Written by John Edward Betancourt
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I think if anyone has a bad reputation on The Walking Dead and most certainly does not deserve it, it's Rick Grimes. The man is the main character and well, I've had this discussion with Shae, to a degree she has found him unlikeable. Take that into account, along with the "rumors" I saw that his absence from the show meant he was doomed to die in the Season Four Finale and there you have it, there is something people don't like about Rick.
I think it's silly to be honest. Our journey on this show started with Rick and trust me, it will end with Rick. Yet here we are, debating why on earth Rick deserves more respect. Which I also don't understand. The man has seen his share of ugly on the show. He awoke shortly after the end of the world and did his best to find his family. He was thrust into leadership whether he liked it or not and has made incredible sacrifices for the group, yet the man is viewed as soft. He's seen his wife die. He's had to step back to help his son not be a bloodthirsty killer and to top it off, he nearly freaking died at the hands of the Governor.
The man just can't get a break. At least until now. After years of trying to be Dudley DoRight, years of suffering and seeing the world take so much from him, Rick Grimes finally snapped. He finally stepped over his breaking point when his son and friends were threatened with their lives and man, was it incredible. I mean, he tore a man's throat out with his own teeth. Every walker in the land would be proud.
But what does Rick snapping mean? After all this is a show that has celebrated the wonder of life in many ways, pointing out the importance of cherishing it. It was so important a point on the show that Rick banished Carol for her doing what must be done and now it is Rick who has made his decisions grey as opposed to black and white.
At the least, this means that Rick will do anything and everything to protect his friends and family from here on out, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. If anything from a fan's perspective it should finally take the heat off of Rick because it looks like this is what everyone wants, a grizzled badass who will do what needs to be done.
Yet the magic of Rick Grimes has always been in his moral center and in a way, perhaps this is a twisted version of keeping that alive. After all, the marauders that tried to get the drop on him were anything but worthwhile people. The Governor was a monster as well and let's be honest, he's right. The people of Terminus are screwing with the wrong people. It's a world without rules and in a strange way, Rick, a former cop, has become his own Judge, Jury and Executioner. It's something new for television and I can't wait to see where it goes this fall. Until then my friends.