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The Greene Family

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A family living in Georgia introduced in the second season. They own the Greene farm and welcome Rick's group onto the property, as their farmhand Otis accidentally shoots Carl. Hershel initially stresses that the group must leave the farm when Carl has fully recovered, but to his dismay finds that Rick begins to plead for the group to stay - and that Glenn and his daughter Maggie have fallen in love. The Greenes are revealed to have been keeping a dark secret for months - that they are keeping their undead friends and family in their barn, Hershel having convinced his family that they are sick people who can be cured. Livid, Shane forces the family to learn the horrible truth when he forces his group to massacre the walkers, breaking Hershel and Beth in particular.

However, Hershel is roused from his depression when Rick convinces him there is still hope, and comes to trust the group as his own extended family after realizing they are good, loyal people. Hershel agrees to allow the group to move onto the farm permanently as the winter approaches, but they are forced to flee when a herd of walkers overruns the property. The Greenes are forced to join the group on the road, proving to be vital assets and leaders in the battle-worn group.

While Hershel becomes The Mentor to Rick and a second-in-command, Maggie becomes one of the group's main fighters, and Beth becomes one of Judith's primary caregivers and secondary defenders. The family is able to pull through the Woodbury War unscathed - with Maggie marrying Glenn shortly before its' climax - and grow comfortable at the prison until The Governor returns with a vengeance. Hershel is captured and executed, to the horror of his daughters, who are separated when the prison finally falls. Maggie goes with Sasha and Bob to find Glenn, and eventually rejoin the main group.

Meanwhile, Beth is abducted by the cops of Grady Memorial Hospital, and gets herself killed after a hostage exchange. Tragically, Maggie is as of season five the last surviving member of the Greene family, who still hold sway in the group's hearts to this day long after their deaths.

  • Adaptational Badass: Their comic counterparts weren't presented as a Badass Family. The trope also applies to them individually.
  • Adapted Out: Out of Hershel's seven children in the comics, only Shawn, Arnold and Maggie showed up. Beth is a Canon Foreigner.
  • Badass Family: Rick and co., along with the Zombie Apocalypse, forced them to be.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Played with. Beth is obviously the blonde. Maggie's auburn hair is more evident in her first appearances (it was her actress' natural hair color), while Hershel's actor has brown hair in his youth.
  • Breakout Characters: The Greenes are synonymous to the show in the same way the Grimses, Shane, Glenn, Daryl, Carol and Michonne are.
  • Can't Refuse the Call Anymore: The destruction of Greene Farm leads them to accept the new state of the world and follow Rick's group to survive.
  • Death by Adaptation: Arnold Greene was killed in the comics' version of the barn massacre. Here, he's one of the walkers in the said barn.
  • Decomposite Character: Hershel only had one dead wife in the comics.
  • The Family That Slays Together: After they became a Badass Family. Most notably in the Season 3 premiere, where they all worked together to clear the prison.
  • Farm Boy: If owning a farm is not obvious enough.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Maggie and Beth, the former more so.
  • Gender-Equal Ensemble: They were first introduced with three males (Hershel, Jimmy and Otis) and three females (Maggie, Beth and Patricia).
  • The Heart: The Greenes are widely considered as the family of the show more than the Grimeses.
  • Honorary Uncle: The Greenes eventually become more of a family to the Grimeses and to most of their eventual True Companions. In fact, the Greenes may well be considered the second most prominent family next to the Grimeses.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: Well, a whole family of them. The Greene family is so prominent in the show that some people would think they've been around since the beginning. They didn't even actually show up until the second season.
  • Missing Mom: Maggie and Beth's respective mothers were dead before the series began.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Hershel's late wife in the comics is unnamed. The show's Decomposite Character are respectively named Josephine (1st) and Annette (2nd).
  • The One Guy: Of the surviving members of the family, Hershel is the last remaining male.
  • Only One Name: Otis, Patricia and Jimmy. In short, anyone who is not a Greene.
  • Related in the Adaptation: Zig-Zagged. The family relationship in the comics got shuffled a bit. Hershel's late wife is split into two characters, Shawn was only Hershel's step-son, where he's his biological son in the comics. Likewise, Arnold, one his sons in the comics, became the nephew of his first wife instead.
  • Religious Bruiser: They're very religious, and by Season 3, they're a very Badass Family.
  • Second Episode Introduction: They, along with the surviving farm residents, were all introduced in "Bloodletting", the second episode of the second season.
  • Token Religious Teammate: They're often seen praying together.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Unfortunately, the family starts dropping like flies.
  • Took a Level in Badass: While Hershel may have always been a Badass Grandpa, his daughters eventually become combat proficient fighters by Season 3.
  • True Companions: With the other farm residents below. Eventually to the main group itself.
  • Zombie Advocate: They keep walkers in a barn until mid-Season 2, thinking they were sick people.


Hershel Greene
"I can't profess to understand God's plan, but when Christ promised a resurrection of the dead, I just thought he had something a little different in mind."
Portrayed by: Scott Wilson

"You step outside, you risk your life. Take a drink of water, you risk your life. Nowadays you breathe, you risk your life. Every moment now, you don't have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you're risking it for!"

Hershel is the owner of a farm that was mostly spared by the zombie apocalypse. He allowed the survivors to stay on the farm during their search for Sophia, but secretly kept a barn full of walkers, including his wife and step-son, believing they were simply sick. After the group is forced to leave the farm, his medical knowledge is vital to their survival and makes him one of their main assets and leaders.

When the group occupies the prison, Hershel tries to keep Rick on a moral path during the conflict with Woodbury and encounters with other survivors. After the end of the battle against Woodbury and the growth of the group in the prison, Hershel begins growing crops in the prison yard to provide food for the group. He becomes the head of the council leading prison (and by extension the leader of the entire community), and finds himself forced to step up to the plate when most measures to contain the plague fail. He is killed by The Governor in the mid-season finale of the fourth season as part of a bid to take over the prison, but dies happy that Rick has embraced his last lessons - that you can come back from the things you do to survive.

