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"Don't you see that if we do this, the people that we were, the world that we knew is dead? And this new world is ugly, it's harsh, it's survival of the fittest! And that's a world I don't want to live in."
—Dale to the group about executing Randall.[src]

Dale Horvath is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. During the initial outbreak, he saved Andrea and Amy, eventually finding a camp of survivors.

Overview

Dale's age, calm experience, and RV provide the nucleus around which the small community of survivors formed. He is shown to be honest, reasonable and protective. He is sometimes profound, and is the elder of the group, though is also rather feisty, not afraid to speak his mind and call others out for mistakes in judgment. He attempts to serve as "the moral compass" of the group.

Over time he, Andrea, and Amy form their own little family unit and he finds spending time with them has helped bring him back to life in a way he never anticipated, as it gives him somebody he can attempt to influence. Dale is a fairly self-sufficient man, and ever watchful of the changing dynamics among the survivor community.

Pre-Apocalypse

Location Unknown

Dale was married to a woman named Irma for years. Early in their marriage, they had attempted to have a baby, but it ultimately miscarried, which led them to not try again. At some point later, she had developed cancer. Despite Dale bringing her to several doctors, she had already accepted the disease and her eventual death, much to his dismay.

Once he retired from his job, Dale planned to take his wife traveling with him across the country in a new RV he bought, but she died before that could happen. Her death brought him into a great depression and he found himself not caring about anyone around him. He decided to take his RV and do the trip alone.

Post-Apocalypse

Metro-Atlanta, Georgia

During the onset of the outbreak, Dale encountered Andrea and Amy in Atlanta, and rescued them as the city was overrun. Sometime later, they encountered and joined a campsite of survivors outside the outskirts of the city. During their stay, Dale cared increasingly for the sisters, and used his RV as a type of command post for the group.

Season 1

"Days Gone Bye"

When the camp receives Rick's transmission, Dale reacts surprised and watches as Amy 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. When Lori suggests that they should put signs up on the highway to warn people out of Atlanta, Dale agrees with her despite Shane arguing that venturing out on her own is too risky.

"Guts"

While keeping watch on the roof of his RV, Lori asks Dale to watch over her son, Carl, as she goes to pick berries and mushrooms in the forest. He tells her not to go far and to scream if she needs help. Later that day, Dale is working on his RV's radiator hose with Jim, while reasoning with Amy that worrying about Andrea's safety won't make it better.

Dale then listens surprised when 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. He then watches in silence as Amy and Shane argue about rescuing their fellow companions.

"Tell It to the Frogs"

When the other survivors return from the scavenging mission in Atlanta, Dale greets all of them back and also introduces himself to newcommer Rick. Later that night, he sits around the fire and listens as Rick tells his story to the group and decides what to do about telling Daryl Dixon about his brother Merle Dixon. The next day, Dale strips Glenn Rhee's stolen car for parts he could use for the RV. When the children find a walker eating a dead deer that wandered nearby the campsite, Dale decapitates it but is then told by Daryl he needs to destroy the brain.

When Rick decides to go back to Atlanta for the Sheriff's Bag of Guns and Merle, he asks Dale for some tools, mainly a pair of bolt cutters to cut the chain and handcuffs to save Merle. Dale snivels about loaning out tools but then hands them over after making a deal in exchange for parts of the van Rick had brought to the camp so he could repair his RV's radiator hose. He then continues to watch over the campsite and tells Lori her son is in the lake with Shane.

"Vatos"

While on lookout duty the next day, Dale notices Jim strangely digging holes on the hillside. He checks up on Jim and offers him water, but Jim ignores him, leaving Dale worried and confused, so he returns to the camp and alerts the other survivors about Jim's delirious behavior. They approach Jim as he keeps digging holes and Dale watches as Shane is forced to detain him. Later that evening, Dale finds Andrea in the RV looking for wrapping paper for Amy's birthday gift. He responds that he doesn't have any, but will try to look for something as a substitute.  

That night, during the fish feast, Dale enjoys the food and company of his friends. When asked about his watch and how he is always winding it, he speaks of time and paraphrases a passage from William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury. Moments later, the camp is attacked by walkers and Dale helps defend the remaining survivors. 

