Follow TV Tropes


Characters / The Walking Dead TV Show Grady Survivors

Go To

Characters first introduced at Grady Memorial Hospital in the television show The Walking Dead:

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. These spoiler tags will be removed upon the debut of the following season, and the character bios will be updated then as well. Additionally, character portraits will be updated each half-season with the release of an official, complete set from AMC. If you have not seen the first nine seasons read at your own risk!


    open/close all folders 

Grady Memorial Hospital

     In General 

Grady Memorial Hospital has been occupied by a group of Atlanta Police officers that keep the hospital running, which a single doctor, and rescue injured survivors, only to then keep them performing menial labor to keep the place running.

  • The Bad Guys Are Cops: The remaining officers of the Atlanta Police Department run the survivor community at Grady Memorial Hospital. Several of them engage in rape and brutality while Lt. Dawn Lerner looks the other way. However, the rest of the officers seem to be decent.
  • Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comic.
  • Defeat Means Respect: After Rick's group bests them, they let them live and even offer to allow them to join their community.
  • Decomposite Character: In Broad Strokes, the Grady Memorial arc incorporated a number of elements from the Woodbury storyline in the comic that weren't used in the show's adaptation of it. A visual comparison can be found here. Furthermore, Beth and Noah are Alice, Dr. Steven Edwards is Dr. Stevens, Lamson is Martinez, Shepherd is Lilly Caul, and Licari is Gabe. The repeated rapes suffered by Joan are closer to what happened to Michonne in the comics, and she loses her hand after trying to escape like Rick. Finally, the entire community is Put on a Bus after the Big Bad is killed and the Mook turned Token Good Teammate takes over.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The hospital building itself appears in the background during the opening of “What Lies Ahead,” a full three seasons before its proper introduction
  • Equal-Opportunity Evil: Their group includes three females, two black people, two Hispanic men, and one Asian.
  • Fantastic Caste System: The officers are the elites while the wards are slaves.
  • Filler Villain: Their story arc is inserted between storylines actually adapted from the comics and, compared to other villains, their impact on the series as a whole is comparatively minimal.
  • Gray and Black Morality: The cops are either Well Intentioned Extremists or downright pricks.
  • Indentured Servitude: This is summed up in their motto of "you consumed resources, now you have to give back something in return."
  • Might Makes Right: It is heavily implied that they run through this. This seems to be the case when Dawn starts warming up to Beth when she realizes that the latter is not weak like she initially thought. Their Defeat Means Respect attitude towards Rick and Co. after Dawn's death supports this.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: They call zombies "rotters."
  • Police Brutality: They beat wards as punishment, kill survivors they wouldn't be able to control, and some of them even commit rape.
  • Put on a Bus: After the conclusion of their arc and the show moving almost 600 miles away, it's unlikely we'll ever see any surviving characters on this page ever again.
  • Sex Slave: Some of the female patients are forced to serve male officers as part of the "give back" program.
  • The Starscream: Many of the characters fall under this trope because they aren't as united as Rick's Badass Crew. It seems that no one is strong enough to play Megatron.



Lieutenant Dawn Lerner
"Every sacrifice we make needs to be for the greater good."
Portrayed by: Christine Woods

"Beth, in this job you don't need their love. But you have to have their respect. Otherwise, the day's gonna come when you need backup and you don't have it. And what comes next? Everybody goes down."

An Atlanta Police Department lieutenant leading a group of police officers that rescues/kidnaps injured survivors, heals them and keep them performing supporting jobs at the hospital until they are no longer needed.

