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"You step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe, and you risk your life. Every moment now... you don't have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you're risking it for. Now, I can make these people feel better and hang on a little bit longer. I can save lives. And that's enough reason to risk mine."
—Hershel to his daughter Maggie and to Rick Grimes, regarding the situation in the prison with the flu and how he could help the ailing people.[src]

Hershel Greene is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is a farm owner who lived in rural Georgia for many years with his family. Hershel is the father of Maggie and Beth Greene. He married twice, his first wife being Josephine Greene and his second wife being Annette Greene, who brought along her son from a previous marriage. With the passage of time, Hershel becomes a mentor and a father figure to Rick Grimes.


Hershel is the quintessential stubborn farmer. Perhaps stemming from his religious beliefs, he believes strongly in what he considers to be right and is known to be uncompromising in defense of his morals. He also cares deeply for his family and protecting them (particularly his daughters Maggie and Beth). Protecting is one of the few times he will go against even his own moral code and do what needed to be done.

Hershel is a former alcoholic who spent a lot of time at the Carriage Bar before the birth of his daughter Maggie. After giving up drinking on the day of Maggie's birth, Hershel went so far as to ban all alcohol from his house to avoid temptation. Hershel relapsed following the barn massacre, but once again gave up drinking immediately afterwards, telling Dave and Tony this during the confrontation in the bar.

When Rick first encounters Hershel, Hershel holds a belief that the walkers are still living people who are sick and as such, he keeps the ones he can find in the barn on his farm until a cure can be found for them. At one point, Hershel compares a walker's crazed state to a schizophrenic. Hershel refuses to hear otherwise and sees the dangerous people as those who go around killing the walkers, believing it to be murder. Hershel's beliefs come mainly from the fact that he was living a sheltered life on his farm and most of what he knew about walkers came from watching the chaos of the Apocalypse on TV. After seeing Shane Walsh shoot Louise Bush multiple times in the chest and Louise keep coming, Hershel realized his mistake. As a result, he finally accepted that his wife was gone, but became so despondent that he took up drinking once again briefly.

As of Seasons 3 and 4, Hershel is shown to be a skilled diplomat, often talking down the other survivors from taking disastrous actions or talking them into taking the right ones, though these talks do not work as desired with everyone.


Greene Family Farm

Hershel grew up on a farm that had been possessed by his family for over 160 years. As a young child, he was gifted a pocket watch originally owned by his father that had been passed down to him through generations. Hershel experienced a difficult childhood and thus had a negative relationship with his alcoholic and abusive father where eventually by the age of fifteen he moved out. Hershel never let go of the grudge he held against his father and thus avoided all contact with him which resulted in him not being present at his deathbed.

In his later years, Hershel became a veterinarian due to his love for animals and decided to return to his family farm. He later met Josephine Greene where the two then became married. Within the first few years of their marriage however, Hershel began to descend into alcoholism much like his father. He would return drunk from the local barn and was forced to sleep on the downstairs couch by Josephine. Additionally, he pawned his pocket watch in order to pay off his drinking debt, though Josephine was able to repurchase his watch which she held onto until he had proven to be able to sober up.

Sometime later, the pair had their first daughter Maggie Greene, whose birth enabled Hershel to finally give up his alcoholism habit. Six years later Josephine died due to unknown circumstances. Hershel eventually met another woman, Annette, who had a son Shawn from a previous marriage, and they fell in love. They later became married and had their child Beth Greene. Initially, Hershel was faced with hostility from Maggie for his remarriage though she eventually warmed to her new step-mother. When Hershel inherited the farm, a larger farming company offered to buy the farm from him, offering more than three times the actual price of the farm's worth. Hershel refused to sell the farm, despite there being a drought which ruined their crops. Whenever the farming company left Hershel supplies so he can feed his cattle, Hershel would leave the supplies to rot as a form of protest. Eventually, the farming company gave up on trying to buy the farm.

At some point later Hershel employed Otis as his personal ranch foreman alongside his wife Patricia who became close friends towards the farming family.


At the onset of the outbreak, Annette and Shawn were bitten by their undead fellow townspeople, and soon died and turned. Hershel, not believing their deaths and thinking they were merely under a disease of some kind (as the television/radio broadcasts seemed to imply) had Otis put them in the barn until what seemed like an epidemic to him would blow over and a cure would be found. He barricaded his remaining family and friends within the farm and had Otis continue to wrangle the townspeople that came onto the premises and put them in the barn during the next months.

Season 2


Hershel makes his first official appearance where he attempts to save Carl Grimes, who was hit by a stray bullet during a hunting accident, but is only able to remove one of the six bullet fragments. He explains that he will require better supplies. Out of guilt, Otis volunteers to go along with Shane Walsh to a local high school to scavenge the appropriate medical tools. While waiting for the equipment, Hershel and Rick discuss a possible cure for the zombie outbreak. Rick states that there is no cure, but Hershel believes otherwise.

"Save the Last One"

While continuing to wait for Shane and Otis' return with the medical supplies, Hershel watches Carl's vitals carefully and informs his parents Rick and Lori that if he doesn't get the medical supplies he needs soon, then they would have to decide whether to risk operating on Carl or not. However, near the end, Hershel receives the required medical equipment he needs to save Carl's life and in fact does so near the end of the episode. Hershel is also the one who tells Patricia that Otis was killed by walkers.

"Cherokee Rose"

Hershel continues to monitor Carl's condition after a funeral for Otis. After, he provides Rick with a map to help locate Sophia Peletier, a young girl from the Survivors who went missing two days before, but informs that Rick and Shane need to relax and rest before they wind up hurting themselves. Hershel enforces the rules for his property, and states clearly that once everyone is better and healthy, they must pack up to leave, which Rick agrees to.


Hershel begins to grow more and more impatient with Rick and his group of survivors as they begin to borrow things of his without asking and both groups co-existing too well. He has hinted towards Maggie and her relationship with Glenn as well as Rick taking Jimmy along with him to search for Sophia without Rick asking and finally Daryl Dixon taking one of his horses. He then talks to Rick and tells him that he wants Rick to control his people and he will control his. Later he finds out that Carol Peletier -- Sophia's mother -- and Lori decide to prepare a meal for everyone without asking to use his kitchen. After, Daryl is accidentally shot by Andrea and Hershel's medical expertise is needed again to patch up Daryl and he says he's amazed that Rick and his people have made it this far since they are more careless than he is. Hershel joins everyone for a quiet dinner and later Glenn discovers Hershel's dark secret about the barn.


After Glenn discovers the barn of walkers, Dale Horvath confronts Hershel about it, but to no avail. Hershel remains unswayed, and continues to suggest that Rick and his group should move on.

"Pretty Much Dead Already"

Rick confronts Hershel about the barn, telling him that the survivors can handle the situation for Hershel. Hershel states there is no situation, and that the group needs to be off of his farm by the end of the week. Rick tells him that they can't go back out on the road and that Hershel doesn't truly know what the undead are like. Hershel continues to refuse, prompting Rick to reveal Lori's pregnancy; telling Hershel to reconsider sending the group off the farm. Hershel decides to give Rick a chance, and brings him and Jimmy out to attempt to wrangle some undead that got stuck in some mud to prove that Rick is willing to let go of killing. Seeing this, Shane confronts Hershel, who is driving a walker to the barn with a noose.  Shane shoots the captive walker held by Hershel several times while asking how it's still "alive" and moving, before finally putting it down with a bullet to the head.  Hershel collapses to the ground and helplessly watches as Shane, Andrea, Glenn, Daryl, and T-Dog slaughter the walkers in the barn. He also sees the undead Sophia exit the barn, and her death at Rick's hands. Hershel realizes that he was wrong about the walkers and commits himself to protecting his family and farm from them.


