Even now that Rick Grimes is officially no longer on The Walking Dead, he will probably go down in history as one of the most quotable characters on television. Andrew Lincoln always seemed to have a true talent for bringing an appeal to whatever material the TWD writers gave him. Even instances of weaker writing sounded alluring through Lincoln's one-of-a-kind delivery.
The quotable-ness is something that a lot of fans - even those who didn't care for his character that much - will miss the most about Rick Grimes. With these unforgettable moments severely lacking in his absence, let's review 10 of the best Rick Grimes quotes.
10 "I'M NOT YOUR GOVERNOR."
In the early seasons of TWD, character development had a much more consequential presence than it does now. After Hershel's farm burned down, Rick made it clear that the other survivors had to maintain a "ride or die" attitude if they wanted to remain a part of his group. With his notable statement, "this isn't a democracy anymore", Rick conveyed to his people that his opinion was the only one that mattered.
So, late in season 3, in the midst of the Governor's reign, it was a satisfying moment of significant development for Rick to stand up and deliver this line to the group:
"How you live, how you die, it isn't up to me. I'm not your Governor."
9 "I'M NOT THE GOOD GUY ANYMORE."
Shane and Rick's relationship hit turbulent waters in season 2. Their dynamic had been a notable part of the show since the very beginning, and the intrigue of this bromance only grew with the more drama that surrounded it.
TWD even dedicated an entire episode in season 2, to putting this falling-apart friendship in limelight. It was during this episode, that Shane degrades Rick for trying to survive while simultaneously being the "good guy" - something Shane believes to be impossible. It's then that Rick corrects his ex-best-friend, stating, "I'm not the good guy anymore." This is a statement that would only ring truer over the course of the series.
8 "I TRY NOT TO MIX IT UP WITH THE ALMIGHTY ANYMORE."
Though it was not quite a hit with the majority of viewers, season 2 was packed with character-driven moments.
Perhaps overlooked due to the fact that the searching-for-Sophia arc occupied much of this season, one of the most surprising moments was Carl taking a bullet in the stomach during a quiet moment in the woods. Even though he of course survives this, the moment is no less one of the most surprising in the entire series. And it later prompts Rick to speak one of the best lines in the series:
"Last time I asked God for a favour and stopped to admire a view, my son got shot. I try not to mix it up with the almighty anymore."
7 "REST IN PEACE. NOW GET UP, AND GO TO WAR."
TWD has no lack of speeches in its arsenal, and during Rick Grimes' time in the show, he coined several. While some of these were corny and frankly, laughable, others were actually quite memorable. During a heavy storm in season five, the group holes up in a barn. In this eerie setting, Rick speaks about his grandfather who had fought in the war.
"When I was a kid I asked my grandpa once if he ever killed any Germans in the war. He wouldn't answer. He said that was grown-up stuff, so so I asked if the Germans ever tried to kill him. But he got real quiet. He said he was dead the minute he stepped into enemy territory. Every day he woke up and told himself, 'Rest in peace. Now get up and go to war.' And then after a few years of pretending he was dead he made it out alive."
And it's in this speech that Rick delivers the iconic title drop, stating, "we are the walking dead".
6 "I'M SORRY THIS HAPPENED TO YOU."
Before walkers were very commonplace in TWD, the show tended to focus them as individuals. One of the first walkers to ever appear on the show was a withered, severed woman that Rick came across early in the series premiere. This was the first walker that Rick Grimes ever encountered up close. Upon seeing her, he ran from the sight as quickly as he could.
So later on, when Rick decided to return to this walker (who had barely crawled a few feet since he last saw her), it was touching to see him do the right thing and put her down.
5 "WE DON'T KILL THE LIVING."
Maybe the best part of this particular line is the irony. Rick Grimes' evolution was certainly the one that TWD focused on the most. A significant aspect of this was the fact that Rick went from a by-the-book sheriff deputy ("Officer Friendly") to a killing machine, in a few seasons.
Having gone on several murdering rampages and making many questionable decisions, viewers are often reminded that once, Rick Grimes was the kind of person who said things like, "we don't kill the living". But he was also the kind of guy who would rip a man's throat out with his own teeth.
4 "ME? ME? YOU MEAN ME?"
Rick's meltdowns always held a special place in fans' hearts. These meme-inspiring moments live on as a pivotal part of TWD history, and this particular meltdown is no exception.
Season 6 brought one of Rick's most notable fits. Sure, he was beating on a jerk who abused his wife and kids, but the "love-triangle" between Jessie, Pete, and Rick was extremely contrived. The whole arc made Rick look less-than-sensible. He, out of the blue, began acting like a love-sick teenager, obsessed with a woman he had known for a couple weeks, at the most.
After Rick reaches his breaking point and has a brawl with Pete on the streets of Alexandria, in front of everyone, he comes across like a raving lunatic. Watching Michonne knock him out with a well-deserved punch to the head, could not have been more satisfying.
3 "NO MORE KID STUFF."
For Carl Grimes, the apocalypse, of course, was a big adjustment. He spent several seasons acting out and simply being a kid. But it was not long before the harsh world forced Carl to do some growing up. In season 2, before he had endured the majority of pain that was awaiting him, Rick took Carl aside for a talk. This moment would echo in Carl's mind months later, when he was faced with the decision to put his own mother down.
"No more kid stuff. I wish you could have the childhood I had, but that's not gonna happen. People are gonna die. I'm gonna die. Mom. There's no way you can ever be ready for it. I try to be, but I can't. The best we can do now is avoid it as long as we can, keep one step ahead."
2 "I'M DOING STUFF, LORI...THINGS."
Though it's not exactly chilling, this is possibly the most famous line ever spoken on TWD. After an offscreen winter of the group struggling to survive in the wilderness following the fall of the farm, it's revealed that Lori and Rick's marriage is struggling just as much.
With Lori being nine months pregnant, it's especially upsetting to see the two in such a tumultuous time. The only levity in this situation was the moment in which, shortly after arriving at the prison, Rick snaps at Lori, saying, "I'm doing stuff, Lori...things."
This line has now even outlived Rick Grimes himself, appearing so frequently on TWD merchandise that it is one of the most well-known moments in the series.
1 "I GOT A CALL."
These scenes were certainly some of the most memorable in Walking Dead history. Still reeling from Lori's tragic death, Rick - in mid-breakdown - began hearing the sound of a phone ringing. Obviously, said phone was long-since out of service, but Rick picks it up anyway.
And that's when things get even scarier. Rick "speaks" to the "callers," Amy, Jacqui, Jim, and Lori. In the midst of this, Hershel finds Rick waiting by the phone. Rick explains that he got a call from someone offering sanctuary. Each one of these ghost phone conversations is chilling in the fact that they demonstrated the weak mindset Rick was currently in.