  • 0% Approval Rating: Her officers consider her a terrible leader and want her out of power. This is driven home when Dawn is killed and no one mourns for her or tries to avenge her death.
  • Accidental Murder: Her horrified reaction immediately after killing Beth implies that she didn't actually mean to pull the trigger and it was purely a reflex action due to being stabbed. Not that it gains her any sympathy from Rick's group. However, two weeks later, Rick acknowledges that this was the case to Glenn and Michonne.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Immediately after shooting and killing Beth, she begs for her life. Daryl isn't having any of it.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Her heart is as black as her hair and uniform.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: Confirmed by Word of God she suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • Anti-Villain: She forces patients to perform menial tasks at the hospital and does nothing to stop some of her officers from raping or beating wards in order to keep the community going using fear, but deeply regrets it and wishes things were different.
  • Arc Villain: She serves as the main antagonist from "Slabtown" (the fourth episode of Season 5) until her death in the mid-season finale.
  • Asshole Victim: A corrupt cop who turned a blind eye to rape, beat up on Noah, and shot Beth in the head? She had it coming.
  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: No angel herself, but she's at least not as corrupt as Gorman, being seemingly disturbed by Gorman and some of the other cops raping female wards but being unwilling to do anything about it.
  • Big Bad: From the fourth episode of Season 5 until her death in the midseason finale.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Daryl kills her, after she does the same to Beth.
  • The Chains Of Command: Like her predecessor, the leadership takes a toll on her and the residents of the hospital notice this.
  • Dark Action Girl: She can definitely handle herself in a fight.
  • Deal with the Devil: That's how Joan refers to Dawn's "compromises" to keep the hospital community running.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Her treatment of Beth gets a little better after Beth stands up for herself, earning some respect and the keys to a medicine cabinet.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: She meets her end in the mid-Season 5 finale, courtesy of Daryl.
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Shane in many ways. She killed her friend and police partner for being a good man who got people killed (succeed where Shane failed) and adjusted her worldview to do whatever it takes to survive in the Zombie Apocalypse while still holding out hope that they will be rescued at some point.
  • Dirty Coward: Joan calls her this for allowing cops like Gorman to abuse them. Dawn purposefully neglects to reprimand her subordinates, falsely believing that doing so earns their respect, but will lash out at weaker individuals like Beth.
  • Fair Cop: Downplayed because of the uniform and neatly tied up hair, which gives her shades of The Baroness.
  • First-Name Basis: Unlike the other cops, she's addressed by her given name.
  • Foil: Yet another to Rick, as a cop who became a leader of survivors. To further contrast herself from Rick, she's (judging from her uniform), an urban city cop as opposed to Rick, who is a small town cop. Since she's the Arc Villain for several episodes in Season 5, she also counts as something of an Evil Counterpart to Rick.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: The rest of the Grady Memorial cops neither like nor respect her.
  • Hypocrite: She berates O'Donnell for having become corrupted by power and abusing the wards, while Dawn herself has beaten them and turned a blind eye to the others' abuse until it threatened her position.
  • Iron Lady: She rules with an iron fist.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: She allows Noah to be beaten as her way of punishing Beth.
  • Jerkass: She hits Beth for no reason when frustrated, and later thrashes Noah alongside Gorman. She also turns a blind eye to Gorman raping the wards.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She pretends to be Beth's friend and explain that they are Not So Different, but that doesn't stop her from using her "friend" to weed out traitors and manipulate others into giving what she wants.
  • Kick the Dog: She repeatedly hits Beth when she's angry, for no reason. At least when she helped beat Noah she could use the flimsy excuse of discouraging further mistakes. And then she kills Beth, which gets Dawn herself killed by Daryl.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: When she and Beth kill O'Donnell, who is pretty much The Starscream of the team.
  • Kingpin in His Gym: She's seen working out in a stationary bicycle.
  • The Leader: Of the Grady Memorial Hospital group.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: What many in the hospital consider her leadership, when compared with living outside with the walkers.
    • While definitely not a nice person, she can be considered downright pleasant compared to all the other Big Bads Rick's group has faced over the course of the series.
  • Light Is Not Good/Meaningful Name: Her name is usually used as a metaphor for new beginnings. While she does seem to believe she's giving it to the ones she "rescued", it's not the new beginning they are hoping for.
  • Mood-Swinger: She can jump from calm to violent with minimal provocation and she hits Beth for no real reason other than spite. Dr. Edwards even states that she has good and bad days, with the latter being emphasized.
  • Moving the Goalposts: She adds a condition to the trade that Noah gets returned to her immediately after the deal.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Her reaction to killing Beth is one of immediate remorse. Daryl doesn't have it and shoots her dead anyways.
  • The Napoleon: Despite her short stature, she has absolutely no qualms about who she picks a fight with, and is downright abusive towards Noah.
  • Necessarily Evil: She justifies her acts as keeping Grady Hospital together until aid arrives. However, since no help is coming, all her cruelty is really for nothing.
  • The Neidermeyer: She neglects to discipline her subordinates, thus enabling abuse in the mistaken assumption this will gain her their admiration and respect. In reality, she has neither.
  • Pet the Dog: She begins to take a protective stance towards Beth, gives her the key to the medicine cabinet so she can treat Carol, and is mortified when she accidentally killed her.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Due to her small stature, she's a lot stronger than she looks.
  • Pride: She just had to ask for Noah back, even though everything was in the clear.
  • Punny Name: Her first name is an obvious Stealth Pun to Dawn of the Dead (1978).
  • Sherlock Scan: She immediately figures out that Beth knows Carol without the latter saying it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives one to Beth... and ends up getting one from her.
  • The Starscream: Another man named Captain Hanson had been in charge of the hospital survivors; according to Dawn and Dr. Edwards, he was a "good man" who made some mistakes and got people killed. Edwards mentions that Dawn "dealt with" Hanson and took over. This precedent comes back to bite her when numerous other cops, including O'Donnell and Lamson, are willing to repay her in kind.
  • We Just Need to Wait for Rescue: She is convinced that help will one day arrive, and that the hospital survivors just have to keep going on with their "society" so they can help rebuild once rescue comes. When Beth tells her that rescue is not coming for them, it breaks her.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: She believes her actions are for the greater good while the government regains control of the city.
  • Work Off the Debt: The society she has set up is basically Indentured Servitude. They rescue/abduct people from the wilderness, use their supplies to treat them, then force the abductees to work off the value of the medicine used. However these workers then still need to eat while working, so the cost of food keeps the debt high.

