Rick Grimes is a fictional character of the black-and-white comic book series The Walking Dead and its television adaption of the same name. The character is portrayed by Andrew Lincoln. The primary protagonist of the series, Grimes is a police officer who originally wakes up from a coma after being shot during a shootout. With his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and son Carl (Chandler Riggs) no where in sight, Grimes travels to Atlanta, Georgia which is cited as a haven due to its proximity to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Grimes is successful at locating his family, and he later becomes the de facto leader of a group of survivors.
Rick Grimes is decisive and peculiar character who emphasizes moral codes and values. Lincoln obtained the role in April 2010, to which Kirkman felt was an "amazing find". In preparation for the role, Lincoln sought inspiration from Gary Cooper in his work in the American western film High Noon (1952) in portraying the character, as well as the television drama series Breaking Bad. Initial response to Rick Grimes in the television show were mixed, as commentators pointed out that Lincoln's delivery was spotty. As the series progressed, critics became more positive to the character development of Grimes, as well as Lincoln's portrayal of the character.