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24th Jul '16 12:51:16 PM THEAngryLemon
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* Night of Living Dead is confirmed to have never existed in this Universe. Imagine That for one sec

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* Night of Living Dead is confirmed to have never existed in this Universe. [[FridgeHorror Imagine That That]] for one secsec. Many classic films were never created as a result, such as 28 Days Later
24th Jul '16 12:46:07 PM THEAngryLemon
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!Series as a Whole
* Night of Living Dead is confirmed to have never existed in this Universe. Imagine That for one sec
11th Apr '16 6:26:05 AM Spookongo
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* Abraham, Carl, and Rick sitting beside the car talking. From Abraham's story [[spoiler: In which several people in the first group he's joined up with raping his wife, daughter and two other girls while making his son watch. When he finds out, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge which scares his family enough to cause them to leave. He goes after them, and when he finds them, they'd been attacked, with his daughter zombified, forcing him to kill her. Then he joins up with Rosita and Eugene's group, three people try to take some supplies and leave, forcing him to kill them.]] He then sits crying, wondering if he's become a monster like the zombies around them. Rick then tells how he killed Dexter during the roamer fight, and how he ran over Ramirez with the RV before beating him to death. Rick then says that what they're doing is necessary to protect those they care for, and how he worries about what would happen if Carl knew. And if that weren't enough, Carl talks about how he shot Shane in the neck to protect Rick, and how he wished he could kill the man who [[spoiler:killed Lori and Judith, as well as help kill the man who tried to rape him]]. The scene ends with Carl and Rick embracing in tears while Abraham sits silently next to them.

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* Abraham, Carl, and Rick sitting beside the car talking. From Abraham's story [[spoiler: In which several people in the first group he's joined up with raping his wife, daughter and two other girls while making his son watch. When he finds out, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge which scares his family enough to cause them to leave. He goes after them, and when he finds them, they'd been attacked, with his daughter zombified, forcing him to kill her. Then he joins up with Rosita and Eugene's group, three people try to take some supplies and leave, forcing him to kill them.]] He then sits crying, wondering if he's become a monster like the zombies around them. Rick then tells how he killed Dexter during the roamer fight, and how he ran over Ramirez Martinez with the RV before beating him to death. Rick then says that what they're doing is necessary to protect those they care for, and how he worries about what would happen if Carl knew. And if that weren't enough, Carl talks about how he shot Shane in the neck to protect Rick, and how he wished he could kill the man who [[spoiler:killed Lori and Judith, as well as help kill the man who tried to rape him]]. The scene ends with Carl and Rick embracing in tears while Abraham sits silently next to them.
10th Apr '16 2:01:15 AM The12thDoctor
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* Alpha kills [[spoiler: Ezekiel and Rosita(who was pregnant with Eugene's baby)]] by luring them out into the open by posing as a friend of Rick's. The worst part is that both victims wanted to rebuild their relationships with their lovers before getting decapitated. There heads are latter seen on pikes outside of Alexandria, where Rick's group mercy kills them along with the other victims of the Whisperers.

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* Alpha kills [[spoiler: Ezekiel [[spoiler:Ezekiel and Rosita(who Rosita (who was pregnant with Eugene's baby)]] by luring them out into the open by posing as a friend of Rick's. The worst part is that both victims wanted to rebuild their relationships with their lovers before getting decapitated. There heads are latter seen on pikes outside of Alexandria, where Rick's group mercy kills them along with the other victims of the Whisperers.
7th Apr '16 6:26:03 PM The12thDoctor
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* In Volume 5, [[spoiler:Carol slitting her wrists after breaking up with Tyreese, who was given oral sex by Michonne, and how it leads to Tyreese and Rick fighting and permanently testing their friendship.]]
* In Volume 7, [[spoiler:Carol's suicide after [[BreakTheCutie gradually being broken mentally]]. Everyone watches on in horror as she walks into the zombie's reach, and Sophia's vacant stare afterwards is particularly upsetting.]]
* In Volume 8, The Governor's attack on the prison and the casualties suffered. Most notably [[spoiler:Hershel desperately dragging a shocked Billy to safety, only for Billy to be shot in the neck, leading to Hershel losing the will to live and pleading for the Governor to kill him. Similarly, following the Governor's orders, a soldier named Lily Caul shoots and kills Lori, who falls to the ground and crushes her baby daughter. Unable to cope with what she's done, Lily murders the Governor in cold blood.]] The final panel of the volume is [[spoiler:Rick and Carl alone, tearfully embracing]].

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[[AC: ''Volume 4: The Heart's Desire'']]
* In Volume 5, [[spoiler:Carol slitting her wrists after breaking up with Tyreese, who was given oral sex by Michonne, and how it leads to Tyreese and Rick fighting and permanently testing their friendship.]]
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[[AC: ''Volume 7: The Calm Before'']]
* In Volume 7, [[spoiler:Carol's suicide after [[BreakTheCutie gradually being broken mentally]]. Everyone watches on in horror as she walks into the zombie's reach, and Sophia's vacant stare afterwards is particularly upsetting.]]
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[[AC: ''Volume 8: Made To Suffer'']]
* In Volume 8, general, The Governor's attack on the prison and the casualties suffered. Most notably [[spoiler:Hershel desperately dragging a shocked Billy to safety, only for Billy to be shot in the neck, leading to Hershel losing the will to live and pleading for the Governor to kill him. Similarly, following the Governor's orders, a soldier named Lily Caul shoots and kills Lori, who falls to the ground and crushes her baby daughter. Unable to cope with what she's done, Lily murders the Governor in cold blood.]] The final panel of the volume is [[spoiler:Rick and Carl alone, tearfully embracing]].embracing]].

[[AC: ''Volume 10: What We Become'']]
* Abraham, Carl, and Rick sitting beside the car talking. From Abraham's story [[spoiler: In which several people in the first group he's joined up with raping his wife, daughter and two other girls while making his son watch. When he finds out, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge which scares his family enough to cause them to leave. He goes after them, and when he finds them, they'd been attacked, with his daughter zombified, forcing him to kill her. Then he joins up with Rosita and Eugene's group, three people try to take some supplies and leave, forcing him to kill them.]] He then sits crying, wondering if he's become a monster like the zombies around them. Rick then tells how he killed Dexter during the roamer fight, and how he ran over Ramirez with the RV before beating him to death. Rick then says that what they're doing is necessary to protect those they care for, and how he worries about what would happen if Carl knew. And if that weren't enough, Carl talks about how he shot Shane in the neck to protect Rick, and how he wished he could kill the man who [[spoiler:killed Lori and Judith, as well as help kill the man who tried to rape him]]. The scene ends with Carl and Rick embracing in tears while Abraham sits silently next to them.




[[AC: ''Volume 11: Fear The Hunters'']]
* Even though they were [[spoiler:cannibals]], Chris' group needed to survive. And the look on his face before [[spoiler:Rick's group kills them]] was just heart breaking.

[[AC: ''Volume 14: No Way Out'']]




[[AC: ''Volume 17: Something To Fear'']]



* Abraham, Carl, and Rick sitting beside the car talking. From Abraham's story [[spoiler: In which several people in the first group he's joined up with raping his wife, daughter and two other girls while making his son watch. When he finds out, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge which scares his family enough to cause them to leave. He goes after them, and when he finds them, they'd been attacked, with his daughter zombified, forcing him to kill her. Then he joins up with Rosita and Eugene's group, three people try to take some supplies and leave, forcing him to kill them.]] He then sits crying, wondering if he's become a monster like the zombies around them. Rick then tells how he killed Dexter during the roamer fight, and how he ran over Ramirez with the RV before beating him to death. Rick then says that what they're doing is necessary to protect those they care for, and how he worries about what would happen if Carl knew. And if that weren't enough, Carl talks about how he shot Shane in the neck to protect Rick, and how he wished he could kill the man who [[spoiler:killed Lori and Judith, as well as help kill the man who tried to rape him]]. The scene ends with Carl and Rick embracing in tears while Abraham sits silently next to them.
* Even though they were [[spoiler:cannibals]], Chris' group needed to survive. And the look on his face before [[spoiler:Rick's group kills them]] was just heart breaking.
* Alpha killed [[spoiler: Ezekiel and Rosita(who was pregnant with Eugene's baby)]] by luring them out into the open by posing as a friend of Rick's. The worst part is that both victims wanted to rebuild their relationships with their lovers before getting decapitated. There heads are latter seen on pikes outside of Alexandria, where Rick's group mercy kills them along with the other victims of the Whisperers.

