Characters: The Walking Dead TV Show Grimes Family

Members of the Grimes family from the television show The Walking Dead:

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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 that follows.


Rick Grimes

"They're fucking with the wrong people." note 
Portrayed by: Andrew Lincoln

"We do what we have to do, then we get to live. We tell ourselves that we are The Walking Dead."

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.
  • Abandoned Hospital Awakening: In the pilot episode.
  • Achilles in His Tent: After Lori's death, he snaps and goes on a Walker killing spree. He later gets a bit better... but, after he sees Lori's hallucination in "The Suicide King", he spends most of the next episode doing "stuff" when in reality, he had been wandering around, looking for a sign for Lori. After Hershel gives a heart to heart and then The Governor does a surprise attack, Rick finally springs back to action. It takes meeting with the now crazed Morgan for him to get back to his full senses.
    • Between Season 3 and 4, Rick has rejected all forms of leadership or fighting, trying to live as a simple farmer providing for the survivors. This ends by the episode "Infection".
  • Action Dad: Justified as he is a cop.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Compared to the comics, Rick took Lori's death much harder to the point that he suffered from a severe case of Sanity Slippage. He gets better somewhat by Season 4.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Played straight at first, but it keeps getting Double Subverted since the season 2 finale. By Season 3, he is more close to his comic counterpart until his Heel Realization by the end of that season. In Season 4, he re-Took a Level in Kindness, thus playing this straight once again until the Season Finale where he finally embraces his Anti-Hero self. In Season 5, he's very much like his comic counterpart.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Rick is blond in the comics.
  • Age Lift: Rick is 29 at the start of the comics. He's in his mid-thirties in the show.
  • An Axe to Grind:
    • Rick uses one to chop up a dead body as part of a plan to sneak past the walkers and escape Atlanta. He later buries it in the skull of a walker.
    • Also used during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge following Lori's death.
  • Anti-Hero: He's gone back and forth across the spectrum as the post-apocalyptic world and his own morals struggle to reconcile.
    • Classical Anti-Hero: It's repeatedly demonstrated that Rick simply doesn't want to be the one to hold the weight of so many lives on his shoulders, make the painful choices, and that he would much rather follow than bear The Chains of Commanding. This results in much of his conflict with Shane in Season 2, as well as his Ideal Hero phase in Season 4.
    • Ideal Hero: Actively tries to become this as of Season 4 after taking in Woodbury's survivors. He becomes a farmer and avoids violence, leading by example, in an attempt to salvage his and Carl's humanity . He'll also take in other survivors into the group as long as it is safe to do so. When the Governor shows up with a new group attempting to overtake the prison, he instead pleads that they join the group and simply be peaceful, stating that they can change from the bad things they have done. Unfortunately, this only gets him kicked in the face - he loses Hershel, the prison is overrun, and Rick is left destitute and bloodied for some time after. Deconstructed in that it's only when Rick finally casts aside his self-doubts and restraint that he becomes a truly effective leader.
    • Unscrupulous Hero: In Season 3, mixed with Anti-Villain and bordering on Nominal Hero. Returns to a lighter, more emotionally stable version of this in Season 5.
  • Apologetic Attacker: Inverted with Shane. Rick lays the blame on Shane for his own death, but only because Rick clearly can not deal with the guilt on his conscious of murdering his best friend.
  • Authority Equals Ass Kicking: He was a deputy prior to the zombie outbreak.
  • Ax-Crazy: Takes a level in this after Lori's death, although it is subsequently reversed after Rick has time to grieve.
  • Badass: When you've survived all the crap he's gone through, you count. Rick's only rival in handling a gun is Shane.
    • Badass Beard: Becomes longer and fuller as the seasons progress. He eventually shaves it off when the group enters Alexandria though.
    • Badass Boast: Rick gets one during this exchange with Merle in the second episode:
    Merle: You won't shoot me. You're a cop.
    Rick: All I am anymore is a man looking for his wife and son. Anybody gets in the way of that is going to lose.
    • Again in the Season 4 finale.
      Rick: They're going to feel pretty stupid when they find out...
      Abraham: They're going to find out what?
      Rick: They're screwing with the wrong people.
  • Bash Brothers: Formerly with Shane. Currently with Daryl.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Initially keeps it shaved, but as the tragedies pile up, he lets it go.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: One of the reasons why he went to rescue Glenn.
  • Berserk Button: Threatening or suggesting he cannot protect his family (be it his wife and children, or any of his extended family) will quickly get you on his bad side.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Rick is likely one of the nicest characters in the show, but hitting one of his berserk buttons will end you.
