- "Sounds like they're chasing those idiots up and down every back road we got."
- —Lambert talking about the car chase between the criminals and officers[src]
Lambert Kendal served time in the U.S. Military before becoming a law enforcement officer, where he engaged in a military career and trained for combat.
On a highway, Lambert and Leon Basset meet up with fellow officers, Rick Grimes and Shane Walsh. As they all wait for the car, Leon muses about their chances of getting on a police chase reality show. Rick tells him to focus, and worry about having a round in his gun chamber and the safety off. Leon sheepishly checks his gun while Shane suggests that it would be "kinda cool gettin' on one of them shows."
At that moment, the car approaches, pursued by two more cruisers containing the Linden County Sheriff's Department officers. The car, with the suspects inside, speeds over the spike strip, shredding the tires. The driver loses control of the wheel and the vehicle flips off the road, rolling several times before coming to a rough stop upside down in a field. "Holy shit," mutters Shane, cocking his shotgun as the officers descend on the vehicle.
Rick carefully approaches the overturned car. A man emerges from the vehicle and immediately starts shooting at the officers. Rick yells at him to drop his pistol, but the man shoots directly at Rick and hits him in the chest. Shane shoots the gunman, killing him as Rick falls to the ground.
A second man emerges from the vehicle brandishing a shotgun, but is also shot to death. "I'm alright!" Rick shouts, the gunman having shot his Kevlar bulletproof vest. Shane approaches Rick as he pulls himself off the ground."Shane, you do not tell Lori that happened! Ever!" Rick commands Shane as he looks at his vest.
Meanwhile, an third gunman unnoticed by everyone crawls out of the car and through the grass. The man fires his gun and hits Rick in the side, where his vest does not protect him. He falls to the ground bleeding as Shane shoots and kills the third man before rushing to Rick's aid. He begs for Rick to stay with him, barking at Leon to call an ambulance, but Rick remains motionless.
During a flashback of Carl and Lori Grimes, Shane Walsh talks to Lori and tells her that Rick is in the hospital after being shot during the police pursuit. Lambert is seen in the background by the police car with Leon.
Nothing is known about Lambert since the outbreak. Similar to Shane, he was most likely, at the time, attempting to aid FEMA and the military in evacuating civilians, although his status is unknown.
This list shows the victims Lambert has killed:
- Criminal 1 (Alongside his Fellow Officers)
- Criminal 2 (Alongside his Fellow Officers)
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies
All that can be inferred about Lambert's relationship with Leon is that the two of them were partners before the zombie apocalypse ensued.
Not much is known of the two's relationship other than they were colleagues. However, Lambert was seen in the background in the episode "Bloodletting" when Shane is giving the bad news, that Rick was shot in the line of duty, to Lori.
Similar to Rick, not much is known of the two's relationship other than they were colleagues. However, he along with his partner, Leon, were seen in the background in the episode "Bloodletting", helping Shane give the bad news to Lori.
- "Bloodletting" (Flashback, No Lines)
- Lambert is one of two named characters in the TV series whose appearance is entirely pre-apocalyptic. The other one is Paula.
- Lambert has had an unknown status longer than any other character in the TV Series. Behind him are Paula and Nate.
- Jim R. Coleman believes that because of Lambert's military and police background, he managed to get underground and form a group of survivors.