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Characters: The Walking Dead TV Show Grimes Family
Due to the Anyone Can Die nature of the show and quickly moving plots, only spoilers from the current/most recent season will be spoiled out to prevent entire pages of whited out text. If you have not seen the first four seasons read at your own risk!
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A family living in King County, Georgia. Throughout the show, their lives dramatically changes, starting with Rick, the head of the family, getting shot and the Zombie Apocalypse
- Awkward Father-Son Bonding Activity: Possibly inverted. Rick is the one who was obviously disturbed with Carl's aggressive Anti-Hero streak when they killed walkers together in Season 4.
- Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Despite being a Dysfunctional Family, their love for one another is very evident.
- Despite a huge strain in their marriage, Rick is greatly crushed after Loris death.
- Starting the Season 3 finale, Carl repeatedly tells Rick that he is weak and couldn't protect anyone. After the prison's fall in Season 4, he even tells Rick that he could die because he (Carl) can take care of himself. After thinking that Rick has turned, Carl breaks down and couldn't kill his father.
- Badass and Child Duo: Rick and Carl at first. After the latter Took a Level in Badass and Lori's death, Judith fills the child role with her father and older brother alternating as the Badass.
- Badass Family: The Zombie Apocalypse forced them to be.
- Dysfunctional Family: Shane's involvement after Rick's coma, Lori's affair with him and Rick's eventual return greatly tainted the family. Again, the stress of the Zombie Apocalypse didn't help matters.
- The Family That Slays Together: Most notably in the Season 3 premiere, where they all worked together to clear the prison.
"I'm not the good guy anymore."
Portrayed by: Andrew Lincoln
"All I am anymore is a man looking for his wife and son. Anybody gets in the way of that is going to lose."
Rick was a sheriff's deputy before the outbreak alongside Shane, but was shot and ended up in a coma. He awoke in the hospital weeks after the outbreak began, and quickly learned of the walkers. He headed to Atlanta looking for his family, and found them in a camp outside the city, where he became the leader of the survivors.
While starting off idealistic, the events of the show have forced Rick to become more ruthless and pragmatic, and he will not hesitate to kill any threat, walker or human, to the group. His relationship with Lori severely degraded, as he learned of her affair with Shane and is forced to kill him once he becomes a threat due to his jealously of Rick.
Following the move to the prison and the conflict with Woodbury, Rick's mental state grew increasingly unhinged, a problem compounded by the death of Lori during the birth of their daughter Judith. Following the end of the battle against Woodbury, Rick stepped down from his leadership position to focus on raising Carl and Judith in the growing community of survivors at the prison. This period of relative peace was cut short by a plague and the Governor's second attack on the prison, leading Rick to take up command and embrace his darker side once more.
"I think folks around here can make up their minds without bringing my marriage into it."
Lori is Rick's wife, who knew he was in the hospital. Shane went back for him, honestly believed him dead, and returned to camp to regretfully inform Lori. Lori and Shane became an item until Rick turned up alive at the camp thanks to Glenn. Her relationship with both Rick and Shane has soured after that, as her affair was revealed and she discovered she was pregnant. She is killed early in Season 3, when Maggie has to perform an emergency C-section to save the baby and Carl is forced to shoot her in the head to prevent reanimation.
- Action Survivor: Making up for her stupidity in "Nebraska", Lori has a Let's Get Dangerous moment right after her car crash. Still suffering from shock, she stabs a walker clambering into the car through the eye with a torn-off piece of the car, and then smacks another over the head with a hub cap before fetching her gun from the car and headshotting it.
- Action Mom: Thanks to Adaptational Badass below. Overlaps with Pregnant Badass in the beginning of Season 3, when she helps other survivors in clearing the prison from walkers.
- Adaptational Badass: Believe it or not. In the comic, Lori would often fumble with her gun, and Carl saved her on more than one occasion. Here, she is making headshots at night without panicking.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Lori has raven hair in the comics.
- Age Lift: Lori is 27 at the start of the comics. She's in her mid-thirties in this one.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: While her hair is changed into dark brown in the TV series, she still bears some characteristics of this trope.
- The Chick: Lori is the least likely of the group to use weapons and instead relies mostly on others to protect herself. She can fight, if she must, though.
- Death by Adaptation: In the comics, Lori died at the very end of the prison arc instead of near the beginning of it.
- Death by Childbirth: Although the C-section by Maggie (without anesthesia) is the immediate cause, a labor proceeding exactly like Carl's necessitating said operation ultimately did, as she would have died without it.
- Does Not Like Guns: Seems to be why she rarely fights herself and instead prefers to have others protect her. She even tries to argue against it when Rick and Shane want to teach her son Carl to use a gun, despite the fact it's the most viable option for self-defense he has in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse.
- Heroic Sacrifice: When trapped in the boiler room while the prison being overrun by walkers and the stress causing her to be in labor, she decides for Maggie to perform makeshift C-section with a knife so that her child would survive, knowing she would die.