Hershel is still numb and in shock after the barn massacre. Patricia and Maggie, on either side of him, gently guide him back to the farmhouse. Shane repeatedly accuses him of knowing that Sophia was in the barn, which Hershel insists he didn't know and that Otis must have been the one to stick her in the barn. Shane goes to grab Hershel, but Maggie steps in and slaps him. Later, devastated by the violence at the barn, he secretly leaves the farm and goes to town so he can drink at a bar. Beth suffers a breakdown and it is discovered that Hershel has left. Rick and Glenn leave the farm in order to locate Hershel and bring him back to the farm so he can tend to his daughter. The two locate Hershel at The Carriage Bar, a local tavern Hershel frequently attended before Maggie's birth. Hershel gives an impassioned dialogue during which he admits the barn massacre has caused him to finally realize the truth. He admits that Rick was right and he was wrong about the disease and its aftermath. Hershel agrees to return to the farm but as they are about to leave, the doors to the bar open and two new survivors, who introduces themselves as Dave and Tony, appear. Hershel says very little during the tense exchange, quietly following the lead of Rick as the former law man attempts to keep the location of their safe haven under wraps. Hershel takes stock of the situation as things quickly take a turn for the worse.


The group of three starts to head back to the farm, but are pinned down by a scouting party of Dave and Tony's gang. Gang members Randall, Sean, and Nate ask about their lost friends, both of whom are lying dead on the bar's floor. After Rick reveals they're dead the gang opens fire on them. Rick tells Hershel and Glenn to head toward the back of the bar where they can escape to the car. Rick follows them later and tells Hershel to cover Glenn. After the two are outside, a man named Sean fires at Glenn. Hershel, who used to be against the use of firearms, knows how to use them and shoots Sean in the chest. A walker, drawn to the gunfire, approaches Sean while he is still alive in agonizing pain. Hershel attempts to put down that walker, but realizes that Sean cannot be saved and leaves him. Rick goes after Glenn, who is frozen in terror behind a dumpster outside the bar. The youngest member of Dave and Tony's gang, Randall, is set up as a sniper on top of the pharmacy across the street.  Randall fires at the trio. Nate calls for Randall to join him as they escape before the area is overrun by walkers and Randall jumps from the top of the pharmacy, impaling himself on a wrought iron fence. Rick heads for Randall, who has been left behind by Nate. Hershel tries to cover Sean, who is still alive, from walkers, but the gang member is easy prey for the walkers. Hershel is momentarily distracted by the carnage before racing to diagnose Randall's fate. Hershel, whose world view has completely changed in the wake of the barn massacre, suggests putting Randall down to spare him the fate suffered by his former counterpart. Rick pleads with Hershel, who argues there's nothing they can do to save him. Glenn suggests amputation and Hershel begins to take stock of the situation but it quickly becomes apparent time is not on their side. With the walkers getting closer, Rick pulls Randall's leg off the fence and the four leave for the safety of the farm. Once home, Maggie completely ignores Hershel as he diagnoses Randall's situation and informs the group the outsider won't likely be able to walk for at least a week. Later, he came upstairs to check on Beth. Maggie yells at him for leaving Beth alone. When the group decides whether or not they should abandon Randall or not, Shane thinks they should kill him and Hershel yells at him and reminds him that he still hasn't forgave him after what he did to their barn by releasing and killing every walker on sight that the Greene family managed to capture.

"Judge, Jury, Executioner"

Dale goes to Hershel, asking for his support. "I don't want to know," Hershel insists. "I leave it with Rick." In the farmhouse, Glenn finds Hershel checking up on Beth. Hershel asks Glenn about his family and tells him about his own Irish heritage. He hands Glenn a pocket watch that belonged to his grandfather. "No man is good enough for your little girl," Hershel says, "until one is." Hershel's cows escape and are wrangled back. It appears at least one was not recovered, as Dale finds it with its entrails ripped out. Distracted by the cow, Dale is attacked by a walker. Rick calls for Hershel and asks him if Dale can survive his injuries; Hershel shakes his head.  Rick cannot bring himself to shoot Dale, so Daryl takes Rick's gun and mercy-kills Dale with a shot to the head.

"Better Angels"

Hershel permits the group to move into his house, though he voices concern about Shane to Rick. He is also seen helping to bring the things of the Atlanta survivors into the house and telling Lori that she can have his room and he will sleep on the couch. Later that day he is seen investigating the barn after Randall's escape. Rick demands T-Dog and Hershel gather everyone into the house for safety.

"Beside the Dying Fire"

Hershel is first shown inside the house with the others, waiting for Rick, Shane, Daryl, and Glenn to return from their search for Randall. When walkers invade his farm, Hershel tells the group that it is his farm, and he will die defending it. Hershel shoots many of the approaching walkers with a shotgun while the others slowly retreat from the farm one by one. Rick saves Hershel from a walker who sneaks up behind him by shooting the walker in the back of the head. Rick pulls Hershel to a car and they flee the farm while the barn burns. In the back seat of the car, Hershel looks at the over-run farm. Hershel later insists that Rick take Carl to a safe place, and offers to stay at the section of highway where Sophia got lost to wait for the rest of the group, even if it means his death. But the remaining survivors, except Andrea, arrive just before Rick departs. Hershel embraces Maggie and Beth and the group learned from one another about Shane, Andrea, Jimmy, and Patricia's fate. The group discusses their plans for the future and start heading down the road. After Rick reveals that everyone is infected, he listens to Maggie and Glenn second-guessing Rick's leadership, but Hershel shuts them down, being one of only two people (along with Daryl) to still trust Rick.

Season 3


Hershel and the rest of the group discover a prison Rick believed could be their new home. Before settling into the prison, Hershel talks to Rick about Lori and the possibility that she may have lost the baby due to stress and over exerting herself. Hershel and the others went into the prison's fence and Rick assigned Hershel to shoot the walkers from one of the towers together with Carl. That night, Hershel suggested that they should plant some seeds so they can grow crops. Also, Hershel asked Beth to sing one of Paddy Riley's song at the campfire, but Maggie declined by saying "Daddy, not that one please."  Hershel then changed his request and told Beth to sing "The Parting Glass." Beth then proceeds to sing, and Maggie eventually sings along with her sister. The day after Rick, Glenn, Daryl, T-Dog, and Maggie cleared out cell block C, Carol called for Hershel to come over as Lori wanted to talk to him about the baby. Lori expresses to Hershel her fears and assumptions that her son can't stand her and that Rick hates her for putting him in difficult situations. That day, Rick, Daryl, T-Dog, Maggie, Glenn, and Hershel attempt to clean out another section of the prison. The group soon runs into small herds of walkers and is forced to retreat. During this, Glenn and Maggie become split up from the group by walkers and lock themselves in a closet.

The group, noticing the disappearance of the two, plan to go back and search for them. While they are searching, Hershel is seen stepping over what appears to be a dead inmate. The group circles back, safe from the walkers and Hershel is again seen stepping over the inmate, which shockingly awakens.  The formerly dormant walker grabs Hershel by the leg and bites into his calf. Rick shoots the walker in the head and the group quickly responds to the tragedy that has taken place. They are last seen inside a vacant cafeteria where Rick examines the bite. Rick, quickly thinking, removes his own belt and ties it above the bite before taking a hatchet and messily amputating Hershel's lower leg to save him. During the amputation, Hershel loses consciousness. Stuck inside the cafeteria, the group looks up and sees a group of living inmates staring back at them.


