The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) is far from a perfect leader. His group doesn’t enjoy the cushy lifestyle that others they’ve encountered in the apocalyptic Southeastern United States have, but they also seem to be out-surviving most people. And that’s what Rick is all about — survival at any cost necessary. While he’s sometimes, ever so briefly, drawn back to thoughts of normality, for the most part, Rick doesn’t care about the feelings, opinions or hardships of others, he simply cares about survival. All of this means that the guy can be little bullheaded and harsh when it comes to leadership, but the results speak for themselves.
We’re seemingly about to find out what happens when Rick butts up against an even more bullheaded and harsh leader in the form of Nagen in Sunday’s season premiere. But despite the potential fall of Rick into a less powerful position, please do take these quotes into consideration should you find yourself being called to take on a zombie or non-zombie leadership role. Just keep in mind, Rick’s leadership style is about as unwelcoming as it gets.
“You don’t know what it’s like out there. You may think you do but you don’t.”
To be fair, this line sounds an awful lot like something one of those out of control teens would throw back at a booing audience on the Maury show. Rick shows his colors for running things his way rather early in the series, pulling this line out in the finale of the show’s first season. Dr. Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich) knows that Atlanta has seen better days, but he’s been hunkered down in the belly of the CDC and isn’t exactly on the same level of awareness as Rick and the members of his group. When you have somebody doubting your knowledge of a situation — apocalyptic or not – harness the Rick-ness of this line and use it to set them straight.