Dale served as the sage advise giver of the Atlanta survivors, which included Lori, Carl, Carol, Andrea, Shane, and eventually, Rick Grimes himself. While Dale’s RV and knowledge of cars proved useful, his moral compass and experience with people made him truly invaluable, at least for a time. He consistently looked out for the group’s well-being, and preferred to talk it out rather than straight up murder someone, even if they were dangerous.
Saving the ones in need also became a key part of his morality. He prevented Andrea from staying behind to die at the CDC and took care of T-Dog when the cut on his arm became infected. Dale also became the voice of reason when Rick wanted to kill Randall, trying to convince him and the others that it’s wrong to kill the living.
Dale could have easily shot Shane in the woods when he was discovered hiding the group’s guns, but couldn’t bring himself to do it. In that moment, he even acknowledged his unwillingness to kill as a weakness in the present circumstances, but stood by his decision, stating that “…at least I can say when the world goes to sh**, I didn’t let it take me down with it.”
Andrea’s primary goal is to protect Rick and the rest of the Atlanta survivors, becoming a skilled marksman thanks to Shane’s tutelage. Although she struggles with suicidal thoughts after the death of her sister, she remains convinced that everyone has the right to their own life or death, even the likes of Randall, whom the group wants to execute at Hershel’s barn.
Andrea, like Dale, has diplomatic tendencies, seeking to find the good in everyone, including The Governor. After she’s brought to Woodbury and integrates into the community, Andrea becomes caught between keeping her old friends safe and enjoying the new comforts of Woodbury. Even though she eventually comes to see The Governor for who he truly is, she’s unable to kill him in his sleep after being prompted to do so by Carol.
If Andrea had the guts to kill The Governor, she would have prevented her own death, as well as the deaths of Hershel and numerous others. However, when she’s caught by The Governor and left to die at the hands of a zombified Milton, she’s finally able to fulfill her suicidal wish. She chooses to die at her own hand rather than wait to become a walker. Suicide doesn’t count here, right?
13. LORI GRIMES
Lori would do anything to protect her children from the harsh realities of their post-apocalyptic world, but we never get to see if that means killing a living person or not. When Carl is accidentally shot during his encounter with the deer, Lori doubts whether his survival would even be a good thing if he has to live in such a violent world. It’s Rick who actually convinces her that Carl needs to live, after he recalls the beauty of the deer.
She also nearly aborts the newly formed fetus of Judith by taking pills scavenged by Glenn and Maggie, though she soon has a change of heart and throws them up. At least she didn’t have to try and explain that to Judith someday. Karma’s a bitch, though, ain’t it Lori?
Even though Lori lets the men do the protecting, she does take out a few walkers after getting into a car accident trying to find Rick. Her goal was always to survive for as long as possible and not give up, teaching Carl to do the same. Lori still clung to her morals until the very end, making Carl promise her to always do what’s right, not just what’s easy.