  • Abusive Parents: His father beat him badly, causing Hershel to leave the farm until he died. He himself averts this trope: he's a loving father and patriarch to his family.
  • Action Dad: When he needs to be.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: Inverted. He didn't become as Wangsty as his comic counterpart. Having his children reduced to mainly two note  and him being much more likable might have helped. The only time he came close to this was when he fell Off the Wagon after the mid-Season 2 finale, which he also quickly recovered from.
  • Adaptational Badass: He's more combat proficient than his comic counterpart as evidenced in the Season 2 finale. Also, losing his leg doesn't stop him from kicking Walkers' ass. He even conceals a gun on his leg stump.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: He is more doting and compassionate than his comic counterpart.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: He is more emotionally stable than his comic counterpart ever was.
  • The Alcoholic: Got sober the day Maggie was born. He briefly falls off the wagon when he is forced to face the reality that the walkers are dead.
  • An Arm and a Leg: Due to getting his right leg bit while searching for Maggie and Glenn in the prison, Rick promptly makes a tourniquet then uses a hatchet to cut off part of the leg below the knee to stop the spread of the infection.
  • And Starring: An odd example. Back when Scott Wilson was still in the "also starring" list during Seasons 2 and 3, he plays this straight. But when he finally got Promoted to Opening Titles in Season 4, he was mostly credited last but without the "And" citation. Yet when David Morrissey (The Governor) returns on-screen, he re-assumed having the last spot with the "And" billing from Season 3.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: His decapitated head reanimates not long after his death, and Michonne tearfully puts it down.
  • Artificial Limbs: Has a peg-leg in Season 4.
  • As the Good Book Says...: He quotes from The Bible in several episodes.
  • Back for the Finale: He appears in several flashback scenes in the Season 4 finale, eight episodes after his death.
  • Badass Beard/Beard of Sorrow: He sports one beginning in Season 3.
  • Badass Bookworm: He is well-versed in The Bible, being a devoted Christian and all.
  • Badass Grandpa: Older than Dale, and even more badass than him. Rick even brings him to the sit-down with The Governor that could potentially become a firefight, crutches and all.
  • Big Good: During the first half of Season 4 when he is the head of the prison council.
  • Breakout Character: Originally Hershel was to be killed off before the end of the second season (and again in the third), but Scott Wilson's warmth in his performance convinced the show runners to keep him on. After taking his level in kindness, Hershel became one of the most beloved characters on the show and eventually became one of the show's major characters, to the point his death became the emotional climax of the climactic prison war and is now regarded as one of the most tragic and powerful moments of the entire series. Robert Kirkman even noted how hard it was to kill off Hershel, expressing sadness that Wilson wouldn't be on set the following year. Prior to the fourth mid-season finale, an entire video tribute was put together by the cast and crew, bidding farewell to Wilson and referring to him as a "legend". Two years after his character's death, Wilson was even the first induction into the Walking Dead Hall of Fame at the Season Six fan premiere event. It's very easy to say that of all the characters killed off in the show, Hershel is one of the few characters that everyone misses.
  • Cartwright Curse: Both of his wives died.
  • Character Development: Goes from a slightly gruff, pushy old man to a loving, nurturing Team Dad with the wisdom to lead an entire community of survivors.
  • Closest Thing We Got: Despite being a veterinarian, Hershel mostly treats the various scrapes, bullet wounds, and arrow wounds that the survivors tend to accumulate. He's also the prison group's main doctor during the flu epidemic, as Dr. Caleb quickly succumbs.
  • Combat Medic: He's the team's main medic for his entire tenure on the show, and also great in a fight.
  • Composite Character: His characterization for the prison arc (specifically the leg amputation and also becoming the Team Dad of the group) was fused with comic-Dale's, due to the latter's early exit from the show. The circumstance before and after the bit are more similar to Allen, being bitten by a hidden walker while clearing out the prison and being bedridden for a time afterwards. He also takes Tyreese's death from the comics.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's approaching seventy, but is an excellent shot and medic, dispenses good advice to the group, a little seen but witty sense of humor, and is extremely calm under pressure. The Governor even admits to admiring him for being a good man when he's captured him.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Similar to Tyreese's fate in the comics, Hershel's neck is slashed in a botched decapitation attempt, and then after he desperately crawls away a few feet, it's followed up by the Governor hacking brutally away at the neck to decapitate Hershel completely.
  • Crusading Widower: Twice.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Season 4's "Internment" mostly revolves around his attempts to manage the illness spreading through the prison while waiting for the other to return with medication.
  • Dead Person Conversation: In Season 9, Rick sees a hallucination of Hershel speaking to him from the afterlife.
  • Dead Star Walking: Gets promoted to the main cast of season four, but only appears in six episodes and with one being in a flashback.
  • A Death in the Limelight: Season 4 heavily emphasized his role as the group's Team Dad. His A Day in the Limelight episode was also the last episode centered around the group before the mid-season finale where he eventually met his end. Scott Wilson remarked that even he started getting vibes that this trope was in effect, noting his speech about risking your life and "Internment" focusing on him were clear signs that Hershel's time was running out.
  • Despair Event Horizon: When he sees first hand his walker neighbor shot and then put down by Shane. Then Shane forces his own group to massacre the walkers in the barn, including Hershel's zombified family and neighbors. He manages to recover quickly.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: But he sure knows how to use them.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After the walker barn massacre and realizing that the walkers can't be helped.
  • Easily Forgiven: He has an astounding amount of forgiveness in his old body, to the point of calmly advocating a peaceful merge with The Governor's militia.
  • Farm Boy: He grew up on his farm and inherited it after his parents died.
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: Very much Averted. His absence is still very much felt long after his death, both in-universe and amongst the fandom.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Because of Rick realizing that you can come back from the things you do to survive, he smiles knowing that he and his family at the prison will be alright when he's gone.
  • Good Parents: He cares deeply for his children, and everything he does has their best interests in mind.
  • Handicapped Badass: After losing a leg, Hershel does not usually exit the prison since he can no longer run (an inevitability on supply runs, as Daryl notes in season four). However, he quickly proves that he is still perfectly capable in close-combat with walkers, as evident when after a few minutes on his crutches, he uses them as weapons to kick walker ass.
  • The Heart: Takes this job from Dale upon his death, and becomes perhaps the greatest example of this trope on the show. Dale was unwilling to accept killing a living man, deeming that they couldn't come back from doing such a thing. Tyreese later also avoided killing as best as he could. Hershel, on the other hand, believes that you can come back from the horrific things you do to survive, and thus accepts the violent, dangerous world full of horrible people he lives in. He even shows empathy for The Governor at times, though it's clear he'd kill him if it really came to it. After his death, Rick is disturbed to find that the people of Terminus basically became what he could've become if he hadn't had Hershel around to guide him, proving just how vital Hershel's position as The Heart was to the group.
  • Heroic BSoD: He goes into one when Shane proves that the walkers aren't alive and kills all of them in the barn, including Hershel's wife and stepson, and he is forced to face the full reality of the zombie outbreak and the death of his loved ones.
  • Informed Judaism: Inverted. He is Jewish by ethnicity and has a Jewish name, but is a deeply religious Christian.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Hershel is very untrusting of Rick's group during their stay on the farm, and does not appreciate their desire to stay permanently. While he was indeed quite a bit of a Jerkass, events in the latter half of the season prove that his fear of hostile groups invading his farm is perfectly justified when the group encounters Dave and Tony's group.
