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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. You promise me you will always 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 the 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 dying[src]
Lori Grimes is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. She was the tritagonist of the series from Season 1 to Season 3. She is the late wife of Rick Grimes and mother of Carl and Judith Grimes. Believing Rick to be dead, she joined Shane Walsh in traveling to Atlanta, and counted on him to keep her and Carl safe, during which she began a sexual relationship with him.
Lori was a strong, selfless, independent, and emotional woman, but was also shown to be difficult and demanding at times. Having believed her husband to be dead, 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 Walsh, her husband's partner in duty, something that would cause problems for her throughout the remainder of her life. With Rick's eventual return, she found herself filled with both extreme happiness and extreme guilt. She became torn between her husband and Shane; realizing they were both essential to her survival. However, her actions continuously put Rick and Shane at odds, significantly more so with the revelation of her pregnancy. Throughout season two, she strove to ensure that her unborn child would be healthy, and wondered whether the baby should even be born into such a horrible world. After the farm was overrun, she became deeply disturbed by Rick's actions, as well as Carl's involvement in the death of Shane. As the third season began, Rick started to shun her, something that pained her increasingly. However, Rick was devastated when he discovered that she died during childbirth. Lori showed herself to be a very selfless person when she faced her final moments of life, choosing baby Judith's life over her own, which she sacrificed with barely a second thought.
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 school teacher, 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 broke out, Lori found out through Shane about Rick being shot, and shared the sad news with Carl. As the apocalypse broke out, Shane convinced Lori and Carl that Rick is dead, and she and her son packed their things and left with Shane to head to a safe zone in Atlanta. Shane, Lori, and Carl got caught in a traffic jam on the way and befriended Carol Peletier and her family. While stopped outside the city, Lori and Shane watched in horror as Atlanta was bombed by napalm helicopters. As time progressed, Lori became extremely vulnerable and, believing Rick to be dead, began a sexual relationship with Shane.
In the episode "18 Miles Out", when Lori tried to convince Beth Greene to not commit suicide, Lori revealed that she attempted to contact her mother for weeks during the beginning of the apocalypse, but to no avail.
Lori is seen living with her son, Carl, her lover, Shane Walsh, and other survivors at a camp in a quarry just outside Atlanta. After Shane and Amy unsuccessfully try to contact the other members of their group on the radio, Lori suggests that they post signs on the road to Atlanta to warn survivors about the horrific situation in the city. Shane objects and Lori says she'll do it if Shane lends her a vehicle. He refuses again, saying "Nobody goes alone" and Lori walks away, annoyed by his final ruling. Shane follows her to her tent and asks her not to talk about leaving the camp in front of Carl. Lori agrees and they kiss. Carl calls to Lori from outside, so Shane quickly leaves. Lori then reassures Carl 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 the sight of Dale Horvath, an elderly survivor of the group who often keeps watch atop his RV. Lori heads into the woods and hears someone nearby. Shane sneaks up behind her, puts his hand over her mouth, and pulls her down to the ground. Shane says he scared her because she made him wait too long. They begin making out and removing their clothing. They stop momentarily when Lori notices Rick's wedding ring, which she's attached to her necklace. They both glance at it and Lori quickly removes it, laying the necklace down gently on the ground next to her before she and Shane make love.
Lori is giving Carl a haircut while Carl discusses food with Shane. Shane proposes that he and Carl will go hunting for frogs and Lori is convinced they won't enjoy eating them. Shane teases her lightly and they laugh. Shortly afterward, Glenn returns with the stolen car. Close behind is the rest of the crew who tearfully reunite with the group. Lori takes Carl away from the crowd to reassure Carl, who is still upset about Rick being presumed dead. Rick gets out of the truck and tearfully reunites with Carl, who rushes to embrace him. Lori and Shane are stunned. Lori does not run to Rick but hugs him tightly when he embraces her, before looking over at Shane in horror. Lori explains by the campfire later that night, that she was told Rick would be med-evacuated to Atlanta, but it never happened. It was 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 epidemic in the city. Rick thanks Shane for keeping his family safe. As Lori, Carl and Rick retire to their tent, Lori and Rick proceed to re-establish their relationship by reminiscing over the family photo album Lori saved. Rick tells her how confident he was about finding her again and she gives him back his wedding ring. She makes sure he wants it back before he puts it on again. Lori is visibly upset about Shane and keeps apologizing vaguely to Rick, who assumes she is talking about leaving him in a coma at the hospital. Eventually, they begin kissing and have sex. Lori secretly weeps, while Shane watches their tent from his lookout position outside. The next day, Lori heads down to the quarry where Shane is teaching Carl to catch frogs. Lori reminds Carl that he's not to go off alone, even if it's with Shane. Carl leaves and Shane tries to argue with Lori but she silences him, telling him he no longer has any say over what Carl does now that Rick has returned. She tells him not to speak to Carl anymore and that her family is "off-limits" to him. Shane asks if she believes he is not happy Rick is back. She then says "Why would you be? You were the one who told me he was dead, you son of a bitch" indicating she believes Shane lied to her about Rick's coma, in order to begin sleeping with her. Shane responds by beating up Carol's abusive husband Ed, who is embroiled in a fight nearby with the women of the camp.
