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"These things are a force of nature. They don't operate on logic or reason."
Eugene Porter explaining a herd of zombies[src]

A Herd, also known as a Horde, a Swarm, a Typhoon, or a Column is a large group of zombies. They are usually attracted by sound, leading a few individuals to come together, eventually finding and merging with new groups, growing larger and larger and even more ferocious.

Herds wander around without a real purpose until attracted by sounds or prey. Herds are notably more aggressive than smaller groups, and the presence of zombies around other zombies almost creates a "synapse", or "hive-mind" effect, with them able to react more quickly by watching what others do rather than acting on their own. Herds can smash through the heaviest of barricades, tear down fences, and completely overwhelm humans in waves of undead bodies, and are essentially the zombie population at its most dangerous.

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Pre-Apocalypse

The name "Herd" was adopted from the terminology for a herd of cattle. Cattle typically bulk together to graze or for protection, and, if angered, a herd can form a deadly stampede. This formed the basis for the post-apocalyptic terminology for large groups of walkers.

Post-Apocalypse

Eugene Porter first mentions the herd in Issue 53 and explains what a herd is to the post-prison survivors in Issue 54.[1]

A herd of "about 2,000 or more" zombies is first encountered by Rick Grimes, Carl Grimes, and Morgan Jones in Issue 59, as they are traveling from Cynthiana, Kentucky, with Abraham Ford to rendezvous with the rest of the survivors.[2]

The herd are later encountered by the people of the Alexandria Safe-Zone in Issue 79. The herd proceeds to surround the safe-zone leaving the survivors trapped inside. Eventually the herd break through the safe-zone's walls and start to devour many of the residents including Tobin and Douglas Monroe. When Carl is shot in the face and injured, Rick makes a final stand with the other survivors. They manage to repel and kill the herd and learn that the undead are a manageable threat.

In Issue 127, the herd is seen when Paul Monroe and his team are steering the massive amount of zombies away from the Kingdom.

In Issue 143, an extremely large herd is seen when Alpha takes Rick at gunpoint to a building nearby the Whisperers camp. The herd is estimated to be nearing the ten-thousands.

In Issue 162, the herd from Issue 143 is seen nearing Alexandria, due to Andrea shooting a bullet in the air to notify the Alexandrians that the Militia is back from fighting in the war. The Whisperers took this at their advantage, with them not fighting anymore and letting the herd do its job.

The herd invades Alexandria, overwhelming the trenches by piling onto them and easily breaking the gate, devouring Paula in the process. Fortunately, Andrea, Eugene, and other Alexandrians are able to drive most of the herd away and into the sea. Andrea, however, is bitten while saving Eugene.

In Issue 181, after leaving Oceanside, Rick, Pamela, and their entourage encounter a herd on the road and decide to steer it away. Things go awry after Pamela gets to close, but the Militia is able to eliminate the herd.

In Issue 190, a herd briefly invades the Commonwealth, but most of it is driven away while the rest is eliminated.

After the 15-20 year time-skip in Issue 193, zombies have become incredibly rare, to the point where they are now used as entertainment and are extremely expensive. It is, thus, safe to assume that herds are a thing of the past.

Eugene explained:

  • "Zombies in a herd are a force of nature. They don't operate on logic or reason. If one of them even so much as brushes a hand against your door [where you are hiding]--and another one sees that, mistakes that as an attempt to get in--it's over. That one starts trying to get in--the one who did the accidental tap thinks something's inside all of a sudden--he starts beating on the door with him. They would kill you all."[3]

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Pre-Apocalypse

The name "Herd" was adopted from the terminology for a herd of cattle. Cattle typically bulk together to graze or for protection, and, if angered, a herd can form a deadly stampede. This formed the basis for the post-apocalyptic terminology for large groups of walkers.

Post-Apocalypse

The first herd of walkers appears in Atlanta, Georgia, when Rick Grimes arrives there in search of his family. The herd traps Rick in tank and devours the Siggard Family Horse.[4] With help from Glenn Rhee, Rick is able to escape and joins a group that gets trapped in a nearby department store by the herd. The group is able to escape from the store as the herd overruns it, leaving Merle Dixon trapped on the roof.[5] Merle is later able to escape and by the time Rick, Glenn, T-Dog and Daryl return to rescue him, the herd is gone from the store[6] aside from a few stray walkers.[7]

A small herd attacks the Atlanta Survivor Camp at night, killing and infecting multiple people including Ed Peletier and Amy. The camp's defenders, particularly Shane Walsh, Jim and Morales manage to hold them off using a combination of guns and baseball bats. When Rick, Glenn, T-Dog and Daryl return from Atlanta, they help finish off the herd with weapons from the Sheriff's bag of guns.[7] The next day, the camp survivors burn the bodies of the dead walkers while making sure their own dead don't reanimate. The attack forces the survivors to abandon the location as no longer safe while Jim is later revealed to have been bitten and eventually chooses to be left behind to turn.[8] This particular herd is later referred to as being more of a small pack compared to what is typically seen by survivors.[9]

After Dale's RV breaks down on the Vehicle Jammed Highway due to its troublesome radiator hose, a massive herd of hundreds of walkers is spotted heading down the highway. The Survivors takes cover under various vehicles as the herd passes by and mostly avoid notice. However, T-Dog slices open his arm on a car door and attracts several walkers to him. Daryl is able to save T-Dog by killing a walker with a screwdriver then using the walker's corpse and a corpse from a nearby car to cover himself and T-Dog, effectively masking their scent and allowing the two men to play dead. One walker enters Dale's RV through its open door and attacks Andrea, but she is able to kill it with a screwdriver through the eye. However, after the herd appears to have gone, Sophia Peletier emerges from hiding only to be attacked by two straggling walkers who chase her into the woods. Rick kills the walkers using a rock to avoid notice, but Sophia disappears.[9]

While on a mission to get medical supplies for Carl Grimes, Shane Walsh and Otis spot a massive herd of walkers at the Cranwall High School that appears to mainly be made up of the FEMA and military personnel as well as the civilian survivors that had been at the high school before it was overrun. The two are able to distract the herd with flares from an abandoned patrol car and retrieve the needed supplies, but make too much noise and are chased by the herd into the school.[10] The herd chases the two men into the gym where they create a distraction and escape out the gym and locker room windows respectively. However, both men hurt their leg and use up their ammunition as they try to escape to their vehicle in the parking lot. Down to his last bullet, Shane shoots Otis in the leg and escapes as the herd focuses on devouring the other man.[11]

While investigating the Wiltshire Estates in search of Sophia, Shane and Andrea inadvertently draw the attention of a small herd. Fleeing back to Shane's car, Andrea is forced to focus and finally shoot a moving target. Andrea kills several walkers, allowing the two to reach Shane's car before suddenly turning back and shooting more walkers before they escape.[12]

During the confrontation between the Living and Rick, Hershel and Glenn at The Carriage Bar, a relatively small herd of walkers are drawn in by the gunfire. Three walkers attack the wounded Sean and though Hershel kills one, the other two devour Sean. More come from all directions as Hershel attempts to amputate Randall's leg and Rick and Glenn struggle to hold them off and buy Hershel the time he needs. Finally, Rick yanks Randall's leg off the fence post its impaled on and they flee in Hershel's truck.[13]

When Rick and Shane take Randall Culver to the Mert County Public Works, they are unaware of a small herd inside of the building. During Rick and Shane's fight, Shane throws a wrench at Rick, shattering a window and alerting the walkers inside. Rick kills the first walker to emerge and uses its body to hide under as the rest emerge. Most corner Shane in a school bus where he systematically attracts them with his blood and then stabs them in the head with a knife, allowing him to kill a few, but not to escape. After a walker discovers Rick alive, it and two others corner Rick, but he manages to kill them. Retrieving Shane's car with Randall's help, Rick shoots several walkers and helps Shane escape out the back of the bus, Randall driving over a walker's head as they drive away. The confrontation leaves only three of the walkers still alive and they attempt to chase Rick, Randall and Shane without success.[14]

A herd of walkers is drawn out of Atlanta, Georgia by a passing helicopter. As the herd continues down the road, it is joined by more and more walkers until the herd numbers in the thousands. As the herd passes through the swamp near the Greene Family Farm, it is attracted by the sound of the gunshot coming from Carl Grimes putting down a reanimated Shane Walsh. Spotting the herd, Hershel Greene, Maggie Greene, Glenn Rhee, T-Dog, Daryl Dixon, Jimmy and Andrea attempt to kill as many walkers as they can using the farm's vehicles and plan to then draw the herd away using the cars. Rick and Carl lure many into the barn and set it on fire, killing them. However, while trying to rescue the two with Dale's RV, Jimmy is overrun and devoured. While fleeing from the house when it becomes clear that the farm is lost, Patricia is similarly devoured. Carol Peletier is nearly killed looking for Carl, but is saved by Andrea who becomes separated and flees into the forest with the Sheriff's bag of guns while Carol is rescued by Daryl. Separately, the Greene family, the Grimes family, Glenn, Daryl and Carol manage to escape the farm and reunite on the Vehicle Jammed Highway. Andrea evades most of the herd, but is eventually cornered and nearly killed before she is rescued by Michonne Hawthorne. The Greene Family Farm is left overrun by the herd, abandoned by all of its living inhabitants.[15]

In Season 3, a herd of walkers appeared to have settled themselves in and around the West Georgia Correctional Facility. The area is known as the "Red Zone" by the people of Woodbury, Georgia.[16]

A herd not far from the red zone is found by Daryl Dixon, Tyreese, Michonne, and Bob Stookey in "Isolation". It is numbered at 7,500 walkers.[17]

The fighting between the prison group and The Governor's militia attracts a herd of nearby walkers which eventually occupy the ruined prison, rendering it uninhabitable. Clara, a woman who committed suicide in front of Rick in "30 Days Without An Accident", is among the walkers.[18]

After escaping the overrun prison, Daryl and Beth Greene hide from a herd in the trunk of an abandoned car during a thunderstorm. As it takes multiple hours for all walkers to pass, as evidenced by time lapses in the scene, it can be assumed it is a large herd passing by.[19]

A massive herd is drawn towards Terminus by the gunfire from the Survivors's attempted escape. The herd is spotted by Carol Peletier and Tyreese Williams who hide with Judith until the herd goes by. Carol and Tyreese prevent Martin from using fireworks to draw the herd away from Terminus. In order to save her friends, Carol slathers herself in walker guts and makes her way to Terminus where she witnesses the residents fending off the herd. Using a rifle and Martin's fireworks, Carol detonates a large propane tank, setting Terminus on fire and destroying a large portion of the fence. The herd is able to invade Terminus, overrunning the residents despite their best efforts to stop the walkers. Carol is able to enter Terminus disguised as a walker and help free her friends who leave Terminus to be destroyed by the overwhelming numbers of the herd.[20]

When Abraham Ford, Rosita Espinosa, Eugene Porter, Glenn Rhee, Maggie Greene, and Tara Chambler are on the way to Washington, D.C., in "Self Help", a massive herd blocks their path on the road. This eventually leads to Eugene's confession that he does not know the cure to the outbreak.[21]

A significantly large herd numbering at 30,000 walkers [17] was first seen in the Season 6 premiere, "First Time Again". It was trapped inside a rock quarry near Alexandria. Rick and the other residents planned to direct the herd away, but as they were doing a trial run part of the barrier trucks fell and released the herd, forcing them to execute the plan immediately. As they were leading the herd away, half of it broke loose due to a horn and made its way towards Alexandria, eventually arriving right at the community's wall in "Now" and began to gather around in "Heads Up".