  • Big Good: Has grown into this role by Season 4, after showing shades of it in Season 3.
  • Bring My Red Jacket: By most of Season 3, Rick has worn a shirt that has been covered in Walker blood (caused from his Walker rampage after Lori's death) that has changed from its brownish color to a more reddish one.
  • The Cassandra: Had the others listened to him about going back to Terminus and finishing off its survivors, they wouldn't have had cannibalistic psychopaths trailing them.
  • The Chains of Commanding: As the series goes on, the burdens on him as the leader of the group grow, leading up to the declaration of a Ricktatorship at the end of the second season.
    • However, at the end of Season 3, he realizes the toll that this is taking on his mental state and tells the group that he can't keep making decisions for them anymore, and that they will decide together what to do from then on.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Averted. Rick was declared leader by popular vote the second he showed up at the camp site, despite not really asking for it. He has spent almost every second since questioning whether the decisions he's making from his position are the right ones or not, not to mention the rest of the group asking the same questions. At the end of Season 2, he browbeats them into submitting to his authority and declares the group will no longer be a democracy, indicating he plans on taking total control rather than discussing it with the group as had been the way for the past two seasons. Late in Season 3, he realizes that this is just making things worse and admits this to the group.
  • Cool Hat: Counts as his Iconic Item as well, until he gives it to Carl.
  • Combat, Diplomacy, Stealth: For season 1, Rick handled Diplomacy for the group, while Daryl specialized in Combat, and Glenn was the Stealth expert.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Increasingly as the series progresses, reaching a climax in the Season 4 finale where he bites out a man's throat to defend his son.
  • Cowboy Cop:
    • He is willing to attack and kill Merle when the latter endangered his mission to find his family.
    • Proven in "Nebraska", where he kills two men who drew guns on him.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: In regards to Jessie in Season 5. When he sees her walking with Pete, his hand lingers on his gun. Disturbingly enough, this is actually making him resemble Shane in a way.
  • Crusading Widower: After Lori's death.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Achieves this in the Season 4 finale, alongside Hyper Awareness, rapidly realizing there is something very amiss with the Terminus group and striking first before they can. Before that, he has a cache of guns buried nearby in case the situation went bad.
    • When the Hunters have the group effectively trapped in Gabriel's church, Rick leads the group's most combat-capable members out in an apparent attempt to counter-attack, knowing they are being watched. When the Hunters arrive at the church to kill the half that stayed behind, it's revealed that Rick knew they would try it and circled back. The Hunters don't survive the encounter.
    • He also deliberately leaves one of his guns behind outside of the walls in Alexandria knowing that his group would probably have their weapons removed at the gate. Although this one backfires on him when it turns out someone stole the gun first before he could get it back.
  • Death Glare: He gets better and better at this as the seasons progress and as his dark side becomes more and more embraced. Just try and tell yourself you wouldn't be scared if he gave you the one he gave to Gareth in the moments before he messily hacked him to pieces.
  • Death Wail:
    • Gives one after he kills Shane.
    • In "Killer Within", after he finds out that Lori died during labor. And what a wail it was.
  • Determinator: Not only did he manage to find his family in the middle of a Zombie Apocalypse after being in a coma for three months, he has managed to keep the group mostly intact and forge them into an effective walker killing team.
  • Do Unto Others Before They Do Unto Us: Starts displaying this attitude in Season 5, ordering his group to kill anyone who might harm them. This is a marked contrast from the Rick in the early seasons, who would first try to reason with the opponent at hand. Now Rick is fully prepared to kill whoever poses a threat to his companions.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: At the end of the second season when the group questions his leadership and him killing Shane.
    Rick: I am doing something! I'm keeping this group together. Alive! I've been doing that all along, no matter what; I didn't ask for this! I killed my best friend for you people, for Christ sake! You saw how he was like. How he pushed me, how he compromised us, how he threatened us. He staged the whole Randall thing, led me out to put a bullet in my back. He gave me no choice! He was my friend, but he came after me. My hands are clean. Maybe you people are better off without me. Go ahead. I say there's a place for us, but maybe — maybe it's just another pipe dream. Maybe — Maybe I'm fooling myself again. Why don't -- why don't you go out and find yourself. Send me a postcard! Go on, there's the door. You can do better. Lets see how far you get. No takers? Fine. But get one thing straight... you're staying. This isn't a democracy anymore.
