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"You let that killer out and he almost killed you--and then--then you was gonna let them two--them two kick alla us outta here. You sided against us with--with--a couple n*ggers. I just want you to know I ain't talkin' ta you neither. Yer dead to me."
—Otis to Patricia about her siding with Dexter and Andrew over the group.[src]

Otis is a character first encountered in Issue 9 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He is the boyfriend of Patricia, and a farm hand of Hershel Greene and his family. Otis is a well meaning, if somewhat prejudiced man. He was also a loving boyfriend to Patricia until he discovered she freed Thomas and sided with Dexter and Andrew to kick the group out of the prison, causing a rift between them, though eventually they made amends and agreed to be friends.

Pre-Apocalypse

Greene Family Farm

Not much is known about Otis's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he and his girlfriend Patricia narrowly escaped from Wiltshire Estates. Hershel Greene allowed them to stay at his farm.

Post-Apocalypse

Greene Family Farm

Being a good-natured person, he took it extremely hard when he shot and almost killed Rick's son, Carl. Otis shot Carl thinking he was a zombie. Following the new-coming group's arrival on the farm, he associated himself with Tyreese in particular.

The Prison

Otis remained at the farm to look after the livestock while the surviving members of the Greene family left to join Rick's group at the prison. Otis would later follow, only to be stopped and ambushed by a massive amount of zombies. He would most certainly have died had Michonne not been roaming around looking for refuge. Michonne slaughtered the surrounding zombies until she and Otis were permitted access into the prison. Once he was safe, Otis joined the group; however, he was forced to end his relationship with Patricia after learning of her part in Dexter's attempted coup. He was later obligated to apologize to Patricia, seeing that he possibly wouldn't find another woman in his life. This was the last that we saw of Otis until his death.

Death

Killed By

Somehow as the Prison is overrun, Otis is devoured by walkers.

After Rick finds Otis' mutilated and reanimated corpse when he returns from Woodbury, he puts him down.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Otis has killed:

Relationships

Patricia

"Don't talk to me like that. You shut yer fucking mouth an' listen. You wanna dump me--fine. I don't even give a shit no more. But the shit they telling me you did--it ain't right. It just ain't fucking right. You've lost it, girl."
—Otis to Patricia after siding with Dexter and Andrew over the group.[src]

When Patricia and Otis were introduced they were a couple but as things progressed they split up for a reason which is never stated in comic book. Shortly after Patricia frees Thomas and tries to help Dexter and Andrew kick the group out of the prison, Otis tells her that he hates her and doesn't want to speak to her, but shortly after he apologizes and asks to be friends. Patricia is then seen saddened by Otis's death when talking to Hershel.

Rick Grimes

Rick and Otis seemed to have a stable friendship, at first Rick despised Otis for shooting Carl but after Carl recovered and Otis was shown to be feeling bad about it, Rick forgave him. Otis also defended Rick and the group after Hershel pointed a gun at Rick and kicked the group off the farm. Otis was later seen torn in half and his upper half was reanimated, Rick shouted in shock as he saw Otis and was shown to be saddened when putting him down, showing the two repaired the relationship and Rick did like him. 

Hershel Greene

Hershel let Otis and Patricia stay on his farm, Otis helped around the farm and the Greene family became friends with him and Patricia. Otis tried to support Hershel after he had pointed a gun at Rick and kicked his group of the farm. Otis also volunteered to stay at the farm and look after the livestock until Hershel and the others at the prison thought of a way to move them over.

Billy Greene

"'Sides, you been nursin' that little stubble for months. How do you expect to turn that into a mustache?"
—Otis joking around with Billy about his facial hair.[src]

Due to their living together during their stay at the Greene farm, Billy and Otis seemed to develop an Uncle-Nephew like relationship as seen with Otis and Billy patrolling the fences jokingly quipping each other about Billy's age.

Maggie Greene

Maggie and Otis appear to be on bad terms, more so on her side than his. She even once referred to him as "That idiot, Otis".

Lacey Greene

Although Otis and Lacey were never seen interacting, Otis cared about Lacey and it is assumed they would've talked while Otis stayed on the farm. This is shown by how Otis was seen at Lacey, Shawn and Arnold's funeral, saddened while standing next to his girlfriend, Patricia.

Arnold Greene

Although Otis and Arnold were never seen interacting, Otis cared about Arnold and it is assumed they would've talked while Otis stayed on the farm. This is shown by how Otis was seen at Arnold's, Lacey's and Shawn's funeral, saddened while standing next to his girlfriend, Patricia.

Michonne Hawthorne

"Ya--ya saved my life! I don't know what to say."
—Otis praising Michonne for saving him.[src]

Otis and Michonne rarely interact, but when they first meet, Michonne saves his life. Despite Otis's apparent prejudice against black people, he is extremely grateful to her, and is quick to inform Rick she saved his life. The two continue to have a stable relationship.

Tyreese

Though Tyreese and Otis rarely interacted, Tyreese comforted Otis when the latter was feeling guilty over shooting Carl. From that point the two have had a stable relationship. Later, Otis was shown to be annoyed to have to take orders from Tyreese, possibly owing to his racism.


Appearances


Trivia

  • In an interview with UGO, Kirkman stated: "I think [Otis' racism] came about after he was introduced because I started to notice that all the characters were pretty nice except for an evil character that kills kids sometimes. I wanted to throw in some people that aren't evil but aren't so nice either. I've got some stuff planned for Otis now that should be pretty cool. But I realized that I had made a mistake in making everybody too friendly."[1]
  • Otis is one of the few characters to die (and/or reanimate) off-panel.
    • Robert Kirkman about Otis' death: "Otis wasn't buried because he didn't have much left of him and didn't die at a time when the burying would have been easy to do. There were tons of zombies to clean up...and Otis was a zombie...Allen and Carol weren't zombies." This is an error, as Carol did in fact turn, although she was put down immediately after reanimation, so her body was mostly intact.[2]
  • Although he was staying with Hershel, Otis didn't share the same belief that zombies could be cured as he was willing to kill Carl, thinking he was a zombie.

References

  1. Robert Kirkman Interview, UGO, Interviewed by Daniel Robert Epstein.
  2. Issue 49, page 29, "Letter Hacks".
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