Another herd was also present in "Thank You" at an abandoned town that Aiden and Nicholas had previously scouted for supplies. During that previous run, an accident resulted in the death of Will, a former scout for Alexandria. The herd in that abandoned town was also responsible for the deaths of Sturgess, Annie and David. Later on, it led Nicholas to commit suicide after he and Glenn were cornered in an alleyway.

The section of the herd that broke off in "First Time Again" was able to enter Alexandria when the church watchtower, located outside of the wall, fell over in "Start to Finish". The herd flooded the streets, forcing all of Alexandria's residents to barricade themselves inside their homes.

In "No Way Out", the herd roamed the streets of Alexandria. Rick, Carl, Michonne, Jessie, Sam, Ron, and Father Gabriel used guts smeared on sheets to move through the herd unnoticed, planning to get outside and draw it away with cars at the quarry. Sam panicked before they could make it out and drew the attention of several walkers and was devoured. This caused a chain reaction that led to the deaths of Jessie and Ron and to Carl being shot in the eye.

Denise and Owen move through the herd but Denise is grabbed and Owen saves her resulting in him getting bitten, Denise promises to save him if they get to the infirmary.

They continue to move through the herd, but Owen is shot by Carol and - as a last stand - grabs several walkers to save Denise, she then sorrowfully leaves him to reanimate and heads towards the infirmary arriving at the same time as Rick, Michonne and an unconscious Carl.

In a fit of rage over losing Jessie and almost Carl, Rick heads outside to face the herd himself. Aaron, Michonne, Heath and Spencer head outside to help and soon Olivia, Eric and Bruce, join alongside the rest of the able bodied Alexandrians.

Glenn and Enid go together to save Maggie but Glenn is surrounded and is about to be devoured when Sasha and Abraham arrive and shoot all the walkers, saving Glenn.

Daryl pours all oil from the truck into the lake and fires his rocket launcher, creating a huge fire, all the walkers see this and walk towards it killing themselves, The Alexandrian army take this time to kill all possible walkers. This marks the end of the super herd.

On their way back from the Kingdom Rick and his group stumbles upon a herd on a highway near the Sanctuary cutting most of them in half with a wire between two cars and let some explode with TNT.

When the Survivors try to get guns from Oceanside, the commotion draws a nearby barnacle-encrusted herd. Upon noticing the herd, the two groups team up together and take out all of the walkers without losing a single person.[22]

At the beginning of Season 8, the Militia lures a massive herd to the Sanctuary and take down its fences, effectively leaving the Saviors under siege while they destroy all of the Savior outposts. The plan is stated to be to use the herd to force the Savior lieutenants to surrender and allow them to kill Negan Smith.

In "The Big Scary U," Negan and Gabriel Stokes are left trapped together in a wooden trailer while the situation in the Sanctuary grows more dire. Negan convinces Gabriel to work with him and they smear themselves in walker guts in an attempt to reach the entrance to the Sanctuary safely. Despite the walkers eventually seeing through the trick and attacking, the two men manage to make it into the Sanctuary. However, using walker guts in such a way leaves Gabriel with an infection that is making him progressively more ill.

In "Time for After," Eugene Porter tries to use a makeshift drone and music device to lead the herd away but is thwarted by Dwight. At the same time, Daryl Dixon, Tara Chambler and Morgan Jones work together against orders to break the Sanctuary walls and allow the herd in to finish the Saviors. Though they succeed, Eugene proposes a plan using most of the Saviors remaining weapons and ammunition to clear out the herd. As seen in "Honor," after managing to clear out the inside of the Sanctuary, several Saviors fire upon the remaining walkers outside from the Sanctuary's upper windows, allowing Saviors to pour out and kill most of the remaining walkers. According to Simon in "How It's Gotta Be," his men draw the remainder away and he threatens to use them against the Hilltop until Maggie agrees to his demands.

In "Monsters", after succumbing to his gunshot wound and dying, Eric Raleigh reanimates and stumbles off to join a nearby herd. The reanimated Eric is spotted by his devastated boyfriend Aaron who has to be held back by Scott from going after him.

In "Some Guy," Ezekiel and his surviving forces come up against a herd of walkers, mainly made up of the slaughtered Kingdom forces. When Ezekiel and Jerry get cornered, Carol sacrifices her chance to stop the remaining Saviors to save the two men. Fleeing, the three encounter a small herd near a polluted creek, presumably people who drank from the creek and died. Cornered, they are saved by Shiva who sacrifices herself so that they can escape.

A small herd is seen gathered outside of the Hilltop following the attack by the Saviors, presumably attracted by the gunfire.[23] The herd is still outside of the Hilltop a day later and has to be drawn away by Kal and the guards when Carol returns with Henry.[24] As the preparations for the final battle begin, Alden and the Savior defectors offer to draw the herd away from the Hilltop completely. Maggie accepts their offer and the former Saviors succeed without suffering any harm. Upon their return, they are accosted by Morgan who was unaware of their mission.[25]

While looking for Henry and the Savior escapees, a walker herd is spotted by Morgan and Carol. As Carol splits off to find Henry, Morgan continues in the direction of the herd and is joined by Rick. After the two are captured by the escaped Saviors, Rick and Morgan warn about the herd which attacks the abandoned dive bar the escaped prisoners are using as their base. The Saviors free Rick and Morgan after the herd kills several of the Saviors and the two men and the Saviors work together before Rick and Morgan suddenly turn on the Saviors and kill them. In order to kill Jared, Morgan purposefully traps him to be devoured by several walkers. In the fight, most of the herd is killed and the much if not all of the rest appear to wander out of the bar again once the Saviors are all dead.[26]

As the Militia makes their way to the final battle with the Saviors, they spot a massive herd filling the horizon in the distance. The Militia is horrified by the sight, particularly as none of them have ever seen a herd so big before. Rick notes that "the world is changing" before they move on. After defeating the Saviors, Rick uses the herd as part of his motivational speech, pointing it out and warning everyone that it will be coming for them unless they can learn to stand together.[27]

Eighteen months after the defeat of the Saviors, a supply convoy is ambushed by a small herd of walkers which is quickly attacked by Daryl and Michonne while the rest of the group attempts to free a stuck wagon. During the fight, Ken is bitten and kicked by a horse. To buy Siddiq time to treat Ken, Rick and Ezekiel join Daryl and Michonne's efforts. Together, the four eliminate the small herd, but Ken dies of his injuries.[28]

During work on repairing a bridge, the work crew has to account for the presence of two nearby herds, one around a hundred members and the other which is even bigger. Blasting to get rid of a rock slide draws the smaller herd which Jerry and Justin are tasked with redirecting. However, Justin fails to do his job and the herd attacks the lumber yard, resulting in Aaron suffering so much damage to his left arm that it later has to be partially amputated. Rick arrives with reinforcements which engage the walkers. Finally, Rick sends a pile of giant logs rolling down the hill over the walkers, killing them all.[29]

After being killed by Oceanside at their former settlement, Justin is fed upon by a herd before they eventually wander off. After the herd is gone, Justin reanimates himself and wanders off as well.[30]

As work on the bridge grinds to a halt, Rick is warned by Eugene that two huge herds are nearby, but are moving parallel and will not combine. Later, Jed's rebellion draws the attention of one of the herds, putting a trapped Rick and Daryl along with the camp into danger. After escaping, Daryl suggests leading the walkers onto the bridge which won't bear their weight and they will get swept out to sea. However, Rick refuses to give up on the project and instead tries to use a horse to draw the herd away. Rick inadvertently leads the herd chasing him to the second herd and is thrown from his horse and seriously wounded as the two herds combine.[31] Rick manages to recover and though seriously hurt, gets back on his horse and continues leading the combined herd towards the bridge. Rick leads the herd across the bridge, but it holds. As Rick's friends desperately try to help him, he notices a case of dynamite fall over on the bridge and shoots it, destroying the bridge and hundreds of walkers caught in the explosion. The herd still on the road continues walking over the bridge, falling through the hole blasted in the middle of it and getting washed out to sea. Unknown to everyone else, Rick survives and is rescued by Anne and her friends in a helicopter.[32]

Six years after Rick's apparent death, Magna's group is ambushed by a herd near an old barn. Judith Grimes clears a path out for the group using Rick's old Colt Python and they escape.[32] A few walkers follow but are put down by Eugene.[33]

At Magna's rig, they find that it has been destroyed by walkers though Magna believes it to be a different herd than the one that Judith rescued them from. Later, a massive herd attacks the group outside of an old factory. The group manages to escape and Michonne realizes that its the same one that destroyed Magna's rig when she spots Bernie amongst them. Michonne mercifully puts down Bernie and they are able to escape.[34]

At the same time Michonne's group faces the large herd, a small herd is drawn to Daryl's campsite where they get caught in various traps while trying to get at Dog. Though he runs into trouble, Daryl manages to rescue Dog and dispatch the herd with the help of Henry.[34]

While trying to put up radio equipment, Eugene and Rosita are forced to run from a strangely acting herd.[34]. Due to Eugene's injured knee, Rosita has to leave Eugene behind as she tries to evade the herd. She is eventually rescued by Aaron and Jesus and warns them of the threat she witnessed.[35]

