A Season 5 episode of The Walking Dead spinoff Fear the Walking Dead is the lowest-rated episode of either show and the only episode in the entire franchise to score below a 5.0 rating on IMDb. User votes determined the ten worst episodes and the ten best episodes of the flagship series: 706, “Swear,” earned the lowest score of the main show with just a 5.6 rating, and 609, “No Way Out,” was crowned the highest-rated episode of either show with a 9.7 rating. No episode of Fear has scored above a 9.0 rating and its Season 1 finale, “The Good Man,” is that show’s highest-scoring episode with an 8.5 rating.
The penultimate episode of Fear the Walking Dead Season 5, “Channel 5,” is the lowest-rated episode of both shows with just a 4.8 rating determined by 1,007 votes. While “Swear” is the only episode of The Walking Dead to score below at least a 6.0 rating, four episodes of Fear failed to score above a 6.0, and they all belong to Season 5.
That season, which wrapped in September with a massive cliffhanger surrounding the fate of Morgan (Lennie James), is not only the worst received season of Fear on Rotten Tomatoes — it scored only a 55% approval from critics — it's the only season of either show designated as “rotten.”
In “Channel 5,” Morgan and his traveling band of do-gooders — Alicia Clark (Alycia Debnam-Carey), Victor Strand (Colman Domingo), and others belonging to a caravan of displaced survivors — keep one step ahead of villain Virginia (Colby Minifie) and her Pioneers when they're forced to fend off an attack from a herd of walkers. The meandering episode was notable for airing the franchise's first-ever selfie-related death.
Critics also determined “Channel 5” to be the worst episode of the season: it scored just a 17% on Rotten Tomatoes. That 17% also makes “Channel 5” the lowest-scoring critical performer of either show, with the Season 5 finale, “End of the Line,” in second place at 23%. No episode of The Walking Dead has ever scored that low, and only Season 8 episode “The King, the Widow, and Rick” comes close at 35%.
Fear showrunners Andrew Chambliss and Ian Goldberg addressed poor reviews and fan backlash at the end of Season 5, saying in a post-season interview, “We told the story that we believe in and we’re proud of what we did.”1comments