Rick Grimes is a small-town sheriff who wakes from a coma to an undead apocalypse.
Lori is Rick's wife, Carl's mother and the emotional center of the group of survivors.
Andrea was an attorney, on a road trip with her sister Amy when the apocalypse occurred.
Daryl Dixon is an adept survivalist and Merle Dixon's little brother.
Glenn is Rick's "go-to-town expert" who is in a relationship with Maggie.
Maggie is Glenn's girlfriend, who lived with her father Hershel in a secluded farmhouse.
Carl is the son of Rick and Lori. He flees with his mom and Shane after the apocalypse.
Michonne is the mysterious stranger who saved Andrea from walkers with her katana blade.
Merle is Daryl Dixon's brother and the Governor's second in command.
The Governor is the charismatic leader of Woodbury, a seemingly utopian community
Hershel owns the farmhouse where Rick and the others take refuge after the apocalypse.
T-Dog has proven himself a capable member of the group, offering humanity and kindess.
Beth is Hershel's daughter and Maggie's sister, and has become a close friends with Carl.
Carol has rebounded from the pain of losing her daughter to become a stronger woman.
Shane was Rick's partner and best friend since high school who harbored feelings for Lori.
Dale owned the RV around which the others, particularly Andrea, formed a community.
Morgan meets Rick after his wife's death. He is staying in Rick's hometown with his son Duane.
Carol's daughter Sophia was friends with Carl before a walker attack separated them.
Amy was heading to college with her older sister Andrea during the outbreak.