The Walking Dead: Rick’s guilt about Alexandria’s walkers [Discussion]

Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead - AMC
Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead - AMC /

With Alexandria being flooded by walkers on AMC’s The Walking Dead, should Rick Grimes feel guilt over his plan’s failure to remove the undead from the quarry?

Rick Grimes is a very bold man on The Walking Dead. He’s not afraid to make decision while staring in the face of danger. Sometimes, those decisions pay off in a huge way and he looks like a genius. Other times, things don’t go according to plan and he’s left looking like a fool.

While the walker problem in the quarry was very important, Rick Grimes jumped to taking care of the problem. He enlisted members of his group and many of those in Alexandria to open the path for zombies to get out, and then lead the large group of them away from the community. Sadly, his plan backfired in a big way when an attack by The Wolves sounded a horn which drew a large percentage of the walkers right to the walls of Alexandria.

Recently, we received a question about this from @SweetAdelle on Twitter which made us really think.  Here is what she asked:

"“Do you think Rick blames himself in any way for the walkers in Alexandria since it was his plan that failed which has made things so dangerous and deadly?”"

Our friends over at The Walking Dead After Show from TheStream.TV answered this question for us. Here is the video from their official YouTube channel, where you can hear them answer Adelle’s question at the 27:30 mark:

None of the hosts seem to believe that Rick Grimes does feel responsible for Alexandria’s walker problem in the least. In fact, they also say that he shouldn’t feel any guilt about it. Instead, Timothy Michael feels like Rick’s strange mood is because of his intolerance of waiting for the people to Alexandria to acclimate to life among the undead instead of being sheltered like they were behind the city walls. However, Su Castillo does hint that Rick may have an elitist feeling over the Alexandrians that makes him feel like “the smartest person in the room”.

Personally, I think Rick does feel some responsibility for the walkers. I believe that the number of failed plans he’s had in the past have caught up with him and he’s so frustrated with not being able to settle down that he’s taking it out on everyone else. That’s not to say that he isn’t also struggling to fit in with the people of Alexandria, but he likely has bigger issues on his brain.

What do you guys think?

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Be sure to comment below with anything that you think may be contributing to Rick Grimes’ mental struggles and horrible attitude toward both his group and the people of Alexandria. I’m really curious to know what you think is going on in the head of the former police officer.