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Not much is known about Clara's early life, except she was from Ireland. During the early stages of the global outbreak, Clara was at the Atlanta airport terminal with her husband waiting for a connecting flight for their honeymoon to Puerto Vallarta when their flight was cancelled. They were held in the terminal until the zombies most likely broke in.
Rick Grimes was out in the woods beyond the fences of his base at the West Georgia Correctional Facility, checking snares for animals, and comes across a deer cadaver that had been partially eaten by walkers, and then found a dying boar on the forest floor. Before he could inspect the boar, a "walker" stumbles into view and kneels at the boar's side. Wanting to avoid contact, Rick turned to leave, but was forced to turn around when something catches his ear. The "walker" spoke. It was a living woman: Clara.
She asked Rick to help her carry the boar back to her campsite, in order to nourish herself and her husband, Eddie (both of whom were apparently starving). A leery Rick (noticing Clara's emaciated state) decided to help her out by giving her a tinfoil-wrapped sandwich. When she asked if she can join his shelter, Rick says that he needed to gain the approval of her husband (who, apparently, was back at her own shelter) and to ask them three questions. He asked if she has a weapon, and patted her down to find only a small knife, which he took and then hands back to her. He warned that if she tried anything, she would be the one to lose, to which she replied that she didn't have anything to lose.
As they walked deeper into the forest, she expressed her feelings about her husband, claiming that he sacrificed everything for her. She then explained the horrible things that they had to do, such as eating whatever food they could find, such as animal carcasses, rotten food, leaving people behind, and hiding from people needing their help. She then asked if Rick had to do the things that they did, and if he thought he could come back from them, to which he replied "I hope so."
As they reach her camp, Rick inspected their tent as Clara walked to her husband, telling him that a man is here to help. She then lunged at Rick, knife in hand, only to be sidestepped by the latter, thrown to the ground, and then held at gunpoint. She explains that she wanted to take the boar, but returning with Rick would be faster. She wanted to feed Rick to her undead husband, because the latter was "starving, slowing, and needs something alive". She then explained that she kept him because she couldn't live without him, while admitting that it was wrong and that she couldn't do things like this, possibly indicating that Rick isn't the first such "meal". She plead Rick not to "end it after", before driving the knife into her own gut, wanting to turn into a walker and be with her undead husband. While on the verge of death, she asked Rick what the questions were that he was going to ask:
Q1: "How many walkers have you killed." Answer: "Eddie killed them all, until..."
Q2: "How many people have you killed?" Answer: "Just me. Just me."
Q3: "Why?" Answer: "You don't get to come back from things."
Clara died shortly thereafter. Rick, upset that another human being has perished, respected her wish to become a walker and didn't shoot her. Rick headed back to the prison, and Eddie's zombified head could be seen under a cloth.
A zombified Clara was seen amongst the other walkers streaming into the breached, destroyed prison.
Clara was briefly seen amongst the other walkers overrunning the destroyed prison, moments before Michonne started killing a few walkers that approached her.
This list shows the victims Clara has killed:
- Herself (Suicide)
- Numerous counts of unnamed people (Caused and Direct).
- Herself (Suicide)
Clara committed suicide by stabbing herself in the abdomen with her knife, to turn into a walker and to be with her undead husband, Eddie.
Next to nothing is known about Clara's relationship with Eddie, but since they were married, it can be assumed they loved each other very much. She said that he had made many sacrifices for her. Clara's love for her husband is also demonstrated by the fact that she kept his undead head fed, unable to bring herself to put him down. She also gave her own life to be with him as a walker.
Rick first met Clara when he was in the woods outside the prison checking the traps for game. Clara approached starving and helpless and Rick was cautious around her, checking her for weapons. He let her keep her knife, telling her that if she tried anything, she would be the one that would lose. She mentioned that she had nothing left to lose. Rick then offered her food and agreed to follow her back to her camp and meet her husband and discuss them joining the prison group. On the way to the camp, they had a conversation about what happened to Clara before and during the apocalypse and she questioned Rick whether people could come back from the things they've done. When they arrived at the camp, Clara went to talk to her husband who was revealed to be a severed walker head at this point. When Rick was distracted looking in Clara's tent, Clara tried to stab him but missed and fell to the ground crying. Rick held her at gunpoint angrily but didn't shoot her, giving her a chance to talk. She mentioned how she needed to feed Eddie living things as he was "slowing down" and how she couldn't bring herself to do it. Before Rick could act, Clara then stabbed herself in the stomach. Rick yelled and started to cry, showing he didn't want her to die as Clara asked what the three questions were in order to join the prison. She answered that the only human she killed was herself and the reason was that she felt that you couldn't come back from the terrible things you do to survive in this new world. She asked not to be prevented from reanimating as she wished to be with her husband and then died. It is shown that Rick honored her request as she is seen as a walker in "Too Far Gone". This whole scene set the tone for the season as Rick struggled to come back from what he's done, questioning the choices he's made thus far.
- Clara and Rick are both in the first picture released for Season 4.
- Scott Gimple stated on Talking Dead that her final words to Rick will be relevant to the rest of the season.
- The questions that Rick asks Clara are the same questions he was asked in the phone calls in "Hounded".