The Worst Walking Dead Episode Rated By Fans Revealed

The Walking Dead's massive success hasn't come without its fair share of criticism - even at the height of the show's popularity. Every season seems to invite the same debates in the fandom: if the pace is too slow, or too fast; whether the storytelling is substantive enough or gimmicky; etc. At this point its seems like the arguments about whether The Walking Dead is a major fail or not are circular and unending - but the series does have some clearly-measured high points, and some clearly measured low points. But what is the worst episode of The Walking Dead ever? Thanks to a new poll, we have an answer!

According to Tableau.com's compilation of worst-rated TV episodes for major series, we know that The Walking Dead season 7 episode "Swear" is the worst-rated episode of the series!

If you don't remember, here's the synopsis for The Walking Dead season 7 episode "Swear":

"The episode focuses on Tara (Alanna Masterson), after being separated from Heath (Corey Hawkins) during their two-week supply run, running into trouble after she encounters and stumbles upon a brand new society, living near the coast, called Oceanside. Their rules, location, and setup are unlike anything that has been seen before."

This is no surprise, really: there was plenty of backlash to "Swear" when it first aired in fall of 2016. It was attacked on the legitimate grounds of being a tangential departure from the main "Rick vs. Negan" storyline that fans wanted to see; it was also attacked on the trollish grounds that Alanna Masterson looked too fat in the episode - even though in real life the actress was getting over a recent pregnancy. It got so bad that Masterson had to go on social media to defend herself:

" Maybe you can't get it through your thick f*cking skull, but nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling. So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being "too large" or how "fat" I've become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life. I wouldn't have changed it for a second. I would've gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow. Also, grow the f*ck up. Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully."

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Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it's ok to comment on my weight: I hope that you don't have children. And if you do, I hope you teach them about kindness and acceptance. I hope they learn that it isn't ok to make fun of people or call people names. I hope one day YOU learn what it takes to be a parent. A kind, selfless parent. A working parent. A parent that puts themselves in someone else's shoes. Maybe you can't get it through your thick fucking skull, but nursing a baby for a year (and pumping in a van between takes, in the dead of summer in Georgia) is a lot of work, determination, and scheduling. So before you decide to make a comment about my chest being "too large" or how "fat" I've become, just know that this little girl got the best start to life. I wouldn't have changed it for a second. I would've gladly continued to eat enough calories to produce milk for her little bones to grow. Also, grow the fuck up. Your mother should be ashamed for raising such a judgmental bully. I'm sure she knows how "courageous" you must be for trolling and hiding behind your Iphone and computers. P.s. I would LOVE to see any man or woman give birth to a baby, nurse the baby, and then work 17 hour days and NAIL their own stunts. P.s.s. Be kind to each other. We need it now more than ever. ❤️✌🏼️

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Tara's story ultimately ended in The Walking Dead season 9, when she was one of the Kingdom residents that Whisperer leader Alpha kidnapped and beheaded, leaving her zombified head on a pike. Needless to say, there weren't too many fans heartbroken with that loss.

The Walking Dead is waiting to air the season 10 finale sometimes this year.