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"I used to not wanna see the way things are. It's not that I couldn't. It's that I didn't want to. But this is what life looks like now. We have to see it. We have to fight it. If we don't fight, we die."
—Jessie to the Alexandria community.[src]

Jessie Anderson (née unknown) is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. She is a resident of the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Jessie is the former wife of Pete and the mother of Ron and Sam. Following her husband's execution, she develops a romantic but short relationship with Rick Grimes.


Jessie was a smart, charming, warm-hearted woman and a loving mother with a "bohemian spirit". She cared deeply for those around her and would do almost anything to protect them. She understood the personal struggles of other people and did her best to encourage them and see a brighter future.

However, she had a vulnerable side to her, having lived for years in fear of her abusive husband Pete. She kept the emotional and physical pain to herself, not wanting anyone else to get hurt. That is until Rick came along and personally encouraged her to fight for her survival which had a notable effect on Jessie giving her the courage to finally stand up to her abusive husband.

After Pete's death though initially shattered her, she remained firmly protective of her two sons. She became aware of the harsh reality of the world and encourages the other Alexandrian's to fight for their survival mirroring Rick's wisdom bestowed onto her. She adapted quickly, learning how to defend herself and acquiring the knowledge needed when it comes to handling walkers. Of all the Alexandrian's, Jessie was the closest with Rick, as she was the sole resident who helped Rick adjust into the community. The two shared a bond that eventually became romantic until her death.

According to Andrew Lincoln who has spoken about Jessie's relationship with Rick - "she unlocks a part of him that hadn't been touched since the death of Lori. She was hugely important in the rebuilding of Rick and his future at Alexandria".[1]



Very little is known regarding Jessie's early childhood, other than around her early teens, she attended art college where she presumably studied Sculpturing, it was during this period where she met Pete upon where the two eventually fell in love together, it was through their relationship where Jessie eventually became pregnant with Ron at a young age; Jessie then married Pete several months later where around the time of their late 20's the two would later have another child Sam.

Following this, Jessie later became employed as a hair stylist amongst twelve other jobs, however due to Pete attending Medical School in order to provide for her eventually caused their relationship to suffer and thus Jessie and her two sons became victims to Pete's physical and mental abuse causing Jessie to lose her previous affection for him; however she never acted on this due to her fear of Pete.


At some point during the outbreak Jessie and her family made their way toward the Alexandria Safe-Zone where they settled into the community and upon being interviewed by its leader Deanna Monroe was assigned as a pantry worker and became well integrated amongst the fellow residents of the safe-zone. Jessie sought to create a sense of normality for Ron and Sam both of whom had little knowledge regarding the outside world, she also began sculpting a metal owl-figure as a hobby. However Jessie and her sons were still subject to Pete's daily abuse which they kept hidden from the rest of the community.

Season 5


Jessie introduces herself shortly after Rick Grimes moves into Alexandria when supplying him with goods from the pantry, and offers to give him a haircut. While cutting his hair, she engages Rick in conversation, talking about her sons. Later, while Rick's group is out on a walk in the neighborhood, he loses sight of his children Carl and Judith, prompting him to panic. He runs into a sculpture outside Jessie's house, alerting her to his presence. She asks if he is okay, and leads him to the Millers' residence, stating that Bob and Natalie love kids. She later witnesses the confrontation between Glenn Rhee and Aiden Monroe at the town gates.


Jessie, Pete, and their kids attend Deanna Monroe's welcoming party for Rick and his group where Rick and her talk about the hope Alexandria holds, but reflects on the losses everyone's suffered. She is later seen holding Judith whilst trying to stop Sam from running around the house. After she gives Judith back to Rick he kisses her on the cheek, though she doesn't appear offended by this despite being married. The next day, she sees Rick and waves to him, which he does in return, but she doesn't notice him reaching for his side-arm, likely to aim at Pete.


Jessie is shown when Rick visits her. She explains to him that her owl sculpture was broken, but doesn't know who did it. Rick promises to look into it, but Jessie questions what he will do, and he tells her that he will think of some kind of punishment. Later, Carol Peletier visits Pete and asks for Jessie. In response he replies, "Not a good time." Carol then informs Rick that Jessie is being abused and suggests that Sam may be as well.


Rick confronts Jessie about Pete's abuse, but she tells him that everything will be fine and that he'll move on as he has before. Rick tries to convince her that Pete's abuse is bringing her down; soon, he would kill her, so Pete has to die. Jessie, however, refuses to listen and reminds Rick that Pete is her husband, before closing the garage door on him.