While searching for the missing Eugene, Daryl, Jesus and Aaron spot a massive herd in a field that Daryl tries to redirect. However, the Whisperers amongst the herd prevent the misdirection from working. After being rescued, Eugene suspects that the walkers are evolving as the most likely explanation for their adaptive behavior. The herd eventually chases the party into a cemetery where they are joined by Michonne, Magna and Yumiko. During the battle with the herd, Jesus is killed by a Whisperer who is then killed along with four more Whisperers by Jesus' friends. The herd and the Whisperers advance on the group,[35] but they escape the cemetery after killing four more Whisperers. Though Daryl locks the herd in the cemetery, a Whisperer opens the gate and lets them out.[36]

The next day, Michonne's group spots a small herd of six walkers trailing them and leads them onto a covered bridge where Daryl and Michonne ambush the walkers. Of the six, three prove to be Whisperers. Michonne's group kills the walkers and two of the Whisperers while the third surrenders. Before they can question their captive too much, a larger approaching herd forces the group to push on to Hilltop with their captive.[36]

After reaching the abandoned Sanctuary, Negan is forced to face off with a small herd made up of six reanimated Saviors, including Richie. Negan easily dispatches the other five walkers with a pipe and locks Richie out, but chooses to return to Alexandria and puts Richie down before leaving.[36]

While searching for the missing Alden and Luke, a group from the Hilltop comes across a small herd feasting on the two missing men's horses. Being careful to keep an eye out for Whisperers amongst the herd, the group quickly dispatches the walkers who all turn out to be real walkers. Upon closer examination, its discovered that the horses were cut open and skinned, meaning that the walkers hadn't been the ones to kill them.[37]

Later that night, Magna's group go out searching for this missing friends and find strange tracks. However, the presence of a large herd in the distance causes Magna and Yumiko to decide to turn back while Connie and Kelly decide to continue searching for their missing friends.[37]

The day after Alden and Luke disappear, Alpha arrives at the Hilltop with the Whisperers. The loud argument with the Hilltop residents draws a herd of walkers which Alpha has her people redirect so that they can safely finish the conversation. However, a mother can't quiet her baby so she abandons it to the walkers. Connie rescues the baby, fighting off multiple walkers until Daryl arrives to help with Kelly and Tammy Rose Sutton. The herd eventually moves on before the confrontation between the Hilltop and the Whisperers is over.[38]

As the Whisperers face off with the Hilltop, the Kingdom races a herd to kill enough elk for the upcoming fair. Their side mission to retrieve a projector bulb also races the approach of this same herd with the Kingdom team getting out before the herd can arrive.[38]

At the Royal cinema, the Kingdom forces find it filled with a herd of walkers, most of which they draw away with a boom box playing music which eventually dies. However, around thirty to forty walkers are left trapped in one of the theaters. After Jerry drops the bulb amongst the herd, the Kingdom team works together to eliminate the trapped herd which proves to be small enough for them to deal with by using the stairs as a choke-point and each member of the team targeting a few walkers each.[38]

After Alpha kills Helen and Sean, the Whisperers feed their corpses to a nearby herd. That night, as Alpha tries to force Lydia to kill Henry, a herd suddenly attacks the Whisperer camp, killing at least three Whisperers. As the Whisperers don their masks to hide amongst the attacking herd, a disguised Daryl and Connie, having lured the herd to attack the camp, use the opportunity to rescue Henry and Lydia.[39]

On the way to the Kingdom for the trade fair, the Hilltop delegation is attacked by a herd which the delegation struggles to fend off. Drawn by the cries of Adam Sutton, a group of walkers attack Earl Sutton who is almost overwhelmed before Tammy Rose saves him. As the group continues to fight, several Highwaymen arrive led by Ozzy and help to dispatch the herd.[40]

Following the attack on the Whisperer camp, Beta leads a herd that includes a Whisperer who was bitten during the camp attack to hunt down Daryl's group and retrieve Lydia. The group blockades the staircases in a tall building while waiting on the top floor, forcing the Whisperers to go up alone. After killing the other Whisperers and trapping Beta in an elevator shaft, Connie draws the herd away by using her slingshot to break out a van's windows, allowing the group to safely escape.[40]

After Judith goes missing, Michonne finds her fighting a small herd of walkers. Together, Michonne and Judith kill the herd.[41]

Alpha shows Daryl a herd of thousands upon thousands of walkers in a ravine and reveals that her people are amongst them, steering the herd which Alpha calls a horde. Alpha threatens to unleash the herd upon the Coalition if they cross her again.[42] Months later, the herd has somehow left the area undetected. Daryl and Carol later visit the spot where Alpha showed Daryl the herd and find it still gone, but Carol spots Alpha herself in the trees below.[43] Daryl later states that there were tens of thousands of walkers in this herd.[44]

The Coalition discovers a beached ship on Oceanside's beach with a herd trapped inside. Having trained for such a moment and armed with shields, arrows and spears, the Coalition flawlessly takes down the herd, even after they burst out of the ship en masse.[43]

While taking a ride together, Daryl and Carol encounter and take out a few walkers in some friendly competition. However, they also draw a small herd in the process. Together, the two manage to eliminate the herd without much trouble.[43]

As the Coalition fights a fire started by the crash of a satellite, the noise and flames draw a herd to the site. Unable to leave as they can't risk the fire spreading, the Coalition is forced to fight the herd with Carol at one point using a walker's blood to douse some flames and Daryl dropping a burning tree onto several walkers with an axe. Though the Coalition members suffer some injuries, they are able to eliminate the herd without anyone dying or getting bit and put out the fire.[43]

Over the course of a few days time, waves of walkers besiege Alexandria who, despite exhaustion, manage to kill all of the walkers in each wave. Though the Alexandrians fear it is Alpha sending her horde after them, Lydia expresses doubt as Alpha would send the entire horde at once instead of waves at a time. Instead, Eugene suggests that the walkers had been drawn to the area by the satellite crash.[44]

After Alpha's death, Beta is drawn to the Grand Hotel where he plays some of his old music throughout the night, drawing in a massive herd. In the morning, Beta puts down Alpha's zombified head, removes a part of her face to replace the ripped part of his walker mask and leaves unnoticed through the herd.[45]

Beta leads the massive herd first to Alexandria which is abandoned and then towards Oceanside before eventually diverting the herd to the Tower where the survivors are holed up.[46] In order to draw the herd off, a small group uses walker guts to slip through unnoticed by the walkers while the others cover them from inside the hospital. By wounding Whisperers, they are able to break their disguise and the herd finishes them off. However, Beatrice falls victim to the herd after getting wounded by a Whisperer. Hooking up a sound system designed by Luke to a wagon, the group draws the herd away with loud music, but during the journey, the Whisperers attack, destroying the wagon and the sound system and killing Oscar. The group infiltrates the herd and assassinates the Whisperers steering it back towards the Tower. After being stabbed through both eyes by Daryl, Beta is devoured by the walkers. With the Whisperers dead, Lydia and Carol lead the herd off of a high cliff and into a river, ending its threat for good.[47]

While on the run from the Reapers, Negan, Maggie and Alden follow screaming to where Agatha is fending off a small herd to protect the mortally wounded Duncan. With a little help from Maggie, Agatha manages to put down all of the walkers.[48]

As Maggie, Negan, Alden and Agatha try to make their way through the woods to the supply drop in Arbor Hills, they spot another herd that is twice as large as the last one. The herd begins following them as they make their way through the woods and catches up to them as the group stops upon seeing a burned walker on a cross marked as a Judas. As Maggie helps the severely wounded Alden to safety, Negan and Agatha work to fend off the herd. However, during their escape, Agatha gets separated and is bitten in the arm by a walker. With walkers surrounding her, Agatha orders the others to go as she's devoured by the herd which distracts the walkers long enough for the others to get away.[48] The Reapers later retrieve Agatha's body and string it up over Meridian.[49]

A herd manages to break through Alexandria's weakened walls, killing at least one resident before the Coalition manages to kill those who got inside and cover the hole. Walkers continue to congregate around the walls while the residents work to spread them out, worried that since they got through the weakened wall once, they will do it again.[50]

When Aaron, Carol, Jerry and Lydia visit Hilltop in search of supplies to help fix Alexandria's walls, they find it overrun with a small herd of walkers, made up of many reanimated Coalition soldiers who had died in the fall of the Hilltop. After putting down their reanimated friends, the four finds a larger group of walkers controlled by Keith, a surviving Whisperer. After putting down the herd, they capture Keith.[50]

When Kelly finds Connie's Camp, she learns from her sister's notebook that she was forced to move with the Whisperers' herd for days with no supplies before she had eventually managed to escape it.[51]

While on the run from an unseen threat, Connie and Virgil a herd outside of a house. The two manage to fend off the walkers long enough to get inside with Virgil putting down one that follows them in while more and more walkers join the herd from the surrounding area. Trapped by the herd outside, they are hunted by the feral survivors inside. Cornered, Connie covers herself in walker guts and opens the door to let the herd in. The herd ignores Connie and Virgil whom she is covering behind her body and devours most of the Ferals. Two are able to escape outside, but they are killed by Kelly as they try to attack Connie and Virgil. A few walkers follow them out but they are put down by Rosita and Magna.[51]

After encountering the reanimated Teressa, Maggie comes up with the plan to gather up a massive herd and lead them against Meridian in order to defeat the Reapers using Whisperer tactics. Putting down a few nearby walkers, Maggie, Elijah and Gabriel construct Whisperer masks for themselves and Negan trains Maggie in how to lead herds like a Whisperer. Maggie is able to lead a number of walkers to the group's camp while the rest are gathered from where they are trapped in a nearby building. Once the herd is ready, Negan, Maggie, Gabriel and Elijah march it on Meridian with Elijah being saddened to discover his sister amongst the walkers, unable to put her down without breaking his cover.[52]

When the herd finally arrives at Meridian, the Reapers notice their strange behavior and Daryl offers to lead them away. Pope agrees with his plan, but he sends Paul Wells to enact it instead. As Wells leads the herd through the nearby woods, more walkers suddenly come in from the other direction and as Wells desperately tries to fight them off, he is stabbed by Negan and Maggie and then devoured by the herd. Pope admits that he had sent Wells out as a test to see if Maggie was using the walkers as a weapon and the herd backs off until that night when they return, but hit a minefield set up outside of Meridian by the Reapers. As Negan and Elijah continue to lead the herd through the minefield despite suffering injuries from shrapnel, Maggie and Gabriel split off and sneak inside of the walls with the help of Daryl secretly killing the patrolling Powell. Pope has Ancheta prepare the hwacha which will be able to kill most of the walkers, allowing the Reapers to take care of the rest. However, Maggie hotwires a truck and drives it through the gate, letting in the herd while the Reapers desperately attempt to fend them off. Pope orders Ancheta to fire the hwacha into the courtyard despite his people still being in there rather than risking calling them back and alerting the enemy to his plan. Rather than allow him to go through with it, Leah and Daryl kill Pope and Ancheta and cut the fuse to the hwacha. However, Leah blames Pope's murder on Daryl and orders her people to secure the gate and prepare the hwacha once again. As Daryl joins the others in the courtyard, Leah has the Reapers pull back and fires the hwacha on the herd, Negan, Maggie, Elijah and Daryl.[53] Although Maggie's team and most of the Reapers get to safety, the herd is completely destroyed by the hwacha.[54]