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* Abraham, Carl, and Rick sitting beside the car talking. From Abraham's story [[spoiler: In which several people in the first group he's joined up with raping his wife, daughter and two other girls while making his son watch. When he finds out, he goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge which scares his family enough to cause them to leave. He goes after them, and when he finds them, they'd been attacked, with his daughter zombified, forcing him to kill her. Then he joins up with Rosita and Eugene's group, three people try to take some supplies and leave, forcing him to kill them.]] He then sits crying, wondering if he's become a monster like the zombies around them. Rick then tells how he killed Dexter during the roamer fight, and how he ran over Ramirez with the RV before beating him to death. Rick then says that what they're doing is necessary to protect those they care for, and how he worries about what would happen if Carl knew.
[[AC: ''Volume 24: Life
And if that weren't enough, Carl talks about how he shot Shane in the neck to protect Rick, and how he wished he could kill the man who [[spoiler:killed Lori and Judith, as well as help kill the man who tried to rape him]]. The scene ends with Carl and Rick embracing in tears while Abraham sits silently next to them.
* Even though they were [[spoiler:cannibals]], Chris' group needed to survive. And the look on his face before [[spoiler:Rick's group kills them]] was just heart breaking.
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* Alpha killed kills [[spoiler: Ezekiel and Rosita(who was pregnant with Eugene's baby)]] by luring them out into the open by posing as a friend of Rick's. The worst part is that both victims wanted to rebuild their relationships with their lovers before getting decapitated. There heads are latter seen on pikes outside of Alexandria, where Rick's group mercy kills them along with the other victims of the Whisperers.
9th Sep '15 12:02:57 PM PotatoPatato
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** The massive funeral montage in issue 146, which shows the friends and family of the killed characters grieving and screaming at Rick to do something about what happened.
29th Aug '15 3:10:42 PM Winner1
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* Alpha killed [[spoiler: Ezekiel and Rosita(who was pregnant with Eugene's baby)]] by luring them out into the open by posing as a friend of Rick's. The worst part is that both victims wanted to rebuild their relationships with their lovers before getting decapitated. There heads are latter seen on pikes outside of Alexandria, where Rick's group mercy kills them along with the other victims of the Whisperers.
12th May '15 4:30:29 AM ConfuzzledKoala
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* [[spoiler: Carol's first suicide attempt.]]
* [[spoiler: Carol's suicide]] and the fallout. [[spoiler: Sophia's]] vacant stare afterwards is particularly upsetting.
* [[spoiler: Billy's]] death and the fact that it leads to [[spoiler: Hershel]] losing the will to live.
* During the battle against the Governor's forces, when [[spoiler:Lori and Judith are killed. At this point, even his own people see what a scumbag he is and turns on him.]]
* The final page of that issue, which shows Rick and Carl tearfully embracing.

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* [[spoiler: Carol's first suicide attempt.In Volume 5, [[spoiler:Carol slitting her wrists after breaking up with Tyreese, who was given oral sex by Michonne, and how it leads to Tyreese and Rick fighting and permanently testing their friendship.]]
* [[spoiler: Carol's suicide]] In Volume 7, [[spoiler:Carol's suicide after [[BreakTheCutie gradually being broken mentally]]. Everyone watches on in horror as she walks into the zombie's reach, and the fallout. [[spoiler: Sophia's]] Sophia's vacant stare afterwards is particularly upsetting.
* [[spoiler: Billy's]] death and the fact that it leads to [[spoiler: Hershel]] losing the will to live.
* During the battle against the Governor's forces, when [[spoiler:Lori and Judith are killed. At this point, even his own people see what a scumbag he is and turns on him.
upsetting.]]
* In Volume 8, The Governor's attack on the prison and the casualties suffered. Most notably [[spoiler:Hershel desperately dragging a shocked Billy to safety, only for Billy to be shot in the neck, leading to Hershel losing the will to live and pleading for the Governor to kill him. Similarly, following the Governor's orders, a soldier named Lily Caul shoots and kills Lori, who falls to the ground and crushes her baby daughter. Unable to cope with what she's done, Lily murders the Governor in cold blood.]] The final page panel of that issue, which shows Rick the volume is [[spoiler:Rick and Carl alone, tearfully embracing.embracing]].
10th Mar '15 4:13:07 AM Phoenixion
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[[folder: The TV show]]
!!Season 1
[[AC:1 - Pilot]]
* When Rick enters the Grimes household, he discovers that Lori and Carl are gone and collapses to the ground in catatonic grief, crouched in the fetal position as he cries out for his family (who he thinks are dead).
* Rick walking back to find the "bicycle walker" just before he leaves King County, and discovering that she has started to drag her legless body through a field. Rick's remark that "I'm sorry this happened to you" is poignant, considering that she's the first walker he's come across, and he pitied her sorry situation.
* Morgan tearfully trying to work up the strength to shoot his zombified wife.
* The horse that was EatenAlive. Made even worse by the preceding few minutes, where Rick playfully talked to the horse and told it that there would be lots of other horses for it to meet in Atlanta.

[[AC:3 - Tell It To The Frogs]]
* Merle may have been a violent, racist douchebag (and an AssholeVictim), but when he was shown still handcuffed to the roof after everyone had to make a quick exit at the end of the previous episode, he broke down, figuring that he is being punished for being such a jerk. He seemed genuinely remorseful (at first, anyway) and it was hard not to feel bad for him and hearing beg Jesus to show him the way and help him while walkers bash in the door to the roof is a little bit disturbing and upsetting to say the least.
* Watching Carol's abusive relationship with Ed. He beats her and slaps her, but when he's lying on the ground bleeding, she cries and apologizes over and over.

[[AC:4 - Vatos]]
* Andrea's anguished crying over [[spoiler:her sister dying]] after the fish fry attack, which carries out into the night as Jim mournfully states that he remembers why he dug the holes...

[[AC:5 - Wildfire]]
* Glenn tearfully telling Daryl that they only burn "geeks" but they bury their ''own'' dead.
* After [[spoiler:Amy's death]], her moment of waking up as a zombie is pretty heart wrenching. [[spoiler:Andrea]] has sat beside her for hours since her death, and reacts to her awakening by stroking her and apologizing for "never having been there", to which [[spoiler:Amy's zombified self strokes Andrea in a seemingly fond manner as well]]. At this moment, the others see what's happening and rush over to intervene. [[spoiler:Andrea]] keeps holding onto her even as she moves in to bite her, when suddenly [[spoiler:Andrea finishes her apology with "I love you" and blows a hole in Amy's head]].
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Amy's funeral]]. [[spoiler:Andrea has trouble putting the body in the grave, and Dale tries to help her by grabbing Amy's feet. Andrea pitifully calls out, "I can do it! I can do it..." as he gingerly holds onto the bottom of the bag as they lower the corpse into the ground]].
* Jim asking to be left behind and abandoned because the pain of his infection was too much for him to endure as they sought help or a cure, compounding his story (and subsequent GuiltComplex) about how he managed to get away while the zombies were killing his family.

[[AC:6 - TS-19]]
* Dale talking Andrea out of her [[DrivenToSuicide attempted suicide by explosion]] by staying there in the CDC with her.
--> '''Dale''': "Too bad! ''C-cause you don't get to do that''. T-to come into somebody's life, make them care, and just . . . check out!"
** Jenner and Jacqui's final moments right before the explosion.

