Since it’s debut in 2010, The Walking Dead has become the literal definition of a phenomenon. Six years in it has become the highest rated show on cable television and continually breaks its own viewership records. Not an easy task for a show in its sixth season, this is usually when most shows would be shutting down. But with memorable characters like Rick Grimes, Daryl Dixon and Michonne, The Walking Dead has gained a phenomenal cult following, a spin off/companion series and merchandising that would make Star Wars proud with everything from action figures to shot glasses and board games. With the Sixth Season halfway through its time to binge on the Fifth Season and get caught up with what might have been the best season yet.
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season starts off with the group still being held captive in the false haven of Terminus and Carol the only one outside to help them. As we progress through Terminus and eventually find the group on the road again and back on task to bring Eugene to D.C. they also find themselves still up against attacks from the now rogue inhabitants of Terminus. Beth finds herself in a hospital sanctuary run by a team of people who may or may not be friends but must play her cards carefully if she is ever to leave and reunite with her friends. The Fifth Season also introduces Alexandria, the secluded and walled in community that has been surviving in relative peace and quiet since the apocalypse began. But can it finally be the place for our heroes to settle down?
The Walking Dead has been one of the most addictive shows I have ever watched and I dearly love the characters on it. A funny thing I have noticed so far is that each season tends to have one major location or theme up until now. Season One was the RV, Season Two was Hershel’s farm, Season Three and Four were a split of the prison and Woodbury. But Season Five seems to have been a few mini seasons all in one. We start at Terminus, go back on the road, visit Gabriel’s church, visit the hospital refuge and end in Alexandria. There is so much going on in Season Five but that is what made it perhaps the most exciting season for me. Character arcs take some major swings; there is plenty at stake and plenty of loss. There are great new characters introduced and more zombies than you can shake a Rick at (sorry, had to). This is a definitive season for The Walking Dead and certainly one you can get a lot more out of in repeat viewings. So while you are on that Season Six winter break, why not refresh the memory with how they got there and check out The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season. Very highly recommended.