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Rick finally reawakens after 26 hours of being unconscious. Carol, who is sitting beside his bed, asks if he's waking up. Rick, unsure of his current state, believes he is, and asks how Carol herself is doing. Rick attempts to make a joke about the zombies to Carol, who doesn't get the joke, and is in disbelief that he actually made a joke. Suddenly, Carol kisses Rick. Rick is shocked by Carol's action and questions her why she kissed him. She tells him that she had heard how he stood up for her with Tyreese and that it meant a lot to her. Carol then assures Rick that she won't tell Lori about the kiss. Rick informs Carol that he will tell Lori about it, and that he values Carol as a friend, nothing more. Carol then leaves to go retrieve Sophia from Andrea and Dale, who had been watching after her for Carol. After Rick finally gets up, Dale lets him know that they've all decided that the pressure is getting to him and that he can't be their leader anymore, and that they formed a committee. Carol goes to inform Carl that Rick has woken up, and asks him if he was worried. "Nope. My dad's real tough. I wasn't worried at all." Carl says to Carol. Out in the courtyard, everybody thinks Rick is crazy, an idea he almost agrees with. He walks out to the garden and delivers a speech to them all explaining his motives and famously declaring that, "WE ARE THE WALKING DEAD!".
- Rick Grimes
- Lori Grimes
- Carl Grimes
- Maggie Greene
- Hershel Greene
- Billy Greene
- This issue's cover is the last cover drawn by Tony Moore.
- The Walking Dead #24 Review, Ain't It Cool News, Ambush Bug, (November 23, 2005).