!!Season 2
* [[spoiler:Sophia's]] death and eventual walker state. [[spoiler:Hershel and his family]] in the same episode; [[spoiler: the majority of the main characters had no qualms with cleansing the barn of walkers, but they were all stunned the moment Sophia stepped out, which put things in perspective knowing that Hershel was going through the same thing, only tenfold.]] Special mention goes to Daryl, who [[spoiler:up until then had been dead set on finding her and reuniting her with her mother.]]
* [[spoiler:Carl]] getting shot.
* Hershel's {{Heroic BSOD}} after [[spoiler:the barn massacre]], getting drunk for the first time in years and lamenting what a fool he was to deny that his family and friends were dead.
* Dale's breakdown over the group's near unanimous vote to execute Randall, after spending the entire episode trying to convince them otherwise.
--> '''Dale''': (to Daryl) You were right. This group IS broken.
* [[spoiler:Dale's death.]] It was so abrupt and unexpected, and it actually angered many viewers.
-->'''Daryl''': Sorry brother...
* The scene where [[spoiler:Rick kills Shane]] is pretty saddening. The soundtrack played over it doesn't help either. He had it coming, but the tear jerker bit comes from the fact that [[spoiler:Rick had to kill his oldest and best friend, and considers himself to be losing his humanity even more]]. Rick's screams after it happens are pretty depressing, too.
-->'''Rick''': THIS WAS YOU, NOT ME! NOT ME!
* The look on Hershel's face as the group flees from the farm, and he watches the barn burn down.
* The group leaving [[spoiler:Dale's RV]] behind in the Season 2 finale.
* The brief shot of the note they'd left Sophia on the windshield of a car at the beginning of the season, the letters now runny and faded.

!!Season 3
* [[spoiler:Hershel getting his ankle bitten by a walker]] in the Season 3 premiere. While it hurts to watch at the time, it's somewhat of a retroactive aversion since [[spoiler:Hershel survives the bite (due to Rick amputating his leg).]]
* Lori begging Hershel not to hesitate to finish her off if she dies and reanimates in childbirth.
* Maggie telling a sleeping Hershel that he doesn't have to live for her and Beth, that they'll manage without him [[spoiler: after he's had his leg amputated when bitten by a walker]].
* Lori's failed attempt to reconcile with Rick in Season 3, Episode 2.
* [[spoiler: Lori's death in Season 3, Episode 4, "Killer Within". Fans were divided over how good a person she was, but her death, and Rick's subsequent breakdown over it at the end of the episode, is absolutely HEARTWRENCHING.]] To make things even worse, [[spoiler: Carl is the one who has to put her down so she doesn't come back as a walker, his face blank as he tries to suppress his emotions]].
** [[spoiler: Lori's last words]]:
-->[[spoiler: '''Lori:''']] Goodbye, love.
* [[spoiler: T-Dog's Heroic Sacrifice so that Carol can escape. Knowing he's already bitten, he wrestles a pair of walkers into the wall and holds them there until Carol can escape.]]
* Rick nearly killing [[spoiler: Glenn in his maddened rage after Lori's death]].
* A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment when Daryl and Maggie search the abandoned house for baby formula: one of the walls is covered in stickers with children's names on it; Daryl stares for a second at a sticker that reads [[spoiler:''Sofie'']], then turns silently away. Does that name remind you of anyone Daryl cared about?
* Carl suggesting names for his newborn sister, which consisted of listing all the women he's known who have died/ he thinks have died.
* Daryl dwelling on Carol's empty grave and placing a [[ContinuityNod Cherokee rose]] on it, thinking that's he's failed her again.
* Rick finding [[spoiler: where Lori died, as well as the walker that ate her body]].
* Rick discovering that the phone that's been calling him is in his head, [[spoiler: and telling the imagined Lori on the other line that he loves her, and apologises that he couldn't keep her safe]].
* Darryl's story of how his alcoholic mother accidentally burned down their house and killed herself.
* The capture and torture of [[spoiler: Glenn and Maggie. Glenn is badly beaten and has a zombie set on him while tied to a chair, while Maggie is psychologically tortured with sexual threats until she finally admits where their group lives when the Governor points a gun at Glenn]].
* The Governor's reaction to his zombie daughter Penny being put down by [[spoiler: Michonne]]. He just hugs her body and weeps uncontrollably.
** And even beforehand, where he tearfully pleads to let Penny live and take him down, instead. He's a bad guy, but he's more sympathetic than his comic book counterpart.
* Carol's reaction to finding out that Daryl has gone off with Merle, and isn't coming back to the prison.
* Rick having a complete breakdown when he hallucinates a bloody Lori watching him as he decides whether to send away Tyreese's group. He just starts screaming at her to leave as she doesn't belong there while he's waving around a gun, and Hershel clearly doesn't know what to do.
* [[spoiler: Axel]] getting shot in the head.
* [[spoiler: Hallucinated Lori]] caressing Rick's face as he looks peaceful for the first time since 'The Killer Within'.
* Merle seeing the scars on Daryl's back, and realising that their father abused him too once Merle ran away.
** And then going back and rewatching older episodes with that knowledge in mind, and seeing the way Daryl shies away from any physical contact and flinches at raised voices.
** Similarly Daryl choosing the group over Merle, and Merle realising that without his brother he's nothing.
* Rick, Carl and Michonne run into [[spoiler: Morgan]], who has turned into a CrazySurvivalist. In his hideout, they find that not only did he [[spoiler: keep the radio]], but one MadnessMantra written [[RoomFullOfCrazy over and over on the wall]] is [[spoiler: Duane turned.]] He then attacks Rick, screaming that he's already dead, and when Rick pulls a gun on him he ''begs'' to be shot.
** And then he proceeds to tell Rick that [[spoiler: the reason his son was killed is because Morgan didn't shoot his zombified wife when he had the chance.]]
** Which doubles as FridgeBrilliance when you listen to this story about [[spoiler: Duane's fate]]. When Rick (and the viewers) first see the MadnessMantra it is assumed that it refers to [[spoiler: Duane turning into a zombie. As he tells the story, he emphasizes the exact words about the physical act Duane does when faced with his mother, sealing his fate. He's not distraught over his son's undeath, but stuck in that exact moment of his death because he feels to blame for it; being too emotionally torn to kill his wife earlier and his son having the exact same "weakness" as him when faced with her.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler:Morgan telling Rick that he had turned on the radio every day to try and contact him, but never received an answer. He then returns the radio, telling Rick he doesn't need it anymore. The expression of betrayal on Morgan's face and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Rick's regret]] are just heartbreaking.]]
** Rick telling [[spoiler: Morgan]] "You're not seeing things right" and trying to persuade him everything will turn out fine. He's clearly [[spoiler: trying to tell himself that just as much as Morgan.]]
** [[spoiler: Morgan]] telling Rick that he's doomed to die, that there's no hope anywhere, and that he should leave him to rot.
* In "Clear," Michonne, Rick, and Carl drive past a walking survivor (who's carrying a distinctively large, orange backpack) and ignore his pleads for help, with only Carl looking back troubled. During the return trip at the end of the episode, they drive past a large bloody smear on the road with an orange backpack sitting nearby, and they nonchalantly stop just to grab the pack. Compared to how he was in Season 1, Rick has become worryingly cold.
* Rick, Carl, and Michonne pass a sign for a woman named Erin, telling her where the person who made the sign was going, ostensibly so she could see it, follow them, and meet up. A bit further down the road, they run into a zombie pack that includes Erin.
* The Governor describing how he heard that his wife had been killed in an accident, and remembering how she left him a voicemail asking him to call her, but he never got the chance, and he still wonders what she wanted to talk about. He says it in a very stoic way, but it's clear that it deeply affected him at the time.
** He says it in a stoic way anyone who has lost someone develops to cope. His voice just emphasizes how much it still hurts.
* Daryl and Martinez, and Hershel and Milton hanging out while the Governor and Rick talk. It's clear that these pairs could have become friends in the apocalypse, but the Governor's insanity makes it impossible.
* Daryl finding the zombified [[spoiler: Merle]]. As if the scene itself wasn't sad enough, the whole ordeal leaves Daryl openly bursting into tears.
** What really hits home is that when he first sees [[spoiler: Merle]], there's just the briefest flicker of recognition in his eyes. Then he rises and starts walking, and Daryl can't even bring himself to cut him down at first. He just keeps pushing [[spoiler: the undead Merle]] back several times, crying the whole time, before finally finishing the walker off.
** Daryl shaking his head in denial and trying to avoid looking directly at [[spoiler: Merle]] while slowly breaking into tears is arguably the most vulnerable image we see of him, and to see such a normally strong character just lose it projects said vulnerability on the audience.
** Both this moment and when Merle starts [[spoiler: beating Daryl up in Woodbury]] are horrible because normally, Daryl fights back against anything, but when faced with Merle, he physically curls in on himself, becoming an abused little boy again. It's like he completely regresses into a childlike state, confused why someone he loves is hurting him, and too afraid to fight back. Particularly poignant for anyone who has suffered abuse.
*** When Merle [[spoiler: delivers the first punch at the fight in Woodbury, sending Daryl to the ground]] Daryl's gasping sounds an awful lot like a child fighting back tears...
* Carl gunning down a surrendering member of Woodbury in front of Hershel and Beth. Hershel then has to explain to Rick how his son killed someone in cold blood. When Rick confronts Carl about this, Carl justifies it by bringing up occasions where Rick failing to make the same decision had lethal consequences, such as [[spoiler: Andrew killing Lori and the Governor killing Merle]]. After the argument, Carl then throws his dad's sheriff star to the ground.
* [[spoiler: Milton's]] death, and his last attempts to help [[spoiler: Andrea]] before he dies and turns.
* Rick, Daryl, and Michonne finding [[spoiler:Andrea]]. Michonne notices that [[spoiler: she is burning up, and Andrea pulls her collar aside to reveal the bite mark on her neck. The characters all say their goodbyes, and Michonne, who's normally a PerpetualFrowner, is completely in tears.]] Special note also goes to Rick's words:
-->[[spoiler:'''Andrea:''' Judith...Carl...the rest of them--]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Rick:''' ''[puts his hand on her shoulder]'' ''Us''. The rest of ''us''.]]

