Who was Randall in The Walking Dead?

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) - The Walking Dead - Season 2, Episode 10 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) - The Walking Dead - Season 2, Episode 10 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC /

During season 2 of The Walking Dead, Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group took refuge at Herhsel’s (Scott Wilson) farm. Tensions between Rick and Shane (Jon Bernthal) grew for many reasons, including Lori’s (Sarah Wayne Callies) pregnancy and a prisoner named Randall (Michael Zegen), who would appear in four episodes before his death.

After the barn fiasco that led to the discovery of a reanimated Sophia (Madison Lintz) and Hershel finally coming to grips with what happens when someone becomes a walker, Rick, Hershel, and Glenn (Steven Yeun) would encounter two dangerous men at the local bar. Dave (Michael Raymond James) and Tony (Aaron Munoz) were part of a larger group of unsavorys who wanted to join Rick and the group where they lived. They argued that this would lead to Rick shooting both men, marking the first human Rick Grimes shoots.

When they attempt to head back to the farm, they are trapped inside the bar as Dave and Tony’s group wait outside to exact revenge for their friend’s deaths. Randall was a member of this group, and during the shootout, he fell and impaled his leg on a fence spike. Taking pity on him, Rick and the others take him back to the farm.

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When the group returns to the farm, Shane and Andrea (Laurie Holden) voice their concerns about Randall’s presence. They both feel he is a risk as once he is healed, he will lead his group to their location. This leads to more dimension between Rick and Shane.

In “18 Miles Out,”  Rick and Shane agree to take Randall away from the farm and leave him. This will eventually lead to Randall’s confession of knowing who Maggie (Lauren Cohan) is, ruining their plans of dropping Randall off. Shane wants to kill him, but Rick intervenes, leading to a fistfight between the two. 

Upon returning to the farm, Randall is brutally interrogated by Daryl (Norman Reedus), and he discovers just how brutal Randall’s group can be. They were a group of about 30 who led violent raids and gang rapes.

Shane and Rick continue to argue about how Randall should be handled, which leads to Shane taking matters into his own hands. He stages Randall’s death to look like he attacked Shane, but his ultimate plan was to lure Rick into the woods so he could kill his former best friend.

Randall’s time in the series was brief, but he caused much trouble for Rick and the others. During the early days of the outbreak, Rick still had some hope for humanity, but In later seasons Rick wouldn’t have hesitated to kill Randall.

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