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12 days of TWD: 11 of our favorite Walking Dead quotes

Part of what makes The Walking Dead such a gripping television series is the way it’s made the zombie apocalypse relatable. The cast members put their all into the characters they play and it’s more than a set of actors coming and going; it’s a family. When you dedicate so much of yourself and your time to your work; it’s easy to imagine that it would get exhausting or maybe a little bit played out, but with the cast of TWD, the audience never senses that emotion.

The series isn’t just about making it through life surrounded by the undead, it’s about choosing what you’re going to live for, and what you’d be willing to die for. It’s about compassion and love and strength, and some general badassery too. The interaction between the characters and the speeches, quotes, and conversations they have with one another make the series; many fans use these quotes on their own social media profiles in relation to situations in their own lives.

If you ask any fan of The Walking Dead what their favorite quote is; they’d probably tell you that it’s hard to pick just one, and we found out today, that it’s also hard to narrow it down to 11. We managed to do so however, some of them are funny, some are a bit sad, but they’re all 100% reflective of the characters who spoke them.

Tyreese’s last line in the series, and the prelude to it.

“My dad always told Sasha and me that it was our duty as citizens of the world to keep up with the news. When I was little and in his car, there were always those stories on the radio. Something happens 1,000 miles away or down the block. Some kind of horror I couldn’t even wrap my head around. But he didn’t change the channel. He didn’t turn it off. He just kept listening. To face it. Keeping your eyes open. My dad always called that paying the high cost of living.”

Later in the episode, as he’s dying in the car, the radio is on and a voice is delivering bad news…Tyreese says one last thing.

Turn it off

When Morgan admitted that he doesn’t know what’s right anymore.

Back there I would have killed you as soon as I looked at you. And I tried. But you, you let me live and then I was there to help Aaron and Daryl. See, if I… if I wasn’t there, if they died… maybe those Wolves wouldn’t have been able to come back here. I don’t know what’s right anymore. ‘Cause I did want to kill those men. I seen what they did, what they would keep doing. I knew I could end it. But I also know that people can change. ‘Cause everyone sitting here has. All life is precious. And that idea – that idea changed me. It brought me back and keeps me living.

Rick’s ‘We are the walking dead’ speech.

When I was a kid… I asked my grandpa once if he ever killed any Germans in the war. He wouldn’t answer. He said that was grown-up stuff. So… so I asked if the Germans ever tried to kill him. But he got real quiet. He said he was dead the minute he stepped into enemy territory. Every day he woke up and told himself, rest in peace. Now get up and go to war. And then after a few years of pretending he was dead… he made it out alive. That’s the trick of it, I think. We do what we need to do and then, we get to live. But no matter what we find in DC, I know we’ll be okay. Because this is how we survive. We tell ourselves… that we are the walking dead.

When Michonne got real about the apocalypse.

Have you ever had to kill people because they had already killed your friends and were coming for you next? Have you ever done things that made you feel afraid of yourself afterward? Have you ever been covered in so much blood that you didn’t know if it was yours or walkers’ or your friends’? Huh? Then you don’t know.

When Beth tells Daryl he can’t treat her badly because he’s scared.

I know you look at me and you just see another dead girl. I’m not Michonne. I’m not Carol. I’m not Maggie. I’ve survived and you don’t get it ’cause I’m not like you or them. But I made it and you don’t get to treat me like crap just because you’re afraid.

When Daryl hands Carol the Cherokee Rose – and we all cried (admit it).

It’s a Cherokee rose. The story is that when American soldiers were moving Indians off their land on the trail of tears the Cherokee mothers were grieving and crying so much ’cause they were losing their little ones along the way from exposure and disease and starvation. A lot of them just disappeared. So the elders, they, uh, said a prayer. Asked for a sign to uplift the mothers’ spirits, give them strength and hope. The next day, this rose started to grow right where the mothers’ tears fell… I’m not fool enough to think there’s any flowers blooming for my brother. But I believe this one bloomed for your little girl.

When Glenn asks for Hershel’s blessing to marry Maggie.

When you gave me this… I didn’t fully understand what it meant. Such a simple thing. I know what it means now. I know what it takes. I want to marry Maggie. And we don’t have to have a wedding. I don’t even know if we’ll last the week. But I want her to know before… who knows?

When Negan gave his initial spiel.

You don’t really think that you were gonna get through this without being punished, now, did you? I don’t want to kill you people. Just want to make that clear from the get-go. I want you to work for me. You can’t do that if you’re dead, now, can you? I’m not growing a garden. But you killed my people, a whole damn lot of them. More than I’m comfortable with. And for that, for that you’re gonna pay. So, now… I’m gonna beat the holy hell outta one of you. This – This is Lucille, and she is awesome. All this, all this is just so we can pick out which one of you gets the honor.

When Daryl admits why he can’t give in with Negan.

I get why you did it, why you took it. You were thinking about someone else. That’s why I can’t.

Hershel’s speech about risking your life and what you choose to risk it for.

Listen damn it, you step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe, and you risk your life. Every moment now you don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for. Now I can make these people feel better and hang on a little bit longer. I can save lives. That’s reason enough to risk mine.

Abraham’s final words.

Suck my nuts.

From 20+ words to a simple 3, and from meaningful to snarky; these quotes all summed up what it means to be part of The Walking Dead quite perfectly.

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