Lori congratulates 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 holes on top of the nearby hill, the group of survivors, including Lori, go to confront him. Later, Lori is seen teaching school lessons to Carl and Sophia, while Jim is tied up nearby to prevent him from harming himself. At night, Lori joins the others for supper to eat the cooked fish. As they all chat, they soon are attacked by a group of walkers. Lori originally takes cover behind Shane, however when Rick returns from his city mission with Glenn, Daryl and T-Dog, Lori and Carl rush to embrace him instead. Shane is visibly annoyed. Lori watches in horror as Andrea cradles Amy, who was killed by walkers.
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 now bitten and 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, 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 asks to be left to die 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 at the CDC, they find that the complex has been completely closed off by shutters; when they receive no answer to their calls, they all agree to leave the area before it gets too dark. Rick is insistent that someone is still alive in the complex after seeing the security camera move. Rick begins to yell at the security camera, demanding that whoever is inside let them in. Lori and the others become increasingly panicked as walkers steadily approach. Frantically, Lori tries to get Rick to stop yelling and leave with them, but he ignores her and becomes hysterical. As Rick is finally pulled away screaming by Shane and Lori, the shutter doors open.
Lori and the other survivors enjoy a short reprieve from mortal danger after Dr. Edwin Jenner takes them inside the CDC, under the condition that they all submit to blood tests. When Andrea shows signs of pain, Jenner finds out none of them have eaten in days. The group then celebrates a hot meal and wine. Lori allows Carl to try wine for the first time. When questioned about the lack of other people, Dr Jenner explains that he's the only person still alive in the complex because most fled to be with their families and others committed suicide after a certain period of time. Afterward, Lori and Rick enjoy a hot shower together. Lori later finds Carl in the recreational room with Carol and Sophia, reading books.
Carl leaves with Carol and Sophia to sleep, while Lori browses the library. She is startled by a drunken Shane, who was watching her from his adjoining room. He slams a door to alert her, before he insists that she listen to his side of the story regarding Rick still being alive. Angry, Lori attempts to leave the room, but is cut off by Shane. He tries to plead his case to her, telling her that he believed Rick was dead, that he didn't hear or feel a heartbeat, and that if he hadn't lied to her she would've died trying to get to Rick. When Lori continues to refuse to listen to him, Shane becomes physically aggressive and attempts to rape her, shoving his hand down her shorts. Lori struggles and eventually scratches him across the neck. Bleeding, Shane flees the room, leaving a frightened Lori to herself. Later, an equally drunk Rick returns to their bedroom and assures the crying Lori that they have nothing to be afraid of anymore, not realizing what she is actually upset about. At breakfast, Lori avoids eye contact with Shane when Rick notices the scratch mark on his neck. Shane lies and says he did it in his sleep and Rick says that's unusual behaviour for Shane, but doesn't push the issue. Later, Jenner shows the group how the mysterious disease affects the human brain via "TS-19" (Test Subject 19), explaining that it only reactivated the brain stem, not the parts that make a person human. He also admits that he doesn't know how to treat the disease and that he has lost contact with other CDC facilities.
When it is revealed the CDC complex has been rigged to self-destruct, Lori implores Jenner to allow them to escape, telling him that they wish to survive for as long as they can. Jenner eventually allows them to leave, while choosing to remain behind with Jacqui. With the use of Rick's grenade that Carol had stashed in her backpack, the survivors manage to reach their vehicles just as the CDC building explodes.
Lori is driving up to a vehicle jammed highway with Rick, Carl and other group members. Finding the path blocked by abandoned cars, and with Dale's RV broken down, they decide to look for supplies in the abandoned vehicles while Dale and Glenn make repairs. Lori is initially opposed to looting what she believes to be "a graveyard" but relents when Carol explains how her abusive husband Ed used to control what clothes she was allowed to wear. She tells Carl to stay close by. Carl finds a supply of tools. When a herd of walkers catches up to them, Rick yells at Lori and the group to hide under the cars. Lori and Carol take shelter under a car opposite to where Carl and Sophia are hiding. The herd passes by but one lagging behind spots Sophia when she attempts to move from her hiding spot. Sophia panics and bolts into the woods. Lori rushes after a hysterical Carol and covers her mouth to prevent any walkers from hearing her cries. As the group splits up to look for Sophia, Carl tells Lori about the tools he found. Lori tells him to put them down, but Carl doesn't listen and shows Shane instead. Shane yells at him to give them to Dale. Lori confronts Shane about speaking to Carl too harshly, then finds out that Shane plans to leave the group. Lori comforts Carol after she becomes distressed by nobody being able to find Sophia by sundown. Rick walks away from the group after Carol blames him for Sophia going missing (as Rick left her alone to attend to a stray walker). The next day, Lori addresses the group's hypocrisy towards Rick, saying "You look to him, then blame him when he's not perfect". Elsewhere in the woods, Carl is shot through the stomach while looking at a wild deer.
