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|Occupation||High-School Student (Pre-Apocalypse)|
|Family||Unnamed - Mother (Deceased)|
Unnamed - Brother (Deceased)
|Last Appearance||"Better Angels"|
|Death||Neck snapped by Shane.
Impaled in head by Glenn. (Zombified)
|Series lifespan||"Triggerfinger" to "Better Angels"|
|A zombified Randall eliminated by Glenn.|
|Randall (TV Series) Gallery|
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- "I went to school with Maggie for God's sake!"
- —Randall to Rick and Shane, begging for his life.[src]
Randall Culver is a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. Randall had been traveling in a group with Dave, Tony, Sean, Nate, and Jane and around thirty other survivors, before being taken hostage by Rick's group.
Little is known about Randall's life before or as the outbreak began other than that he attended school with Maggie and was on the varsity baseball team. He also lived with his mother, whom he lost in the outbreak. He talks about having a normal life as "just some guy".
Randall is first seen by Rick, Hershel, and Glenn standing on a roof across the street from Patton's Bar, trying to shoot them. Nate, in their truck, tells Randall to jump down but when he attempts to jump, he slides down the nearby roof and into an alley where he begins screaming. Thinking he was consumed by walkers, Rick, Glenn, and Hershel run over to their vehicle and find that he had fallen onto a railing-pike, impaling his leg. They negotiate on whether to save him or not. Rick says he is just a kid and Hershel agrees. Unable to get Randall's leg unstuck, Rick uses his strength and rips it out of the spiked-fence. The three then proceed to put him in the car and blindfold him so he doesn't know where the farm is. Still unable to walk, Hershel insists that he should perform surgery on his leg.
Rick and Shane bring Randall bound and gagged with them to collect supplies and to leave him behind. However, Rick and Shane are shocked when Randall reveals that he went to school with Maggie and knows who Hershel is and most likely knew where the farm is. Shane attempts to shoot him, but Rick intervenes, causing the pair to fight and leaving Randall lying on the ground tied up. Shane accidentally causes a horde of walkers to be released, which attack the survivors. Randall is able to cut the ropes with a knife and is about to escape when he is stopped by Rick. Randall tells him to leave Shane behind and promises Rick he isn't going to say anything to his group, but Rick just tells him to shut up. Reluctantly they decide to leave Shane behind as he is trapped inside a school bus. However, at the last minute they change their minds and drive past the horde in Shane's car, killing many walkers and rescuing Shane. Even though Randall helps save Shane's life, he is once again bound and gagged and thrown in the back of the car. Rick says they will leave him in the barn overnight upon return to the farm, and that he will most likely be killed.
Randall is brutally interrogated by Daryl, and reveals that he joined a large group of 30 survivors hoping to ensure his survival. He also alludes to this group carrying out violent raids and gang rapes, prompting a repulsed Daryl to beat him even more furiously. The rest of the group decide that releasing Randall would be dangerous and decide to execute him. They leave him in the barn, saying they will kill him at night. Carl finds a way into the barn, and Randall talks to him, asking him to set him free. Carl approaches Randall slowly, not talking, but Shane enters the barn and sees Carl there. Shane takes Carl out of the barn. Despite Dale's attempts to convince the group otherwise, Rick decides to take Randall to the other barn to be shot. However, when he is about to shoot Randall, he sees that Carl is watching. Carl encourages him to shoot Randall, horrifying Rick, who subsequently changes his mind. Daryl takes Randall back to the first barn and ties him up, and then leaves Randall alone in the barn after hearing Dale's screams.
The decision of what to do with Randall is still left on hold for Rick and the group, mostly due to mourning over Dale. Shane is very persistent with Rick to "handle" the problem with Randall, but Rick is still reluctant. Later on, Rick decides to soon handle it, but with news of Carl's confession, Shane urges him to talk to Carl first. Though Rick reminds him that Shane, himself, told him to deal with Randall, he claims to do it "later". While everyone is distracted, Shane sneaks into the barn and makes several attempts to kill Randall or at least frighten him into submission. Shane then decides to take Randall out into the woods and claims he wants to go with his "group". However, it was only a distraction as it's heard off-screen that Shane murders Randall by snapping his neck and then slams his head into the tree to appear as if he was assaulted by Randall. He then goes running back to the farm, claiming Randall attacked him and ran off. Later, it's shown that this was obviously a trap, while the group was distracted to capture Randall. Daryl and Glenn would later run into his reanimated zombie. The two have a fight with him but eventually kill Randall. They examine that there were no bite marks on his body and question why he became a walker without getting bit.
After the group leaves the farm which has been overrun by walkers, Beth asks Rick if they ran into another group like Randall's. Then, Daryl mentions that he and Glenn found Randall as a walker, but that he wasn't bitten causing much confusion among the group. Daryl then mentions that Shane killed Randall by snapping his neck. This leads to Rick telling the group that they're all infected and they all carry it, as he was told by Dr. Jenner. Rick later told the whole group that Shane staged Randall's escape and killed him to lure him into the woods and kill him.
Randall is mentioned by Carol in this episode, when Andrea is visiting the prison. Andrea learns the truth about Shane's death and learns that he himself killed Randall in an attempt to assassinate Rick and become leader of the group, causing his own demise.
- Shane Walsh (Alive)
After Shane sets Randall free, the two wander off into the woods, talking about the possibility of Shane joining Randall's group. A few moments later, Shane snaps Randall's neck, instantly killing him.
- Glenn Rhee (Zombified)
After Randall is reanimated, Daryl, Glenn, Rick, and Shane search for him in the woods, Rick and Shane in one group and Glenn and Daryl in another. Daryl and Glenn hear a noise and hide behind a tree. Daryl fires a bolt but misses and Randall pins him to the ground, only to be killed by Glenn, who saves Daryl.
