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"Not everyone gets to live. End stage... is a point where no one comes back from, where they... where they can't. That's where I am."
—Caleb to Hershel Greene.[src]

Dr. Caleb Subramanian, more commonly referred to as "Dr. S", is a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He joined the prison sometime between Season 3 and Season 4 and served as the medical doctor for the community.

Pre-Apocalypse

Location Unknown

Almost nothing is known about Caleb's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was a doctor with special medical knowledge and training.

Post-Apocalypse

Season 4

"30 Days Without An Accident"

Dr. Subramanian is seen greeting Daryl Dixon in the prison yard under the dining pavilion as he reads from a book.

"Infected"

Dr. Subramanian managed to escape the chaos that overcame Cell Block D. After the zombified residents were put down, he tended to the injured survivors and later examined Charlie's corpse. He discusses with Rick, Tyreese, Hershel, SashaBob, and Daryl about the illness affecting the prison group, stating that it's a type of flu that spreads quickly and proceeds to explain how.

"Isolation"

Dr. Subramanian is seen treating a flu-stricken survivor with an amputated arm from the cell block attack. The man succumbed to the illness and is put down with a knife to the head. When Sasha falls ill, she starts looking for Caleb, until she finds out that he also has come down with the sickness. Since Caleb is no longer able to treat people, Hershel volunteers to fill his role. When Hershel is comforting Caleb, he accidentally coughs blood on Hershel's face and tells him he shouldn't be in there with him.

"Internment"

Dr. Subramanian creates IVs for the infected survivors, despite his rapidly deteriorating condition. He reveals to Hershel that he brought several shotguns with him for the inevitable. He shrugs off Hershel's attempts to persuade him that things aren't bad, believing that he has reached the end stage of the disease and will die no matter what. Later, during the chaos after several survivors reanimate, Hershel runs to his cell for help, only to find that he has died and reanimated. Hershel reluctantly breaks his arm, and stabs him through the eye. Hershel then takes one of Caleb's shotguns and uses it to kill the reanimated patients. After the chaos dies down, he comes back to Caleb's cell and closes his other eye before opening his Bible and reading through it. However, Hershel breaks down and weeps over the loss of his friend and the other prison residents.

Death

Killed By
  • The Flu (Alive, Off-Screen)

Caleb succumbs to the flu and dies while locked in his cell.

When Hershel goes to his cell for help in getting the guns, a reanimated Caleb attacks him through the cell bars. Hershel breaks his arm and then stabs through Caleb's left eye socket by a knife, putting him down.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Dr. Subramanian has killed:

Relationships

Hershel Greene

"You shouldn't be here."
—Caleb to Hershel in Cell Block A.[src]

Dr. Subramanian is seen conversing with Rick, Daryl, Hershel, and Bob about the unknown flu and explains how Charlie likely died, noticing blood leaking from his eyes and nose and a lack of bites. Rick then mentions Patrick's similar condition. When Caleb is sick, Hershel gives him some herb tea, hoping that it will help with the symptoms. They briefly talk, showing that they have a good relationship with one another.

It is implied, due to the fact that both are doctors, they are sympathetic towards each another, mutually understanding the difficulties of the job. Caleb repeatedly tells Hershel that he shouldn't be in the cell block with them, conveying that he cares about him. Hershel apparently believes Caleb to be a good man, which is evident through their conversations and how Hershel repeatedly emphasizes that Caleb would do the same thing if "he were in his shoes." Hershel shows concern over Caleb's rapidly deteriorating condition. When Caleb becomes pessimistic over the flu and his symptoms, Hershel comforts him and tells him that they're "not that bad off." Caleb disagrees and gives Hershel the advice to make sure everyone is locked in, and shows him the shotguns he brought into his cell.  

Later, when Hershel returns to Caleb's cell and discovers him as a zombie, he stabs him in the head.

After Glenn is stabilized and all has calmed down, Hershel comes back to the doctor's cell and closes the dead man's eye. He pulls out his Bible and begins to read, weeping over the loss of his friend.

Appearances

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Season 1
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Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Season 6
Season 7
Season 8
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Season 10
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Appears Voice is heard
👁 Appears with no lines Appears in a flashback
Appears as a walker 🖼 Appears in a photograph/video
Appears as a corpse Appears in a hallucination/dream

Trivia

  • Caleb's last name, "Subramanian," is part of the last name belonging to the actor who portrays him, "Balasubramanian".