    Dr. Edwards 

Dr. Steven Edwards
"When they arrested Christ, Peter denied being one of his disciples. He didn't have a choice. They would have crucified him too."
Portrayed By: Erik Jensen

"Art isn't about survival. It's about transcendence. Being more than animals. Rising above."

The pragmatic sole doctor of the hospital community. He keeps several valuable possessions in his office, including The Denial of St. Peter by the Italian Baroque artist Caravaggio, which he found outside Atlanta's High Museum.

  • Affably Evil: Despite his gentle manners, he's willing to take extreme measures to keep himself useful to Dawn.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's a pleasant enough fellow, but also threatens Gorman and manipulates Beth into killing Trevitt.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He tricks Beth into poisoning Trevitt, a fellow doctor he's treating, so that he remains valuable to Dawn as the group's only remaining doctor. This leads to Noah being beaten, when it could have easily been Beth.
  • Dirty Coward: At heart he's this. And worst of all, he's aware of it.
  • Dressed to Heal: Justified, as he's a doctor living in a hospital with plenty of spare clothing.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He may be willing to resort to dirty tactics to keep himself safe, but he is disgusted by the sexual abuses that Gorman and some of the other cops carry out.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He resorts to this to justify tricking Beth into killing the newly arrived Dr. Gavin Trevitt, whom Edwards considers a threat, since some of the officers might kick him out or kill him if they got a more compliant doctor.
  • Karma Houdini: He survives "Coda" without any kind of punishment for using Beth to commit murder.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He manipulates Beth into poisoning a potential rival so he can secure his position within Grady.
  • The Medic: As the sole doctor in the hospital.
  • Nice Guy: Subverted. He is one of the few people at Grady Memorial to treat Beth kindly, but he still endangers her and kills an innocent to protect himself.
  • Non-Action Guy: He considers himself one and invokes it to justify turning a blind eye to the corruption in the hospital and deceiving Beth into killing potential rival Gavin Trevitt.
  • Put on a Bus: Stevens chooses to stay behind at the hospital after Dawn's death, along with most of his companions.
  • The Smart Guy: Aside from being the sole doctor in the hospital, he's also a Manipulative Bastard.


Officer Gorman
"The girl should have been mine."
Portrayed By: Cullen Moss

"When someone does you a favor, it’s a courtesy to show some appreciation."

A sleazy and abusive police officer who was Dawn's partner before the Zombie Apocalypse.

  • Asshole Victim: After sexually harassing Beth, he ends up getting beaten on the head by her and then eaten by Joan after attempting to rape Beth.
  • Corrupt Cop: A reprehensible human being, even for The Walking Dead, and even after coming off of the grisly "Fear the Hunters" arc. He harasses and rapes the women under his care freely.
  • Eaten Alive: By the reanimated Joan.
  • Jerkass: Beneath his cocky jerkass exterior lies a rapist. Most of the time he's on screen he's harassing Beth or threatening Edwards.
  • Karmic Death: He is Eaten Alive by the zombified version of the woman he was raping regularly.
  • Last-Name Basis: Only referred to by his last name.
  • Slimeball: He's not a sadistic cannibal... he's worse.
  • The Starscream: Hinted at, when he comments that Dawn won't always be in charge.
  • Tempting Fate: When Beth pretends to give in to his advances, he smugly tells her that he knew she wasn't a fighter. Cue Beth smashing a jar on his head.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in his debut appearance.


