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|Actor||Sarah Wayne Callies|
|Age||Early to Mid 30's|
|Family||Rick Grimes - Husband|
Carl Grimes - Son
Judith Grimes - Daughter
|First Appearance||"Days Gone Bye" (Alive)|
|Last Appearance||"Killer Within" (Alive)|
"Welcome to the Tombs" (Hallucination)
|Series lifespan||"Days Gone Bye" to "Killer Within"|
|Lori dies during her emergency C-section.|
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- "You're gonna be fine. You are going to beat this world, I know you will. You are smart, and you are strong, and you are so brave, and I love you. You gotta' do what's right, baby. Promise me you will always do what's right. It's so easy to do the wrong thing in this world. So, if it feels wrong don't do it, alright? If it feels easy don't do it, don't let this world spoil you. You're so good, my sweet boy. Best thing I ever did, I love you, I love you. My sweet, sweet, boy I love you. Goodnight love."
- —Lori's last words to her son before passing away.[src]
Lori Grimes is the wife of Rick Grimes and mother of Carl and Judith. Believing Rick to be dead, she joined Shane to Atlanta, and counted on him to keep her and Carl safe, during which, she began a sexual relationship with him.
Appearance and PersonalityEdit
Lori was a Caucasian female in her mid 30's with long dark brown hair and a slim figure. Lori is a strong, generous, independent, and emotional woman, but is also shown to be difficult and demanding at times. Having believed her husband to be dead and that the world was coming to an end, and trying her best to keep herself and Carl safe, Lori became extremely vulnerable and lonely. During this time she began a relationship with Shane, something that would cause her difficulty throughout the remainder of her life. With Rick's eventual return, she found herself with both extreme happiness and extreme guilt. She becomes torn between her husband and Shane; realizing they were both essential to her survival. However, her actions put Rick and Shane at odds, significantly more so with the revealing of her pregnancy. Throughout season two, she strives to ensure that her unborn child will be healthy, and wonders whether the baby should even be born into such a horrible world. After the farm is overrun, she becomes deeply disturbed by Rick's actions, as well as Carl's involvement in the death of Shane. As the third season began, Rick starts to shun her, something that pains her increasingly. However, Rick is devastated when he discovers that she died during childbirth.
Lori married her husband, Rick at a young age. The two of them eventually had a son named Carl. They lived as a typical suburban family in King County, Georgia. On Sundays, she made pancakes, despite the fact that she knew they were awful. Lori was a stay-at-home mother, while Rick was the main financial provider by working for the local Sheriff's department. Over time, their marriage became increasingly strained with Rick distancing himself from her. His unwillingness to talk about his feelings and their problems resulted in fights, where harsh words were spoken by Lori. It had even reached the point where she began to question his love for her and Carl. Lori confided in a friend (and fellow housewife), Paula, to ease the stress and seek advice.
Days before the apocalypse breaks out, Lori finds out through Shane about Rick's injury, and shares the sad news with Carl. As the apocalypse breaks out, Shane convinces Lori and Carl that Rick is dead, and she and her son pack their things and leave with Shane to head to a safe zone in Atlanta. Shane, Lori, and Carl get caught in a traffic jam on the way and befriend Carol and her family. While stopped outside the city, Lori and Shane watch in horror as Atlanta is bombed by napalm helicopters. As time progresses, Lori becomes extremely vulnerable and, believing Rick to be dead, begins a sexual relationship with Shane.
Lori is seen living at a camp with her son, Carl, her lover, Shane Walsh, and other survivors. After Shane and Amy unsuccessfully try to contact the other end of the line on the radio, Lori suggest they post signs on the road to Atlanta to warn survivors about the horrific situations in the city. Shane objects, causing her to storm off to her tent. Shane follows and the two talk it out and embrace in a kiss. When Carl comes by, Shane leaves and Lori reassures her son that she isn't going anywhere.
At the camp, Lori is sitting by a fire pit when Amy walks over carrying a red pail with a few mushrooms inside. Lori takes her turn to look for mushrooms after telling Carl to stay within Dale's sight. Lori heads into the woods and hears branches snapping. Then Shane sneaks up behind her, puts his hand over her mouth, and pulls her down to the ground. Shane shushes and calms her down, and she gently smacks his arm and smiles while saying; "you scared the hell out of me." They talk, kiss, then Lori removes her wedding ring and has sex with Shane.
A day afterwards, Lori and Carl are reunited with Rick, who they had previously believed to be dead. Lori explains she was told Rick would be med-evacuated to Atlanta, but it never happened. It is revealed by Carl that Lori (who in turn, was informed by Shane) told him that he was dead. Rick assures him that his mother was in right in telling him so, as she had no idea whether or not he'd survived the pandemic in the city. Rick thanks Shane for keeping his family safe. Afterwards, Lori and Rick proceed to re-establish their relationship by reminiscing over the family album and later, make love. Lori is angered by the fact that Shane lied to her about Rick being dead and warns him to stay away from her family.
Lori is seen congratulating Andrea and Amy when they return to camp with several caught fish. Amy volunteers to teach Carl about knots and fishing and Lori allows her to. When Jim is seen digging all the holes on top of the hill, the group of survivors including Lori went to confront him. Later, Lori is seen teaching some schooling to Carl and Sophia with Jim tied up nearby to prevent him from harming himself. At night, Lori joins the others for supper to eat some cooked fish as they all chat, they soon become attacked by a group of walkers however, Lori and Carl both survive.