"Wildfire"

The morning after the attack, Dale comforts Andrea over Amy's death by confessing that they both had been the first persons he cared for after his wife's death. While walking through the forest later that day to secure the camp, he is shocked to discover Shane pointing his shotgun at Rick from afar. Despite Shane excusing his behavior, Dale remains suspicious. As the group learns that Jim has been bitten, Dale and everyone struggle to decide what has to be done with him. When they argue about granting the man's wish to be left to die, he notes specifically that this is what Jim wants and that his say is the only one that matters. He and the rest give their goodbyes to him and leave for the CDC.

"TS-19"

Upon being admitted into the CDC by Dr. Edwin Jenner, Dale and the group go through a blood test to ensure none of them are infected, and are introduced to the luxuries the facility has to offer, including hot water and real beds. After the group enjoys dinner together that night, he tries to comfort Andrea once again but she just tells him that everything is gone. When the group learns the next morning about TS-19 and the fall of the CDC's infrastructure, Dale asks Jenner about the countdown timer and he reveals the purpose of the timer and shuts the control room's door.

When the survivors finally get Edwin to open the door for their escape, Dale attempts to flee with Andrea, but she opts to remain behind to commit suicide. He manipulatively states that he is going to stay with her against Andrea's wishes after explaining that she doesn't get to make him care about her and just leave him. At the last minute, Dale and Andrea run out of the CDC and take cover as it explodes. The group then drives away.

Season 2

"What Lies Ahead"

With the CDC destroyed, the group decides to leave Atlanta and head to Fort Benning. Along the way, they become stranded on a highway full of abandoned vehicles and Sophia Peletier ends up getting lost in the woods due to a massive horde of walkers who took them by surprise. While members of the group look for her, Dale continues to be very concerned about Andrea's well-being due to her recent suicide attempt and refuses to return her weapon, eventually causing her to confess that she isn't grateful for what he had done since he stole her only opportunity to escape peacefully from the nightmare they were living and that she was not his concern.

"Bloodletting"

While the rest of the group continues looking for Sophia, Dale and T-Dog watch over the RV. When T-Dog starts to get a fever and is delirious from the cut he suffered on his arm, he comments to Dale they are expendable to the rest of the group because they are the minorities and implies they should take the RV and leave together. Dale realizes T-Dog has a severe fever, possibly due to infection, and attempts to take care of him. When members of the group return and inform them of Carl being shot and that he was taken to a nearby farm, Dale tells Glenn to take T-Dog to the farm to be assisted as well while he, Andrea, Daryl, and Carol would continue looking for Sophia.

"Save the Last One"

While keeping watch that night, Dale reflects and thinks about what Andrea had told him that morning. When she returns from the woods with Daryl, he finally hands Andrea her gun and tells her he acknowledges the decisions he made were not his to make and, still fearing her suicidal tendencies, tells her not to make him regret giving her gun back. As she enters the RV, Dale asks if she forgives him, to which Andrea responds she's trying to.

"Cherokee Rose"

The following morning, Dale and the rest of the group arrive at the farm and everyone happily reunites as Rick and Lori share news about Carl's recovery. When Shane retells Otis' death, Dale is obviously wary over the inconsistencies in the story. While setting up a temporary camp in the middle of the farm, he saves T-Dog's life before he could drink the contaminated water and helps his companions deal with the walker that fell into the well.

"Chupacabra"

With the group able to continue the search for Sophia from the farm, Dale and Glenn have a talk about the women in the group and their behaviours lately. When Glenn confesses he has started a relationship with Maggie Greene, Dale claims that could jeopardize the permanence of the group in the farm but Glenn answers he just thought about how he can die at any moment. When Andrea, despite Dale's warnings, shoots and wounds Daryl after confusing him with a walker, Dale comforts her and tells her that everyone wanted to shoot Daryl at one point. That night, he joins both groups of survivors inside the Greene house for the well prepared dinner by the women.