In a pre-apocalypse flashback, Lori is outside Carl's school waiting to pick him up. Lori tells a friend about her marital problems with Rick, and the fight they had that morning (the same one Shane and Rick discuss in Days Gone Bye). Lori explains that Rick has no fire about him and won't even participate in an argument with her. She tells her friend she knows she's being irrational but doesn't know why. Her friend asks "But you still love him?" and Lori responds "I think I do?". She then ponders if their current communication issues came from marrying too young. Before they can finish the conversation, a police siren rings out and several cars roll into the carpark. Lori excuses herself and appears apprehensive, knowing something is wrong. Shane slowly exits his vehicle with a grim expression. Lori asks "Is he alive?". Shane tells her Rick is in surgery. Lori is distressed about telling Carl (who is walking over to her) but Shane says she doesn't have to do it alone. He stays nearby as Lori informs Carl, who begins to cry. In present time, Lori is apprehensive, wondering why only a single gunshot rang out (not knowing she heard Carl being shot). Later, Maggie catches up to the group by horse, in order to inform Lori about Carl and rush her to the Greene Family Farm. Lori begins to cry as soon as she sees Rick covered in blood. They embrace and Rick takes her to Carl's bedside.
As Carl clings to life, Lori tells Rick she temporarily forgot Jacqui was dead, then remembered Jacqui doesn't have to deal with the trauma of the apocalypse anymore. She wonders if she and Rick are even doing the right thing by Carl trying to keep him alive in this increasingly violent world. She wonders if Dr Jenner was right about not living in their world any longer but Rick disagrees. They cannot agree on what's right. Soon after, Carl awakens and fondly remembers watching the deer in the forest. He has a seizure due to blood loss while Lori and Rick watch horrified. Rick tells Lori about the deer and says he believes it to be a sign that it's worth keeping Carl alive, despite everything, because he still sees beauty in the world. Carl stabilises once Shane returns with the appropriate medicine (but without Otis). As Lori tearfully embraces a still unconscious but stable Carl, Shane enters the room. Lori tells him to stay.
Shane asks Lori if she really meant it when she said stay. Lori says she did but does not elaborate. Lori then asks Glenn to discreetly get her something secret while he is on a pharmacy run. Later, Lori helps the group attempt to pull a fallen walker out of the farm's well, however it disintegrates as they pull it out, filling the well with blood and guts. Carl tells Rick that Lori informed him Sophia still isn't rescued yet. At night, Lori moves outside alone and reveals the item she asked Glenn for was a pregnancy test. She takes the test and it shows positive - she is pregnant. She begins to cry upon seeing the result.
In another flashback, the apocalypse has begun and people are frantically trying to leave the city. Lori, Shane and Carl are stuck in a traffic jam. Lori and Carl speak to Carol and Sophia, also stuck in the traffic, along with Carol's abusive husband, Ed. When Carl exclaims he is hungry, Carol offers some of their food. Ed, however, berates her for talking to strangers, saying it's not safe. Lori and Shane notice people moving into the forest nearby and ask Carol to watch Carl while they head over to find out what's happening. They stop when they see the city of Atlanta in the distance, being bombed by the military in order to try to curb the walker outbreak. Shane is stunned and Lori becomes overwhelmed with fear. Shane comforts her while she cries. In present time, Lori wakes up and helps Carol with the laundry. Carol asks Lori if she would ask the Greenes if they can cook a thank you dinner in their kitchen. When Lori asks why Carol won't ask, Carol says it would look better coming from the "First Lady" of their group. Glenn later confronts Lori about her pregnancy and begs her to tell Rick. She pleads with him to keep it secret until she finds the right time to tell. Rick asks Lori for advice about Sophia, as it's been days since they last saw her and the search is beginning to seem hopeless. Lori insists they keep searching and says if it were Carl, they would want everyone to keep looking. After Daryl nearly dies looking for Sophia, Shane tells Lori he thinks Rick should start making tougher calls and stop the search. Lori disagrees with him and says she respects Rick continuing to look. Shane says all he cares about now is her and Carl, but Lori says he needn't concern himself as she and her son are not his problem, or his excuse, anymore. Later, Lori helps Carol, Patricia and Beth prepare the thank you meal for everyone.
