Let it be known right here off the bat that it has been years since I could be described as a fan of AMC's ongoing adaptation of creator Robert Kirkman's zombie apocalypse comic book saga The Walking Dead. In fact, I checked out after the powers that be behind the scenes gave director Frank Darabont the boot after season 2. But all the same, maybe it's time for even me to give the series another go as today we've learned that the current tenth season is the best-reviewed season of the series over on Rotten Tomatoes. Ever.
This news comes to our attention from the show's official Twitter account which just posted a gif of Jeffrey Dean Morgan's infamous bat-man Negan happily playing with some fruit. Possibly a tomato ironically enough. TheWalking Dead has hit a ratings low in Season 10, despite these stellar episodes.
Over on Rotten Tomatoes, the tenth season sports an approval rating of 93% based on 118 reviews with a Critics Consensus that reads: "A few changes in front of and behind the camera allow TWD create space for compelling new stories and some seriously scary new adversaries." For the record, the new season sports an audience approval rating of 81%.
Now let's break it all down by season. Season one has an 88% approval rating and a 92% average audience score. Season two then dipped a bit snagging an 81% approval rating and an 80% average audience score. Season three then seemed to mostly regain the love with a return to an 88% approval rating and an 86% average audience score. Season four dipped back down again with an 83% approval rating but managed to keep a solid 86% average audience score. Season five stepped it back up to land an 89% approval rating and an even better 87% average audience score. But that's when the declined began.
Starting with season six the show fell to a 77% approval rating and a 78% average audience score. Then season seven fell even harder barely snagging a fresh rating with a 65% approval rating and a horrible 58% average audience score. As if things couldn't get worse, then came season eight which dropped even further scoring a 64% approval rating and a disastrous 48% average audience score. This is where most fans jumped ship, I think. But that's all too bad as the ninth season then returned the show to tip-top form with a 91% approval rating and a 76% average audience score.
Overall, the series has an 81% approval rating and a 77% average audience score.
I concur that those are a lot of numbers to digest but the gist of it all is that maybe we should all let bygones be bygones and give AMC's adaptation of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead another shot. Especially since word around the campfire is that with Fear the Walking Dead and the new teenager spin-off series covering AMC's The Walking Dead bases (not to mention those planned Rick movies), the studio is planning to put an end to the once massively successful series following season 12. But that's just a rumor at this point in time. We'll keep you updated. In the meantime, this story was brought to our attention by The Walking Dead over on Twitter.