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Actor Russ Comegys
Gender Male
Hair Dark Brown
Age Mid 30's
Occupation Unknown
Family Unknown
First Appearance "Clear"
Last Appearance "Clear"
Death Episode "Clear"
Cause of Death Devoured by walkers.
Status Dead
Ethnicity Caucasian-American
The hitchhiker's devoured body.
Hitchhiker Gallery
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"Hey! Hey! Slow down! Slow down! Slow-- I'm begging you! No! Please!"
—The survivor to Rick, Michonne and Carl as they are driving past him in their vehicle.[src]

This hitchhiker, also known as Backpack Guy, is a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead.


Location Unknown

Nothing is known about this hitchhiker's life before or as the outbreak began. It is possible he once was part of a group of survivors, but they all died or disappeared.


Season 3


This survivor is seen hitchhiking along the side of the highway, eventually spotting Rick, Michonne, and Carl in a car driving past him. He yells for their help, but is ignored and continues to try and run after Rick's car, but stops and falls on his knees, realizing they aren't stopping for him.

The car shortly stalls at a pile-up. Rick, Michonne, and Carl get out to release the car. They ignore the hitchhiker's cries for help, despite the fact that they are slowly getting louder. After releasing the car, the three get back into the car and drive away. The hitchhiker, having run towards the group after seeing them stop, falls to the ground again.

On the drive back to the prison, Rick, Carl, and Michonne pass the pile-up and notice a corpse and streak of blood on the ground, ending at the hitchhiker's distinctive orange backpack. The car backs up, and Carl hops out to grab the backpack before they drive away.


Killed By

During some time after the last encounter with him, the hitchhiker was attacked and devoured by zombies. Later, while driving back to The Prison, Rick, Carl, and Michonne notice his corpse with streaks of blood on the ground, ending at his distinctive orange backpack.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims this survivor has killed:

  • Possibly numerous counts of zombies.


TV Series

Season 3


  • This survivor was credited as man in the ending credits and on the AMC website.
  • This survivor is nicknamed the "Backpack Guy" in the In Memoriam clip for The Talking Dead segment for "Clear".
  • The hitchhiker's backpack makes several appearances throughout Season 4, including when Carl used the backpack in "Isolation" and when Glenn gathered supplies from the ruined prison in "Inmates". It was spotted by Rick as stolen goods at Terminus and somehow escaped with the group to pop up in Season 5 too,
Unnamed or Unseen TV Characters
Sheriff's Department DianeLinda
Linden County Officers Officer 1Officer 2Officer 3
King County TomFredCindyJudithKingsleyKellyDanielsSarah
TyrellSheilaMaryanneHollyMotherMother 2Mr. Siggard
Mrs. SiggardCriminal 1Criminal 2Criminal 3
Atlanta Survivors SurvivorTwelve Unnamed Camp Survivors
Nursing Home CarlitoUnnamed Nursing Home Survivors
Dave and Tony's Group Jane
Woodbury PeteBettyEmilyMichaelRobbieEisenbergBobResidentResidentResident
MotherFoster's DaughterGuardSoldierGuard 1Guard 2
Guard 3Guard 4Guard 5ResidentResidentResident
Military Personnel Guardsman 1Guardsman 2Guardsman 3Guardsman 4
Guardsman 5Guardsman 6Governor's Victims
Mexican Family FatherMotherSonBaby
Prison Newcomers TeenagerNewcomerWomanNoris' SonMs. Richards
Martinez' Camp ManWomanResident
Terminus ChuckCynthiaKayleeWomanResident 1Resident 2Guard
ManButcher 2GirlButcher 1
Grady Memorial Hospital ManTyler
Abraham's Group WarrenRexJosiahDirkStephanieJosephineRogerPam
Animals PigletsHorse
Miscellaneous Characters BrianJeanJerryWilhelmSamJoe Jr.RachelT.SurvivorFatherMichael Jr.HitchhikerHermitJohnMrs. BlakeIrma
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.

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