After a few minutes to himself, Rick barges through the front door to confront Jessie again, much to her dismay. Rick informs her that Sam had asked for a gun and confesses that he does not want anything to happen to her, implying romantic feelings for her, and asks her if she will let him do what is needed. After asking if he would do the same for anyone else, to which he replies in the negative, she tearfully accepts. Pete then walks in and Rick tells him to go outside, but after he refuses to listen, he provokes a fight which Jessie tearfully watches. However, when Pete appears to get the drop on Rick, Jessie tries to intervene and Pete smacks her away, prompting Rick to almost kill him. The rest of the community come out to witness the fight before Deanna attempts to defuse the situation. Jessie watches, distraught, as Rick starts waving a gun around whilst telling the others how the things around the community need to work, before Michonne Hawthorne knocks Rick to the ground to stop the commotion.


Jessie has a brief conversation with Rick but lets him know she agrees with him (about what happened the day before), despite her attempt to not to be seen with Rick, Pete watches them from his house.

She is apart of the meeting Deanna set up to talk about Rick among other residents and Rick's group. Deanna informs them about Father Gabriel Stokes's warning saying Rick's group cannot be trusted and they are dangerous, thinking Rick's behavior proved his words. However, Jessie says she doesn't have proof as she hasn't recorded it, implying Deanna's word is meaningless. Later on during the meeting, an enraged Pete comes and accidentally slits Reg Monroe's throat with Michonne's katana while trying to kill Rick. Jessie is horrified at the commotion as Reg immediately bleeds to death in Deanna's arms and she allows Rick to kill Pete, which he does. Jessie does not appear to be devastated by his death.

Season 6

"First Time Again"

Jessie is seen in this episode as a flashback. She is first seen tending to Sam who appears to be devastated at the death of Pete. Ron is sitting next to Jessie who storms off angrily, Jessie tell's Ron to come back but he doesn't listen to her. She attends the meeting in Deanna's house regarding Rick's plan about the walkers in the quarry. She also helps the residents build a wall to deter the walkers away from Alexandria. Jessie is later seen in the armory checking out a weapon when Rick walks in. Rick asks for a box of flares which Jessie hands to him. Rick tells Jessie that they should have some time away from one another due to the fact that Rick killed her husband. Jessie admonishes Rick for his behavior with Ron in the woods despite the fact that he saved him from certain death. Rick understands this and tells Jessie that things are going to get worse and that she needs to know how to use a gun. Rick says he could teach her but Jessie turns him down and says that she already asked Rosita to help teach her. She states she'll then teach Ron, Sam and that she is willing to fight.


Jessie is first seen in her home. She calls Ron down from upstairs so she can give him a haircut. She calls him twice before he emerges from his room. He refuses to have his haircut and Jessie assumes that he is being so aggressive because of the death of his father and that he blames her, to which she becomes frustrated at. Ron questions the relationship between her and Rick. She tells him that they are friends and that him killing Pete was the right thing to do because Pete killed Reg and was a danger to everyone, which causes him to storm out.

When the Wolves attack Alexandria, Sam begs Jessie to hide with him, but she tells him that she has to find Ron. Jessie hides with Sam in the upstairs closet when they hear glass smash. They lock the closet door behind them and Jessie gets her gun ready.

Waiting in the closet, Jessie decides to warn Ron to stay away from the house after she hears him return. She leaves Sam in the closet, telling him to lock the door behind her. Downstairs, Jessie hides behind the kitchen counters, knowing that there is a Wolf inside her home. She desperately warns Ron away, but is attacked by a woman Wolf. Jessie is slammed to the floor and pretends to be unconscious. As the Wolf picks up Jessie's gun in order to shoot her, Jessie gets up and grabs a pair of scissors from her stylist set and violently stabs the Wolf in the chest several times until she is dead as Ron watches in shock. Jessie then stabs her brain to prevent reanimation.


Along the townspeople of Alexandria, Jessie listens to Rick's speech about becoming stronger after the town is surrounded with a herd of walkers. She goes home and drags the body of the Wolf she killed to the town's graveyard, where she is stopped by Rick who tells her that killers are not to be buried inside the walls. Rick tells her that they wait until the walker herd has broken up.

Walking the streets, Jessie sees the curtains in Betsy's house move. She approaches the window and a zombified Betsy slams against it. Jessie becomes upset that Betsy committed suicide and leads her to the door, where she stabs Betsy in the eye, putting her down whilst a few Alexandrians watch in horror, including Olivia and Barbara. Jessie turns and tells them that she knew she had to fight, she just didn't want to. She also tells them "If we don't fight, we die."