!!Season 4
* Tyresse's reaction to seeing [[spoiler: Karen's burnt body. And he came to visit her with flowers]].
* Rick, after realising that he has to use live bait to pull the walkers away from the fence, is forced to take the piglets he had been raising and throw them one by one to the walkers. Those little squeals...
** Hell, he even sheds a few tears over it, as not only is he killing animals he raised himself, but he's realising that he's been lying to himself about being able to be a peaceful farmer.
* Michonne weeping as she holds Judith. The scene suggests that she lost her own child. [[spoiler: We later find out that she had a young son who was killed in the initial outbreak.]]
** In the comics, [[spoiler: Michonne had two daughters]], so this scene might be alluding to that.
* Herschel breaking down after the events of "Internment". He can't even find his usual solace in the bible.
* The look on [[spoiler: The Governor's]] face when he realises that Meghan is now terrified of him, after she saw him [[spoiler: kill her grandfather's walker.]]
* "Too Far Gone"... [[UpToEleven This is gonna be a long list]].
** [[spoiler:Meghan's death. It doesn't help that she died right in front of Lilly, or that the Governor coldly shoots her in the head later on ''right in front of Lilly'', like she were just an ordinary person who needed to be put down]].
** [[spoiler: The Governor cutting Hershel's neck with Michonne's katana after Rick tries to convince the Governor and his people they could share the prison together. When Hershel survives and tries to crawl away, the Governor finishes him off by decapitating him.]]
** [[spoiler:Rick desperately pleading to the Governor to let Hershel and Michonne go is upsetting all on its own. Back in Season 3, he would've just walked up and started shooting at the guy, but now he tells the Governor that they can just walk in and be one of them, together and peaceful, even if it is difficult. Just knowing how much Rick has changed for the better, only to have the Governor snatch it all away from him, is just sad]].
*** [[spoiler:In that moment, Hershel even smiles at Rick's reasoning, being proud of how much Rick has changed during this season.]]
** At the end of the episode, [[spoiler: Rick and Carl find Judith's baby seat...full of blood. Their devastated reactions as they force themselves away from the destroyed prison are just brutal]].
** Remember that chess piece Meghan colored so that it looked like it had an eye patch like the Governor? [[spoiler:Enjoy watching a walker stomp it into the ground shortly after Lilly kills him]].
** Put simply, this episode was [[spoiler:a DownerEnding ''for everybody''. Lilly loses her daughter, Tara [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere up and leaves in the middle of the battle at the prison]], the Governor [[RedemptionRejection blows away his final chance at redemption and kills Hershel]], the Governor dies, nearly everyone from the Governor's camp is dead, all of the survivors staying at the prison are forced to go their separate ways in different groups, Judith is missing and presumed dead, the prison is overrun by zombies, and Rick and Carl leave the prison in shame, alone and [[DespairEventHorizon utterly broken]]]].
** [[spoiler:The Governor himself. The episode title undoubtedly refers to him. Regardless of how genuine he appears with building a loving family and hoping to settle matters peacefully, he is in fact too far gone and unable accept a peaceful outcome to anything.]]
** Maggie and Beth [[spoiler:watching helplessly behind the fence, crying and unable to do anything, as their father is brutally decapitated right in front of their eyes.]]
*** In an interview segment on ''Talking Dead'', Beth's actress Emily Kinney was in tears just talking about [[spoiler: Hershel's death]].
* At the climax of "After", Carl gives up on life when he thinks Rick has succumbed to his injuries and become a walker. At first, he points his father's pistol, then he tearfully throws it away and tells Rick to quickly eat him. Luckily, Rick was just finding it hard to breathe and crawl.
** Also, Michonne's reaction when she's reunited with Rick and Carl. The look of utter ''relief'' on her face is particularly powerful, considering she's normally TheStoic.
** Michonne returning to the prison and finding [[spoiler:Herschel's zombified head. She decides to put it out of its misery.]]
** When scavenging a house for supplies, Carl comes across an Xbox. He looks at it nostalgically and for a brief second, you can see that he's a kid again as he marvels at it. However, that moment quickly passes when Carl remembers the situation he's in, and the appeal lies now in having the cables from the console and the TV to brace the front door shut for safety. It hammers home how the ZombieApocalypse forces children to grow up far faster than they should.
** Carl's explosion at an unconscious Rick about halfway through the episode. He goes through a checklist of his Dad's failures, painfully acknowledging just how crappy the situation is. [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation There's also a chance that Carl shares the burdens of these failures, having spent the past season and a half trying to show his independence and initiative.]] [[spoiler: This would be especially so with Judith's supposed death.]]
* Glenn has to resort to scavenging in the prison in "Inmates", having found himself on his own. While he roots through his friends' rooms for supplies, the only personal items he takes are Hershel's watch and the photo he took of Maggie.
** Then later, he has to hear from Tara that Hershel was executed by the Governor.
** Tara herself saw Lilly being ripped apart by walkers and has been sitting behind a fence, not moving or even reacting to the nearby walkers, for quite some time.
* "Still" returns to Daryl and Beth, the latter of whom decides that she wants her first drink. This leads to two things:
** They raid a country club, and Beth finds Peach Schnapps. Before she drinks, she begins to cry over the situation of losing the prison and not knowing where her family and friends are. Daryl immediately tells her that her first drink isn't gonna be Peace Schnapps, and takes her to go get moonshine, which leads to...
*** Daryl and Beth get drunk, and get into a shouting match, first about how Daryl didn't have the things that Beth had growing up and how he had to survive on his own as a result. Eventually, he breaks down and reveals that he regrets not being able to protect the prison or Herschel, and he and Beth cry together.
*** Later, the two reminisce about their fallen loved ones, which in and of itself is sad.
* [[IronWoobie Daryl]] gets emotionally beaten down during "Alone" when [[spoiler:some guy in a car makes off with Beth, who Daryl was just beginning to form a real bond with. Daryl first runs after the car for hours, then just sits at a crossroads looking totally broken, not even noticing when a scavenger group comes across him.]]
* A flashback in "Alone" gives an insight into Bob's life before he was found by the prison group. He simply roamed through forests, never really sleeping, looking completely dead-eyed. One of his few moments of relative peace was when he found a safe-spot, then drank Nyquil while watching a walker trying to reach him. When Glenn and Daryl come across him, he immediately accepts their invitation to join them, not even caring what sort of group they are. He just can no longer stand being alone.
* Carol and Tyreese find Lizzie back at the house [[spoiler: who has already killed her own sister, so that she would turn (and was even planning on killing Judith, if Tyreese and Carol had not returned in time)]] and they would be able to see that walkers are just "different" from the living. Carol, realizing that Lizzie can no longer be around other people, takes her out for a walk so they can talk. Lizzie gets upset, believing that Carol is angry with her, and Carol tries to calm her down by telling her to look at the flowers. [[spoiler: Carol then takes out a gun, and shoots Lizzie from behind.]]
** Then there's the preview for ''The Talking Dead'' immediately after the episode. Usually, the host is smiling, there's music, the crowd is cheering, and they're all excited to start talking. After this one, it's dead silent, the host is quiet and solemn, and all three guests are huddling on the couch holding each other, with special guest Wrestling/CMPunk still visibly crying.
** "Look at the flowers, Lizzie."
* From "A":
** Michonne finally revealing her full backstory and how [[spoiler: she lost her son]] to Carl. It's nothing most viewers hadn't been able to guess by themselves, but the quiet pain on her face and in her voice is upsetting nonetheless.
** Carl admitting his fears that he's "just another monster" and not the good man that Rick believes him to be.
** Daryl telling Rick about escaping the prison with Beth and [[spoiler: her eventual disappearance]]. He doesn't go into specifics, but the look on his face is utterly heartbroken and shows how much he came to care for her during their time together.