At the same time as Maggie's group marches on Meridian, a massive storm blows down a part of the wall in Alexandria and sets the windmill on fire, allowing a herd, drawn by the fire to invade the community. The residents split up to deal with the herd, try to get the wall fixed and put out the fire so that it will stop drawing the walkers. However, at least one more breach is opened in the wall closer to Aaron's house and a number of walkers get into the house despite the defenders efforts to hold them off, forcing the hiding residents to flee upstairs while Judith and Gracie get trapped inside of the flooding basement. The residents heading upstairs intend to keep the walkers confined to the first floor and they don't call for help as the others need to get the breaches fixed and the fire put out so that more walkers don't show up.[53] Rosita, Dianne and Lydia successfully keep the walkers bottled up at the bottom of the stairs while stabbing at them from the landing above. The walkers break into the basement, but hearing Gracie's distress whistle, Aaron rescues the two girls, but becomes trapped himself. Lydia escapes out a window and rescues Aaron from the basement. With Rosita and Dianne handling the walkers just fine on their own, Aaron and Lydia go to help get the fire put out. In the end, the fire is put out, the breaches are closed and all of the walkers are eliminated without anyone dying. When Maggie's team returns from Meridian, several walker corpses are burning.[54]

During a ride along with Mercer, Connie and Kelly witness him single-handedly saving two Commonwealth soldiers from a herd, cutting them all down with a machete.[55]

On the road from Oceanside to the Hilltop, Daryl, Aaron, Pamela Milton, Lance Hornsby, Mercer and the Commonwealth Army encounter Maggie, Elijah and Dianne fending off a herd in the road. Maggie struggles to protect a horse while simultaneously fighting the walkers. With a little help from Daryl, the three manage to eliminate all of the attacking walkers.[56]

As the group is stopped, the Commonwealth's forward unit picks up another herd nearby and while they are dealing with it, the others go hunting.[56]

During the Commonwealth's visit to the Hilltop, a herd arrives at the perimeter, with a few getting through the fence that the residents have set up. On Mercer's orders, the Commonwealth soldiers shoot down the herd and deposit the bodies nearby. Maggie later reports to Pamela that no one was hurt in the attack.[56]

On Sebastian Milton's orders, Alves and Castle bring Daryl and Rosita to a hill overlooking a massive herd surrounding Cooper's House which Daryl and Rosita initially think that they are supposed to clear out. However, Sebastian reveals that he actually wants them to cover themselves in walker guts, sneak through it and retrieve money that is hidden for him in a panic room. After Sebastian threatens their children, the two reluctantly agree and successfully manage to sneak through the herd. Inside the house, Daryl and Rosita discover two men who had killed each other and learn from the trapped April that they were a part of an earlier group that Sebastian had sent in, only April and the two men actually making it through the herd. As Daryl repairs the house's generator, he draws the attention of several walkers who he puts down. Daryl's attempts to break into the safe sets off the house's alarm, drawing the herd into the house before Rosita manages to shut down the alarm. The three barricade themselves inside the panic room and prepare to sneak out using the walker guts again when Carol and Mercer show up to help and shoot their way in through the herd. With Carol and Mercer not having enough ammo to shoot their way out, Daryl has them cover themselves in walker guts from a walker that he drags in and they attempt to sneak out. While they are at first successful, April becomes frightened when she gets caught on a walker's jacket and puts it down, drawing the attention of all of the walkers in the house to them. The group manages to put down all of the walkers in the house, but not before they kill April. After keeping April from reanimating, Daryl, Rosita, Carol and Mercer successfully manage to sneak through the herd outside and escape.[57]

On the road between Riverbend and the Hilltop, Lance, Daryl, Aaron, Gabriel and a detachment of Commonwealth soldiers encounter a herd in the middle of the road. Rather than have his men deal with it, Lance orders Aaron and Gabriel to do it, supposedly so that they can save bullets. Aaron and Gabriel are joined by Daryl and together they effortlessly take out all of the walkers with Daryl only firing a single round to take out two walkers at once.[58]

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Pre-Apocalypse

The name "Herd" was adopted from the terminology for a herd of cattle. Cattle typically bulk together to graze or for protection, and, if angered, a herd can form a deadly stampede. This formed the basis for the post-apocalyptic terminology for large groups of walkers.

Post-Apocalypse

While torturing National Guardsman Corporal Andrew Adams, Daniel Salazar learns that the National Guard had locked 2,000 people in the Los Angeles Arena after people started to turn into walkers and chaos ensued. Visiting the arena, Daniel discovers it full of thousands of walkers trying to get out.[59] Daniel subsequently releases the massive herd and uses it to attack the National Guard Camp as a distraction so that Madison's group can rescue their loved ones. The herd overruns the compound as Madison's group escapes, but Elizabeth Ortiz is bitten in the process and is put down by Travis Manawa at her request.[60] This herd is presumably completely destroyed when the U.S. Military bombs Los Angeles with napalm as part of Operation Cobalt.[61]

As Madison's group attempts to escape on The Abigail, a herd attacks, forcing Madison and Travis to fight them off using driftwood and rocks. As Nick evacuates the group in a Zodiac, one walker chases them but is killed when Nick and Chris Manawa drive the Zodiac's running propeller into its head. Madison's group manages to escape to The Abigail and the herd is presumably destroyed during Operation Cobalt.[61]

While searching for supplies on the beach where Flight 462 crashed, Alex arrives chased by a massive herd. Daniel Salazar kills several with a pistol, but quickly runs out of ammunition, forcing Daniel, Alex, Alicia and Chris to arm themselves with makeshift weapons from the plane's wreckage. Though they kill several walkers, the four are cornered until Nick arrives, covered in walker blood from an earlier encounter with two walkers. Nick's attack allows the group to run while Nick realizes that the walker blood effectively makes him invisible to the herd who see Nick as just another walker. Chased closely by the herd, the group manages to escape on the Zodiac to The Abigail.[62]

When Nick and Luis Flores make their way to a boat to reach The Abigail, a herd can be seen on the beach near them, albeit at a slightly higher elevation. The two are able to escape on the boat without being noticed by the herd.[63]

After being poisoned to death by Celia Flores, a priest and his parishioners in the town of Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California end up forming a small herd that is encountered by Madison's group. Using their own weapons and the weapons the parishioners were wielding before their deaths, Madison's group is able to put down the entire herd. However, Chris purposefully fails to help Madison when she falls into trouble, something that Alicia notices and later confronts him on.[64]

When Daniel sets the Abigail Hacienda on fire, a herd is drawn to it. Madison, Strand, Alicia and Ofelia escape in a truck although Nick refuses to join them. Having earlier slathered himself in walker guts to search for Travis and Chris, Nick is able to walk through the herd unharmed and escape on his own.[65]

A few days after the destruction of the Hacienda, Nick is attacked by stray dogs while making his way through the desert to Tijuana. A herd appears while Nick is trapped on top of an old van and the dogs attack them instead, leading to the herd devouring the dogs and inadvertently saving Nick's life. However, Nick makes too much noise and the herd is drawn towards him until the sound of a horn and gunshots draws them back towards the highway. Binding his leg with the belt of a maimed walker and covering himself in walker blood, Nick joins the herd, but begins hallucinating them talking to him due to a combination of exhaustion, the heat and dehydration, even seeing Gloria in place of one of the walkers. The herd eventually comes under attack by Gael and two other members of La Manas, but Gael gets distracted when he spots the obviously human Nick, who he had earlier encountered, amongst the herd resulting in Gael dropping his bullets. Gael is unable to reload quickly enough and he and another member of the gang are devoured by the walkers. Nick continues walking with the herd until he finally collapses and is left behind.[66]

While in the Rosarito Beach Hotel bar, Madison and Strand get drunk and Strand starts banging on the piano while Madison smashes glasses against the wall. The noise draws out a herd trapped in a store across the street as well as causing many of the walkers that were locked in various rooms to throw themselves off of the room balconies. The gathering herd quickly swarms into the hotel, cornering Madison and Strand behind the bar and flooding the stairwells into the upper floors of the tower.[67] Unable to find another way out, Madison and Strand cover themselves in walker blood in a store room behind the bar and are able to walk out through the herd, locking many walkers in the bar behind them. After finding their truck gone, the two manage to enter and barricade themselves in the spa building.[68] At the same time, the trapped Alicia manages to escape to a higher floor where she encounters Elena Reyes, the former hotel manager who had locked the walkers in the rooms in the first place. Working together, they are able to lure the walkers on their floor into one of the rooms while Alicia escapes to an adjacent room's balcony with Elena's help. However, upon reaching the bar, the two women find it blockaded and Elena is forced to turn over the keys to the hotel to save her nephew. Alicia, Hector and Elena manage to escape through a tunnel to the spa building where they are saved by Madison and Strand.[69] With the walkers having moved on enough that the area is relatively safe again, Madison convinces Oscar Diaz to work together to clear the hotel and make it into a safe place. After clearing out some of the undead, Alicia comes up with the idea to use the riptide under the hotel's pier to sweep them out to sea instead. Working together, the group channels the undead from the three different parts of the hotel onto the pier where Madison leads the massive herd to a break in the pier. As Madison jumps and is picked up Alicia and Hector in a Zodiac, the herd follows her through, gets caught in the riptide and is swept out to sea.[68]

At La Colonia, the residents sacrifice themselves to "the wall" when they are dying, a herd of walkers made up of undead residents and their families acting as a barrier to help protect the community from invasion. As a result, scouts for the community cover themselves in walker blood and pass through a bus blocking a hole in the fence to get out.[67] After deciding to flee La Colonia, Francisco passes through the herd by putting one down, pulling it into the bus and covering himself, his wife and his daughter in its blood. The walkers are fooled by the trick and after smelling them briefly, allow the three to pass through unmolested.[70] When the Los Hermanos gang invades La Colonia, they gun down several of the walkers. Once they are inside the compound, the dying Alejandro Nuñez moves the bus and allows the herd to swarm La Colonia. When Madison, Travis and Alicia arrive, the herd has killed the gangsters who have reanimated and become members of the herd themselves. The trio quickly abandons La Colonia after ensuring that Alejandro doesn't reanimate when he dies.[71]