"Secrets"

When Glenn reveals Lori's pregnant and Hershel's barn is full of walkers, Dale tries to find a solution to the problems. He confronts Hershel about the barn but Hershel replies saying that the walkers are still people, especially since his wife and step-son are in the barn. Dale then talks with Lori about how his wife had miscarried and assures her that the baby can have good memories, but he sits in silence when Lori asks if he thinks her child could live a long life.

Later that day, Dale realizes Andrea and Shane had sex during their search mission. He finally confronts Shane about the night Otis died and brings up Shane’s attempted murder of Rick. Dale tells him its time for him to leave because he knows who he really is, leading Shane to challenge Dale and threating to kill him.

"Pretty Much Dead Already"

After Glenn reveals to the rest of the group about Hershel's barn full of walkers, Dale explains to them that Hershel sees the walkers as just sick people, and that his wife and step-son are in the barn. Worried for her well-being and jealous over her closeness to Shane, he also tells Andrea not to trust Shane and that she doesn't really know him. When she ignores his warnings, Dale takes the bag of guns and sneaks away from the camp to the swamps.

While hiding the bag of guns, Shane finds Dale and says the only way he'll stop him from taking the guns is if Dale shoots him. Despite considering doing it, he can't pull the trigger and returns the guns. Dale says he'd rather be who he is than becoming a monster in the new world. He later returns at the farm as the group shoots at the walkers from the barn and watches in shock as a zombified Sophia emerges from inside the barn before being put down by Rick.

"Nebraska"

Following the barn massacre, Dale sits in silence as Shane asks him what he has done to keep the camp safe and acuses him of being useless. After the funeral, Andrea, and T-Dog pile corpses into Otis's truck, saying that Shane did what needed to be done. Dale protests, suggesting that a new problem with Hershel was created in the wake of resolving the safety concern of the barn walkers. He also reveals to Lori that he believes Shane shot Otis and left him as bait to cover his escape, and that it's only a matter of time before he kills someone else again.

"Triggerfinger"

When in an outburst Shane reveals Lori is pregnant, Dale and Andrea try to help her by looking after a confused Carl. The next day, he tells Andrea that Shane is dangerous and that Shane doesn't want Rick or Hershel to come back so he can be leader but Andrea doesn't believe him and walks off. When Rick and the others finally return from the nearby town, Dale and the group discover they have brought a stranger as well.

"Judge, Jury, Executioner"

When Daryl finds out Randall's group is dangerous, Rick decides to kill him for the group's safety. Dale is opposed to it and tells him that they can't just kill him, so he asks for the rest of the day to convince the others to agree with him. Rick tells him they will put it to the vote. Despite asking people around, including Shane, no one agrees with him.

Later that day at the meeting, Dale makes an impassioned plea to the group to spare Randall, however, he only gets Andrea to side with him. Feeling disapointed at everyone for choosing to kill Randall, he expresses disgust over this and leaves the house but not before telling Daryl that the group was indeed broken.

That night, Dale patrols around the farm when he is suddenly attacked by a walker from behind and is brutally disemboweled. When the group comes to his aid, Rick tells Hershel that he needs to operate on Dale as he would not make the trip back inside, but Hershel silently tells Rick that Dale can't be saved. As Rick is unable to euthanize Dale, Daryl decides he will do it and takes Rick's gun. He apologizes to Dale before putting him out of his misery.

The group then buried Dale at dawn and during the funeral Rick honored his memory by promising that from now on they would do everything possible to hold on to their humanity.

Season 9

"What Comes After"

In a hallucination, Rick walks through a floor full of the corpses of his friends and loved ones, among them Dale.

Death

Killed By

Dale is patrolling around the farm at night when he stumbles across a partially devoured cow. After hearing something behind him, Dale turns around and is ambushed by a walker that had freed itself from the swamp, after Carl had provoked it earlier that day.

Although he is able to prevent himself from being bitten, the walker rips open Dale's stomach.

Daryl, hearing Dale's cries for help, comes to his rescue and kills the walker. The rest of the group reaches the dying Dale, bleeding from his wounds. Rick demands that they move Dale to the house to operate on him, but Hershel informs him that he would be unable to save Dale in his critical condition.

