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- "Look at it... the whole city is overrun. We can't even get in without being attacked. My parents are dead... everyone that came to the city for protection is dead. They'd have to be. Nobody could survive that. And Rick... three weeks he's been in that coma. He doesn't even know this has happened...and we left him, to come here--for this."
- —Lori Grimes to Shane.[src]
Lori Grimes (née unknown) is a main character first encountered in Issue 2 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. She was the tritagonist from Volume 1 to Volume 8. She is the wife of Rick and mother of Carl and Judith Grimes, and part of the camp located outside of Atlanta. At the start of the outbreak, Lori and Carl traveled to Atlanta with Shane hoping for a safe haven, only to find it in turmoil.
They joined a group of survivors outside the city hoping the city would be cleared of the undead in the near future and that the military would rescue them. She was reunited with her husband and soon became pregnant, though it remains unclear who the father was.
Prior to the apocalypse, Lori was married to Rick, and the two shared a relatively happy union. When Lori found out Atlanta was overrun, she was wrecked with guilt about abandoning Rick in Cynthiana, and grew increasingly depressed. Assuming Rick was dead, she shared one passionate night with Rick partner, Shane, which she would come to deeply regret once she was reunited with Rick. After their reunion, Lori becomes staunchly loyal to her husband, and fiercely protective of Carl. A few months into of pregnancy, Lori becomes somewhat prone to emotional outbursts, which occasionally causes tensions between her and her husband.
Being rather ineffectual as a combatant, Lori is often kept out of dangerous situations with the children, and is usually delegated to doing day to day chores in the group, a role she is quite comfortable with. Lori has displayed overall emotional stability, and will often, though not always, act as the voice of reason in the group.
Lori was friends with Rick's brother, Jeffrey, throughout high school. Jeff brought her to a New Year's party at Rick's college where he was studying police administration. The two hit it off instantly, and after she dropped out of her freshman year of art college, they began a serious relationship. The two were married and had a son, Carl. They lived an average life in Cynthiana, Kentucky, with Lori being a housewife and Rick being the breadwinner of the family as a Sheriff's Deputy. During the onset of the outbreak, Lori took Carl to assumed safety in Atlanta, where her parents lived, accompanied by Rick's partner and best friend, Shane.
On the way to Atlanta, Lori becomes increasingly emotional and is wracked with guilt over abandoning a comatose Rick in the hospital. Lori becomes so depressed and desperate for closeness that she has a passionate one night stand with Shane on the highway, which may have resulted in the conception of her baby, Judith Grimes. She constantly regrets their act and laments how great a mistake she has made.
Upon arriving in Atlanta and finding the city overrun by the undead, she, Carl, and Shane meet up with other survivors and encamp near a quarry outside the city limits. Lori slowly forces herself to accept the idea of Rick being gone, and starts to enjoy life more (though still remains conflicted over her feelings for Shane). She befriends most of the other women in the group, and they all perform daily duties together, such as washing clothes and looking after the children.
Lori is overjoyed when Rick miraculously returns, and tries at all costs to hide her affair with Shane, her regrets becoming even stronger now knowing that he was alive when she slept with his best friend. Shane continues to make advances toward her, which she attempts to ignore, but tensions between them rise as danger becomes more imminent to the group. She becomes disgusted at Shane as she sees him both verbally and physically assaulting Rick. Her resentment toward him pushes the man over the edge and ultimately leads to his death.
After his funeral, she, her family, and the remaining Atlanta band leave for safer areas of habitation.
The tenuous situation worsens when Lori discovers, by counting her missed periods, that she's pregnant. The possibility that Shane is the baby's father weighs on her, but she fights to remain strong for both her family and the rest of the group. Carol offers her comfort, which helps her keep a more positive mindset. She begins to experience morning sickness and mood swings, which amuse Rick and Carl, but frustrate her to no end.
She and Rick are devastated when Carl gets shot, and fear for his life as he lays unconscious for several hours at Hershel's farm. During their brief stay at the property, she finds out that Dale may know about her affair with Shane, and is advised by him not to say anything to Rick about her encounter with Shane no matter what, as he fears her husband may "crack".
The Atlanta group enjoys the luxuries of Hershel's home while she continues to deal with her pregnancy. Their lives appear stable until she learns that they will soon be ordered to leave, which infuriates her and leads her to confront Hershel in a brash and demanding manner. As a result, Hershel almost slaps her. Instead, he ends up putting a gun to Rick's head and forces them all to leave, much to her anger.
Lori and the remaining survivors quickly settle into the prison and attempt to rebuild their lives. As she gets closer to giving birth, she experiences more physical and emotional pain. She and Carol remain close, providing each other with support and developing a much closer bond. Despite the secure shelter they're living in, she remains wary of the few inmates that are holed up in the facility with them. Her distrust towards them gets even stronger when Hershel's daughters are murdered. She automatically pins the blame on Dexter (due to his previous record of killing people) and has him locked in his cell. She realizes later that she's locked up the wrong person.