Lori and Carl are feeding the chickens on Hershel's farm. Carl asks where one chick's mother is and Lori avoids the obvious answer. Carl then notes that it was probably eaten, saying "Everything is food for something else". Lori is unsettled by his dark outlook. Later, Glenn again urges Lori to tell Rick about the pregnancy but when Lori becomes distressed, he comforts her and says he'll support her no matter what. Later, Lori and Rick find out that Carl stole a gun in order to feel safe and they debate whether they should teach him to use weapons. Lori feels Carl is too young to be armed and out in the wilderness, and still needs to recover from his injury. She eventually agrees with Rick that it's important he knows how to use a weapon, and allows him to practice shooting. Lori helps Hershel with repairing the farm fence and thanks him for everything he's done. As they talk, Hershel mentions how he wants her group to leave soon. She panics and later tells Rick to convince Hershel to change his mind and allow them to stay. Rick says he needs time to wait for the right moment to ask. Dale confronts Lori about her pregnancy after Glenn reveals it to him. He notices her morning sickness and tells her his wife had the same symptoms. He explains they experienced a miscarriage and stopped trying after that. Lori is distressed that Dale knows about her pregnancy. He asks if she hasn't told Rick yet because of Shane. Lori is horrified Dale knew about her accidental affair with Shane, and explains she slept with him because she "felt like I died with [Rick]" and wanted to feel something. Dale tries to reason that her baby is worth keeping because he still remembers joy but Lori doesn't think children will have enough good memories made in the apocalypse. Glenn apologises for telling her secret and Lori forgives him. She then asks him to go on another pharmacy run. He agrees, taking Maggie with him, but Maggie is attacked by a walker in the pharmacy. When the two return, Maggie screams at Lori for making them risk their lives for her methotrexate (pregnancy terminating) pills. Glenn later comes to Lori to give her some prenatal vitamins in case she changes her mind. Lori takes the pills to induce a miscarriage, but immediately had a change of heart, running to a nearby field and threw them up. Rick enters their tent and finds the pills. He confronts Lori. They argue, with Rick angry that she wouldn't tell him nor consult with him about what to do. Lori says she does not want to raise a child in the apocalypse, even though she threw the pills up. Rick is through with their communication issues getting the best of them and he asks her if there's anything else she's hiding. She admits her affair with Shane and Rick admits he knew deep down something had occurred between them. He says he understands Lori thought he was dead.
The group is eating breakfast. Lori notices Rick is lost in thought and asks him where he "went". He reassures her that he's right here. Glenn then tells the group that the barn is filled with walkers. They're stunned and head down to the barn to check. The walkers bang against the padlocked doors. Rick says he'll talk to Hershel about it but is hesitant to leave the farm as Sophia has not been found yet. Shane wants to leave for Fort Benning. Daryl says he's close to finding Sophia but Shane insults Daryl, who attacks Shane, while Lori and Rick help break up their altercation. Shane tells Lori "Keep your hands off me". Later, Carl asks Lori if Shane really does believe Sophia is dead. He says he wants to stay until they find her and doesn't want to leave the farm at all. Rick tells Shane Lori is pregnant. Later, Shane confronts Lori again about thinking Rick was dead, but his confrontation turns into asking her to think of a time when Rick saved her life. He tells her he's saved her life four times now. He then says the reason she didn't abort the baby is because she knows it's his. Lori tells him it's Rick's but Shane is skeptical. Lori states that the baby will never be Shane's despite any dispute about paternity. Later when Shane opens the barn and frees the walkers, Lori protects Carl, later comforting him and crying when Sophia is revealed as a walker.
Lori tries to comfort Rick who is distraught about Sophia and feels foolish for believing she was still alive. Later, she tries to convince Carol to attend the funeral being held for Sophia but she does not want to attend. Lori is disturbed when Carl tells her he would've put Sophia down if he could. Lori implores Rick to talk him out of his increasingly "cold" state of mind. Dale begins to figure out that Shane killed Otis and tells Lori he feels Shane is dangerous and unpredictable. After Beth goes into a belated catatonic shock state from the shooting at the barn, Lori tries convincing Daryl to go out and help Rick and Glenn find Hershel. Daryl is offended she would even ask when Rick and Glenn are already out there and yells at her when she calls him selfish. Lori decides to head out herself, taking a map and revolver with her. As she drives away, she becomes preoccupied while looking at the map and hits a stray walker on the road. The car spins out of control and flips over.
