POLL: Would You Invite Rick Grimes to Join Your Community?

Rick, Judith, Carl, Herschel, Glen, Maggie, Beth, Carol, T-Dog, Daryl - The Walking Dead

The second half of the sixth season of The Walking Dead has just premiered and it has started me thinking about all the chaos and disaster that seem to follow Rick like an albatross. Yes, I totally understand that chaos and disaster makes good drama and exciting action. But, what if this were not a TV program? What if this were the real world? That makes me wonder if having Rick around is a good thing or a bad thing.

Let me be clear in that if there were an apocalypse, I would probably be one of the first to die. Yes, I would have been one of the hapless people living in that camp where Rick was reunited with Lori and Carl, and when the attack came I would save your life by being a tasty tidbit while you escaped. You’re welcome. Oh, sure, I dream of being the katana wielding warrior, saving people and myself with gusto. But, dreaming is one thing, and reality quite another, so I am hardly one to be critical of what anyone else does to survive.

However, getting back to our main question, whenever an important decision needs to be made it is always a good idea to make a list of the pros and cons and weigh them carefully before deciding. With that in mind, let’s analyze the benefits and the detriments when Rick is around.

Benefits of Hosting Rick Grimes
Good Fighter with Strong Tactical Knowledge

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I don’t think anyone would dispute Rick’s abilities as a fighter. Being a trained police officer he has a definite advantage in a fight. He is also in good physical shape, giving him endurance for whatever is coming his way. Another benefit of his police training is his knowledge and implementation of plans and tactics. This is a very good skill to have in an apocalypse.

Strong Character

Rick and Hershel - The Walking Dead

While in the world of the zombie apocalypse there are many gray areas, at heart Rick is a good man with a strong moral fiber. He knows right from wrong, although sometimes there is no right way to proceed and you must choose among the bad options.

Loyalty to Group

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Rick is very loyal to his group. He would give his life for them, and has risked his life many times on their behalf. He will also do whatever is necessary to keep his group safe. If that means crossing a line, he will do it.

Detriments of Hosting Rick Grimes
A Little Crazy Sometimes/Mood Swings

Rick - The Walking Dead

Rick can be a little nuts sometimes. Considering what he has had to endure I don’t think anyone can blame him, but his strange behavior does sometimes endanger those around him. He has a tendency to shoot first and ask questions later, so his impulse control is a bit out of whack.

Loyalty to His Group

Rick, Judith, Carl - The Walking Dead

His loyalty is strongest to his original group of survivors, so if you are not one of those dwindling few, well, you may or may not be able to expect help from him. In addition, he does not always play well with others; so again, being outside his surrogate family can be dangerous.

Trouble Magnet

Terminus - The Walking Dead

So, would anyone dispute the fact that Rick is a trouble magnet? Wherever he goes, death follows. He arrived at the camp, and the walkers attacked. They went to Herschel’s farm and it ended up being destroyed. Then they stayed at the prison, before it was blown to bits and burned in the attack by the Governor. Terminus was next, again ending with flaming destruction and death. Most recently, Alexandria was overrun when the wall came down.

Now, please do not misunderstand me, I am not blaming Rick for these disasters! And, yes it would be a very boring show if they holed up in Alexandria and never had any problems, but the fact remains that wherever Rick goes, death and destruction seem to follow.


As usual, it is now time to vote. I have thought long and hard before making my choice. Despite the dangers, I would invite Rick to become part of my group. Sooner or later, the mayhem would come no matter where I was, and my chances of survival would be better with Rick around! Be sure to choose an option below and then let me know your reasons in the comments section below.