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Rick Grimes
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Rick Grimes
Franchise: The Walking Dead
Notability: Main character
Type: Law enforcement
Gender: Male
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Known relatives: Lori Grimes (wife)
Carl Grimes (son)
Judith Grimes (daughter)
R.J. Grimes (son)
Status: Unknown
1st appearance: "Days Gone Bye"
Final: "What Comes After"
Actor: Andrew Lincoln
"Simply put, there's a vast ocean of shit you people don't know shit about. Rick knows every fine grain of said shit... and then some."
Abraham Ford[src]

Rick Grimes is a fictional law-enforcement officer and the main character from the AMC survival horror television series The Walking Dead. Played by actor Andrew Lincoln, he was introduced in the pilot episode of the series, "Days Gone Bye".

Biography[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Rick Grimes grew up in King County, Georgia. In high school, he became best friends with a jock named Shane Walsh. After school, the two became sheriffs of the King County Sheriff's Office. Rick married a woman named Lori, and they had a son named Carl, who was born around the year 1998. By the time Carl was twelve, Rick and Lori were going through a rough patch in their marriage.

Shoot-out[edit | edit source]

In 2010, Rick and Shane responded to a call for assistance from nearby Linden County, whose officers were in pursuit of a vehicle carrying three armed criminals. They drove out on Highway 18 and set up a road block about four miles west of the State Route 85 intersection.

Officer down.

Shane laid down a spike strip and then Rick pulled back some distance and took up position along with deputies Lam Kendal and Leon Basset. When the oncoming car ran over the spike strip, it skidded off the road and overturned in a field. The driver emerged and opened fire on the King County officers. One shot hit Rick in the mid-section, but fortunately, he was wearing a bullet-proof vest. A second criminal emerged and was gunned down. While Shane was making sure that Rick was okay, a third criminal got out of the vehicle and shot Rick in the back. The bullet hit an unprotected section and he required immediate medical attention. He was taken to Harrison Memorial Hospital where he lapsed into a coma.

Rick awakened some weeks later only to find that the hospital had been completely deserted. Weak from lack of movement and proper nutrition, he shambled through the corridors, coming upon a barricaded set of double doors with the words "Don't open. Dead inside" written upon them. For some unexplained reason, the dead had come back to life as a result of some form of virus, which swept across the country, creating a post-Apocalyptic environment. Rick soon discovered that the world as he knew was gone.

Notes & Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Rick Grimes is the first character seen on The Walking Dead. He also has the first lines of dialogue.
  • Preferred weapon of choice: Colt Python. Rick used this as his signature weapon in the first three seasons of the show.
  • First lines: "Little girl?" Rick said this to Summer when he first saw her at an abandoned gas station in "Days Gone Bye".
  • Currently one of two surviving characters who appeared in the first episode, along with Morgan Jones.
  • Rick is one of five The Walking Dead characters to also appear in its' companion series, Fear the Walking Dead, along with Morgan, Paul Rovia, Carol Peletier and Dwight
  • On May 29, 2018, it was announced Season 9 will be the final season to feature Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes. Lincoln will only appear in the first five episodes of the season.
    • In November 2018, it was announced that Lincoln will reprise his role as Rick Grimes for a three-film trilogy set to air on AMC which will be a continuation of his storyline from "What Comes After". The first film is set to go into production early 2019.

Body count[edit | edit source]

The following is a running list of humans and zombies killed by Rick Grimes.

Named[edit | edit source]

Name Description
Season 1
Leon Basset (Zombie) Shot in the head by Rick.
Hannah (Zombie) Shot in the head by Rick.
Summer (Zombie) Shot in the head by Rick.
Season 2
Sophia Peletier (Zombie) Shot in the head by Rick.
Dave Shot in the head by Rick.
Tony Shot in the shoulder, chest and head by Rick.
Shane Walsh Stabbed in the chest by Rick.
Season 3
Tomas Hacked in the head with a machete by Rick.
Erin (Zombie) Shot by Rick.
Season 4
Thomas (Before Reanimation) Stabbed in the head by Rick.
Charlie (Zombie) Stabbed by Rick.
Lou Garroted by Rick.
Joe Neck bitten and Jugular vein ripped by Rick.
Dan Disemboweled by Rick.
Season 5
Terminus Butcher Stabbed in the neck by Rick.
Terminus Butcher 2 Stabbed in the neck and chest by Rick.
Mike Shot in the head by Rick.
Albert Shot in the head by Rick.
Gareth Hacked to death with a machete by Rick.
Bob Lamson Ran over and shot in the head by Rick.
Pete Anderson Shot in the head by Rick at Deanna Monroe's request.
Season 6
Carter (Mercy) Stabbed in the back of the head by Rick.
Tommy (Before Reanimation) Put down by Rick.
Blond Wolf Shot in the head by Rick.
Ethan Stabbed in the neck by Rick.
Savior 2 (Before Reanimation) Stabbed in the head by Rick.
Primo Shot in the head by Rick.
Jiro Stabbed in the head by Rick.
Season 7
Spencer Monroe (Zombie) Stabbed in the head by Rick.
Season 8
Gracie's father Impaled on a wall bracket then put down