This list shows the victims Randall has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies.
- "I went to school with Maggie for God's sake!"
- —Randall pleading with Rick and Shane.[src]
Randall and Maggie were never seen together on screen, but they both went to high school together. Maggie didn't know Randall very well. In a deleted scene in Season 2, Maggie looks over her yearbook and saw that Randall went to the same high school as her along with his brother.
Maggie did not appear to want to see Randall executed and suggested that they should just keep him as a prisoner.
- "I gotta go! I'm sorry!"
- —Nate to Randall before leaving him behind[src]
Although Randall and Nate aren't seen interacting much, it is assumed they had a stable relationship, due to them attacking Rick, Hershel and Glenn in the bar together. Nate however abandoned Randall due to him falling on to a fence's point. Although Randall begged Nate to help he didn't however Nate apologizes as he drives away showing he showed some guilt.
- "What about Sean?"
- —Randall questioning Nate about Sean's status[src]
It is assumed that Randall and Sean had a stable relationship, due to the fact that they where in the same group together and attacking Rick, Hershel and Glenn in the bar together and after the gun fight, Randall asked Nate about Sean before attempting to join the escape, showing his concern.
- "He's a threat. we have to eliminate the threat."
- —Rick stating that Randall must be killed[src]
Randall was one of the members of Dave and Tony's group that attacked Rick, Glenn, and Hershel in "Triggerfinger". After impaling his leg on a fence spike, Rick refused to leave him behind to die and managed to free Randall at the last minute. 1 week later in "18 Miles Out", Rick and Shane traveled to a works station to leave Randall and give him a chance to survive. However, Randall revealed that he knew Maggie and who her father was, making Rick realize he was a grave threat to the group's security. Shane then wanted to kill Randall but Rick stopped him, prompting a savage fight between the two. After learning of the dangerous nature of Randall's group, Rick then felt like he had to kill Randall claiming he was a threat. Rick almost executed Randall in "Judge, Jury, Executioner" but Carl wanted to watch, and Rick decided not to kill him. After Dale's death, Rick then granting his last wish and wanted to set Randall free but not before Shane killed Randall in "Better Angels".
- "Hey... that's a sweet hat. I'm Randall. What's your name? The sheriff guy-- that your dad? I like him. Yeah, he's a good guy. I can tell. Your mom out here too? You're-- you're lucky you still got your family. I lost mine. Hey, I don't know what people been saying about me, but I didn't do nothing. I swear. Your dad was gonna let me go when his friend started fighting with him. It got pretty bad. I was kinda worried. My camp. We got lots of supplies. You help me, and I'll take you and your folks back to my people. We'll take good care of you. Keep you safe. Just gotta-- just gotta help me get out of here, okay? Just help me pick these locks or find the key, okay? Come on, please? Please?"
- —Randall's offer to Carl.[src]
Upon meeting Carl, Randall was friendly towards Carl, and used Carl's immaturity so that he could escape. Randall asked Carl to help him escape, and stated that his group would take care of him and his family. Their conversation is cut short when Andrea and Shane enter the shed, and Carl is forced out. During Randall's execution, Carl wanted to watch and told Rick to go on with the execution, indicating that he thought of Randall as a danger to the group and clearly wanted him dead.
- "You're going to bring this piece of garbage... This piece of garbage! He shot at you Rick! He ran with men that tried to kill you! You're going to bring him back to where Lori sleeps? To where Carl sleeps?"
- —Shane's angry rant at Rick for deciding to take Randall back to the farm[src]
Shane clearly despised Randall deeply. From the minute he was brought to the farm, after being rescued by Rick, he wanted him dead, claiming he was an immediate threat to the group. In "18 Miles Out", Shane attempted to kill Randall after he revealed that he was one of Maggie's classmates, but was stopped by Rick, prompting a savage fight between the two. In "Judge, Jury, Executioner", after learning of the dangerous nature of Randall's group, Rick was going to execute Randall, but decided not to after seeing Carl wanting to watch. In "Better Angels", after Dale's death, Rick wanted to set Randall free, a decision that Shane still did not agree with, but Rick told him to swallow it and move on. Later in the episode, Shane set Randall free and the two entered the forest, where Shane asks Randall about his group. Randall tells Shane that he'd fit right in, showing possible respect for him, though it was likely him just trying to please Shane. Shane eventually kills Randall by breaking his neck.
- "This is a young man's life and it is worth more than a five minute conversation!"
- —Dale to the group telling why the decision to spare or kill Randall is important[src]
Dale and Randall were never seen on screen together, but Dale disagreed with the choice of killing him, and pleaded with Rick to change his mind on executing him, or at least speak with Randall. After his sudden death, Rick and most of the group, excluding Shane were going to set him free to honor Dale's last request. This however never happened as Shane killed Randall before he could be set free.
- Randall is the first named character to have reanimated without being killed by a walker, the second being Shane.
- In the Talking Dead following the episode "Judge, Jury, Executioner", episode director Gregory Nicotero confirmed that he had initially shot Daryl and Randall's final confrontation in the barn to where that Daryl was going to kill Randall himself until he heard Dale's desperate screams for help.
- Randall is the third character in the TV Series known to reanimate without receiving a bite wound (the first two Mert County Deputies being scratched in "18 Miles Out").
- However, he is the first one to reanimate with absolutely no damage sustained by walkers.
- Randall was initially scripted to kill Hershel Greene in the Season 2 episode, "Better Angels", but the producers eventually decided against it.
- It is revealed in a deleted scene that Randall's last name is Culver, and that he attended the same high school as Maggie when she was looking through her high school book. Randall's brother also attend that school.