Rick Grimes is a small-town sheriff who wakes from a coma to an undead apocalypse.
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.
Carol has rebounded from the pain of losing her daughter to become a stronger woman.
Hershel is a veterinarian who offers the survivors medical expertise and sage wisdom.
The Governor was the charismatic leader of Woodbury, a seemingly utopian community
Beth is Hershel's daughter and Maggie's sister, and has become a caretaker for baby Judith.
Tyreese is Sasha's brother, who's in a relationship with Woodbury survivor Karen.
Sasha is Tyreese's scrappy no-nonsense younger sister.
Lori is Rick's wife, Carl's mother and the emotional center of the group of survivors.
T-Dog has proven himself a capable member of the group, offering humanity and kindess.
Carol's daughter Sophia was friends with Carl before a walker attack separated them.
Andrea was an attorney, on a road trip with her sister Amy when the apocalypse occurred.
Shane was Rick's partner and best friend since high school who harbored feelings for Lori.
Morgan meets Rick after his wife's death. He is living alone in Rick's hometown.
Merle is Daryl Dixon's brother and the Governor's second in command.
Dale owned the RV around which the others, particularly Andrea, formed a community.
Amy was heading to college with her older sister Andrea during the outbreak.