|This article is about the Alexandria resident. You may be looking for the Woodbury resident or the TV Series character.|
|Age||Mid to late 30's|
|Family||Jessie Anderson - Wife (Deceased)|
Ron Anderson - Son (Deceased)
|First Appearance||Issue 72|
|Last Appearance||Issue 77|
|Series lifespan||#72 to #77|
|Rick executes Pete.|
|Pete Anderson Gallery|
- "This is not my house... This is not my house...and I will not live here. NOT MY HOUSE! Not my house... Not my..."
- —Pete Anderson
Peter 'Pete' Anderson/Dotson is a character first encountered in Issue 72 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and is a resident living in the Alexandria Safe-Zone and one of the head doctors in the Safe-Zone. Pete is the father of Ron Anderson and husband of Jessie Anderson.
Little is known about Pete's life before or as the outbreak began, except that he was married to Jessie Anderson and had a son named Ron Anderson. He likely lived in or near Alexandria before the outbreak started and he was a doctor.
Pete introduces himself as "Pete, never Peter". He explains that he sleeping on the porch because of a fight with his wife, which happens frequently.
Later, Rick Grimes discusses Pete with Michonne. He explains how there is something strange about him. Pete's son has a black eye when the survivors enter the Zone. Pete's wife asks for permission to do things. Rick intervenes and discusses Pete with Jessie. Pete walks in and witnesses them talking. Rick later breaks into Pete's home and is involved in a fist fight with Pete.
When Pete is separated from his wife and son and moved to another house, he takes a knife and walks outside with the intention to kill Rick. Regina notices and gets between the two men, Pete slashing Regina's throat, effectively killing her. Rick pulls out his gun and is given permission from Douglas, Regina's husband, to kill Pete.
Pete's death, however, was a factor in the destruction of Alexandria, because when Rick shot Pete, the sound alerted Derek and his group to the Safe-Zone. Zombies were alerted to the Safe-Zone after Derek and his group were attacked.
This list shows the victims Pete has killed:
Although Pete beat her, Jessie seemed to still love him, even after his death.
Like most boys, Ron loved his father and saw him as a good man, despite how he repeatedly abused both him and his mother. Like most children in battered families, Ron was completely unaware that what his father was doing to him was wrong. In fact, he saw Rick as the real bad man and murderer. His death left him very confused as to why his father was seen as the bad man and Rick wasn't.
Douglas was always wary of Pete and had discovered that Pete was abusing his wife and son, Although he had this information Douglas chose to take no action against him because Pete was a doctor. After Pete had been kept in a temporary house to keep Jessie and Ron safe he eventually filled with rage and went to confront Rick. This resulted in Regina trying to intervene and being murdered by Pete. Douglas quickly began to despise Pete after the murder of Regina and gave Rick permission to kill him.
Pete and Nicholas seemed to be good friends. This is shown by their interactions towards each other at Douglas' house party.
Initially, Rick and Pete were civil towards each other, however, Rick started to hate him for his family abuse, which caused the two of them to get into a fight that severed any kind of relationship between them. Later, Pete's rage against Rick is fully noticed when he attempts to kill him. Ultimately, Rick prevailed and had no hesitation on killing him.
- In Issue 77, Pete approaches Rick with a knife. Regina steps between them and screams:
- "Peter Anderson, what's gotten into you?! Put that knife away this instant!"
- But at Pete's funeral, Rick says:
- "Was the man who killed Regina truly Pete Dotson or was he changed--no different than if he'd died and come back?"
- This may have been a continuity error.
- He is the only member of the Alexandria Safe-Zone to be directly killed by Rick Grimes.