Characters: The Walking Dead TV Show King County Survivors
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"The good people, they always die. And the bad people do, too. But the weak people, the people like me... we have inherited the earth."
Portrayed by: Lennie James
"Why? Because all life is precious, Daryl."
A survivor in Rick's hometown, Morgan lost his wife while they and their son were passing through the town. They found Rick after he woke up, and explained to him what was going on. Rick gave him a radio so they could keep in contact. He returns in Season 3, having gone mad with grief after losing his son to the Walkers. In season five, he's following the Hunters' trail, and ends up on Rick's trail after finding a lead on him.
- Adaptational Badass: The comic book version of Morgan was much less capable of kicking ass, having never fortified the town or built booby-traps, and could barely get a headshot on a walker.
- The Atoner: For not being able shoot his un-dead wife before she bites their son, he puts himself in a self-imposed penance to clear the town of walkers out of the area.
- Big Damn Heroes: Shows up just in the nick of time to save Aaron and Daryl from a trap laid by the Wolves.
- The Cameo: His appearance in Season 3, as well as his appearances in the premiere and mid-season finale post-credits scenes in Season 5. As of the finale, it seems that he'll be finally joining the show as a regular.
- Casting Gag/Shout-Out: To Jericho. The scene in which Morgan appears to shoot his wife is shot from the same angle, and is almost identical, to a scene in which Robert Hawkins is defending the titular town.
- Christianity Is Catholic: Seems to be, as he gripped a set of beads while praying in Gabriel's church.
- Cool Shades: Sports one in Season 5.
- Crazy-Prepared: By Season 3, his new base has been laced with booby traps for Walkers and even outlined with escape routes using drawn arrows on the ground for every possible scenario. Also his firearms and ammunition stock...
- Crazy Survivalist: By Season 3, he's become hardened to the realities of the zombie apocalypse. Seems that he got better prior to the Season 5 premiere
- Crusading Widower: After losing his wife, and then son, he becomes a very dark take of this trope.
- Curbstomp Battle: Delivers a non-fatal one to the two Wolves who try to kill him in Virginia.
- Death Seeker: Shows signs of this after the loss of his wife, which might likely have prompted his actions at the end of the pilot. He later begs Rick to shoot him because he couldn't bring himself to commit suicide. His search for Rick and the season 5 finale show that he's overcome his depression.
- Despair Event Horizon: Duane being turned by his Walker-turned wife, which he was previously unable to bring himself to kill.
- Demoted to Extra: In the comics, Morgan rejoined the group almost immediately after the fall of the prison. In the show, the group has made it to Alexandria by now and he still hasn't rejoined them, although two post-credits scenes have shown that he at least is on their trail and he finally reunites with Rick in the season finale.
- Eleventh Hour Ranger: Season 5 is building him up to be the "ultimate addition" to Rick's group. He finally joins them in the Season Finale.
- Fallen Hero: In Season 3. Duane's death turned Morgan almost completely insane, booby trapping an entire town, and robbing and threatening travelers. He gets better by season 5.
- Foil/Shadow Archetype: Just like Shane became a sort of Evil Counterpart to Rick, so has Morgan become an extreme, darker reflection of what Rick could've become in Season 3, and Rick himself realizes this. Rick's attempts to bring Morgan back with him to the prison sound like Rick attempting to give advice to himself to prevent himself from going further into Sanity Slippage. By the end of Season 5, while Rick has gone Darker and Edgier, Morgan has become more of a Good Counterpart similar to the Rick of Season 1, 2, and early Season 4.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: An interesting case, considering he was just a father trying to look out for his son. When his son died after being attacked by Morgan's Walker wife, the one he failed to stop, Morgan's outlook just changed. Collecting enough guns to start a war, he then manages to turn King County into one big old deathtrap for Walkers and for anyone else that came through town.
- He Who Fights Monsters: In "Clear", he talks about this trope, in particular how he's become as uncaring as the walkers. He outgrows it in Season 5.
- Genre Savvy: One of the few characters to wear body armour and a bulletproof helmet most of the time, which saves his life in season 3.
- Grammar Nazi: Very understated version: Despite the end of the world, he feels it is important for his son to use proper grammar.
- Hero of Another Story: After Rick leaves him and Duane. But when he returns in Season 3, Morgan has changed. Since season three, he's been on his own journey to find Rick, coming across the destroyed prison, Gabriel's church, and finally reunites with Rick at Alexandria in "Conquer".
- Iconic Outfit: His sunglasses, face wrap, beige shirt and jacket, and black helmet. They're some of the few belongings he kept with him travelling.
