He is a former sheriff's deputy who was shot in the line of duty and fell into a coma, only to awaken and find himself in the midst of the apocalypse. He travels to Atlanta, Georgia , in search of his wife, Lori , and his son, Carl , who have traveled to Atlanta with his best friend, Shane Walsh. After reuniting with his family, along with discovering a group of survivors , Rick gradually becomes the de-facto leader in their search of a safe haven. He eventually enters a relationship with Michonne and they later conceive a child together. He later becomes the leader of the Alexandria Safe-Zone and one of the four co-leaders of the Militia along with Maggie Rhee , Ezekiel , and Cyndie before its disbanding. A year and a half after the war against Negan , Rick adopts a more peaceful and democratic way of leadership and tries to accomplish Carl's dream of rebuilding civilization.
It doesn't matter what's going on around him, he just wants to talk about how well the carrots are coming in this season. Hey, zombies are climbing over the fence! Hopefully they don't trample the berry bushes he just planted!
Rick also may or may not care about that baby, depending on what day of the week it is. Sometimes, he's super devoted to it, other times he's like "Oh yeah, there's a baby, I totally forgot! Rick Grimes, The Tactician Here he is, keeping things cool. Sure, he's going to go kill some people, but he's also keeping his head on his shoulders. This is a Rick with a plan! He might kill people, but he stays calm and only kills people he absolutely has to. That's respectable. That's Rick's son, Carl.
Notice how Rick is running away, not even caring about how Carl is doing? Yeah, Rick's a good dad until it becomes inconvenient, then he's out the door! Sign in. Join YourTango Experts. Photo: AMC. View More Galleries Click to view 20 images. Think you know all of Hollywood's power couples? Kim Hays. Click to view 10 images. In the episode " Internment ", he resolves problems with walkers carving through the fences as the illness dies out with Hershel's medical assistance. In the mid-season finale, " Too Far Gone ", The Governor returns with a militia to take over the prison and decapitates his hostage, Hershel, calling Rick a liar for proposing they can live together in the community.
The Governor's men drive a tank through the fences, destroying Rick's home and causing a battle between the two sides. The Governor tries to strangle a badly wounded Rick to death, but Michonne stabs him through the chest.
Rick discovers Judith's empty cradle and believes that she has been killed by walkers; heartbroken, he escapes with Carl. After reuniting with Michonne in the episode " Claimed ", Rick escapes from a dangerous group called the Claimers, before travelling towards Terminus, a supposed sanctuary, in " Us " Rick is seen with Carl and Michonne, walking along the train tracks, heading to Terminus.
In the season finale, " A ", Rick re-encounters the Claimers, who try to kill him, as well as sexually assault Michonne and Carl, but an enraged Rick bites the leader Joe Jeff Kober in the neck as Michonne and the reunited Daryl who had joined the Claimers kill the others.
The four head to Terminus, but become suspicious as they discover the inhabitants wearing the clothes belonging to the survivors they knew. In the season premiere, " No Sanctuary ", Rick's group escapes Terminus as an explosion set off by Carol destroys the compound and infests it with walkers.
He reunites with his daughter, Judith and graciously thanks Carol, who resettles into the group. In the episode " Strangers ", the group meets Father Gabriel Stokes Seth Gilliam who brings them to his church to stay before going to Washington, DC in hopes of a cure.
In the episode " Four Walls and a Roof ", Gareth and five other Terminus survivors hunt down the group, capture a bitten Bob, eat his leg and leave him as bait, before the group lure them into the church to be trapped and slaughtered.
A rather peaceful resolution is ultimately decided with a hostage exchange, as the group captures several police officers for the exchange. In the mid-season finale, " Coda ", leading officer Dawn Lerner Christine Woods demands Noah back as her ward after Beth's departure, fuelling Beth to try to kill her but she is reflexively shot in the head. Dawn is immediately killed by Daryl and a stand-off is defused by Officer Shepherd.
In the mid-season premiere, " What Happened and What's Going On ", Rick's group travels to Virginia where Noah's community is and eventually strive for Washington despite the cure being outed as false, in hopes of finding a safe haven, but suffer one more loss with Tyreese. In the episode " The Distance ", the mournful group is encountered by a stranger named Aaron Ross Marquan claiming to be a recruiter for a community named Alexandria. While distrustful, they follow him as well as his boyfriend, Eric and discover he is telling the truth.
In the episode " Remember ", Deanna Monroe Tovah Feldshuha former congresswoman from Ohio and leader of Alexandria interviews the group and assigns Rick as a constable in the community along with Michonne. In the episode " Try ", Rick has a confrontation with Jessie's abusive husband Pete Cory Brillforcing Michonne to knock him unconscious. In the season finale, " Conquer ", Deanna holds a meeting to potentially exile Rick, but Rick proves he is trying to ensure the community's protection from the living and the dead, before Pete shows up and tries to assassinate Rick with Michonne's katanaaccidentally killing Deanna's husband in the process.
