1. Sheriff Rick Rides Into Atlanta
And there is it. What has to be the most iconic image in all 7 seasons of The Walking Dead: Sheriff Rick Grimes riding into a decimated and abandoned Atlanta. No one could have predicted back when The Walking Dead debuted that the show would become the pop culture phenomenon that it has become. Or that could have captured the imaginations of millions of fans around the world the way that it is.
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A simple story about a man trying to navigate a terrifying and unfamiliar world to find his family has become an allegory about culture and civilization, a cautionary tale about how fast society can deteriorate, a warning about the fragility of our societal constructs and the veneer of civilization, and the reminder people everywhere need love, loyalty, and commitment to family can conquer almost anything.
The journey started here, with this image. And as the show hurtles towards its 100th episode and fans look back on the long journey that Rick has been on, this image is a reminder of far he’s come and what he and the other survivors have battled through to get to this point.
Rick and the other survivors are heading into a make or break war for civilization with Negan and The Saviors. But Sheriff Rick is ready to lead his survivor army into battle and fight for a new society and the chance to rebuild civilization.
All Out War between Rick and Negan and their respective groups begins when The Walking Dead returns on October 22nd.