- Idiot Ball: Firing his sniper rifle at zombies to attract a horde around his house (which his son is in!) so he can shoot his zombified wife. He doesn't even manage to do that. That said, some interpret his actions as intentional. He later admits that he lacked the strength to shoot his wife, which came back to haunt him when she followed them on a supply hunt and bit their son.
- I Will Find You: Morgan followed Rick's directions to the prison, then followed tracks of prison survivors to Terminus, then the Hunters' markings on trees all in effort to find Rick or those that know him. He finally gets a solid lead in Coda and makes the solo trek to Alexandria by the season finale.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Forced by circumstances to kill his wife and son.
- Madness Mantra: The word "Clear", from the episode of the same name, is written all over his house.
- Martial Pacifist: Becomes this in Season 5, he fights off but spares the two 'wolves' that wanted to take his supplies and kill him.
- Missed Him by That Much: Morgan is around two to three weeks behind the main cast, based on how overgrown and tarnished Rick's sign is by the time he finds it. He doesn't end up reaching the group until the season finale.
- Mr. Exposition: He explains to Rick about the Walkers, and also tells him about the evacuation zone in Atlanta.
- My Greatest Failure: He was basically broken by his losses since he was introduced, the loss of his wife and son.
- Papa Wolf: To Duane.
- Pet the Dog: Gently shushes a walker before he puts it down in the season 5 mid-finale stinger.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of the pilot episode.
- The Quest: He has been on one for quite some time, trying to find Rick's group. He succeeds in "Conquer".
- Room Full of Crazy: His hideout in Season 3 is covered in graffiti to this effect. They seem to tell him of past events, such as the death of Duane and others, as well as reminders of his plans, tactics, and booby traps.
- Sanity Slippage: After Duane is killed by his zombie wife and he has to put them both down. He writes fanatically on walls including basic reminders, creates death traps for and robs any travellers, and has become obsessed with clearing the town of walkers in a penance for Duane. By season 5 he's much more sane.
- Simple Staff: A walking stick as he traveled from King County to the church, via the prison and Terminus.
- Survivalist Stash: According to AMC, Morgan gathered 59 guns, 5 bows, and 48 grenades. Rick manages to rearm the prison and still leave plenty for Morgan.
- Technical Pacifist: If you interpret Morgan blaring a car horn near two unconscious Wolves as a lure for walkers.
- Took a Level in Badass: In the first episode Morgan was a fairly rusty shot, and preferred to just hide from walkers. By season 3 he has fortified King County, apparently robbed dozens of people passing through, and came close to killing Rick, Michonne and Carl on his own. By season 5 he's even more badass now that he's sane, effortlessly taking out the two Wolves who attack him.
- Walking Spoiler: Morgan reappears in season 3 and in the post-credit scenes of season 5 before rejoining the group for good in the season finale.
- Walking the Earth: In season 5, searching for survivors from the prison and Terminus until he discovers Abraham's note to Rick in the church.
- Weapon of Choice: His Simple Staff.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one to Rick for not keeping up with his radio messages.
- He seems alarmed by the sight of the bloody Rick who just executed Pete in "Conquer".
- Zen Survivor: By the time of Season 5, he's become this, as said by Word of God.
Portrayed by: Adrian Kali Turner
Duane is Morgan's son, who is attempting to deal with the loss of his mother and the Zombie Apocalypse
. He is eventually bitten by his zombiefied mother on a supply run and put down by Morgan.
- And Then Duane Was A Walker: Gets bitten and turned by his own mother.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Morgan's descent into cynicism is triggered by him being bitten by Duane's zombified mother, forcing Morgan to put down both mother and son.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Unlike his comic book version, Duane in the show had poor grammar, heavy use of profanity, and much more aggressive when first attacking Rick.
- Put on a Bus: At the end of the pilot episode, followed by a Bus Crash in Season 3. By the time Rick returned to King County, he's already (un)dead and turned into a Walker.
- Shovel Strike: In the first episode, he uses this on Rick.
- Tag Along Kid: Duane didn't do much, considering he was still just a kid. He mostly just followed his father and Rick around, but at least got trained by Rick. He also seemed the most scared of the Walkers, though mostly of his Walker mother. Which causes the death of him in-between seasons.
Portrayed by: Linds Edwards
Leon is a sheriff's deputy who served alongside Rick and Shane, he was present when Rick was shot. He was later infected during the initial stages of the outbreak, and shot by Rick upon being found as a walker.
Portrayed by: Lilli Birdsell & Melissa Cowan
Hannah lives in King County with her kids Jamie and Billy, and is divorced from Andrew. She gets killed attempting to get her kids to an evacuation zone, sacrificing herself so they could escape. Her zombiefied form is later found by Rick and killed.
