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"Me too."
—R.J. to Judith about helping to repair her and Carl's handprints.[src]

Rick Grimes Jr., nicknamed R.J., is a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is the son of Rick Grimes and Michonne Hawthorne, the half-brother of the late Carl Grimes and Andre Anthony, and the adoptive brother of Judith Grimes. He resided at the Alexandria Safe-Zone with his family.

When Michonne leaves to go find R.J. and Judith's father, the kids' uncle, Daryl Dixon, becomes their guardian. Following the war against the Whisperers and the fall of Alexandria, R.J. relocates to the Commonwealth alongside Judith and Daryl.


R.J. is a cheerful, amiable, innocent, and benevolent child. After the disappearance of his father, Rick Grimes, R.J. can be seen as part of his legacy that lives on. He is shown to get along with the rest of the kids well, often seen playing with them.


Rick Grimes Jr., R.J., was conceived by Rick Grimes and Michonne Hawthorne in February 2014. Shortly after, his father disappeared. Born in November 2014, Michonne named their son after his supposed late-father. With R.J. was his older, adopted sister, Judith Grimes.

Season 9

"Who Are You Now?"

Six years after the disappearance of his father, a 5-year-old R.J. is now living with Michonne and Judith in their home in Alexandria.

As Magna sneaks around outside of their house with a knife, she opens a back door slightly but sees Michonne pick up and hug R.J., which prompts her to leave.

Later, after Michonne and Judith's conversation, R.J. runs up to Michonne and asks for food, as she picks him up and hugs him once again.


In Alexandria, R.J. sleeps in his bed as Michonne watches from his bedroom door.


In Alexandria, R.J. plays with Judith and Gracie on the community streets when Michonne comes out of her house and orders Judith to keep her brother safe as she goes over to the guard post.

At night, R.J. has dinner with his family and watches as his sister leaves.

"The Storm"

In Alexandria, R.J. takes shelter from the storm with the residents in the church. Later, Judith pulls a blanket over herself and her brother to keep them warm, before Gabriel decides they're moving to Aaron's house. They all tie a rope around themselves and head out into the blizzard.

The next day, after the storm is over, R.J. crawls by the snow when Michonne and the others return to Alexandria. He then plays with the group in a snowball fight.

Season 10

"Lines We Cross"

R.J. is brought alongside some children to see the beach for the first at Oceanside while the militia trains. Later on, R.J. and Judith play with some shells that R.J. found. As they dump out their seashells in the sand, a Whisperer mask falls out. Judith gets scared and informs the rest of the group.

A while later, Judith tells R.J. the story about Rick blowing the bridge to save his friends. "He died and went to heaven," Judith tells R.J. about "the brave man" in her story. Michonne walks up to hug them, telling them she'd do anything to protect them. Suddenly, an explosion rings out and everyone looks up to witness streaks of fire cascading from the sky. R.J. then stays at the camp alongside his sister.


While the Alexandria residents face against waves of walkers pouring onto the community gates over the next 49 hours, R.J. sleeps at his home and is looked after by his sister.

The next day, Judith keeps looking after her brother when Michonne arrives to rest with them. As they lay together in bed, R.J. cuddles next to his mother and sister.

"Silence the Whisperers"

R.J. and his family dine together and share a laugh as they are joined by Daryl. The following morning, R.J. is left under the care of Daryl as Michonne and Judith head out to Hilltop and later on to Oceanside.

"The World Before"

R.J. attends the funeral service for Siddiq and listens to Gabriel's religious remarks. He is then carried away by Daryl.


When Beta attacks Alexandria and searches for Mary in the Grimes' house, R.J. remains under Judith's and Rosita's protection and watches scared as his sister shoots at him through the door of a bedroom where they are hiding with Mary. The next day, he and his sister are among the group that departs towards Hilltop in wagons.

"Morning Star"

When the Alexandrians arrive at Hilltop, R.J. can be seen exiting the makeshift vehicle.

