Every ‘The Walking Dead’ Fan Has A New Favorite Character

Senior Pop Culture Editor
10.31.16 14 Comments


A week after killing off arguably the show’s most popular non-Daryl character, The Walking Dead had a massive Glenn-shaped hole to fill. Enter: King Ezekiel, the leader of the Kingdom who made quite the first impression in Sunday’s episode, “The Well.” As our own Dustin Rowles wrote, “He’s personable, he’s kind, he’s funny, eccentric and real… [and] exactly what this series needed after last week’s brutal season premiere.” That would be the one where Negan smashed Abraham and Glenn to death with a baseball bat.

The Walking Dead has always been morbid, but the last two episodes, the finale “Last Day on Earth” and near-record-setting premiere “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be,” were too unrelentingly nihilistic for some viewers. That’s why fans are reacting so strongly to the enjoyably quirky King Ezekiel and his CGI tiger sidekick Shiva — IMDb voters have already named “The Well” the best episode of the entire series (“Last Day,” meanwhile, is dead last), and Twitter users are happily pledging allegiance to their new favorite character.

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