While near the US-Mexico border, Ofelia's truck breaks down and she is attacked by several walkers. After putting them down with a hammer and a knife she takes from one of the walkers, Ofelia spots a small herd of around a dozen walkers coming up the road. Rather than stay and fight them or try to fix her truck, Ofelia abandons the truck and runs off before the herd can reach her.[72]

Angry at the Black Hat Reservation natives being allowed into the Broke Jaw Ranch, Troy Otto uses a grenade launcher to lure a herd into attacking the ranch. While trying to stop his brother, Jake is bitten by a walker and dies despite Troy and Nick's attempts to save him. At the same time, the ranch's militia tries to fend off the herd to no avail. Outnumbered and overwhelmed, the survivors are forced to retreat into the pantry.[73] With the pantry's air vent broken, Alicia Clark mercifully puts down those that were bitten while Ofelia Salazar and Crazy Dog attempt to fix the problem before the survivors suffocate while Nick and a remorseful Troy attempt to rescue the residents. As time runs out, Ofelia and Crazy Dog find and put down a walker clogging the vent system, but too late to save anyone but Alicia from suffocating. The two detonate the ranch's fuel supply, drawing the herd away and allowing Madison, Victor Strand, Qaletaqa Walker, Nick and Troy to rescue Alicia from the reanimated pantry residents.[74] However, it is later revealed that Ofelia was bitten by the walker in the vents and she subsequently dies.[75]

While patching the hole on the Route 185 Bridge, John Dorie and June eliminate a small herd of walkers. Later, another herd accidentally knocks the jeep blocking the hole loose and they fall into the river and are washed up at John Dorie's Cabin. Armed with a shovel and an axe, June and John fight off the walkers, aided by the trenches that John had dug in front of the cabin in order to protect it. When June gets cornered, John grabs his pistols and shoots the remaining walkers.[76]

As part of his plan to take the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium, Ennis gathers a massive herd of walkers from the various places where the Vultures have trapped them. At night at the stadium, Ennis ignites a trail of oil in front of the gates and releases the walkers, covered in oil.[77] Under attack, the panicked residents flee despite Madison's belief that the stadium walls will keep the herd out. The herd surrounds and massacres the escaping residents, aside from June who had gone back for medical supplies and ran for it when she thought everyone else dead and found herself too outnumbered. At the same time, Mel escapes with Charlie and Nick, Alicia, Strand and Luciana are trapped outside. Knowing that the stadium walls could be used to keep the herd trapped, Madison lights a flare and leads most of the herd inside, planning to double back through the tunnels and escape. However, too many walkers remain in the parking lot, so Madison seals herself and the majority of the herd inside the stadium and ignites the oil-soaked walkers with her flare, sacrificing herself so that her friends and family can escape.[78] The presence of the herd inside the stadium makes it too dangerous for the Vultures to enter, forcing Ennis and the others to scavenge only what they can from the outside.[77] However, despite Alicia, Nick, Luciana, Strand, Charlie and June believing that all of the stadium residents had died in the attack, most if not all made it out thanks to Madison's sacrifice including Cole, Douglas and Vivian.[79]

A couple of weeks later, after John Dorie is shot in the abdomen by Alicia, June leads Charlie, Al and Morgan Jones back to the stadium for medical supplies. Breaking through the barricaded gate, they find the massive herd of walkers who survived the fire but were left badly charred.[77] Al is able to clear a path for Morgan and June with her SWAT van's guns, allowing them to reach the infirmary and retrieve the much needed supplies. Despite an attack by a vengeful Alicia, Morgan's group manages to escape the stadium and the herd safely. The stadium survivors subsequently explain the story of the stadium's fall to the others.[78]

While searching a lumber yard for a survivor sending notes attached to walkers, Morgan and Alicia find a small herd blocking the door to the room the man is in. The two lure the herd outside and dispatch it by dropping a pile of logs on the walkers. However, they discover that the man has already died and reanimated and they can only put him down.[80]

After Martha tries to kill Morgan's group with the guns of Al's SWAT van, the gunfire attracts a herd to their location. The group flees on foot, chased by the ever-growing herd and finally taking refuge in an abandoned hospital in Austin, Texas. However, the hospital itself proves to be full of walkers while the herd eventually breaks through the doors. The group, aside from Al who separates to activate the hospital generators, are forced to take cover on the roof where they find that Jim Brauer was bitten and there is no way down.[81] With power running out, Morgan comes up with a plan to distract the herd while the others use the freight elevators to get out as they discovered Al did from a note she left them in the generator room. By throwing a dead walker off the hospital roof and triggering a car alarm, Morgan buys enough time for June, Sarah and Wendell to escape while he remains trapped on the roof with a dying Jim. The group eventually returns for Morgan along with Alicia, Strand and John, using a firetruck ladder to get Morgan off the roof. When they make too much noise, the dying Jim sacrifices himself by jumping off the roof and setting off another car alarm, drawing the walkers away and allowing his friends to escape. By the time Martha returns that night to witness Jim's reanimation, the herd is gone.[82]

Al manages to escape the walkers in the hospital through the freight elevator and basement and spends the night in a post office. The next day, she is chased by a herd, possibly the same one that had cornered Morgan's group, but escapes into a parking garage, locking the herd out. After an encounter with Martha and a zombified Jim, Al is eventually rescued from Austin by her friends.[83]

While Morgan's group is at The Flip-Flop Truck Stop, a herd of walkers is drawn in when they kill a single walker with a gunshot, leaving the group trapped inside, severely weakened from Martha's poisoning of them. After learning that they were poisoned with antifreeze, the group makes a plan to get ethanol from a crashed tanker truck outside. As the others clear a path through the herd, Alicia and Sarah attempt to get the ethanol and Al reaches her SWAT van and uses its guns to take down the herd. However, the shots also punch holes in the tanker, spilling all of the needed ethanol. The gunfire attracts more walkers to the truck stop, but Morgan takes them out when he finally arrives to help.[83]

After crashing a plane while trying to help Logan, Alicia, Al, John, June and Luciana inadvertently draw a herd to the crash site. As June tries to free a trapped and badly injured Luciana, Alicia, Al and John hold off the herd using traps and makeshift weapons, including a large propeller blade from the plane. Though they manage to kill many walkers, there prove to be too many. However, after Luciana is freed, Annie arrives in a van, running over two walkers and driving the group and her siblings to safety. When Al later returns to the crash site to investigate a strange walker, the herd is gone.[84] Morgan and Alicia later return with Grace to check that none of the herd was radioactive. Grace is able to confirm that all of the dead walkers were clean.[85]

As Morgan, Alicia and Grace search the crash site, another herd arrives with a radioactive walker amongst their number. Despite Grace's warnings, Alicia faces off with the walkers armed with her sharpened barrel shroud. However, the radioactive walker loses his dosimeter in the mud, making it impossible to tell the walkers apart. Despite the dangers, Alicia gets in close to eliminate the walkers, nearly getting killed by one at one point. Using a Geiger counter, Grace is able to locate the radioactive member of the herd and shoots him while Morgan catches the body in a tarp for safe disposal.[85]

While exploring Camp Cackleberry, John and June discover the aftermath of a battle between the residents and a herd of walkers that the residents won. However, they also find the residents reanimated in the cabins and the burned remains of the herd. Based off of the dosimeters in the ashes, the two realize the herd was more of the radioactive walkers, about half of the total number that was created by a power plant meltdown. The residents burning their bodies released the radiation into the air and made them terminally ill after they believed that they were safe. Grace subsequently takes the remains with her to bury in some caverns near the plant to prevent anyone getting sick from them again.[85] Morgan and Alicia later learn that Max, Annie, Dylan and their friends are the children of the people who died as a result of the fight with the radioactive herd.[86] Annie eventually explains to Alicia that one of the camp's survivors made a mistake on a scavenging run and led the herd back. With more walkers arriving and the walls close to falling, the adults prepared for a fight and sent their children away for their own safety. When Annie returned alone three days later, she found that the adults had won the battle but were left terminally ill as a result.[87]

In the Humbug's Gulch ghost town, the noise of a spinning windmill draws walkers. John notes that the speed indicates a likely dust storm and will draw even more. Soon, a herd forms and though John and June nearly escape undetected during the storm, an attack by Dwight draws their attention, forcing them to hide inside of the Humbug's Gulch club. After the three put aside their differences, they activate the club's automatic piano to distract the walkers while they escape through the roof. Using weapons from the club and an axe, the group is able to fight their way through the walkers that get too close. However, while John and June escape, Dwight splits off to search the couple's van for clues to his missing wife, resulting in Dwight getting surrounded by the remaining walkers. Firing from down the street, John and June take out most of the walkers while Dwight takes out a few with his gun and axe. With Dwight pinned, two walkers left and only a single bullet, John does a trick shot using the last bullet and the axe, taking out the remaining two walkers. The entire herd, described by John as being about three dozen walkers, is taken out in the process.[88]

While Daniel and Charlie try to clear a store of a deadly machine gun trap, Skidmark's antics inadvertently draw a herd of people inside, who fell victim to the trap in the first place, to the windows. This triggers the trap and the gun shoots out the glass in the store letting out the herd. Though Daniel and Charlie escape in Daniel's car, Daniel chooses to lead the herd back to his warehouse to take it out where they have the advantage. Daniel has less than half of what it would take to kill the herd with him, especially since the herd will grow and knows that if its allowed to continue, more people will fall victim to it. After finding out that Sarah breached his perimeter wall while removing Daniel's plane, Daniel sends Charlie back in the car and leads the herd on foot using a music box. Rather than leave Daniel to die, Strand, Charlie, Sarah and Wendell race to Daniel's aid, but the guns in Al's SWAT van fail to fire. Instead, Strand starts the plane's engines, which had been towed to the location by a semi. The noise draws the walkers into the engines, chopping them all to pieces and eliminating the entire herd. However, in the process the plane's engines are damaged beyond repair, preventing its use to save the rest of the group.[86]

After crashing in the radioactive zone, Charlie and Strand become surrounded by walkers, at least two of which are radioactive. The two are left in a quandary as Morgan warns them against killing any walkers due to the risk of becoming contaminated themselves.[87] Strand shoots several walkers that are not contaminated, but he and Charlie avoid killing some of the walkers that show up, at least five of which ultimately have dosimeters. The two are able to barricade themselves behind the fabric of the balloon until Morgan arrives in a radiation suit he found in the car of one of the power plant workers. Morgan safely puts down all of the walkers, including the contaminated ones and Strand and Charlie depart with the propellers as Morgan goes to help Grace.[89]