Distraught over the previous night's events, Lori is against Rick's idea of leaving the quarry to go to the CDC, over Fort Benning (100 miles in the other direction), to find a cure for the infected Jim. Rick asks Lori if she blames him for not being there when the camp was attacked, and to support his decision to head for the CDC. She doesn't blame him exactly, but she doesn't know if she can follow him to the CDC on blind faith. When she asks for any kind of certainty on Rick's part, he tells her "I love you. That's all I got." Later, Lori is confronted by Shane about Rick's decision. He asks her to convince him that his idea is a bad one and goes on to tell her that trying to repair her troubled marriage with Rick, does not supersede the safety of the group. Lori, still angry with him for lying to her, replies that the group can make up their minds about where to go without bringing her marriage into the situation. Afterward, Lori agrees to follow Rick to the CDC and the decision is made to depart in the morning. When the RV breaks down, Jim makes his wishes to be left to die known and Lori, along with Dale, agree that his request should be respected despite Rick's belief that their friend is delirious.
When the group arrives to the CDC, they find the complex is completely closed off by shutters; when they receive no answer, they all agree to they must leave the area before it gets dark. However, Rick is insistent that someone is still alive in the complex and demands to be let inside. Lori and the others become increasingly panicked when more and more Walkers begin to appear. Frantically, she tries to get Rick to leave with them, but he refuses. Just as they begin to flee from the complex, the shutter doors open.
Lori and the other survivors enjoy a short reprieve from mortal danger when Dr. Jenner takes them inside the CDC under the condition that they submit to blood tests. The group celebrates with a meal and wine. When questioned about the lack of other people, Jenner explains that he is the only person still alive in the complex because most fled to be with their families and others began to commit suicide after a certain period of time. Afterward, Lori and Rick enjoy a hot shower together before going off on their own to explore. Lori finds Carl in the recreational room with Carol and Sophia, reading books.
Carl goes off with Carol and Sophia to sleep, while Lori decides to stay behind for awhile and browse the library. She is startled by a drunken Shane, who insists that she listen to his side of the story. Angry, Lori attempts to leave the room, but is cut off by Shane who closes all exits of escape. He tries to plead his case to her, telling her that he believed Rick was dead and that if he hadn't lied to her she or Carl would've died trying to get to him. When Lori continues to refuse to listen to him, Shane becomes desperate and forces himself upon her until Lori scratches him across the neck. Shane flees the room, leaving a frightened Lori to herself. An equally drunk Rick returns to their bedroom and assures the crying Lori that they have nothing to be afraid of anymore. The next day, Lori avoids eye contact with Shane when he makes a vague statement that implies his behavior from last night wasn't like him at all. Later, Jenner shows them how the mysterious disease affects the human brain via "TS-19" (Test Subject 19) and explains that it only reactivates the brain stem, not what made a person human. He also admits that he doesn't know how to treat the disease and he lost contact with other CDC facilities.
When it's revealed that the CDC complex is rigged to self-destruct, Lori implores that Jenner allows them to escape, telling him that they wish only to survive for as long as they can. Jenner eventually allows them to leave, choosing to remain behind with Jacqui. With the use of the grenade Grimes retrieved earlier in Guts, the survivors manage to reach their vehicles just as the CDC building explodes.
Lori was with her family while driving up to the Vehicle Jammed Highway. Finding the way blocked and Dale's RV breaking down, they decide to take a break and look for supplies in the abandon vehicles. When The Herd of walkers come passing by Rick yells at Lori and the group to hide under the cars. Lori covers Carol's mouth to prevent the walkers from hearing her moans and cries. Once the herd passes and Sophia runs away and disappears, Carl finds a Gerber of tools and Lori tells him to put them down, but he doesn't listen and asks Shane but he yells at him to give it to Dale. Lori then confronts Shane about his treatment towards Carl and then finds out that Shane is trying to leave the group. Rick returns after the search for Sophia without her and everyone waits until the next day to continue searching, in the meantime, Lori continues to comfort Carol.
The episode opens with Lori chatting to another mother outside Carl's elementary school. Lori opens up about her marital problems with Rick and the fight they had that morning. Shane soon shows up to tell her that Rick has been shot. Shane convinces Lori to tell Carl that his father was shot and in a hospital. Lori is then seen with the group searching for Sophia wondering why a single gunshot was heard (not knowing Carl was injured). Later, Maggie comes by horse to pick up Lori and rushes her to the Greene Family Farm. She and Rick comfort each other over Carl's injuries and decide what needed to be done to save Carl's life.
Lori and Rick continue to worry over Carl. Hershel comes and tells them that she and Rick would have to make a decision whether to proceed with the surgery if Shane and Otis don't make it back in time. They continue to debate whether they want Carl to continue living in a zombie apocalyptic world when Shane then shows up with the medical supplies.
Since Shane helped save Carl's life, Lori doesn't want Shane to leave just yet. Lori then asks if Glenn could get something "personal" during his trip to the pharmacy for her. After, Lori helps the group pull out a walker that fell into a well. Lori then continues to be with her son as he recovers and tells him that they lied about finding Sophia only to try and keep his hopes up when he was injured. Later after Glenn returns with Lori's "personal" request, she goes outside at night in the middle of the field and uses it only to find out the worst.
Lori is seen at the beginning of the episode with Shane during the evacuation, they meet Carol and Ed on the highway and asks them to look over Carl while she and Shane go scout ahead only to witness the military bombardment on Atlanta. Lori then wakes up and helps Carol with the laundry and is later then confronted by Glenn knowing her secret. She begs him not to say anything to Rick until she finds the right time to tell him. Rick then asks Lori for advice about Sophia since it has been days since they last saw her and the search for her is starting to fade. Lori insists and says that if it were Carl, they would want them to keep looking so Rick decides to continue the search. Later, Lori is seen helping Carol, Patricia and Beth prepare a meal for everyone in honor of thanking each other for their help.
