Which Original ‘Walking Dead’ Characters Are Still Alive?

Lawrence Yee
The Walking Dead TV
The Walking Dead TV

This article has been updated following The Walking Dead Season 8 mid-season finale.

Staying alive on The Walking Dead is tricky.

Aside from the flesh-eating walkers, there’s limited food and resources, and other humans fighting for the little that’s left. Even if you’re strong (like Abraham) or resourceful (Glenn), you may not survive.

Season 7 saw the deaths of series regulars Sasha, Abraham, and of course, the aforementioned Glenn. His death at the hands of Negan was particularly hard because he was one of the original cast members. He was also the moral center of the survivors, refusing to kill (until he was forced to during the raid on the Saviors) and risking his life to save others.

Of the original cast members (which we define as principal or supporting roles from Season 1), only five remain. So who’s still alive as the zombie drama heads into Season 8?

Rick Grimes

As the protagonist of the series, it’s hard to imagine the showrunners killing off Rick. But it’s happened on other shows before (ahem, Game of Thrones). Rick’s survived being shot (thrice!), stabbed, and beaten to a pulp countless times. Rick takes a licking and keeps on ticking.

In the comics, Rick loses a hand (a la Jaime Lannister) to The Governor. Negan nearly took Carl’s hand in the Season 7 premiere — will he take Rick’s limb if not his life?

Carl Grimes

Rick’s son Carl (Chandler Riggs) was mere inches away from having Negan bash his head in during the Season 7 finale. Thankfully, Shiva (a goddamned tiger!) and Ezekiel’s Hilltop fighters intervened and he lived to fight another day. Carl is reckless and impetuous, which has sometimes landed him in trouble (like that time he tried to take out Negan solo).

But the other thing that landed him in serious trouble during the mid-season finale is his compassion. While bringing newcomer Siddiq into the fold, it appears Carl sustained a bite, which he revealed to the group in the episode’s closing moments. We’ll have to wait until the show returns in February to see how that plays out, but it doesn’t look good.

Daryl Dixon

If Daryl dies, we riot.

That’s been the mantra for Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) fans. A skilled archer and tracker with an aversion to sleeves, Daryl has survived the most harrowing of near-death situations. Viewers still haven’t gotten over the death of Glenn; if Daryl dies, it might be The Walking Dead’s jump the shark moment.

Carol Peletier

Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) has gone from meek and battered housewife to strong and assertive leader. She’s also more than capable on her own, having left the group multiple times only to return in times of need. Carol may have looser morals — she’s known to kill without remorse to ensure her survival — which makes her a survivor. One thing’s for sure — if Carol goes down, she’ll go down fighting.

Morgan Jones

Morgan (Lennie James) appeared in the first episode of The Walking Dead and didn’t reappear until the third season, finally joining the survivors in Season 5. Now that he is willing to take a human life, Morgan has become a huge threat to the Saviors, and when you’re a threat, you’re a target.

Will all of the original cast make it?

Catch the second half of Season 8 of The Walking Dead when it returns to US screens on February 25, 2018 in the U.S. and February 26, 2018 in the U.K.

Lawrence Yee
Lawrence is Editor in Chief of FANDOM. He grew up loving X-Men, Transformers, and Japanese-style role playing games like Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy. First-person shooters make him incredibly nauseous.
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