While Annie's Group are trying to fix their walker blockade that was damaged by Alicia, the walkers break free and begin chasing them. The walkers become a herd that chases the group back to their hideout. To buy the kids time, Alicia attacks the walkers, killing many as the children escape down a rope. However, when Alicia kills one walker, her sharpened barrel shroud gets stuck and she gets splashed with the walker's blood when she pulls it out. To her horror, Alicia discovers that the walker has a dosimeter, making it radioactive and exposing her to a potentially fatal dose of radiation. Recognizing that her plan isn't working, Alicia runs out through the gap she created and leads the herd away so that the kids can make it to the truck stop. Alicia loses the herd long enough to clean her face at a pond and talk with Morgan on the radio. However, the herd catches up again as alarms sound signaling the start of the second meltdown, forcing Alicia to run from them.[89] By the next morning, Alicia manages to link up with Morgan and Grace and decontaminate at Grace's truck. However, the herd catches up to them so the group leads it past the roadblock, planning to use the sirens to draw the herd to the plant. Before the herd can get too far, the sirens stop as the reactor melts down completely and turns back on Morgan, Alicia and Grace. The three are forced to run with the herd chasing them back to the plane where they decide to hold it off so that John and Dwight can return in time. As they are being forced to leave anyway, John and Dwight return and the group flees on the plane, killing a few of the chasing walkers. With some of the herd hanging onto the plane's cargo netting, John and Morgan release the netting and the plane makes it safely into the air, leaving the herd behind.[90]

A herd is drawn to Ben and Tess' house where they trip some of the mines that Ben had left buried to protect the property. John shoots many of them while some more bring down part of the fence, tripping a mine and blowing themselves up. As the surviving walkers make their way through the minefield, John runs out of ammo with only two walkers left. Unwilling to risk them tripping a mine close enough to the house to potentially harm Tess and her son, Morgan races into the minefield in order to put them both down. One of the two remaining walkers trips a mine and blows itself up while Morgan puts the other walker down with his staff, but accidentally steps onto a mine himself that he has to be rescued from.[91]

After their truck breaks down, Daniel and Grace are attacked by a few walkers. However, while they are dispatching the walkers and Daniel is collecting his spilled records, a herd arrives. The two are forced to run and manage to escape the herd, taking cover in an abandoned bar for the night.[92]

After trying to get The Caravan to join her pioneers without success, Virginia draws the attention of a nearby herd to force the Caravan to need her help. The Caravan survivors quickly move their cars to form a blockade and fight off the walkers while trying to cross a collapsing bridge. With the walkers breaking through the blockade, the Caravan is forced to flee across the bridge on foot without finishing patching it. As the walkers come across, the weight of the fuel tanker causes their end of the bridge to break, sending the herd into the water below. However, because Tom stays on the bridge to keep recording, he falls to his death when it collapses.[93]

When the Caravan finally arrives at Humbug's Gulch, they find it surrounded by a massive herd of walkers with no sign of a way in. Out of options, the group is forced to call Virginia for help as a result.[93] The group initially decides to use the herd as a weapon against the Pioneers, but are forced to lead them over white water rapids instead.[94]

When Morgan is shot by Virginia, the gunshot draws a small herd of walkers, causing Virginia to run off and leave Morgan to be consumed.[94] Morgan is rescued by an unknown savior who shoots the walkers just before Morgan passes out, patches Morgan up and takes him to safety.[95] After killing John Dorie, Dakota reveals to Morgan that she had been the one to save him from the herd, believing that he is the only one capable of stopping Virginia.[96]

After finding Morgan, Isaac enlists his help to get medical supplies to his pregnant wife at Valley Town which has a herd blocking the entrance. Due to Morgan's gangrene, he is able to blend in with the walkers, but collapses in pain from his wound, drawing their attention. Isaac shoots one, saving Morgan and drawing the herd towards himself. Rather than continue on, Morgan fights the herd with Isaac and together they manage to kill all of the walkers. Isaac later reveals that he was bitten the first time he'd tried to get past the herd before he'd gone looking for a gun and found Morgan. Isaac eventually succumbs to his bite wound and is prevented from reanimating by Rachel.[95]

When June and Sarah meet up with Malcolm to treat his illness, they are chased by a small herd. Sarah eliminates most of them, leaving six walkers to bang on the doors of their semi as June attempts to perform emergency surgery to save Malcolm's life. Although Sarah tries to leave to deal with the remaining walkers once, June stops her as she still needs Sarah's help inside of the trailer.[97]

While fleeing from Virginia's Rangers on their way back to Valley Town, Morgan and Dakota run into a herd that they manage to barricade on the bridge near McNeill's Bait & Beer. Some of the walkers wash up at John Dorie's Cabin, drawing him to the bridge to check out the source of the walkers. After putting down several walkers outside of the store, John finds Morgan and Dakota inside. John later agrees to help them get past the herd as the bridge is the only way north. After fixing an old truck, Morgan, John and Dakota affix doors and chain link fencing to the front of it. With Dakota driving and Morgan and John covering from the rear of the truck with John's rifle and Morgan's battle axe, the three slowly make their way through the herd. However, as they make their way through, a walker gets caught under one of the wheels and the truck gets stuck and stalls out while trying to get free. As Morgan continues holding off the walkers, John works on the engine, but gets grabbed by a walker. Dakota manages to shoot the walker through the front window and John gets the truck started again. Dakota then floors it and drives into the bridge railing, sending a few of the remaining walkers into the river below with John kicking another off. The last few walkers approach the back of the truck, but are quickly dispatched by Morgan, leaving the herd completely destroyed. As Morgan heads off in search of a better radio signal, John makes his way through the corpses and puts down a few walkers that weren't dead yet. While helping John search for a part that fell out of the truck, Dakota is grabbed by a surviving walker but is able to put it down with a knife, inadvertently revealing her murder of Cameron in the process.[96] Dwight and Sherry later pass the bodies of the walkers while examining the truck.[98]

The Doomsday Cult locates Alicia, Al, Wes and Luciana as they are supposedly cornered by a herd in Dallas, Texas. However, this is a ruse so that the four can infiltrate the cult.[99]

When Wes is reunited with his brother, Derek explains that he was cornered by a herd while on a supply run for condensed milk. Derek, who Wes had believed died in a walker attack, hid in a shed that collapsed on top of him. Derek was eventually rescued by the cult, but by that time, Wes had taken his motorcycle and left, believing that his brother had perished.[99]

While June, Dwight and Sherry are engaged in a gunfight with John Dorie Sr. outside of the ruins of Tank Town, the noise attracts a small herd to their location. Dwight and Sherry deal with the herd while June goes after John who is able to capture her while June's friends are busy dealing with the walkers.[98]

While transporting the body of what is supposedly Ms. Maddox, Teddy's truck hits a spike strip and he, Dakota and Alicia are attacked by a small herd. The three put most of them down and the remainder are put down by Cole who Alicia had believed perished when the stadium was destroyed. Cole explains that the walkers in the area are mainly made up of the victims of a gang of bandits who rob other survivors and leave their victims to reanimate as a warning. Later, as Cole's group prepares to execute Teddy, Alicia and Dakota, the noise of their confrontation draws a larger herd made up of more of the group's victims. The herd kills Douglas, Vivian and 11 other people while Alicia, Teddy, Dakota and Cole successfully manage to put down the walkers attacking them. Grabbing one of the group's guns, Alicia uses a surviving walker as a shield as she confronts Cole, aiming the gun through a hole in the walker's chest and then shoving it into Cole as a distraction. After killing Cole in self-defense, Alicia puts down Douglas and Vivian who had reanimated after being killed by the herd.[79]

While racing to the cult's bunker, Rollie attempts to avoid a small herd, but hits a walker and damages the SWAT van's air breaks. With the herd approaching, Rollie, Wes, Jacob and Luciana hold off the walkers while Sarah repairs the SWAT van. The group is able to successfully eliminate the small herd without any incident.[100]

Will witnesses the Stalkers attacking a small herd near his hideout at night. In the morning, he finds all of the walkers still remaining, but stripped of their clothes. As they approach him, the confused Will draws his knife and puts the herd down.[101]

When the Stalkers attack Will, Strand and three of Strand's Rangers at Will's Hideout, the gunfight draws another larger herd which devours the three Rangers and forces the Stalkers into retreat. As the walkers approach, Strand and Will duck into the van that Will has been living in and hide out there as the herd passes by. After finding boxes revealing that Alicia is at the Franklin Hotel, Strand rushes out of the van past a walker and onto a horse, escaping as the last several walkers in the herd corner Will in the van, forcing him to shut the door. Nevertheless, Will manages to escape from the herd somehow.[101]

When Will exits the Lighthouse following a confrontation with Strand, he finds a herd outside and is shocked to recognize them all as members of the Doomsday Cult that were locked in the bunker with Alicia. With the fog obscuring their view, Will activates the lighthouse's beacon to light a path for Strand, but the beacon soon goes out. The two men manage to eliminate all of the walkers, but find no sign of Alicia amongst them.[101]

Upon returning to the Tower, Strand sets up the lighthouse beacon in order to draw a herd to act as a moat against anyone who might try to come after him. Strand throws Will from the Tower, killing him and when Will reanimates, he joins the herd.[101]

While battling the Stalkers outside of Teddy's Secret Bunker, John Dorie Sr. sees a hallucination of several of Teddy's victims before clearing it away and seeing that it is instead a small herd of walkers. Grabbing Dakota's knife from out of her corpse's head, John uses it to put them all down before rescuing June from the last Stalker. After John wakes up at the Tower, June shows him the herd surrounding it as proof that leaving won't be so easy.[102]

After Sarah and Josiah LaRoux crash, a growing herd is drawn to their vehicle. After failing to get Morgan on the radio while calling for help, Sarah and Josiah fight their way outside where they fight off the walkers, joined by Morgan who helps to put down most of them. As Josiah tries to get his revenge upon Morgan, Sarah climbs on top of his vehicle which the remaining walkers surround. Trying to talk Josiah down, Sarah begins putting the surrounding walkers down one by one from where she is perched out of their reach until the last of the herd has been eliminated.[103]

Dwight and Sherry's fight with Eli and his partner draws the attention of a small herd, allowing Eli to escape while Dwight and Sherry are busy putting down the walkers.[104]

