Carl explaining to Rick that he still loves his dad, even after everything they've been to and all the terrible things they've both been forced to do.
Glenn and Maggie's wedding, presided not by a preacher, but the most spiritual member of the community. No invitations, since they just assumed everyone would come. Nothing but a speech, custom-made wedding vows, and a kiss. It shows that even after the apocalypse, with the worst of human nature surfacing, love still finds a way.
In the No Way Out arc, Rick is holding of the zombies alone so that Carl has a chance. He's being overwhelmed. Cut to each of the members of the group seeing him fighting alone, and each one of them going out to help fight them. They win. In a series devoid of optimism, this also doubles as a Crowning Moment Of Awesome.
Rick forgiving Nicholas after his failed mutiny, making him see that everyone needs to work together to survive rather than killing him, despite admitting later that he really wanted to.
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Rick reuniting with his family.
The Mexican 'gangsters' turning a retirement home into a fortress to protect the patients.
"Cherokee Rose": Daryl gives Carol a flower of the same name as the episode. He tells her a story of what the flower means, surprisingly sweet coming from a guy like him.
Daryl: "I'm not fool enough to believe that there are any flowers blooming for my brother, but I believe that this one bloomed for your little girl."
Daryl's absolute determination to find Sophia, even after he nearly dies in the search.
Carol telling Daryl he's a valuable member of the team and a good man, after Daryl had been hallucinating his brother telling him no one appreciated him.
"Today, you did more for my little girl than her own daddy ever did for her in her whole life."
Rick seems to abandon Shane to certain death after they have a brutal fight. Then it turns out he was just going to get a car to save him, and tells Shane that whatever has happened between them, they need to work together now.
Hershel giving Glenn his watch, which has been passed down from father to father in his generation. Especially heartwarming given that Hershel was VERY uncomfortable with Glenn's relationship with Maggie at first.
Dale trying to convince Daryl to vote to save Randall, telling him that he's a respected member of the group and a good man.
With Dale arguing as the sole voice for saving not just their prisoner's life, but their own humanity, he is able to win over Andrea, who to this point had seemed the most solidly in Shane's camp, and the person Dale cared about most in the group. And later, when Rick is unable to carry out the execution, she looks elated at being able to give Dale the news. Unfortunately, by that point it was too late.
AMC was holding a live vote as to what to do with Randall, and over the course of the episode Dale actually won a lot of real life viewers over.
Rick asking Daryl why he shot Dale so that Rick wouldn't have to.
"Ain't no reason you should have to do all the heavy lifting."
Lori apologizing to Shane for the pain she's caused him, and thanking him for helping her and Carl in the early days.
Andrea and Glenn's moment in Dale's RV, with Andrea tossing the keys to Glenn and consoling Glenn as he thinks he let Dale down.
Rick giving Carl back the gun he stole, telling him that he trusts him and showing that he wants to help make him a man.
Everyone reuniting at the highway after the farm is overrun.
Daryl insisting that that they look for Andrea. He doesn't give up on anyone.
Glenn telling Maggie he loved her. Awkward but sweet.
In the midst of the rest of the group openly doubting Rick's leadership, Daryl's quiet "Rick's done right by me". Doubles back into tearjerker territory when you realize that based on what we know of Daryl's backstory, Rick is probably just about the only person who ever has.
Michonne refusing to abandon the very ill Andrea.
Although it doubles as a massive Tear Jerker, Lori telling Carl how much she loves him, how proud she is, and imparting some final advice before she dies in childbirth.
Lori: You're gonna be fine. You are gonna beat this world. I know you will. You are smart, and you are strong, and you are so brave, and I love you. You gotta do whatís right, baby. You promise me, youíll always do whatís right. Itís so easy to do the wrong thing in this world. So if it feels wrong, donít do it, all right? If it feels easy donít do it. Donít let the world spoil you. Youíre so good. Youíre my sweet boy. The best thing I ever did.
A meta example: it seems that whenever a character is killed off, the rest of the cast treat his/her actor to dinner and give them a personal prop from the show as a token of remembrance. You don't see that kind of dedication with most shows.
Daryl and "Little Asskicker".
More specifically: Daryl is the first to wonder how they're going to feed the new baby. He immediately heads out on a baby formula scavenging mission with Maggie. While scavenging baby supplies from a daycare, he grabs a stuffed toy for the baby. Finally, when they get back, Daryl promptly scoops up the baby to be the one to feed it. The baby's big brother, the group's "doctor," Maggie, and Beth are all standing there, but Daryl doesn't seem to have a shadow of a doubt that he is the best guy for this job. Awwwww.
And that smile◊ when she does quiet down. After all he's been through and all the abuse he took growing up, it's sweet how kids affect him.
