison anymore, they don’t know if anyone else in their family survived and they’re both going through all these different emotions and ways of dealing.

Beth’s dealing with the death of father and, as far as she knows, Maggie, by getting a drink. It’s something so simple and maybe a little crazy, but it’s something she wants and she knows if she looks she can get it. Finding alcohol is a lot easier than finding a sister she thinks may be dead.

Daryl on the other hand deals with what happened by being a jackass. We learn in this episode that he feels a lot of guilt about what happened at the prison and while eventually he breaks down, he spends a good portion of the episode raging at everything and breaking stuff.

Episode twelve of season four is where we really start to see Beth and Daryl developing a friendship and it’s honestly one of my favourite friendships they had on the show.

Both these characters were so different and their relationship was so unexpected, but for the few episodes we saw them they really balanced each other out. Daryl felt like he’d lost everything again, but Beth believed that there had to be something better out there and that not everything good could possibly be gone.

This episode and the next one with these two definitely has a lot of influence over what happens in season five. Not just with Daryl searching for her, but I think it probably had some influence over Daryl’s storyline in Alexandria.

“Still” is such a great episode and I watch it over and over again. Both these characters are amazing and that moment at the end where they flip off the burning shack is wonderful and so symbolic to both of them.

What do you think of “Still”?

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #4

After

“After” is such a great episode. Season four, episode nine is the mid-season premier and picks up right after the Governor attacked the prison, focusing on Rick and Carl’s journey as well as Michonne’s.

I love this episode because by the time I watched it I was a fan of Carl and this episode focuses a lot on him and his development. This episode really puts emphasis on how Carl is still a kid and still acts like one, but at the same time he’s really not a kid and is capable of making tough decisions.

Probably one of the most iconic moments from this episode is Carl sitting on a roof eating pudding. I always laugh at that because he literally got attacked and almost eaten by a walker not two minutes ago, losing his shoe in the process, and now he’s just hanging out eating some pudding.

I remember watching it going, “Carl! Carl, what are you doing? What are you doing Carl?!”

Of course Chandler Riggs rips our hearts out only a short while later because after a day of exploring on his own and being the tough guy he is, Carl comes face to face with the idea that he may actually be alone.

For a terrifying moment he thinks Rick has turned and that he’s going to have to put him down which leads to Carl crying and admitting that he can’t do it.

I’ve always felt that this was such a significant moment because living in the prison the viewers saw a huge change in Carl from annoying little kid to still a kid, but able to make tough decisions now.

A good part of the episode was literally focused on Carl trying to prove that he can take care of himself, but then when he realizes he may actually need to do just that he can’t do and he doesn’t want to do it.

One of the best moments in this episode is right at the end. Rick and Carl are talking when there’s a knock on the door and when Rick looks outside he tells Carl it’s for him.

Not only is this hilarious because it’s such a normal thing to say during the apocalypse, but it was also really emotional because we see what’s going on on both sides of the door. We see Rick’s reaction to seeing who’s outside and we see Michonne as she finds the house and then sees two members of her family inside.

This whole episode was a rollercoaster of emotions and it’s absolutely perfect.

Check back tomorrow for #3 on my countdown!

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episode Countdown: #5

Chupacabra

It’s probably not a surprise that “Chupacabra” is on this list as I’ve already stated that Daryl is one of my favourite characters and episode five of season two has a very Daryl-centric plot line.

In this episode the group is still looking for Sophia and Daryl decides to ‘borrow’ (without asking) one of Hershel’s horses to go look for her. Things don’t go exactly as planned though when the horse throws him and Daryl ends up in a creek at the bottom of a cliff with one of his own arrows stuck in his side.

This is such a great episode for so many reasons.

First, this marks the return of Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon. Granted, he’s technically only there because Daryl is hallucinating him, but nonetheless it was amazing. He always has some of the greatest lines and is such a sarcastic asshat, it’s great.

Second, we learn a bit more about Daryl from his conversations with Merle and with the others after he returns to the farm.

And third, this episode is also the episode explored more of Daryl and Carol’s growing friendship (which really sort of started in the previous episode, “Cherokee Rose”).