  • Kill the Cutie: The lovable, sweet old Team Dad has his head brutally, slowly hacked off by The Governor after being a hostage.
  • Kindly Vet: He was a veterinarian before the apocalypse.
  • Last Stand: Tries for one in the second season finale but gets rescued at the last moment.
  • The Leader: He's a part of the council running the prison in the fourth season, and thanks to his wisdom and warm heart, is clearly the one with the most authority, making him the true leader of the prison community until he's captured and executed by the Governor.
  • Little Brother Is Watching: In Season 4, when the prison has a block full of sick people, he takes extra precautions to make sure none of the patients witness him taking dead bodies from the block. Later during a walker outbreak he draws the walkers away from a cell with two children so they don't see him killing them with a shotgun.
  • The Medic: As a veterinarian, he's the closest thing the group has to a doctor. Also serves as the Combat Medic in Season 3, until he loses his leg.
  • Morality Pet: Towards Rick. Hershel is a sort of father figure to Rick, who he looks to for advice to do the right thing. Hershel even smiles proudly when Rick pleads to settle things peacefully with the Governor and his group, claiming that people aren't too far gone and can change from the bad things they have done.
  • Nice Guy: After warming up to Rick's group he essentially becomes Dale's replacement as the moral compass who is compassionate and friendly.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Hershel saving Rick's son and letting the survivors stay on his farm ends up being something he later regrets. His oldest daughter gets into a relationship with Glenn, much to his disappointment. Rick and the survivors refuse to leave the farm and guilt trip him about it. And he watches in disbelief as his family and friends (whom are walkers) in the barn are slaughtered by Shane and the survivors after they find out about it. Not to mention that the Walker invasion of the farm was technically Rick's fault, as it was either the sound of Shane's firearm going off as Rick stabbed him or Carl shooting an infected Shane that alerted the Walker army to the location of the farm, and Hershel gets to watch as many of his friends are eaten alive overrun in the ensuing battle.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: Hershel reveals to Lori that he's a veterinarian, not a practicing surgeon. This does not comfort Lori at all considering that he's about to attempt a complicated surgical procedure on a critically injured Carl.
  • Number Two: Along with Daryl to Rick during the third season. He is Rick's closest confidante, his mentor, and is let in on things the rest of the group isn't; plus, he and/or Daryl were put in charge several times during Rick's absence. We get a number of scenes where Rick confers with just Daryl and Hershel regarding their next move. Carl even suggests Rick take a break from leadership at one point and hands the reins to Hershel and Daryl. Merle refers to him and Daryl as Rick's "inner circle".
  • Obi-Wan Moment: He gives Rick a warm, knowing smile before his decapitation.
  • Odd Friendship: With Merle in Season 3. They share two mutual things: they are amputees and they like quoting The Bible.
  • Off the Wagon: Following the barn massacre of the walkers. Luckily, he gets better quickly.
  • Off with His Head!: His ultimate demise, courtesy of the Governor using Michonne's sword, in "Too Far Gone".
  • Open Heart Dentistry: After Carl is shot, Hershel has to operate to remove the bullet fragments, but he had only done the procedure on animals before, since he is a veterinarian.
  • Papa Wolf: Both to his blood relatives and his step-kids.
  • Parental Substitute: To Rick. Upon Lori's death in childbirth and Rick's subsequent Sanity Slippage, he nobly takes it upon himself to more or less raise Judith for Rick while he recovers from his latest loss and arguably becomes the honorary grandfather for both Judith and Carl. In Season 9, Rick tearfully hugs his hallucination of Hershel like a child hugging his parent.
  • The Patriarch: Both of his family and somewhat for the group.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Hershel wouldn't harm a fly if it came down to it, but before his Character Development, he initially only refers to Glenn as the "Asian boy", although he never treats him poorly. He later tells Glenn the country was built on immigrants, however. In the same conversation this is averted, as he gives Glenn his father's watch after realizing that Glenn and Maggie are attracted to one another, saying, "No man's good enough for your little girl until one is."
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 4.
  • Properly Paranoid: "Nebraska" shows that Hershel was very right to fear hostile survivors invading his farm when he, Rick, and Glenn run afoul of Dave and Tony.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: When he returns to his farm after recovering from his Heroic BSoD, the first thing he says to Shane when he raises his voice? A scathing attack that basically amounts to "Shut up, asshole, you're only here because Rick talked me into it."
  • Religious Bruiser: He is the Token Religious Teammate of the group as well as the resident Badass Grandpa.
  • Sacrificial Lion: In season 4, his death takes place alongside the destruction of the prison, the show's setting for a season and a half, and ultimately leads to Rick being forced to retake command of the group.
  • Selective Obliviousness: Towards the fact that walkers are no longer people. Shane shooting one without it dying convinces him he was wrong.
  • Shipper on Deck: He ultimately comes to love and respect Glenn as a worthy man for his daughter, and later happily gives his blessing for Glenn to marry Maggie.
  • Shotguns Are Just Better: He wields a pump action shotgun on occasion, most notably one with unlimited ammo in "Beside the Dying Fire."
  • So Proud of You: He doesn't actually say anything, but he smiles when Rick gives his speech about how you aren't too far gone to come back from the terrible things you do. Rick's hallucination of him in Season 9 also expresses nothing but pride and gratitude to Rick for everything, even after Rick apologizes for being unable to prevent his own death, as well as the deaths of Beth and Glenn.
  • Stepford Smiler: At the end of "Internment", he puts on a brave, smiling face after finally containing the plague, but the trauma of losing so many friends on his watch causes him to break down and cry once he's alone, and he can't even find solace in the Bible.
  • Team Dad: Takes the role over from Dale after he dies, and much more effectively. It helps that he's actually the dad to two members of the group. By Season 3, he advises on how to care for Judith, advises the rest of the group on relationships, is Rick's main source of advice, and is the one who tries hardest to help Rick with his loosening grip on sanity. He ends up being the Team Dad to the entire prison community in the fourth season, and his death at the hands of the Governor immediately launches everyone into action.
  • Technical Pacifist: He knows how to use a gun, but just doesn't like to.
  • Token Religious Teammate: One of the few group members to keep any faith in God after the apocalypse started.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: By Season 4, Hershel had basically become the embodiment of everything that was still good in the world. So of course he had to die a horrific death in front of his family and friends.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He started as a very untrusting prick before mellowing down to the compassionate Team Dad that everyone loves.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His watch, which he passed on to Glenn, is still in the group's possession long after his death. After Glenn's death, Maggie passes it on to Enid.
  • Undying Loyalty: After he realizes what the Walkers really are he becomes a very loyal supporter to Rick. At the end of season 2 he is one of only two members in the group, besides Daryl, to still trust Rick's leadership, and by the 3rd season he has taken up the role of Team Dad, giving Rick advice and trying to help him come back from the dark path he is taking. Maggie even mentions in the season 5 finale how he was loyal to Rick and believed in him, and that is the main reason why Maggie herself chooses to believe in Rick as well.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Was prone to giving these to Rick and his group during their early days on his farm, until he mellowed out. However, during the third season, at the end of his patience with Rick, he yells at him to get his shit together and do something about the threat of Woodbury, raising his voice for the first time in a season. Even Merle looked surprised at his outburst.
    • He later rightfully gives Rick hell about considering handing over Michonne to the Governor, and expresses immense disgust at Carl's execution of an ambiguously surrendering Woodbury soldier.
  • White Shirt of Death: Was wearing his Iconic Outfit when he died.
  • Zombie Advocate: He considers them merely sick people who could one day be cured until Shane finally demonstrates otherwise by shooting one through various vital organs to no effect. After this, he has no trouble helping to kill walkers.
  • Zombie Infectee: Briefly, though Rick manages to amputate his leg. He is one of the few people in the series to survive being bitten by a walker.