Lori and Carl are seen feeding the chickens on Hershel's farm, Carl mentions to Lori that everything is food for something. After she is confronted by Glenn who urges her to talk to Rick about the pregnancy and that he would support and help her out no matter what. Later, Lori and Rick find out that Carl has been armed with a gun and decide whether he should be trained using weapons or not. Lori disagrees and that Carl is too young and too soon since Carl has just recovered from his injury however, she eventually agrees and allows him to practice. Once the group disbands, Lori helps Hershel with repairing the fence where she talks to Hershel and thanks him for everything but then discovers that her and the group of survivors cannot stay at the farm. She then talks to Rick and says that he has to convince Hershel to change his mind and allow them all to stay, Rick replies telling her that he just needs time to work things out. After Glenn tells Dale about Lori's pregnancy, he confronts her and discusses his experience with his wife and gets Lori to think about the child and her decision on what she does with it. She decides that she doesn't want to keep the child and asks Glenn to go to the pharmacy back in town and get her some supplies, he agrees and takes Maggie with him. When the two return, Maggie is angry at Lori for making them risk their lives for her personal issues and throws her methotrexate pills on the ground. She decides to take the pills to induce a miscarriage and swallows them but at the last second has a change of heart and throws up the pills. Rick enters the tent and sees the pills and confronts Lori about the child. They have an argument not sure whether or not to have a child but Rick convinces her they should still have the baby and she told him that Shane might be the father. He says he knows and understands that she thought he was dead.
Glenn tells the group that the barn is filled with walkers and the group goes to investigate. Rick says that he will handle it and discuss matters with Hershel. After Shane finds out that Lori is pregnant, he talks to her, trying to figure out the situation. He insists he'll still be around to help his child since he is convinced he is the father. Lori tells him whether the child is his or not, she and Rick will raise it. Later, Shane gets frustrated with Rick and his slow progress with Hershel and decides that the group should stop fooling around and kill the walkers. Lori tells him to stop and let Rick handle it but he doesn't listen. He opens the barn and the group proceed to kill the walkers. Lori runs and holds Carl back from getting hurt and when Sophia is revealed to be a walker, she comforts Carl and holds him in her arms since he cared about her so much.
After talking to Daryl about going out to help Rick and Glenn find Hershel, Lori takes a revolver and a car, then drives towards the town. While driving out of the farm, she looks on the map for directions to the town. When she looks back to the road, she hits a walker and panics, causing her to lose control of the car, thus flipping it several times.
Lori remains injured and unconscious after accidentally hitting a walker with Maggie's car, which flipped into a ditch. When Lori comes to, a walker is trying to get to her through a smashed window. Lori grabs a screwdriver and stabs the walker in the eye, killing it. When she manages to get out of the car wreck, she's suddenly attacked by another walker. After a terrifying struggle, Lori eventually retrieves her gun from the car, shooting the walker in the head. Later, Shane finds Lori walking up the road. He gets out his car, and begins fussing over her. Lori refuses his attention and won't get into the car, saying she needs to find Rick (who had taken off with Glenn to find Hershel). Realizing he must lie in order to get her back to the farm safety, Shane tells Lori that Rick is already at the farm. She believes him, and they drive back. Later, they arrive at the farm, where several of the survivors hurry to the car to see if she's fine. Lori asks about Rick, discovers Shane has lied, and angrily lashes out at him. Shane defends his actions, insisting that the baby's safety was at stake. The group is shocked to hear that Lori is pregnant, including Carl; who is upset that he was kept in the dark. Later in the house, Carl and Lori discuss the baby, and he is excited about being a big brother. Shane appears, asking Lori if they can talk, alone. Begrudgingly, she allows it. She is angry that once again, Shane has lied to her about Rick. Again, Shane argues that his priority was only keeping her safe, as he's always trying to do. He talks about the aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, and how she and Carl kept him going. Shane wills Lori to see that their relationship was more than just a desperate fling - it was real, and they were in love. Lori repeatedly tells him he's wrong, but she can't look him in the eye. The next day, Lori and Carl are reunited with Rick. Concerned, Rick asks what happened to her, and Lori says she had a car accident. Shane interjects that he had found Lori walking alone, and brought her back to the farm. There is tension between the men.
In the final scene, Rick and Lori are in their tent alone. Both wounded, they help each other undress. Lori says they need to talk about Shane, and that he thinks the baby is his. She assures her husband that no matter what, it will always be Rick's. Rick confesses that in the bar he took human lives to protect what is his. Lori snuggles close to him. She whispers calculatingly into his ear that Shane thinks what's Ricks is his, is dangerous, and needs to be stopped. We are left with a close up of Rick's face, as his perception of Shane is changed.
