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This article is about Julie's boyfriend in the Comic Series. For other pages with the same name, see: Chris

"It wasn't to supposed to be like this. We were supposed to be together forever. Fire at the same time--It was going to work. Together forever."
—Chris to himself about his girlfriend Julie[src]

Chris is a character first encountered in Issue 7 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead as well as the tritagonist of the Tyreese Special. He is the boyfriend of Julie and is staying with her and her father, Tyreese, due to personal problems when the apocalypse begins. Chris also acts as the group's babysitter, and eventually, plans a suicide pact with Julie.

Pre-Apocalypse

Not much is known about Chris's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was born in 1987 and going out with Julie, and he got into a fight with his parents, causing him to stay with Julie and Tyreese right before the apocalypse started.

Post-Apocalypse

Free Comic Book Day Special

After Tyreese arrives back home, Chris almost hit in the face with a fire-poker. Tyreese manages to grab it and berates him for this. Chris then asks him for the gun, saying he can shoot, but Tyreese tells him that he ran out of bullets and tossed it away. Chris then angrily snaps back, asking if Tyreese actually got anything. Tyreese tells him that he got a hammer that he is about to put through his skull, then asking Chris to give him some space.

Miles Behind Us

Chris and his girlfriend Julie traveled along with Julie's father Tyreese in the onset of the zombie apocalypse. Upon joining Rick Grimes's group, Julie and Chris were forced to babysit, something they hated. Nevertheless, they still had time to comfort each other.

Safety Behind Bars

After finding the prison, Chris seemed to want to prove his worth to Rick and the group or at least not be treated as a child. He often grumbles and curses in annoyance when he and Julie were asked to stay with the children, while the others invaded the jail. Unbeknownst to everyone else, Chris was pressuring Julie into a suicide pact, believing they could truly be together forever. On the night they executed their plan, Chris fired too early and only Julie was killed. Tyreese noticed the first gunshot and picked up her lifeless body. When Julie reanimated, he shot her again. However, Tyreese strangled Chris to death over this. After Chris reanimated, he brutally attacked the zombie, mutilating it. He burned both of their corpses and later told Rick what had transpired.

Death

Killed By

Tyreese, in a furious vengeful rage, strangles Chris to death.

Later, after Chris reanimates, Tyreese brutally mutilates him several times, before putting him down and then burning his body.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Chris has killed:

Relationships

Julie

"Okay, no backing down. This is it."
—Chris's last words to Julie.[src]

Chris was Julie's boyfriend, and they loved each other very much, so much that they planned a suicide pact so they could be together forever. Sadly, this attempt failed when Chris pulled the trigger too quickly. He is shown to be distressed by this, and he puts her down when she reanimates. Chris and Julie often tried to have sexual intercourse, but, were always caught by Tyreese.

Tyreese

"WHAT DID YOU DO?!! WHAT DID YOU DO TO MY LITTLE GIRL?!"
—Tyreese yelling at Chris, after he killed Julie.[src]

Tyreese seemed friendly towards Chris, but, was always wary of what Chris and Julie were up too. Tyreese walked in on Julie and Chris about to have sex several times, furiously asking them if they wanted to be in the same situation that Rick and Lori were in. At the prison, Julie and Chris had sex late one night and had planned to shoot each other immediately afterward in a suicide pact, but, Chris pulled the trigger too fast and accidentally killed Julie. Tyreese heard the gunshot and ran in and held Julie in his arms, weeping; he immediately roared at Chris asking him what has he done. When Julie reanimated as a zombie, Tyreese tried talking to it, seeing it as a way for his daughter to come back, since she wasn't bitten, but, Chris knew it would not work and shot her to put her out of her misery. Tyreese saw it as Chris killing his daughter twice. Immediately, Tyreese attacked and strangled Chris, and when Chris came back Tyreese told Rick he killed Chris again, but, slower and he enjoyed every second of it, which again shows that Tyreese hated him for killing his daughter.

Carl Grimes

"Shut up, brat!"
—Chris to Carl.[src]

Chris and Carl had a poor relationship. Chris frequently complained about having to babysit Carl, Sophia, Ben, and Billy. At one point, after Chris had used a curse word in front of Carl and Sophia, Carl told Chris, "You shouldn't cuss so much. I know you're not an all the way adult." Also saying, "Saying those swears isn't going to fool me." Chris responded by saying "Shut up, brat!" which angered Carl greatly.

Appearances

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Appears Voice is heard
👁 Appears with no lines Appears in a flashback
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Appears as a corpse Appears in a hallucination/dream

Trivia

  • Although Chris and Julie didn't enact their suicide pact until after they arrived at the prison, it was hinted about while the survivors stayed on Hershel Greene's farm. After a target practice session, Tyreese decided to allow the two teenagers to keep their guns; Chris later remarked, "Finally... this is going to be so much easier."
    • Chris and Julie's wording during the buildup to their suicide pact is a possible red herring, as Chris' dialogue could also be interpreted as him planning to kill Tyreese, as the latter clearly didn't approve of their relationship. This is further supported in Issue 12, where Chris and Julie linger in the doorway, guns holstered, as Carol tells Tyreese "You never know what's going to happen next."
  • Tyreese's group is the only group where all members reanimated as zombies at some point. Julie reanimates after Chris kills her, but, he shoots her again, causing Tyreese to murder him twice, both as a human and as a zombie. When the Governor kills Tyreese, his decapitated head reanimates. Tyreese's zombie is finally put to rest by Michonne.
  • Robert Kirkman answered the question whether naming characters the same name, Billy, Chris, Jim, Eugene, Eric, and Bruce, was an oversight: "It's not oversight at all. It's completely unrealistic for a group of people to meet at random and never encounter the same names."[1]
  • According to Robert Kirkman in Letter Hacks #17, Julie was supposed to fatally shoot Chris, followed by Chris reanimating and being killed by Tyreese.

References

  1. Robert Kirkman forum, Image Comics, (March 20, 2005)
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