Hershel is rushed into one of the cells in C Block, and the team attempts to stop the bleeding. Carol eventually slows it down with help from Carl who retrieved medical supplies from the infirmary. At one point during the episode, Hershel appears to stop breathing. Lori checks his pulse multiple times, and eventually gives him mouth-to-mouth CPR. He soon darts up and grabs Lori in much the same way the dormant walker had grabbed him, but she is pulled away from Hershel. He appears to be alive, as his eyes are still their normal color, and he soon falls back asleep. As a precaution should Hershel turn, he is handcuffed to the bed frame.  Soon, when Rick returns from helping the other prisoners clear another cell block, and enters the cell Hershel is in, Hershel wakes up. He raises his hand, and holds Rick's hand, but doesn't say a word. He soon falls back asleep.

"Killer Within"

Hershel is shown in this episode to have recovered well from his amputation and is beginning to walk with crutches. When Walkers start to pour into the prison after Andrew took his revenge, Hershel and Beth hide behind a gate and remain there throughout the episode. At the end of the episode, Hershel is present when Maggie emerges from the prison carrying Lori's newborn child in her arms and witnesses Rick's sad, distraught fit. Hershel appears to be saddened by Lori's loss as well.

"Say the Word"

Hershel appears in this episode standing on his crutches, talking to Glenn as he mourns the deaths of Lori, and T-Dog. While Hershel believes that the two remaining prisoners, Axel and Oscar, are good people, Glenn believes that all of the prisoners should have been killed at first sight.


Hershel is seen first in the episode, eating with the others in the cafeteria of the prison. He later visits Rick, who is still in the prison's boiler room waiting for the phone. Rick tells him about another group of survivors, and how he is trying to join up with their group for safety, but tells Hershel not to say a word to the others about it. Hershel offers to sit with Rick, but Rick says no. Hershel is seen holding Judith when Rick returns to the group a second time. He passes Judith to Rick, who has finally come to embrace his newborn daughter. Afterwards, he, Rick, Judith, Carl, and Beth walk triumphantly out to the prison-yard as the group realizes that things seem to be looking up.

"When the Dead Come Knocking"

Hershel is seen behind Rick as he opens the gate to retrieve Michonne's unconscious body. He also asks Rick if Michonne has any bites on her, to which he replies that it is only a gunshot wound. He is seen with the other survivors as they interrogate Michonne. He is also seen stitching up Michonne's gunshot wound (inflicted by Merle). Afterwards, despite the gentle treatment, she replies with a stern "thank you."

"Made to Suffer"

Hershel appears mostly by Beth's side during this episode. Hershel puts Judith to sleep in her crib and talked to Beth and Carl, sitting on the stairs. When Carl hears a noise emanating from elsewhere in the prison, Hershel attempts to stop him from investigating the noise but ultimately decides to let him go. He is later seen when he sees the new group arriving in another cell. Sasha Williams glares at him and yells at them to unlock the door when Carl locked it. Tyreese, Sasha's brother and the leader of the group, calms her down and gives Hershel and the group his assurances that they're not looking for trouble.

"The Suicide King"

Hershel is seen in the common room, doctoring Allen's leg. Hershel bonded with Tyreese and the two share some of their stories since the outbreak began. Hershel told Tyreese that he shouldn't get too comfortable here, as he can't make the decision whether Tyreese's group can stay here or not. When Rick, Glenn, Maggie, and Michonne return to the prison, Hershel and Beth hug Maggie and he tells Beth to take her sister inside to get some medication. Back in the cell, he examines Glenn's injuries, surprised that Glenn sustained no broken bones. He informs Glenn that he is like a son to him, before leaving to talk to Maggie. Hershel told Maggie if she has anything to talk about, she can talk to him. He also mentions how he noticed her strange behavior around Glenn. He told her that he is proud of her and that she got her mother's spirit and stubbornness. She laid down in his arms and the two bonded with each other. Later that evening, Hershel wanted Rick to let Tyreese's group join them. When Rick says no while deciding the fate of Tyreese's group, Hershel argues against the decision due to their shortage in manpower following Oscar's death and Daryl's abandonment. Shortly after, Rick screams around the room, and Hershel stared at Rick, confused about his act of sudden tantrum.


After Rick's outburst towards the hallucination of Lori and indirectly towards Tyreese, Hershel is seen with the group inside of The Prison. He listens to Glenn's proposal on how to defend themselves from The Governor, but recommends that the group leave the prison rather than risk retaliation from Woodbury. He later comments that Glenn's decision to take over the leadership from Rick may be unwise at this time since Maggie is still recovering from her and Glenn's detention and torture in Woodbury, also advising Glenn to comfort Maggie. Later, when Glenn is outside and about to leave the Prison to scout, Hershel advises him to stay and take stock. Glenn ignores his council and leaves. Distraught, Hershel notices Rick wandering outside the Prison. There, he notices Rick outside of the fence, deciding to counsel him about his mental status. Rick confesses to Hershel about his visions of Lori and Shane, and Hershel urges him to come back inside of The Prison, where it is safe, but before Rick refuses. Just then, The Governor attacks them. Hershel ends up pinned down within the prison fence where the "walker bomb" is deployed. Hershel is rescued by Michonne and Glenn before he can be harmed.

"I Ain't a Judas"

Hershel is seen with the rest of the group discussing the Woodbury situation. When Rick attempts to wander off, Hershel yells at him to get back here and do something, but Rick ignores him and wanders outside. Hershel visits Merle in his cell, where they bond over their amputations and a Bible verse. Merle tells Hershel of The Governor's planned pecking order during a second attack, with Merle being the first death and Rick being the last because The Governor wants Rick to watch his family and friends die around him. Andrea returns to the Prison, and appears shocked to see that Hershel has lost his leg. He then informs her of Lori's fate and the birth of her baby girl, and asks why she's so sure that The Governor is willing to negotiate. Later that night, while Beth is singing by the candlelight, Hershel voices his concerns about Andrea's inner conflict and The Governor's numbers. Rick agrees and says that they need to match those numbers, then decides to go for a supply run in the morning with Michonne and Carl to try and find some bullets and new weapons. Rick then tells Daryl and Hershel that they will be in charge while he's gone.

"Arrow on the Doorpost"

Hershel goes along with Rick and Daryl to the meeting with The Governor. Later, he is seen talking to Milton Mamet about his amputation, and even jokes about his question regarding the leg. The two seem to form a bond of sorts because of this. When the meeting is over, he leaves with Rick and Daryl. Back at the prison when the meeting is over, Hershel privately mentions the group's sentiments about going to war with Woodbury. He and Carol think the group should leave the Prison behind and take their chances on the road to avoid any more hostility from Woodbury and The Governor, but they would go along with whatever Rick felt was best. It's then that Rick reveals the truth: the Governor asked for Michonne. Hershel stands up for Michonne, saying she earned her place. However, when asked if he would risk Maggie and Beth's lives for her, Hershel cannot counter.

"This Sorrowful Life"

Hershel is still against the idea of Rick handing over Michonne to The Governor, and agrees with Daryl when he says that the decision is not like them. Later on, Hershel and his daughters pray with a bible and he said he would do anything to keep Maggie and Beth away from harm. While in his cell, Glenn visits him and says that he now understands why Hershel gave him the pocket watch and tells Hershel that he wants to marry Maggie. Hershel gives Glenn his blessing. Hershel is later seen on the outside of the Prison, along with the other remaining members of the group as Rick denounces having sole leadership.