In the season premiere, " First Time Again ", while getting reacquainted with Morgan, Rick discovers a quarry filled with hundreds of walkers held in by a barricade that is about to fail. He takes de facto command of Alexandria with Deanna's approval and recruits the native Alexandrians to help lure the herd away. In " Thank You " Rick and the rest of the groups follow the horn of the truck hurriedly and it separates of Glenn and Michonne, but when it tries to drive its vehicle it is attacked by a group of wolves to which Morgan let them go ahead but Rick he manages to knock down all the wolves that tried to kill him, while trying to restart the RV to go home, he discovers that the engine had been turned off, thanks to a shot fired by the blond wolf.
Each failed attempt to light the RV sends Rick into a state of increasing panic, before he hears the pack's moans as they emerge from the forest beside him. The plan goes awry at several points and Rick returns to Alexandria pursued by half of the herd in the episode " Now ". Deanna is revealed to have been bitten and asks Rick to look out for the native Alexandrians as he does his own pre-Alexandria group before she dies.
Rick prepares ponchos covered in walker innards for the group to sneak through the herd to safety. Sam suffers a mental breakdown in the mid-season premiere " No Way Out ". Sam is killed, followed by his mother, and Ron shoots Carl in the eye before being killed by Michonne.
While Dr. Denise Cloyd treats Carl, an enraged Rick leads nearly all of Alexandria in battling and defeating the herd. Rick tells a comatose Carl that he now has hope for the future again and plans to rebuild the town, two months later, in the episode " The Next World ", Rick and Daryl meet Paul "Jesus" Rovia on a supply run and after take him back to Alexandria.
He later begins a relationship with Michonne. In the episode " Knots Untie ", Jesus takes Rick to the Hilltop Colony, and when he learns they live in fear of Negan and his Saviors, offers to assassinate him in exchange for a trade of supplies. After a successful raid on the Saviors in the episode " Not Tomorrow Yet ", Rick believes the threat of the Saviors to have been vanquished, only to be proven wrong when Denise is killed in the episode " Twice as Far ".
Rick makes preparations for an attack from the Saviors in the episode " East ", but in the season finale " Last Day on Earth " when Maggie has complications in her pregnancy, leads a team to seek Dr. Carson's aid at Hilltop. The group is herded into a trap by the Saviors, and Rick watches helplessly as Negan Jeffrey Dean Morgan kills two unseen members of the group.
Negan torments Rick, saying that their deaths were his fault for crossing the Saviors, and threatens to kill them all unless Rick submits. In " Service ", Rick is forced to abide by Negan's rules and the opposition of Spencer, whom he threatens. In " Go Getters " Rick plans an expedition to go find more supplies, knowing that the saviors will return for more offerings and Aaron offers to accompany him. Carl looks at his father reluctantly to see him too submissive to Negan's orders and began to treat him with indifference, rejecting even his offer to accompany him on the way out.
Michonne gave him an intense kiss goodbye as a sign of support. Negan explains that Spencer asked him to kill Rick so he could take over.
With some prodding from Michonne, Rick agrees to stand up and fight, and goes to the Hilltop. In " Rock in the Road ", Rick attempts to gather an army to fight Negan; when Rick fails to rally enough people in Hilltop, Jesus brings them to a community known as the Kingdom.
Rick and the group are able to procure wired explosives left by the Saviors. Later, Rick and the others are surrounded by a new junkyard group. In "New Best Friends"Rick negotiates with the leader Jadis Pollyanna McIntoshand she agrees on one-third of supplies once the war is over, but they need a large quantity of guns to make a formal alliance.
In "Say Yes"Rick and Michonne look for guns. They bond, have sex, and have a deep conversation about whether he will die in the war, asking her to take over if he does. Jadis is dissatisfied with their offering, but Rick manages to convince her to let them keep some of the guns while they find more.
They huddle the community at gunpoint, but promise they will return them later. They fail to convince Oceanside to fight, however. It backfires when it is revealed Jadis was already working with Negan.
Negan threatens to kill Sasha, and Rick asks to see her. Sasha, having committed suicide to prevent herself from being used as bait, reanimates as a walker and attacks Negan, buying the Alexandrians a chance to open fire against the Scavengers and Saviors.
Rick is shot by Jadis after he tries to re-negotiate, and later soldiers from the Kingdom and the Hilltop arrive to save the day. This prompts Negan to retreat. The episode and season ends with Rick, Maggie and Ezekiel uniting the three communities together. In the season premiere, " Mercy ", Rick stands before the assembled forces of the Kingdom, Alexandria and the Hilltop and declares the world to be theirs.
He leads a large convoy of survivors with armored vehicles to the Sanctuary to confront the Saviors. Rick offers the Saviors the chance to surrender, but states that Negan has to die. The group then opens fire, ravaging the Sanctuary before a massive herd of walkers led by Daryl arrives. Rick uses an explosive-laden RV to blow open the gates.
As walkers flood into the Sanctuary, Rick spots Negan taking cover and attempts to shoot him, but Gabriel stops him. In the episode " The Damned ", Rick and Daryl lead a group of survivors to take control of a Savior compound with the added goal of capturing a stash of guns housed inside. Rick finds where he believes them to be housed, but only gains access after killing a Savior in a brutal fight.
He opens the door to find a nursery with a baby inside, forcing Rick to question the morality of his plan. This is compounded when he is confronted by former Atlanta survivor Morales Juan Parejanow a Savior, who informs him that reinforcements are on the way. Their conversation is cut short when Daryl kills Morales from behind, despite Rick's protests. He is further disturbed when Daryl executes a Savior who Rick had promised to let go in exchange for information.
In " Some Guy " Rick and Daryl chase two Saviors while they make a hasty pursuit with weapons on their backs.
One of the Saviors begins to shoot at them, forcing Daryl to deviate from the road. Rick stays in his way. One of the Saviors, Iago, evades the walkers on the road, pulling the other Savior's target and causing him to stumble.
When he regains his position and continues shooting at the other truck, Rick veers off to the side, allowing Daryl to open fire on the Savior. Rick manages to reach Iago's truck and jumps on board, stabs Iago in the stomach and pushes him out of the vehicle before crashing into the side of the road. He and Daryl then find a cache of calibre machine guns. They enter into a discussion about what to do with the weapons; Daryl believes that they should use them against the Saviors, while Rick sees a more humane solution.
The argument turns into a fist fight, which inadvertently results in a dynamite bag thrown at the truck, destroying it along with the weapons.
Daryl heads back to Alexandria, and a resentful Rick heads off to another course. Rick travels to the Scavenger base to meet Jadis, and offers to ally with them against the Saviors.
Jadis refuses, however, and takes Rick captive. In the episode " Time for After ", Rick tries to negotiate his release with Jadis, but she refuses again, and threatens to feed him to a walker.
Rick manages to overpower Jadis, and she lets him go. Rick then makes a deal to allow the scavengers to share the Saviors' supplies if they join him. Jadis demands to see the situation in the Sanctuary before she or her people commit to Rick's plan. Rick guides them to the outer perimeter of the enclosure; upon entering, Rick finds one of his snipers dead, being devoured by walkers. Unable to eliminate the other snipers, Rick climbs a tower and watches the area from a higher ground, and escapes.
Carol and Jerry rescue him, and the three decide to separate. Later in the night, Rick finds that the Saviors have set Alexandria on fire, which forces him to again confront Negan.
After a brief struggle, Rick escapes with Michonne into the sewers, where the rest of their people are hiding, along with Siddiq, who was rescued by Carl. Rick then discovers, to his horror, that Carl has been bitten by a walker.
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In the mid-season premiere, "Honor"Rick and Michonne organize an escape plan with the others, while the Saviors bomb Alexandria. As he lays dying, Carl gives Rick a letter in which he urges his father to make peace with Negan. Unable to watch his son die, a devastated Rick turns away as Carl commits suicide. As Rick mourns Carl's death, he contemplates making his son's vision of a peaceful future a reality. In the season finale, " Wrath ", Rick's group and the Saviors face off for a final battle.
Rick cuts Negan's throat, but, inspired by Carl's last wishes, allows him to live, imprisoning him instead. Rick begins the season as the de facto leader of all the communities, with Maggie in charge of Hilltop, Daryl in charge of the Saviors, and Ezekiel in charge of the Kingdom.
Rick strives for prosperity and cooperation among the communities, assuring the future that Carl had wished for. However, his choice to spare Negan has cost him his relationship with Maggie and Daryl, who both want Negan dead. Tensions rise between the groups and a small insurrection occurs, led by a small group of Saviors who oppose Rick's rule. This causes an even further rift between the communities, and ideologies clash as Maggie and Daryl begin to oppose Rick's leadership and vision of cooperation.
Rick learns that Maggie is going to kill Negan, and rides with Daryl to try and stop her; however, this results in a fight between the two in which they fall into a chasm, and have to fight their way out to avoid being swarmed by two incoming herds of walkers.
Rick tries to salvage the bridge between the two communities, he is thrown from his horse and impaled on a rebar pipe. Crying in agony, Rick is left on the side of the road while he passes out, as hundreds of walkers approach him. Seriously injured, Rick manages to free himself from the rebar and leads the herd away using his horse, haunted by hallucinations of his dead friends.
Finding the camp overrun, Rick leads the massive combined herd onto the bridge, which he believes would collapse under the weight of the herd, but it holds. With his friends desperately trying to save him, Rick shoots fallen dynamiteblowing the bridge up and apparently killing himself in the process.
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Unknown to anyone else, however, Rick survives the explosion and is found by Anne on the riverbank. Anne convinces her allies in the helicopter to take Rick to safety and treat his injuries. Rick later awakens on the helicopter with Anne, who assures him that he is being taken to a safe place. Six years after Rick's apparent death, Michonne has taken over Alexandria and still visits the destroyed bridge where Rick was last seen alive and talks to him.
A 9-year old Judith has inherited Rick's revolver and sheriff's hat, but admits that she is starting to forget both Rick and Carl's voices. Michonne gave birth to Rick's son, R. Grimes, also known as Rick Grimes, Jr. Rick also appears in the fourth season premiere of the companion series Fear the Walking Dead with his appearance chronologically following the events of The Walking Dead season 8 finale.
In the episode, Rick tries to convince Morgan Jones to come back with him before Morgan ultimately decides to go off on his own. Rick Grimes is portrayed by Andrew Lincolnwho was cast as part of the television adaptation in April They got back very quickly from Hollywood and gave me the script. The owner showed me this shrine they had to the comic, and said 'This is our most popular and successful comic, and in my opinion, one of the greatest graphic novels of the last ten years'.
That's when I got into it. In preparation for the role, Lincoln sought inspiration from the American drama series Breaking Ba as well as western film High Noon The performance of Gary Cooper and the moral structure of his character was also cited as an influence; "He's a divided man, between his responsibilities and his marriage.
He's not like the Clint Eastwood figure, the loner. It's more complicated than that. He's got a softer heart, so that was definitely an inspiration for me as well. I worked hard on not just the accent, but also on being American and getting into the feel of that. Upon hearing the announcement, Writer Robert Kirkman felt that Lincoln was an "amazing find" and added that he accurately embodied the characteristics of Rick Grimes. I couldn't be more thrilled with how this show is coming together.
He stated: "I read it and thought it was well written, and I put myself on tape just for one scene. I didn't know who was involved at this point. After getting no response, he stumbles into the bathroom, guzzling water directly from the tap, while noticing a growing beard, before he heads for the door. He opens the door and notices a gurney is blocking the entrance to his room. He pushes it aside and continues walking in the dark and disheveled hallway.
The hallway's lights flicker and wires hang from the ceiling. He goes to the nurse's station and tries the phone, but it's dead. He finds a set of matches while also looking for anything else worth taking from behind the desk. Suddenly, a flickering light draws his attention, and through a doorway, Rick sees the ravaged body of a nurse missing most of her skin. His eyes can't believe what he's seeing and he backs away, confused and afraid.
Continuing further down the hallway, he sees that the walls are covered in blood with numerous bullet holes. Terrified, Rick stumbles backwards. He tries the elevator but it's dead, so he exits through a heavy door into a dark stairwell that reeks of rotting flesh. He chokes on the smell as he lumbers down the stairs, lighting matches until he finds the exit. A door opens to the back of the hospital into the loading bay. When Rick's eyes adjust to the bright sunlight, he sees hundreds of decayed, fly-covered bodies wrapped in sheets and arranged in rows and piles.
He leaves the hospital and stumbles up a hill. There's a military helicopter, sandbags, and other signs of a military cordon, but everything has been abandoned. He wanders down the road in his hospital gown, spotting an overturned bicycle in a park. As he reaches for it, the badly decayed body of a mutilated womanher legs and lips missing, turns and reaches for him, pathetically moaning and growling in.
Startled, Rick falls off the bicycle but regains himself a moment later, mounts the bike, and hastily rides away. Rick bikes over to his home to find the front door open and the house deserted. Sobbing on the floor, he calls out for Lori and Carl, questioning if any of this is real or if he's dreaming. He heads back outside the house and sits on the steps. He spots a a man stumbling down the road and waves his hand to try and get his attention. As he is doing this, a young boy creeps up from behind and hits him with a shovel.
I'm gonna smack him dead! The boy's father, Morgan Jonesapproaches the stumbling man Rick was waving to and shoots him in the head. He then proceeds to walk towards Rick and points a revolver in his face. You tell me, or I will kill you," Morgan asks him, cocking the gun at his face. Before he can answer, Rick passes out. Later that night, Rick wakes up with his arms and legs tied to a bed. The young boy, Duanestands guard with a baseball bat.
Morgan checks his forehead and says if he had "the fever" it would have killed him by now, so he sets him free of the bedposts with a switchblade, but not before telling him that if he tries anything, he will not hesitate to kill him. He then offers him a seat at their dinner table. Rick recognizes the home that they are in as his neighbors', Fred and Cindy Drake 's house.
Morgan tells Rick not to look out the window because they will see the light. He then begins to explain the story of the outbreak and the following days to a confused and disoriented Rick. The sound draws 'em. Now they're all over the street. He adds that they get more active after dark sometimes. Before they begin eating dinner, Duane insists that his father give a blessing. Bites kill. The fever burns you out.
But then after a while You come back. After dinner, the trio talks about Rick's son, Carl, and Rick satisfies a lingering curiosity shared by Duane and Morgan as to what line of work would put someone in a position to be shot at. Morgan smiles and says, "Duane thought you were a bank robber. Rick and Morgan peer out to the street through heavy covered windows and boarded up doors.
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The street is filled with walkers, drawn by the noise of the alarm. When a woman wearing a nightgown appears and walks up to the front door of the house, Duane runs away crying. Morgan comforts his son while Rick stares at the woman through the peephole at the front door. The woman looks around and tries to turn the door handle. I should have put her down. I just didn't have it in me. She's the mother of my child. The next morning, Rick walks outside in a face shield, carrying a baseball bat.
I have to ask," says Rick, approaching a walker sitting near the stoop. Except for something in the brain. That's why it's gotta be the head," Morgan assures him, exiting the house with Duane.
Rick approaches the walker and swings the bat repeatedly at his head, beating it down until it stops moving. He quickly becomes fatigued, most likely from his still-healing gunshot wound. Back at the house, Rick tells Morgan he thinks his wife and son are still alive. He explains he found empty drawers in the bedrooms and the family pictures and photo albums were gone. My wife, same thing.
There I am packing survival gear; she's grabbing photo albums," Morgan laughs, getting emotional over the memory. Duane suggests to Rick that they could be in Atlanta. Morgan explains that the government was telling people to head to a refugee center there with military protection and food, before the broadcasts stopped. He also explains that the C. Rick, Morgan and Duane head to the King County Sheriff's Departmentwhere they luxuriate in hot showers thanks to a separate propane heating system.
As they dress, Morgan tells Rick that his family was headed to Atlanta but he and his son never made it because they got "stuck" after his wife got bit, and after she died they just stayed hunkered down at the Drake's home. Afterward, Rick packs a duffel bag with guns and changes into his sheriff's uniform and hat.
He hands Morgan a rifle and some ammunition. They head outside and start loading the weapons into the trunk of his cruiser. Rick prepares to set off for Atlanta, while Morgan says he'll follow in a few days, once Duane has learned to shoot.
Rick hands Morgan a walkie-talkie and he tells him to turn it on every day at dawn to make contact. Before leaving, Morgan gives Rick a warning: "They may not seem like much one at a time. But in a group, all riled up and hungry? Man, you watch your ass. Rick admits he didn't think much of the young officer, but he won't leave him like this.
He shoots him in the forehead with his revolver, putting him down. Then, he and Morgan drive away from the sheriff's department in opposite directions. Rick returns to the park where he found the legless walker. He follows a blood trail for quite a distance to find her again crawling helplessly. She reaches for him futilely. In a camp outside the city, a group of survivors receives the transmission. A young blonde girl, Amyruns to the CB, but can't get a reply.
Shane, Lori, and Carl are among the survivors, however, they don't recognize Rick's voice over the garbled transmission. By the time Shane takes over the CB controls and introduces himself, Rick has left the emergency broadcast channel. On the road, Rick's cruiser runs out of fuel, so he abandons his car on the highway and heads out on foot with a gas can and the duffel bag full of guns, making sure to grab the family photo he keeps above his rear-view mirror and stashing it in his jacket pocket.
He approaches a farmhouse looking for gas. He peeks in the window where he makes the grisly discovery that a couple had committed suicide. Rick tries to locate the keys of the pick-up truck parked in their driveway, but finds a horse on their property instead. He saddles up and rides the rest of the way to Atlanta with the bag of guns slung across his shoulder. Rick arrives to Atlanta, but realizes it's nothing like Morgan described.
Hundreds of cars trying to leave the city have burned out on the other side of the freeway. The road into the city is completely deserted. He continues to ride into the city, devastated that he has no other leads on where his wife and son are located. He trots the streets on horseback, finding an overrun military blockade with more burned out vehicles. A few walkers along the way take notice of him, so he and the horse speed up.
He looks back to see many more emerging from buses and alleys. Suddenly, Rick catches the reflection of a helicopter passing by through a skyscraper. He speeds up the horse to try and follow it but unknowingly leads himself into a horde of hundreds of walkers. He fails to escape and topples off to the floor as the walkers start to devour the horse.
While the walkers are distracted, he manages to scramble underneath an abandoned tank. Walkers take notice of him and start to reach under and grab him from both ends of the tank. He shoots several of them, but more and more keep coming. In desperation, he places the gun to his head. As he is about to pull the trigger, he sees an open hatch on the floor of the tank and crawls inside just before the walkers can get to him.
As he sits in the tank catching his breath, he takes the gun of a zombified soldier and continues to search through his uniform for anything of use. The movement awakens him and as he turns to bite Rick, he freaks and shoots him in the head.
A deafening echo reverberates inside the enclosed space of the tank. Dazed and disoriented, he makes his way to the top of the tank where the top hatch is open. He lifts his head out of the hatch to stop the ringing in his ears. He spots the bag of guns that he dropped, but there are too many walkers. They begin to take notice of him and climb the tank to get to him.
Rick then closes the hatch, sealing himself inside. Rick, unsure of what to do next, holds the soldier's Beretta pistol to his forehead, sweating. Suddenly, the tank's radio crackles. Hey you, dumbass. You in the tank. Cozy in there?
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Rick looks up and slowly lowers the gun from his forehead. He pops through the top hatch and dispatches a walker with his shovel, jumps off of the tank, and runs down a nearby sidewalk toward an alleyway, shooting walkers along the way. They race up a ladder to the roof, stopping to catch their breath on a platform halfway up. Glenn leads Rick down a staircase to an alley, which is free of all but four walkers thanks to a bus blockade.
Rick and Glenn rush into the building, followed by them. The group questions Rick about what he was doing roaming around the streets. Suddenly, muffled gunshots are heard.
On the roof, Rick and the group find Merle firing at walkers with a rifle. T-Dog chastises him for wasting bullets and attracting more walkers. Merle beats T-Dog and presses a handgun to his forehead, but Rick intervenes, hitting Merle with the butt of the rifle and handcuffing him to a pipe. There's us and the dead. We survive this by pulling together, not apart. He then finds a stash of cocaine in Merle's shirt pocket and tosses it over the roof, much to Merle's chagrin. With the streets no longer safe, Rick suggests they try to escape underground.
Jacqui, who formerly worked in the Atlanta zoning office, says that the building might have access to the sewers, prompting Rick and the group to head back downstairs to the basement. In the basement, Glenn concocts a plan and sends Rick and Andrea to watch the storefront while he and Morales head down the sewer. On the front of the store, Rick and Andrea keep watch. A while later, Andrea spots a necklace with a mermaid pendant. Rick encourages her to take it, insisting shoplifting rules don't apply anymore.
Andrea pockets the necklace, when the walkers break through the exterior glass doors and begin pounding on the interior set. Glenn, Morales, and Jacqui arrive to report that the sewer is not an option. Rick and the group heads to the roof. On the roof, Rick spots a cube van at a nearby construction site.
We don't. It's pretty distinct. Rick latches onto the concept of scent and how the dead use it to differentiate between themselves and the living. A while later, Rick and Morales collect a dead walker from the alley. Rick and Glenn then smear guts on themselves, disgusting everyone. Before leaving, Rick tosses T-Dog the key to Merle's handcuffs. Outside, Rick and Glenn crawl under the bus blocking the alley. They start to shuffle in to the streets, mixing in to the crowd of walkers unnoticed.
Suddenly, a rainstorm passes over them, washing the guts off their jackets.
The walkers detect them as humans, prompting Rick and Glenn to fight them while continuing to run to the construction site. They are able to make it over the fence uninjured. Rick shoots at walkers while Glenn locates the keys.
The crowd of walkers knocks down the fence and charges at them, but they speed away in the van just in time. Rick smashes the driver's side window to gain entry, causing the car's alarm to blare loudly. Rick pulls the van up and the group piles in, catching their breath as they drive away from the city. They look around at one another and a guilt-ridden T-Dog admits to the others he dropped the key, leaving Merle trapped on the roof, still handcuffed to a pipe.
On the road, Morales advises Rick not to dwell on Merle's abandonment. When the van arrives at the camp, the group embraces with their families while Rick hesitantly stays in the car for a few moments. He later emerges and recognizes Shane. The two trade stunned glances as Carl spots Rick and runs into his open arms. Lori stares at Rick, but she tearfully embraces her husband and son. Rick turns to smile at Shane, who does manage an honest smile in return. In the night, around a campfire, Rick describes the disorientation he felt waking up alone in the hospital.
Lori explains she was told Rick would be brought over to Atlanta, but it never happened. He then expresses immense gratitude to Shane for saving and taking care of his family. He then volunteers to deliver the news to Daryl Dixon about his brother, as does T-Dog, who is wracked with guilt for dropping the key.
Later on, in their tent, Rick says goodnight to Carl and then takes Lori's hand as he crawls into bed with her. He tells her he knew she and Carl were alive because their photo albums were gone when he returned to their house.
Lori smiles and pulls one open. They reflect on their past mistakes and are grateful for the second chance that they have been given. Lori returns Rick's wedding ring, which had been removed when he was in the hospital, and the two discretely have sex.
The next morning, Rick wakes to find a fresh pair of clothes laid out for him inside the tent. He gets up and gets dressed. Outside, he finds Carol ironing his freshly laundered uniform, though she laments how much harder it is without her old Maytag.
Rick thanks her for her kindness. Nearby, Glenn mourns as Morales, Dale, and Jim strip the Challenger down for parts, taking gas for the camp's generators. Lori is shocked, but their discussion is interrupted by screams. Sophia calls out for her mother and the men grab various weapons from the campsite.
The five men beat on the walker until Dale arrives and decapitates it. The group hears the bushes rustling and Shane raises his gun protectively. Daryl emerges from the woods carrying a crossbow and hauling over a dozen dead squirrels. He's upset that the walker ate the deer he'd been tracking for miles, and the food has been wasted.
The walker's decapitated head starts grinding it's teeth, growling. Daryl fires his crossbow in to its skull. It's gotta be the brain. Don't y'all know nothin'? Shane follows, telling Daryl that Merle didn't make it back. Rick chimes in, confessing he left Merle handcuffed to the roof as the group surrounds them. Daryl throws the dead squirrels at Rick who ducks as Shane throws him backwards. T-Dog sees Daryl pull a knife and warns Rick and Shane, joining the scuffle. Rick is able to disarm Daryl, and Shane locks him in a sleeper hold.
Rick tells Daryl he wants to have a calm discussion about Merle. T-Dog cuts in, explaining that he accidentally dropped the key in a drain. He adds that he chained the door to the roof shut so the undead couldn't get to him.
Lori then states that Rick is going back to Merle. Shane questions his decision to risk his life for Merle and argues that they need everybody to protect the camp in case more walkers show up. Shane then gives Rick the last of his bullets for his revolver. Rick loads his gun in the passenger seat while Daryl drives out of camp and the group leave the campsite. In Atlanta, the group parks beside a railroad line.
Daryl threatens T-Dog if Merle's not okay, but T-Dog insists that the undead can't get through the chains on the door. As they travel on foot below a highway overpass, Glenn decides the group should go for Merle first, because going for the guns would mean doubling back. Rick, Daryl, Glenn, and T-Dog arrive at the department store. Daryl kills a walker in the store with his crossbow. They cut through the chain on the stairwell with the bolt-cutters and emerge onto the roof.
On the ground, the hacksaw sits beside Merle's severed hand with the bloodied handcuffs hanging from the pipe above. Daryl screams as the others look on helplessly. An enraged Daryl points his crossbow at T-Dog, but relents when Rick pulls his revolver.
They then follow Merle's trail of blood to a kitchen, where Sterno cans burn next to an iron steak weight crusted with skin-the result of Merle cauterizing his stump.
Rick agrees to help Daryl search the streets for his brother. Glenn outlines a plan to retrieve Rick's bag: Daryl will watch his back from the store's alley, while Rick and T-Dog cover a second alley two blocks away. On the street, Glenn runs toward the tank. Back in the alley, a teenager named Miguel approaches Daryl. Daryl trains his crossbow on Miguel, who begins screaming. Glenn grabs the bag of guns - and Rick's hat - then runs back toward Daryl.
Rick and T-Dog, hearing Miguel's screams, also head for the alley.
Two men named Jorge and Felipe, who have also come for the guns, then jump Daryl. The men turn to Glenn and start beating him. Daryl then fires an arrow in Felipe's butt. They throw Glenn in a car and drive off-leaving Miguel and the guns behind. Rick then takes Miguel and asks him about the men that he was with, Miguel refuses to speak to Rick. Daryl tries to tell Miguel that his brother's hand was a result of "the last guy who pissed him off" and throws the hand on Miguel as he starts to panic.
Daryl then threatens to cut off his feet by telling he is "going to start with the feet this time. Later on Miguel leads Rick, Daryl and T-Dog to an abandoned factory, where the leader of the group called "G" emerges. Rick proposes trading Miguel for Glenn.
G demands the bag of guns, threatening to kill Glenn if they do not hand it over. Rick then escorts Miguel into the warehouse carrying the guns on his back. Rick cuts Miguel loose and demands G hand over Glenn. Felipe and Miguel's grandmother shuffles into the middle of the stand-off, asking Felipe for help with "Mr. Rick tells Felipe's grandmother that Felipe is helping him find a missing person.
Abuela leads Rick into a nursing home auditorium, where several elderly people-and Glenn-are grouped around an asthmatic man. Felipe helps the man with an inhaler.
After giving them a few rifles, Rick, Glenn, T-Dog, and Daryl walk back to the cube van, but find it missing. Back at the RV, a walker tears into Amy's neck. Rick, Glenn, Daryl, and T-Dog arrive and quickly shoot the remaining walkers. Rick stares at a sunrise over Atlanta as he tries to reach Morgan on the walkie-talkie, discussing what has happened to him ever since they departed from one another.