Lori awakens in the wrecked car, which is flipped on its side. She screams when she sees a walker trying to break through the windshield to get to her. She tries to work her way out of the lopsided car and kills the walker with a screwdriver she finds. When she escapes the wreck, another walker attacks her. 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, still attempting to head to town to find Rick. He gets out of his car and tries to convince her to go home. Lori refuses his attention and refuses to get into the car. Realizing that he has to lie to get her back to the farm, Shane tells Lori that Rick is already back at the farm. They arrive at the farm and Lori immediately finds out Rick is not there. Shane defends his lie, insisting in front of the group that the baby's safety was at stake. The group is shocked to hear Lori is pregnant, including Carl; who is upset he was kept in the dark. Lori is lost for words and furious at Shane. Later, Carl and Lori discuss the baby, and Carl shares his excitement about being a big brother. Lori tells Dale that she and Rick never gave Carl "the talk" about how babies are made, because they forgot before the world fell apart. Shane appears, asking Lori if they can talk but she is still angry about his dishonesty, both with the white lie about Rick and the ongoing issue of Rick not being dead in the hospital. She alludes to the Otis incident, to garner Shane's reaction but he says he killed Otis because of his love for Lori and Carl. Lori tells Shane she told Rick about their affair. Shane becomes agitated, asking Lori if she really told Rick how close they became or if she only told him of their infidelity. He argues his intentions are only ever in keeping Lori safe and wills her to see that she loves him, too. Lori continually denies any emotional depth as Shane frames the affair as the "one good thing" they had since the world fell apart.
The next day as the Grimes family is reunited, Rick notices Lori's minor injuries and asks her what happened. Lori says she was in a car accident. Shane interjects that he had found Lori walking alone looking for Rick, and brought her back to the farm.
Rick and Lori are in their tent alone later. Both wounded, they help each other undress. Lori says they need to talk about Shane, because he thinks the baby is his. Lori 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 holds Rick and whispers in his ear that Shane thinks what's Rick's is his; that Shane is dangerous and needs to be stopped. Rick contemplates Lori's warning.
Rick tells Shane that Lori thinks he's dangerous. They discuss the affair and Shane stresses that he had no interest in Lori before the events of the apocalypse. Maggie tells Lori that Glenn froze up at the bar shootout because she "got into his head". Lori brushes this off and tells her Glenn is a big boy. She advises Maggie to tell him to "Man up and get it together" but adds "Just don't say man up". Lori brings Beth a tray of food. She empathizes with Beth's loss of her mother, saying she herself had tried unsuccessfully to get her own mother on the phone when the 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. As Lori clears Beth's tray, she notices the knife missing. She confronts Beth, who reveals it from under the covers and hands it over. Maggie scolds Beth for considering suicide. Lori and Andrea listen from the kitchen. Andrea tells Lori she shouldn't have taken the knife away — Beth "has to choose to live on her own." Lori is horrified Andrea would even suggest this, particularly after her own battle with suicidal thoughts. Andrea says she came through it but Lori argues she has stopped helping the group since then. Andrea argues that she keeps guard but Lori says the men already do that and she could help the women around the house instead. Lori says the general house maintenance creates "stability, a life worth living" but Andrea does not see this as important. When Andrea says Lori takes her safety for granted, Lori explains her son was shot and her husband is out on a mission for the hundredth time. Andrea tells her she's lucky to even have a husband and son to worry about. She also mentions she knows about Lori's affair with Shane. "Go in there and tell [Beth] everything's gonna be OK, just like it is for you. She'll get a husband, son, baby, boyfriend. She just has to look on the bright side". Later, Andrea deliberately leaves Beth unattended to allow her to make her decision. 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, having decided she does not want to die. Andrea asks what happened. Lori reports that Beth didn't cut herself too deeply. "She wants to live," Andrea smiles. Maggie is furious, however, and tells Andrea she's forbidden to enter the Greene Family's home from now on.
Lori finds Rick tying a noose in the barn. He asks if she supports his decision about Randall. "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. Carl yells at Carol when she tells him they'll see Sophia in heaven one day. Carol confronts Lori and Rick about it. Lori tells Carol to calm down and Carol snaps back "I lost my daughter, I didn't lose my mind". Carl wanders the outskirts of the farm and accidentally antagonises a walker who ends up following him back to camp. 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. Eventually, the decision is made to execute Randall. As Rick is about to shoot him, Carl appears and implores his dad to go through with it. Rick brings Carl back to camp and tells Lori what happened. "He wanted to watch," Rick says. "I couldn't." Dale walks through the fields, disgusted and angry at his group for the execution he believes has since taken place. 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. 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. Rick tries to get Hershel to begin preparing for surgery but Hershel shakes his head, there's no saving Dale. As Dale writhes on the ground, Carl recognises the walker as the one he saw earlier. Horrified, he buries his head in Lori's lap and cries. Daryl ultimately puts Dale down.