  • Farm Boy: He attempted to be this during his 10-Minute Retirement. Obviously, it didn't last.
  • The Fettered: In Season 1 and roughly the first half of Season 2, he's extremely unwilling to allow loss of human life, especially when compared to Shane. He'll still kill other humans if forced to, however. Come Season 3, though, his fetters begin breaking down with his sanity.
  • Fighting the Lancer: His conflict with Shane is the driving plot of the second season.
  • Firing One-Handed: Rick likes to do this with handguns, specifically when picking off Walkers.
  • Fish out of Water: When he joins Alexandria.
  • Foil: Has one in Shane, the Governor and Morgan. Shane shows the different routes two very similar men could take, the Governor contrasts with Rick over leadership styles and treatment of strangers, and Morgan shows what could happen to Rick without his family and others to support him. Both Morgan and the Governor can be used to compare with Rick on how men cope with the loss of loved ones.
    • The contrast with Shane is particularly evident with Rick's Alexandria storyline. Shane wanted to kill Rick and steal Lori because of a deluded love for Lori and a desire to be group leader. Rick wanted to kill Pete because he wanted to protect Jessie from him, and because it would be objectively safer for the community, not principally due to his feelings for Jessie. But he still gave Pete the chance to settle the situation peacefully.
  • A Friend in Need: Rick's reasoning to go rescue Glenn, since Glenn could have easily left Rick to die in the tank but instead risked his life to rescue him.
  • Give Me a Sign: In "What Lies Ahead", Rick expresses his doubts about his leadership in a church, asking a wooden figure of Jesus for "a nudge... anything... to let me know I'm going in the right direction."
  • The Gunslinger: Type D, Quick Draw.
  • Hallucinations: After Lori dies, Rick begins hearing voices and seeing her everywhere.
  • Heel Realization: During "The Sorrowful Life", he finally realized what kind of a leader he's been since he Took a Level in Jerkass and starts mending his group, thus ending his "Ricktatorship".
  • The Hero: Starts as easily the most unambiguously heroic character in the cast. At first.
  • Heroic Safe Mode: After Lori's death, his reasoning more or less shuts down for some time and he goes on a Walker killing spree.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Rick pulls one of these on a Walker. Of course, it's not like she had any legs to pedal it with.
  • He's Back: After suffering from Badass Decay in most of Season 4, he acquired a new-found confidence in the Season Finale and immediately shows how Badass he is again by literally biting at the right moment when he and his friends are cornered by the Claimers.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: It's slow and steady, but as of Season 5 Rick has become a mirror image of Shane, right down to his Machiavellian leadership style and lusting for a woman married to another man. Also, sharp eyed viewers can see Rick picking up mannerisms from the antagonists he's defeated, such as using Gareth's hand signals or popping his collar like the Governor. He pulls back from this in "Conquer," however.
  • Honor Before Reason: He will not break any of Hershel's rules in order to keep the group from getting kicked off the farm, and is even willing to help him capture walkers to put in the barn.
  • Iconic Item: Besides his hat, his Colt Python.
  • Iconic Outfit: He finally gets hold of his dark brown jacket/coat from the comics during the second half of season 4 and immediately starts wearing it.
  • The Idealist: At first, though by the end of Season 2 lost. He eventually regains some idealism, such as protecting strangers, by the Season 3 finale.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Uses this justification when he kills Shane, and later lives by this as a philosophy. If he must do something to survive, he'll do it.
  • Important Haircut: He shaves and has his hair trimmed when he tries to start a new life in Alexandria.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Rick starts as one of the most idealistic and merciful members of the cast, but his personality is darkened severely by his experiences. By the end of Season 3, he's realized how far he is slipping and starts to make amends.
  • In-Series Nickname: "Officer Friendly" from the Atlanta group, particularly Morales.
  • Jack of All Stats: While Rick is primarily known for his excellent marksmanship, he can handle himself quite well in melee combat.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: While he always had a pragmatic streak, Rick begins questioning any good will given to him after having his trust and hope betrayed repeatedly.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In Season 3 and Season 5, separated by a brief return to his Nice Guy self in Season 4.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • In Season 3, Glenn tries to talk to him and comfort him after the death of Lori. Rick's response is to snap at and physically assault Glenn before giving him a psychotic Death Glare.