Sergeant Bob Lamson
"I know this woman. And my only interest is peaceful resolution, not dying, and sleeping in my bed tonight. So, please, let me help you."
Portrayed By: Maximiliano Hernandez

A police sergeant assigned to Grady Memorial Hospital during the evacuation of Atlanta. He is said to be among the "good" cops at the hospital.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He begs Rick to take him back to the hospital so he can get healed and promises that he can still help him. Rick disagrees.
  • Ambiguously Evil: It's not known if Lamson tried to escape out of fear or if he was actually a bad guy who deserved to get put down.
  • Asshole Victim: Rick runs him over and puts him down for betraying Sasha. However, it depends on whether you truly think he was Evil All Along or not.
  • Boom, Headshot!: By Rick.
  • Car Fu: How Rick gets him to "stop."
  • Composite Character: In addition to being a Canon Foreigner, he actually receives some aspects of Comic!Martinez's storyline that the TV!Martinez didn't. Specifically, he pretends to be an ally to the group, only to betray them and try to escape. Similar to what happened with Martinez in the comics, Rick ends up hitting him with a car and murdering him after letting him beg for a minute. It is also ambiguous as to whether or not he was actually going to betray Rick or simply work to save the good people in his group.
  • Oh, Crap!: He literally says, "oh shit" when he hears Rick speeding up to run him over after Lamson ignores his warnings to stop running.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted with Bob Stookey. This becomes a problem when Sasha lets her guard down around him because she is still mourning the former's death. The Alexandria Bit Character Bob Miller appears later in the season.
  • Sherlock Scan: He immediately figures out that Rick is a former cop after a few seconds of interaction with him by noting his body language and the way he talks.
  • Survivor Guilt: He tells Sasha about a fellow police officer who he traded jobs with at the start of the outbreak, causing Lamson to live at Grady while the other died in a napalm blast.
  • Token Good Teammate: One of the good cops at Grady, at least according to Noah. Subverted at the very end of "Crossed", when he knocks Sasha unconscious to escape Rick's group.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Rick even tells him his death could've been avoided if he'd just stopped running.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He kicks Sasha into a window so that he can escape.


Officer Amanda Shepherd
Portrayed By: Teri Wyble

Another police officer under Dawn's command. She is partnered with Lamson.

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Though she's not as rigid as Dawn.
  • Ascended Extra: In "Coda".
  • Dark Chick: For the Grady Memorial Hospital rulers, presumably.
  • Dragon Ascendant: She immediately steps up and takes control of the situation after Dawn is killed. That the other officers follow her indicate their respect for her.
  • Last-Name Basis: Only referred to by her last name.
  • Meaningful Name: A shepherd keeps the flock in order, much like what her group is doing to the ones they "rescue". Played more straight after she takes command of Grady following Dawn's death.
  • Nice Girl: Of all the cops, she's by far the friendliest, and even makes sure nothing happens to anyone in Rick's crew after Daryl kills Dawn. She also appears to be respected enough among her fellow officers to take command following Dawn's death.
  • Put on a Bus: Shepherd chooses to stay behind at the hospital, most likely as the new leader.
  • The Starscream: She's one of the officers that want to remove Dawn from command and even offers Rick the chance to take her down in exchange for freedom.
  • You Are in Command Now: It is implied that she becomes the new leader of Grady after Dawn's death.


Sergeant O'Donnell

Portrayed By: Ricky Wayne

Another police officer under Dawn's command.

  • Ascended Extra: In "Coda".
  • Asshole Victim: He definitely had it coming.
  • The Bully: Towards Percy. Dawn also calls him out on him laughing with his "buddies" about Joan getting raped.
  • Disney Villain Death: After Dawn incapacitates him by breaking his larynx, Beth pushes him down an elevator shaft.
  • Jerkass/Hypocrite: He advocates putting Carol out of life support because of the waste of resources, but Beth points out he does exactly that by constantly recharging his portable DVD player.
  • Kick the Dog: Shoves Percy (an elderly man) to the ground.
  • Last-Name Basis: Only referred to by his last name.
  • The Starscream: After he overhears Dawn talking to Beth.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Dawn started as rookies together and were good friends, with Dawn celebrating at the hospital with O'Donnell when his child was born. Post-Zombie Apocalypse, the two now despise each other, with O'Donnell critical of what he considers Dawn's weaknesses and Dawn disgusted that he has become corrupt and abusive.
    Dawn: We're supposed to protect people, to help them, but look at you. You're beating the old man. You're laughing with your buddies about that poor girl getting raped. That's who you are now.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He attacks Dawn after she pulls her gun on him, and then slaps Beth when she tries to intervene.