- Housewife: Lori was this before the Zombie Apocalypse and tries to keep it up even with the world gone to hell.
- Hypocrite: She chews out Rick for not telling her that Hershel was going to kick them off of the farm, while she doesn't tell Rick that she's pregnant until he finds her morning after pills. Rick calls her out on this and she admits to it herself.
- Mama Bear: Otis is likely lucky to have died before he met Lori and suffered her wrath for shooting Carl. She's also ready to brave a walker invasion of the farm to go hunt down her missing son, and is only talked out of it by Carol.
- Sacrificial Lion: In Season 3, when she tells Maggie to perform a Cesarean section on her so Judith can be born, even knowing it could kill her.
- Secret Relationship: What she thought her relationship with Shane was. Turned out Dale, Daryl, and Andrea had all figured it out, and Rick caught on pretty quickly to what had happened between her and Shane while they thought he was dead.
- Statuesque Stunner: She stands 5'9 and is a hot mom to boot.
- Stay in the Kitchen: She apparently literally believes this is what the women should be doing during the Zombie Apocalypse, and is annoyed with Andrea for wanting to protect the camp. Andrea is understandably incredulous and pissed off upon being told this. Lori rationalizes that "we are trying to create a world worth living in", meaning she values the normality and comfort of mundane household chores over bloodshed and fighting.
- Who's Your Daddy?: Lori understandably isn't sure if the baby she's carrying was fathered by Rick or Shane.
- Woman in White: In Rick's hallucinations during "The Suicide King" and "Home".
- Your Cheating Heart: Did this with Shane, although they thought Rick had died. The moment she realized Rick was alive she walked away from Shane without looking back.
"Everything's food for something else."
"Are we safe now, Dad?"
Carl is Rick and Lori's son. In Rick's absence, he has come to regard Shane as something of a father figure. This causes no small amount of friction once Rick returns, as Carl loves his dad but still loves Shane and looks up to him. As the show has progressed, the Zombie Apocalypse
has had an increasingly damaging effect on Carl's mind and personality, as he is forced to fight walkers to survive and other threats constantly surround his family and the group.
- A Day in the Limelight: The mid-season premiere 'After', which focuses on Carl and Michonne. Carl has to fend for himself in a suburb after the prison is overrun and Rick succumbs to his injuries from the Governor.
- Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Carl's comic counterpart wasn't subjected to see his childhood friend Sophia die, nor having to shoot his dead mother so she won't reanimate.
- Adaptational Heroism: Despite his "Kill or be killed" attitude from Season 3 and the first half of Season 4, by Season 5 he has become far nicer than his comic book counterpart, who remains a Creepy Child by this time of the storyline, even stating - post Terminus, mind you - that they can still help people.
- Age Lift: Went from 7 or 8 in the comics to 12 for the show.
- Anti-Hero: Ends up becoming one after the Season 3 finale, Carl didn't seem to bat an eye when he shoots a teenaged Woodbury militia member just as he was handing over his shotgun to Carl.
- Big Brother Instinct: In Season 3 towards Judith. It continues on from there.
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Tyreese's group in Season 3 alone.
- Big Eater: Even though he's living in a zombie-ridden hellhole, he still eats like a typical teenager. Case in point, he eats 112 ounces of chocolate pudding in one sitting.
- Children Forced To Kill: Granted, it's Walkers, but he still has had to learn to take care of himself rather quickly. And then he guns down a teenager in the Woodbury militia who may have been surrendering.
- Corrupt the Cutie: Shows signs of this in "Judge, Jury, Executioner", where he at one point entertains himself by throwing rocks at a walker he finds with its feet stuck in the mud at a riverbank, then seems to find a weird sense of pleasure, or at least fascination in Randall's situation. When Rick and Shane are beginning the execution, it's Carl wanting to watch and encouraging Rick to do it that convinces Rick that Dale is right, and that they're starting to lose their humanity. Justified in that he's a young boy and it's the Zombie Apocalypse; he's naturally much quicker to adapt to the far more brutal realities of this new world then older, more experienced people. By the end of Season 3, his experiences have taught him that killing all threats is the best preventive measure. However, by Season 5, he seems to have gotten better and now his first instincts are to people in need.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Downplayed. When Axel flirted with Beth, Carl is glaring at him in an annoyed way.
- Creepy Child: Getting to that territory. Justified, again, by the fact he's growing up in a Zombie Apocalypse, meaning he's developing a mindset that's quite alien to more normal civilised people. Lampshaded in Season 2 where it's noted that Carl is starting to spook the older survivors with the way he's beginning to behave. In Season 3, he shoots his dead mother in the head to prevent her from turning and guns down a surrendering Woodbury militiaman. Both with a blank face.
- In Season 4, as seen by his interacting with other children, Rick's new pacifism, and Carl's stricter routine of farming and no guns has tempered Carl. Even after his relapse post-prison, by Season 5 he's got a more optimistic philosophy, even stating to Rick they still can help people.
- Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us: By the end of Season 3, this has become his opinion.