Maggie Rhee (née Greene)
"I've been fighting since the farm. Can't stop now."
Portrayed by: Lauren Cohan

"To sacrifice for each other, to suffer, to stand, to grieve, to give, to love, to live, to fight for each other. Glenn made the decision, Rick. I was just following his lead."

The oldest daughter of Hershel, Maggie Greene is the most welcoming member of her family to the group. Quickly establishing herself as smart, pragmatic, and dependable, she finds herself quickly falling in love with Glenn Rhee, entering a passionate relationship with him as the Atlanta group and the Greene family integrate. After the fall of the farm, Maggie becomes one of the group's main defenders and scavengers, regularly seen on the frontline, and marries Glenn after the end of the Woodbury War.

Months later, Maggie loses her father to The Governor, and also believes that her sister has perished as well. After a lengthy quest to reunite with her husband, Maggie is elated to find that her sister is alive, but is broken when on the same day, she discovers Beth's death. For weeks, Maggie is despondent, developing a close friendship with Sasha when both of them lose their loved ones, until the group arrives at the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Realizing the community is safe enough for a sustainable future, Glenn and Maggie agree to conceive a child together.

Maggie also begins to step up as a key leader of Alexandria, serving as Deanna's right-hand woman and later as the liaison between Alexandria and Hilltop Colony. When Maggie needs treatment from Hilltop's Dr. Carson, the group tries to get her there, only to be captured by the Saviors. Maggie is then forced to watch Abraham die next to her, and then Glenn is killed after Daryl lashes out. Glenn is able to tell Maggie that he'll find her some day before perishing, and Maggie is the first of the group to get up after their ordeal and demands they fight back. After being taken to Hilltop, Maggie is asked to stay there indefinitely by Dr. Carson, and begins to win the hearts of the locals when she leads the charge in fending off a Savior attack.

By the end of Season 7, Maggie has usurped Gregory's position as the leader of Hilltop Colony, and leads her community into war with the Saviors. Maggie finds herself often overwhelmed by the strains of leadership, particularly when the other communities are forced to evacuate to Hilltop, but strives to see the war through to avenge Glenn's death. As such, Maggie is devastated and enraged when Rick and Michonne ultimately end the war by sparing Negan's life. Feeling betrayed by her friends, Maggie begins building up Hilltop to shift the balance of power in the rebuilding communities so she can go behind Rick's back one day and kill Negan.

