Rick has passed out and Carl forces him to wake up. Suddenly, Rick starts to mumble and shift, causing Carl to think that he's reanimating. He's about to shoot him, but doesn't because he notices Rick is still breathing. Carl starts to cry and says that he doesn't know what to do, before falling asleep.
In the morning, Rick's burning up. Carl puts a towel on his forehead and shouts that he must wake up. Suddenly, a couple of zombies start banging at the door. Carl drags Rick in front of the door, and sneaks out the backdoor. He leads the zombies away from the door; however, a third zombie comes up behind him and Carl falls. He destroys all three zombies, vomits, and has a happy grin on his face.
After defeating the zombies, Carl decides that he no longer needs his father to survive. He blames him for failing to protect Lori and Judith, as well as the rest of their previous party. Rick momentarily wakes up and pleads with Carl to stay indoors. Carl agrees and holds Rick's head, taking back what he said about not needing his father's protection. Carl says that he's scared, and falls asleep again.
- This is the first issue to have a variant cover.
- This issue has the fewest appearance of characters (2) so far.
- Creator Robert Kirkman wrote: "Issue 50 is by far the highest selling issue of the series [but] we got an unrealistic bump in sales for this issue because of our first ever variant cover by Erik Larsen and Ryan Ottley. So this issue really shouldn't count. But I've already got sales figures for issues 51 and 52 and I'm glad to report that issue 51 sold better than 49 and issue 52 is our highest selling issue yet, not counting issue 50.
- ↑ Issue 50, page 25, "Letter Hacks".
- The Walking Dead #50 Review An entirely different type of landmark issue, IGN, Dan Phillips (July 2, 2008).