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Wife of Rick and mother to Carl and Judith, Lori Grimes is a quiet, distant and sometimes harsh woman. She escapes the zombie outbreak by fleeing to Atlanta with her son and her husband’s former partner, Shane, who she has a brief affair with. She is later reunited with Rick, who she believed dead, and although happy to discover him alive and well, the couple’s marriage is never quite the same.

Lori has a difficult time dealing with the post-zombie world, and often expresses her distress over this by demonstrating coldness to her family. When she discovers that she’s pregnant, she questions bringing a child into the world, a stark contrast to her husband’s optimism that the group will eventually find safety and security. Giving birth softens her somewhat, although her marriage to Rick doesn’t fully recover.