Unnamed[edit | edit source]

Name Description
Seasons 1 - Present
Numerous Zombies Various Methods
Season 3
4 Unnamed Woodbury soldiers (1 Zombie)
Season 5
6 Unnamed Terminus residents
Season 6
5 Unnamed Wolves members Shot to death by Rick.
4 Unnamed Saviors

Rick's 3 questions[edit | edit source]

After recovering his sanity following the death of Lori, Rick began to take a more hardline approach towards the humans that he encountered. To assess their value and potential threat level, Rick began introductions with three questions. Depending on how a person responded governed Rick's actions towards them.

Rick's questions

  • "How many walkers have you killed?"
  • "How many people have you killed?"
  • "Why?"

Daryl Dixon also implemented this strategy during his brief association with the Claimers.

When the group first encountered Aaron outside Alexandria, Virginia, Michonne was the one who asked him the three questions.

Appearances[edit | edit source]

Season 1

  1. Walking Dead: Days Gone Bye
  2. Walking Dead: Guts
  3. Walking Dead: Tell It to the Frogs
  4. Walking Dead: Vatos
  5. Walking Dead: Wildfire
  6. Walking Dead: TS-19

Season 2

  1. Walking Dead: What Lies Ahead
  2. Walking Dead: Bloodletting
  3. Walking Dead: Save the Last One
  4. Walking Dead: Cherokee Rose
  5. Walking Dead: Chupacabra
  6. Walking Dead: Secrets
  7. Walking Dead: Pretty Much Dead Already
  8. Walking Dead: Nebraska
  9. Walking Dead: Triggerfinger
  10. Walking Dead: 18 Miles Out
  11. Walking Dead: Judge, Jury, Executioner
  12. Walking Dead: Better Angels
  13. Walking Dead: Beside the Dying Fire

Season 3

  1. Walking Dead: Seed
  2. Walking Dead: Sick
  3. Walking Dead: Killer Within
  4. Walking Dead: Say the Word
  5. Walking Dead: Hounded
  6. Walking Dead: When the Dead Come Knocking
  7. Walking Dead: Made to Suffer
  8. Walking Dead: The Suicide King
  9. Walking Dead: Home
  10. Walking Dead: I Ain't a Judas
  11. Walking Dead: Clear
  12. Walking Dead: Arrow on the Doorpost
  13. Walking Dead: Prey
  14. Walking Dead: This Sorrowful Life
  15. Walking Dead: Welcome to the Tombs

Season 4

  1. Walking Dead: 30 Days Without an Accident
  2. Walking Dead: Infected
  3. Walking Dead: Isolation
  4. Walking Dead: Indifference
  5. Walking Dead: Internment
  6. Walking Dead: Dead Weight
  7. Walking Dead: Too Far Gone
  8. Walking Dead: After
  9. Walking Dead: Claimed
  10. Walking Dead: Us
  11. Walking Dead: A

Season 5

  1. Walking Dead: No Sanctuary
  2. Walking Dead: Strangers
  3. Walking Dead: Four Walls and a Roof
  4. Walking Dead: Crossed
  5. Walking Dead: Coda
  6. Walking Dead: What Happened and What's Going On
  7. Walking Dead: Them
  8. Walking Dead: The Distance
  9. Walking Dead: Remember
  10. Walking Dead: Forget
  11. Walking Dead: Spend
  12. Walking Dead: Try
  13. Walking Dead: Conquer

Season 6

  1. Walking Dead: First Time Again
  2. Walking Dead: Thank You
  3. Walking Dead: Now
  4. Walking Dead: Heads Up
  5. Walking Dead: Start to Finish
  6. Walking Dead: No Way Out
  7. Walking Dead: The Next World
  8. Walking Dead: Knots Untie
  9. Walking Dead: Not Tomorrow Yet
  10. Walking Dead: The Same Boat
  11. Walking Dead: Twice as Far
  12. Walking Dead: East
  13. Walking Dead: Last Day on Earth

Season 7

  1. Walking Dead: The Day Will Come When You Won't Be
  2. Walking Dead: Service
  3. Walking Dead: Go Getters
  4. Walking Dead: Sing Me a Song
  5. Walking Dead: Hearts Still Beating
  6. Walking Dead: Rock in the Road
  7. Walking Dead: New Best Friends
  8. Walking Dead: Say Yes
  9. Walking Dead: Something They Need
  10. Walking Dead: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life

Season 8

  1. Walking Dead: Mercy
  2. Walking Dead: The Damned
  3. Walking Dead: Monsters
  4. Walking Dead: Some Guy

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