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  Rick Grimes
Actor Viggo Mortensen
Gender Male
Hair Brown
Age 29 (Season 1)
31 (Season 9)
33 (Season 22)
Occupation Police Deputy (Pre-Apocalypse)
Former Constable of the Alexandria Safe-Zone (Post-Apocalypse)
Leader of the Alexandria Safe-Zone (Post-Apocalypse)
Family Lori Grimes - Former Wife (Deceased)
Carl Grimes - Son
Judith Grimes - Possible Daughter (Deceased)
Jessie Anderson - Former Girlfriend (Deceased)
Andrea - Girlfriend
First Appearance "Days Gone Bye"
Status Alive
Series lifespan "Days Gone Bye" to Present
Ethnicity Caucasian-American
"Our war with the Saviors has ended. The Hilltop, Alexandria, the Kingdom, the Sanctuary... these are all just places. Whatever differences we had before, we must put those behind us as we move forward. The fighting is over... Now it is time for what comes next. We stand here united, together as one people... and it is my wish for us to remain that way. There will always be "us against them," but we need to never forget... we are "us" and the dead are "them". We have our adversary. We don't need to make another from each other. If we can work together, we can accomplish so much. We can remake the world we remember... and we can make it better. Who's with me?"
—Rick's speech to all communities after peace is declared with the Saviors.

Rick Grimes is the protagonist and a survivor of the outbreak in The Walking Dead. Rick, a police deputy from Cynthiana, Kentucky, awakens from a coma to find the world infested with zombies. He searches for his wife, Lori Grimes, and son, Carl Grimes, and encounters many survivors along the way, who originate at an Atlanta camp. He gradually becomes the de facto leader to the survivors, and is often faced with many leadership struggles. He soon overcomes this, and changes his mindset, believing in safety in numbers. His leadership qualities and experience lead him to become the Alexandria Safe-Zone leader near [Washington, D.C., while continuing to deal with many human threats along the way that cost the lives of his friends and loved ones. He currently lives with his girlfriend, Andrea.

Rick Grimes has been described as an everyman who emphasizes moral codes and values. Over the course of the comic book series, he eventually succumbs to sheer and uncompromising brutality in order to protect his fellow group members and later community from harm. He is a main instigator in the war against Negan and the Saviors. Currently, he is one of the last remaining Atlanta survivors.


Cynthiana, Kentucky

Rick Grimes lived in Cynthiana, Kentucky, for most of his life. During his childhood, his father always gave him the "boys don't cry" speech, to which Rick tried his best to adhere but never properly prevailed in. At school Rick frequently defended his younger brother Jeffrey from bullies though he often lost these fights.

Academically, he entered college for police administration with the intention of becoming a police officer. During his sophomore year, his parents made Rick chaperone at a New Year’s party set up by them, but his parents had to attend another party elsewhere. Thanks to his younger brother, he was introduced to a high school senior named Lori. Although there was some chemistry between them, they couldn't explore a possible relationship, due to Lori moving away to attend college as well. Despite this, Rick and Lori kept in touch with each other while he finished college. After Lori dropped out of her first year in college, she returned to Cynthiana, where they could finally develop their relationship. Soon after, Rick and Lori were wed, so Lori became Lori Grimes.

During this time, Rick officially became a police officer, where he was assigned a partner, and soon best friend, Shane. Life for Rick was perfect, with a burgeoning career in the police force and the happy news of Lori's pregnancy. Soon they had a son whom they named Carl.



Season 1


Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Rick has killed:

  • Numerous counts of zombies.






Comic Adaptation Characters
Grimes Family RickCarlLoriJudith
Jones Family MorganDuane
Atlanta AndreaSophiaGlennDaleBenBillyCarolAllenDonnaShaneAmyJim
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.