|This article is about the TV Series character. You may be looking for his Dead Reckoning counterpart.|
|First Appearance||"Days Gone Bye"|
|Last Appearance||"Bloodletting" (Flashback)|
|Cause of Death||Bitten by a zombie Don. (Alive)|
Shot by Rick Grimes. (Zombified)
|Series lifespan||"Days Gone Bye" (Alive and Zombified)|
|Rick shoots Leon in the head at close range.|
|Leon Basset Gallery|
Linds Edwards Gallery
- "Maybe we'll get on one of them video shows, you know? Like 'World's Craziest Police Chases.' What do you think?"
- —Leon to his fellow officers.[src]
Leon Basset is a minor character in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is a sheriff deputy at the King County Sheriff's Department alongside Rick Grimes, Shane Walsh and Lambert Kendal. Leon also appears in the game, Dead Reckoning, where it explains how he fared during the initial outbreak and ultimately how he reanimated.
Leon was a back-up officer along with Lambert Kendal, assisting in the highway police chase that put Rick Grimes into a coma. He was seen carrying a pistol and seemed to be distracted and unfocused on the job at hand, and even mentioned that they should capture the footage of the police pursuit and submit it to "The Worlds Craziest Police Chases." Rick ordered him to focus and to arm himself just as the criminals arrived at the standoff. He, along with the Linden County Sheriff's Department officers, exchange gunfire with the criminals and eventually took down the suspects, however, Rick was shot in the shoulder before the last one was killed. Shane then yelled at Leon to call an ambulance and to inform them that there was an officer down.
He may have been seen with Lambert when Shane goes to tell Lori that Rick has been shot.
Later, he was encountered by Rick, Morgan Jones, and Duane Jones as a walker when the trio was leaving the King County Sheriff's Department. He was on the opposite side of the station's chain link fence, banging on it. He was missing his hat and sidearm, while his radio microphone was dragging along the ground. Not wanting to leave him as a walker, Rick calmly walked up to him, putting a bullet into his former colleague's head, ending his suffering.
- Don (Infected\Alive)
An infected Officer Don attacked and possibly bit Leon just as Shane departed the police station to move to the aid of Lori Grimes. Once Leon reanimated, he continued to roam around as a walker.
- Rick Grimes (Zombified)
As Rick, Morgan Jones, and Duane Jones were leaving the police station after stocking up on weapons, ammo, and supplies, Leon appeared and began smashing up against the fence. After explaining that Leon was careless and dumb, Rick walked up to Leon and shot him in the head.
This list shows the people Leon has killed:
- Criminal 1 (Alongside his Fellow Officers)
- Criminal 2 (Alongside his Fellow Officers)
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies.
All that can be inferred about Lambert's relationship with Leon, is that the two of them were partners before the zombie apocalypse ensued.
Rick and Leon interact briefly right before the encounter with the criminals, and its safe to assume that Rick didn't think much of Leon, due to Rick's reference toward him "careless and dumb".
- "Bloodletting" (Flashback)
- In the Comic Series, it is an ordinary walker that is hitting the chain link fence, but Rick does not kill him because Morgan tells him to save his bullets. In the TV Series, this ordinary walker is replaced with Leon, and Rick does kill him.
- Leon is one of the only characters to be shown alive before the outbreak.