"Welcome to the Tombs"

Hershel is first seen packing important medical supplies in bags. He then hides out in the woods with Carl as the Woodbury army ambushes the Prison and retreat when they are ambushed themselves. Jody, one of the Woodbury soldiers, runs off into the woods where he comes across Hershel and Carl. Despite surrendering his gun, Carl shoots him anyways. Hershel tells Rick about what really happened with Jody, as Carl had lied to Rick. Hershel tells Rick that Carl gunned Jody down and Jody had no intentions on killing either of them.

Later, at the end of the episode, Hershel cheerfully guides the remaining Woodbury survivors to their new home in the Prison, most of whom are children or elderly.

Season 4

Within the time gap between Season 3 and Season 4, Hershel has started a garden out on the prison yard. He also now has a prosthetic leg that Daryl found on a supply run.

"30 Days Without An Accident"

Hershel is first seen with Rick out in the gardens. He is talking to Rick about how to plant things and use seeds to grow more plants. Before Rick walks away, Hershel makes a joke aimed at Rick regarding the proper clothing to farm and grow crops. He also tells Rick that him and the rest of the council want him to carry a gun when he goes outside the prison.

Later at the end of the episode he is talking with Rick about the situation with Clara. He tries to persuade Rick that there was nothing he could do and she was wrong about not being able to come back from the brink of insanity. When Rick suggests losing the prison, Judith, or Carl would put him in that position, Hershel says, "not even then."


Hershel is first seen examining the new infection with Caleb Subramanian (a doctor), Rick, Daryl, and Bob Stookey (a newcomer to the prison, who worked as an army medic) before he meets with the rest of the "council" to discuss the new situation at the prison and how to deal with it, putting Karen and David in isolation in the process.


Hershel is seen bandaging Rick's hand after his fight with Tyreese. He later goes into the woods with Carl to collect Herbs for the infected people. They both spot a decomposed walker as another one arrives. Once they return, Maggie tries to stop him from going inside Cell Block A to prevent him from being infected. Rick arrives and sides with Maggie. Hershel explains how they risk their lives and that he can help the sick. They both allow him to go and he goes inside and gives Caleb the herb medicine. When Caleb coughs, He spits blood into Hershel's face and Hershel himself thinks he is infected with the flu type infection. He also gives Glenn the herb medicine.


Hershel is in Block A taking care of the infected survivors. Hershel, Glenn, and Sasha take care of several of the infected together until things go to Chaos. He attempts to reassure Caleb that everything will be fine, before realizing that the doctor had given up hope, showing Hershel several guns he had packed and revealing blood running from his eyes and mouth. Later, Hershel revives a passed out Sasha and when he exits the cell, Lizzie yells to Hershel, alerting him of 2 walkers in the room. Hershel gets pinned but a woman and man come to save him. However, the man's teenage son turns and bites his father, causing him to accidentally shoot and kill the woman. Hershel quickly runs to Lizzie who is pinned under a walker, and throws it onto a fence below the catwalk. Hershel then shouts at Caleb for a gun, before encountering the doctor, now dead and reanimated. After stabbing him through the bars of the cell, he retrieves a shotgun, which he uses to lure and kill the walkers. Right after, Hershel goes to get the breathing tube from the walker to save Glenn, but is pinned. Right on time, Maggie finally breaks into the cell block, and kills the walker and saves Hershel. She kills the remaining walkers and then they go to save Glenn, which they do. Afterwards, Hershel is seen back in Caleb's cell, where he tends to his corpse and attempts to read his bible before breaking down and sobbing over the events of the day. The next day, Hershel is confronted by Daryl, who asks where Carol is. Hershel, however, reassured him that she is fine, but directs him to Rick. He then rides with Michonne to burn and bury the corpses from the previous day.

"Dead Weight"

When The Governor arrives at the prison, he discovers Hershel and Michonne outside of the fences disposing walker corpses from the previous attack. He then aims his gun at the both of them.

"Too Far Gone"

The Governor ambushes Hershel and Michonne, knocking Michonne unconscious, and forcing Hershel to drop his gun. While they are held hostage, The Governor explains that he intends to take the prison from Rick so that his new group can live there safely, and will be using Hershel and Michonne to get it. Hershel tries, but fails to persuade The Governor that they could all live together. When The Governor states that he will kill members of the Survivors if necessary, Hershel states that The Governor should realize that threatening to kill a man's children is wrong since he used to have a child himself, but The Governor has already made his decision.

Once The Governor arrives at the Prison with his group and the two hostages, Hershel attempts to help Rick in reaching diplomacy. Rick spends several minutes pleading with The Governor, asking him to let Hershel and Michonne go and offering to let his group live in the Prison with the others. The Governor becomes irritated and holds Michonne's katana to Hershel's throat. Rick then looks down at Hershel and Hershel nods his head, as a sign of saying Rick has made the right choice. Rick frantically tries to reason, and reinstates Hershel's virtues of peace and that nobody is "too far gone", and that "we can all come back," leading Hershel to smile vaguely. The Governor begins to put down the sword, but then stops, muttering "liar". The Governor then swings the sword into Hershel's neck, partially decapitating him. This leads to the beginning of a massive gunfight, as Maggie and Beth cry for their father, watching from behind the Prison gates. As Hershel bleeds out and desperately attempts to crawl away in the ensuing gunfight, The Governor catches up to him and repeatedly slashes at Hershel's neck with the sword, utterly decapitating and killing him.


Michonne comes across Hershel's reanimated head when she comes back to the prison and she sadly stabs it with her katana, putting her friend down. Later, he is mentioned by Carl as one of the survivors Rick failed to protect when he is scolding an unconscious Rick. 


Hershel is seen in flashbacks through the episode. His main role in these flashbacks is to encourage Rick to stop going out on runs and instead begin farming at the prison and teaching Carl how to be more balanced.

Season 7

"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be"

Hershel appears briefly in a flashback when Rick reflects on memories with all of his friends while panicking over the possibility that his other friends could be killed by the Saviors.

Season 9

"What Comes After"

In a hallucination, Rick finds himself back at the farm. Hershel greets him warmly. Rick embraces him and apologizes for what happened to him and his family, but Hershel assures Rick not to worry, reminding him that Maggie's strong and that his grandson would only make her stronger. Rick confides in Hershel that his goal to create a better world hasn't been easy and is trying find his family, but Hershel tells him he doesn't and he just has to wake up.


Killed By

After Rick pleads with the Governor's group to put down their guns and join them at the prison, the Governor blatantly refuses under his breath and proceeds to slice Hershel's neck using Michonne's katana.

Then, as a mortally wounded Hershel vainly drags himself away from the fight, slowly dying from lost blood, the Governor catches up with him and brutally hacks the rest of his neck, completely decapitating him in the process.

After the destruction of the prison, Michonne finds Hershel's reanimated head and, with sadness, puts it down.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Hershel has killed:


Josephine Greene

"She was a good woman, my Jo. Maggie's a lot like her."
—Hershel telling Glenn about his first wife[src]

Josephine is Hershel's first wife, and Maggie's mother. She is stated by Hershel to be tough and strong, and she frequently made him sleep on the couch whenever he comes home late or drinking at night, showing that she cared a lot about her husband. She died before the apocalypse occurred. After her death, Hershel marries another woman, much to Maggie's dismay.

Annette Greene

"We weren't completely unscathed. We lost friends, neighbours. The epidemic took my wife, my stepson."
—Hershel to Rick[src]

Annette was Hershel's wife and he deeply loved her. When she died, Hershel locked her up in the barn hoping that a cure would be found and save her life, and stated that she wasn't dead and was only sick. Hershel took up drinking again when Annette was killed, depressed over the death of his second wife, whom he loved.

