A former sheriff, Rick is intelligent, resourceful and a natural born leader. Wounded in the line of duty, Rick is in a coma when the zombie outbreak occurs. Upon awakening and discovering the new realities of his world, Rick tracks down his wife, Lori, and son, Carl, who are living with a group of refugees. He assumes leadership of the refugees and guides the group in a search for a permanent, safe home, first finding a safe haven in the Greene family farm, and later the prison.

Rick is deeply driven by a sense of duty to his family, a quality that sometimes borders on obsession. Rick focuses a lot of his attention on his son, Carl, who is increasingly distant and hardened by the harsh realities of a post-zombie apocalypse life.

Rick struggles to do what’s best but his family comes first.