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Issue 16 is the sixteenth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the fourth part of Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars. It was originally published on March 2, 2005. The deluxe colored version was released on June 2, 2021.

Plot Synopsis

Rick notices roamers surrounding him and quickly rides away.

Maggie finds Hershel huddled over in tears. She asks him what's wrong until she notices Susie and Rachel's decapitated corpses, prompting her to scream in horror. Their heads soon reanimate, horrifying them even further.

Glenn, Andrea, Billy, and Tyreese are clearing the gym and Tyreese is swarmed. Andrea wants to save him, but Glenn tells her it's too late for him and drags her away. They are forced to leave Tyreese behind and close the door.

Lori and Carol are having a shower. They talk about Rick and the fortune of finally having running water, when Axel "accidentally" walks in on them. As they scream, Axel apologizes and claims he didn't know anyone was in the showers, though the grin on his face suggests otherwise.

Axel informs Andrew that he and Dexter should go to the showers to get an "eye full", telling him that Lori and Carol are showering. Andrew tells him that Dexter is taking a walk, but also that they haven't been interested in such sights anyway since they hooked up. Axel warns Andrew that he's setting himself up for heartbreak, as Dexter was only using him for sex and will move on as soon as he finds a woman that's "willing and able", but Andrew doesn't believe him. With that, Axel heads back to his cell, wanting to arrive while the mental image is still fresh.

Lori and Carl are reunited in the yard, but are interrupted by the arrival of Glenn, Andrea and Billy. Lori asks what happened, and Carol immediately asks where Tyreese is. Glenn explains that Ty was surrounded and there was nothing they could do, so they had to leave him. Billy wonders where his father and sister are, and he and Glenn go look for them. Dexter enters the yard and nonchalantly asks if something happened, resulting in Lori glaring at him.

Glenn and Billy arrive at the murder scene and are likewise horrified. As Billy comforts his sister, Glenn puts down the reanimated Rachel and Susie.

Accompanied by Dale, Glenn and Andrea, Lori bursts into Dexter's cell armed to the tooth. She frantically asks if he murdered the girls, suspecting him because of his criminal record. Dexter seems completely clueless, but Lori isn't buying it. She locks Dexter in his cell while a protesting Andrew is escorted out.

Lori and Carol comfort each other about the events that transpired. Carol starts to cry, so Lori embraces her. Suddenly, Carol kisses Lori, much to the latter's shock. Carol immediately apologizes, but Lori says it's okay, as she is going through a lot.

At the same time, Andrea and Dale lie in bed together and discuss their feelings. Andrea thinks they were meant for each other, but Dale is skeptical that Andrea would want to spend the rest of her life with "an old fart like <him>", pointing out that he can't have that many years left. Andrea says that from her perceptive, their lifespans are about equal, calculating that they will both probably last a year at most at the rate they're going, so she's confident that she'll spend the rest of her life with Dale. She guesses that Dale has at least another year left in him, and Dale begrudgingly agrees, and adds that Andrea is about the only thing that makes him want to live. Andrea returns his sentiment, and jokingly calls him an old man, much to his annoyance.

Rick arrives to the prison and is alarmed at the walkers gathering at the fence. Glenn signals him to hurry before they get close to the gate. Once he's inside, Dale informs him of the deaths of Susie and Rachel Greene. Rick is appalled and blames himself. Glenn also informs him of Ty's fate, to which Rick inquires if they saw his body. Glenn explains that he was surrounded and they couldn't get to him, prompting Rick to organize a search mission. They burst into the gym guns ready and are shocked to find Tryeese alive and well, having killed all the walkers in the room.

Rick arrives to see Lori and Carol, with Ty following shortly behind him. Carol, overjoyed, runs to embrace Tyreese. Lori asks Rick where he's been, but Rick says he'll tell her later, as there are more important matters to attend to. He goes to see Dexter, and asks if the latter killed the girls. Dexter is adamant about his innocence, claiming he'd had his fill of killing after he murdered his wife and her boyfriend. He also suggests Rick looks into his own group for suspects, pointing out that he and the rest of the prisoners spent moths locked in together and didn't kill each other. Rick warns Dexter that if he finds out Dexter is indeed the culprit, he'll beat him to death himself. Dexter is angered by his statement, daring Rick to come to the other side of the bars, but backs down once Rick actually opens the door.

