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- "You're the only person I can think of who might hate Rick Grimes as much as I do. There's a whole army of Whisperers out there... And they don't want us bothering them. Rick is gearing up for war with them and they have no idea. If we went and told them what was coming... They could attack and kill Rick and all these other assholes that live here. They'd kill them, they'd all kill each other... Whatever. I know I can't make it there alone. You get me there... You're free to go... Or maybe you come back here and kill Rick with the Whisperers... Whatever you want."
- —Brandon offering Negan a deal to escape from his cell in exchange for killing Rick.[src]
Brandon Rose is a character and an antagonist first encountered in Issue 131 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He lived at the Hilltop with his mother and father before their deaths. He serves as one of the secondary antagonists for both Volume 23: Whispers Into Screams (along with Gregory) and Volume 26: Call To Arms (along with Beta).
Nothing is known about Brandon's life before or after the outbreak began except that he lived with his parents and may have lived near the Hilltop before the apocalypse occurred.
At some point following the outbreak, Brandon and his parents made their way to the Hilltop. The circumstances under which they managed to survive for four years of the apocalypse is unclear.
He later attacks her and Carl Grimes with a brick in order to get revenge. Brandon starts beating up Sophia while his friend holds her back, but Carl stops them and proceeds to viciously beat him and his friend with a shovel. He was left unconscious but alive. His parents brought him to the infirmary where he was treated for his wounds.
Morton and Brandon both look for Tammy, unbeknownst to them, she has been killed by Alpha and The Whisperers.
After being informed of his mother's death, both Brandon and Morton mourn and he is later seen telling Rick that they should "fuck those people up" for Tammy's murder. He and his father both greet Vincent at his house.
Brandon eventually finds out that Rick Grimes killed his father in Morton's attempt to force Rick to take action against the Whisperers. He stays at Alexandria for two weeks with the rest of the Hilltop people. With his parents dead and nothing else to live for, Brandon tries to attack Rick similar to his own father. However Rick subdued and threatened to kill him if he stepped one more time out of line. After being denied the chance to return back to the Hilltop Brandon, hating Rick Grimes more than ever, goes down to Negan's cell and explains his plan of informing the Whisperers of Rick's declaration of war and having Rick himself getting killed in the process. Negan seemingly agrees with the plan, so Brandon steals the jail keys and frees Negan. They both escape the house before Rick and Michonne realize that Negan is gone. Brandon sneaks away from the Hilltop group traveling on the road, and gives Negan his old clothes. They then start to argue about Brandon's plan, so Negan pushes Brandon, telling him to take him in the right direction, then they both walk off.
Negan and Brandon eventually arrive at the border. The latter starts thinking about his mother, Tammy, whose head was one of the ones on the pikes that made up the border. Brandon begins to sob, prompting Negan to tell him to stop being such a coward. He then feigns empathy for Brandon and gives him a hug. Brandon then admits that he just wanted Rick and Alpha to kill each other, to which Negan tells him, "that's the plan." "Or rather," Negan goes on to state, as he kills Brandon, via a fatal stab wound to the chest. Negan then finishes, "…that was your plan," as he walks alone into the Whisperers' border.
Michonne and Aaron later find him, but due to their priority mission of finding Negan, they vow to return to him later. Dwight and the assembled army later find him zombified, and Dwight puts him down.
As they make their way to the Whisperers border, Negan fatally stabs him in the chest, killing him. Dwight later puts down his zombified corpse with a single shot to the head.
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- "You'll never squeal on us again!"
- —Brandon to Brian while beating him[src]
Brandon and Brian are shown to dislike each other strongly, with Brian fearing Brandon. Brandon and his friend are bullies and after telling on the boys to someone Brian is beat relentlessly by the pair until Sophia intervenes. After the attack Sophia tells Brian that he is "getting tougher" possibly suggesting that Brian has been in a similar situation with these boys or other bullies in the past.
- "You attacked us last time. My parents know this. You attacked us again...and we got a little carried away. We're going to be real sorry...I might even cry when I realize what we've done."
- —Brandon explaining the lie he will tell others to Sophia.[src]
Brandon and Sophia despise each other. The hatred stems from Sophia stepping in to help an otherwise defenseless Brian who was getting beaten by Brandon and his friend, she beats the two bullies with ease and tells them to run away. This angered the pair greatly and Brandon later attacks Sophia and Carl, hitting Carl with a brick and beating Sophia to a state which required medical attention. Whilst doing so he explained that he would convince people that this was in retaliation that got out of hand, Carl then returned with a shovel and beat the two boys almost to death.
- "Those kids are a couple of assholes, no argument there...but they're kids."
- —Maggie in discussion with Carl[src]
Maggie was angry at Brandon for his attack on Sophia but put this personal anger aside when dealing with the boys families after they in-turn were beaten by Carl. Later in a discussion with Carl (who Maggie placed in a cell for his attack on the boys) Maggie explains that Brandon is an asshole but that he is still young and growing up and will one day be productive members of their society. Later when Sophia awakes and explains what happened Maggie enters Brandon and his friend's room, calling the two unconscious boys "fucking monsters", she then releases Carl from his cell. Maggie does acknowledge that Carl crossed a line and would need counselling but this was most likely to help Carl rather than to punish him.
- "Oh, don't be such a crybaby. The fucking world ended. Everyone's mother is dead, you pussy. Besides... we're on our way to talk to the people who cut your mom's head off... have some motherfucking perspective."
- —Negan to Brandon telling him to get over his mother's death.[src]
Brandon and Negan first meet when the former goes down to Negan's cell to help him get out, and go to the Whispers base and alert them about the war between Alexandria. After Brandon tells Negan his plan, Negan then seemingly tells Brandon that he likes where this is going and he has to think about it. When Rick and Michonne and alerted by Paula that the cell door keys are gone, they race to see if Negan is still there. When they get there he is gone.
However, their relationship takes a turn for the worst when Negan starts to dislike Brandon, due to his treacherous intentions toward Alexandria. When Brandon tearfully mourns Tammy, Negan tells him that he is a coward and that they're going to meet with the people that killed his mother in the first place. He hugs Brandon, but then kills him by stabbing him in the chest, showing his contempt for Brandon himself.