Rick lifts his gun and points it at Dale's head in an attempt to put him out of his misery, but can not bring himself to do so. Instead, Daryl takes Rick's gun, points it at Dale and says, "Sorry, brother," before shooting him.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Dale has killed:

Relationships

Andrea

"Too bad. You don't get to do that, to... to come into somebody's life, make them care, and then just check out."
—Dale persuading Andrea not to go through with killing herself at the CDC[src]

Dale and Andrea seemed to have a good relationship. In the episode "Pretty Much Dead Already," Dale acted like Andrea's father, and telling her he doesn't want her with Shane. It was also said that Dale took Andrea and Amy in when the two were on their road trip to Atlanta when the outbreak began. At the end of Season 1 in the CDC, as the building is about to explode, he tries to convince Andrea not to commit suicide along with Jacqui and Dr. Jenner, explaining that she gave him a reason to live after his wife died and that without her, he would be lost. She refuses to leave, so he sits down by her side, ready and willing to die with her.  Andrea decides to leave with Dale with only seconds to spare before the building explodes.  It is later revealed that she resented Dale for forcing her to leave, as she didn't want his blood on her hands. Throughout the majority of Season 2 she does not forgive him for what he did, until "Judge, Jury, Executioner" where she sides with Dale in his fight to keep Randall alive, thus showing that she had forgiven him. Andrea was in tears when the group found Dale dying and was devastated by his death as was shown when she and Glenn reflected on him whilst trying to fix the RV.

Amy

"You are so weird."
—Amy to Dale[src]

When Amy and Andrea were on their road trip they were surrounded by walkers with only Andrea's pistol, Dale came and saved them. After the incident at the CDC it is shown that Dale and Andrea had a strong relationship which became strained. Amy probably had the same sort of relationship as Andrea before she died. Dale mentions to Andrea, the she and Amy were the first things he cared about since his wife died. This shows that Dale was very sad after Amy's death and also showed that Andrea and Amy were the people he cared most for in the group.

Shane Walsh

"I know what kind of man you are."
—Dale to Shane[src]

Dale and Shane seemingly had a working relationship before Rick joined the group outside Atlanta in "Tell it to the Frogs." Between that episode and "Wildfire" the two had very little interaction though Dale seemed to respect Shane as the temporary leader of the group. However, Dale's attitude changed when he caught Shane aiming his shotgun at an unaware and helpless Rick, after which Dale thought of Shane as an unstable threat to the group. It was Dale that figured out that Shane had killed Otis in "Save the Last One." In "Secrets" Dale suggested that Shane leave the group and later in the same conversation Shane threatened to kill Dale when the older man revealed that knew what had happened to Otis. After this the two men were at odds on almost every issue, most notably on what to do with Randall. Dale's voice of civilized reason often acted as a foil for Shane's increasingly unstable, survivalist attitude. Shane appeared to be shocked and shown some sadness at seeing Dale in a dying state and would later join Daryl, Andrea and T-Dog on a run to vent their anger and sadness by killing and beating numerous walkers.

Glenn Rhee

"I let him down."
—Glenn to Andrea following Dale's death[src]

Glenn and Dale were very close friends, especially after the group left Jim behind in "Wildfire". Glenn goes to Dale for advice frequently, often on how to deal with Maggie's seemingly inconsistent attitude towards the younger man. Glenn reveals the level of trust he had in Dale when he revealed both Lori and Maggie's secrets to him in "Secrets". Glenn saw Dale as a mentor type figure. After Dale's death Glenn breaks down when Andrea tells him that "[Dale] was proud of you..." and that "...[Dale] knew how much we (The Group) cared for him."

In "The Distance", when the group's RV breaks down, Glenn remembers Dale and what Dale taught him.

In "No Way Out" Glenn acknowledges Dale being an importance in his life, along with Andrea and Tyresse to Enid.

Jim

"Thanks for... for fightin' for us."
—Dale to Jim before he turns[src]

Jim and Dale seemed to be friends as they were often seen fixing the RV together. As Jim was dying, Dale thanked him for fighting for the group's survival. Their relationship was not explored more before Jim's death.