!!Season 5
* The cruel, anticlimactic death of [[spoiler: Sam]] that's used to kick off the season.
* Strangers: Bob leaving the group [[spoiler: after being bitten]]. He hides it until nightfall, and after having the first truly hopeful and happy night in a long time, he doesn't want to ruin it by saying anything. He forces a smile through dinner, gets a last kiss from Sasha, and walks outside when no one is looking. From the woods, he looks at the warm glow from the windows of the church and smiles because he knows they're going to do great things - then breaks down because he knows he won't be a part of it.
* [[spoiler: Bob's death in "Four Walls And A Roof". He lies on Father Gabriel's sofa as the fever slowly burns him out, and Sasha stays by his side until the very end. After he passes, Tyreese comes and stabs him in the head to prevent him from coming back, so Sasha wouldn't have to do it.]]
* "I miss Andrea. I miss Hershel. I don't miss what's behind. I ''don't miss that sword.''"
* Abraham's backstory, gradually revealed over the course of ''Self-Help''. [[spoiler: After killing a group of people, apparently for the sake of his wife and two small children, his family is terrified of him and abandons him in the night. He finds them later...eaten by walkers. He seems almost DrivenToSuicide until Eugene comes up, talking of a mission. Then, after all of it, the mission turns out to be a lie. And Rosita looks at him the same way his wife did.]]
** After Eugene [[spoiler: admits that he's not a scientist]], Rosita reminds him in a rather somber tone, "People ''died'' to get you here"; Eugene [[SurvivorsGuilt is aware of this]], and sadly lists off the people that have died during the mission, [[spoiler: including Bob]].
* In ''Claimed,'' we revisit Carol's abusive past and see how hard she is trying to let go of it. Then, at the end, a book about recovering from abusive childhoods falls out of Daryl's bag, showing that he still has issues to get past as well.
* [[spoiler:Beth]]'s death at the end of the mid-season finale. Possibly the worst part was seeing [[spoiler:Daryl sobbing while carrying her lifeless body outside. And then Maggie - who had been told she was alive - sees her and just collapses in grief, screaming.]] The entire cast pulled out very raw, very heartbreaking performances. Andrew Lincoln barely holds himself together during his final lines, Melissa [=McBride=] quickly tearing up, Chad Coleman trying to breathe, even Christian Serratos just putting her hand over her gaping mouth helps sell it... Then we get Lauren Cohan [[spoiler: shrieking in grief seeing Daryl cradling her dead sister and collapsing to the ground.]]
** It wasn't easy behind the scenes either. Before shooting the scene where [[spoiler: Daryl carries Beth's dead body]], Norman Reedus (Daryl) was sitting on an applebox crying his eyes out while the rest of the crew were walking around doing their jobs. He goes on to say that it was a really crazy day and it was disheartening for him to see a character he liked and cared about be killed off. You can see it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5y1mUeBtgc here]].
** Lauren Cohan (Maggie) didn't take it easy either as she begins to break down in tears as she is describing the day when they shot [[spoiler: Daryl carrying Beth's dead body]].
** On ''Talking Dead'', Emily Kinney (Beth) recounts her experiences on Walking Dead and even begins to break down a couple of times throughout the episode, some of which even prompt a hug from host Chris Hardwick himself.
* [[spoiler:[[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth Tyreese's]] death.]] After spending the episode bitten, bleeding out, and haunted by bloody visions of all the people he's seen die gruesomely, [[spoiler:the hallucinatory images/spirits of Bob, Beth, Mika, and Lizzie appear before him one last time, uninjured and smiling. They reassure him that it will be okay, and he passes away peacefully.]]
** "It's okay now..."
** The closing shot of [[spoiler:Tyreese's signature beanie]] resting on his grave.
* "Them." 90% of this episode is about how depressed the group is and struggling to find a reason to continue.
* "Forget."
** Aaron having to shoot Buttons, the horse he's been trying to bring back to Alexandria, after it is EatenAlive.
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!!Season 1
[[AC:1 - Pilot]]
* When Rick enters the Grimes household, he discovers that Lori and Carl are gone and collapses to the ground in catatonic grief, crouched in the fetal position as he cries out for his family (who he thinks are dead).
* Rick walking back to find the "bicycle walker" just before he leaves King County, and discovering that she has started to drag her legless body through a field. Rick's remark that "I'm sorry this happened to you" is poignant, considering that she's the first walker he's come across, and he pitied her sorry situation.
* Morgan tearfully trying to work up the strength to shoot his zombified wife.
* The horse that was EatenAlive. Made even worse by the preceding few minutes, where Rick playfully talked to the horse and told it that there would be lots of other horses for it to meet in Atlanta.

[[AC:3 - Tell It To The Frogs]]
* Merle may have been a violent, racist douchebag (and an AssholeVictim), but when he was shown still handcuffed to the roof after everyone had to make a quick exit at the end of the previous episode, he broke down, figuring that he is being punished for being such a jerk. He seemed genuinely remorseful (at first, anyway) and it was hard not to feel bad for him and hearing beg Jesus to show him the way and help him while walkers bash in the door to the roof is a little bit disturbing and upsetting to say the least.
* Watching Carol's abusive relationship with Ed. He beats her and slaps her, but when he's lying on the ground bleeding, she cries and apologizes over and over.

[[AC:4 - Vatos]]
* Andrea's anguished crying over [[spoiler:her sister dying]] after the fish fry attack, which carries out into the night as Jim mournfully states that he remembers why he dug the holes...