Lori and others help to pack their belongings into the back of the truck, in order to move everyone into the house, while Rick delegates roles and instructions. Lori witnesses Shane's unhappiness with Rick about his decision to release Randall. Rick is back in command and Shane is obviously bitter about it. Lori is struggling to lift a packed crate. T-Dog insists that she shouldn't be lifting anything heavy in her condition, then 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. Later, Lori approaches Shane, who is fixing the electrical tower. Lori asks Shane to come down from the tower. They lightheartedly reminisce about a pre-apocalypse occasion where Shane showed Rick up by fixing a sink (while Rick flooded the basement). Lori tells him that she felt there'd be enough room for emotional recovery after Sophia's death, but after Dale's, the direness of their situation is unavoidable. Lori says she made a mess of things and put he and Rick at odds, she tells him she really does not know whose baby she's carrying. She remembers the night they escaped the city and thanks Shane for saving her and Carl, and apologises for the mess made since. Unfortunately, Shane interprets this acknowledgment as rekindled romantic interest and becomes obnoxious toward Rick, teasing him about spending more time dealing with Randall than his own son, who he informs came to him with the gun and told him he was the one who led the walker that killed Dale to the farm. Later when Shane prepares to kill Rick, he reasons that he is a better man for Lori and that Lori is "a broken woman".
Lori is at the house when a huge herd of walkers begins invading the farm. She goes to get Carl, but can't find him and starts to panic. She doesn't want to leave in case Carl comes back, but Carol convinces her they have to go. When she, Beth, Patricia, Carol, and T-Dog try to flee, Patricia is suddenly grabbed and attacked by several walkers, while still holding Beth's hand. Lori manages to pull Beth away from Patricia, and Carol gets separated from them in the struggle. As Lori, Beth and T-Dog drive away from the farm, T-Dog says they need to drive toward the coast. Lori does not want to leave the location until they look for Rick and Carl, as well as the Greenes. T-Dog gives in when Lori threatens to jump out of the car if he keeps driving away. They reach the highway and reunite with the others (except Jimmy and Patricia, who were killed, and Andrea, who was accidentally left behind). When Daryl questions why Randall was turned despite having no evidence of walker bites, Rick finally informs the group that Dr Jenner told him in TS-19 the walkers do not pass on infection with bites or scratches, but that the infection is somehow part of them all genetically. If anyone dies at all, they will turn, no matter the cause of death. The group is disturbed and begin to question why Rick didn't tell them sooner. Later, Lori comforts Rick and tells him he must've had his reasons for not letting the group know. Rick starts to reveal how he killed Shane, becoming too weary of his threats and wanting their feuding to finally end. He says he knew Jenner was right about the infection when Shane turned almost instantly after being stabbed. 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 mentions Carl was there and had to put Shane down to save Rick. Visibly angered and disturbed, Lori hangs her head and takes a few seconds to catch her breath. When Rick tries to touch her, she lashes out, horrified at what the situation has become, as well as Carl's involvement. She walks away, leaving Rick alone. Around the campfire, Rick becomes angered when told by Carol to do something to help their dire situation. Rick indignantly defends his role as reluctant leader; saying he killed his best friend for the group. Carl is stunned, as he assumed Shane had just been bitten when he caught up to them in the field. He cries as Lori hugs him. Fed up with the group's doubts, Rick implements a dictatorship, saying "this isn't a democracy anymore". A short distance away, the prison is visible.
Lori is roughly eight or nine months pregnant. The survivors are desperate to settle down somewhere safe but are forced to keep moving as walkers follow their every move. It becomes clear Rick is not talking to or acknowledging Lori at all. As the survivors discover an abandoned prison swarming with walkers, Lori helps distract the walkers from behind the interior fence, making it possible for Rick to close the security gate at the other end of the field, securing the location for the night. The group camps around a fire and Beth tells Lori the prison will be a safe place to have the baby. Lori doesn't respond. Rick joins the camp and silently offers Lori his food, who refuses but eventually accepts when he won't eat it himself. Later, Rick reveals his plan to clear out the rest of the prison block the next morning. Lori tries to convince Rick to let them all spend a few more days just in the secured field. She wants to talk about the baby as well but Rick is in no frame of mind to begin talking to her again and harshly brushes her off. She is left standing alone, near tears. After securing the prison block, Lori tries to thank Rick but he ignores her again. Lori bunks with Carol. Later, Carol informs Hershel that Lori needs him but won't tell Rick what's wrong. A tearful Lori tells Hershel she hasn't felt the baby kick in a few days and is scared it may turn while still in her womb, possibly even trying to kill her internally. Even though Hershel doesn't want Lori to think about that, she continues and begs him to put her down if she dies during childbirth and turns, without any hesitation. Hershel reluctantly agrees. She then reveals to him that she believes it would have been better if she'd never made it off the farm, she feels she's a burden and Rick and Carl both hate her. She says she "put the knife in his hand" in regards to Rick killing Shane. Hershel reasons that her baby does not and never will care about any of this mess. As Rick and the group prepare to clear out and inspect the tombs, Lori watches from her prison cell.
