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Actor Russ Comegys
Gender Male
Hair Dark Brown
Age Mid 30s
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 Grimes, Michonne, and Carl Grimes as they drive 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 Grimes, Michonne, and Carl Grimes 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 West Georgia Correctional Facility -- their base -- 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 uses the backpack in "Isolation" and when Glenn Rhee gathers supplies from the ruined prison in "Inmates". It is spotted by Rick as stolen goods at Terminus in "A" and returns to the group in Season 5 after they massacre the Hunters, who escaped from the ruined Terminus with it, in Father Gabriel Stokes's church.
Unnamed or Unseen TV Characters
King County DianeLindaTomFredCindyJudithKingsleyDaniels
KellySarahTyrellSheilaMaryanneOfficer 1Officer 2
Officer 3MotherMother 2HollyMr. SiggardMrs. Siggard
Criminal 1Criminal 2Criminal 3
Atlanta Camp SurvivorTwelve Unnamed Camp Survivors
Nursing Home CarlitoUnnamed Nursing Home Survivors
Dave and Tony's Group Jane
Woodbury PeteMichaelRobbieEisenbergBobResident 1Resident 6Resident 11MotherFoster DaughterGuardSoldierGuard 1
Guard 2Guard 3Guard 4Guard 5Resident 2Resident 3
Resident 4Resident 5Resident 7Resident 8Resident 9
Resident 10WoodburiansGovernor's Victims
Military Personnel Guardsman 1Guardsman 2Guardsman 3Guardsman 4
Guardsman 5Guardsman 6
Mexican Family FatherMotherSonBaby
Prison Newcomers TeenagerNewcomerWomanNoris' SonMrs. Richards
Martinez' Camp ManWomanResident
Terminus ChuckCynthiaKayleeWomanResident 1Resident 2
GuardManButcher 2GirlButcher 1
Grady Memorial Hospital Man
Abraham's Group WarrenRexJosiahDirkStephanieJosephineRogerPam
Alexandria Safe-Zone RosemaryResident 1Resident 2DavidsonCarterAnnabel
The Wolves Wolves LeaderBlond Wolf
Animals PigletsHorse
Miscellaneous Characters BrianJeanJerryWilhelmSamJoe Jr.RachelT.
SurvivorFatherHitchhikerHermitJohnMrs. Blake
IrmaManPoncho Man
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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