Maggie Greene

"I rest easy knowing you can handle yourself. You've got your mother's spirit... and her stubbornness."
—Hershel comforting Maggie[src]

Maggie is Hershel's eldest daughter. They have a normal father-daughter relationship and are very close. Hershel has entrusted Glenn to take care of her and be her unofficial husband, a status which Glenn had to earn by proving himself to Hershel over time.

Maggie's personality is much like that of her father in that she is strong, intelligent, brave, responsible, innovative, capable, and able to bounce back from the tragedies she faces without letting herself become devastated or weakened by them. Knowing that Maggie can take care of herself without his constant supervision, Hershel gave her the job of going on supply runs, a duty which she has kept throughout the zombie apocalypse. He also allows Maggie to engage in combat alongside the men. This is far different from how Hershel views Beth, who he keeps by his side as she is much more naive and fearful than her sister. However, Hershel is still very protective of Maggie and often worries about her, like any normal parent would.

When the virus hits the prison, Hershel's devotion to caring for the sick, in spite of his own chances of catching the disease, deeply upsets Maggie. He convinces her that he is making the right decision. However, when he's alone in quarantine fighting off a walker who is wearing intubation he needs to save Glenn's life, Maggie refuses to let the walker kill him, even at risk of destroying the intubation. She manages the perfect shot, killing the walker and saving her father.

His death by the Governor's hands several hours later devastates Maggie. She is seen crying and screaming behind the prison fences after witnessing her father's execution.

Beth Greene

"I thought-- I hoped he'd just live the rest of his life in peace, you know? I thought Maggie and Glenn would have a baby. And he'd get to be a grandpa. And we'd have birthdays and holidays and summer picnics. And he'd get really old... And it 'd happen, but it'd be quiet... It'd be okay... He'd be surrounded by people he loved. That's how unbelievably stupid I am."
—Beth remembering her father[src]

Beth is Hershel's youngest daughter. They have a normal, loving, father-daughter relationship. Hershel is protective of Beth as she is still considered a kid, at the age of 17. Hershel always kept Beth out of harm's way for as long as she can remember, even after the outbreak happened, and teaches her to always do good things in life. After Beth tried to commit suicide, Hershel was by her side watching and caring for her. Hershel calls Beth, "Bethy", and is proud of his daughter's singing skills.

When Hershel is bitten, amputated and taken back to the cells, Beth starts to cry in Lori's arms at the sight of her unconscious father in "Sick". Beth does not give up on Hershel and still believes he will be okay, Beth starts to make new pants for Hershel and Maggie asks why in which Beth moans at her for sounding as she has given up on their father. When Hershel regains consciousness, he and Beth are seen walking around together, Beth helping Hershel walk and cope with his new disability while Maggie is off with Glenn. Hershel always protects Beth despite his inability to walk normally, such as in episodes "Killer Within" and "Welcome to the Tombs". Sometimes, Hershel would also give medical advice regarding Judith to Beth and Carol. In season 4, Hershel and Beth had very little interaction due to the flu outbreak surrounding the prison, although when she and Maggie were struggling in the aftermath of the virus, Beth reminded her of Hershel's advice that they all had jobs to do. After Hershel was murdered before her eyes, Beth began to scream and cry, and opened fire on the Governor alongside Maggie. Maggie later calmed her by reminding her of Hershel's advice. After his death, she admit that she missed him and Beth promised herself to keep her father's teaching alive.

Shawn Greene

"My wife and stepson are in that barn. They're people."
—Hershel to Dale[src]

Shawn was Hershel's stepson and he deeply loved him. When he died, Hershel locked him up in the barn hoping that a cure would be found and save his life, and stated that he wasn't dead and was only sick. Hershel took up drinking again when Shawn was killed, depressed over the death of his stepson, whom he loved.


"Blessed be God, Father of our lord, Jesus Christ. Praise be to Him, for the gift of our brother Otis, for his span of years, for his abundance of character; Otis, who gave his life to save a child's. Now more than ever, our most precious asset. We thank you, God, for the peace he enjoys in your embrace. He died as he lived, in grace."
—Hershel during Otis' funeral[src]

Otis is Hershel's close friend, and they got along with each other well. Hershel is grateful towards Otis for helping him at the farm on numerous occasions, and doesn't mind him staying. Hershel was saddened of Otis' death, and held a funeral for him in appreciation for what he had done for his entire life and what he did right before his death.


"Patricia, I need my full kit."
—Hershel issuing orders to Patricia[src]

Patricia is Hershel's vet assistant and close friend. She often assists him in medical circumstances, and is seen by his side along with Maggie, Beth and Glenn when the rest of the group turn against him after the discovery of Sophia. Hershel respects her but still treats her as his employee when he orders her to prepare for emergency surgery one time. He is concerned about Patricia's whereabouts when she is not seen at the highway, and appears saddened when Beth explains to him about her death.


"Jimmy is 17. He's not my kin but I am responsible for him."
—Hershel to Rick regarding Jimmy[src]

Being the boyfriend of his daughter Beth, Hershel cares for Jimmy and doesn't mind him staying at his farm. Hershel and Jimmy get along well, though he and Beth often had to be chased around by Hershel, because of their sexual activity. Hershel views Jimmy as slightly immature, but is grateful for helping him at the farm on numerous occasions. Hershel was saddened to learn of Jimmy's death.

Glenn Rhee

"You're like my own son."
—Hershel to Glenn when treating his wounds[src]

Hershel and Glenn initially don't have a very good relationship, with the former disapproving of his relationship with his daughter, Maggie. However, as time passes, Hershel realizes that Glenn is a capable man who can care and protect his daughter from the dangerous world they live in. He gives Glenn a pocket watch (which has been passed through generations in Hershel's family) and along with it permission to be with Maggie.

Later on in the prison, Hershel tells Glenn that he is like a son to him, showing their extremely close bond and friendship. When the Prison is overrun by Walkers after a delivery van driven by a Woodbury soldier unloads them during the Woodbury attack, Glenn (along with Michonne) helps to rescue Hershel. Glenn later confronts Hershel telling him he wishes to marry Maggie. Hershel happily agrees, saying "You have my blessing."

When Glenn falls ill from the mystery virus spreading throughout the prison, he still helps Hershel and Sasha with the other patients in quarantine until he becomes too weak to do so. Hershel works tirelessly to save him, to the point where he pleads with Maggie not to kill the walker who is about to kill him, as the walker is wearing intubation that he can use for Glenn. Maggie manages to kill the walker without damaging the mask, and Hershel stabilizes Glenn until Michonne, Tyreese, Bob, and Daryl arrive with medicine.

Glenn is ill and/or unconscious throughout the fall of the prison, meaning he knows nothing of Hershel's capture or death. When he comes to and gathers some supplies and mementos from the abandoned prison, one of the items he takes is Hershel's watch. When Tara, a member of the Governor's militia, accidentally tells him about the murder (mentioning an "old man" the Governor killed), Glenn asks if she means Hershel. Upon getting confirmation, Glenn is devastated.

