To celebrate the Oct. 22 Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead — the series’ 100th episode — Yahoo TV will be posting a new TWD-related story every day through the season opener.
We know that if Daryl dies, you riot. Many a fan of The Walking Dead has pledged to throw down publicly should Mr. Dixon meet the business end of Lucille or otherwise join the likes of beloved TWD characters like Glenn and Beth and Abraham, all of whom have met tragic endings on the series.
Should we assume that devotion to Daryl means that he is, hands down, fans’ all-time favorite TWD series character? Do viewers not also love them some Rick Grimes, some Hershel Greene, some Carol “Superwoman” Peletier? Aren’t there also big contingents of apocalypse aficionados who count Glenn or Michonne or Maggie as their most loved survivor (or former survivor — RIP, Glenn)?
Here’s your chance to vote for your personal pick, as we’re taking the top 35 characters of The Walking Dead — a list that was not so easy to narrow down, by the way; the absence of Olivia, Enid, and Jadis is not reflective of how awesome they are — and asking you to select your favorites each day during the week of Sept. 12-16. On Sunday, Sept. 17, we’ll post the top five vote-getters, and after a day of voting, we’ll announce your pick for your favorite Walking Dead character of all time on Monday, Sept. 18, along with a flashback to that character’s most memorable moments.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s day three, and time to pick your top choice from the third round of contenders.
Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun)
A pizza delivery boy who became an instant hero after the outbreak, Glenn continued to grow into one of the most reliable, brave, thoughtful, and respected members of Rick’s group. His relationship with and eventual marriage to Maggie was his touchstone, leading the couple to take the risky, but optimistic step towards rebuilding the world by getting pregnant. Maggie hopes Glenn’s legacy lives on through their offspring, though, sadly, the memory of his senseless, gruesome death will never be forgotten, either.
Aaron (Ross Marquand)
If not for Aaron and his trusting ways, Rick and company might never have dropped anchor in Alexandria. The town’s recruiter met Rick and the others at one of their lowest points, after The Governor’s destruction of the prison and the group’s run-in with the cannibalistic Terminus dwellers. They were not in a trusting place themselves, but Aaron allowed his good instincts, empathy, and rational ability to see the big picture to determine Rick’s group and the Alexandria community were meant to become partners.
Eugene Porter (Josh McDermitt)
He lied about being a scientist and about knowing of a cure for walker-dom to save his own bacon, but it has proven to be true that Eugene just knows a lot of things about a lot of things. The standability of sorghum, how to use molten metal to maintain janky walkers, and the many nicknames for mullets are but a few of the eclectic bits of knowledge knocking around in his noggin, along with a never-failing ability to use some fast-talkin’ to turn a bad situation to his favor. All that remains to be seen: Has the quirkily endearing dude really turned his back on his friends in exchange for the perks and allegedly safety of life in the Sanctuary?
Andrea (Laurie Holden)
Andrea was a tough cookie, even after the heartbreaking loss of her younger sister, early in the apocalypse. But after being separated from Rick’s group and being temporarily charmed by The Governor, Andrea foolishly threw in with the Woodbury folks, refusing to heed warnings — until it was too late — that The Governor was a giant psycho freak. She did come to see the truth and try to help foster a peaceful resolution between The Governor and Woodbury, but that didn’t save her from a bite from The Governor’s assistant-turned-walker, Milton.
The Governor (David Morrissey)
The wall of walker head-filled fishtanks and UFC-style townsfolk vs. walkers sporting events said much about The Governor’s state of mind, but any further proof needed to cement his sadistic ways came with witnessing his obsession with besting Rick and the others at the prison. Pre-apocalypse, The Governor had been a meek man who felt he had very little power in life; afterwards, he forged a spot as the leader of a whole community of survivors. Even after losing Woodbury, he had another shot at a new life with Lilly and her daughter Meghan, but his better angels were no match for his power-hungry inner demons.
King Ezekiel (Khary Payton)
In the dark, post-Glenn and Abraham murder episodes of Season 7, the introduction of King Ezekiel was among the highlights of The Walking Dead. His colorful, regal appearance and speech were the antidotes to the brutality of Negan and the traumatized Rick, and the well-oiled machine that is the Kingdom offered hope in a bleak time that there is a reason for Rick and company to fight Negan’s tyranny. Mostly, Ezekiel is just one very cool guy, a leader who saw that his background in theater and the pet tiger he saved from an injury could be put to good use to inspire his community to thrive instead of simply survive.
Deanna Monroe (Tovah Feldshuh)
An Ohio congresswoman before the apocalypse, Deanna used her leadership skills — and husband Reg’s architectural know-how — to build Alexandria into a safe zone, with outer walls, cozy homes, electricity, running water, and plenty of food and other supplies. Deanna was also a shrewd judge of character; along with Aaron, she was the first to see how mutually beneficial it could be to allow Rick and company to move into Alexandria. She was also the first person to encourage and mentor Maggie into a leadership position.
The Walking Dead Season 8 premieres Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC.
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