Glenn telling Hershel that T-Dog went around in his car looking for elderly people who needed help when the outbreak started, and how he was a good guy who saved his life on several occasions and how he's gonna miss him. Hershel thanks T-Dog for closing the gate (which is when he was bitten).
Hershel offering to stay with Rick when he clearly thinks correctly that Rick is imagining the phone calls he's been getting
Daryl telling Carl about his mothers death in an attempt to connect with Carl about Lori's death. It doesn't entirely work but it's still a look at the hard man's soft side.
Rick starts coming out of his Heroic BSOD following Lori's death, and holds his newborn daughter for the first time. You start to see a bit of the old Rick coming out when he smiles down at her. And then he sees Michonne...
Daryl discovers the noise he's assumed to be a trapped walker is actually Carol, still very much alive. No words are needed as he gently picks her up and takes her to safety.
In the final scene of "Hounded", Michonne finally arrives at the prison, carrying the baby formula that Glenn and Maggie had found before being kidnapped by Merle.
Carol's reunion with Rick in "When the Dead Come Knocking".
The little things that Glenn does for Maggie in "Made to Suffer", such as giving her his shirt to cover up with and handing her a bone from a Walker first to use as a weapon, before getting one for himself.
Daryl saying goodbye to Rick, telling him to look after L'il Asskicker and Carl, saying the latter's a good kid.
Hershel comforting Glenn and Maggie, telling Glenn thank you for looking after Maggie, and that he considers him like a son.
Hershel telling Rick to reconsider his choice to send away Tyreese, that although the group has obediently followed his orders and is grateful, that he is wrong on this one. And Rick actually seems to change his mind. Then however Lori appears...
Daryl has come a long way, as shown by a nice call-back in 'Home' to season 1.
Merle: I damn near killed that Chinese kid.
Daryl: He's Korean.
Hershel hobbles all the way through the prison field to ask Rick what's going on. He then patiently tries to help Rick through his mental episode.
Andrea and Carol hugging at their reunion at the prison, as Carol thanks Andrea for saving her life in the season 2 finale.
The episode "Clear" is full of these with Michonne.
Firstly she acts very protective of Carl, repeatedly stopping from getting into danger.
Carl and Michonne risk their lives in order to get Judith the last photo in existence of her mother.
Then Michonne tops that by picking up a rainbow-coloured stuffed animal, and she shares a goofy smile with Carl.
At the start of the episode Carl and Rick talk about how Michonne is only a very temporary ally of the group. At the end Carl tells Rick to let Michonne into the group, surprising him. Michonne then admits that to Rick that she sees and talks to her ex-boyfriend, sympathizing with his situation with Lori.
There's something oddly pleasant about watching the members of both the prison and Woodbury crews bonding with each other while Rick and the Governor attempt to reach a truce. Hershel and Milton's conversation was both kind and amusing (thanks to Milton's awkwardness, mostly), and seeing Daryl and Martinez kill zombies together was one of the most Badass instances of male bonding ever put on film, which is cemented when they share cigarettes found on a dead zombie. All in all, both sides act very human.
Martinez revealing that he enjoys killing walkers so much because that they killed his wife and kids, and Daryl being honestly sympathetic.
Daryl: That sucks.
Glenn and Maggie making up in "Arrow on the Doorpost" after he admits that he hasn't been caring enough to her. Passionate make-up sex ensues.
Andrea trying to convince Milton to flee to the prison with her, then kissing him on the cheek and wishing him luck when she leaves.
Glenn asking Hershel for his permission to marry Maggie.
Glenn quietly proposing to Maggie later, and her accepting.
Glenn going through the trouble of getting Maggie an engagement ring to propose to her with.
Rick admitting that he's been wrong to leave the rest of the group in the dark about important decisions, and declaring the end of the Ricktatorship.
Rick picks up wire to bind Michonne's hands with when he hands her over to the Governor for torture and death, when he hallucinates Lori watching him. Disgusted with what he's planning to do, he throws it away, calls off the plan and does the above meeting with the group.
In the season 3 finale, a bitten Andrea's final moments. Her calm acceptance of her fate and what she must do, a call-back to one of her lines in Season 1, Michonne breaking down into tears and offering to stay with Andrea until the end.
At the end of the season 3 finale, Rick's crew allows the remaining Woodbury survivors (who are mostly elderly and children) into the prison, showing that his problem was with the Governor, and not them.
Hershel and Maggie thanking each other after they save Glenn from choking from the illness.
As of "Live Bait", it appears as though the Governor is turning over a new leaf.
He opens up to a little girl named Meghan who doesn't speak much due to her father abondoning her family and is able to get her smiling when he tells her he's a pirate and also shares how he lost his eye for which she comforts him. He starts teaching her how to play chess and she labels an eye patch on the king piece.
