1. Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun)
Without a doubt, Glenn’s death is one of the saddest setbacks that are remembered not only in “The Walking Dead”, but in modern fiction in general. Even more so seeing the way it happened. Negan, the quintessential villain of the series – which is saying something – decided, against all odds and to the general bewilderment of the audience, to destroy his head with the help of his bat, Lucille.
2. Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs)
Glenn’s death was most traumatic, but Rick’s son’s was no less. Throughout his extensive time on “The Walking Dead,” Carl Grimes managed to humanize the group of survivors . And especially to his father, who thanks to his son – so loved by some and disowned by others – changed his radical perception of the world and ended up giving up the principles that govern “the law of the strongest” .
3. Hershel Green (Scott Wilson)
An indispensable part of Rick’s group at the beginning of the Apocalypse (or at least since Hershel’s arrival on the series, in the second season), his conversion to doctor – he was a veterinarian by profession – was essential in saving the lives of several of the protagonists of “The Walking Dead”. Affable, loyal, empathetic and fair, he gave Rick and Daryl that touch of serenity and sanity that the “sheriff” and his right-hand man needed so much on many occasions.
With the arrival of the group at the Prison, in the third season –when Óscar and Axel joined the survivors–, he was bitten by a zombie on his right leg, which had to be amputated from the knee down . Survivors thought he wouldn’t make it, but against all odds, Hershel (played by the acclaimed Golden Globe-nominated Scott Wilson) pulled himself together and made a comeback.
4. Tara Chambler (Alanna Masterson)
Tara came to “TWD” in the fourth season of the series. When the Apocalypse broke out, she hid with her sister Lily, her niece Meghan and her father David, until The Governor, defeated in the first instance by Rick’s group and abandoned by his own, found them. The gallantry and kindness that the sociopath exhibited in his public face made Tara and her family trust him and later decide to accompany him on his new crusade to assault the Prison.
5. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz)
No episode of “The Walking Dead” is as black in tone as the first episode of the seventh season . In addition to Glenn, Sergeant Abraham Ford, another of the fundamental pillars on which Rick’s group was based, also lost his life that day. Negan, with the help of Lucille, cut the lives of both protagonists in a matter of minutes , in such a cruel way that it hurts a lot to remember her.
Enrolled in “TWD” since the fourth season, after a long time traveling with Eugene and Rosita (his girlfriend at the time), Abraham joined Rick’s group at the Terminal, where they arrived guided by Glenn and Tara. From then on, it didn’t take long for him to gain the trust of the leader and Daryl thanks to his daring, generosity and vigor.
6. Paul Rovia, «Jesus» (Tom Payne)
In the sixth installment of “The Walking Dead,” Rick and Daryl met a strange long-haired passer-by who, upon meeting them, stole a truck full of food and supplies . A first approach that had nothing to do with everything that came later, when Jesús – nicknamed that way because of his physical resemblance to Jesus Christ – became an indispensable part of coexistence among the survivors.
7. Sasha Williams (Sonequa Martin-Green)
In season three, Sasha arrived at the Prison, along with her brother Tyreese and a small group of survivors. In the first instance, they were not admitted by Rick and his men, so they had to find refuge in Woodbury with the Governor’s troops, although they soon renounced the leader’s atrocities and wickedness. After that, and with The Governor defeated by Rick and his men (the first time), Sasha and Tyreese, now, managed to join Rick’s group, along with other survivors such as Karen and David.
8. Dale Horvath (Jeffrey DeMunn)
Dale’s death was, without a doubt, one of the first big blows that “The Walking Dead” dealt its viewers. Great support from Rick, Daryl and company, the man never hesitated to distrust Shane and seeing what he had seen, he was not without reason. Until his death, he was one of the “TWD” audience’s favorite characters. A death, by the way, that should not have occurred so soon (in the comic, in fact, his story is different), although it was precipitated by the decision of the actor who played Dale, Jeffrey DeMunn . The reason? That the interpreter is a regular in the projects of director Frank Darabont, creator of the television series and that he was fired by AMC in the second season, for which the actor chose to disassociate himself from the project.
9. Enid (Katelyn Nacon)
The so-called “red wedding” in “Game of Thrones” was taken to the maximum degree by “The Walking Dead” in the penultimate episode of the ninth season. Specifically, Alpha and the Whisperers did it to him. The leader of this last group did not like that her daughter, Lydia, denied her origins and decided to abandon her mother for the survivors of Alexandria, Hilltop and The Kingdom, so she took justice on her own and decided annihilate ten members of the three colonies.
10. Tyreese Williams (Chad L. Coleman)
Few deaths on “The Walking Dead” have hurt as much as that of the endearing Tyreese . Sasha’s older brother, a protective, kind and understanding man where they come, was one of the best “signings” of Rick’s group. And that it was difficult for him to enter (at first, the sheriff banished both him and his sister), but finally he managed to become indispensable within coexistence.