- Driven to Suicide: Temporarily. When he thinks Rick has become a walker, he gives up and allows him to bite him. Turns out Rick was simply crippled by his injuries and was finding it difficult to talk.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Carl is notably pale and is a Creepy Child.
- Growing Up Sucks: Especially in a Zombie Apocalypse.
- I Did What I Had to Do: His reason for killing a young teenage soldier from Woodbury.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Practically with most of the cast, particularly Michonne.
- Kid Hero: Beginning in Season 3.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Shoots Lori's corpse in the head to prevent her from reviving as a walker.
- Likes Older Women: His crush on Beth.
- The Load: Understandable as he's an untrained child, but particularly after he gets shot early in Season 2. Averted in Seasons 3 and 4, as he gathers supplies by himself and is trusted as the main guardian of the group when the principal fighters are away.
- Mercy Kill: In Season 3, after Lori appears to have died from having Maggie cutting her stomach open to deliver the baby, he volunteers to shoot her in the head so she won't come back as walker.
- Morality Pet: For Shane until he stops caring about morality.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: By the end of Season 3 this seems to have become his viewpoint on anything threatening the Atlanta survivors.
- Nice Hat: His dad's sheriff hat, which Rick gives to him after he recovers from getting shot.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero:
- His taunting of a walker stuck in the mud near the Greene Family farm lead to it breaking out of its trap instead of just sitting there, leaving the walker free to wander out to the farm and kill Dale.
- This trope is why he starts showing more sociopathic tendencies in the third season, culminating in killing a member of the Woodbury militia who was surrendering because he'd seen all of his father's attempts at not killing possible threats resulting in disaster for the group.
- Pragmatic Hero: Seems to have settled into this as of Season 4.
- Precocious Crush: As of Season 3, Carl has one on Beth.
- Sanity Slippage: Seems to be starting down that road during Season 3. In Season 4, Rick realizes this, and makes steps to revert him to sanity again.
- Tag Along Kid: Until he ...
- Took a Level in Badass: In the Season 3 premiere, he's carrying a gun and joins Rick, Daryl, and T-Dog in raiding a walker-infested house. He is also given the job of point man when the rest of the group is looking over a map, and hunts for the prison infirmary alone, taking out two walkers with no backup. Tyreese recognizes him as 'the man' after Carl saves the former's group then locks them up.
- Took a Level in Cynic: Progressively since season 3, though he seems to be regaining his optimism in season 5.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: He seems to be growing into the role of a teenager who's annoyed with his mom a few years too early.
- Took a Level in Kindness: He seems to be regaining his humanity and idealism in season 5.
- Youthful Freckles: Chandler Riggs' own.
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Portrayed by: Adelaide and Eliza Cornwell
Judith is Lori's youngest child, fathered by either Rick or Shane.
- Awesome McCoolname: Before getting her actual name she's dubbed "Lil' Ass-Kicker" by Daryl. Some people in Rick's group keep calling her that, too, and it's the name on her first, cardboard box crib.
- Babies Make Everything Better: People tend to calm down and have relatively nice, calm scenes around her, even the biggest and toughest guys like Abraham.
- Dead Guy Junior: Discussed. Carl proposed the names of all the dead and believed to be dead female members before coming up with Judith, the name of his third-grade teacher.
- Infant Immortality: Time will tell if this lasts, but so far she has survived being in some very dangerous situations, including the third prison attack, some close calls with walkers, being left alone with Lizzie on several occasions, and having a man from Terminus come very close to making good on his threat of snapping her neck.
- In-Series Nickname: Daryl still calls her "Lil' Ass-Kicker" from time-to-time, and it's the name on her first, cardboard box crib.
- Missing Mom: Due to Lori's death while giving birth to her.
- Morality Pet: For Rick's group. In fact, harming her in front of them is like wearing a giant "Kill me" sign around your neck regardless if you're dead or undead.
- Never Found the Body: Rick and Carl are unsure of her fate since they only found blood in her carrier during the chaos toward the end of "Too Far Gone". In "Inmates", she is shown to have survived thanks to Tyreese saving her.
- And in Season 5's "No Sanctuary", father and daughter are finally reunited after Carol saves the group from Terminus and leads them back to the cabin where Tyreese was staying with Judith.
- Pink Means Feminine: Her attires.
- Promotion to Parent: The entire group has this enforced upon them almost immediately from her birth, since at the time Rick was grieving the loss of her mother. Her most prominent non-Grimes caregivers have been Hershel, Beth, Carol, and Tyreese.
- Related In The Adaptation: Word of God implies that she is Rick's child in the TV continuity, not Shane's. Not that it would stop Rick from loving her as his own anyway.
- Spared by the Adaptation: She died along with Lori in the comics. She is still alive as of Season 5.
- Tagalong Kid: The youngest example in the series.
- Who's Your Daddy?: It was Shane in the comicbook. Rick doesn't seem to care either way in the show and fully considers Judith to be his daughter. He's literally in tears when they're finally reunited in "No Sanctuary".