Rick's Sheriff's Deputy hat is the hat that Rick Grimes wore as a police officer before and after the apocalypse.

We first see the hat being worn by Rick after the outbreak in "Days Gone Bye" when He, Morgan & Duane leave the King County Sheriff's Department. After travelling into Atlanta, Rick gets overrun by walkers & is forced off of his horse, as he barely escapes with his life by temporarily hiding inside a tank, Rick leaves behind his Bag Of Guns & his Hat. In "Vatos" Rick, Daryl, Glenn, and T-Dog go back to Atlanta to find Merle and retrieve the bag of guns, as Glenn is picking up the bag, he sees the hat but passes it by, only to come back a second later and pick it up.

Rick would be seen wearing the hat throughout the rest of Season 1 and the first few episodes of Season 2. In "What Lies Ahead", Carl is shot by Otis and brought to Hershel's farm to heal. In "Cherokee Rose", Rick is resting at Carl's bedside as Carl reminds him of the fact that they have both been shot, Rick replies with "Since you're in the club now, you get to wear the hat". He then takes off the King County police badge and puts the hat on Carl's head. This brings great pleasure to Carl and remarks with "Won't you miss it?" Rick says "Maybe you'll let me borrow it from time to time". Carl then goes to sleep and Rick retires his Sheriff's Deputy Uniform, stained with his son's blood.

During a flashback of happier times at the prison in the episode "A", Rick took the hat off of Carl, saying he should get a farming hat. He then placed the hat on Beth's head, claiming that, "There's a new Sheriff in town", which garners laughter by everyone including Hershel, Carl, and Beth.

After Negan kills Abraham and Glenn in "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be", Rick has a dream in which everyone is having dinner in Alexandria. When the camera goes through all the main characters looking happy together, we see that Judith is wearing the hat.

Carl would continue to wear the hat throughout his life up until his death in "Honor". As Carl says goodbye to his little sister, Judith, he hands her the hat and says "This was Dad's before it was mine, now it's yours. I don't know... Just... Just having it, it always kept dad with me, it made me feel as strong as him.... It helped me, maybe it'll help you too". As Judith starts to cry, Rick gives her to Daryl to bring to the Hilltop, with Judith now being the current owner of the hat.

During a flashback to before the apocalypse, when Carl was only 3 years old in the episode "Wrath", Rick is seen holding the hat and giving it to Carl to wear a couple of times as he and Rick walk to the Ross' Farm. This is the only time we see the hat before the apocalypse and proves that Carl has worn the hat before.

At the end of "What Comes After", when Magna's group is saved by a 9 year old girl, they ask her for her name. The little girl picks up Rick's hat and is revealed to be Judith Grimes.

Trivia

  • As of "What Comes After" The hat is now the only Piece of clothing that has stayed with the main characters since the beginning of the series. It has never been replaced by other clothing, discarded or destroyed.
  • The other pieces of clothing to survive close to this long, were Rick's police belt and his cowboy boots as seen since "Days Gone Bye", but with the disappearance of Rick Grimes, so too did these items disappear.
  • The only other item still in the show since the beginning, is Rick's Colt Python, now also being used by Judith.

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TV Series

Season 1

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"Days Gone Bye" Rick Grimes wearing his hat while looking for gas on his way to Atlanta
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"Days Gone Bye" Rick wearing his hat while being cautious of walkers
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"Days Gone Bye" Rick putting his hat on the ground
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"Days Gone Bye" Rick wearing his hat while on his horse about to ride into Atlanta
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"Days Gone Bye" Rick wearing his hat while on his horse being startled by the walkers
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"Days Gone Bye" The hat being kicked around by walkers
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"Vatos" Rick about to pick up his hat after Glenn dropped it
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"Vatos" Rick wearing his hat and talking to

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"Vatos" Rick, Daryl, Glenn and T-Dog Running back to their Truck

Season 2

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"What Lies Ahead" Rick wearing his hat
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"What Lies Ahead" Rick wearing his hat
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"Bloodletting" Rick wearing his hat while holding Carl in his arms
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"Bloodletting" Shane holding the hat while he wipes the blood off of Rick's face
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"Cherokee Rose" Rick giving Carl his hat
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"Cherokee Rose" Rick wearing his hat while talking to Hershel and Maggie Greene
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"Cherokee Rose" Rick wearing his hat while talking to Hershel on a hill
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"Pretty Much Dead Already" The hat sitting on Hershel's porch
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"Better Angels" Carl wearing the hat as Rick is talking to him

Season 3

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"Seed" Carl Grimes with the hat
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"Seed" Carl wearing the hat alongside his father
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"Killer Within" Carl wearing the hat while saying goodbye to his mother Lori
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"Hounded" Carl wearing the hat alongside Daryl
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"Welcome to the Tombs" Carl wearing the hat while holding his father's police badge
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"Welcome to the Tombs" Carl wearing the hat as he kills Jody

Season 4

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"After" Carl wearing the hat while on his own
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"After" Carl wearing the hat after being told to stop by Rick
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"After" Carl wearing the hat while eating a can of pudding
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"Us" Carl wearing the hat while balancing on the railroad with Michonne
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"A" Carl wearing the hat while being trapped at Terminus alongside Rick, Daryl & Michonne
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"A" Beth Greene wearing the hat after Rick put it on her (seen during Flashback)

