|This article is about the comic series character. You may be looking for his TV counterpart.|
|Actor||Jose Pablo Cantillo|
|First Appearance||Issue 27|
|Last Appearance||Issue 36 (Alive)|
Issue 43 (Zombified)
Issue 75 (Back-Up Story)
|Cause of Death||Ran over and then strangled to death by Rick Grimes.|
|Series lifespan||#27 to #36, #43 (Zombified), #75 (Back-Up Story)|
|Rick cripples Martinez with the RV.|
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Jose Pablo Cantillo Gallery
- "So 'gym teacher'...turned out to be not so cool in the end."
- —Caesar Martinez to Glenn.
Caesar Martinez (accosted always with his last name, and couple misprints with the name "Rodriguez") is a character first encountered in Issue 27 of The Walking Dead and is a fence guard in Woodbury, and helped Rick, Glenn, Michonne, Dr. Stevens, and Alice escape Woodbury.
Martinez was a man who was formerly a gym teacher before the outbreak. He never married or had kids, and he was not on speaking terms with his parents either. His school had been designated as a "safe zone" once the outbreak began, and it was soon home to many of the children and parents that lived in the town. He played basketball with the students before the "biters" overtook the school. Once the zombies overran the school, they killed most of the people inside, while the others (including Caesar) ran for safety; an action he would always regret.
Post-Apocalypse & WoodburyEdit
Sometime after the school was overtaken, Martinez became one of the fence guards in Woodbury. He was also the guard who allowed Rick, Glenn, and Michonne into the town. While on a trip to see Dr. Stevens, he saw that The Governor had sliced Rick's hand off, and realized that The Governor was a monster. He then devised a plan to help Rick and party escape, (on the orders of The Governor of course) and fight their way back to The Prison which had become temporarily overrun.
While Tyreese and Axel were burning zombies, Martinez snuck out of the prison to inform the citizens of Woodbury of the location of the prison. However, during his run back to Woodbury, he was run over by Rick in the RV; who had seen through his facade and had been chasing him down the entirety of the way. Martinez admitted to being sent by The Governor, but said that he planned only to bring the good citizens back to the prison, and not The Governor or his men. Rick, however, strangled him to death, saying that Martinez doesn't know what people are capable of. Martinez's murder made Rick think that he was just as brutal as The Governor.
Caesar's reanimated body was discovered by a Woodbury scouting party, and his head was brought back to Woodbury to be used as a form of propaganda for The Governor to rally the townsfolk to lead a siege of the prison. Caesar's head was then kept in one of the fish tanks that The Governor had in his apartment, as a form of "television".
This list shows the victims Caesar has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies and possibly unnamed people.
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Martinez appeared to Rick and others he as though he was on their side, and assisted them in escaping Woodbury, as ordered by The Governor to show him where the Prison was located. Rick was suspicious of him throughout the journey back, but he began to trust Martinez. Throughout their journey to the prison, Rick is the most distant from Martinez until their arrival, finding the prison overrun. After the onslaught and aftermath, the survivors introduce the new people to one another. Rick wanted to introduce Martinez to Carl only to realize he had escaped. Coming to terms with his suspicions, Rick leaves once again to pursue Martinez in the RV. He catches up to the running man and disables him with the speeding vehicle before having one final confrontation. Martinez reveals he had been more interested in leading his fellow citizens to the prison for a safer life rather than follow The Governor's initial orders, though Rick does not care to hear it anymore after everything he and his people went through. His final acknowledgment upon his death at the hands of Rick is that Rick is just as twisted as The Governor himself.
It is revealed that Martinez and Stevens were really good friends.
In addition to being one of The Governor's best friends, Martinez was also very loyal to him. Martinez was sent to the Prison by The Governor to scout its location. Despite the fact Martinez may have had a change of heart upon arriving at the prison, he was still returning to Woodbury before being murdered at the hands of Rick. As The Governor recovered from his own mutilations, Caesar's reanimated body was recovered and the severed head was used as a symbol for the Woodbury citizens to see that the prison survivors were the insane ones. This act is the most contributing factor in The Governor's plan to lead Woodbury's assault on the prison.
It is revealed during the novel, The Road To Woodbury, that Alice had a crush on Martinez.
- Robert Kirkman has stated that Martinez was meant to be homosexual, but this plot line was not pursued further.
- In Issue 32, Glenn and Dr. Stevens called Caesar, "Rodriguez".
- Caesar is one of the many amputees in The Walking Dead. For other victims, see Amputated Victims.
- In the TV Series, Caesar wears a cap while in the Comic Series, he wears a bandanna.
- In the Comic Series, Caesar said to Rick and Glenn that he never had wife or children; while in the episode "Arrow on the Doorpost" in the TV Series, he said to Daryl that he lost his wife and kids when the apocalypse began.