After becoming distant because Meghan became upset wittnessing the Governor kill her zombified grandfather, he earns her trust once again running into his arms to carry her away from danger. Then brutally kills three walkers to protect her and promises to never let anything happen to her.
"Cross my heart."
In "Too Far Gone", Hershel smiling with pride at Rick's impassioned speech on how they and the Governor's group can live in peace. Even if the speech fails and Hershel dies.
At the end of "After", Rick and Carl make up after their arguments, and Michonne almost bursts into tears after finding them after the prison attack.
In "Inmate", the revelation that Judith is alive thanks to Tyreese saving her.
Tyreese, Lizzie, and Mika reuniting with Carol.
"Still" features Beth and Daryl having a heart-to-heart, with the former telling the latter that what he was shouldn't reflect who is now, and that he's a good man. They burn down a redneck shack together and flip its burning frame off as a way to symbolize him shedding his past.
In "Alone" Bob reveals why he's had the dissonant smile plastered over his face since the mid-season finale. Before whenever one of his groups fell apart, he was the last person left alive. Now he's no longer alone, as he's got Sasha and Maggie.
Sasha and Maggie hugging Bob when they find him at the end of the episode is one of the most heartwarming parts of the season.
Beth serenading Daryl on a funeral home piano while he dozes in a coffin.
Later Beth asks Daryl what changed his mind about there being good people left after the apocalypse. He just stares right at her face until she realises.
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Most of Lee's interactions with Clementine, but the scene where he bandages a cut on her finger stands out as a bonding moment.
Or when he pushes her on the swing in Episode 2.
When you find Irene, and she asks Carley for her gun, Lee can tell Carley to give it to her. Lee has to stay behind to get the gun once she has shot herself.
Lee: God bless you.
Irene: God bless you, too. (Shoots herself.)
Being loyal to Kenny leads to him adding after he saves you that No One Gets Left Behind, "especially a good friend."
If you side with Lilly and try to save Larry during the Sadistic Choice in the meat locker in Episode 2, she is heartbroken by the death of Larry and left catatonic. Later, when the group is leaving, Lilly looks up to you and says, "Hey, we're good. Okay?" This doesn't sound like much, but considering this is coming from the usually JerkassIce Queen, this small acknowledgement of your support and loyalty is a little heart-warming.
Often overlooked: for as much as it can sometimes make him act badly Kenny has been willing to stand up to Larry, Lee and The StJohns all without weapons and just to protect his family and friends. For all the mans faults damned if he isn't a good friend and a good dad.
Same can apply to Lilly, or even Larry as well. This quote from Lilly is especially poignant:
Lilly: Yeah, he's bitter and hateful, but that's all just to protect himself. And me. All he's got left in the world is me. And that goes both ways. So yeah, he's probably going to keep treating you like crap, but that's just because he still has one thing left to care about. So don't judge him. And don't judge me for sticking by him. He's my dad, and I love him.
Whenever someone comforts Ben.
Every Lee/Carley moment is this. In Episode 3, if you saved Carley, she will ask to speak to you in private. Depending on your choices, the scene starts to consist of humorous but flirtatious dialogue that gives a real fuzzy feeling to those who ship Lee/Carley.
Carley: I've been thinking a lot. About you.
Lee: I think about you, too.
Carley: Our group is small.
Lee: You're small.
No matter how you end the conversation, Carley pecks Lee on the cheek, and depending on your earlier choices before the conversation, concludes with this:
Carley: Don't call me small.
If you ask for Carley's opinion of Lily, she will reveal her worry about the other woman. Unfortunately, the two women engage in an argument during their escape from the motor inn which results in Carley's death. Despite that Carley's fate is inevitable, you can defend her from the accusations for being associated with the bandits, and Carley will try to get the paranoid Lily to listen to Lee.
Clementine, but notably Katjaa, both comforting Lee over Carley's death, and depending on your choices, you can admit Lee's romantic fondness of Carley to Katjaa.
In episode 3, Duck can help you investigate the missing supplies. After helping make some great progress he goes for a high five. Do it and he thinks you're super awesome.
Also from episode 3, Lee bonding with Clementine by teaching her how to shoot and cutting her hair. Video Game Caring Potential at its finest. It'll be really hard to give her up if she does actually meet her parents in Savannah.
With Lee being bitten, it would be really easy.
Despite the grim circumstances, pretty much all interactions with Lee and Clementine on the train are one d'aww after another. When Clem pouts about "looking like a boy" after her haircut, Lee ties her hair back in bunches and assures her she looks cute. Where did Clementine get the hair ties? Lilly gave them to her.
It's possible to get every member of the group to come with you to look for Clem. Even after Lee reveals he's been bitten. True Companions 101.