    • Also in Season 3, he leaves a stranger who is literally begging for help to die in the wilderness, then when he is inevitably mauled to death by walkers, steals his stuff. He's basically one tiny step up from the Governor — he won't actively hunt and kill people just to steal their things, but he's more than happy to allow them to die and steal their things.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Ever since Season 3, Rick has been specializing in this. Whenever he comes across someone who is Obviously Evil or trying to kill him Rick will gladly Pay Evil unto Evil. Sometimes it's actually satisfying to see.
  • Kirk Summation: The defining moment of his Character Development in Season 4 displays Rick attempting to settle the conflict with the Governor peacefully. He pleads they live together, avoid any further bloodshed, and that people can come back from things they have done before and no one is too far gone. The Governor, expecting Rick to instigate a fight, is absolutely irritated and Hershel, the Team Dad, proudly smiles at Rick's change this season.
  • Knight in Sour Armor: As of the Season 2 finale, adding to his newfound Good Is Not Nice attitude.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Becomes one to Carl in Season 4. Leading by example by becoming a farmer and settling down, he forbids Carl from involving himself in any danger or the use of firearms in an attempt to salvage Carl's humanity.
  • The Leader: The Levelheaded type, which people surviving the apocalypse desperately need.
  • Machete Mayhem: Starts using one during Season 3 and a red handled machete is now his other go to weapon in Season 5, after making his promise with killing Gareth with the same weapon.
  • Man Bites Man: He bites the leader of the Marauders after they cornered him, Michonne, Carl and Daryl in the Season 4 finale.
  • Manly Tears: After waking up from his coma, and coming into his house only to find out that his family is gone, after he kills Shane, after he finds out Lori died in childbirth, and when Beth and soon after Tyreese are killed.
  • Morality Pet: Hershel, whom Rick would often look to for advice and comfort, until his death.
    • Carl remains one for him as Rick tries hard to do what's right to avoid Carl becoming like him.
  • My Way or the Highway: At the end of the second season when he takes full control of the group declaring there isn't a democracy any longer in the group under him. He reverses course at the end of the third season when he doesn't want to become like the Governor.
  • Nay-Theist: He has moved into this territory ever since he asked God for a sign and, next thing you know, his son gets shot, though he phrases it to Hershel as more "trying to stay out of God's way in hopes he'll stay out of mine".
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His assault on Pete and lashing out at the citizens of Alexandria has landed him and his group in hot water.
  • Not Helping Your Case: After he beats Pete he tries to convince the Alexandrians that they need him to keep them safe, but he does so by pointing a gun at the civilians and giving them "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Not So Different:
    • He shares some similarities to the Governor, highlighted most clearly with their initial treatment of Michonne. Neither is very trusting, they put the safety of their own group far above the safety of others (although Rick doesn't deliberately murder strangers for his group's profit), both lose a wife, and both are mentally unstable. The Governor plays this up during their negotiations to make Rick listen to him more.
    • Also to Shane, posthumously—the episode after he has to kill him, Rick begins sliding off the deep end, becoming a more dictatorial leader and ranting about the lengths he's willing to go to to keep the group together. His mannerisms during the speech were eerily similar to how Shane tended get when in a rage. He becomes even closer to Shane's Sociopathic Hero mentality in Season 3 and Season 5. Also disturbingly enough he seems to be adopting Shane's Crazy Jealous Guy tendencies for a married woman considering that at the end of "Forget" he's seen reaching for his gun when Jessie is seen walking past with her husband Pete.
    • Rick continues his trend of emulating the Big Bads by repeating Gareth's line "Can't go back Bob" before he kills Officer Bob Lamson
  • Out of Focus: He didn't have too much focus in the first half of season five, given that his primary arc of accepting his status as an Anti-Hero completed in the fourth season finale; the show instead focused on fleshing out Sasha, Bob, Daryl, Carol, Beth, and the mission to Washington. This ends in the second half as the group reaches Alexandria.
  • Papa Wolf: There's almost nothing he won't do if he feels his family is being threatened, though even then he'll first try reason. This trait is fully displayed in the Season 4 finale after his son almost being raped, by brutally killing the bastard who attempted to do it. He also ripped out Joe's throat with his teeth in order to get to Carl. Not much later, he hacks Gareth to pieces with his machete for strongly implying he's eager to eat Judith.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Becomes his modus-operandi as time passes, starting with putting a machete into Tomas' head for repeatedly trying to get him killed.
    • When the group escapes from Terminus, Rick is the one who insists that they return and finish off any survivors, stating "They don't get to live."