  • Action Girl: Developed into one. As of Season 3, she begun to show herself able to hold her own along with Rick and the men. By the time the season ends, she's the most skilled gun user of all the women.
  • Adaptational Badass: She's a credible Action Girl here compared to the comics. In fact, she is the most competent female member of the group in Season 3 until Michonne joins them. But as Michonne isn't a great shot, Maggie is still the group's best Action Girl in terms of firearms.
  • Adaptational Curves: She's notably taller and well-endowed than her comic counterpart.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: Compared to her initially fragile comicbook counterpart, she's more assertive and emotionally strong from the get-go. She doesn't suffer from Driven to Suicide like her comics counterpart does following the destruction of the prison and the death of her family.
  • Adorkable: Some of her earlier flirting with Glenn can come off as this.
  • Age Lift: From 19 in the comic to 22 in the show.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has dark red hair, tall and is usually composed.
  • Ambadassador: In Season 6 she is the diplomat between Alexandria and the Hilltop, and takes little shit from resident asshole Gregory.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: With Sasha in "Alone" when they were surrounded by walkers near an ice cream truck.
  • Badass Boast: When the Governor is about to rape her. It stops the Governor dead in his tracks.
    Maggie: Just do whatever you're gonna do and go to hell.
  • Bad with the Bone: When being held by Governor and Merle, she and Glenn used a walker's bone as weapon to attack Merle and one other Mook. Said other Mook is killed by stabbing the bone into his neck, anyway.
  • Batter Up!: Though Season 3 sees her switch to Machete Mayhem alongside Glenn.
  • Battle Couple: With Glenn until his death in Season 7.
  • Big Eater: In Season 7, since she's pregnant, her appetite really begins to pick up.
  • Big Good: Of Hilltop Colony starting in Season 7, and then for the entire Resistance as of the mid-season finale of Season 8, when Hilltop is the only allied colony left and she plans to rally everyone there for a last stand. She ends up deferring to Rick in the twilight days of the war.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Towards Beth. Also towards Carl, such as when she scolded Merle when he bluntly said The Governor wants Rick's head.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": In season 8, she aims a sharp "Shut your damn mouth!" at Gregory.
  • Break the Cutie: Starts off as a sweet, kindly farm girl who accepts Glenn and his group with open arms, but ends up nearly getting raped, loses her entire family, and also loses her faith by mid-season five. Thankfully, she seems to be rebounding as of the fifth season finale, even if she's no longer the sweet girl she was when we met her.
  • Broken Bird: What she has become as a result of the death of her father, her little sister, and her husband.
  • Brutal Honesty: When she first had sex with Glenn, she admitted it was partly because she was lonely and her options weren't numerous these days. Afterwards, she claims it was a one time thing. Later she becomes more willing to tell it like it is, as seen when she rips into Gabriel during "Them".
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When Hershel wants to kick Rick's group off of the farm, she chastises him, partly because she doesn't want Glenn to leave.
  • The Chains of Commanding: Taking leadership of a large community just at the onset of a war certainly is no easy task for Maggie. She has to contend with ever-dwindling food and supplies, a large amount of POW's brought in by Jesus (and against her will), and an overpopulation crisis when the other communities are sacked and their populations relocate to Hilltop. In "Do Not Send Us Astray", she is forced to bury dozens of her people after the Savior's biological attack on Hilltop.
  • Character Development: Goes from a flirty, feisty farm girl to a wise, powerful and forgiving young woman and the leader of the Hilltop Colony.
  • Composite Character: In the comics, Maggie has an older sister. Here, she takes the role of Hershel's eldest child. She also becomes the group's main (female) sniper in this continuity (until Season 5 when Carol and Sasha step up) instead of Andrea, due to the latter becoming an Adaptational Wimp and later dying. She also takes aspects from Michonne during the Woodbury arc as she was almost raped by the Governor (though Michonne was raped) and had a loved one decapitated by him.
  • Contralto of Danger: She has a fairly deep voice and is an Action Girl.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Beth and later a surrogate one to Enid.
  • Cruel Mercy: She ends up choosing to spare Negan after seeing how much he really wants to die and realizing that keeping him alive is a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Crusading Widow: When she's under the impression that Glenn is dead. Later, when he actually does die and the rest of the group is too demoralized to move, she starts making plans to kill the man who did it while grieving over his body and so ill she can barely stand. Negan learns the hard way that you don't want to be on the wrong end of this Crusading Widow in the Season 7 finale.
    Negan: That widow is alive, guns a-blazing!
  • Daddy's Girl: Maggie was very close to her father. She is seen crying and screaming when the Governor kills him.
  • Damsel in Distress: Kidnapped by Merle alongside Glenn, but gets rescued, even killing one of the guards holding them captive.
  • Death Wail: She lets out an agonizing one as her father is slowly, brutally executed that also doubles as an aggressive roar of war, since at the same time she's unleashing hell on The Governor's militia. She gives another agonizing one after seeing Daryl carrying a lifeless Beth out of the hospital. She lets out another one when Glenn's head is smashed twice with Lucille, and once the Saviors leave, is a sobbing, wailing wreck once she finally breaks down.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: After having sex with Glenn she tries to claim it was just a one-time thing, but she slowly warms to Glenn and admits she likes him, and later is the first of the two to profess her love for him. Then this trope is flipped when Glenn has to come around to the idea that he loves her. It paid off, to say the least.
  • Determined Widow: While she has always been a determined Plucky Girl, after Glenn's death she's still determined and competent. She was nicknamed "The Widow" by Negan.
  • Do You Want to Copulate?: Maggie got right to the point when she wanted Glenn.
    Maggie: (grinning) I'll have sex with you.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Maggie feels betrayed when Rick spares Negan and when Michonne supports it at the end of the Savior War.
  • Evil Stole My Faith: Midway through Season 5, so many bad things have happened that Maggie admits she's lost her faith, but eventually she regains it after the group proves that they're there for her. This is something that sticks around in Season 7, as after Glenn dies, she is still able to find comfort in saying grace with her friends Sasha and Enid.
  • Faking the Dead: While she's away at Hilltop in Season 7, Alexandria digs a grave for her and tells Negan she has died of her illness. This is so Maggie can be at Hilltop for treatment from Dr. Carson without drawing Negan's suspicion about her whereabouts, and so Negan also does not learn of Alexandria's alliance with Hilltop. The ruse is cast off as Maggie personally leads the Hilltop Colony into battle against Negan himself in the season finale, and Negan is shocked to learn of her survival.
  • Fanservice Pack: Helps that she's played by former model Lauren Cohan.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Lampshaded by Glenn.
  • Fiery Redhead: She's never afraid to voice her opinion or back down in an argument.
  • Forced to Watch: She's made to watch the execution of her father, along with the rest of the main cast. It happens again in Season 7, twice, as Abraham is killed right next to her, followed by her husband Glenn just minutes later.
  • Friendly Sniper: By Season 3, she's easily the best marksman among the female cast and by the end of the season she appears to have become the group's primary sharpshooter. In the Season 2 finale, she indicates that her upbringing on the farm may have had a hand in her proficiency with firearms. By Season 5, she shares this role with Sasha and Carol as the latter radically steps up her game.