Maggie confesses to Lori that Glenn lost confidence after the shootout at the bar. "Tell him to man up," Lori advises. At the farm, Lori brings Beth a tray of food. She empathizes with Beth's loss of her mother, by saying she herself had tried unsuccessfully to get her own mother on the phone when the zombie apocalypse broke out. Beth asks Lori how she could have a baby in such a world. "I don't really have a choice," Lori says. Meanwhile, Lori collects Beth's lunch, which hasn't been touched. "It's just so pointless," Beth cries. As Lori clears Beth's tray, she notices a knife missing. She confronts Beth, who pulls it from under the covers and hands it over. At the farm, Maggie scolds Beth for considering suicide. Lori and Andrea listen in from the kitchen. Andrea tells Lori she shouldn't have taken the knife away — Beth "has to choose to live on her own." Lori counters that Andrea got through her own death wish by shirking her chores: "You sit up on that RV working on your tan with a shotgun in your lap," she snaps. Andrea accuses Lori of taking her blessings for granted: Rick and Carl both came back from the dead, she's pregnant, she even had a romance with Shane. "The rest of us have piled up our losses, but you just keep on," Andrea says. Unguarded, Beth locks herself in the bathroom and smashes the mirror. Lori pries open the door, but not before Beth has cut her wrist. "I'm sorry," Beth cries. Andrea runs to the farmhouse after Beth's attempted suicide. Lori reports that Beth didn't cut herself deeply. "She wants to live," Andrea smiles after being told by Maggie that shes forbidden to enter the Greene Family's home.
Lori finds Rick tying a noose in the barn. He asks if she supports his decision. "If you think it's best," she says, asking what happened on the road with Shane. "He won't be a problem any more," Rick answers. As the sun sets, Rick again asks Lori if she thinks he's doing the right thing. Lori nods. The group gathers in the house. Rick asks if anyone thinks Randall should be spared. Dale posits that the only people who think so are himself and Glenn, but Glenn too sides with Rick. "He's not one of us," Glenn offers. Rick brings Carl back to the camp and tells Lori what happened. "He wanted to watch," Rick says. "I couldn't." Meanwhile, Dale walks through the fields. He hears the moans of a dying cow and goes to investigate; the cow had been gutted. He turns and is attacked by the walker that Carl found in the creek bed. Back at camp, the others hear Dale's screams. Daryl runs to the scene, where the walker is on top of Dale, tearing into his stomach. Daryl stabs the walker in the head, then shouts for help. Dale's intestines are spilling out of his gut. He goes into shock. When Hershel arrives, he reports that Dale can't be saved. As Dale writhes on the ground, Carl sees the body of the walker lying nearby. Horrified, he buries his head in Lori's lap. Andrea begs Rick to help Dale. Rick upholsters his gun, but can't bring himself to pull the trigger. Daryl takes the weapon and aims it at Dale's head. "Sorry brother," Daryl says and fires, killing Dale out of mercy.
Lori and others help to pack their belongings into the back of the truck, while Rick delegates roles and instructions. Lori witnesses Shane's unhappiness with Rick about his decision to release Randall. It appears that Rick is back in command, and Shane is obviously bitter about it. Out the front of the farmhouse, Lori is struggling to lift a packed crate. T-Dog insists that she shouldn't be heavy lifting in her condition, offers to assist, and Lori is grateful. She tells Hershel that she, Rick and Carl will sleep in the living room, but Hershel refuses it; generously offering up his bedroom instead. Lori is touched, but can't accept. T-Dog jokingly warns that if neither she nor Hershel take the bedroom, then he will. Lori finds Shane fixing an electrical tower. They briefly and lightheartedly reminisce about a Pre-apocalypse occasion where Shane showed Rick up by fixing a sink (and when Rick flooded the basement). She asks Shane to come down from the tower, and talks openly about her fears in light of Sophia and Dale's deaths. Lori admits that she is unsure who the father of her unborn child is, and thanks Shane genuinely for protecting her and Carl before Rick's return. Tearfully, Lori also apologizes for what happened between them (alluding to their romance), and for the "confusion" it caused, to which a heartbroken Shane begs her not to be sorry for. The impact of Lori's words on Shane becomes the catalyst for his fateful decision to murder Randall, as a trap to try and lure Rick to his death.
Lori is at the house when the herd arrives at the farm. She goes to get Carl, but she can't find him and starts to panic. She doesn't want to leave and wants to go out to look for Carl, but Carol convinces her not to. When she, Beth, Patricia, Carol, and T-Dog try to flee, Patricia is grabbed and bitten by a zombie; after some struggling, Lori pulls Beth away from Patricia and Carol gets separated from them. As Lori, Beth and T-Dog drive away from the farm, T-Dog says they need to drive toward the coast (something he remarks they should have done a long time ago.) Lori threatens that either they go back to the highway, or she and Beth will jump out the car. T-Dog gives in. They reach the highway and meet up with the others (except Jimmy, Andrea, and Patricia.) Later on, Lori tells Rick that he must have had a good reason for keeping Jenner's secret hidden from the group. Alone, Lori comforts Rick. Rick starts to reveal that he killed Shane- weary of his threats, and wanting their feuding to end for good. During the revelation, a speechless Lori slowly withdraws. She is fearful at what her husband has become, and guilty of her own hand in it. Rick goes on to say that Shane turned into a zombie and that Carl put him down. Shocked, Lori takes a few seconds to catch her breath- but when Rick tries to touch her, she instantly pulls back, angered and horrified. Around the campfire, Rick reacts badly when told by Carol to do something to help their dire situation. Lori comforts a crying Carl, while Rick indignantly defends his role as reluctant leader; saying he killed his best friend for the group. Fed up of their in-appreciation of him, Rick delivers an ultimatum- leave now, or follow his lead. Neither Lori nor the others leave.