- All There in the Manual: The webisodes are dedicated to showing how she became the bicycle girl zombie.
- An Axe to Grind: How she dispatches walker!Judy.
- And Then Hannah Was A Zombie
- Ascended Extra: Got turned from just being a very notable walker in the first episode to the protagonist of a six part webisode series.
- Doomed by Canon: The webisodes were advertising that Hannah would become the bicycle girl walker, so that made this a given.
- Eaten Alive: Allows herself to be eaten so that her children have a chance to escape while the walkers are distracted.
- Half The Woman She Used To Be: The walkers eat so much of her that the only thing left to reanimate is her top half.
- Heroic Suicide: After getting bitten, she stays behind to let the walkers eat her while her kids escape.
Portrayed by: Rick Otto
Hannah's ex-husband, he married Judy after the divorce and gets custody of Jamie and Billy on weekends. He works to keep his family alive during the inital days of the outbreak, but gets eaten by a neighbor's kids while looking for car keys.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Eaten Alive: By his neighbors kids after he failed to put them down earlier.
- Shoot the Dog: Literally: his dog gets attacked by a walker so he shoots it to put it out of its misery.
- Too Dumb to Live: Walking alone, without a flashlight, into a dark basement, during a Zombie Apocalypse. The crunch followed by the scream was no surprise.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Not even a zombiefied kid: this comes back to bite him in the ass when he gets eaten by Palmer's kids, who he had decided not to shoot earlier after Palmer asked him to.
Portrayed by: Danielle Burgio
Andrew's second wife. She gets bitten after trying to give CPR to a dead girl.
- Being Good Sucks: Tires to give CPR to an injured women and gets a little zombie mouth-to-mouth for her trouble.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: She sees a woman, seemingly unconscious, laying on the street and attempts to perform mouth-to-mouth CPR on her. Unfortunately, the woman turns into a walker during this which leads to her being bitten on the tongue.
- And Then Judy Was A Zombie: Hannah eventually puts her down with an axe.
- Zombie Infectee: Briefly, after being bitten in the mouth.
Portrayed by: Madison Leisle
Hannah and Andrew's daughter. Hannah entrusts Billy's safety to her at the end of the webisodes.
Portrayed by: Griffin Cleveland
Hannah and Andrew's son, and the younger brother to Jamie.
Portrayed by: Rex Maynard Linn
Palmer is Andrew's neighbor, and was celebrating his 50th birthday with his family when walkers attacks. His kids and wife were bitten and turned, and he was forced to kill his wife, but could not bring himself to put down his kids. He was also bitten in the process, and had Andrew kill him in exchange for his guns.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Conspiracy Theorist: He thinks that terrorists are behind the walkers, figuring they "found a way to blow us away without bombs".
- Kill the Ones You Love: Is forced to do this to his wife; he can't bring himself to do it for his kids.
- Zombie Infectee: Gets bitten by his wife while putting her down and has Andrew put him out of his misery in exchange for his guns.
Dr. Gale Macones
Dr. Gale Macones
"So then I realized, I could help others in another way. No more violence, no more loss, no more pain. A release, on your terms."
A doctor at Harrison Memorial Hospital who encounters Paul and Karina as they seek medical attention.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Mercy Kill: She provides this to any survivors she meets who want to die on their own terms instead of being killed by the walkers. When Karina decides she wants to die, Gale injects her with a drug to let her die peacefully.
- Sanity Slippage: She is clearly not all there in the head as a result of the horrific things she has witnessed being done by humans, not walkers, during the apocalypse.
- Sole Survivor: She is the only survivor at Harrison Memorial Hospital except for Rick, but she doesn't know he is there in a coma. She says the rest of the staff and patients were either killed or fled the hospital.
- Uncertain Doom: The last time we see her is with Paul pointing a gun at her head, telling him to shoot her if he thinks she is a murderer for providing mercy kills to those who give up hope, specifically in regards to Karina.
The father of one of Shane's old girlfriends, he is arrested by Shane after killing his daughters boyfriend Paul, who had become a walker. He is let out when Shane figures out what is going on, but his daughter is killed after turning. He stays behind with Leon Basset at the police station to help others.
- Red Herring: It is made to appear as if he is infected, and he even bites Leon, but he is simply panicking.
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One of Shane's old girlfriends, and the daughter of Gary. She is a nurse at the hospital, and is bitten by her zombiefied boyfriend Paul before her dad kills him. She flees, but goes to the police station after her dad is arrested to see him. However, she turns and attacks Leon Basset, and Shane is forced to put her down.
- Zombie Infectee: Gets bitten by her zombie boyfriend, and later turns at the police station.