T-Dog

"You can't be serious. Am I missing something? Those two cowboys have done all right by us and if I'm not mistaken that redneck went out of his way to save your ass more than once."
—Dale to T-Dog[src]

Dale seemed to have a good friendship with T-Dog. When T-Dog cut his arm on the highway and became delirious, he confided in Dale about them being the weakest members of the group. Dale is later asked by T-Dog not to tell anyone about the conversation they had, Dale assures him that he never planned to, showing a great level of trust between the two. T-Dog most likely was devastated by Dale's sudden death.

Morales

"You are a welcome sight."
—Dale to Morales when he returns from Atlanta[src]

Dale and Morales seem to be good friends, especially when Morales arrives at the camp of Guts and Dale is very happy for him that he has survived, even when Dale tells the story on his watch in Vatos.

Rick Grimes

"Dale could... could get under your skin. He sure got under mine, because he wasn't afraid to say exactly what he thought, how he felt. That kind of honesty is rare and brave. Whenever I'd make a decision, I'd look at Dale. He'd be looking back at me with that look he had. We've all seen it one time or another. I couldn't always read him, but he could read us. He saw people for who they were. He knew things about us... the truth who we really are. In the end, he was talking about losing our humanity. He said this group was broken. The best way to honor him is to unbreak it. Set aside our differences and pull together, stop feeling sorry for ourselves and take control of our lives... our safety... our future. We're not broken. We're gonna prove him wrong. From now on... we're gonna do it his way. That is how we honor Dale."
Rick talking about Dale at his funeral[src]

Rick and Dale didn't interact much until late into Season 2 when Rick, along with Hershel and Glenn, brought Randall after Dave and Tony's group attacked Rick, Glenn, and Hershel in "Triggerfinger". Rick along with Shane decided it was best that Randall be killed, claiming that Randall could be a threat. Dale disagreed with Rick about wanting to kill Randall and that it was sending Carl a wrong message on how to deal with problems in "Judge, Jury, Executioner". Later on inside Hershel's house Rick and Dale argued along with the group of what to do with Randall. It was then decided that Randall needed to die. Later on in the night, Rick was ready to kill Randall but Carl was watching and told Rick to kill him. Rick changed his mind but shortly after Dale was attacked by the swamp walker that Carl had seen earlier in the day and ran away from. The walker ripped Dale open, beyond the point of saving him. Rick begged Hershel to perform surgery in the field, but when Hershel said that he could not, Rick sobbed. When Rick could not bring himself to kill Dale so he wouldn't suffer, Daryl took his gun to put Dale out of his misery.

Lori Grimes

"This place is going to Hell."
—Dale to Lori[src]

Lori and Dale were part of the original Atlanta group, and had a good relationship. In "Secrets," Dale tries to encourage Lori about her pregnancy, sharing a story about his late wife's miscarriage. Their talk helped convince her not to end her pregnancy. Dale was also extremely concerned about Shane's mental state and his role in Otis' death, and told Lori his suspicions, helping start a chain of events that led to Shane's death. Lori was shocked and saddened by Dale's death.

Carl Grimes

"Dale. It's my fault that he died. I saw that walker. I was gonna shoot it. When he was stuck in the mud. I was-- I was throwing rocks at him and stuff. But I was gonna do it-- shoot in right in the head. And it-- got free, came after me, and I ran away. If I had killed it, Dale would still be here."
—Carl to Shane regarding Dale[src]

Dale and Carl are good friends during their stay at the Atlanta Camp. On several occasions, Dale helps to look after Carl for Rick and Lori, and cares for his well-being, even giving him advice on numerous occasions. Carl was remorseful and saddened for indirectly causing Dale's death, and tells Shane that Dale would still alive and with them had he not ran away from the walker that killed Dale. In Welcome To The Tombs, it is revealed that Carl still remembers his involvement in Dale's death and is still remorseful.