    Maggie: You grow up country, you pick up a thing or two.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She's one of the most moralistic characters on the show, but she's killed at least three humans, including a Woodbury guard who she stabbed in the throat with a walker bone. Notably, the only other unambiguously "heroic" characters to have taken human lives at that point in the series — not including Mercy Kills — are Rick and Michonne. And while most of those kills are in some way self-defense, she's one of the few people to flat-out murder someone, since she's a good enough shot that she intentionally killed that militia girl in Woodbury.
  • Happily Married: Maintains a loving, happy, and healthy marriage to Glenn for several seasons until his death in Season 7.
  • Horseback Heroism: When she saved Andrea at the beginning of Season 2.
  • Ill Girl: Starting at the end of Season 6, she has complications with her pregnancy, and is more or less rendered helpless until the group can get her to The Hilltop.
  • Important Haircut: Goes to have a Boyish Short Hair near the end of the sixth season around the time she's expecting her first child.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: After becoming a well-rounded Action Girl in Season 3. She's good with firearms, but not as great as Rick, Daryl, Hershel, or Carl. She's effective in melee combat, but not as competent as Rick, T-Dog, Glenn, or Michonne. Seems to be improving as of season 5, in which her marksmanship is only matched by Carol, Sasha, and Rick.
  • Kick the Dog: When Gabriel tried to make small talk with her and let her know she can talk to him about her family if she needs to, she snaps at him and chastises him for leaving his flock to die. Gabriel may have needed it, but he was going out of his way to try to do something beneficial to the group since he's The Load, which is about the nicest thing he does in Season 5.
  • The Leader: She becomes the leader of Hilltop Colony in Season 7 after proving herself to be a much more competent, compassionate leader than Gregory ever was. In Season 8, with Alexandria and the Kingdom destroyed and everyone forced to flee to Hilltop she becomes the leader of the entire resistance, though she shares command with Rick towards the end of the war.
  • The Maiden Name Debate: There's no indication that she changed her last name after marrying Glenn. She finally changes it in season 7 after his death.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She takes off her shirt and bra on more than one occasion, although the Shameful Strip by the Governor in Season 3 is most definitely not fanservice. In Season 6, she and Glenn have a nude Shower of Love scene and the camera takes a long look at her from behind.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Ripping into Father Gabriel in "Them" makes Gabriel realize he's The Friend Nobody Likes and plays a major part in him betraying them to Deanna and begging for them to be kicked out, which Deanna comes dangerously close to considering.
  • Non-Action Guy: Starting in Season 6 she is trying to sideline herself a bit since she's now pregnant, but will definitely take up arms if the situation calls for it. "The Same Boat" secures her status as a Pregnant Badass, and in "Go Getters" she refuses to be kept out of the fight at Hilltop and drives over a bunch of walkers with a tractor. In the Season 7 finale, she leads the people of Hilltop into a massive firefight against the Saviors. In the Season 8 premiere, she jokes that she can keep fighting well into her second trimester and later takes part in the initial attack on the Sanctuary.
  • Official Couple: With Glenn officially starting towards the end of Season 2 and lasting until the start of Season 7, when Glenn is killed by Negan.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In "Us", she reveals that she deliberately caused the cave-in encountered by Glenn and Tara by unloading her last clip of bullets into the ceiling to cut off a horde of walkers.
  • Parental Abandonment: She has two Missing Moms (Hershel remarried). She later witnesses her father being brutally killed in front of her.
  • Plucky Girl: She will stop at absolutely nothing in her quest to find Glenn following the fall of the prison. She's at it again in Season 6 when Glenn goes missing.
  • Pregnant Badass: Although she's trying to reserve herself to the sidelines, Maggie retains her status as a badass during her pregnancy. Ask Paula, Molly and Chelle. After spending a season on the sidelines, she personally leads a group of Hilltop citizens into the massive firefight against the Saviors in the season 7 finale.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: Beginning in Season 3.
  • Promotion to Parent: Helps take care of Lori's baby after her death in Season 3.
  • Put on a Bus: During the six-year Time Skip in Season 9, Maggie leaves with Hershel to help Georgie build up a distant community.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: She's a kind, compassionate and protective leader once she takes up command of Hilltop.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Tends to generate this kind of dynamic when interacting with either Glenn or Beth, acting as the passionate, impulsive red to her husband's or sister's blue.
  • Relationship Upgrade: She and Glenn officially enter their relationship at the end of Season 2 when they have both professed their love for each other.
  • Religious Bruiser: Not as much as her dad, but she's a bonafide devoted Christian and ass kicker. She loses the religious side of this in Season 5 after the loss of her entire family, but regains it in the season finale.
  • Sexy Secretary: Becomes Deanna Monroe's assistant in Alexandria.
  • Shameful Strip: Forced to do this in Season 3 by the Governor.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: After they have sex a few times, Maggie ultimately falls in love with Glenn because of his kind heart and big brain. When Glenn asks if she would have noticed him if they weren't in an apocalypse, Maggie says that yes, and that she's always had a thing for nice men.
  • Sole Survivor: She is the last remaining member of the Greene family as of Season 5. It's compounded when her husband Glenn is murdered by Negan in Season 7.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Stands 5'8 and is good looking.
  • Token Religious Teammate: After her father dies, her sister gets abducted and killed and Gabriel undergoing a Sanity Slippage induced Face–Heel Turn, Maggie becomes the true religious voice of the group until she moves to Hilltop.
  • Token White: In the trio with Bob and Sasha in the latter half of Season 4.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Beth's girly girl.
  • Toplessness from the Back: In "Cherokee Rose".
  • Trauma Conga Line: Where to begin? Maggie has what is easily one of the most hellish tenures on the show in terms of losing those closest to her, rivaled only by Rick and Carol. She loses her mother and brother early on to the walker virus, followed by family friends Otis, Patricia and Jimmy; then her sister Beth and father Hershel die within weeks of each other. A few months later, her husband Glenn is brutally murdered in front of her, her best friend Sasha dies in the conflict with the Saviors, and to add insult to injury, Rick and Michonne choose to spare Negan, the man who killed Glenn. While Maggie does get some semblance of closure regarding Glenn's death, as well as give birth to her late husband's child, due to being Put on a Bus she is currently unaware of the deaths of Jesus, Enid and Tara, all of whom were close friends of hers.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • By the look on her face in "Spend", she is hurt when Gabriel tells Deanna to not trust Rick's group and kick them out of Alexandria.
    • "What Comes After" sees Maggie (rightfully) scathingly dress down Michonne for disregarding her feelings about Negan and her loss of Glenn, and points out how hypocritical Michonne is being because of the fact that Michonne would've killed Negan if Negan had killed Rick.
  • When She Smiles: Even after losing so many of her loved ones, Maggie has a radiant, beautiful smile that when seen will help give people hope for the future again.
  • Widow Woman: As of Season 7.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: A particularly cruel example. After the prison fell, Maggie operated under the mindset that Beth was dead during the second half of Season 4. In the episode from Season 5 "Coda" as she, Glenn and Abe return from their failed trip to DC, she is informed that they have a lead on where Beth is to her shock and delight. It is taken away from her when she arrives at the hospital where Beth is at to see Daryl carrying Beth's dead body in his arms. At which point Maggie drops to the ground and starts crying.
  • You Are in Command Now: Jesus grooms her to become the new leader of Hilltop to replace the cowardly, incompetent Gregory in Season 7, and she officially takes the mantle in the season finale.