“Chupacabra” also had a lot of really great lines in it, from “People in hell want slurpees” to “He’s wearing ears!”, there’s no shortage of humour in this episode.

Unfortunately, this episode kind of led to Andrea being hated on because she shoots Daryl at the end. I was never a fan of Andrea, but it wasn’t so much her shooting Daryl that made me dislike her and more the fact that she had been told not to do anything and then did it anyway.

“Chupacabra” is number five on this list, but it definitely almost ended up higher because of how amazing it is. It definitely got moved around a lot before I finally settled on spot number five and over the next few days I think you’ll see why it ended up in this spot.

What did you think of “Chupacabra”? How did you feel about Andrea?

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #6

Forget

Number six on my list is “Forget”, the thirteenth episode of season five.

In this episode we see the characters are still struggling to fit in to life in Alexandria, particularly Sasha. However, over the course of the hour we see each character making an effort to fit in in their new home and for some it works. For others… not so much.

There are so many reasons I love this episode. First of all, Carol. She’s so badass and the fact that she’s pretending not to be only proves just how badass she is. One moment in particular stands out for Carol this episode and that is when she’s stealing the guns for herself, Rick, and Daryl and ends up getting caught by Jessie’s son, Sam (Major Dodson).

This moment is terrifying because she ends up threatening Sam, but I can’t help but laugh too because she threatens to tie him to a tree! It’s horrible, but oh my gosh I laugh every time.

This episode of course also kicks off the relationship between Carol and Sam which is adorable and I’m hoping we’ll see more of it in season six.

Also, kudos to Major Dodson for being such a fantastic actor! Seriously, this kid is amazing!

Another relationship started in this episode is the friendship between Daryl and Aaron. While the rest of the team is at a welcome party, Daryl has dinner with Aaron and Eric and Aaron gives him a motorbike and a job.

I’m a huge fan of this friendship. Daryl’s definitely one of my favourite characters on the show and we get to see so many different sides to him with the various other characters he interacts with. This is shown perfectly now they have interacting with members outside the regular group.

One thing I didn’t like in this episode, but that I choose to ignore because the rest of it is so amazing, is the cringe-worthy moment between Rick and Jessie. Oh my goodness, inShane doesn’t even begin to cover how awkward and creepy this was.

The whole thing just makes me super uncomfortable and I’m kind of dreading seeing more of this next season.

“Forget” is a great episode. We see so much development with each of the characters and so many new friendships being formed which is why it’s the number six spot on my countdown.

What did you think of “Forget”?

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The Walking Dead Top 10 Fave Episodes Countdown: #7

Remember

“Remember” is the twelfth episode in season five and this one sees the group entering the Alexandria Safe Zone (ASZ).

This is such a great episode because it is so different from all the other episodes previous.

Since season one there’s just been one bad thing after another with the group losing people and losing supposed safe havens. Then they find Alexandria.

The group (and I think all viewers) know the Safe Zone isn’t going to last, but at that moment it was such a nice change of pace from everything we’d seen before. It was calm and quiet and there was no worry of walkers getting them while they slept. Though, that wasn’t necessarily a good thing for the group.

What this episode does the best is show how each character deals with suddenly being in a safe environment.

Carl struggles to adapt to suddenly being able to be a kid again while Michonne is excited and wants to give the place a chance. Rick is still constantly looking over his shoulder and doesn’t believe the place is possible. Daryl probably struggles the most to fit in and refuses to shower, while Carol, being as brilliant as she is, immediately puts on an act of being totaly helpless and weak. Why? Because she doesn’t trust the place either and wants to be prepared for anything and knows the element of surprise will help that.

One of the things I find The Walking Dead always does is that it makes you wonder how you would act in that situation. I imagine none of us will ever find ourselves in a zombie apocalypse, but many people probably have been in a situation before where they deal with awful things every day and then suddenly things turn around and are great and they don’t know how to deal with it.

Would you adapt easily to the new situation? Would you struggle to fit in and figure things out? Would you pretend you’ve adapted, but really are ready to run or fight at any moment? Whether in a world of zombies or not, this episode makes you think and question what you would do.

This episode is also the first of five episodes to be named in reference to The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner which, as many fans realized, is the book Dale references and quotes back in season one.

What did you think of “Remember”?

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