When its clear that the Whisperers are about to attack Hilltop, Aaron points out that they need to focus on getting the children to safety. Daryl agrees and instructs the others to pack up and regroup at Oceanside. As the children climb into the wagon, R.J. can be seen wearing his father's hat and Daryl's vest. However, the caravan doesn't make it far before they hit a roadblock and discover that the scouts they sent earlier are dead. Daryl identifies this as one of Negan's tactics and concludes that all the other roads will be blocked, too, making a retreat impossible. R.J. is returned to Hilltop and evacuated into the building for safety.

"Walk With Us"

R.J., along with the other children, are rushed to safety by Ezekiel, before stopping and suddenly realizing that Judith is missing. Sometime during the fight, Earl takes over watching the kids.

When Daryl, Ezekiel, and Jerry approach the cabin, they are relieved to find all of the kids alive. R.J. goes and hugs Daryl.

"What We Become"

When Michonne radios Judith, R.J. joins in on the call to say hello to his mother. He is then instructed by Judith to use codenames for security, so R.J. chooses "Little Brave Man" as his codename, much to Michonne's delight. When Michonne asks R.J. how long he had been with his sister, he just says that "Tia Rosita" brought him, and leaves Judith and Michonne to continue talking.

"A Certain Doom"

R.J. tells Gabriel that he is scared because the Whisperers are surrounding the Tower. He holds on to Gracie's hand for comfort as he listens to Gabriel explain why they shouldn't be afraid.

After the evacuation of the Tower, R.J. can be seen alongside Judith greeting Maggie.

Season 11

"Acheron: Part I"

R.J. runs over to greet Daryl when he returns to Alexandria.


R.J. plays cards with Judith, Gracie and Hershel. During the game, Hershel asks Judith if she's ever afraid when her mother goes away but Judith replies that their mother always comes back, to which R.J. agrees.

Later that day, R.J. can be seen playing a game of rock-paper-scissors with Hershel, while he waits for Judith to bring in the horsemeat to eat. However, R.J. is reluctant to eat it.

"Out of the Ashes"

R.J. listens to Judith's instructions as she teaches the children how to wield a sword.

Later that day, R.J. can be seen playing a game with Gracie, but is interrupted when Judith accuses Vincent of breaking her keepsake. R.J. goes over and offers his help, along with Gracie and Hershel, to fix her broken handprints.

"For Blood"

R.J. huddles with the other children while the storm rages in Alexandria, he confesses to Judith that he wishes that his mother was there.

When it is time to evacuate upstairs, he goes with Hershel.

"No Other Way"

R.J. will appear in this episode.

"New Haunts"

R.J. will appear in this episode.


R.J. will appear in this episode.


Michonne Hawthorne

Michonne and R.J. appear to have a loving mother and son relationship. He is first seen running up to her and she picks him up. Their interaction is very loving. He truly miss mom when she leaves to find his father.

Judith Grimes

Judith and R.J. have a loving brother and sister relationship as they live together with Michonne. Judith is seen teaching R.J. how to ride a bike.

Rick Grimes

Rick is R.J.'s father. He doesn't know of his younger son's existence as he disappeared before he could find out that Michonne was pregnant. It is currently unknown how R.J. feels about his father or what he's been told about him. R.J. is named after Rick.


Gracie and R.J. are friends. She can be seen teaching R.J. how to ride, playing games with him and holding his hand for comfort.

Daryl Dixon

Daryl cares a lot about R.J., even before he was born, because of his relationship with R.J.'s father. Daryl mentioned to Judith that keeping her and R.J. safe is the most important thing for Michonne to do.

Hershel Rhee

Hershel and R.J. are friends. He can be seen playing games with Hershel.


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  • R.J. is the sixth known child in the TV Series to be born into the apocalypse, the first being his sister Judith Grimes, the second and third being two unnamed infants living at the Kingdom, the fourth being Gracie, and the fifth being Hershel Rhee, the seventh being Ezra, the eighth being Aliyah, and the ninth being Mariam.
  • R.J. is the only member of the Grimes Family who did not have his own Comic Series counterpart.
  • R.J. is Rick's only known living blood relative in the series. From his older half-brother Carl's death in "Honor" until his revealed birth in "Who Are You Now?", Rick had no known living blood relatives.
  • R.J. and Judith are the first adoptive siblings to appear on the show.
  • R.J.'s codename is "Little Brave Man".

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