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|This article is about the Season 2 character. You may be looking for his Social Game counterpart, the Comic Series artist, or the Season 4 character, or the Season 4 walker.|
Tony is a survivor of the outbreak and an antagonist in AMC's The Walking Dead. Tony had been traveling around for an unspecified amount of time since the apocalypse began with Dave, Randall, Sean, Nate, Jane, and around 30 other survivors. He serves as the secondary antagonist of the episode "Nebraska" and the tertiary antagonist of Season 2.
Almost nothing is known about Tony's life before or as the outbreak began, except that he went to college for two years, and that he was born in a city, possibly Philadelphia.
Although he only appeared in one episode, Tony was shown to be an impetuous, very unstable, hostile and dangerous individual. It is more than likely that he was a rapist as shown during his questioning of Rick whether there were females located at his base and going on to say that he "hasn't had a piece of ass in weeks". Throughout his short conversation with Rick, Hershel and Glenn, it appears he was more than willing to kill the three of them and take over their farm, showing Tony was also greedy and likely a murderer. This was further shown during his failed attempt to kill Rick before his violent demise.
Tony and Dave arrive at Patton's Bar, which is already occupied by Hershel Greene, Glenn Rhee, and Rick Grimes. Dave comments on the fact that they are all still alive. They all begin drinking as soon as they introduce themselves. Rick mentions that Hershel lost "people" on that day, referring to his wife and step-son, who were killed, as walkers, earlier on. The conversation, which is mainly between Rick and Dave, continues on as to why each group is there and to where they are heading, with Tony interjecting small bits of information every now and then. Tony, in the middle of the conversation, gets up, walks over to a corner, and begins to urinate on the floor. Dave, who is still questioning Rick, asks where Rick and his group are staying, as he previously noticed that their vehicle outside had no personal effects inside it. Dave then guesses that Rick and his group are staying at a farm by Rick's reaction to his question. This leads Dave to ask then what kind of resources Rick and his group possess there. Tony then laughs and asks if they have women at the farm, because he "hasn't had a piece of ass in weeks", implying that he may want to rape them. (It is later revealed by Randall that their group has done so before.) Rick refuses to discuss any further details about the farm with Dave. Rick also indicates to Dave that he would not even consider letting Dave and Tony's group join them. Some tension then rises between Rick, Dave, and Tony, and Tony becomes quickly aggravated after Rick tells him to calm down. In response, Tony says he will kill Rick, Hershel, and Glenn, and then take their farm too. Dave diffuses the situation by jumping over the bar, pouring himself another drink, and then placing his gun on the bar in front of himself. The conversation continues, but Rick soon realizes that Dave and Tony are preparing to ambush him. Rick knows this because of Tony immediately grabbing his gun behind his back and becoming very tense. When Dave reaches for his gun, Rick draws his holstered revolver and shoots Dave in the head. Rick quickly spins around and shoots Tony three times: in the shoulder, then in the stomach, and finally in the head.
After Rick shoots Tony dead, he walks over to the body of Tony, takes his shotgun and shells, and then moves on to leave the bar.
Tony was shot dead just moments after Dave was first gunned down by Rick, who was in the process of trying to train his gun on Rick. Before Tony could point his shotgun at Rick, he was shot three times by Rick: first under his right shoulder, then in the chest, and then finally in the head.
This list shows the victims Tony has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies and possibly unnamed people
Tony and Dave seemed to be close friends. They insulted each other jokingly, and they were not insulted by each other's remarks. After Rick shot Dave, Tony quickly tried to ready his shotgun to shoot Rick, which showed that they were at least loyal to each other.
- "Don't tell me to calm down! Don't EVER tell me to calm down! I'll shoot you three assholes in the head and take your damn farm!"
- —Tony to Rick[src]
Tony and Rick only knew with each other for a short time, although its clear Tony did not like Rick. The two appeared to bond while having drinks and discussing possible safe places in the post-apocalyptic world, but when the topic of Hershel's farm is brought up, Tony expresses strong interest in joining Rick's group and the farm, but Rick denies it, which enrages Tony and he makes a strong threat that he will kill Rick, Glenn and Hershel and take over the farm. After Rick shoots Dave during his attempted ambush, Tony attempts to kill Rick, but is quickly killed by him before managing to train his gun at him.
- Tony, along with Dave and Randall, were announced in a casting call that was put out to the public in December 2011. He and Dave were shown in a preview clip of "Nebraska" that aired on January 16, 2012.
- Due to scheduling conflict, a body double, Ray Wessels, was hired to play Tony's corpse in "Triggerfinger".