Jessie bakes cookies and tries to get a terrified Sam to come downstairs to get the cookies. He utterly refuses and Jessie is left with no choice but to leave the cookies outside his door, failing her attempt to strengthen him.

At nightfall, Jessie is seen in her garage when Rick walks in. He tells her that he expected Glenn, Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham back by now. She lifts his hopes by suggesting that there is still time for them to return and that they may still be alive. Jessie informs him that she knows there will be a future and Rick nods. Rick then kisses her, which she accepts.

"Heads Up"

Jessie first appears when she attends Rosita's weapon training lesson, where she appears very focused on training. After Carol notices Morgan and Denise sneaks off, she goes to Jessie's house and asks if Jessie will take Judith while she follows them, to which Jessie gladly agrees, saying that it is no problem.

"Start to Finish"

As walkers begin to swarm Rick, Deanna, Carl, Ron, Michonne, and Gabriel, Jessie runs from her house and shoots and kills the walkers in front of them, guiding them to her house. Once inside, Jessie goes into Sam's room in a hurry and tells him to keep quiet and stay hidden. She, along with the others have an urgency to help Deanna due to her injuries whilst fighting walkers.

Jessie later helps keep walkers out of her house after Ron breaks the window glass in the garage, letting them swarm in. She, Rick, and Carl push against them using a couch. She says she heard yelling from the garage when Carl and Ron were in there, but they lie and say they were fighting against "them".

Now, walkers are starting to push in from the front of the house. Jessie desperately pushes against them alongside Gabriel, Carl, and Ron, but there are too many. Masses of walkers begin to enter the house as Michonne orders them to retreat upstairs.

When upstairs, Rick decides they all must cover themselves in walker blood and guts, where Jessie looks disturbed, but accepts that this is what they must do. The group put sheets on themselves and begin putting on the walker guts. Sam walks in and is very distressed about what he sees, but Jessie tells him to pretend that he is strong until they are safe and away from the walkers.

The group head outside into the walker herd, covered in guts. When they reach the porch, they all stop and watch the masses of walkers in distress. They all lock hands and proceed to walk out of Alexandria. Sam begins to call Jessie's name multiple times, which begins to attract the herd's attention.

"No Way Out"

After shuffling past the herd, Jessie and the group stop on the side of the road to discuss a new plan of attack. When Gabriel suggests taking Judith to safety, Jessie attempts to persuade Sam into following him, with Sam strongly refusing, wishing to stay with her and insisting that he can make it. The remaining members then continue towards the community gate, their trek lasting until nightfall.

As they press forward, Sam begins to remember Carol's threats regarding the walkers eating him up; he witnesses a little boy walker strolling among the herd and immediately freezes up in fear. Jessie, Rick and Ron attempt to encourage him to move, to which Sam responds by tearfully voicing his concerns to his mother. This however, gives away his position and Sam is quickly grabbed and devoured. Jessie crys out hysterically for her son, still holding onto his hand but this begins to attract walkers. Distraught over Sam's death, Jessie completely shuts down with Rick calling out to her as well as Carl to; tugging her by the hand. She remains in an unresponsive state as a walker suddenly latches onto her from the front and is quickly swarmed. As her screams echo, Rick watches on in horror; becoming emotional and begins to have quick flashbacks to when he first met Jessie. Carl alerts Rick, snapping him out of his trance to realize that Jessie is still clinging on to Carl's hand. Rick pulls out his axe and hacks off Jessie's hand, freeing Carl, and her remains are left to be devoured.


Killed By

While making their way through a horde of walkers, Sam panics when he sees a little boy walker in the distance which causes him to freeze up and after Jessie, Rick and Ron fail to calm him down, he gets devoured by walkers.

Completely devastated by her son's death, Jessie starts sobbing hysterically; screaming out her son's name which begins to attract nearby walkers. She won't let go of Sam's hand and quickly becomes paralyzed in a state of shock as Carl attempts to encourage her to come with them.

