The Walking Dead: Celebrate National Joe Day

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 11 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 11 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

According to National Day Calendar, it is National Joe Day, a day to celebrate Joe’s of the world and drink some joe with people named Joe, Jo, Joey, Joseph, and JosephineIt is always fun to tie these days to The Walking Dead universe, as you have probably seen us do via Twitter. 

One of the most famous Joes (Jeff Kober) of The Walking Dead universe was a vile man who was the leader of the Claimers. This was a group that Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) reluctantly joined after losing Beth (Emily Kinney) in season four.

Although Joe was a strong leader in his group, he was a sadistic, violent man who showed no remorse for the heinous acts he and his group committed. He set up a few rules for the group, and as long as those were followed, he let them do what they pleased.

We first heard of Joe and his Claimers in the episode “Claimers” when they came to the house that Rick, Carl, and Michonne were using for Rick to recuperate in after the prison’s fall. Rick’s fight with the governor left him torn up, and he needed time to heal.

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The Walking Dead – Joe

In the finale of season four, “A,” Joe and his group come upon Rick, Michonne, and Carl as they camp along the roadside. Joe wants to kill Rick as revenge for the Claimer he killed earlier in the season. Daryl comes upon the scene, shocked to see his friends for the first time since the prison fell, stating they are good people and Joe needs to let them go.

Joe uses his favorite phrase, “now that’s a lie!” and orders the other men to beat Daryl while he proceeds to tell Rick what his, Michonne, and Carl’s fate will be. Dan holds a knife to Carl’s neck, intending to rape him and then Michonne before killing them.

Rick head butts Joe, temporarily breaking his hold on Rick, but Joe gets the upper hand once again, asking, “What the hell are you gonna do now, sport?” And Rick thinks a second, then bites his neck, tearing his jugular causing him to bleed out. Rick wasn’t about to let any more harm come to Michonne, Carl, or Daryl. They kill the remaining Claimers, which is the end of this group.

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