Beth Greene
"We don't get to be upset. We all got jobs to do."
Portrayed by: Emily Kinney

"I know you look at me and you just see another dead girl. I'm not Michonne. I'm not Carol. I'm not Maggie. I've survived and you don't get it 'cause I'm not like you or them. But I made it."

Beth is Hershel's youngest daughter, and the girlfriend of Jimmy. She develops a friendship with Carl and helps keep the groups spirits up through her singing. In Season 4, she has begun a relationship with Zach, a new member of the prison community. She tries to maintain a positive attitude despite all the horrors the group faces, and becomes close to Daryl when they flee the destroyed prison together. Beth ends up being injured and "rescued" by the police officers of Grady Memorial Hospital. She works to escape alongside Noah, but is captured during the attempt and is forced to stay after Carol also injured and captured. Beth is killed by Dawn after stabbing her during a prisoner exchange.

  • Action Survivor: Though she's definitely not among the most competent fighters in the group, by the beginning of Season 3, she's capable of defending herself if necessary and able to take out walkers without flinching. In "Too Far Gone", her father's death motivates her to take an active role in the ensuing battle and she later hits the road with Daryl after the prison is lost and the group is forced to scatter.
  • Angst Coma: Following the barn walkers being shot and being attacked by her own undead mom. She snaps out of it, but starts thinking about suicide.
  • Ascended Extra: One of the best examples in the entire show. In the first half of Season 2, she has a grand total of one line, even less than Redshirts Jimmy and Patricia. In the second half, she has a storyline largely revolving around more important characters reacting to her being in a catatonic state, eventually recovering and becoming a secondary character, which she remains for all of the next season. In Season 4, she is promoted to a series regular under "Also Starring," and becomes more plot-relevant. In the first half of Season 5, she is added to the main credits and gets her very own major story arc, which culminates in her death.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Very much averted in Season 5. She has two visible facial wounds (Which matches the ones Andrea's comic counterpart has) and to make matters worse, she dies via Boom, Headshot!.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Easily one of the sweetest members of the group, and she doesn't tend to say too much, but when a fight breaks out between Merle and several of the others she responds by storming into the room and firing a pistol into the air to get their attention.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How she dies in Season 5, courtesy of Dawn.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Behaves this way for a short time after escaping the prison with Daryl.
  • Broken Bird: In Season 2. She outgrows it in Season 3.
  • Break the Cutie: The loss of her mom and brother plus the barn massacre traumatizes her pretty heavily. Her emotional state after Jimmy's death isn't really shown due to the Time Skip between Season 2 and 3, but she seems to have recovered pretty well.
  • The Bus Came Back: After being abducted near the end of the fourth season, she returns in the fourth episode of Season 5.
  • Canon Character All Along: In a way, she does ended up filling Maggie's dead siblings role in the comics since most of them were either Posthumous Characters or Adapted Out.
  • Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
  • Cartwright Curse: Both of her romantic interests (Jimmy and Zach) end up as zombie food.
  • Celebrity Paradox/Product Placement: She sings an unplugged version of her actress' own song in Season 4.
  • Composite Character: Despite being a Canon Foreigner, she absorbs traits from comic characters. Like Lacey Greene, she also is distraught during the events at the barn and rushes over in tears, though Beth is saved from being killed. She contemplates suicide around the same point in time as Comic!Tyreese's daughter Julie, though she survives this one too. Due to the injuries she receives from the Grady Memorial Hospital group, her face is scarred identical to Comic!Andrea's.
  • Cool Big Sis: It's implied that she's aware of Carl's Precocious Crush on her, but since she's much older, the least she can do is act like a big sister to him. Also, after Lori's death, she is the one Daryl asks to keep an eye on Carl since Rick isn't in his best condition to be a good father. In a deleted scene that takes place after Lori's death, she comforts Carl and assures him that Lori is in Heaven.
  • The Chick: Compared to all the women in the group (and cast), Beth fills every aspect of the trope in spades.
  • Cute Bruiser: Heavy on the cute, low on the bruiser, but the principle is there.
  • The Cutie: Of the prison group.
  • Daddy's Girl: She has a normal, loving relationship with her father, and Hershel can be quite protective of her. Like Maggie, she is devastated by his death.
  • Damsel in Distress: She ends up kidnapped in "Alone".
  • A Day in the Limelight: "18 Miles Out". Season 4 also brings us "Still", which serves as a dual spotlight episode for both Beth and Daryl. Her first appearance in Season 5 qualifies as this as well.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments once she starts getting more screentime. She is a teenager, after all.
  • Dead Star Walking: Gets promoted to the main cast of Season 5, but only appears in three episodes and dies in the third, the mid-season finale.
  • A Death in the Limelight: The entire second quarter of Season 5.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Crosses it following the barn massacre of the walkers. She eventually recovers.
  • Doomed Moral Victor: Her final act of defiance in stabbing Dawn gets her killed, but it's also the catalyst that frees the Grady Memorial residents from Dawn's oppression when Daryl kills Dawn in retaliation.
  • Driven to Suicide: Halfway through Season 2, she comes to believe there is no hope left in the world, and tries to convince Maggie that they should kill themselves together. When she tries, she only makes a shallow cut on one wrist and can't go through with it. Ultimately, it's Interrupted Suicide.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Her death is very sudden and anticlimactic; she's instantly killed via a bullet to the brain when Dawn fires her gun by accident, after the group have already succeeded in rescuing her from the hospital.
  • Due to the Dead: A big fan of this, much like her father: she insists on covering up a desecrated corpse even when no-one is around to see it, yells at Daryl for having a little too much fun killing walkers, and finds it "beautiful" that someone would still take the time to embalm corpses during the zombie apocalypse.
  • Emotionless Girl: By Season 4, Beth starts to edge into this territory; when Daryl tells her that Zach is dead, she responds with a simple "okay" and tells him that she doesn't cry anymore. Ultimately shown not to be entirely true when she breaks down crying at a couple points later in the season, namely during Hershel's execution and after the fall of the prison.
  • Fanservice Pack: Thanks to her wardrobe.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Not so obvious as with Maggie.
  • Flipping the Bird: She gives Daryl the finger when she gets fed up living by his rules, and does it again when the two set a cabin on fire.
  • Forced to Watch: Along with the rest of the prison group in "Too Far Gone", when the Governor executes her father.
  • Girly Bruiser: While still more feminine than her older sister, she's a competent-enough Action Girl in her own right. This is more evident in Season 4 and especially Season 5.
  • Glass Cannon: Like Carl, her lack of physical strength puts her at a great disadvantage in situations where she has been taken by surprise, shown most effectively in "Inmates", where Daryl has to save her from a relatively low number of walkers after she wanders off into the forest alone.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She has light blonde hair, and is by far the most innocent and sweetest character on the show. Which makes her death all the more heartbreaking.
  • Hallucinations: An episode after her death, she sings to and comforts the dying Tyreese.
  • The Heart: The nicest person in both Rick's group and the Grady Memorial Hospital.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A possible interpretation of Beth's last act. Beth stabs Dawn, knowing Dawn will kill her for it, to get Dawn killed in order to save Noah.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In Emily Kinney's own words, Beth died because of her overconfidence.
  • Hidden Depths: She has quite a pleasant singing voice.
  • The Idealist: After the prison group is scattered in the second half of Season 4, she is the most convinced that there's a chance they might be able to find each other again. Though there are a few hints that her positive attitude is at least partly an act to keep herself motivated.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Her great quest for her first drink. It's implied to also be an attempt to drown her sorrows.
  • The Ingenue: She's by far the sweetest and most innocent person in Rick's group.
  • Innocently Insensitive: In her game of "I Never" with Daryl, she accidentally brings up a lot of painful memories for him.
  • Kill the Cutie: In "Coda", the mid-Season 5 finale.
  • Morality Pet: To Daryl after traveling together.
  • Mundane Luxury: In "Still", she makes time to be a normal teenage girl, trying on nice clothes and spending a lot of effort trying to get her first alcoholic drink.
  • Neutral Female: Initially, but she eventually learns to handle herself in a fight.
  • Never Say Goodbye: Beth refuses to say goodbye to Zach before he goes on the supply run, despite him telling her that it could be dangerous. She later tells Daryl that she's glad she didn't say it even though he doesn't return. She also never got to say goodbye to Hershel before his tragic fate, and to Maggie before Beth's own tragic fate.
  • Nice Girl: She's shown to be a soft-spoken and caring girl for the most part.
  • Odd Friendship: With Daryl in Season 4, bordering on Ship Tease at times. Pity nothing will ever come out of it.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her mom has been dead since before the apocalypse, while her father is brutally killed in front of her in Season 4.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Until "Arrow on the Doorpost", where she switches to wearing a white blouse. She dons a pink jacket in the Season 3 finale "Welcome to the Tombs", though.
  • Promoted to Parent: She's the main caretaker for Judith until the prison is overrun, at which point the role is taken over by Tyreese.
  • Promotion to Opening Titles: In Season 5.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Flees the prison with Daryl once it becomes clear that sticking around is a losing proposition.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The second of Rick's group to die in Season 5.
  • Ship Tease: With Daryl in Season 4 and Noah in season 5. Carl also has a Precocious Crush on her in Season 3. Sadly, she dies before all of it can go anywhere.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Picks up an assault rifle alongside her sister in "Too Far Gone".
  • Stepford Smiler: Shades of it in Season 4. Although on the surface she still appears cheerful and upbeat, her total lack of reaction to her boyfriend's death implies that she has become emotionally numb to trauma. Later, in "Still" she admits that she really just wants to lay down and cry but "[they] don't get to do that".
  • Technical Pacifist: If firing a pistol just to stop three of her teammates from arguing is any indication.
  • Tempting Fate: In "Still", she tells Daryl that she knows she will die one day and claims he would badly miss her should she. In "Coda", Beth is killed and Daryl is absolutely heartbroken.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Like others in her family, Beth is a devout Christian and believes that her mother, Lori, and good people in general go to Heaven after death.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Maggie's tomboy.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: She managed to survive over and over again, despite being almost useless (except for her singing voice). Then she ups her badass quotient a bit in the fifth season. Boom, Headshot!.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Pretty much everyone in the group did (to varying degrees) during the Time Skip between Seasons 2 and 3, Beth included. She doesn't take part in much on-screen action and is presumably still pretty low tier in her group, but the sole fact that she even can fight is a huge step up in and of itself.
    • During the Season 3 premiere, she's briefly seen standing watch with a gun. Later that episode, we see her stabbing walker-heads through a chain link fence and then joining in with the rest of the group as they open fire on the horde.
    • After a fight breaks out between Maggie, Glenn, and Merle, she promptly storms into the room and fires a pistol into the air to stop them.
    • The death of her father in "Too Far Gone" angers her so badly that she even picks up a rifle and joins in the battle to defend the prison against the Governor.
    • She takes another one in "Slabtown" by helping Noah escape Grady Memorial Hospital.
  • Unable to Cry: By Season 4, she has gone through so much grief that she tells Daryl that she doesn't cry anymore, even after learning that her new boyfriend Zach has died. She gets over it in "Isolation", after learning Hershel is treating the sick inhabitants of the prison and risking his own life in doing so. However, watching the Governor behead her father shows that she's still got some tears in those ducts.