Carol Peletier

"If the RV is staying, I am too."
—Dale offering to stay at the highway to wait for Sophia[src]

Carol and Dale are good friends and look after each other during their stay at the Atlanta Camp. The two are shown to care for each other, and work together during their daily chores at the camp. Dale shows concern for Carol due to her being unable to defend herself from walkers, and protects her whenever he can. When Sophia goes missing, Dale assists Carol in finding her. At the highway, Dale tells Carol that he is willing to stay behind to wait for Sophia, to which Carol is grateful towards him for. Dale is saddened and sorry for Carol when Sophia's fate is revealed, and constantly looks after her. When Dale is disemboweled by a walker, Carol is saddened of his death.

Sophia Peletier

"Imagine if you applied your tracking skills to finding Sophia."
—Dale to Shane while in the swamps[src]

Dale seemed to care a lot about Sophia. After the disappearance of Sophia, Dale remained on the highway with the others along with her mother and seemed very concerned about her safety and clearly believed she was still alive and wanted her found. Following Sophia's death, Dale was most likely very saddened.

Daryl Dixon

"Sorry, brother..."
—Daryl to Dale before he mercifully kills him.[src]

Dale and Daryl initially didn't get along well during their time in Atlanta and the campsite, but as time goes on they have established a good friendship. When the group wanted Randall dead, Dale approached Daryl, and asked Daryl where he stands. Daryl asks if Carol sent him but Dale explains that it's not only her that's concerned about him, or his new role in the group. Daryl said that the group was already broken and that he was better off by himself. Dale asks Daryl to stand with him anyway, but Daryl won't because he believes his opinion won't matter and he knows that Rick only listens to Shane. He also mentions about how Shane killed Otis and how he didn't believe Shane's story because he came back with a dead man's gun, this leaves Dale shocked that Daryl seems disinterested at the fact Shane is a killer. When Dale was attacked by a walker, Daryl runs to the scene and saves him by killing the walker. Unfortunately, the walker had already ripped open Dale's stomach. Daryl calls for help and tries to comfort Dale in his last moments. When Hershel said that Dale couldn't be saved, a depressed Daryl takes Rick's gun and shoots Dale in the head to end his suffering.

Hershel Greene

"With all due respect, you are cut off from the outside world here. But I've seen people that I cared about die and come back, and they're not people."
—Dale to Hershel talking about the undead kept in Hershel's barn[src]

Dale and Hershel are usually seen talking with each other throughout Dale's stay at the farm. Due to their relative closeness in age, the two are usually seen talking about deciding what's best for both Dale and Hershel's group. At first Hershel doesn't seem to like Dale's stubborn attitude towards him about convincing him that the walkers are not people, but eventually, Hershel warms up to him. Their relationship got better after the barn massacre and Hershel's return from his alcoholic state. When Dale asked Hershel's opinion about executing Randall, he told Dale that he doesn't want to take any part of it and told him that they should just let Rick handle things from now on. When Dale's life cannot be saved, Hershel is saddened by it, and since then, tried his hardest to take on Dale's role as a Moral Compass for the group.

Maggie Greene

Dale and Maggie were not shown interacting much but they clearly had a good relationship. Both showed mutual respect during their time at the farm and Dale was very grateful to her father who had allowed the group to stay on the farm and for saving Carl's life. During the judgment of Randall, Dale asked the opinion of Maggie who answered to keep him prisoner. When Dale died Maggie was clearly saddened like all the rest of the group.

Randall Culver

Randall and Dale were never seen on screen together, but Dale disagreed with the choice of killing him, and pleaded with Rick to change his mind on executing him, or at least speak with Randall. After his sudden death, Rick and most of the group, excluding Shane were going to set him free to honor Dales last words. This however never happened as Shane killed Randall before he could be set free.


