Name: Rick Grimes
Played By: Andrew Lincoln
Occupation: Sheriff's Deputy
Wife: Lori Grimes, deceased
Kids: Carl Grimes and Judith Grimes
Alive, Dead, or Walker: Alive
Rick is The Walking Dead's head honcho, and has been demolishing zombies (aka "Walkers") since the show's season premiere. This born-leader is a former police officer who was shot while on duty. He wakes up from a coma only to find himself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse (aka our biggest fear), and spends part of The Walking Dead's first season trying to find his wife and son, who have fled to Atlanta with Rick's partner, Shane Walsh. Rick ends up in the midst of a Walker attack in Atlanta, but is eventually saved and reunites with his family. The bad news? Rick's wife, Lori, is having an affair with Shane! Because nothing says romance like zombies.
Rick whiles away most of his days killing Walkers and being hunky, and eventually leads his group of survivors to the CDC, which ends up exploding –– though not before Rick is informed that they are all infected with the Walker virus. Despite this revelation, Rick and the gang go on their merry way and end up at a farm, where Rick's son recovers from a gunshot wound and his wife announces that she's pregnant with either Rick or Shane's baby. Sigh, zombie problems.
As you might expect, tensions mount between Rick and Shane, and Rick ends up stabbing Shane and killing him. After Shane's death, Rick and his band of outsiders move to a Walker-infested prison, and Lori goes into labor. Unfortunately, she dies during her C-section, leaving Rick more than a little emotionally unstable. In-fighting among different groups of survivors around the prison forces Rick to prepare for war, but it looks like he'll have to get control of his hallucinations if he wants to win.