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- "He knew we were so different. He knew that you needed to catch the fish and I needed to throw them back."
- —Amy to Andrea about fishing with their father.[src]
Still young, Amy was impetuous and eternally optimistic. She helped look out for the kids in the camp, was quick to defend others' actions when she saw them as being protective and generally tried to keep the peace among her fellow survivors.
Amy was born in the mid 1980’s and was twelve years younger than Andrea and that caused no small amount of tension between the sisters. However she was resentful of Andrea leaving her behind at home when she went to college and not coming back often enough to visit and be a part of her life. She often went on many fishing trips with her father during her childhood. Shortly before the apocalypse, she was living in the city of Atlanta where she was attending college and lived in a dorm room.
At some point during the early stages of the outbreak, Amy was on a road trip with her older sister Andrea and the two were heading back to her college although they eventually became stranded in Atlanta where they were rescued by Dale Horvath. The three eventually found a camp of survivors situated by a quarry and the three decided to take refuge there.
In a camp outside the city, a group of survivors, among them Amy, receive Rick's transmission. She runs to the CB, but can't get a reply. By the time Shane takes over the CB controls and introduces himself, Rick has left the emergency broadcast channel.
Lori voices that she's been saying for a week that they should put signs up on the highway warning people away from the city, and volunteers to go on her own, but Dale and Shane argue that venturing out is too risky. Lori walks off and Shane goes after her.
In the camp, Amy dumps mushrooms from a bucket into a bowl held by Lori, who sits at a fire pit. Amy asks how to tell if the mushrooms are poisonous, to which Lori replies they would have to eat one to know. Amy, unsatisfied with that method, tells Lori to ask Shane when he gets back. Lori nods, before she excuses herself to look for more mushrooms in the forest.
Later that day, Amy frets over the whereabouts of the group and her sister to Dale, who reasons with her that worrying won't make it better. Suddenly, the radio crackles and squeaks, and T-Dog's garbled transmission comes through, explaining that they're trapped in the department store, surrounded by hundreds of walkers. Dale responds to the transmission but only radio silence follows. "We do not go after them. We do not risk the rest of the group," Shane insists. Amy argues that Andrea's life is at risk, but Shane tells her she's gone. Amy is furious, exclaiming "That's my sister, you son-of-a-bitch!" and storms off.
When Andrea's group returns from the city, she and her sister reunite by sharing a big embrace, hugging. When Carl Grimes and Sophia Peletier find a zombie outside of camp, Amy and the other adults go into the woods to investigate. She and Andrea look away in disgust as Dale chops the zombie's head off. Later, while doing laundry at the quarry with Andrea, Jacqui, and Carol Peletier, she and the women share what they miss most, hers being her computer and texting. When Ed comes around and begins snapping at the women, telling Carol it is time to go, Andrea intervenes and sticks up for Carol, while Amy tries to prevent a fight by asking Andrea to stop. After Ed Peletier slaps Carol, Amy pulls Carol away from Ed while Andrea and Jacqui hold him back to prevent him from causing further harm to her. Amy gives Carol over to Andrea, and all of the women watch in shock as Shane beats Ed senseless.
Amy is on the lake fishing with her sister, and the two share their experiences fishing with their dad, sharing how he raised them differently according to their feelings and character. She and Andrea return to camp with a whole string of fish, but their excitement is interrupted as Dale Horvath explains the situation with Jim. She witnesses the confrontation of Jim as he digs strange holes on the hillside. After Dale explains about his watch's story, the camp goes silent, until Amy breaks it saying, "You are so weird". The group bursts out in laughter. During the feast, Amy excuses herself to go use the RV's bathroom. When she exits the door, complaining that the RV is out of toilet paper, she is accosted by a walker that rips open her arm as her screams are heard. A little while earlier, Amy had been caught by the walker; the walker dug its teeth into the skin between her shoulder and collarbone. Amy screams as the walker rips out a small piece of flesh. Amy continues shrieking in pain. Andrea could tell it was taking everything for Amy to lift her hand. She could feel the touch, Amy's deathly cold fingers, as they dragged down the side of her cheek. Andrea just stared at her sister, caressing her face, wishing her to be better. But then, all so suddenly, she could see the light go out of Amy's eyes. Andrea looked at Amy's chest. It wasn't moving; no breath would ever fill her lungs again. Amy's head dropped to the side, her eyes closed and she was gone.
The next day is her birthday. Andrea, devastated, puts the mermaid necklace around Amy's neck. She lies dead in Andrea's arms all night until morning, when she wakes up as a zombie. She opens her eyes, which, though always blue, are suddenly an icy cool grey-blue, the pupils gone. Her eyes are bloodshot. Amy reaches up for Andrea, somewhat pulling her hair. Andrea apologizes to Amy for never being there for her. She then puts Amy down by shooting Amy in the side of the head, instantly killing her. Andrea's tears roll down her face.
Amy is later buried during the funeral for the fallen campers.
Rick begins receiving phone calls from individuals who he believes are part of another group. The first call is from a young woman who is shocked to have made contact with someone. She reveals that she is with others and in a safe place, but she is cautious not to reveal the location. She seems willing to help, but insists on speaking with her people before taking in Rick and the other survivors. Despite Rick's pleading, she hangs up. Rick later receives a phone call from Lori, who informs him that the people he had spoken to all day were Amy, Jim, and Jacqui.
In a hallucination, Rick walks through a floor full of the corpses of his friends and loved ones, among them Amy.
- Killed By
- Zombies (Alive)
Amy exits Dale's RV bathroom to ask where the toilet paper is, when a walker comes out from behind and bites her in her arm. With Amy screaming in pain, the bent-over walker bites her collarbone, ripping out a small chunk. Andrea comes to her aid, but can't do anything as Amy dies from blood loss.
- Andrea (Zombified)
After Amy succumbs to the infection and reanimates, a devastated Andrea apologizes for not being there for her before mercifully shooting her in the head, ending her suffering.
This list shows the victims Amy has killed:
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies
- "Hounded" (Voice Only, Hallucination)
- "What Comes After (Dream, Corpse)
- Amy is the only recurring character to have a promotional poster in Season 1.
- Amy is the first character to appear in every episode before her death.
- Amy is the only character in the series seen having their birthday acknowledged by other members of the group.
- Ironically, Amy died the night before her birthday.
- In the original teleplay script for "Days Gone Bye", Amy's character was given the name Rachel (though her role remained otherwise unchanged).