- Accidental Aesop: Just tell people the truth; lying causes so much problems in the long run.
- Don't trust people you don't really know well or are strangers. Majority of strangers are assholes.
- Alternative Character Interpretation
- Vaughan: A morally upstanding man who is stuck with people too brutal for his own good? Or a scared, weak-willed person who needs others to do what it takes to survive for him?
- Charlie: Does she really care about Nate and Vaughan? Or does she simply show them small acts of kindness every now and again to make sure they don't leave her? Did she cry in chapter 5 because she was distraught over the fact that they might die? Or was she just distressed over loosing her "property"?
- Angst? What Angst?: Charlie's lack of emotional distress despite the world ending.
- Breather Episode: Chapter four. Bad things still happen, but it's still much more relaxed in comparison to what happens in the chapters before and after it.
- Foe Yay: Nate x Dr. Naga, though this is more of a crack ship than anything else.
- "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Jokes of Charlie's androgynous looks are less funny and more surprisingly depressing once you realize that it was constantly brought up so Eddie mistaking her for a guy would make more sense.
- Growing the Beard: The revamp could be considered this.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: Finding out that Jude has depression and is dependent on weed to cope makes his willingness to give some to Vaughan all the more touching.
- Ho Yay: Nate x Vaughan in the original version.
- Jerkass Woobie: With everything bad that happens, it's hard not to feel sorry for Nate.
- Charlie comes across as this at one point in episode 5.
- Like You Would Really Do It: There was no way Sissy was going to die when the zombie attacked her in chapter 4.
- No Yay: Once you find out how old Roxane really is, Roxane x Nate is this.
- Abandon Shipping: What happens after you find out.
- One True Threesome: The trio in the original. And then the revamp happened.
- Tear Jerker: Multiple events in the story.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Charlie doesn't get as much attention in the story as she should.
- What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Averted with Vaughan. Despite not being as badass as Nate or Charlie, he isn't any less liked. In fact, many people seem to prefer him over Charlie, who is arguably the most badass of the three.
- Why Would Anyone Take Her Back?: After what Charlie did in chapter 3, Vaughan looks like a saint for still wanting to be with her.
YMMV / The Walking Dead: Real Monsters