When Rick and the group return to C Block with an unconscious Hershel bleeding out from his amputated leg, Lori and Carol rush to stop the bleeding. They ask for the others to find any bandages or material possible to plug the wound. Carl sneaks away to find the prison infirmary and returns with enough supplies needed to help Hershel. Lori is grateful but angry at Carl for going off alone, and is horrified when he reveals he had to kill walkers to get to the first aid kit. Lori tries to explain that even with the whole crew around him, Hershel still got bit and lost his leg. Carl becomes angry at being reprimanded and tells Lori "get off my back!", to which Beth yells "Carl! She's your mother, you can't talk to her like that". Carl runs away, embarrassed.
Lori asks Rick what he plans to do about the prisoners he found in the canteen and Rick says he doesn't have many options besides killing them. Lori assures Rick that while she's a shitty wife and not winning any mother of the year awards, she knows Rick is not a cold-blooded killer and implores him to do whatever he feels is right for protecting the group.
Carol notes that Lori must be worried sick about giving birth but Lori reassures her she's fine. Carol then moves out to the field to practice a C-section delivery on a female walker.
Hershel stops breathing and Lori performs CPR on him. He awakens suddenly and grabs Lori, making it seem like he may have turned. However, he was simply startled upon gaining consciousness and falls back into a slumber. Rick returns and shares a sentimental moment with Hershel (who thanks Rick with a silent handshake) and the group, as they acknowledge how lucky the Greene family are to still be together. Lori exits the room and heads to a passover outside; Rick follows. 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, only on the group's behalf, for saving Hershel, then leaves. Lori begins to cry, leaning into the spot on her arm where Rick touched her.
Lori, Beth, and Carl help Hershel use crutches for the first time. They guide him out into the prison yard. Rick, Glenn and Daryl are collecting firewood and notice Hershel out and about, as do T-Dog, Carol and Maggie who are moving cars. Everyone watches happily as Hershel seems to be fully recovering. Rick and Lori smile warmly at each other on opposite sides of the fence. The moment of happiness is broken when walkers suddenly swarm the yard, right where Lori, Carl, Beth and Hershel are standing. Rick and Daryl race to unlock the gates separating them as Glenn rushes to secure the prison fence. Lori, Maggie, and Carl flee to Cell Block C only to discover there are walkers swarming the inside, too. Running through the dark corridors of the prison tombs, the stress of the situation causes Lori to go into early labor. Carl finds them a safe place inside the boiler room. Lori tries pushing but begins haemorrhaging. She is close to losing consciousness and Maggie tells her that she needs to have a C-section or else the baby will die, too. Lori makes the decision to have her abdomen cut open with Carl's knife, so the baby can be removed, despite knowing she will not survive the procedure. She tells Carl not to be afraid and to take care of Rick and his new brother/sister. She tells him "you are going to beat this world" and to "always do what's right", don't do anything just because it's the easy option; "don't let the world spoil you". She tells him he was "the best thing I ever did" before they begin to cry and embrace each other. Maggie cries too. Lori asks Maggie to put her down once the delivery is done because "it can't be Rick". Lori says "Goodnight, love" as her way of saying goodbye to Rick before Maggie reluctantly cuts her open, stating: "I'm sorry" before she begins.The shock and loss of blood causes Lori to scream and lose consciousness almost instantly, as Maggie successfully delivers the baby. Carl is unable to speak from shock and cries as he watches his mother's limp body. The baby is momentarily unconscious before Maggie performs a light version of CPR and the baby begins crying. Maggie prepares to leave, but Carl reminds her that Lori will turn. As Maggie pulls out her gun, Carl tells her he wants to do it because Lori is his mother. Maggie heads to the door to check if the swarm of walkers has left. Carl faces his mother one final time and remembers what Rick told him in Better Angels about being prepared for everyone he loves to die eventually. Carl kisses his mother goodbye. Maggie sees the walker herd leaving and heads back to where Carl is, just as a gunshot rings out. Carl walks silently past her to the door as she stands there, speechless. Back in the prison yard, Rick is consulting with Hershel and Beth about the whereabouts of everyone missing. He is midway through arranging for Daryl, Glenn, Oscar, Axel and himself to go back through the prison when he hears the cries of the newborn baby. Rick turns around to see Carl and Maggie emerging from C Block. Rick walks to Maggie as she holds the baby, and attempts to speak to him but cannot form the words. Rick asks "Where...where is she?" and begins to head toward the prison but Maggie grabs his arm and says "No...Rick...don't...". Rick begins to cry and briefly attempts to comfort Carl before becoming overwhelmed with emotion upon realising what Carl's stoic demeanor means. He collapses on the ground nearby while Maggie, still holding the baby, is comforted by Glenn. The rest of the group is stunned silent.