Season 5

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"No Sanctuary" Carl wearing the hat while escaping the train car at Terminus
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"Strangers" Carl wearing the hat while on the road with the group
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"Crossed"

Carl wearing the hat while saying goodbye to Rick
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"Them" Carl Using the hat to shield Judith from the rain
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"Remember" Carl wearing the hat while investigating his new house in Alexandria
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"Try" Carl wearing the hat while playfully chasing after Enid
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"Try" Carl wearing the hat while staring at his father in shock

Season 6

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"Heads Up" Carl wearing the hat while walking in Alexandria
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"Heads Up" Carl wearing the hat while looking at Ron Anderson
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"Start to Finish" Carl wearing the hat while talking to Ron
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"Start to Finish" Carl wearing the hat alongside his father preparing to escape through the walkers
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"No Way Out" Carl wearing the hat while Jessie Anderson tries to calm down Sam Anderson
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"No Way Out" Carl wearing the hat as he is accidentally shot in the eye by Ron
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"Last Day on Earth" Carl wearing the hat alongside Rick & Eugene Porter on their way to the Hilltop
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"Last Day on Earth" Simon flicking Carl's hat
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"Last Day on Earth" Carl wearing the hat as Negan points Lucille at him

Season 7

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"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" Carl wearing the hat
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"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" Carl wearing the hat
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"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" Judith wearing the hat

(Seen during Rick's dream)

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"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" Negan takes Carl's hat off & throws it on the ground
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"The Day Will Come When You Won't Be" Carl's hat on the ground with everyone in shock
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"Go Getters" Carl wearing the hat while roller skating with Enid
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"Go Getters" Carl wearing the hat while sharing his first kiss with Enid
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"Sing Me a Song" Carl wearing the hat after killing 2 of Negan's Men
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"Sing Me a Song" Carl's hat on the ground after Dwight tackles him
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"Sing Me a Song" Carl's hat on the ground while Dwight aims his gun at him
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"Sing Me a Song" Carl wearing the hat alongside Negan
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"Sing Me a Song" Carl wearing the hat with Negan as he shows him the Factory
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"Sing Me a Song" Carl wearing the hat as he watches Negan talk to Amber
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"Sing Me a Song" Carl putting the hat on the table to show Negan his eye
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"Hearts Still Beating" Carl wearing the hat as he and the group are entering the Hilltop
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"Rock in the Road" Carl wearing the hat as Rick talks to Gregory
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"Rock in the Road" Carl wearing the hat exiting the Hilltop with the group
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"Rock in the Road" Carl wearing the hat with the group
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"Something They Need" Carl wearing the hat while he and Rick's group ambush Oceanside
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"Something They Need" Carl wearing the hat while he and Enid take supplies from Oceanside
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"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" Carl wearing the hat and is the first one to attack The Scavengers
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"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" Carl wearing the hat while Negan is interrogating Rick
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"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" Carl wearing the hat as Negan is about to kill him (This version of the scene not in the episode)
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"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life" Negan taking the hat off Carl before he is about to kill him

Season 8

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"Mercy" Carl wearing the hat while looking for gas
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"Mercy" Carl wearing the hat while looking at a corpse in a car
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"Mercy" Carl wearing the hat while being cautious of an unknown survivor's voice
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"Mercy" Carl wearing the hat while listening to Siddiq
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"Mercy" Carl putting his hat on the ground
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"Mercy" Rick holding the hat as he hugs Carl
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"The King, the Widow, and Rick" Carl wearing the hat while out with Siddiq
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"The King, the Widow, and Rick" Carl wearing the hat while out with Siddiq
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"The King, the Widow, and Rick" Carl wearing the hat with Siddiq about to take down walkers
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"The King, the Widow, and Rick" Carl wearing the hat moments before being bitten
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"The King, the Widow, and Rick" Carl wearing the hat after being bitten
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"How It's Gotta Be" Carl wearing the hat while walking with his father (Seen during Flashback)
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"How It's Gotta Be" Carl wearing the hat while opening the sewer drain for his fellow Alexandrians
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"How It's Gotta Be" Carl wearing the hat while running toward the exploding Church
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"How It's Gotta Be" Carl wearing the hat
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"How It's Gotta Be" Carl wearing the hat
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"How It's Gotta Be" Carl wearing the hat while leaning up against a house in Alexandria
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"How It's Gotta Be" Carl wearing the hat for the last time
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"How It's Gotta Be" The hat sitting next to Carl in his final moments
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"Honor" Carl wearing the hat while entering the sewer drain with Siddiq (Seen during Flashback)
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"Honor" Carl holding his hat while investigating his bite (Seen during Flashback)
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"Honor" Carl picking up his hat

(Seen during Flashback)

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"Honor" Carl giving Judith the hat
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"Honor" Daryl Holding Judith & the hat
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"Still Gotta Mean Something" Rick looking at the hat in despair while Judith plays with her toys
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"Wrath" Rick and Carl walking alongside the Ross' Farm before the Apocalypse (Seen during Flashback)
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"Wrath" Rick putting the hat on Carl

(Seen during Flashback)

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"Wrath" Carl wearing the hat

(Seen during Flashback)

Season 9

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"What Comes After" The hat on the floor as Judith picks it up
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"What Comes After" Judith Putting on the hat
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"What Comes After" Judith Wearing the hat & introducing herself to Magna's Group
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"Who Are You Now?" Judith wearing the hat
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"Adaptation" Judith wearing the hat while aiming Rick's gun at Negan
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