As Allen is explaining to Ben and Billy that they will all die one day and that they shouldn't be scared, Rick offers his condolences to a virtually catatonic Hershel. Rick then visits Tyreese. He asks him how he survived but Tyreese doesn't really remember, as the whole experience felt like a dream to him. Rick asks if he's okay emotionally, and Tyreese seems to have come to terms with his daughters death. He claims that everyone at the prison is already dead, but takes comfort in the fact that Julie doesn't have to deal with what they're dealing with.

Andrea is washing clothes when she's greeted by Thomas. She asks if he wants to help but he declines. Confused, Andrea asks why he's there and he informs her it's so he can cut off her head, pulling out a large knife.




  • Last appearance of Susie Greene. (Zombified)
  • Last appearance of Rachel Greene. (Zombified)
  • Issue 16 has the first cover to not feature a human, living or dead, as it just features zombies.
  • This is the third issue to show nudity, after Issue 1 and Issue 14. Namely, Lori and Carol's buttocks are visible during the shower scene.

Cutting Room Floor

  • The shower scene was originally absent.


Comic Issues
Volume 1: Days Gone Bye Issue 1Issue 2Issue 3Issue 4Issue 5Issue 6
Volume 2: Miles Behind Us Issue 7Issue 8Issue 9Issue 10Issue 11Issue 12
Volume 3: Safety Behind Bars Issue 13Issue 14Issue 15Issue 16Issue 17Issue 18
Volume 4: The Heart's Desire Issue 19Issue 20Issue 21Issue 22Issue 23Issue 24
Volume 5: The Best Defense Issue 25Issue 26Issue 27Issue 28Issue 29Issue 30
Volume 6: This Sorrowful Life Issue 31Issue 32Issue 33Issue 34Issue 35Issue 36
Volume 7: The Calm Before Issue 37Issue 38Issue 39Issue 40Issue 41Issue 42
Volume 8: Made To Suffer Issue 43Issue 44Issue 45Issue 46Issue 47Issue 48
Volume 9: Here We Remain Issue 49Issue 50Issue 51Issue 52Issue 53Issue 54
Volume 10: What We Become Issue 55Issue 56Issue 57Issue 58Issue 59Issue 60
Volume 11: Fear The Hunters Issue 61Issue 62Issue 63Issue 64Issue 65Issue 66
Volume 12: Life Among Them Issue 67Issue 68Issue 69Issue 70Issue 71Issue 72
Volume 13: Too Far Gone Issue 73Issue 74Issue 75Issue 76Issue 77Issue 78
Volume 14: No Way Out Issue 79Issue 80Issue 81Issue 82Issue 83Issue 84
Volume 15: We Find Ourselves Issue 85Issue 86Issue 87Issue 88Issue 89Issue 90
Volume 16: A Larger World Issue 91Issue 92Issue 93Issue 94Issue 95Issue 96
Volume 17: Something To Fear Issue 97Issue 98Issue 99Issue 100Issue 101Issue 102
Volume 18: What Comes After Issue 103Issue 104Issue 105Issue 106Issue 107Issue 108
Volume 19: March To War Issue 109Issue 110Issue 111Issue 112Issue 113Issue 114
Volume 20: All Out War - Part One Issue 115Issue 116Issue 117Issue 118Issue 119Issue 120
Volume 21: All Out War - Part Two Issue 121Issue 122Issue 123Issue 124Issue 125Issue 126
Volume 22: A New Beginning Issue 127Issue 128Issue 129Issue 130Issue 131Issue 132
Volume 23: Whispers Into Screams Issue 133Issue 134Issue 135Issue 136Issue 137Issue 138
Volume 24: Life And Death Issue 139Issue 140Issue 141Issue 142Issue 143Issue 144
Volume 25: No Turning Back Issue 145Issue 146Issue 147Issue 148Issue 149Issue 150
Volume 26: Call To Arms Issue 151Issue 152Issue 153Issue 154Issue 155Issue 156
Volume 27: The Whisperer War Issue 157Issue 158Issue 159Issue 160Issue 161Issue 162
Volume 28: A Certain Doom Issue 163Issue 164Issue 165Issue 166Issue 167Issue 168
Volume 29: Lines We Cross Issue 169Issue 170Issue 171Issue 172Issue 173Issue 174
Volume 30: New World Order Issue 175Issue 176Issue 177Issue 178Issue 179Issue 180
Volume 31: The Rotten Core Issue 181Issue 182Issue 183Issue 184Issue 185Issue 186
Volume 32: Rest In Peace Issue 187Issue 188Issue 189Issue 190Issue 191Issue 192Issue 193