Rick Grimes

"He needs his father. He needs his father to show him the way. What way are you going to show him?"
—Hershel convincing Rick to focus on raising his son.[src]

Rick first meets the Greene family after his son Carl is accidentally shot by their neighbor Otis, who offers the medical assistance of the family patriarch, Hershel. Rick is grateful for Hershel ultimately saving his son and allowing the group to stay on his farm while Carl heals, though they came at odds when the group discovered that Hershel has been hoarding his undead family and neighbors in his barn thinking they could be cured. Rick slowly attempts to show Hershel the truth of the living dead, but to no avail, as Hershel believes God wants the walkers to be kept safe, not killed. He eventually cooperates with Hershel, even going as far as to aid him in bringing two new walkers to the barn.

After facing a divine intervention following the barn shootout, Hershel relapses into his alcoholism and was confronted in a bar by Rick who convinces him that what had happened needed to be done, as the undead are no longer the people they were before. Following this revelation, Hershel sees the spirit in Rick's leadership and has since become one of his most devoted followers, standing by his side and knowing that he had his family's safety at heart along with the rest of the group. Despite this notion, Hershel continues persistently in voicing his concerns over Shane Walsh until the latter's death.

During their time on the farm, Hershel tries to mentor Rick's troubles and offer advice as often as he possibly can. Despite these attempts usually being rebuffed, Hershel never takes it to heart and feels that Rick is competent enough to overcome anything. This is most positively seen when Rick pulls Hershel away from defending his farm against an overwhelming herd and into the arms of his surviving daughters. Rick knew that not only did the man have his own family to protect, he also provides his pregnant wife and the group with a crucial medical role. After abandoning the farm, Rick assumes command over the entire group, which unites them all as one unit. While living as transient scavengers during the winter, Hershel follows Rick's leadership and does not question him. 

When Hershel is bitten in the leg while the group is clearing the prison, Rick immediately hacks off his leg to prevent the infection from killing him, which eventually leads to a full recovery minus the amputation. Hershel continues to follow Rick's leadership and is saddened by Lori's death and Rick's devastation. He is shown mentoring Rick both during and after his breakdown. While Rick is busy recovering and coming to terms with what broke him, Hershel has acted as a surrogate father to Judith and spends the majority of his time taking care of her.

The two have become very close friends following Hershel's recovery from his amputation. Although Rick felt bad about having to cut off Hershel's leg and leave him permanently disabled, Hershel has been nothing but gracious to Rick because the act saved his life. Thanks to Rick's quick thinking, Hershel became the first and only known survivor of a zombie bite.

As more time passes in the prison, Hershel becomes close counsel to Rick on how best to handle things, voicing his opinion to Rick when he has doubts or questions his decisions. It is obvious that Rick has a very high level of personal trust in Hershel, as he was the sole group member that Rick confided in regarding the hallucinations he's been having. Knowing that Rick told him in confidence and did not want the others to know, Hershel kept Rick's secret. Even after Rick's outburst upon seeing Lori's 'ghost' on the prison balcony and yelling at her, Hershel has respected Rick's privacy and kept the details about his friend's experiences to himself. Hershel is very understanding of what Rick is going through, does not blame or judge him for it, and has continued to be there for him. Although he is doing his best to help Rick mourn and get through this, Hershel keeps his friend in line as he refuses to let Rick be controlled by his grief or do anything that would put them all in danger.

Before Hershel's death, he shows a great amount of pride for Rick as he attempts to parley with the Governor. Rick is devastated by Hershel's death, screaming and opening fire on The Governor. During the battle, Rick tackles The Governor and proceeds to brutally attack him because of what he did to Hershel.

Lori Grimes

"Rest? Let's go for a little stroll."
—Hershel to Lori about using crutches after resting from his leg amputation[src]

Lori first meets Hershel when he is preparing to operate on Carl's gunshot wound. At first she acts hostile towards him because of Otis' mistake of shooting Carl, and when Hershel says he is a veterinarian, she doubts his skill even more; eventually she gives in because there are currently no others who can operate on Carl. After Hershel saves Carl's life, and she learns of Otis' sacrifice for Carl, she is appreciative, and learns to respect Hershel and his family. Throughout her stay at the farm, she grows closer with Hershel, especially after Rick tells him that Lori is pregnant. They maintain a good relationship and Hershel starts giving advice to Lori about pregnancy. Hershel had wanted the group to leave the farm as soon as Carl had recovered enough to travel, but Lori's pregnancy is enough to change his mind.

When Hershel goes missing after the barn massacre, Rick wants to find him, but Lori disagrees, saying they need a leader to stay in the farm and that Shane is dangerous if left alone. But when Rick says he wants to find Hershel because he's the only one who can check up on Lori's baby on a daily basis and to inform him about Beth's condition, she agrees. Lori continues to support both Rick and Hershel's decisions to do what's best for the group, especially when Randall is taken hostage in the farm. During the walkers' invasion at the farm, Lori stays behind inside the house and when she is going to run away from the farm with Carol, Beth, and Patricia, she repeatedly yells at Hershel to stop defending his farm, only leaving him behind when it's clear he won't go with her. Finally, the group reunite at the highway after the invasion and they continue their travel to find a safe place.

During the months the group spent on the run after the farm was overrun, Hershel and Lori become even closer. Hershel is worried about Lori and tells Rick that she can't take much more of them moving around different places. When Lori is crying about her baby seemingly dying inside of her, Hershel tries his best to comfort her. She also triesto comfort Beth and Maggie after Hershel's foot amputation, and when he stops breathing, she performs CPR on him, ignoring the potential risk of his turning into a walker during the process. She's also the only one besides Beth who is positive that Hershel can make it through his amputation, and is happy about Hershel's survival, saying that today's a good day because they were able to safe Hershel's life. One of the last happy moments of Lori's life is helping Hershel walk outside for the first time after his amputation. After Lori's death, Hershel continues to care about Judith and frequently mentions Lori's good deeds to the group.

Carl Grimes

"Hershel. If you have to go, then I have to come with you. I have to."
—Carl offering to help Hershel[src]

Hershel has a good friendship with Carl and looks after him during their time at the farm and prison. Hershel performs the operation that saves Carl's life after Carl is accidentally shot by Otis. Carl later returns the favor by retrieving badly-needed medical supplies after Hershel's lower leg is amputated when he is bitten by a walker. When Hershel recovers enough to move around with crutches, Carl jokingly challenges him to a race. Hershel is shocked when Carl shoots and kills Jody, who was surrendering, and tells Rick that the killing was in cold blood, and worries for Carl's mental state. However, Hershel later acknowledges at the that Carl has "come back." Carl offers to help Hershel while he picks herbs in the woods, and bonds with him. After Hershel is decapitated by the governor, Carl was enraged and saddened over the death of his friend whom he viewed as a father figure.

Judith Grimes

"Oh the baby, she's healthy -- eats like a horse, sleeps like a rock."
—Hershel assuring Rick of Judith's state[src]

Due to his medical training, Hershel is the primary caretaker of Judith. He spends a significant amount of time with the baby and ensures that her needs are met. Hershel cares very deeply for Judith. Since the day Judith was born, Hershel has acted as her surrogate father while Rick recovers from his breakdown.

Shane Walsh

"You know, we haven't even dealt with what you did at my barn yet. Let me make this perfectly clear, once and for all... This is my farm. Now I wanted you gone. Rick talked me out of it, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. So do us both a favor... Keep your mouth shut."
—Hershel to Shane[src]

Shane and Hershel have a poor relationship. Shane appeared to be grateful to Hershel for saving Carl's life and giving the group shelter, although once discovering of the walker infested barn, Shane was furious at Hershel and claimed he was crazy. After massacring the barn walkers and discovering Sophia, Shane was even more furious and may have tried to attack Hershel but was stopped by Maggie. Hershel reluctantly put up with Shane after this event, and Shane was angered at Hershel's decision to operate on Randall and let him go and claimed that he was just as bad a leader as Rick. Hershel seemed slightly shocked to learn of Shane's death.