Even though Dexter was innocent of the twins' murders, Lori is still hesitant to accept him into their group, and rightfully so, because no sooner after he's free does he attempt to force the group out at gunpoint. Life for her is devoid of any genuine danger for a while and she and the others take advantage of what the prison has to offer (being able to take fresh, warm showers, watching her fellow group members play basketball in the gym, etc.)
Her relationship with Carol begins to become strained, as she takes notice of Carol's increasingly odd behavior (which came as a result of her recent breakup with Tyreese). It puts Lori in an incredibly awkward position and she's left not knowing what to do. When she tells Rick about this, he attempts to convince her to accept Carol the way she currently is. She tries to, but it becomes difficult, even more so when Rick and some of the others go to Woodbury, which leads to her carrying a great deal of stress and anxiety. She tries to hide this from Carl as best as she can and put up a tough facade.
Carol eventually proposes a three way marriage with her and Rick, which she bluntly rejects. She very quickly grows sick of Carol's interactions, and at one point flips out at her and refuses to see her for a few hours. Lori realizes shortly afterward the error of her ways and attempts to befriend Carol once again, being able to accept her. Shortly before Carol commits suicide, she makes Sophia Lori's surrogate daughter. After the suicide, Lori is in a state of mourning, along with everyone else, and is depressed from the lack of her company. She promises to keep her word to take care of Sophia as a sign of respect to Carol.
With Carol's deteriorating state, she begins to start acting bizarrely towards Lori, suggesting a polyamorous marriage between herself, Lori, and Rick. Lori becomes angry with Carol's actions and storms off. Lori begins to worry about Rick's absence, and Carol comforts her. Lori sees Carol's friendly actions as another romantic advance, and is sickened.
Upon Rick's return, the family share a group hug. Lori is shocked about Rick's missing hand, but he reassures her that he wasn't bitten. Alice checks on Lori's baby and states that everything is going well, but is not sure of the due date. Hershel later asks Lori if she is worried about the imminent battle between the prison group and Woodbury, but she states that she isn't worried for the sake of her baby. Rick later confides in Lori about killing a man.
Shortly before the assault on the Prison, Lori tries to tell Rick the truth about her affair with Shane. He implores her not to, since, like Dale had said, the truth could drive him insane. Lori eventually gives birth to her daughter, Judith, with the help of Alice Warren and Hershel, though it still isn't clear who the father is. She's extremely protective over Judith, devoting nearly all time and energy to her.
When The Governor and his soldiers raid the premises, she and Alice resort to desperate measures to keep Judith alive, by staying inside and having Alice hold Lori at gunpoint to trick a soldier who might be coming in. Rick persuades them to move and get to one of the prison trucks so they can escape. She's in hysterics upon hearing of Tyreese's execution moments before, but Rick forces her to harden up and stay focused on the task at hand. They flee outside, running past bullets and watching people die around them only for Lori and Judith to be shot down by Lilly Caul as they try to escape the onslaught.
After Lori's death, Rick talks to Lori on the phone three times. In the first conversation, Lori mentions there are 14 people where she is. Later she states, "Everyone we lost came here. Everyone is here together." She's seen once in a nightmare Rick has, and has been referenced many times by him. In Issue 121, Rick finally abandons the phone that he used to communicate with Lori, showing he has decided to let go of her.
- Killed By
- The Governor (Caused)
During the prison attack, the Governor notices the Grimes family fleeing and orders Lilly to finish them off.
Lori is inmediately shot in the back by Lilly and falls to the ground, landing on top of her daughter, Judith, crushing and suffocating her to death. It can be assumed that their corpses were devoured by walkers.
This list shows the victims Lori has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies
- Lori is one of the characters Robert Kirkman misses and regrets killing.
- Lori was originally going to die in #47, but her death was postponed to #48.
- While the script book says that Lori is 27 years old, this was changed due to conflicting information in the comic book itself. She would be 32 in 2003, as she is 2 years younger than Rick, who is 34 at the start of the Series.
- In the original pilot for the Comic Series, Lori was originally supposed to be named "Carol".
- Lori was the first known woman to give birth in the Comic Series since the start of the outbreak, the second one being Maggie Greene.
- Every member of the Grimes family (excluding Jeffrey) have been shot at some point in time.
- Rick got shot prior to the apocalypse by Reggie, causing him to fall into a coma. He was later shot in the first attack on the prison by Woodbury and was pierced by an arrow in All Out War by Dwight. Rick was later shot to death by Sebastian Milton.
- Carl was shot in the chest by Otis and later in the eye by Douglas Monroe, both times being accidental.
- Lori and Judith were shot by Lilly Caul during the final prison assault.