Due to Lori's pregnancy, she's not able to help out with much zombie killing. As the survivors discover the prison, Lori helps distract the zombies from behind the interior fence, making it possible for Rick to close the gate at the other end of the field. Lori later helps take out some of the walkers by staying behind the fence, shooting the walkers. After the group relaxes for the first time in months in front of a campfire that night, Lori tries to talk to Rick into letting the exhausted group rest outside the prison for a few days. Rick argues it's a waste of time, and feels patronized when Lori says he's doing the best he can. He makes it clear that he doesn't want to talk to her- about anything- and walks away. Inside the Prison, Lori tells Hershel that she is worried about the baby being stillborn and coming back to life to "tear me apart." Even though Hershel doesn't want Lori to think about that, she continues and asks him to kill her if she dies in childbirth and turns, without any hesitation. Hershel agrees. She also tells him it would have been better if she'd never made it off the farm, and that Rick and Carl both hate her. (In this episode, at night in the field outside the prison while talking to Carol, Daryl refers to Lori's baby as "Little Shane," implying that the group knows that she is too far along for the baby to be Rick's.) After the first night inside the prison, Lori stays behind as the men, and Maggie, try to find the cafeteria.
Lori has a small but significant role in this episode. As Rick leads the prison survivors to their new cell block promised to them after a negotiation, Lori stays behind to take care of Hershel.
We begin to witness the rift deepening between mother and son. Carl managed to find the infirmary alone, killing two walkers, then returning to the group with supplies. Although grateful, Lori severely scolds him for his lack of self safety. Feeling unappreciated, Carl snaps at her to get off his back, but Beth tells him off for being disrespectful to his mother. Carl leaves angrily.
In a riveting scene, Hershel stops breathing and Lori performs CPR on him. After saving Hershel, Rick returns and shares a sentimental moment with the group, as they acknowledge how lucky the Greene family are to be together. Feeling sad for her own family's disintegration, Lori leaves; Rick appears to follow. On a walkway outside, Lori and Rick have a sparse conversation, without making eye contact. Rick says he doesn't think Lori is a bad mother, but doesn't correct her when she replies, "but wife is a different story". They both acknowledge ironically that "for better or for worse" this was it: divorce isn't an option. Rick gives Lori credit for saving Hershel, but she admits to hoping Rick wanted to talk about their marriage. Not ready to forgive and forget yet, Rick can only allow himself to reach out and touch Lori's shoulder stiffly. He thanks her on the group's behalf for saving Hershel, then leaves. Dejected, Lori sheds heartbroken tears alone.
Lori, Beth, and Carl help Hershel with crutches, and decide to take a walk outside in the courtyard of the prison. Everybody watches as Hershel seems to be fully recovering from the incident with his leg. Rick and Lori smile warmly at each other, on opposite sides of the fence. The moment of happiness is broken when walkers start to terrorize the prison. Rick yells for her, but is unable to get to her. Lori, Maggie, and Carl flee to Cell Block C only to discover that there are walkers on the inside too. Running through the dark corridors of the prison, the stress of the situation causes Lori to go into labor. Carl finds them a safe place inside the boiler room. Lori starts losing too much blood and Maggie tells her that she needs to have a C-section or else the baby will die. Lori makes the decision to have her abdomen cut open so the baby can be removed. She says her final goodbyes and hugs Carl, telling him to not change what he is: a good boy. "You're the best thing I've ever done", Lori tells her son. Then, Maggie reluctantly cuts her open, causing Lori to die from blood loss as Maggie delivers the baby. Maggie prepares to leave, but Carl can't bear the idea of his mother reanimating, so he decides to prevent it from happening. Maggie stands at the door with the baby as Carl shoots Lori in the head, killing her instantly, preventing her from reanimating.
The fate of Lori's corpse is revealed in this episode. Rick identifies the room she had died in by the birthing blood and fluid on the floor, as well as the C-Section's knife. He follows a trail of blood which leads to a bloated Walker who had consumed Lori's corpse. Rick shoots it, repeatedly stabbing it in the stomach.
While the survivors care for the baby, Carl lists the names of all the deceased female members of the group as possible names for the newborn girl. He names Lori's last, as his mother's death is still too raw in his mind.
Lori is one of the four dead people heard talking to Rick through a telephone. She informs him that the people he had spoken to previously were Amy, Jim, and Jacqui, revealing that all the calls did not actually take place in the real world, but were merely hallucinations in Rick's mind. Rick breaks down talking to her, saying that he loved her. She tells him that she loves him, but he needs to get it together. She reminds him of Carl and his newborn daughter, telling him that they need him. The connection gets scrambled and Rick could no longer hear Lori after that, so he hangs up the phone.
Rick has a vision of Lori just as he is deciding the fate for Tyreese's group. Rick begins to lash out at her, with the rest of the group believing he is yelling for Tyreese's group to leave.
From The Prison catwalk, Rick witnesses a vision of a woman in a white dress standing over the graves of herself and T-Dog. As Rick approaches her, she disappears, but reappears outside of The Prison's fence. When Rick approaches her a second time, the woman is revealed to be a vision that Rick is having of Lori. "Lori" then gently touches Rick's face in a loving manner. Later in the episode, Rick finally reveals to Hershel that he has been having hallucinations of Lori, and reveals that he knows it really isn't her and that he believes the visions "mean something."
Lori is mentioned when Morgan asks Rick about his wife and her status. Later on, Carl tries to recover a picture of Lori from an old bar in the hopes Judith could know how her mother looked like, he is then helped by Michonne, and manages to retrieve the picture.
While Rick is outside looking for wire to tie up Michonne, Lori appears to him at the Prison's catwalk. Rick tries to convince himself that she isn't there, but notices Lori isn't disappearing. Rick puts the wire back on the ground before walking back inside.