Dale Horvath

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

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


"We're family. You belong with us. But if you join us, it's settled."
—Hershel to Andrea[src]

Andrea was grateful towards Hershel for letting her and the group stay at his farm , and tries to help him out whenever she can. The two, however, came at odds when the group discovered that Hershel had been hoarding his undead family and neighbours in his barn thinking they could be cured. Hershel forgives Andrea for participating in the barn shootout, and lets her stay on the farm. After being separated for many months, Andrea meets Hershel again when she visits the prison, and is happy to see him again, though she is at first shocked about his missing leg. During the Governor and Rick's negotiation, Andrea has a hard time choosing which side she should join. Hershel gives her some advice, and acknowledges her as family. Hershel was later saddened to learn of Andrea's death.

Carol Peletier

"Oh, there you are!"
—Carol to Hershel as she reunites with the group[src]

Hershel teaches Carol a few minor medical techniques in preparation for the birth of Lori's baby. They presumably become close to one another in their time alone in doing this. Hershel is bitten by a lurker, and his leg is amputated by Rick to stop the infection. Carol, like Maggie, is not optimistic about Hershel's chances of survival, but works as hard to keep him alive anyway. When Carol reunites with the rest of the group, she is extremely happy to see Hershel again and gives him a strong, bracing hug (despite his now-limited balance). Hershel seems equally happy to see Carol. It is possible that the fact that Carol helped save Hershel's life helped to strengthen their growing bond. Hershel is shocked and saddened to learn that Rick banished Carol, although he does not question the decision. It is still unknown whether Carol is aware about his death since she stated that she only saw the ending of the war, but she is presumed to have been devastated.


"He got bit closing the gate. If he hadn't done that..."
—Hershel to Glenn about T-Dog[src]

T-Dog was grateful towards Hershel for letting him and the group stay at his farm , and tries to help him out whenever he can. The two, however, came at odds when the group discovered that Hershel had been hoarding his undead family and neighbours in his barn thinking they could be cured. Hershel forgives T-Dog for participating in the barn shootout, and lets him stay on the farm. During their time at the prison, T-Dog and Hershel have formed a strong friendship and hold a lot of respect towards each other. T-Dog is concerned for Hershel after his leg is amputated, and is glad to know that he survived. Hershel was saddened to learn of T-Dog's death, and states that if he hadn't risked himself to close the gates to prevent more walkers from entering, the group would have suffered more losses.

Daryl Dixon

"You are one tough son of a bitch."
—Daryl to Hershel[src]

Daryl was grateful towards Hershel for letting him and the group stay at his farm , and tries to help him out whenever he can. The two came at odds when the group discovered that Hershel had been hoarding his undead family and neighbours in his barn thinking they could be cured. Hershel forgives Daryl for participating in the barn shootout, and lets him stay on the farm. During their time at the prison, Daryl and Hershel have formed a strong friendship and hold a lot of respect towards each other. Hershel respects Daryl's will and selflesness for the group during the time in both the farm and prison, while Daryl respects Hershel's bravery to risk his own life for the safety of the others. After Hershel was decapitated by the Governor, Daryl mercilessly fired at The Governor's Militia, enraged over the death of his friend.

During a drinking game with Beth, Daryl has an emotional breakdown in which he also express his sorrow and regret at not killing the Governor and saving Hershel while he had a chance to take a shot, showing just how much he meant to him.

Merle Dixon

"Merle has military experience. He may be erratic but don't underestimate his loyalty to his brother."
—Hershel to Rick and Glenn discussing his presence within the group[src]

Merle and Hershel first met after the latter joins the group and have established a quick friendship. While the rest of the group besides Daryl distrusted Merle, Hershel was friendly towards him and has bonded with him through a discussion of their loss of limbs and the Bible. Merle warns Hershel about the upcoming battle with the governor, and tells him that he is dangerous. Hershel values Merle's military experience, and states that he should be acknowledged as part of the group. It is unknown how Hershel responds to Merle's death.

Michonne Hawthorne

"She saved my life, Carl's, Glenn and Maggie's... If she hadn't come here, we never would have known they were taken. She's earned her place."
—Hershel to Rick regarding Michonne[src]

Hershel and Michonne quickly become close, with Hershel often treating her for medical injuries and even saving her life (being one of the only people left who can treat a concussion) after she arrives at the prison. Michonne returns this favor by saving Hershel's life, carrying him to the truck along with Glenn. When Hershel is informed by Rick that The Governor wants her in exchange for the prison's safety from his army, he stands up for her and states that she has earned her place in the group. Months later, after the prison finally recovers from the deadly flu virus, it is overrun by walkers, but is saved by the efforts of Rick and Carl outside, and Hershel inside. The next day, Hershel and Michonne go to burn the walkers but are kidnapped by Phillip, and brought back to his camp. Later that day, Phillip executes Hershel right in front of the prison survivors and Michonne, using Michonne's own katana. She is shocked and devestated by his death, and later stabs the Governor in revenge for him. Later, Michonne comes across Hershel's zombified head and sadly stabs it, showing how much she cared for him.

Tyreese Williams

"I appreciate you taking care of us. For a while, we didn't know who we were dealing with."
—Tyreese thanking Hershel[src]

Hershel and Tyreese have formed a quick friendship upon meeting each other. Tyreese is grateful towards Hershel for offering to help, and promises to do whatever he can for him and the prison group. Hershel later tries to convince Rick into letting Tyreese and his group stay in the prison and to give them a chance at earning their place. When the Woodbury residents including Tyreese join the prison, Hershel is happy to see him again and gives him a friendly pat on the shoulder. In the following months, Tyreese and Hershel have established a good friendship. Tyreese is grateful towards Hershel for saving Sasha and the other sick prison residents' lives. After Hershel was decapitated by the Governor, Tyreese mercilessly fired at The Governor's Militia, enraged over the death of his friend.

Sasha Williams

"I thought you were an idiot to come in here. I mean, I was sure that you were gonna be a dead foolish man. I don't know what I'm saying. I must've hit my head. I don't believe in magic or luck. I do the math and I don't gamble. But I don't know if I'd be here right now if you weren't so damn stupid."
—Sasha to Hershel[src]

Hershel and Sasha have formed a quick friendship upon meeting each other. Sasha is grateful towards Hershel for offering to help, and promises to do whatever he can for him and the prison group. Hershel later tries to convince Rick into letting Sasha and her group stay in the prison and to give them a chance at earning their place. When the Woodbury residents including Sasha join the prison, Hershel is happy to see her again. In the following months, Sasha and Hershel have established a good friendship. Hershel saves Sasha when she is sick, and she tells him that that she is lucky to be alive and that she only is because of Hershel.

After Hershel was decapitated by the Governor, Sasha mercilessly fired at The Governor's Militia, enraged over the death of her friend.

The Governor

"Your people. Our people. We can find a way to live together. These people you need to keep alive, do you love them? Everything you've said, the way you've said it, you've changed. So has Rick. We'll find a way. You say you want to take this prison as peacefully as possible. That means you'd be willing to hurt people to get it. My daughters would be there. That's who you'd be hurting. If you understand what it's like to have a daughter, then how can you threaten to kill someone else's?"
—Hershel to Philip[src]

Hershel considers Philip as an enemy, stating that he was a sick man for having his daughter, Maggie, strip naked. Despite this, Hershel believes that the Governor isn't entirely bad, and what he has become is due to the state of the world now, and suggests to avoid conflict with him by leaving the prison. Several months later, Philip ambushes Hershel and Michonne and holds them hostage. Hershel negotiates with Philip, saying that the two groups of survivors can live together and that he can change just like Rick. Philip, however, ignores Hershel's words and threatens to kill him if Rick doesn't surrender. Philip later slashes Hershel's neck repeatedly, decapitating him and shows no remorse for doing so.

