‘The Walking Dead’ episodes ranked worst to best after Season 8 finale: Danai Gurira was bright spot in tumultuous season

Season 8 of “The Walking Dead” took an emotional toll on fans, from the death of Carl (Chandler Riggs) to the never-ending battle between Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). But one thing fans can all agree on is that Danai Gurira was one of the rare bright spots in the tumultuous eighth season. Following the finale, “Wrath,” we have updated our photo gallery above that ranks every episode of AMC’s zombie apocalypse drama from worst to best, according to their IMDb score. Can YOU guess what episode from Season 8 was voted the best?

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“The Walking Dead” has always been a ratings success for AMC. However, in its first seven seasons the show has yet to score an acting Emmy Award. But its fortune might be about to change as Gurira, who plays the katana-wielding Michonne, is in the midst of a career breakthrough thanks to her role as Okoye, head of the Kings Guard, in the box office hits “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Gurira was first introduced to “The Walking Dead” universe way back in Season 3, making her one of the longest-surviving cast members. Fast forward to Season 8 and she’s the show’s best chance of getting a long sought after acting nomination for Best Drama Supporting Actress. Should she score a surprise Emmy bid, fans will be reminding those who just discovered Gurira that they’ve known for a long time she’s a badass.

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However, Gurira will not only have to overcome the Emmys bias toward “TWD” but also AMC’s decision to submit five other supporting actresses in the category: Lauren Cohan, Alanna Masterson, Melissa McBride, Pollyanna McIntosh and Christian Serratos. Might Gurira potentially split the vote among her many co-stars?

If there’s one thing that has plagued “The Walking Dead” it’s the revolving door of showrunners, beginning with the first season which was under the helm of Oscar nominee Frank Darabont. After he abruptly left at the beginning of Season 2, executive producer Glen Mazzara took over, then he also stepped down and was replaced by Scott M. Gimple. Gimple was recently promoted to Chief Content Officer for both “The Walking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead,” and it was announced that Angela Kang will be the fourth showrunner.

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