Other Hershel Farm Survivors


"I'm responsible. I ain't gonna sit here while this fella takes this on alone."
Portrayed by: Pruitt Taylor Vince

Otis is a farmhand on Hershel's farm. After accidentally shooting Carl, he accompanies Shane to recover medical supplies. Shane shot him and left him to be eaten by walkers so he could escape with the supplies.

  • Death by Adaptation: In the comics, he survives until the prison arc.
  • Death Equals Redemption: The reason why he left with Shane is that he accidentally shot Carl while hunting a buck and wanted to redeem himself to Rick's family. Otis didn't survive the trip because Shane sacrificed him to horde so he can save Carl. Otis did redeem himself in the end, no matter how avoidable the death was.
  • Devoured by the Horde: After Shane shoots him in the knee to serve as bait.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: His comic counterpart is Killed Offscreen by walkers and later put down by Rick.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: Otis goes with Shane to retrieve medical supplies and refuses to abandon Shane while the horde was pursuing them. Shane resorts to shooting Otis so he can survive and escape with the supplies.
  • The Lancer: He is Hershel's right-hand man.
  • Nice Guy: Unlike in the books, where he's a racist. Otis is torn up over accidentally shooting Carl, and immediately volunteers to help get the medical supplies needed to save him. He also refuses to abandon Shane to the walkers, but this gets him killed, as explained below.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: He absolutely refuses to leave Shane behind to be eaten by walkers, but this ends up getting Otis killed as Shane decides that he can't risk them both dying and being unable to get the medical equipment to Hershel, leading him to shoot Otis in the knee and leave him as a distraction for the walkers.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Shane makes the decision for him.


Portrayed by: Jane McNeill

Otis' wife, she aids Hershel in maintaining the farmhouse. She was eaten by walkers when Hershel's farm was attacked.

  • Adaptational Heroism: Since she dies early, she was not able to betray the group during the prison arc like in the comics.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Not necessarily intelligence, but levelheadedness and common sense. Saying that her comic counterpart is extremely Too Dumb to Live is a huge understatement.
  • Age Lift: From the comic version, going from being in her mid-20's to her mid-40's.
  • Bit Character: No pun intended.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the comics, she died when the Governor attacked the prison.
  • Demoted to Extra: None of the characterization given to her in the comics made it into the show.
  • Devoured by the Horde: As the group flees the farm, a walker comes out of nowhere to grab her and proceeds to munch down as a few other walkers join in.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Her comic counterpart is shot in the head by a Woodbury soldier during the final prison battle.
  • Happily Married: She and Otis appeared to have a very loving relationship.
  • Red Shirt: Gets very little screen time or characterization before dying.
  • Widow Woman: After Otis dies.


"Hershel! It's happened again."
Portrayed by: James Allen McCune

A young farmhand on Hershel's farm, and the boyfriend of Beth. He was eaten by walkers when Hershel's farm was attacked.

  • Bit Character: He's such a minor character that most reviewers didn't even bother to learn his name.
  • Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
  • Devoured by the Horde: While driving the RV, walkers manage to burst in while it's parked during his rescue of Rick and Carl and eat Jimmy before he can escape.note 
  • Forgotten Fallen Friend: To Beth, though this might be partially excusable due to the following episode taking place months later. Daryl does mention him and Zach in "Still", albeit not by name.
  • Gangsta Style: He holds his gun like this during training. After T-Dog tells him not to, he becomes much more accurate and is later able to kill a few walkers when the farm is attacked.
  • The Generic Guy: He has pretty much zero discernible character traits.
  • He's Not My Boyfriend: A weird variation on this trope occurs when Beth decides to take her own life and Maggie, attempting to talk her out of it, cites Jimmy as a reason she has to keep living. While Beth doesn't actually deny that they're a couple, she points out that they were only casually dating for a couple of months prior to the Zombie Apocalypse, and that despite the apparent opinions of the rest of the group they're not actually in any sort of committed relationship now.
  • Heroic Fire Rescue: During the second season finale, Jimmy takes the RV and rescues Rick and Carl from the burning barn as the walkers attack. Unfortunately, he gets eaten when walkers break into the RV.
  • Nice Hat: He is often seen wearing a straw cowboy hat.
  • Red Shirt: So much so that the cow Dale finds mutilated in the field was originally meant to be Jimmy's body.

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