[[AC:5 - Wildfire]]
* Glenn tearfully telling Daryl that they only burn "geeks" but they bury their ''own'' dead.
* After [[spoiler:Amy's death]], her moment of waking up as a zombie is pretty heart wrenching. [[spoiler:Andrea]] has sat beside her for hours since her death, and reacts to her awakening by stroking her and apologizing for "never having been there", to which [[spoiler:Amy's zombified self strokes Andrea in a seemingly fond manner as well]]. At this moment, the others see what's happening and rush over to intervene. [[spoiler:Andrea]] keeps holding onto her even as she moves in to bite her, when suddenly [[spoiler:Andrea finishes her apology with "I love you" and blows a hole in Amy's head]].
** Likewise, [[spoiler:Amy's funeral]]. [[spoiler:Andrea has trouble putting the body in the grave, and Dale tries to help her by grabbing Amy's feet. Andrea pitifully calls out, "I can do it! I can do it..." as he gingerly holds onto the bottom of the bag as they lower the corpse into the ground]].
* Jim asking to be left behind and abandoned because the pain of his infection was too much for him to endure as they sought help or a cure, compounding his story (and subsequent GuiltComplex) about how he managed to get away while the zombies were killing his family.

[[AC:6 - TS-19]]
* Dale talking Andrea out of her [[DrivenToSuicide attempted suicide by explosion]] by staying there in the CDC with her.
--> '''Dale''': "Too bad! ''C-cause you don't get to do that''. T-to come into somebody's life, make them care, and just . . . check out!"
** Jenner and Jacqui's final moments right before the explosion.

!!Season 2
* [[spoiler:Sophia's]] death and eventual walker state. [[spoiler:Hershel and his family]] in the same episode; [[spoiler: the majority of the main characters had no qualms with cleansing the barn of walkers, but they were all stunned the moment Sophia stepped out, which put things in perspective knowing that Hershel was going through the same thing, only tenfold.]] Special mention goes to Daryl, who [[spoiler:up until then had been dead set on finding her and reuniting her with her mother.]]
* [[spoiler:Carl]] getting shot.
* Hershel's {{Heroic BSOD}} after [[spoiler:the barn massacre]], getting drunk for the first time in years and lamenting what a fool he was to deny that his family and friends were dead.
* Dale's breakdown over the group's near unanimous vote to execute Randall, after spending the entire episode trying to convince them otherwise.
--> '''Dale''': (to Daryl) You were right. This group IS broken.
* [[spoiler:Dale's death.]] It was so abrupt and unexpected, and it actually angered many viewers.
-->'''Daryl''': Sorry brother...
* The scene where [[spoiler:Rick kills Shane]] is pretty saddening. The soundtrack played over it doesn't help either. He had it coming, but the tear jerker bit comes from the fact that [[spoiler:Rick had to kill his oldest and best friend, and considers himself to be losing his humanity even more]]. Rick's screams after it happens are pretty depressing, too.
-->'''Rick''': THIS WAS YOU, NOT ME! NOT ME!
* The look on Hershel's face as the group flees from the farm, and he watches the barn burn down.
* The group leaving [[spoiler:Dale's RV]] behind in the Season 2 finale.
* The brief shot of the note they'd left Sophia on the windshield of a car at the beginning of the season, the letters now runny and faded.

!!Season 3
* [[spoiler:Hershel getting his ankle bitten by a walker]] in the Season 3 premiere. While it hurts to watch at the time, it's somewhat of a retroactive aversion since [[spoiler:Hershel survives the bite (due to Rick amputating his leg).]]
* Lori begging Hershel not to hesitate to finish her off if she dies and reanimates in childbirth.
* Maggie telling a sleeping Hershel that he doesn't have to live for her and Beth, that they'll manage without him [[spoiler: after he's had his leg amputated when bitten by a walker]].
* Lori's failed attempt to reconcile with Rick in Season 3, Episode 2.
* [[spoiler: Lori's death in Season 3, Episode 4, "Killer Within". Fans were divided over how good a person she was, but her death, and Rick's subsequent breakdown over it at the end of the episode, is absolutely HEARTWRENCHING.]] To make things even worse, [[spoiler: Carl is the one who has to put her down so she doesn't come back as a walker, his face blank as he tries to suppress his emotions]].
** [[spoiler: Lori's last words]]:
-->[[spoiler: '''Lori:''']] Goodbye, love.
* [[spoiler: T-Dog's Heroic Sacrifice so that Carol can escape. Knowing he's already bitten, he wrestles a pair of walkers into the wall and holds them there until Carol can escape.]]
* Rick nearly killing [[spoiler: Glenn in his maddened rage after Lori's death]].
* A blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment when Daryl and Maggie search the abandoned house for baby formula: one of the walls is covered in stickers with children's names on it; Daryl stares for a second at a sticker that reads [[spoiler:''Sofie'']], then turns silently away. Does that name remind you of anyone Daryl cared about?
* Carl suggesting names for his newborn sister, which consisted of listing all the women he's known who have died/ he thinks have died.
* Daryl dwelling on Carol's empty grave and placing a [[ContinuityNod Cherokee rose]] on it, thinking that's he's failed her again.
* Rick finding [[spoiler: where Lori died, as well as the walker that ate her body]].
* Rick discovering that the phone that's been calling him is in his head, [[spoiler: and telling the imagined Lori on the other line that he loves her, and apologises that he couldn't keep her safe]].
* Darryl's story of how his alcoholic mother accidentally burned down their house and killed herself.
* The capture and torture of [[spoiler: Glenn and Maggie. Glenn is badly beaten and has a zombie set on him while tied to a chair, while Maggie is psychologically tortured with sexual threats until she finally admits where their group lives when the Governor points a gun at Glenn]].
* The Governor's reaction to his zombie daughter Penny being put down by [[spoiler: Michonne]]. He just hugs her body and weeps uncontrollably.
** And even beforehand, where he tearfully pleads to let Penny live and take him down, instead. He's a bad guy, but he's more sympathetic than his comic book counterpart.
* Carol's reaction to finding out that Daryl has gone off with Merle, and isn't coming back to the prison.
* Rick having a complete breakdown when he hallucinates a bloody Lori watching him as he decides whether to send away Tyreese's group. He just starts screaming at her to leave as she doesn't belong there while he's waving around a gun, and Hershel clearly doesn't know what to do.
* [[spoiler: Axel]] getting shot in the head.
* [[spoiler: Hallucinated Lori]] caressing Rick's face as he looks peaceful for the first time since 'The Killer Within'.
* Merle seeing the scars on Daryl's back, and realising that their father abused him too once Merle ran away.
** And then going back and rewatching older episodes with that knowledge in mind, and seeing the way Daryl shies away from any physical contact and flinches at raised voices.
** Similarly Daryl choosing the group over Merle, and Merle realising that without his brother he's nothing.
* Rick, Carl and Michonne run into [[spoiler: Morgan]], who has turned into a CrazySurvivalist. In his hideout, they find that not only did he [[spoiler: keep the radio]], but one MadnessMantra written [[RoomFullOfCrazy over and over on the wall]] is [[spoiler: Duane turned.]] He then attacks Rick, screaming that he's already dead, and when Rick pulls a gun on him he ''begs'' to be shot.
** And then he proceeds to tell Rick that [[spoiler: the reason his son was killed is because Morgan didn't shoot his zombified wife when he had the chance.]]
** Which doubles as FridgeBrilliance when you listen to this story about [[spoiler: Duane's fate]]. When Rick (and the viewers) first see the MadnessMantra it is assumed that it refers to [[spoiler: Duane turning into a zombie. As he tells the story, he emphasizes the exact words about the physical act Duane does when faced with his mother, sealing his fate. He's not distraught over his son's undeath, but stuck in that exact moment of his death because he feels to blame for it; being too emotionally torn to kill his wife earlier and his son having the exact same "weakness" as him when faced with her.]]
** Not to mention [[spoiler:Morgan telling Rick that he had turned on the radio every day to try and contact him, but never received an answer. He then returns the radio, telling Rick he doesn't need it anymore. The expression of betrayal on Morgan's face and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Rick's regret]] are just heartbreaking.]]
** Rick telling [[spoiler: Morgan]] "You're not seeing things right" and trying to persuade him everything will turn out fine. He's clearly [[spoiler: trying to tell himself that just as much as Morgan.]]
** [[spoiler: Morgan]] telling Rick that he's doomed to die, that there's no hope anywhere, and that he should leave him to rot.
* In "Clear," Michonne, Rick, and Carl drive past a walking survivor (who's carrying a distinctively large, orange backpack) and ignore his pleads for help, with only Carl looking back troubled. During the return trip at the end of the episode, they drive past a large bloody smear on the road with an orange backpack sitting nearby, and they nonchalantly stop just to grab the pack. Compared to how he was in Season 1, Rick has become worryingly cold.
* Rick, Carl, and Michonne pass a sign for a woman named Erin, telling her where the person who made the sign was going, ostensibly so she could see it, follow them, and meet up. A bit further down the road, they run into a zombie pack that includes Erin.
* The Governor describing how he heard that his wife had been killed in an accident, and remembering how she left him a voicemail asking him to call her, but he never got the chance, and he still wonders what she wanted to talk about. He says it in a very stoic way, but it's clear that it deeply affected him at the time.
** He says it in a stoic way anyone who has lost someone develops to cope. His voice just emphasizes how much it still hurts.
* Daryl and Martinez, and Hershel and Milton hanging out while the Governor and Rick talk. It's clear that these pairs could have become friends in the apocalypse, but the Governor's insanity makes it impossible.
* Daryl finding the zombified [[spoiler: Merle]]. As if the scene itself wasn't sad enough, the whole ordeal leaves Daryl openly bursting into tears.
** What really hits home is that when he first sees [[spoiler: Merle]], there's just the briefest flicker of recognition in his eyes. Then he rises and starts walking, and Daryl can't even bring himself to cut him down at first. He just keeps pushing [[spoiler: the undead Merle]] back several times, crying the whole time, before finally finishing the walker off.
** Daryl shaking his head in denial and trying to avoid looking directly at [[spoiler: Merle]] while slowly breaking into tears is arguably the most vulnerable image we see of him, and to see such a normally strong character just lose it projects said vulnerability on the audience.
** Both this moment and when Merle starts [[spoiler: beating Daryl up in Woodbury]] are horrible because normally, Daryl fights back against anything, but when faced with Merle, he physically curls in on himself, becoming an abused little boy again. It's like he completely regresses into a childlike state, confused why someone he loves is hurting him, and too afraid to fight back. Particularly poignant for anyone who has suffered abuse.
*** When Merle [[spoiler: delivers the first punch at the fight in Woodbury, sending Daryl to the ground]] Daryl's gasping sounds an awful lot like a child fighting back tears...
* Carl gunning down a surrendering member of Woodbury in front of Hershel and Beth. Hershel then has to explain to Rick how his son killed someone in cold blood. When Rick confronts Carl about this, Carl justifies it by bringing up occasions where Rick failing to make the same decision had lethal consequences, such as [[spoiler: Andrew killing Lori and the Governor killing Merle]]. After the argument, Carl then throws his dad's sheriff star to the ground.
* [[spoiler: Milton's]] death, and his last attempts to help [[spoiler: Andrea]] before he dies and turns.
* Rick, Daryl, and Michonne finding [[spoiler:Andrea]]. Michonne notices that [[spoiler: she is burning up, and Andrea pulls her collar aside to reveal the bite mark on her neck. The characters all say their goodbyes, and Michonne, who's normally a PerpetualFrowner, is completely in tears.]] Special note also goes to Rick's words:
-->[[spoiler:'''Andrea:''' Judith...Carl...the rest of them--]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Rick:''' ''[puts his hand on her shoulder]'' ''Us''. The rest of ''us''.]]

