I have a confession to make. This may startle you. Please brace yourself. Here it goes...
I hate Rick Grimes.
There, I said it. It feels so good to finally get that off my chest.
Just kidding. Those of you who have encountered me before in the spot are probably already aware of my Rick issues. I spend the majority of his scenes rolling my eyes, fuming, or grumbling "nobody cares, Prick". This article contains 13 characters that we know very little about, who appeared in less than 5 episodes, and were still more interesting for me to watch than our righteous hero. Let's get on with it, eh?
This is clearly influenced by my love of Michael Raymond-James, but I was more excited about his 7 minutes of screentime than I ever was for Rick. In 5 whole seasons.
(Michael Raymond-James, 1 episode, Season 2)
Again, probably influenced by the actor, 'cause I'd recently decided I really liked Chris Coy in another show when he showed up in TWD. Cannibal Creep, as I somewhat affectionately refer to him as, is a mystery. We know he's with the Terminators, and that he eats people, and that he wanted The Sacred Grimes Family Hat. Terminus was so hyped, I was really disappointed when they were all offed so soon.
(Chris Coy, 4 episodes, Season 5)
Randall really got a raw deal out of TWD. Impaled on a fence and abandoned by his group, smacked around and sentenced to death by the our group. 3 years and countless re-watches later, I still can't decide if he would've fit in to Atlanta group and been an asset, or led his people back to the farm for a bloody takeover. I've spent way too much time thinking about this.
(Michael Zegen, 4 episodes, Season 2)
Well, we know Alisha likes weapons and Tara. I also like weapons and Tara, so she was off to a good start. There has to be more to you, Alisha! (Alisha is credited for 4 episodes, but I think half of that's just archive footage or her corpse.)
(Juliana Harkavy, 2 episodes, Season 4)
Jim was an early favorite, so I really should've known he wouldn't last the season. As sad as it was, at least we got to know a little about his pre-TWD life before he died. I wonder if Walker Jim is still out there... I'll trade Rick for him!
ANA & SAM
(Andrew Rothenberg, 5 episodes, Season 1)
Look at this adorable little blonde Penguin and his sweet lady friend. Imagine the fun they would've had babysitting Judith!
GUILLERMO & FELIPE
(Brina Palencia, 1 episode, Season 4 and Robin Lord Taylor, 2 episodes, Seasons 4 and 5)
The nursing home reveal is still one of the most pleasantly surprising moments ever in TWD. I hate that they got wiped out, and that we only got to spend a few minutes with these awesome guys. (And Abuela!)
PETE & MITCH
(Neil Brown Jr. and Noel Gugliemi, 1 episode, Season 1)
Blah, blah, cast-stalking problem, blah. Kirk Acevedo was in my favorite show ever, so I was very excited to see him pop up in TWD. Even though his character was a total asshole. Still enjoyed his scenes more than Rick's. Pete was cool too, for a good guy!
(Enver Gjokaj, 1 episode, and Kirk Acevedo, 2 episodes, Season 4)
Raise your hand if you were more upset over his death than Beth was. *raises hand* Another classic case of Actor I Love Meets Grisly Death After One Episode.
(Kyle Gallner, 1 episode, Season 4)
Yep, even Creepy Cannibal Lady is cooler than Rick. We got a glimpse of the unpleasantness that caused Terminus to turn to people-eatin', but I would've liked to know more about her too. Who was she before? Why won't she fix her damn hair? Does she prefer regular or extra crispy?
(Denise Crosby, 3 episodes, Seasons 4 and 5)