  • Perma Stubble: Almost a year after his being shot, prior to the Zombie Apocalypse, he still has the same length of stubble on his chin.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Besides...I already made you a promise." Bye bye, Gareth.
  • A Protagonist Shall Lead Them: He eventually manages to end all of the conflict in the group and lead them into becoming an extremely effective Walker killing group.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to Shane's Red (Season 1 and 2), The Red to Daryl's Blue (Season 3).
  • Reluctant Hero: An important character trait, even if Rick rarely admits it. He tells Jenner that he has no idea what to do, rants at the group in the Season 2 finale that he was forced to kill Shane to protect them, and eventually resigns from leadership after going mad in Season 3. He eventually is forced back into a leadership role in Season 4 to deal with the new crises, and does away with this trope entirely in Season 5.
  • Retired Badass: From the end of Season 3 to the episode "Infection", Rick puts down his gun and becomes a farmer.
  • Retired Gunfighter: At the start of Season 4.
  • Revolvers Are Just Better: Rick's favored weapon is Colt Python revolver pistol, as he was originally a small-town sheriff.
  • The Rival: To the Governor, since they don't hate each other enough to be considered arch-enemies. At least until Season 4.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: After learning about Lori's death, he grabs an axe and goes on a walker killing spree.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • Starts down that path when Lori dies, compounding his Good Is Not Nice attitude.
    • Hallucinations: In "Made to Suffer", he believes one of his attackers during the rescue mission to Woodbury is Shane.
    • Once again in "The Suicide King", where at the end of the episode, he sees what he apparently believes is Lori's spirit in a cell on the second level of the prison, causing him to completely lose it.
    • Hearing Voices: Hears Amy, Jim, Jacqui and even Lori over the phone in the room were Lori died.
    • He undergoes Epiphany Therapy after reuniting with Morgan, who after losing his son to his zombified wife crossed the Despair Event Horizon.
    • He's at it again when he snaps at the people of Alexandria and tells them that their society is a lie because he's not like them.
  • The Sheriff: Technically just a deputy, but damn if that's not a Nice Hat. Senior to Shane.
  • Ship Tease: With Michonne and with Jessie in Season 5.
  • Shoot the Dog: After poking holes in Shane's story about Randall escaping (who was already dead thanks to Shane), which led all the men in a wild goose chase and lured Rick in open field to kill him, Rick stabs him in the heart, killing him.
  • Slept Through the Apocalypse: He was in a coma in hospital after being shot. Partly justified by Shane blocking his room's door with a trolley to prevent Walkers from entering, and someone in such a position having a small chance of surviving dehydration.
  • Team Dad: Of his group, particularly as the seasons pass and the constant losses of the group's moral centers like Dale and Hershel. He's the one keeping the group together and moving.
  • Technical Pacifist: In the first two episodes of Season 4, in an attempt to instill similar values in Carl.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: Progressively as the show goes on.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: At the end of Season 2. He fully gets over it in Season 3, ending the Ricktatorship in the finale. He is taking a slight detour to this in season 5.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the end of Season 3. He fully displays this in Season 4.
  • The Unfettered: A heroic example in Season 5.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When the situation with a belligerent and distraught Tyreese, who had just found the immolated corpses of Karen and David, comes to a head Tyreese ends up getting into a fight with Rick, who flies into a berserker rage and beats him to a pulp.
    • When the Marauders attack and attempt to rape Carl in the Season 4 finale, Rick goes absolutely ballistic and rips out Joe's throat with his teeth in order to get to his son. Once Michonne and Daryl handle the others, Rick personally goes after the child molester and viciously guts him with a hunting knife in a paper-thin example of Tranquil Fury.
  • Villain Protagonist: Rick has come dangerously close to passing into this category quite a few times over the course of the series as his character gets steadily darker (as pointed out in the Not So Different section he has quite the tendency to emulate previous Big Bads) though usually he and his group are going up against people far worse than him. However he's starting to show this tendency more and more during his groups stay in Alexandria telling Carol and Daryl point blank that if the people there are weak they'll just take Alexandria by force. He scales it back by "Conquer", however.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: Though he's heading down a dark path as a result, it sure was satisfying watching him beat Jessie's husband Pete to a pulp in season 5's "Try". In the season finale, he shoots Pete in the head without hesitation when ordered to by Deanna, who's husband had just been murdered by Pete.


