Super-hit television series The Walking Dead premiered its fifth season October 12th last year. It was an explosive first episode and though the intensity dropped low for the succeeding airings, the show continued to be gripping and intriguing. The midseason finale aired last November 30th and more than two months after, the tale of the living and dead walkers will continue this Sunday (February 8). But before that, let us relive some of the heart-pumping, jaw-dropping, and tear-jerking moments of the first half of the season.


  1. Carol’s attack. Before the fourth episode ended, Rick’s group had been assaulted and detained by the people in Terminus. In the fifth season’s premiere, Carol and Tyreese (Rick’s baby daughter Judith is with them) learned about Rick’s situation from their captive, a Terminus inhabitant. While Tyreese stayed behind to tend Judith, Carol rushed to Terminus and launched a violent assault. A herd of walkers also helped in the attack and Rick’s group was finally freed and reunited with Carol’s. They also learned that the residents of Terminus were actually cannibal led by Gareth.
  2. Emergence of Fr. Gabriel. Another character joined Rick’s crew with the appearance of Fr. Gabriel Stokes. But he did not have a dramatic entrance. Instead, it was a pathetic moment as the priest was hysterical and panicking atop a boulder while a band of walkers greedily reached out for him. Rick and the gang saved his day. Though they initially distrusted him, Fr. Gabriel offered his church as a shelter for them.
  3. Feast on Bob. This is perhaps one of the most gruesome moments in the season. Gareth’s cannibal group retaliate and hunt Ricks’. Unfortunately for Bob, he was the first target. On that fated night, he woke up to discover he was amputated and that Gareth’s group of hunters was feasting on his grilled leg. Well, Bob also got his dose of revenge when he revealed he had been bitten by a walker in an earlier assault in a food bank. A “tainted meat” for the cannibal crew!
  4. Church massacre. Rick could not risk another kidnapping by Gareth, and so they launched an ambush against the enemy. In the bloody third episode, Rick’s group savagely butchered Gareth and his band of cannibals.
  5. Beth is alive! It was a happy moment when Beth finally surfaced on the series. It was a long time waiting. In the episode “Slabtown,” Beth woke up in a hospital and discovered she was somehow held prisoner by a team of police offers and nurses led by Dr. Steven Edwards and Officer Dawn Lerner.
  6. Noah’s escape. Beth and her newfound ally devised a secret plan to escape. But when they executed them, there was a mishap and only Noah managed to run away.
  7. Eugene’s confession. The group had been divided – Rick and those who opted to stay behind and wait for Daryl and Carol (who unknown to everyone were chasing the car that took Beth in the past season), and Sgt. Abraham Ford and those escorting Dr. Eugene Porter to Washington. But it was a massive shocking moment when Eugene confessed to his group that his tale was a lie – that he did not actually know the cure to the virus. In the episode “Self-Help,” Eugene was almost knocked dead by Abraham after hearing the truth.
  8. Carol’s near-death accident. Carol is really one of the most fascinating characters in the series and her death would certainly stir the Walking Dead universe of fans. But nah, she did not die this first half of the season. She was only hit by a car when escaping from the hospital guards. But thanks to Beth, she was saved (Isn’t it ironic?).
  9. Crossing Sasha. Upon learning that Beth and Carol were being held captive, Rick and his team formulated a plan to rescue them. To enable a trade, they abducted two officers. Sasha was assigned to guard their prisoners. But it was her weakest moment as she was still mourning from Bob’s earlier death, and hence, she was easily crossed.
  10. Beth’s death. In the midseason finale entitled “Coda,” Beth’s sudden and tragic death came as a huge surprise. During the exchange, Beth managed to stab Officer Lerner and a crossfire ensued. During which, Beth was shot dead. At the end of the episode, Rick’s and Abraham’s group reunited and wept for another shocking and heart-breaking death.

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Guimo Pantuhan
The author is an agricultural engineer and college instructor by profession, but a blogger and writer by heart. He is currently pursuing his master's degree at the University of the Philippine - Los Baῆos, Laguna, Philippines. During his free time, he writes blogs and online contents.

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