"Dawn's afraid she'll look weak in front of us. Thinks it will tip things against her... it will."
Portrayed By: Christopher Matthew Cook

Another police officer under Dawn's command.

  • Bald of Evil: He was trying to push Daryl so a walker would bite him in the face.
  • The Brute: The most physically imposing of Grady's officers.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Does this in his attempt to rescue Lamson and Sheppard from Rick's group, coming out of nowhere in a hearse.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He nearly kills Daryl in a fight, but in all fairness is defending himself from what he believes to be a threat. In the following episode, he agrees to help Rick's crew get Beth and Carol back, and doesn't retaliate when Dawn dies.
  • Last-Name Basis: Only referred to by his last name.
  • Put on a Bus: Chooses to stay behind at the hospital, along with most of his companions.



"They think I'm weak. But they don't know shit about me. About what I am."
Portrayed By: Tyler James Williams

A young man from Shirewilt Estates who was "rescued" by the officers of Grady Memorial. He had come to Atlanta with his father to see if they could locate his uncle, but were injured. The officers made them chose who to rescue, leaving his father behind to die. Noah befriends Beth and though only he succeeds in escaping, he ends up joining Rick's group and leading them back to the hospital to barter with Dawn. When she demands he be returned to her, he complies to save the group, but Beth makes it moot when she sacrifices herself to kill Dawn. Wishing to honor Beth's last wishes, Rick leads the group to Virginia in order to take Noah back to his home, only to find it sacked and his family killed by the Wolves. After Tyreese dies, Noah becomes a permanent member of the group, but it doesn't last long as he's killed during a supply run after reaching Alexandria thanks to the cowardice of Nicholas.