!!Season 4
* Tyresse's reaction to seeing [[spoiler: Karen's burnt body. And he came to visit her with flowers]].
* Rick, after realising that he has to use live bait to pull the walkers away from the fence, is forced to take the piglets he had been raising and throw them one by one to the walkers. Those little squeals...
** Hell, he even sheds a few tears over it, as not only is he killing animals he raised himself, but he's realising that he's been lying to himself about being able to be a peaceful farmer.
* Michonne weeping as she holds Judith. The scene suggests that she lost her own child. [[spoiler: We later find out that she had a young son who was killed in the initial outbreak.]]
** In the comics, [[spoiler: Michonne had two daughters]], so this scene might be alluding to that.
* Herschel breaking down after the events of "Internment". He can't even find his usual solace in the bible.
* The look on [[spoiler: The Governor's]] face when he realises that Meghan is now terrified of him, after she saw him [[spoiler: kill her grandfather's walker.]]
* "Too Far Gone"... [[UpToEleven This is gonna be a long list]].
** [[spoiler:Meghan's death. It doesn't help that she died right in front of Lilly, or that the Governor coldly shoots her in the head later on ''right in front of Lilly'', like she were just an ordinary person who needed to be put down]].
** [[spoiler: The Governor cutting Hershel's neck with Michonne's katana after Rick tries to convince the Governor and his people they could share the prison together. When Hershel survives and tries to crawl away, the Governor finishes him off by decapitating him.]]
** [[spoiler:Rick desperately pleading to the Governor to let Hershel and Michonne go is upsetting all on its own. Back in Season 3, he would've just walked up and started shooting at the guy, but now he tells the Governor that they can just walk in and be one of them, together and peaceful, even if it is difficult. Just knowing how much Rick has changed for the better, only to have the Governor snatch it all away from him, is just sad]].
*** [[spoiler:In that moment, Hershel even smiles at Rick's reasoning, being proud of how much Rick has changed during this season.]]
** At the end of the episode, [[spoiler: Rick and Carl find Judith's baby seat...full of blood. Their devastated reactions as they force themselves away from the destroyed prison are just brutal]].
** Remember that chess piece Meghan colored so that it looked like it had an eye patch like the Governor? [[spoiler:Enjoy watching a walker stomp it into the ground shortly after Lilly kills him]].
** Put simply, this episode was [[spoiler:a DownerEnding ''for everybody''. Lilly loses her daughter, Tara [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere up and leaves in the middle of the battle at the prison]], the Governor [[RedemptionRejection blows away his final chance at redemption and kills Hershel]], the Governor dies, nearly everyone from the Governor's camp is dead, all of the survivors staying at the prison are forced to go their separate ways in different groups, Judith is missing and presumed dead, the prison is overrun by zombies, and Rick and Carl leave the prison in shame, alone and [[DespairEventHorizon utterly broken]]]].
** [[spoiler:The Governor himself. The episode title undoubtedly refers to him. Regardless of how genuine he appears with building a loving family and hoping to settle matters peacefully, he is in fact too far gone and unable accept a peaceful outcome to anything.]]
** Maggie and Beth [[spoiler:watching helplessly behind the fence, crying and unable to do anything, as their father is brutally decapitated right in front of their eyes.]]
*** In an interview segment on ''Talking Dead'', Beth's actress Emily Kinney was in tears just talking about [[spoiler: Hershel's death]].
* At the climax of "After", Carl gives up on life when he thinks Rick has succumbed to his injuries and become a walker. At first, he points his father's pistol, then he tearfully throws it away and tells Rick to quickly eat him. Luckily, Rick was just finding it hard to breathe and crawl.
** Also, Michonne's reaction when she's reunited with Rick and Carl. The look of utter ''relief'' on her face is particularly powerful, considering she's normally TheStoic.
** Michonne returning to the prison and finding [[spoiler:Herschel's zombified head. She decides to put it out of its misery.]]
** When scavenging a house for supplies, Carl comes across an Xbox. He looks at it nostalgically and for a brief second, you can see that he's a kid again as he marvels at it. However, that moment quickly passes when Carl remembers the situation he's in, and the appeal lies now in having the cables from the console and the TV to brace the front door shut for safety. It hammers home how the ZombieApocalypse forces children to grow up far faster than they should.
** Carl's explosion at an unconscious Rick about halfway through the episode. He goes through a checklist of his Dad's failures, painfully acknowledging just how crappy the situation is. [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation There's also a chance that Carl shares the burdens of these failures, having spent the past season and a half trying to show his independence and initiative.]] [[spoiler: This would be especially so with Judith's supposed death.]]
* Glenn has to resort to scavenging in the prison in "Inmates", having found himself on his own. While he roots through his friends' rooms for supplies, the only personal items he takes are Hershel's watch and the photo he took of Maggie.
** Then later, he has to hear from Tara that Hershel was executed by the Governor.
** Tara herself saw Lilly being ripped apart by walkers and has been sitting behind a fence, not moving or even reacting to the nearby walkers, for quite some time.
* "Still" returns to Daryl and Beth, the latter of whom decides that she wants her first drink. This leads to two things:
** They raid a country club, and Beth finds Peach Schnapps. Before she drinks, she begins to cry over the situation of losing the prison and not knowing where her family and friends are. Daryl immediately tells her that her first drink isn't gonna be Peace Schnapps, and takes her to go get moonshine, which leads to...
*** Daryl and Beth get drunk, and get into a shouting match, first about how Daryl didn't have the things that Beth had growing up and how he had to survive on his own as a result. Eventually, he breaks down and reveals that he regrets not being able to protect the prison or Herschel, and he and Beth cry together.
*** Later, the two reminisce about their fallen loved ones, which in and of itself is sad.
* [[IronWoobie Daryl]] gets emotionally beaten down during "Alone" when [[spoiler:some guy in a car makes off with Beth, who Daryl was just beginning to form a real bond with. Daryl first runs after the car for hours, then just sits at a crossroads looking totally broken, not even noticing when a scavenger group comes across him.]]
* A flashback in "Alone" gives an insight into Bob's life before he was found by the prison group. He simply roamed through forests, never really sleeping, looking completely dead-eyed. One of his few moments of relative peace was when he found a safe-spot, then drank Nyquil while watching a walker trying to reach him. When Glenn and Daryl come across him, he immediately accepts their invitation to join them, not even caring what sort of group they are. He just can no longer stand being alone.
* Carol and Tyreese find Lizzie back at the house [[spoiler: who has already killed her own sister, so that she would turn (and was even planning on killing Judith, if Tyreese and Carol had not returned in time)]] and they would be able to see that walkers are just "different" from the living. Carol, realizing that Lizzie can no longer be around other people, takes her out for a walk so they can talk. Lizzie gets upset, believing that Carol is angry with her, and Carol tries to calm her down by telling her to look at the flowers. [[spoiler: Carol then takes out a gun, and shoots Lizzie from behind.]]
** Then there's the preview for ''The Talking Dead'' immediately after the episode. Usually, the host is smiling, there's music, the crowd is cheering, and they're all excited to start talking. After this one, it's dead silent, the host is quiet and solemn, and all three guests are huddling on the couch holding each other, with special guest Wrestling/CMPunk still visibly crying.
** "Look at the flowers, Lizzie."
* From "A":
** Michonne finally revealing her full backstory and how [[spoiler: she lost her son]] to Carl. It's nothing most viewers hadn't been able to guess by themselves, but the quiet pain on her face and in her voice is upsetting nonetheless.
** Carl admitting his fears that he's "just another monster" and not the good man that Rick believes him to be.
** Daryl telling Rick about escaping the prison with Beth and [[spoiler: her eventual disappearance]]. He doesn't go into specifics, but the look on his face is utterly heartbroken and shows how much he came to care for her during their time together.

