To celebrate the Oct. 22 Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead — the series’ 100th episode — Yahoo TV will be posting a new TWD-related story every day through the season opener.
We know that if Daryl dies, you riot. Many a fan of The Walking Dead has pledged to throw down publicly should Mr. Dixon meet the business end of Lucille or otherwise join the likes of beloved TWD characters like Glenn and Beth and Abraham, all of whom have met tragic endings on the series.
Should we assume that devotion to Daryl means that he is, hands down, fans’ all-time favorite TWD series character? Do viewers not also love them some Rick Grimes, some Hershel Greene, some Carol “Superwoman” Peletier? Aren’t there also big contingents of apocalypse aficionados who count Glenn or Michonne or Maggie as their most loved survivor (or former survivor — RIP, Glenn)?
Here’s your chance to vote for your personal pick, as we’re taking the top 35 characters of The Walking Dead — a list that was not so easy to narrow down, by the way; the absence of Olivia, Enid, and Jadis is not reflective of how awesome they are — and asking you to select your favorites each day during the week of Sept. 12-16. On Sunday, Sept. 17, we’ll post the top five vote-getters, and after a day of voting, we’ll announce your pick for your favorite Walking Dead character of all time on Monday, Sept. 18, along with a flashback to that character’s most memorable moments.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s day two, and time to pick your top choice from the first round of contenders.
Simon (Steven Ogg)
He said it best when he described himself as “an unusual kind of creature”: Negan’s right-hand man is certainly menacing in his own way, but is also a charming, colorful wordsmith who can dispense a big smile and dose of Tony Robbins-esque encouragement while he’s stealing your supplies and threatening the very lives of your people. He, like his boss, makes villainy just a little bit of fun.
T-Dog (IronE Singleton)
A brave, quiet man who devoted his life in the apocalypse to doing what was best for the group, T-Dog ultimately sacrificed himself to save Carol’s life at the prison.
Maggie Greene Rhee (Lauren Cohan)
Lauren Cohan as Maggie Greene Rhee in ‘The Walking Dead’ (Photo: AMC)
A farm girl who was thrust into the apocalypse with her family, Maggie has since lost every one of them, including her father, sister, and husband. But instead of breaking, she has come out the other side as a fierce, capable, and caring leader (and impending mama) and one of the architects of what promises to be an alliance of people working together to build a new, productive society out of the chaotic surroundings of the dangerous, walker-filled world.
Morgan Jones (Lennie James)
We met him in the beginning when he was Rick’s first new friend in the apocalypse, and we’ve seen him through a breakdown after the loss of his son, and a makeover in which he emerged with a commitment to not killing his fellow humans under any circumstance. Since rejoining society and reuniting with Rick at the end of Season 5, Morgan’s philosophies of nonviolence have been tested again and again, and his struggle to reconcile his beliefs with the complicated realities of his world continue to make him one of TWD’s most compelling characters.
Sasha Williams (Sonequa Martin-Green)
Another of the series’ most tested characters, Sasha lost her big brother, and boyfriends Bob and Abraham, and, as also one of the most relatable characters, suffered through some serious PTSD. But like her friend Maggie, Sasha, too, emerged all the stronger and more caring after her tragedies, helping Maggie set up a new life at the Hilltop before sacrificing her own life to help ensure her remaining friends and loved ones would survive a Negan sneak attack.
Rick Grimes (Andy Lincoln)
He awoke from a coma to be confronted by the apocalypse, but after reuniting with his wife and son and inheriting a disparate bunch of people who formed their own family unit, Rick Grimes quickly emerged as the group’s leader. From his stubborn days as the Ricktator through his current plan to see his people and their allies through a war with the Saviors, Rick has weathered personal tragedy, brutality and hardships foisted upon the group, and numerous deep losses, but continues to steer his people towards a more peaceful new world.
Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz)
Traumatized by the death of his wife and children, and later the reveal that Eugene’s alleged cure was all a lie, memorably mustachioed Abraham was nonetheless a fearless, caring survivor who maneuvered apocalyptic life with wicked quips and a larger-than-life personality. Sadly, it was his vicious death at the hands of Negan that would give fans one of their most traumatizing moments of the series.
The Walking Dead Season 8 premieres Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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