In Rick's grief, he heads into the prison tombs to retrace Lori's final journey. He eventually reaches the boiler room and finds her shoes and jeans. He also finds the walker who devoured her and a piece of hair lingers on its mouth. He takes the hair and stabs the walker several times in the gut. He then hallucinates the voices of Amy, Jim, and Jacqui through a nearby defunct telephone. Rick is unable to tell who they are at first and believes he has found help. They ask him several questions: "How many walkers have you killed? How many people have you killed? Why?". They hang up on him when he won't reveal why he killed people. They call back eventually and he reveals his reasons. Rick temporarily cleans up and checks on the group but will not acknowledge the baby. Rick then tells Hershel about the phone and Hershel (after testing the phone) realises Rick needs to go through this, leaving him to it. Rick is confused when the voices on the phone know about Lori's death, before Lori's own voice comes through, revealing that the calls were merely hallucinations in Rick's mind. Rick breaks down upon realising he's talking to her, and begins to explain why he acted so distant from her. He felt that he could not realistically approach their marriage problems until they were safe. He tells her that regardless of his treatment of her, he loved her. She tells him that she loves him too, but he needs to get it together for Carl and his newborn daughter, telling him that they need him. As Rick comes back to reality, the call breaks up and Rick realises it's not real. He hangs up the phone and goes to meet his daughter for the first time.
Rick has a frightening vision of Lori just as he is deciding the fate for Tyreese's group. She appears above the group on an elevated balcony, darkened by shadow and wearing her wedding dress. Her face appears to be rotten. She does not speak. Rick becomes distressed saying "I can't help you, why are you here? Get out!". Tyreese's group believes Rick is talking to them. Maggie tries comforting Rick but he lashes out at her, and she grabs Carl away from him in fear. Rick continues yelling at the ghost and the others urge Tyreese's group to just leave before the situation worsens.
Rick surveys the prison yard in the early morning through binoculars, and spots the same vision of Lori from The Suicide King, standing by the makeshift graves. He rushes down there and she is visible to him right up until he reaches out for her, then she vanishes. He becomes confused and searches for her, before spotting the vision outside the prison gates, moving toward the lake. Rick rushes to unlock the gates, startling Michonne who is camping in the prison bus. Michonne watches as Rick moves outside the gates, and he catches up to the vision of Lori. She turns to face him and touches her hand to his face. They embrace while Michonne looks on at Rick standing alone. Later, Hershel comes to console Rick who has been outside the gates all day. He asks Rick to come back inside as Glenn is on a warpath against The Governor and the group needs direction. Rick explains he saw Lori (and Shane in Woodbury) and feels it's all happening for a reason. Hershel asks if he was speaking to Lori on the phone previously and he says yes. Hershel pleads with Rick to get some rest but he continues looking for Lori.
After being forced to hand Michonne over in exchange for The Governor not attacking the prison, Rick is outside looking for wire to tie up Michonne's hands. He looks up and a vision of pregnant Lori appears to him on the prison's walkway, where they had their final conversation in Sick. He says to himself "You're not there, she's not there" but Lori remains. Rick decides against handing Michonne over and abandons the wire he found. He goes inside and tells Hershel he will not be handing Michonne over.
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 again. 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 finally disappeared. He understands now; these hallucinations were his ongoing guilt manifesting; now it's gone because he stopped being cold and ruthless toward people and began trying to help and save once again.
Lori is shown in the photo that Carl had taken from King County for Judith.
- Andrew (Caused, Alive)
- Zombies (Caused, Alive)
- Judith Grimes (Indirectly Caused, Alive)
- Maggie Rhee (Caused, Alive)
- Blood Loss (Alive)
Lori died as a result of the actions of Andrew, who lured a group of walkers into the prison in a delibrate attempt to have Rick and the others killed; as Lori, Maggie, and Carl attempt to escape from the walkers Andrew let in, 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 encouraged her to hold on while they figured out how to escape, 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. As a result of what Andrew had done however, with the walkers he'd lured in all over the prison trapping Maggie and Carl in the boiler room and away from Hershel and the others in the prison who were fighting the walkers in other rooms, there was no alternative than for Maggie to give Lori a C-Section by fatally cutting her stomach open with a nearby knife, which she did at the insistence of Lori herself after the latter realized that, due to the circumstances of the birth (Lori not being fully dilated due to the stress of hiding from the walkers Andrew lured in), the baby would not survive otherwise.
- Carl Grimes (Before Reanimation, Out of Mercy)
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 unceremoniously shoots Lori in the head, preventing her from coming back.
This list shows the victims Lori has killed
- Numerous counts of zombies.
- 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 is the only Grimes family member not to have killed a human.
- Lori's last words were "Goodnight love".
- Lori is one of the 5 characters in the series known to be pregnant during the apocalypse. The others being, Maggie Rhee, Eileen, an unnamed Savior, and an unnamed resident from The Kingdom.
- ↑ Lesley Goldberg 'The Walking Dead's' Sarah Wayne Callies: Lori 'Has To Die' The Hollywood Reporter (June 20th, 2012)
- ↑ Huffington Post's Biggest TV OMG Moments 2012