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Axel is a comic-adapted character first encountered in The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor. Axel is described, through Lilly's perspective, as "an older man - shirtless, portly, bearded, with long, white hair".


For Axel's whereabouts prior to or as the outbreak began:

Main Article: Axel (Comic Series)


Main Article: Axel (Comic Series)

The Fall of the Governor

Axel is one of the prison residents. During the Governor's final attack on the prison, Axel killed by the Woodbury soldiers.


Killed By

After helping the survivors set up defenses, Axel is shot in the head by an unknown Woodbury soldier during the beginning of the second prison assault.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Axel has killed:


Novel Series


  • Axel is one of the three characters in the whole The Walking Dead franchise to have a catchphrase, other being Norma Sutters and Sarah Rabinowitz.
    • Robert Kirkman stated, "Axel saying "You follow me" is a personality tick, something he's done for as long as he's been in the book.[1]
  • Axel is one of the few characters Robert Kirkman misses and regrets killing.
    • Creator Robert Kirkman wrote:
      "I wanted Axel's death to be pretty abrupt and final... like things would be in real life. No speech, no moment of heroism or sacrifice ...just a sound and a fallen body. Probably didn't live up to what you wanted but most deaths wouldn't in real life. Not many people really get to go out in a grand style."[2]


  1. Issue 41, page 27, Letter Hacks.
  2. Issue 48, page 25, Letter Hacks.
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