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Denial is a recurring theme in The Walking Dead. It is the the action of declaring something to be untrue. It is a common theme in The Walking Dead, seen after the loss of a family member or close friend, or when a character chooses not to believe a horrific event has occurred.


Comic Series

  • Rick Grimes attempts to reason with Shane, who still believes military assistance was coming. (Issue 4, Issue 6)
  • Hershel Greene believes that those who are infected will one day be cured, and stores them in his barn. (Issue 11)
  • Rick denies the fact that his wife Lori slept with Shane for a long time before accepting it. (Comic Series)
  • Michonne denies the fact that she is talking to an imaginary person when Andrea and Rick questioned her. (Issue 53)

TV Series

Video Game

Dead Reckoning

Social Game

  • Summer denies that her parents are dead and later runs away. (Social Game)
  • Ed and Greg reveal that they had a hard time believing that the zombie apocalypse was actually happening. (Social Game)
  • Max denies that Nathan is dead, but later comes to terms with his death. (Social Game)

Novel Series

Abstract BetrayalCliffhangersDenialDepressionDistrustDiscriminationEnvyFearForeshadowingForgivenessHumanityHumorHopePrideRegretReligionRevengeSacrificeSanitySecrecyTeamwork
Realistic AmputationsCannibalismHeroismLeadershipNicknamesPunishment

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