Walking Dead fans have learned to accept that no one – and we do mean no one – on the show is guaranteed to make it through an entire episode, let alone multiple seasons. Over the course of hit AMC horror show’s six years on the air, it’s become one of the Screen Actors Guild’s biggest clients. Dozens of major heroes and villains have come and gone, along with countless folks who’ve popped up for an episode or two, made a strong impression, and then ended up dead – or worse. Much, much worse.
All heroes, villains and potential zombie snacks are not created equal, of course, so we’ve chose the 30 most memorable TWD characters to date. Some are likable; some are awful; and others, frankly, we’re still not so sure about. But all of them have played a part in populating a complex epic about what it means to be alive in a postapocalyptic world overrun by the shambling, groaning, flesh-craving corpses. It would not be The Walking Dead we know and love without them.