  • Action Survivor: Although far from being a Non-Action Guy, he is not competent enough to qualify as a bonafide Action Hero.
  • A Death in the Limelight: In "Spend", he gets more lines than normal and forms a friendship with Reg, who gives him a journal to chronicle the events in Alexandria, and offers to teach him how to reinforce the walls. Noah ends up dying midway through the episode, leaving only one line written in the journal.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He understandably starts begging for his life when Daryl considers leaving him under a bookcase to be eaten. Thankfully, Daryl decides to save him.
  • Black Best Friend: He is the only genuine friend Beth makes during her time in Grady.
  • Butt-Monkey: Noah really does have horrible luck. He is injured and/or traumatized many times throughout his run on the show, culminating in him dying a horrific and totally undeserved death because of another character's cowardice.
  • Combat Pragmatist: He robs Daryl and Carol of their weapons, then sics some walkers on them to delay them while he gets away.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Noah ends up being Eaten Alive while pressed up against the glass of a revolving door, so that Glenn can witness every slow, gruesome detail. One of the walkers even tears out his right cheek as he screams in pain.
  • Devoured by the Horde: He is completely devoured by walkers while Glenn watches helplessly.
  • Famous Last Words: "Don't let go."
  • Fake Guest Star: Appears in 10 of the season's 16 episodes until his death in the fourteenth episode.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: His badly injured legs make it difficult for him to fight or run. However, this changes, as Aaron tells him on the way to the Safe-Zone that they have a skilled doctor named Pete who can help him. His legs seem to have improved by "Spend".
  • Heroic BSoD: When he realizes that everyone he knew before Grady is dead. Tyreese has to snap him out of it.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He tries to make one, choosing to stay behind at the hospital so Beth can leave. However, it becomes a moot point when Beth is killed moments later.
    • Word of God states that he intentionally let go of Glenn's hand in the revolving door to keep the latter from getting taken down with him. His Famous Last Words ("don't let go") were actually his way of reminding Glenn to not lose his humanity.
  • Hope Spot: Noah dies in the same episode Reg gives him a journal to chronicle the building of the Alexandria community.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: An aversion, which is worth mentioning on this show. He fails to headshot a walker with Daryl's crossbow, instead impaling it through the throat. However, he does get better with a gun by the second half of Season 5.
  • Irony: The first and only entry in his journal reads, "This is only the beginning."
  • The Load: At first, he's a terrible shot with badly injured legs whom Rick's group have to save from walkers several times within only a few episodes of meeting him. By "Spend", however, he's definitely gotten better with a gun. It doesn't save him.
  • Made of Iron: Drops down an elevator shaft onto a pile of bodies, and manages to escape from a crowd of walkers on what appears to be a broken leg. He later stalks Daryl and Carol through Atlanta. By the time he's running from Grady's cops he's limping badly, but it's impressive he's still going.
  • Mauve Shirt: He is introduced fairly early on in Season 5 and ends up joining the group, but dies two episodes before the finale.
  • Nice Guy: The most decent person within Grady. He even wants to help Daryl get Beth and Carol out of the hospital, after implying that he wouldn't have robbed them if he didn't think they stood a chance of survival. When Dawn changes the deal last minute, he agrees to stay at Grady if it means Beth gets to leave.
  • The Quiet One: Once he becomes more acclimated to the group Noah starts speaking less, likely guilty over causing Beth and Tyreese's deaths. He does still get lines though, and talks a lot in "Spend" (his last episode).
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The likely reason why Noah is killed off before the end of Season 5 is due to Tyler James Williams being cast in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
  • Ship Tease: With Beth. It comes to an end with Beth's death in the mid-Season 5 finale. In Alexandria, Tara teases him about being interested in local resident Holly, but Noah himself is killed shortly after the discussion.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Every single one of his storylines ends in tragedy. His attempt to get Beth back from the hospital ends with her getting killed in front of him. His ultimate goal of reuniting with his family/old group is stopped when he returns only to find that everyone he knew was slaughtered (and to top it off, Tyreese is killed as well). And his aspiration to become an architect for Alexandria is put to a stop when he dies one of the most violent and painful deaths in the series.
  • Sixth Ranger: He assists Rick's group in the Carol/Beth rescue mission and ultimately joins them for good at the end of "Coda", lasting six more episodes until his death in "Spend."
  • Sole Survivor: He's the lone survivor of Shirewilt Estates until the fourteenth episode of Season 5.
  • Took a Level in Badass: In "Spend", it's shown that his skill with a gun has improved drastically. Too bad he dies in the same episode thanks to Nicholas' cowardice.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: While he means well, his actions cause the deaths of both Beth and Tyreese.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Noah intended to leave the group after they reached his old home, but when he finds it sacked and his family dead, he becomes a permanent member of the group until his death.


"It's easy to make a deal with the devil when you're not the one paying the price."
Portrayed By: Keisha Castle-Hughes

A ward at Grady Memorial Hospital who is being sexually abused by Gorman.

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: She reanimates after committing suicide.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Edwards amputates her arm after she gets bitten trying to escape.
  • Driven to Suicide: After her arm is amputated, she opens up the stitches as a form of suicide.
  • Composite Character: Several of the horrors of the Woodbury arc (which the Grady Memorial arc revisits in Broad Strokes) that were left out of Season 3 are inflicted on Joan. Like Michonne, she is kept as a Sex Slave and repeatedly raped. She also attempts to escape and, like Rick, has her hand amputated (along with the rest of her lower arm). Her final (written) words are "Fuck you," the same as Alice's last words.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Being repeatedly raped by Gorman leads to her escape attempt and eventual suicide.
  • The Dog Bites Back: She deliberately kills herself in Dawn's office (after scratching "Fuck You" onto the floor) so that she can turn and attack her for allowing Gorman to rape her. By a happy coincidence she instead kills Gorman.
  • Sex Slave: One for Gorman and perhaps other officers, though it's strongly implied to have just been him.
  • Spear Carrier: A rather small but well characterized role for a somewhat well known actress like Keisha Castle-Hughes.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Dies in her debut appearance.
  • Zombie Infectee: She gets bitten on her right arm by a walker while trying to escape, but Edwards amputates her arm just below her elbow to save her.



Portrayed By: Marc Gowan

An elderly patient at the hospital.

  • Cool Old Guy: He helps Beth by distracting several guards while she sneaks into Edwards' office.
  • Kick the Dog: Ends up on the receiving end of this when O'Donnell shoves him to the ground for pretty much no reason other than that he's a jerk.
  • Nice Guy: He is completely willing to help out Beth despite not even knowing her.
  • Older Sidekick: He helps out Beth in "Crossed".
  • Put on a Bus: Stays at the hospital along with most of his companions.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: