The history of the entertainment industry would not be understood in the same way without The Walking Dead. It seems like yesterday when the series based on the comics of Robert Kirkman towards its appearance on the small screen, but the truth is that more than a decade has passed since its premiere, recorded on October 31, 2010 (yes, in the middle of Halloween. Unbeatable occasion).
Now, the show is preparing to deliver its eleventh season in 2022 with a wide episode format. And with this mega event, we will say goodbye to one of the most emblematic programs ever seen in the field of post-apocalyptic horror – if not the most. Of course, just as Deadline reported in 2020, a spin-off focused on Daryl Dixon y Carol Peletier.
But hey… whatever, we got a little nostalgic thinking about the end of the acclaimed AMC series. So, to remind ourselves a little of the good times, we’ll take a before and after look at some of the series’ iconic characters. They are ready?
Rick Grimes/Andrew Lincoln
Some will have their doubts, but we cannot deny that Rick Grimes was the definitive face of The Walking Dead. And in that sense, we cannot ignore this duality in which we could perceive him as a good subject, also disturbed by his surroundings and constantly revealing his worst side in order to protect his loved ones.
Anyway, the iconic sheriff left a hole in our hearts when he ended his participation in the series in the ninth season. But that does not mean that his history within the franchise has ended. It is known that Andrew Lincoln will return to shoot some movies focused on his character. The TWD universe is not over for him at all.
Shane Walsh/Jon Bernthal
Our love-hate relationship with Shane is not going to go out of style. And it is that knowing that he was the best friend of Rick, but at the same time lover of his wife Lori while the latter was in a coma, was not something very pleasant on his part. Of course, although relatively his permanence in the series was not long, Of course, without his presence the dramatic part of the show would not have been understood. Ruthless, but interesting character.
Jon Bernthal, In that sense, he is one of the actors from the series that has been the most successful in recent years, with appearances in films such as El lobo de Wall Street, Sicario, Baby Driver, Widows, Ford v.Ferrarri and The Many Saints of Newark as his most memorable projects.
Glenn Rhee/Steven Yeun
One of the most beloved characters, no one is going to deny it. Glenn Rhee He went from being something like a ‘nobody’ to being one of the most heroic characters on the screen. We will never forget the help that this humble pizza delivery man offered Rick and all those who wanted to escape from ‘the walkers’ … and well, much less will we forget his tragic end at the hands of Negan.
Far from The Walking Dead, a Steven Yeun he has not done badly in his career. In both film and television, he has had a lot of interesting roles, with projects like the acclaimed film Threaten and lending his voice to the also acclaimed animated series Invincible as the main character. And that is just a little bit of what he has accomplished.
Carol Peletier/Melissa McBride
Few characters in the history of television manage to grow from a recurring role to a leading role as he did. Melissa McBride con Carol Peletier. And it is that she has given us some of the most iconic moments of The Walking Dead for long. One day we can love her, understand her pain or she can even inspire us with love (as when it shows in her cheesy side with Daryl) or outright, we can hate her, like when he teams up with Negan.
We can’t honestly say that Melissa McBride She has had one of the richest careers in the industry (as she served a lot more as a casting director or as a supporting actress in small roles for a long time). However, your participation in TWD He elevates her as an essential on the list and also, as we mentioned before, she will star in a spin-off series of the franchise together with Norman Reedus in their respective characters.
Daryl Dixon/ Norman Reedus
We have to say it: Daryl Dixon must be at least in the top 3 most iconic characters of The Walking Dead, especially when he became a total protagonist from the second season. One of the roughest, most unfriendly and complicated roles in the series by far, although over time it reveals a certain nobility and good feelings (although not followed, yes).
If we can assure one thing, it is that the career of Norman Reedus It will always be marked by this emblematic character who has become one of the most recognized of, at least, the last decade. Not for nothing will star in the aforementioned spin-off with Melissa McBride that arrives in 2023, after the end of TWD.
Lori Grimes/ Sarah Wayne Callies
As we mentioned before, The Walking Dead It’s not just a series packed with frenzied action and top-notch horror; there is also room for intense dramatic moments. And a lot of that part wouldn’t have worked without Lori. Rick’s wife and Shane’s eventual lover, he always looked after the well-being of his baby.
But perhaps, his most significant contribution to the series is that he gave us one of the most tragic moments when he died in labor thanks to the fact that his own son, Carl, decides to put a bullet in his head in the third season. After the series, Sarah Wayne Callies has had several leading roles in series such as Unspeakable, Council of Dads y The Long Road Home.
Carl Grimes/ Chandler Riggs
Of course, the most changed of our characters on this list (made up mostly of those who appeared in the early seasons) must be the little one. Carl Grimes. And we do not say it just because of the fact that he went from being a child to a teenager; also due to the fact that we saw him make very complicated decisions in like killing your own mother for the good of all or for trying to kill Negan on his own.
Of course, the most tragic part he gave us was when, without much thought, he committed suicide to avoid becoming a zombie. How we would have liked to see more of Chandler Riggs on paper or even, having some more stellar appearances. They do not believe? Away from TWD, the young actor hasn’t made big appearances, but he can be seen doing a good job on the show. A Million Little Things.
Maggie Greene/ Lauren Cohan
One of the couples we love the most within this post-apocalyptic scenario called The Walking Dead, it was undoubtedly that of Maggie y Glenn. That is why it hurt us so much that she lost her beloved at the hands of the aforementioned and ruthless Negan (and surely several did not understand why she took pity on this antagonist when she had the opportunity to tear him to pieces).
However, Maggie’s story arc has made her one of the characters to follow towards the end of the series. What will fate bring you? We will have to be very attentive to what is coming and see if it achieves, in one of those, avenge the death of your beloved Glenn.
Dale Howarth/Jeffrey DeMunn
We make a special space for the always affectionate but direct Dale because, although he only appeared for two seasons, he is something like the patriarch of Rick and company group. We could even say that he was one of the noblest characters in the series and his death (a strange euthanasia) at the hands of Daryl It made us all pretty sad. We miss you Dale!
NOTE: For this listing, we only take some of the characters that appeared from the first seasons that were kept (or have been kept) to the most recent ones. For this reason, others of more recent appearance such as Negan They have not been included.
This is what the cast of The Walking Dead looked like before they were on the show
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Here the before and after of the protagonists of ‘The Walking Dead’