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The Most Gruesome Deaths On 'The Walking Dead'

Updated April 9, 2019 11.2k votes 1.7k voters 484.1k views23 items

SPOILER ALERT: If you're not caught up to the very latest episode of The Walking Dead (TWD), stop here. Also, if you're squeamish, maybe watch this through your fingers or near an open window. This list looks at some of the worst deaths on TWD - courtesy of walkers as well as a few horrible moments of humanity at its worst. You know, those gory TWD deaths where characters were bitten, eaten, snacked on, or turned into human taffy by walkers. As much as the show is about what happens to the living over time during a zombie apocalypse, walkers are still a force of nature. And just when you think you're in the clear, crunch.

Going out via a walker is not a pretty sight, especially for the show's characters. Way before the rotating door walker took out Noah, poor Otis was struck down in the leg by Shane and left for walkers to dine upon in the moonlight. Aiden learned that being arrogant and stupid makes you just the right entrée on a walker buffet. And Betsy's husband, David, went out just like he expected. Too bad she didn't get his note. 

There are also the animals of TWD who end up on the wrong side of walker chompers. They, too, can be counted among the worst deaths from the series. The unnamed farm horse that rode into Atlanta with Rick? Totally didn't deserve to perish, although he did offer a good distraction while Rick hid in a tank. Buttons? He could have been Daryl's pal. They could have run in the fields together and had motorcycle vs. horse races. But no, hangry walkers had to get him. And Tabitha. Poor sweet cheese-providing goat, walker-alarm Tabitha. She did not deserve to go out that way.

If you're interested in brutality that skips the walkers, there's a fairly comprehensive list for The Walking Dead kills where humans are doing the dispatching, so look to that one for the Daryl walker head-trunk slam, or Carol in wolf's clothing, and other satisfying kills.

What are the worst deaths delivered via the walkers? Vote up the one that really gets your goat the most. 

  • Glenn Struck Down By Cowardly  is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Gruesome Deaths On 'The Walking Dead'
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    Season 7 opened with the heartbreaking loss of Glenn Rhee, former pizza delivery guy and the love of Maggie's life. After Daryl steps out of line, Negan turns his bat on Glenn, recreating Glenn's gory comic book death.

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    Abraham Goes Out Cursing Negan

    Abraham Goes Out Cursing Negan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Gruesome Deaths On 'The Walking Dead'
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    He lived passed his days in the comics, but it was still hard to see the ginger warrior go out at the end of Negan's bat. At least he got out a solid "S*ck my nuts" to Negan before getting struck out.

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    Noah Taken Out By Nicholas, Who Doesn't Know How Revolving Doors Work

    Noah Taken Out By Nicholas, Wh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Gruesome Deaths On 'The Walking Dead'
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    Noah, who saved Beth and was a solid addition to the group, gets torn apart by walkers because Nicholas is awful. Glenn has to watch.   

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    Rick's Horse Becomes Walker Street Food In Downtown Atlanta

    Rick's Horse Becomes Walker St is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Gruesome Deaths On 'The Walking Dead'
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    Rick finds a friendly horse on a farm and rides it into Atlanta, a now-iconic image. Rick has no idea just how overridden Atlanta has become until he and his equine buddy turn a corner downtown and run into a massive herd near a tank. He has to leave the horse behind as he seeks cover in the tank.

    That poor horse becomes walker food, but Glenn saves Rick.

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