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Issue 66 is the sixty-sixth issue of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and the sixth and final part of Volume 11: Fear The Hunters. It was originally published on October 14, 2009. The deluxe colored version was released July 5, 2023.

Plot Synopsis[]

Realizing Rick's group has the advantage, Chris is begging Rick to leave them alone. Rick reminds Chris he wasn't saying that a few minutes ago, when he admitted they were intending to kill all of Rick's group. Rick taunts the Hunters that perhaps his group would eat them instead. Telling Gabriel not to watch, he commands the others to put Chris on the picnic table and hold him down.

The comic shows a show-reel of a massacre, with the Hunters being killed with knifes, Michonne's katana, and Rick's axe, their bodies being burned. Gabriel is horrified by what they have done.

Abraham states that they had to kill the Hunters, otherwise they would still be after them. Rick agrees, and says that doesn't mean that have to like what they did. Gabriel disagrees, and says there's no way to justify the slaughter. Abraham gets angry with Gabriel, but, Rick calms him. Rick reminds Gabriel that the Hunters ate their children, and they were after his people too. He points out to Gabriel that not letting people inside his church before meant they were prey for the Hunters. Rick suggests they go back to the others.

When they arrive back, a sobbing Maggie is delighted and relieved. Andrea asks what's wrong and asks if Dale is dead. He isn't, she was crying for Glenn's pain and the situation with the Hunters. Rick states it's over, and doesn't reply when she asks what he meant by that. Rick meets Carl, who is angry at him for leaving again. Rick apologizes and hugs him.

Andrea and Dale are in the bedroom. Dale says he would've given anything to see Chris' face when Rick jumped him. Rick shows up and Dale wants to talk with him. Andrea takes Carl and Sophia to another room. Dale wanted to thank Rick for being a leader in their group. He apologizes for his past accusations, saying that it may be Rick's fault that lot of people are dead, but, he also knows that Rick's the reason anyone from their party is alive at all. Having made their peace, Rick leaves Dale, who asks for Andrea. Michonne asks about Dale, and Rick responds that he can't hold on for long. Rick says they're here again, the never ending cycle of death. Michonne says they should leave this place, as their food is running out. Rick agrees and says they'll deal with it the next day.

During the night, Dale passes away, and Andrea begins to cry. Rick is then awakened by the sound of a gunshot. When he realizes what had happened, he sits to think about it.

In the morning, everyone has gathered to cremate Dale's body. After awhile, everyone leaves, except Rick. He assumes that Abraham is behind him, and begins to talk about the massacre of the Hunters. He says it haunts him, and can't imagine what would happen if Carl were to know. He then turns, and realizes Carl is standing behind him, instead of Abraham, and they both start to cry. Carl reveals that he killed Ben.




  • Last appearance of Dale.
    • As of Dale's death:
      • All known members of his family are dead.
      • Rick, Morgan, Carl, Glenn, Andrea and Sophia are the only survivors of Volume 1: Days Gone Bye.
      • Rick, Carl, Glenn, Andrea and Sophia are the only survivors of the Atlanta Survivor Camp.
  • Last appearance of Chris.
  • Last appearance of Theresa.
  • Last appearance of David.
  • Last appearance of Albert.
  • Last appearance of Greg.
  • Last appearance of Charlie.
  • This issue is one of the few issues with no zombies, including the cover.
  • Rick wakes up in the same way after Dale is shot by Andrea in the same way Ben is shot by Carl in #61, along with a "BANG!"
  • This issue marks Andrea's 50th appearance.

Cutting Room Floor[]

  • There was a scene where Michonne wiped her sword after the massacre of the Hunters.
  • After they were finished talking, Dale was going to tell Rick: "Send Andrea in... and don't look so sad... I've got a few more days in me."
  • Eugene was supposed to die, with the group deciding to carry on to DC without him.


  • On the Deluxe cover, Abraham is shown to have a goatee, when in reality he has a handlebar mustache.

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