During Dwight's later confrontation with Eli, another small herd approaches. Enraged by Eli's murder of the Larson family, Dwight allows the herd to devour him in revenge.[104]

Outside of The Grapple Chapel Wrestling Club, Sherry and Mickey find a herd surrounding it, drawn to the location and kept there by the gym's banging sign. In order to get through the herd, Sherry covers Mickey's protective suit in walker guts which proves to be successful. However, after Mickey discovers that the door is locked, she gets into a struggle with a walker that has a knife sticking out of its hand, causing the herd to turn on her. With the help of covering fire from Sherry, Mickey is able to make her way into the gym followed by Sherry. After a brief attempt to barricade themselves in, the two women head for the wrestling ring, only to encounter and put down Mickey's reanimated husband Cliff. Surrounded, the two are joined by Dwight and the Dark Horses use a combination of guns, knives, chairs, sharp objects and wrestling moves to eliminate the entire herd. After the fight, Sherry puts down a final disabled walker in the corner of the ring, leaving the gym completely clear of walkers.[104]

Morgan and Alicia, covered in walker guts for protection, attempt to follow the zombified Senator Elias Vasquez to PADRE. During a confrontation between the two and Strand's Rangers, the gunfire draws a small herd which Vazquez wanders into. With the Rangers firing at the walkers, Alicia risks her life to grab Vazquez and drag him away as she needs him to find PADRE. The two eventually throw Vazquez over a cliff into water and follow him in order to get away from Strand and his men.[105]

Rather than leading Morgan and Alicia to PADRE, Vazquez is eventually lured into the walker moat at the Tower by Strand's lighthouse beacon. As more walkers approach to join the herd, Morgan puts them down. While Alicia considers Strand's offer to join him, she and Morgan spot Will nearby who had gotten separated from the herd around the Tower and ended up further away in the parking lot. Alicia recognizes Will and puts him down with Strand's murder of Will leading Alicia to declare war on him.[105]

Arno and his men capture a small herd of walkers made up of reanimated cultists. As Arno attempts to feed Alicia to the trapped walkers, Paul rescues her, causing the walkers to get out and devour two of the Stalkers, forcing Arno to flee.[106]

In an attempt to defeat Arno and his forces that are chasing Alicia, Paul blasts loud music from his stereo, drawing a small herd to his house that devours most of the Stalkers outside. The herd gets inside, forcing both sides to fight the walkers as well as each other. After the stereo shorts out under the strain, Arno is able to eliminate all of the remaining walkers.[106]

While passing one of the blast craters from the nuclear destruction, Arno and Sage discover it to be filled with numerous walkers. Arno guesses that the herd must've fallen in and been stewing there for months. Arno warns Sage that there are too many walkers and that if one gets out, "none of us are going anywhere." The discovery renews Arno's determination to take Strand's Tower for the Stalkers.[106] A dying Arno later reveals the threat to Luciana and Wes and tells them that somebody is letting the walkers out, walkers that are so dangerous that you can't even get close to them let alone touch them.[107]

After becoming terminally ill with radiation sickness, Garcia throws himself off of the Tower in order to join the walker moat protecting it.[108]

Charlie and Ali are sent to a radioactive building full of walkers, at least most of whom are survivors who had died and reanimated from the radiation permeating Texas, to get a needed elevator part for the Tower. Quickly deducing that most of the herd are likely on the lower floors, Charlie sneaks in through the upper levels while Ali remains outside and is captured by five Stalkers who demand that he let them into the building so that they can capture Charlie. Knowing what's behind the door, Ali quickly moves out of the way and the Stalkers are devoured by the herd despite their best efforts to fight back. Moving into the building, Ali shoots a number of walkers, but Ali hesitates after seeing one that reminds him of his own father. Charlie saves Ali and puts the walker down before revealing that she has put several of the others down and locked the rest behind a door. However, Charlie had lost her gas mask to one of the walkers in the process. After Charlie gets the part, Ali locks her in the elevator and flees as the rest of the herd breaks free and goes after her. However, Ali ultimately changes his mind and shoots the remaining walkers, putting them all down and rescuing Charlie.[108]

As a punishment for Ali's betrayal, Howard throws him off of the Tower's roof to die and join the Tower's walker moat.[108]

Dwight discovers a weapon's cache surrounded by a herd of around a hundred walkers or so. With the help of Morgan, Sherry and Sarah, it's successfully cleared out and the weapons retrieved.[107]

A herd surrounds the area of Manny's Salvage Yard where the Stalkers live with Arno explaining that the walls had failed to keep them out so they had let them in to act as a moat instead like at the Tower while the Stalkers live off of the ground in the boats. Arno threatens to feed Wes to the herd if he, Daniel and Luciana don't give him information on the weapon's cache, revealing that he'd used this method of torture on other people before. Daniel, believing Ofelia to be in one of the boats, makes a deal with Arno instead, but gives him a false location. During this time, a radioactive walker from the Crater wanders in and is put down by Sabrina. With more walkers building up at the east gate, Arno sends her to draw them off and then to remove the radioactive walker's dead body. After discovering Arno's manipulation of him, an enraged Daniel throws Arno into his own cage and lowers him into the herd where his legs are partially devoured before Wes and Luciana pull Arno back out again. Near death, Arno reveals the threat of the walkers in the Crater and that someone is letting them out before he dies of his injuries. After Arno's death, the Stalkers abandon the salvage yard in favor of joining Morgan's group at the sub, leaving the salvage yard overrun by the herd.[107]

During a storm, a number of walkers make it into the tunnels beneath the Tower, ultimately trapping John and June. They are eventually rescued by Strand after Howard intercepts June's distress call to Grace.[109]

As a punishment for Howard's failure and supposed betrayal, Strand forces John to throw Howard off of the Tower's roof to his death where he eventually reanimates and joins the herd surrounding the Tower.[109]

The next day, John decides to don a makeshift suit of armor made from Howard's collection of artifacts and carry baby Mo through it to Morgan. Although Wendell suggests that John cover himself in walker guts, John tells him that they don't have time and that it's too dangerous for Mo. John successfully carries the baby through the thousands of walkers to Morgan, but he is bitten on the left shoulder in the process. Already dying from radiation sickness, John allows the herd to devour him as a distraction while Morgan gets away with Mo.[109]

The walker moat ends up following Morgan away from the Tower and he takes the opportunity to get rid of them for good which will render the Tower vulnerable until at least nightfall when Strand can draw in more walkers using his lighthouse beacon. With the help of Alicia, Morgan leads the herd to the Crater, only to discover the Crater nearly empty, someone having lowered a ramp into it, letting out the countless walkers trapped within. Instead, Dwight and Sherry decide to trap the herd in the Franklin Hotel's bunker, activating the fire alarm while Morgan and Alicia help to draw the herd in from the outside. The herd devours six of Strand's Rangers, but Wes manages to escape with his life while Dwight and Sherry manage to escape by crawling out through the bunker's drainage pipes. While waiting for Dwight and Sherry to emerge, Alicia encounters the zombified Vazquez again who has gotten separated from the main herd. Rather than trying to recapture the Senator and use him to resume her search for PADRE, Alicia puts Vazquez down for good.[110]

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World Beyond

Pre-Apocalypse

The name "Herd" was adopted from the terminology for a herd of cattle. Cattle typically bulk together to graze or for protection, and, if angered, a herd can form a deadly stampede. This formed the basis for the post-apocalyptic terminology for large groups of walkers.

Post-Apocalypse

Following the departure of the Endlings, the Campus Colony is destroyed, apparently overrun by a massive herd with the help of the Civic Republic Military. Led by Lieutenant Colonel Elizabeth Kublek, most if not all of the walkers are put down after the attack by the CRM soldiers.[111] It's later revealed that a day earlier, the same massive herd was used by the CRM to overrun Omaha, Nebraska.[112] Dr. Leo Bennett subsequently discovers that the herd attack was actually a cover for the CRM using a variant of chlorine gas to destroy the two settlements.[113]

When the Endlings reach the Blaze of Gory, they discover that a massive herd is amongst the smoke at the bus depot. However, after checking out their map, Iris determines that the airfield's fence on the other side will have kept the walkers from coming in to the east and so all they have to do is head due east through the Blaze. At dawn, the group sneaks through the smoke, but quickly get lost and surrounded by the herd. Spotting the fence nearby, the group rushes to it, knocking over several walkers along the way and blocking the fence behind them. However, on the other side of the fence is the burning tire junkyard and even more walkers. Elton suggests that someone use the Blaze's old tornado siren to draw the herd away as bait, but the Endlings can't come to a consensus. That night, Hope takes a radio and departs alone into the Blaze.[114]

Hope is able to reach an office in the front of the factory and contacts the others to get there while she uses the siren to clear a path to the exit. With the fires to either side distracting most of the walkers, Elton, Iris and Silas are able to make it to the office, although walkers soon start gathering outside. After the group is joined by Felix and Huck, Hope manages to get the siren working, drawing the attention of most of the walkers, allowing the rest of the group to run through the Blaze of Gory, Felix and Huck taking out several that get in their way. As Hope follows, she ignites a trail of melted rubber behind her that several walkers fall into. Near the exit, two walkers attack Hope, but together she and Iris manage to put them down. Shortly thereafter, a falling stack of tires caused by Huck knocking a walker into it blocks the path of the rest of the herd, allowing the Endlings to escape.[115]

A plasma strike disturbs a herd of a couple of dozen walkers that were previously just milling about in Daiquiritown. The herd follows Iris and Felix back to the riverbank where the Endlings are working on finishing their boat. Felix uses Elton's Fisherman to string up a makeshift net between two trees as the herd arrives, holding them back for a few more minutes. Eventually, walkers make it around the two trees, but Iris, Hope and Huck briefly join Felix in holding them off. After Elton succeeds in fixing the boat, the Endlings quickly launch it with the herd closing in on them. The Endlings escape across the Mississippi River to Illinois as the herd continues trying to follow them, eventually walking straight into the water.[116]

As the Endlings struggle to rescue the trapped Iris in Andersonville, a small herd approaches them. Before it can attack, Tony Delmado races to their rescue in his and Percy's truck, running over several walkers in the proccess. The Endlings climb into the truck as the herd closes in and Tony drives off, running over the head of a fallen walker as he flees the herd.[117]

While returning from her scouting mission, Huck hides from a small herd of about half a dozen walkers passing over a bridge. Spotting Dawson at the rear of the herd, she manages to separate him out and put him down.[118]