Other Actors

International Dubbers
Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech Petr Lněnička Allen (3A)
Terry
Pete Anderson
French Marc Saez Bob Lamson
German Michael Bauer Albert
Spencer Monroe
Hungarian N/A N/A
Italian Marco Bassetti Alvaro
Japanese Shohei Fuji Zach
Sam
Mitch Dolgen
Aaron
Portuguese Bruno Sangregório N/A
Spanish (Latin America) Hernán Palma Morales (1)
Hitchhiker
Jerry
Spanish (Spain) Fernando Cabrera Mexican Boy
TV Series Characters
Grimes Family JudithR.J.RickCarlLori
King County LambertPaulaShaneLeonMr. SiggardMrs. Siggard
Jones Family MorganJennyDuane
Atlanta Camp CarolDarylMoralesGlennAndreaMerleTheodoreDaleSophiaJacquiMirandaLouisElizaAmyEdJim
Nursing Home MiguelFelipeJorgeGuillermoMr. Gilbert
Center for Disease Control EdwinCandace
Military Personnel WellesWilsonBradySeanFranklinCoxCallaway
Greene Family Farm MaggieBethHershelPatriciaJimmyAnnetteShawnArnoldOtisJosephine
The Living NateRandallSeanTonyDave
Michonne's Group MichonneMikeTerryAndre
The Prison AxelOscarAndrewTomasBig Tiny
Woodbury JeanettePhilipMrs. RichardsMs. McLeodMartinezShumpertMr. JacobsonKarenMr. RichardsOwenErynGregMiltonDr. StevensRowanEileenMrs. FosterBettyEmilyNoahPaulJodyRichardHaleyPennyWarrenMichaelGargulioCrowleyTim
Tyreese's Group SashaTyreeseAllenBenDonna
Prison Newcomers LukeMollyBobLizzieMikaJulioHenryNorisCalebDavidRyanCharliePatrickChloeZach
Chambler Family TaraLillyMeghanDavid
Martinez's Group HowardMitchAlishaPete
Ford Family AbrahamEllenA.J.Becca
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneRositaGabriel
The Claimers DanBillyHarleyTonyJoeLenLou
Terminus MartinGregTheresaGarethAlbertMikeMaryAlex
Grady Memorial Hospital StevenTanakaAlvaradoAmandaBelloLicariPercyMcGinleyFrancoNoahDawnO'DonnellBobJeffriesGormanJoanGavinHanson
Alexandria Safe-Zone AaronBarbaraScottKyleSocorroVincentHeathNoraMrs. RobinsonAlexJenWayneCherylEnidRussBobBruceTobinAnnaMikeyFrancineKent SpencerOliviaDeniseDeannaLucyRonJessieSamMayaDavidBetsyNicholasAnnieWillTommySturgessBarnesNatalieStacyMichaelJefferyRichardsHollySamanthaBobbyCharlyneO'HaraDineshDanErinAdrianParkShellyCarterPeteRegAidenEric
The Wolves OwenAphid
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Hilltop Colony BertieMarcoHershelKalEduardoBriannaTroyRoyGageOscarEarlPennyFelixAdelineRodneyTammy RoseCasperMartinMilesHildePaulGregoryKennethStephanieCraigCrystalWesleyHarlanNeilFreddieAndyEthan
The Kingdom EzekielJerryDianneNabilaEzraAliyahMariamJoshuaJennyWilliamHenryDanaKevinKurtAlvaroDanielColtonRichardBenjamin
Oceanside CyndieRachelJulesBeatriceKathyNatania
The Scavengers AnneTamielBrionFarronWinslow
Georgie's Group HildaMidgeGeorgie
Magna's Group MagnaLukeConnieKellyYumikoBernie
The Whisperers LydiaAdamKeithBetaAlphaRufusMaryDanteFrancesZionRasmusSeanHelen
Baltimore CyrusAmandaLamarFrankRoseMatias
The Highwaymen AlfredMargoAlekOzzy
Jocelyn's Group WinnieP.J.GinaLinusMitchellJocelyn
Bloodsworth Island VirgilLucyCelesteJeremiahLisa
The Wardens ElijahTeresaAgathaDuncanColeMayaAinsleyGusBillyJenFrost
The Reapers LeahFisherWashingtonBooneAustinBrandonManceaPopeDeaverAnchetaPowellPaulBossieMichaelNichollsMontanioMatthew
Mays Family Mr. MaysMaysMrs. Mays
The Commonwealth StephanieLivitsGarciaClarkEvansMercerSorsensenZellVazquezStephanieLanceElaineCharlesTomichiKaseyJohnKaylaSebastianMarcusPamela
Valak's Vipers Craven
Miscellaneous Survivors JuanitaWilhelmAidenBaileyFranklinTomJesseSiddiqMiloAmeliaLeslieEastmanSamChristopherAnaLucilleMrs. BlakeClara
Animals DogNellyShivaTabithaButtonsDukeFlameVioletHunter
Walkers CarlaDellyJoe Sr.BillTonyNickErinDougLouiseWayneSummerHannahEddie
Alive characters appear in green. Unknown characters appear in blue. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Undead characters appear in gray and italics.
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