The fifth season of The Walking Dead, an American horror–drama television series on AMC, premiered on October 12, 2014, and concluded on March 29, 2015, comprising 16 episodes. Developed for television by Frank Darabont, the series is based on the eponymous series of comic books by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The executive producers were Kirkman, David Alpert, Scott M. Gimple, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, and Gale Anne Hurd; Gimple was also the season’s showrunner. The fifth season received widespread critical acclaim and was nominated for multiple awards at both the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards and 41st Saturn Awards.
The fifth season continues the journey of a group of survivors led by Rick Grimes, a former sheriff’s deputy, in a search for sanctuary, as they face new threats from both walkers and other (hostile) human survivors. Notable characters from the graphic novels are introduced, including Father Gabriel Stokes, the cannibalistic Hunters from Terminus, Aaron, and Jessie Anderson. It also marks the return of Morgan Jones, who was last seen in the third season’s episode “Clear”. The first half of the season focuses on the group’s escape from Terminus and the rescue of Beth Greene from Grady Memorial Hospital. Part of the group is also traveling to Washington, D.C., in search of a possible cure for the walker virus. Later in the season, the group encounters and joins the Alexandria Safe-Zone: a walled town whose inhabitants have little experience dealing with external threats