!!Season 5
* The cruel, anticlimactic death of [[spoiler: Sam]] that's used to kick off the season.
* Strangers: Bob leaving the group [[spoiler: after being bitten]]. He hides it until nightfall, and after having the first truly hopeful and happy night in a long time, he doesn't want to ruin it by saying anything. He forces a smile through dinner, gets a last kiss from Sasha, and walks outside when no one is looking. From the woods, he looks at the warm glow from the windows of the church and smiles because he knows they're going to do great things - then breaks down because he knows he won't be a part of it.
* [[spoiler: Bob's death in "Four Walls And A Roof". He lies on Father Gabriel's sofa as the fever slowly burns him out, and Sasha stays by his side until the very end. After he passes, Tyreese comes and stabs him in the head to prevent him from coming back, so Sasha wouldn't have to do it.]]
* "I miss Andrea. I miss Hershel. I don't miss what's behind. I ''don't miss that sword.''"
* Abraham's backstory, gradually revealed over the course of ''Self-Help''. [[spoiler: After killing a group of people, apparently for the sake of his wife and two small children, his family is terrified of him and abandons him in the night. He finds them later...eaten by walkers. He seems almost DrivenToSuicide until Eugene comes up, talking of a mission. Then, after all of it, the mission turns out to be a lie. And Rosita looks at him the same way his wife did.]]
** After Eugene [[spoiler: admits that he's not a scientist]], Rosita reminds him in a rather somber tone, "People ''died'' to get you here"; Eugene [[SurvivorsGuilt is aware of this]], and sadly lists off the people that have died during the mission, [[spoiler: including Bob]].
* In ''Claimed,'' we revisit Carol's abusive past and see how hard she is trying to let go of it. Then, at the end, a book about recovering from abusive childhoods falls out of Daryl's bag, showing that he still has issues to get past as well.
* [[spoiler:Beth]]'s death at the end of the mid-season finale. Possibly the worst part was seeing [[spoiler:Daryl sobbing while carrying her lifeless body outside. And then Maggie - who had been told she was alive - sees her and just collapses in grief, screaming.]] The entire cast pulled out very raw, very heartbreaking performances. Andrew Lincoln barely holds himself together during his final lines, Melissa [=McBride=] quickly tearing up, Chad Coleman trying to breathe, even Christian Serratos just putting her hand over her gaping mouth helps sell it... Then we get Lauren Cohan [[spoiler: shrieking in grief seeing Daryl cradling her dead sister and collapsing to the ground.]]
** It wasn't easy behind the scenes either. Before shooting the scene where [[spoiler: Daryl carries Beth's dead body]], Norman Reedus (Daryl) was sitting on an applebox crying his eyes out while the rest of the crew were walking around doing their jobs. He goes on to say that it was a really crazy day and it was disheartening for him to see a character he liked and cared about be killed off. You can see it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5y1mUeBtgc here]].
** Lauren Cohan (Maggie) didn't take it easy either as she begins to break down in tears as she is describing the day when they shot [[spoiler: Daryl carrying Beth's dead body]].
** On ''Talking Dead'', Emily Kinney (Beth) recounts her experiences on Walking Dead and even begins to break down a couple of times throughout the episode, some of which even prompt a hug from host Chris Hardwick himself.
* [[spoiler:[[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth Tyreese's]] death.]] After spending the episode bitten, bleeding out, and haunted by bloody visions of all the people he's seen die gruesomely, [[spoiler:the hallucinatory images/spirits of Bob, Beth, Mika, and Lizzie appear before him one last time, uninjured and smiling. They reassure him that it will be okay, and he passes away peacefully.]]
** "It's okay now..."
** The closing shot of [[spoiler:Tyreese's signature beanie]] resting on his grave.
* "Them." 90% of this episode is about how depressed the group is and struggling to find a reason to continue.
* "Forget."
** Aaron having to shoot Buttons, the horse he's been trying to bring back to Alexandria, after it is EatenAlive.
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