While Rick is getting ready to depart the prison with the rest of the group due to The Governor's impending attack, Lori appears to him on the prison catwalk. Later, when Rick, Daryl, and Michonne return to the prison with Tyreese, Sasha, Karen, and all of the other Woodbury citizens, Rick glances back up at the catwalk and notices that Lori's vision has disappeared. And then he understood; hallucinatons were showing him that he had made a bad decision, and when this time she was not there, Rick finally knew that he was right this time.
Lori is mentioned by Glenn and Maggie, when discussing about the two ever wanting to have a baby, with Glenn concerned about Maggie's safety if it happened, reminding her about Lori.
Lori is shown in the photo that Carl had taken from King County for Judith.
When Rick and Carol pick tomatoes, Rick mentions how Lori would make the worst pancakes on Sunday mornings, but she always wanted them to have a family breakfast. Rick also mentions that he sometimes wakes up in the morning and expects Lori to be alive and well at the prison.
- Judith Grimes (Complications during childbirth)
- Maggie Greene (Due to Cesarean Section)
- Carl Grimes (Before Reanimation)
As Lori, Maggie, and Carl attempt to escape from walkers, Lori began to enter into labor due to the stress around the same time as a group of walkers rounded the corner. As they fled and hid in the boiler room, Lori began to suffer from contractions. Although Maggie tried to persuade her to hold on, she insisted on that she had to start pushing the baby out now. Midway into pushing, however, Maggie told her to stop as blood started to leak out. Unable to push the baby out naturally, Lori told Maggie that she had to give her an emergency Cesarean Section. Maggie, however, insisted that she must keep pushing, but Lori insisted that neither she nor the baby would survive natural childbirth.
After Lori tearfully bid farewell to Carl and tells him that he must stay strong and protect his father and his new sibling, a reluctant Maggie proceeded to cut into her abdomen, causing her extreme pain, shock, and loss of blood. Eventually, Lori passed out from the pain and ultimately died before she could see her newborn daughter. Maggie then wrapped the baby with Carl's vest and prepared to leave. Carl, however, told her they couldn't leave Lori to reanimate and went back. Saying a final goodbye to his mother, Carl shoots Lori in the head, saving her from coming back. Later, Rick finds a bloated walker who had fed on Lori's remains and kills it while crying out Lori's name in anguish. It is doubtful, however, that the walker had eaten all of Lori.
This list shows the victims Lori has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies.
- "I loved you. I loved you. I couldn't put it back together, I couldn't put it back together. I made a deal with myself. I will keep you alive, I will find you a place, I will fix that. I couldn't open that door, I couldn't risk it. I was going to keep you alive; Carl; the baby. And then I thought there'd be time. There's never time. I loved you. I love you. I couldn't put it back together. I should've said it, should've said it."
- —Rick to Lori during the their "phone conversation".[src]
Lori was Rick's wife and the mother of his child, Carl. Rick and Lori married at a young age, which, according to Lori, could have contributed to their marital problems in later years. They had many problems and argued frequently. This is seen clearly in two different flashbacks, one in the episode "Days Gone Bye" and the other in "Bloodletting". At one point, Lori even questioned whether or not she still loved Rick.
After the outbreak, Shane, Rick's best friend, told Lori that Rick was dead and began to have an affair with her. However, when Rick arrived at the Atlanta camp, Lori immediately broke off her relationship with Shane. She gave him back his wedding ring and the two began to reconnect as husband and wife. She disagreed with some of the decisions he made but saw it her duty as his wife to stand by his side and support him. Rick quickly found out that Lori had an affair with Shane but is able to control his anger. It is clear that Lori remains remorseful over her relationship with Shane during Rick's absence, which she reveals to Rick in episode, "Secrets". Rick and Lori's relationship is often tested and challenged by Rick's decisions as the leader of the group, in addition to the friction between Rick and Shane, who Lori knowingly placed at odds.
Their relationship seems to be more or less okay until Rick kills Shane. At first, Lori is furious at Rick for killing him but eventually understands and forgives him. Rick, however, shuns her away. Despite this, he tries to find a safe place for the group and more specifically, Lori to have her baby. When Lori dies, Rick is completely shocked and devastated. He becomes more aggressive and his sanity, regard for humanity, and morality starts to become questionable.
As he is grieving for Lori's death, he hallucinates hearing her talking to him through a phone. He reveals that he thought there would be time to rebuild their relationship after they found a safe place and the baby was born. He tells her that he loves her multiple times and apologetically tells her that he should have told her that before she died.
When deciding the fate of Tyreese's group, Rick has an hallucination of Lori, telling her to leave which causes to Tyreese's group to run away, scared.
However, the visions of Lori reappear frequently, serving as a moral compass for Rick to do the right thing (ex. She appears on the prison catwalk when Rick looks for wire to bind Michonne's hands with. Rick drops the wire and changes his mind and refuses to hand over Michonne to The Governor.
Lori and Shane (Rick's best friend) had presumably known each other for years. Pre-Apocalypse, they both lived in the same small town in Georgia. It is mentioned that Shane had been a real DIY kind of guy and even showed up Rick by fixing the Grimes' sink. After believing that Rick had died in hospital, Shane, sparing no thought for himself, accompanied Lori and Carl to Atlanta, where they believed a refugee center to be. It is implied that on the way there, Shane and Lori had a sexual encounter, both desperately needing physical contact amid the chaos and grief surrounding. When the survivors are stationed outside of Atlanta, Lori sneaks off into the woods to meet Shane for a romantic tryst (Shane later mentions that the pair "carried on quite a bit" in these times). Rick's reunion with his family and Shane is bittersweet, as Shane struggles to accept that Rick has rightfully resumed his role as a protector, father and lover. Consequently, friction between the trio worsens and is further complicated by Lori's pregnancy- and the truth that Shane could very well be the baby's father. To Lori, he insists that their affair had been "a long time coming", implying that there could possibly have been romantic tension present prior to the zombie breakout. But she continues to deny that any real feelings had ever existed between them.