A walker soon latches onto Jessie's shoulder to which she doesn't react to and suddenly she is swarmed and devoured while still gripping on to Carl's hand. Seeing this, Rick hacks her hand off to save his son's life, letting Jessie get dragged to the ground to be completely devoured.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Jessie has killed:

  • Betsy (Zombified)
  • Herself (Indirectly Caused)
  • 1 unnamed Wolf
  • Numerous counts of zombies


Rick Grimes

"You heard about that? I wasn't saying there wasn't a future. There's got to be. Tell me there's more."
—Jessie to Rick before he kisses her[src]

Jessie and Rick had met the day Rick arrived at the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Jessie brought clean clothes to Rick after he had cleaned himself. She offered to cut his hair, to which Rick accepted even though he is uncertain of what he had just said. While Jessie was styling his hair, the two talked, getting to know each other. Jessie told Rick that she has two boys, Sam and Ron, living in the community with her along with her husband, Pete. The two then met a while later, when Rick panicked after losing Carl and Judith when they went strolling around the community. Rick stumbled upon her house and accidentally broke a statue that Jessie and her sons were trying to build, which the two joke about later on. Jessie then asked Rick about whether Carl could meet Ron, who is pretty excited to meet Carl. Rick allowed Carl to go with Jessie, showing that Rick trusted her.

Later at the welcoming party, the two bonded further, with Jessie even being allowed to hold Judith. When Rick took Judith back, he gave her a kiss on the cheek, something she did not try to stop, suggesting an attraction between the two.

In "Try", the two seemed to reach a disagreement in regards to how Pete treats Jessie at home and how to deal with the problem, straining their relationship. She began to completely understand the reason behind why Rick cared for her so much, and became indecisive when he offered her his help. When he confronted her a second time, he again offered his help, and confirmed that he would not do the same for anyone else, showing that he considered her to be a special person and directly implying his feelings for her. Eventually, she accepted his assistance, showing that she trusted him.

The next day Rick checks up on Jessie, she thinks it wouldn't be good if people saw them talking after what happened. Rick says he doesn't regret what he did and he is worried about her bruise (thinking he accidentally hit her during the fight), but she assures him it was Pete and she also tells him he was right before he walks away.

In "Conquer" Jessie has a brief conversation with Rick but lets him know she agrees with him about what happened the day before.

in "First Time Again", during a flashback, Jessie is seen in the armory as Rick walks in to get a box of flares. She starts explaining what happened with Ron and agrees that he should not have been out on his own, but she also berates Rick for speaking to him the way he did. Rick defends his decision and offers to teach her how to use a firearm, however, she turns him down, stating that Rosita is already doing so.

In "Now", she is among the crowd listening to Rick's speech about remaining quiet in hopes that the herd of walkers outside the walls lose interest and move on. Rick then witnesses her attempting to bury the Wolf that she killed in her home. He stops her and explains that killers are not to be buried within the walls and then goes on to explain that they will wait until the herd has thinned out before going outside and getting rid of them. Later on, Rick finds her in her garage and spills his feelings about what's going on. She makes him feel better by explaining that everyone is more than likely OK and will be back soon. She goes on to say that she believes in a future. She subtly asks Rick what he thinks the future holds for them and the community, to which Rick answers by kissing her. She accepts it and kisses him back.

In "Start To Finish", Jessie saved Rick's group before allowing them to hole up in her home. Later, as Rick explained his plan of using walker guts to their advantage, Jessie was shown to trust him wholeheartedly, even when a few of the group were uncertain.

In "No Way Out", both Jessie and Rick worked together to try and help Sam from his shock. As she was devoured alongside her son, Rick showed great sorrow and remorse before tearfully hacking off her hand to save Carl.

Pete Anderson

Pete's relationship with Jessie started very well. Jessie and Pete met at Art College where they both fell in love with each other and Pete had impregnated her. After Pete left to attend Medical School, he promised Jessie he would provide for her and their soon-to-be child. He kept his promise and went on to marry Jessie and have two kids with her. But he began to abuse her which went on to become a domestic abuse issue which he never really grew out of, even after the dead started to rise. After this, their relationship began to get very strained and Jessie fell out of love with him but continued to keep the abuse to herself and her family due to her fear of Pete.

Following Rick's arrival, she knew that she had a protector and began to become more confident and stood up to Pete more, though it resulted in worse beatings. After Rick came to talk to Pete and try and resolve the issue by telling him it was over between Jessie and Pete, Pete began to get volatile towards Rick, due to his relationship being broken because of her confiding to Rick. Jessie was horrified to see Pete kill Reg but her reaction to Rick executing him remains unseen.

In "First Time Again", she is seen huddled with Ron and Sam as they grieve over Pete. She watches as Ron storms off.

In "JSS" she speaks to Ron about getting a haircut, which he refuses. She states that she believes that he is angry because of Pete's death. He argues back and she asks him to lift his arm. He doesn't bear a reply and she asks him the reason he can't, indicating that Pete had severely injured Ron before Rick and the survivors arrived. Ron questions the relationship between her and Rick; she tells him that they are friends and that him killing Pete was the right thing to do because he had killed Reg and was a danger to everyone, which causes Ron to storm out.