The opposite is true as well. Lee can elect to refuse all help because of True Companions 101. He's unwilling to put anyone in danger.
Related: If your relationship with Kenny has been mixed and you choose to reveal your bite, Kenny still agrees to let you on the boat.
In episode 4, you come across Kenny getting drunk because it seems as if there are no boats in Savannah. But then Clementine finds one in a shack behind the house they were holed up in, and he comes out and sees it, smiles and drops the bottle at his feet.
Another one in episode 4, if you tell Clementine that her parents probably aren't in Crawford, Lee says it's because they're good people and they wouldn't have stayed in a place like that.
Clementine: "How do you know they're good, you've never met them?"
Lee: "Well... They raised you, didn't they?"
Minor one. This exchange when the group is voting whether or not to leave Ben for his screw-ups that put the group at risk shows how endearing Clementine can be:
Christa: "Well, I vote we leave him. I'm sorry, Ben, I know you mean well, but all I wanna do is get back to Omid, and you put that at risk."
At the end of Episode 4, after Lee's been bitten, you can have Lee tell the group that he wants to go on alone and to leave him. If your relationship with individual members is high enough, they'll refuse to leave Lee behind, and will go with you anyway.
Episode 5 has quite a few, appropriately enough. Notably, there's the chance to make your peace with Kenny. If Lee's relationship with him has been mixed, they still end up on good terms in the end. Almost certain death has a way of making people reassess their priorities.
As well as the closing conversation with Clementine - overlaps strongly with Tear Jerker, but still heartwarming.
Choosing Ben to come with you to look for Clementine.
Kenny identifying with Ben, and sacrificing his life to Mercy Kill him.
There's a fairly subtle moment during Lee's final interaction with Clementine. Clementine has just seen her zombified parents and is, as you would expect, deeply affected. When she mentions how terrible it is, Lee's response is a simple "I can't imagine, Sweet Pea." Except, he *can*. Earlier in the season, Lee not only find the vague hints of his parent's final moments at their family store but also has to kill his own brother, who turned into a walker. Lee knows Clementie's pain deeply and what does he do? He ignores his own past sufferings. Because Clem's are that more important to him.
Of course Lee can't imagine how it feels, he already knows how it feels, having lost his family already. He doesn't need to imagine it to know what Clementine is going through.
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Discovering that those two people on the hill at the end of Season 1 were Omid and Christa.
Making a pinky-swear with Sarah.
Somehow, the dying bandit thanking you if you give him some of your water manages to be this.
When being confronted by bandits Christa says she is all alone. Considering how she was initially cold to Clementine after the Time Skip, it makes it heartwarming to know that she is still looking out for her and keeping her promise to Lee even if it is risking the chance of her life.
If you ask Alvin for help after escaping from being locked in the shed, he won't tattle on you. Which is heartwarming enough, but if you refer to him as a nice guy, he'll say he's not but act like one, giving you bandages and a juice box. This is rather notable since the rest of the group was treating Clementine like a potential walker-in-the-making.
Your interactions with Sam the Dog are pretty cute, especially the part where you can play fetch with a frisbee. It really makes it a big Tear Jerker then when he snaps at you and you have the option of putting him out of his misery or leaving him to die a slow painful death.
If you ask Sarah about the book she's reading Clem has it later on when she's eating, apparently borrowing it from Sarah. It's a small, missable detail but it's nice.
Depending on what Lee advises Clementine to do at the end of Season 1, influences what she says when talking about him to Luke. Clem's wistful tone and look of dejection shows she misses Lee insanely.
Luke: "He sounds like a great guy."
Clementine: "...He's the reason I keep my hair short."
When you meet Kenny outside the ski lodge, one dialogue option allows you to give him a big hug.
Later, you can have Clementine tell him that Lee saved her. Kenny smiles warmly and says "I knew it! I knew he would!"
How happy taking pictures with Sarah makes her, as well as Clementine teaching her how to shoot.
If you take the blame for taking Sarah's picture and tipping the intruder off, Sarah overrules you and says it was her fault since she asked you to take the picture, so Carlos is disappointed in Sarah instead of you.
Clementine's reunion with Kenny and the fact he is willingly to give up fighting back in order to save her.
The scene where Clementine listens to Rebecca's baby kick as well as the Christmas decorations at the ski lodge.
If you took Pete's watch in Season 2 Episode 1, you can return it to Nick after expressing he expresses frustration at leaving it behind, receiving his thanks for doing so.
Wait long enough in answering when Carlos objects to Clem going with Luke (due to her being "just a little girl") to the bridge and you can hear Luke defend and praise Clementine, calling her a "valuable little girl" and recalling the instance when she stitched herself up in the shed as evidence that she can handle herself. You really get the feeling he believes in her.