At a bid to eliminate the threat of her former lover (and bury her regretted mistake for good), Lori warns Rick of Shane's erratic behavior and implies that Rick should handle him before he does something dangerous. However, after Dale's funeral in "Better Angels", she appears to have had a change of heart, not only apologizing to Shane for putting him at odds with Rick, but also acknowledging that he hadn't misinterpreted the feelings between them. Lori is overwhelmed with shock, grief and anger when learning that Rick killed Shane and she reacts even more horrified that Carl shot Shane once he turned into a walker.
- "You are going to beat this world, I know you will. You are smart, and you are strong, and you are so brave, and I love you. You gotta do what's right. It's so easy to do the wrong thing in this world. So, so, if it feels wrong don't do it, alright? If it feels easy don't do it, don't let this world spoil you. You're so good, my sweet boy. Best thing I ever did, and I love you, I love you. My sweet, sweet, boy I love you."
- —Lori's last words to Carl before dying.[src]
Lori's firstborn child and only son, she was fiercely protective of him. In addition to her own efforts to keep her child safe, Lori often relied on Dale and other members of the group to watch him. In Rick's absence, she was relieved that Shane dutifully stepped into the father role. While Rick remained the group's reluctant leader, Lori's main focus was invested into preserving Carl's innocence in a world that grew colder and more bleak as days went by. However, she realized, just as Rick had, that efforts to shelter Carl from the blatant horrors were futile. When she was about to die, she told Carl not to be afraid, and that she thought he was brave, strong, clever, and told him to always make choices based on what he thought was right and to never doubt his decisions and let the world change him, Aware of what he could become growing up in such a violent world.
On a run to King County in the hopes of finding more weapons, Carl decides to retrieve a picture of Lori, so Judith could know how her mother looked like. When he finally retrieves the picture, he smiles while looking at his mother.
After Carl was forced to shoot Lori in the head, he became harder, as seen when he killed Jody in cold blood. Hershel and Rick were alarmed at his actions, leading Rick to change how he treated Carl and Carl's role in prison life. Carl and Rick became closer, and Carl became more of the son Lori would be proud of.
- "I'm not losing my baby."
- —Lori about Judith.[src]
When Lori first found out about her pregnancy, she began crying as she knew the hardships her baby would cause for the group. Lori was going to abort her baby by taking tablets, and did so, but later threw them up as she was unsure what to do. She either didn't know that the pills would not actually terminate her pregnancy or she did know and she tried it as an act of desperation. Rick discovered the remaining pills and confronted her about it, prompting Lori to confess to both the pregnancy and the liaison with Shane. Although it seems that Lori made a "choice" to keep her baby, in reality, she may have realized that, without proper medical facilities to pursue an abortion, there really was no "choice." Lori's awareness of this was revealed in her conversation with Beth when Beth asked her how she could bring a baby into "this world."
After going into labor in the prison, Lori knew that her and the baby wouldn't both survive and that one of them was going to die. Without any consideration, she chose herself and demanded Maggie perform a C-section on her. As Maggie began cutting Lori open, Lori cried out in pain and then passed away due to blood loss. Lori never saw her baby daughter before she died.
Both original members of the Atlanta survivors, and mothers, Lori and Carol form a friendship. Both women are shown comforting and offering advice to one another, especially regarding their children. It is evident that Carol looks up to Lori as a matriarch; even referring to her as the "first lady" of the group.
During Lori's pregnancy and the group's months on the run, Lori and Carol become even closer, as Lori looks to Carol for comfort and Carol plans to perform a C-section on her. Carol and Lori are separated after walkers overrun the prison. When Carol returns to the group, she learns of Lori's death, which quickly reduces her to tears.
Lori and Andrea had a fairly bad relationship. In Atlanta after Amy is killed Lori tells everyone to let her grieve, instead of shooting Amy themselves, acting she at least felt sorrow for Andrea. At the church, Andrea hears Lori and Shane talking about the affair, she mentions it to both Shane and Lori, but never Rick possibly because of her relationship with Shane or possibly not wanting to upset Rick. After the barn massacre, Beth falls into deep depression, Andrea and Lori argue when Andrea leaves Beth on her own to decide if she wanted to commit suicide, when she promised she'd watch Beth. Lori tells Andrea how she became such a productive member of the group, sarcastically and Andrea tells her to "Go in there and tell her everything will be okay, just like your life, you'll get a husband, a son, baby, boyfriend...She just has to look on the bright side". This argument ruined what ever friendship the two had, they both never get chance to forgive each other because Lori is killed before Andrea reunites with the group in the prison, although she does appear saddened when she finds out about her death.
Lori and Dale were part of the original Atlanta group, and while they weren't incredibly close, they had something of a bond. In "Secrets," Dale tries to encourage Lori about her pregnancy, sharing a story about his late wife's miscarriage. Their talk helped convince her not to end her pregnancy. Dale was also extremely concerned about Shane's mental state and his role in Otis' death, and told Lori his suspicions, helping start a chain of events that led to Shane's death.
Lori was shocked and saddened when Dale was killed by a walker.
As the first to know about Lori's pregnancy, Glenn proves his friendship to Lori by offering to ride into town to retrieve helpful medical supplies, at the personal risk of a walker attack. He also provides wise advice for her to talk to Rick about the pregnancy, which she is grateful for. In the episode "Say the Word", Glenn refers to her as family after her untimely death.