Sam Anderson

Jessie and Sam have a stable mother-son relationship. According to Sam, he tells his mother everything, indicating that they are close. Sam also mentions that he wants a gun for someone who needs it, because the person is in "danger", referring to Jessie, showing that he cares deeply for her safety.

Later on, after witnessing Pete's death, she can be seen holding Sam in her arms as they mourn in their living room. They both watch Ron walk away in frustration.

After the fight with the Wolves, Jessie calls for Sam as she holds a plate of cookies. He refuses to come down and walks back into his room, leaving a saddened Jessie alone.

Once the herd pours in from a breach in the wall, Jessie tries her best to calm Sam down and to help him through his fears. Despite her and Rick's efforts, Sam is unable to cope with the stress and, as their group heads out toward the armory, ends up blowing his cover and getting devoured. After losing her son, Jessie is caught in a state of emotional distress, which leads to her own demise.

Ron Anderson

"Your father was dangerous!"
—Jessie to Ron about Rick killing Pete[src]

Before Pete's death, it can be assumed that Ron and Jessie had a stable mother-son relationship. However, after Pete's demise at the hands of Rick, their relationship is strained. When she tries to talk to him, he refuses to interact with her because she continues to be friends with Rick and seems to be holding a grudge against her. When he returns to see Jessie stabbing a Wolf to death, he seems shocked and disturbed.

After the walker herd pushes through the community wall, Jessie encourages her son to partake in Rick's proposed plan of heading to the armory. After Jessie and Sam are devoured by the herd, Ron goes into a state of shock before attempting to murder Rick for the death of his entire family.

Carol Peletier

While not shown interacting together, Carol shares a natural caring for Jessie, as she had been a victim of abuse by the hands of her husband Ed as well; she is the first to notice and inform Rick after her previous attempt to talk to Jessie resulted in Pete closing the door.

When Carol notices Morgan and Denise walking together, she becomes suspicious and goes to Jessie's home. She asks her to watch after Judith while she investigates, which Jessie happily agrees to do.

Deanna Monroe

"I don't see him here, Deanna, so you're just saying what someone said... Did you tape him?"
—Jessie to Deanna questioning her dialogue with Gabriel Stokes[src]

It is possible Jessie's relationship with Deanna could be strained as she has ignored Jessie's problems with Pete all along. At the meeting, Jessie implies the woman is lying when Deanna says Rick and his group are dangerous as Father Gabriel is absent and she has nothing to prove it.


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  • The casting call for this character used the name Samantha.[2]
    • Jessie was described as "An attractive, strong, smart, charming and articulate woman with a vulnerable side. She's a mother with a bohemian spirit, and a talented artist."
  • Upon being cast as Jessie, Alexandra Breckenridge explained: "I didn't know anything. I hadn't watched the show before. I'd watched the pilot a long time ago, which I enjoyed, but I wasn't into the blood and guts at the time so I didn't continue watching for that reason. When I got the part, I watched all four seasons in a week and was having zombie nightmares. It was like cramming for an exam. I hadn't read the comics and when I first had my meeting with Scott Gimple, he suggested not read the comics because the show and characters aren't always exact to the comics. If you've seen the comics, my character has short black hair with bangs and wears a headband — and she's a meek; she's a weaker character than I'm playing on the show, which is great because I enjoy playing a stronger character."[3]
  • Breckenridge confirmed that Jessie and Pete both met in Art College and fell in love, but she got pregnant with Ron at a very early age, prompting Pete to attend Medical School in order to provide for his family, which caused their relationship to suffer.
  • Jessie possesses several tattoos, including a tri-spiral like tattoo on her left shoulder as well as another one located on her right arm which appears to resemble an owl-like figure.
  • Jessie is the fourth series regular to die while being credited under "Also Starring", the first being Gareth, the second being Bob Stookey, the third being Deanna Monroe, the fifth being Spencer Monroe, the sixth being Simon, the seventh being Gregory, the eighth being Siddiq, and the ninth being Leah Shaw.
  • Jessie is the second main character to be killed off in a mid-season premiere, the first being Tyreese in "What Happened and What's Going On" and the third being Carl Grimes in "Honor".

International Dubbers

Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech Kristina Jelínková N/A
French Laura Préjean N/A
German Esra Vural N/A
Hungarian N/A N/A
Italian Gemma Donati Joan
Japanese Misa Ishii Sherry
Portuguese Shallana Costa N/A
Spanish (Latin America) Mariana de Iraola Mother 1
Alpha (10)
Spanish (Spain) Beatriz Berciano Alisha