Lori Grimes

"I think folks around here can make up their minds without bringing my marriage into it."
Portrayed by: Sarah Wayne Callies

"Maybe this isn't a world for children anymore."

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.
  • 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.
  • The Conscience: One of the most vocal members of the group to criticize morally-questionable actions.
  • 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.
  • Not Enough to Bury: Her body was apparently devoured completely by a Walker.
  • 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.


Carl Grimes

"Everything's food for something else."
Portrayed by: Chandler Riggs

"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.
  • Bait-and-Switch Gunshot: Aims his gun at his father, but is really just putting down a zombified Shane.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In Season 3 towards Judith. It continues on from there.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Tyreese's group in Season 3 on his own.
  • 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.
  • Can't Stay Normal: Carl has an awkward time adjusting to Alexandria's peace and ends up hanging out with Enid, who likes to venture around beyond the walls.
  • 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.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: In Season 5, he vocally advocates helping others, even strangers, and is often the one to lead the charge now that he's trained to fight.
  • 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 than 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.
  • 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 civilized 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.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Downplayed. When Axel flirted with Beth, Carl is glaring at him in an annoyed way.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Especially in a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • I Can't Do This by Myself: His attempt to prove he is capable enough to survive without his father ends with him nearly losing his life in an humiliating attempt at killing a single walker. He tearfully apologizes when he realizes he still needs Rick.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His reason for killing a young teenage soldier from Woodbury.
  • I Just Want to Be Badass: More than anything Carl wants to be an asset to the group, to protect his family, and hates being babied.
  • 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.
  • Oedipus Complex: In "After", Carl abandons an unconscious Rick, claiming he would be fine if his father died and attempts to prove he can make it on his own. He quickly comes back after tasting some Humble Pie.
  • Pragmatic Hero: Seems to have settled into this as of Season 4.
  • Precocious Crush: As of Season 3, Carl has one on Beth.
  • Protectorate: Was under the entire group's (but especially Rick and Shane's) constant protection. He would usually be kept far from danger, but not so much after learning how to defend himself.
  • 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.
  • Ship Tease: With Enid.
  • Tag Along Kid: Mostly served as a child to be protected, but later Took a Level in Badass.
  • 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.


Judith Grimes

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.
  • Hair Color Spoiler: Averted, maybe even defied. She's blond, while her mother and her two possible biological fathers are all brunettes. Same goes for her (possibly half) brother. In the comics she's Shane's child, but TV!Judith shares Rick's blond hair in the comics, which Word of God blatantly said as a hint that she may be Rick's here in the form of Mythology Gag.
  • 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.
    • The fact that she's outlived her comic book counterpart is likely an example of this trope.
  • 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 already 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. Michonne has also stepped up to the plate as a surrogate mother to both Judith and Carl since late Season 4.
  • 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".

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