Lori and Maggie had a rough relationship. Maggie was furious with Lori after she was almost killed by a walker on a supply run getting supplies for Lori. After the event, Maggie called Lori a bitch and threw the supplies at her, an action she never apologized for. The supplies were for aborting her baby, something Maggie strongly disagreed with.
Eventually Lori and Maggie mended their relationship during the rest of the second season and seemed to become closer. In the prison, when walkers were let in by Andrew, Lori went into labor. Unable to deliver the baby naturally, Lori pleaded with Maggie to cut her open and take care of her baby. At first Maggie declined, but eventually gave in. She apologized as she cut Lori open, crying deeply as she caused her great pain and watched her bleed out. Beth now takes care of Lori's baby, Judith. Maggie makes supply runs to get her formula. The first of said supply runs is seen in the episode "Say the Word".
- "This will be a good place to have the baby."
- —Beth talking to Lori about the unborn Judith.[src]
Lori displays a maternal protectiveness towards Beth and is often seen comforting her. When Beth comes out of her catatonic state she is nursed by Lori, who makes sure she has food and exercise and offers empathy for the loss of Beth's mother (who as a walker was killed outside the barn after attacking Beth). Lori could not support letting Beth commit suicide and argued heatedly with Andrea over this. When the group evacuate the farm after it is overrun with walkers, Beth winds up escaping together with Lori and T-Dog. Beth also shows concern about Lori's pregnancy, she shows she is supportive and even informed Lori that the Prison is safe for the baby to be born. In the episode "Sick", a clearly distressed Beth is shown briefly being protectively hugged by Lori after Beth sees her father unconscious. After Lori's death, Beth looked out for Carl and Judith.
Although Jimmy and Lori never interacted, she showed signs of trust and care for him. She trusted him with Carl in "Judge, Jury, Executioner" when she instructs Carl to play with Beth and Jimmy while the adults negotiate Randall's fate. However, this could also mean that she saw him as immature and could use this characteristic to befriend Carl.
Lori and Merle were never shown onscreen together once in the series due to Merle being left behind in Atlanta and disappearing after amputating his hand and Lori dying before Merle was reunited with the group in Season 3. Although Merle never mentioned or referred to Lori once in the series, it is clear that Lori did not like Merle much. When Rick wanted to return to Atlanta to retrieve a bag of guns and free Merle from a rooftop, Lori, like Shane and many others were against the decision due to the bad person Merle was. Lori claimed Merle's life was not worth anyone's life even with the guns thrown in, in "Tell It to the Frogs".
Daryl never really interacted with Lori much, but in Season 2 her and Daryl's relationship hits a bump when she asks him to go find Rick, which makes Daryl very angry and he tells her to go find herself. But it seems over the winter and by season 3 they made amends, as Daryl is seen to care for the baby and even looks after it when Rick is dealing with the loss of Lori.
Lori and Otis are never shown together on screen, but Lori felt anger towards Otis due to him shooting her son, Carl. Proof of this is shown when Lori referred to Otis as "the idiot who shot my son".
Lori first met Hershel when he was preparing to operate on Carl's gunshot wound. She appreciated his saving Carl's life, and tried to respect his farm and family as best she could, helping with chores and cooking. During the months the group spent on the run after the farm was overrun, Hershel and Lori seemed to become closer. She tried to comfort Beth and Maggie after Hershel's foot amputation, and when he stopped breathing, she performed CPR on him, ignoring the potential risk of his turning into a walker during the process. One of the last happy moments of Lori's life was helping Hershel walk outside for the first time post-amputation.
- Lori is the third main character to die in the TV Series.
- Sarah Wayne Callies (the actress that portrayed Lori) was in favor of Lori dying while in The Prison, just like the comic character. In an interview she stated, "I argued that it was necessary to kill Lori and I feel very strongly that for all of the other deviations we may have from the comic book, killing Lori does something to Rick that is vital for the story and can't be done any other way." 
- Lori has a tattoo of a butterfly on her abdomen.
- Lori and Carol are both the mother figure of the group and they both died or left in the fourth episode of a season and they both are absent for four episodes of the first half of a season.
Comparison to the ComicEdit
- In the Comic Series, the paternity of Lori's baby is never officially determined, although Lori did express surprise and concern to Carol over how advanced her current stage of pregnancy is. It alludes to the possibility that she is too far along for the baby to have been conceived with Rick.
- In the Comic Series, Lori doesn't seem upset that Carl killed Shane; whereas in the TV Series, it may be to the contrary. She attempts to convince Rick that taking charge and knocking some sense into Shane would be good in "Triggerfinger", but is horrified when she finds out that Rick had, in fact, killed Shane in "Beside the Dying Fire.
- Lori's death, along with the birth of her child in the TV Series, differs from the Comic Series. In the TV Series, Lori's child is delivered into the world via emergency Cesarean-Section, which causes her extreme pain, shock, and substantial blood loss causing her to lose consciousness and ultimately die. She is then shot in the head by Carl to prevent reanimation. In the Comic Series, however, Lori gives birth to Judith naturally and is able to spend most of her remaining time alive caring and being with her. However, both her and her child are killed when Lori is shot in the abdomen by Lilly Caul during their escape from The Governor's raid on The Prison. This causes her to collapse onto the floor, crushing and instantly killing the newborn child.
- Lori is 27 in the Comic Series; whereas she is in her mid-30's in the TV Series.
- ↑ Lesley Goldberg 'The Walking Dead's' Sarah Wayne Callies: Lori 'Has To Die' The Hollywood Reporter (June 20th, 2012)