Appearances

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Trivia

  • Prior to Dale's death, it was reported that a cast member wanted to leave the show and then had a change of heart after original showrunner Frank Darabont was fired. This cast member was later assumed to be Jeffrey DeMunn. It was later confirmed by Chandler Riggs and Darabont that DeMunn departed from The Walking Dead due to Darabont's firing, but neither made mention of DeMunn changing his mind.
  • Dale is one of only 3 main characters from the original Atlanta group to have never killed a living person, the others being Andrea and Lori Grimes.
  • Dale's death shows irony.
    • He comforts Andrea due to the fact that she feels bad for accidentally shooting and almost killing Daryl Dixon. He says "Besides, we've all wanted to shoot Daryl". Later on, when Dale gets mutilated by a walker, Daryl was the one to mercifully kill him by shooting him.
    • Dale was also Daryl's first human kill.
  • Dale's most used weapon was a rifle called Remington 700 VLS which he used until his death. Significantly, the rifle was used later frequently by Rick Grimes, but the current location of the rifle or who currently possesed it is unknown.
  • In the episode "The Distance" while the group is driving to Alexandria, their RV breaks down. Glenn Rhee then fixes the problem by replacing a dead battery; Abraham Ford asks how Glenn knows that, to which Glenn replies with a knowing smile. This, although not confirmed, could be a nod to the moments when Dale was teaching Glenn about how to fix the RV.
  • The final five episodes of Season 5 ("Remember", "Forget", "Spend", "Try", "Conquer") are all references to Dale's campfire story from Season 1: "I like what the father said to the son when he gave him a watch that had been handed down through generations. He said: 'I give you a mausoleum of all hope and desire which will fit your individual needs, no better than it did mine and my father before me. I give it to you not that you may remember time, but that you may forget it. For a moment, now and then, and not spend all of your breath trying to conquer it.'"
  • Dale's death has a coincidental poetic quality to it. He dies right after protesting the killing of Randall Culver, insisting that they should give him a fair shot like any civilized society would do. After his death, the group begins to shed any semblance of old norms and societal conditioning, committing more and more morally questionable acts. For the Atlanta group, Dale's death truly was the death of reason and civilization, much like what Dale lamented would happen.
  • Dale is the first main character to predecease his comic counterpart, with the second being Lori Grimes, the third being Andrea, the fourth being Carl Grimes, the fifth being Jesus, and the sixth being Siddiq.
  • Dale is the first main character in the series to die.
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The Wolves OwenAphid
The Saviors NeganAldenGracieSherryDwightAmberTanyaMarkGinaQuanPotterJoséBrookeMelJohnMarcusJonahAliceLauraBrandonFrankieD.J.RichieRegina JedNorrisArat JustinSimonDukeLanceGaryReillyJaredEvanKatyKenoDerekDeanGavinGomezPaulieDukeZiaLeoYagoJoeyGuntherRudyToddDinoHuckWadeCamNelsonMaraGordonRoyDavidEmmettIsabelleJosephChrisGeorgeNeilRomanJiroMilesPrimoPaulaMichelleMollyDonnieGabeTimmyTina
Hilltop Colony BertieOscarMarcoHershelKalEduardoGageBriannaEarlPennyFelixAdelineRodneyTammy RoseCasperMartinMilesHildePaulGregoryKennethStephanieCraigCrystalWesleyHarlanNeilFreddieAndyEthan
The Kingdom EzekielJerryDianneNabilaEzraAliyahMariamJoshuaJennyWilliamHenryDanaKevinKurtAlvaroDanielColtonRichardBenjamin
Oceanside CyndieRachelBeatriceJulesKathyNatania
The Scavengers AnneTamielBrionFarronWinslow
Georgie's Group HildaMidgeGeorgie
Magna's Group MagnaLukeKellyYumikoConnieBernie
The Whisperers LydiaAdamBetaAlphaRufusMaryDanteFrancesZionRasmusSeanHelen
Warehouse Shelter CyrusAmandaLamarFrankRoseMatias
The Highwaymen AlfredMargoAlekOzzy
Jocelyn's Group WinnieP.J.GinaLinusMitchellJocelyn
Bloodsworth Island VirgilLucyCelesteJeremiahLisa
Survivor Caravan AidenBailey
Miscellaneous Survivors JuanitaWilhelmSiddiqMiloAmeliaLeslieEastmanSamAnaClara
Animals DogNellyShivaTabithaButtonsDukeFlameViolet
Walkers CarlaDellyJoe Sr.BillTonyNickErinDougLouiseWayneSummerHannahEddie
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in gray and italics.

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