The Walking Dead original cast

Greg Nicotero and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - The Walking Dead, Season 1 - Photo Credit: Scott Garfield/AMC
Greg Nicotero and Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) - The Walking Dead, Season 1 - Photo Credit: Scott Garfield/AMC /

Happy 13th anniversary to The Walking Dead series. No one could have ever imagined that this series would create a universe so unique and diverse. Each of the seven series brings new insight into the undead apocalypse and introduces fascinating characters.

The Walking Dead began its run on October 31, 2010, and the final episode aired on November 20, 2022, 12 years later. It was a bittersweet time to be a TWD Family member as fans look back and remember all the characters who have come and gone during the series. The Walking Dead has always been more than a TV show; it is the heart and soul of TWD Family, a group established because a TV series formed a special bond among the viewers.

Fans will never forget the first scene of the series when Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), an actor many viewers fondly remembered from Love Actually, had to shoot a child walker. It was a gutsy move to make the first walker kill an undead child. This was when fans knew this wasn’t your average apocalypse series. The pain Rick experienced when he realized he would have to put down a child was felt by everyone watching.

The pilot episode would also introduce viewers to Morgan Jones (Lennie James) and his son Duane (Adrian Kali Turner). Morgan would become a foundational character as he first saves our hero Rick Grimes. He would be gone for several seasons, seen again and gone. But, during season 5, he returned as a regular cast member and would be the first-ever crossover character in the fourth season of the spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead.

The Walking Dead cast

Season 1 introduces fans to characters who would go on to be vital in this series, including several not featured in the comic story by Robert Kirkman, which the series uses for source material.

Some of the iconic moments from season 1 include the reunion between Rick and his family. Glenn comes to the rescue and saves Rick. The scene where Rick and Glenn first use walker guts as camouflage. Merle being handcuffed and left on the rooftop in Atlanta. The CDC and Dr. Jenner would go on to be significant years later.

Below is the list of actors with their character names for the first season of The Walking Dead. It is shocking to read the list and see how many have been killed during season 1 or in later seasons.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes
Jon Bernthal as Shane Walsh
Sarah Wayne Callies as Lori Grimes
Laurie Holden as Andrea
Jeffrey DeMunn as Dale Horvath
Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes
Emma Bell as Amy
Michael Rooker as Merle Dixon
Andrew Rothenberg as Jim
Juan Gabriel Pareja as Morales
Norman Reedus as Daryl Dixon
Noah Emmerich as Edwin Jenner
Lennie James as Morgan Jones
Noel Gugliemi as Felipe
Jim R. Coleman as Lambert Kendal
Linds Edwards as Leon Basset
Keisha Tillis as Jenny Jones
Adrian Kali Turner as Duane Jones
IronE Singleton as T-Dog
Jeryl Prescott Sales as Jacqui
Adam Minarovich as Ed Peletier
Melissa McBride as Carol Peletier
Madison Lintz as Sophia Peletier
Maddie Lomax as Eliza Morales
Neil Brown Jr. as Guillermo
Anthony Guajardo as Miguel
Gina Morelli as Abuela
James Gonzaba as Jorge
Viviana Chavez-Vega as Miranda Morales
Melissa Cowan as Hannah
Addy Miller as Summer
Noah Lomax as Louis Morales
Claire Bronson as Candace Jenner
Judi M. Durand as Vi
Unknown as Mr. Siggard
Unknown as Mrs. Siggard
Unknown as Wayne Dunlap
Unknown as Mr. Gilbert
Blade as Siggard’s Horse
Tommie Mack Turvey as Criminal 1
Chick Bernhardt as Criminal 2
Brent Bernhard as Criminal 3
Orlando Vargas as Camp Survivor
L. Stephanie Ray as Camp Survivor
Frances Cobb as Camp Survivor
Sam Witwer as Tank Soldier
Barry Hopkins as Hospital Patient
M.V. Oliphant as Infected Nurse
Ken Melde as Infected Doctor
Timothy Douglas Perez as Vatos gang member
Roger Herrera as Vatos gang member
Travis Love as Vatos gang member
Lisa Marie Thomas & Joyce Liles as Nurses

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