While traveling down a foggy road, the Endlings encounter a herd caught in barbed wire. Surrounded on all sides, they are forced to fight their way out with Felix suffering a cut to the back of his leg in the process. However, Felix manages to clear a path and they are able to escape.[119]

A small herd of four walkers chases Elton and the injured and unconscious Percy through a field. After briefly considering abandoning Percy to die, Elton decides to stand his ground against the herd, kicking one to the ground, tying two up with his fisherman and putting the last one down with Silas' Wrench.[119]

While Hope and Huck are arguing, a herd emerges from the woods on either side of them. Due to having learned that Huck is a CRM agent, Hope hesitates to allow Huck to rearm herself with her S-Pole and tries to shoot one of the walkers, but only succeeds in blowing its jaw off. Finally, as Huck grabs her S-Pole and fights against the herd, Hope drops her gun and grabs her own S-Pole. Fighting back-to-back, the two manage to eliminate the entire herd using their S-Poles.[120]

While on their way to the Perimeter, Silas and Dennis Graham encounter a herd of hundreds of walkers and are forced to take cover until it passes them by.[121]

As a distraction for their plan to take down the Civic Republic Research Facility, Silas draws a herd to the culling facility using Dennis' music which Silas and Elton then use firecrackers to lead towards the research facility, drawing more walkers out of the woods along the way. Once they're a mile away, Silas and Elton peel off and leave the herd to travel the rest of the way on its own. The herd, which is stated to number at least a thousand walkers, approaches from the west, aided by the fact that the patrols that would normally spot it died when the Endlings blew up the old mining tunnels below the facility. The herd quickly overwhelms the CRM's defenses, forcing them to pull back and call for reinforcements. The research facility is overrun with the walkers killing at least Webb as he tries to get at Elton and Silas in the medical storage room. With walkers between them and their jeep, Elton and Silas climb into the globe sculpture that the Perimeter had built and roll it through the herd, killing a number of walkers and allowing them to escape. As the rest of the group makes their own escape as the research facility is overrun, Jadis confronts them and walkers get close enough that Felix has to turn and shoot them, giving Mason Beale the chance to escape and Jadis the chance to attack. In the midst of the Endlings' escape, a number of walkers corner Mason and Jadis rushes to his rescue, putting them down while Huck shoots a few that gets too close to Mason before she runs out of bullets and makes her own escape. With the facility overrun by the herd, Jadis and her surviving forces retreat to the CRM Basecamp where Jadis contacts Major General Beale for reinforcements to retake it.[122] Corporal Diane Pierce later reports to Jadis that they have managed to clear a path to the helicopters and they can have them in the air dropping disruption charges on the herd within the hour.[123]

In order to reach the culling facility, Hope, Iris, Elton and Silas are forced to fight through a number of walkers, but they succeed in getting through the herd safely.[123]

While fighting with Frank Newton, Felix breaks open a gate holding back a herd and combines two S-Poles together to make it a more even fight between the two men. In the midst of fighting each other, Felix and Frank are also forced to fight and put down a number of walkers. Finally, Felix disembowels Frank and leaves him to be devoured by the herd.[123]

Attempting to reach minimum safe distance for the destruction of the chlorine gas, Hope, Iris and Elton are forced to fight another herd which slows them down. Although they manage to put down many walkers, a second larger group approaches from the direction that they need to go in. However, Asha and Indira arrive in a CRM jeep and Indira uses the mounted machine gun to gun down the herd. As the three race to the jeep, more walkers come from down the road and one emerges from the woods and bites Elton in the arm, forcing it to be amputated in order to save his life.[123]

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  • Webb
  • Frank Newton
  • Possibly several unnamed CRM soldiers
  • Hundreds of millions of uninfected civilians, survivors, animals, and soldiers

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Video Game

Pre-Apocalypse

The name "Herd" was adopted from the terminology for a herd of cattle. Cattle typically bulk together to graze or for protection, and, if angered, a herd can form a deadly stampede. This formed the basis for the post-apocalyptic terminology for large groups of walkers.

Post-Apocalypse

A herd of walkers is seen following the train Lee's group is riding to Savannah. The group stops when a crashed gasoline tanker blocks the tracks, forcing them to to cut it loose from the bridge. They are still trying to remove it when Ben spots the herd approaching from behind. Everyone except for Omid and Lee, who were on the bridge cutting the tanker, get on the train to leave. The two then try to jump onto the vehicle. Lee makes it, but Omid lands badly, hurts his leg, falls off, and starts limping towards the moving train. Christa jumps down to help and they manage to get back on, temporarily escaping the herd.

The same herd later follows the track all the way to Savannah and trap Lee's group as they search for Clementine. They are later attracted to the city of Savannah by the ringing of church bells around the city. They later show up and claim the lives of many people in Lee's group including Ben and when he gets trapped in an alleyway by the herd. On his journey to the Marsh House Lee has to fight his way through the herd, killing dozens of walkers before getting to the Marsh House. Lee has to navigate back though this herd on his way out of the Marsh House with Clementine. However this time he does so undetected by using walker guts to disguise Clementine's and his scent from the herd.

Later on, a large herd amassed near an old hardware store and strip mall fortified by a group led by William Carver. Clementine, along with several people attempting to escape Carver's camp, alerted the herd using the store's P.A. system, and made their escape by covering themselves in blood and entrails from a few dead zombies, walking through the herd as it quickly overwhelmed Carver's camp, devouring Troy and Carlos.

If Clementine ends the game with A.J. she encounters a herd.

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Trivia

  • The herd is the Income Tax equivalent in The Walking Dead Monopoly.
  • It should be noted that, based on Abraham's description in the Comic Series, a herd isn't simply a large group of zombies, as it is formed by some zombies imitating the actions of other zombies i.e. following them when they're walking somewhere, with that being the reason the herd is constantly in motion, as the zombies are imitating each other even though they forgot what sound they were following. Of course, a large group of zombies can easily become a herd given the proper stimulation.

References

  1. Issue 54, page 11
  2. Issue 59, page 14.
  3. Issue 60 Page 21
  4. "Days Gone By"
  5. "Guts"
  6. "Tell It to the Frogs"
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Vatos"
  8. "Wildfire"
  9. 9.0 9.1 "What Lies Ahead"
  10. "Bloodletting"
  11. "Save the Last One"
  12. "Secrets"
  13. "Triggerfinger"
  14. "18 Miles Out"
  15. "Beside the Dying Fire"
  16. "When the Dead Come Knocking"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Talking Dead; Greg Nicotero
  18. "Too Far Gone"
  19. "Still"
  20. "No Sanctuary"
  21. "Self Help"
  22. "Something They Need"
  23. "Do Not Send Us Astray"
  24. "Still Gotta Mean Something"
  25. "Wrath"
  26. "Still Gotta Mean Something"
  27. "Wrath"
  28. "A New Beginning"
  29. "The Bridge"
  30. "Warning Signs"
  31. "The Obliged"
  32. 32.0 32.1 "What Comes After"
  33. "Who Are You Now?"
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 "Stradivarius"
  35. 35.0 35.1 "Evolution
  36. 36.0 36.1 36.2 "Adaptation"
  37. 37.0 37.1 "Omega"
  38. 38.0 38.1 38.2 "Bounty"
  39. "Guardians"
  40. 40.0 40.1 "Chokepoint"
  41. "Scars"
  42. "The Calm Before"
  43. 43.0 43.1 43.2 43.3 "Lines We Cross"
  44. 44.0 44.1 "Ghosts"
  45. "Look at the Flowers"
  46. "The Tower"
  47. "A Certain Doom"
  48. 48.0 48.1 "Hunted"
  49. "Rendition"
  50. 50.0 50.1 "Out of the Ashes"
  51. 51.0 51.1 "On the Inside"
  52. "Promises Broken"
  53. 53.0 53.1 "For Blood"
  54. 54.0 54.1 "No Other Way"
  55. "Rogue Element"
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 "The Lucky Ones"
  57. "The Rotten Core"
  58. "Trust"
  59. "Cobalt"
  60. "The Good Man"
  61. 61.0 61.1 "Monsters"
  62. "Ouroboros"
  63. "Blood in the Streets"
  64. "Sicut Cervus"
  65. "Shiva"
  66. "Grotesque"
  67. 67.0 67.1 "Los Muertos"
  68. 68.0 68.1 Pablo & Jessica"
  69. "Do Not Disturb"
  70. "Pillar of Salt"
  71. "North"
  72. "Wrath"
  73. "Brother's Keeper"
  74. "This Land Is Your Land"
  75. "El Matadero"
  76. "Laura"
  77. 77.0 77.1 77.2 "The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now"
  78. 78.0 78.1 "No One's Gone"
  79. 79.0 79.1 "Mother"
  80. "People Like Us"
  81. "MM 54"
  82. "I Lose People..."
  83. 83.0 83.1 "... I Lose Myself"
  84. "Here to Help"
  85. 85.0 85.1 85.2 "The Hurt That Will Happen"
  86. 86.0 86.1 "Skidmark"
  87. 87.0 87.1 "The Little Prince"
  88. "Humbug's Gulch"
  89. 89.0 89.1 "Still Standing"
  90. "Is Anybody Out There?"
  91. "Channel 4"
  92. "Today and Tomorrow"
  93. 93.0 93.1 "Channel 5"
  94. 94.0 94.1 "End of the Line"
  95. 95.0 95.1 "The End is the Beginning"
  96. 96.0 96.1 "The Door"
  97. "Bury Her Next to Jasper's Leg"
  98. 98.0 98.1 "J.D."
  99. 99.0 99.1 "The Holding"
  100. "The Beginning"
  101. 101.0 101.1 101.2 101.3 "The Beacon"
  102. "Cindy Hawkins"
  103. "Breathe With Me"
  104. 104.0 104.1 104.2 "Till Death"
  105. 105.0 105.1 "PADRE"
  106. 106.0 106.1 106.2 "Follow Me"
  107. 107.0 107.1 107.2 "Ofelia"
  108. 108.0 108.1 108.2 "Mourning Cloak"
  109. 109.0 109.1 109.2 "Sonny Boy"
  110. "The Raft"
  111. "Brave"
  112. "Konsekans"
  113. "Blood and Lies"
  114. "The Blaze of Gory"
  115. "The Tyger and the Lamb"
  116. "Madman Across the Water"
  117. "Shadow Puppets"
  118. "Truth or Dare"
  119. 119.0 119.1 "The Deepest Cut"
  120. "In This Life"
  121. "Returning Point"
  122. "Death and the Dead"
  123. 123.0 123.1 123.2 123.3 "The Last Light"
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