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Axel is a comic-adapted character first encountered in The Walking Dead: The Fall of the Governor. He is described as "an older man—shirtless, portly, bearded, with long, wild hair". He is a member of the prison survivors.


Meriwether County Correctional Facility

Main article: Axel (Comic Series)


Main article: Axel (Comic Series)

The Fall of the Governor - Part Two

"Doomsday Clock"

It's possible Axel took part in the prison group's retaliation on Woodbury by blowing up the National Guard Station and raiding the local Walmart, then killing Bruce, Curtis and two other guards.

While searching for the prison, Gabe, Rudy and Gus hear gunfire coming from the west over the treeline. They creep through the woods adjacent to the two-lane and find Andrea, Maggie and Hershel outside the fence of the prison doing some target practice on biters. Gabe and his men stay hidden in the bushes as they watch the group start dragging one of the biters back toward the gates and taking it inside. While unseen, Axel was present for target practice.

Main article: Axel (Comic Series)

During the first assault on the prison, after the biters around the fence are killed or lured away, the Governor orders the militia to shoot to kill at the prison's residents. The survivors dive for cover from the barrage of bullets, some of the weaker ones covering their heads and staying on the ground, others crawling madly for safety, and some of the older ones trying to help the younger ones. Many of the survivors appear to be unnarmed which bothers Lilly Caul. She looks away from her scope for a moment and sees Axel make a mad dash for a doorway. A sudden burst riddles his shoulder with bullet holes, tearing chunks from his hairy arms and belly. He falls to the ground in a bloody spray, and Lilly lets out a tense breath. In reality, Lilly was mistaken, as Axel was only shot non-fatally in the arm and survives the initial assault.

Main article: Axel (Comic Series)

When the militia return for their second attack, Axel is immediately shot in the head by an unknown soldier.


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

The Fall of the Governor - Part Two

Doomsday Clock


  • 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.