Rick tries to approach Andrea but she pulls a gun on him. Around the same time, Jim reveals his bite wound to the group. Rick thinks the CDC might be able to help Jim, and suggests relocating there. Shane, however, thinks the army base in Fort Benning - miles in the opposite direction - is a safer bet.
Daryl heads toward Jim with his pickaxe and tries to take a swing. Rick points his gun at Daryl's head and prevents him from taking action. Rick and Shane later dig graves near the campsite. A deeply frustrated Shane reminds Rick that he and the others who accompanied him to Atlanta to find Merle should have stayed so they wouldn't have lost so many people.
Rick counters that without the guns he brought back, the losses might have been worse. The survivors stage a funeral. Privately, Rick asks Lori if she blames him for not being there when the camp was attacked, and to support his decision to head for the CDC. She does not blame him exactly-not like Shane does-but she does not know if she can follow him to the CDC on blind faith.
Outside, Shane asks Lori to convince Rick the CDC is a bad decision, cautioning her about choosing her marriage over peoples' safety. When Rick emerges, Lori announces that they should follow Rick's plan. Rick, Shane and Dale depart to sweep the forest for walkers.
Alone, Shane tries to convince Rick to change his mind. He's outraged when Rick appears to show a lack of compassion and gratitude for all he's done over the past few days, and for a brief few moments, aims his gun at Rick who's wandered off into the woods. Glaring, he drops the gun, and then notices Dale watching him. Back at camp, Shane announces that he thinks they should trust Rick's instincts and those that agree would be leaving for the CDC in the morning.
At dawn, Rick tries to reach Morgan to advise him of their plan. They say their goodbyes and leave him to die next to a tree at his request. Rick's caravan approaches the CDC, where hundreds of bodies lay dead on the ground.
The group quietly approaches the building, which is locked and shuttered. As night time approaches the group begins to panic and Lori says that they can't be that close to the city after dark as walkers begin to rise. Rick catches sight of the security camera's movement but Dale thinks he "imagined it" and slams on the shutters, screaming for help as Shane drags him away.
The shutters open at the last minute and drown everyone in light. In a flashback to the early days of the outbreak while Rick is still in the coma, the hospital is getting overrun and doctors are seen fleeing in terror or getting executed by the military, leaving Shane by himself with Rick. Shane tries to get Rick to wake up but a nearby explosion causes a power-outage and Rick's life-support machines die.
Shane is forced to run but, holding out on hope that his friend might still wake, he barricades the door with a gurney before fleeing, indirectly saving his life. Edwin Jenner meets them at the door. Jenner agrees to allow them in - provided they all submit to a blood test. Rick agrees, and they follow Jenner to the building's basement control center.
Later, the group feasts in the CDC cafeteria, jovially drinking wine and liquor, jubilant about finding a safe place. Jenner shows the group around the building, directing the children toward the recreation room and imploring everyone not to waste electricity. Rick stumbles drunkenly into the control room, where Jenner is working.
Rick thanks Jenner again. He admits to Jenner that he never let on to the others what he really thought, but he knew they were running out of options. Rick stumbles into bed with Lori and sees that she is been crying. He assures her she doesn't need to be afraid. The next morning, when Jenner arrives, he leads the group to the control center, where he displays brain scans from " Test Subject 19 ," who was infected and allowed the process to be recorded. Jenner admits he does not know what the disease is or how to treat it, and that he's lost contact with other facilities.
Rick, Shane, T-Dog, and Glenn head to inspect the generators while upstairs, the building's air cuts off. In his office, Jenner stares at a photograph of a woman, asking her to understand that he did the best he could and hopes she would be proud of him.
The panicked survivors confront Jenner, who explains the building is shutting itself down. When the building runs out of power it will self-destruct - a "decontamination" protocol to keep dangerous infectious diseases from escaping. Jenner tries to convince Rick to accept his fate. Rick demands to know why Jenner stayed if he did not think there was any hope.
She was one of the finest scientists in the world; if anyone could have done something about this, it was she. Jenner eventually opens the door, but maintains that they still won't be able to get past the lock-down upstairs.
He shakes Rick's hand, pulls him close, and whispers into Rick's ear. In the CDC lobby, the group finds the doors locked and pounds helplessly on the windows. Carol pulls the hand grenade that Rick found in the tank in Atlanta from her bag. Rick detonates the grenade, blasting out one of the glass windows.
The survivors run to the cars. Jenner and Jacqui hold hands and watch the others evacuate on the security monitor. The CDC erupts in a fiery explosion.
Dale and Andrea rush to the RV. Shaken, Rick starts the engine, and the caravan drives away from the smoldering rubble. Rick stands atop a roof in Atlanta, addressing Morgan through his radio, though Morgan appears not to be present. Nevertheless, Rick says that Atlanta isn't safe anymore, and that the CDC was a dead end, as if Morgan is really there.