Milton Mamet

"I'm not showing you my leg. I just met you. At least buy me a drink first."
—Hershel joking with Milton and declining to show him his amputated leg[src]

During Philip and Rick's negotiation, Milton begins taking notes of what's happening, and tells Hershel that they need to keep records of the apocalypses's history, and Hershel agrees with him. The two talk, and Milton starts to take interest in Hershel's amputated leg. Milton asks if he could see Hershel's leg, to learn more about how it was amputated. Hershel jokingly declines and tells Milton to buy a drink for him first, and they both start to laugh.

Caleb Subramanian

"Doctors make the worst patients."
—Hershel to Caleb, while he is checking on Caleb's ill condition[src]

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

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

Later, when Hershel returns to Caleb's cell to get his shotgun, he discovers Caleb as a walker, and tearfully stabs him in the head. After Glenn is stabilized and all has calmed down, Hershel comes back to the doctor's cell and closes the dead man's eye. He pulls out his Bible and begins to read, weeping over the loss of his friend.

Bob Stookey

"You should at least let Hershel or Dr. S. take a look at you, make sure nothing's broken."
—Bob to Tyreese[src]

Bob is seen conversing with Rick, Daryl, Hershel, and Caleb about the unknown flu and explains how Charlie likely died, noticing blood leaking from his eyes and nose and a lack of bites. Rick then mentions Patrick's similar condition. They discuss the illness with each other, showing that they have a good relationship with one another. Later, Bob visits Tyreese who is burying Karen and David, and tells him to get a checkup from Hershel, showing that he knows about Hershel's medical skills. After Hershel was decapitated by the Governor, Bob mercilessly fired at The Governor's Militia, enraged over the death of his friend.

Lizzie Samuels

"Go get my copy of "Tom Sawyer" from my room. I want you to read it by tonight. We all got jobs to do. That one's yours"
—Hershel to Lizzie.[src]

Hershel was friendly and caring towards Lizzie and the kids, and got along with each other well. Hershel looks after Lizzie when she is sick, and borrows her his book to keep her busy. Hershel later saves Lizzie from a walker and locks her in a cell to keep her safe. How Hershel's death affects Lizzie is unknown, as she wasn't present when he was killed.


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  • Hershel was one of the few members of the Survivors who believed in God and the afterlife.
  • Hershel is the first main character to die in a mid-season finale, the second being his daughter Beth Greene, the third being Deanna Monroe, the fourth being Spencer Monroe, and the fifth being Jesus.
  • Hershel is the second character to have a death in a mid-season finale. First being Sophia and then followed by Beth, Deanna, Spencer, Olivia, Natania and Jesus.
  • ​In many ways, Hershel had replaced Dale as the moral compass of the group. This was foreshadowed both by their interaction with each other and with other survivors:
    • Dale's conversation with Hershel in "Judge, Jury, Executioner" consisted of him appealing to Hershel for support regarding the fate of a prisoner. Hershel turned a blind eye at the time, which is ironic, as Hershel would later plead a case for Rick to spare Tyreese and his group's lives in "The Suicide King".
    • Dale had a very paternal relationship with Glenn, who actively sought his approval. Hershel would later become a very real father after Glenn became involved with his daughter Maggie.
    • Rick revealed in his eulogy at Dale's funeral that he would often look to him for approval regarding difficult moral dilemmas. He would later tell Hershel of his plan to turn Michonne over to The Governor in hopes of a truce and, when asked by Hershel why he was telling him and not the others, Rick answered that he was hoping Hershel could talk him out of it.
    • Dale in the comic series lost his leg and had to use crutches and later a peg-leg Andrea built for him. With Dale dying much earlier in the TV series, Hershel lost his leg, survived, and was forced to use crutches. By season 4, he obtained a prosthetic leg which is more advanced than Dale's Comic Series peg-leg and which permitted him to wear a full pair of boots again.
    • On the Talking Dead episode in which Scott Wilson guest stars discussing "Too Far Gone", in which Hershel is killed, a strong parallel is made between the characters of Dale and Hershel, who are confirmed to have been moral centers for the group, and that this had a strong impact on fan reactions to their deaths.
  • Scott Wilson, who portrays Hershel, revealed that there is a portrait of his mother as a young girl hanging in the farm house.[1]
  • Hershel was initially scripted to be killed by Randall in the episode "Better Angels" during Randall's escape. However, the producers decided to allow the character to live so that they could explore the dramatic potential of losing his farm in "Beside the Dying Fire" and Season 3.[2]
  • Hershel is one of the many amputees in the series, having his leg amputated by Rick Grimes to prevent him from turning and untimely being decapitated by The Governor.
  • Hershel is the first person in the TV Series to survive the infection, due to having his leg amputated so the infection can be contained from the blood.
  • Hershel is the first Greene family member to be killed on a mid-season finale; he was followed by his youngest daughter, Beth, who was killed in the mid-season finale of Season 5. Both also died after Rick tried to talk the killer into letting them go.
  • Hershel is one of few characters to have appeared in almost every form of Walking Dead media, having appeared in the comic series, TV series, Social Game, video game, and novels.
  • A painted portrait of Hershel could be seen in the Barrington House as a part of a shrine in the episode "Morning Star", alongside other paintings of Maggie's family, including Glenn Rhee and Beth Greene.
  • Hershel is the third main character to become a walker, the first being Shane Walsh, the second being Merle Dixon, the fourth being Deanna Monroe, the fifth being Spencer Monroe, the sixth being Sasha Williams, the seventh being Simon, the eighth being Enid, the ninth being Tara Chambler, the tenth being Siddiq, the eleventh being Alpha, and the twelfth being Alden.
  • Hershel is the first main character to be bitten by a walker, the second being Andrea, the third being Bob Stookey, the fourth being Tyreese Williams, the fifth being Deanna Monroe, and the sixth being Carl Grimes.
    • Hershel is the only one of the six to survive the bite, as Rick amputates his leg. Tyreese was also amputated after the bite, but later died of blood loss.
  • Hershel is the fourth main character to be killed by another main character, the first being Dale Horvath, the second being Shane Walsh, the third being Merle Dixon, the fifth being Gareth, the sixth being Abraham Ford, the seventh being Glenn Rhee, the eighth being Spencer Monroe, the ninth being Simon, the tenth being Gregory, the eleventh being Enid, the twelfth being Tara Chambler, and the thirteenth being Alpha, and the fourteenth being Leah Shaw.

International Dubbers

Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech Jan Vlasák N/A
French Michel Ruhl N/A
German Eberhard Mellies N/A
Hungarian Tordy Géza N/A
Italian Dario Penne (2-4)
Pieraldo Ferrante (9)
Japanese Yasuo Muramatsu N/A
Portuguese Carlos Silveira (2A; 9)
Luiz Carlos de Moraes (2B-4)
Spanish (Latin America) Rolando Agüero
Jorge Riveros ("Isolation"-"Too Far Gone")
Rolando Agüero:
Jorge Riveros:
Brandon Carver
Spanish (Spain) Víctor Agramunt N/A


  1. Talking Dead - "Triggerfinger" (February 19, 2012).
  2. Talking Dead - "Beside the Dying Fire" (March 18, 2012)