As a television show that regularly enters the conversation for the impact its brutal violence has on the outside world, The Walking Dead is not poised to take home any Outstanding Comedy Series awards at the Emmys in the future. But, like its comic book source material, the AMC drama is more than capable of drawing smiles out of audiences or, with lesser frequency, drawing smiles from its characters.
And so we present The Walking Dead‘s 8 funniest characters, taking into consideration each person’s time-span on the show and what their senses of humor are like, as well as how frequently they’re known for killer lines, reactions and performances. In the end, of course, humor is subjective, so we all might find different things amusing. Our first entry is the perfect example of a polarizing fellow.
(Spoilers below if you’re only caught up through Season 6.)
Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan had big shoes to fill when he was cast as the foul-mouthed and morally endangered Negan, whose comic counterpart stands as one of modern fiction’s best villains. Perhaps tellingly, Morgan and his million-dollar smile are the reason why Negan is a comedic guilty pleasure, since this dude is a radical monster in several ways. He hasn’t quite solidified the tyrants iconic appeal yet, but there’s an undeniable energy every time he and Lucille are sauntering across the screen together. And he can’t go two lines without making me laugh. But those are dark laughs.
Not an indication of how things will play out on The Walking Dead series – yeah, right – Rick eases past his newest nemesis based largely on time served. After all, the elder Grimes is a character who made headlines during Season 7 because we actually got to see him smile with unbridled glee. But just because Rick isn’t known for silly puns or epic pranks, that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been responsible for his fair share of hilarity. Particularly if you think neck-biting is a hoot. Season 7 took a lot of that out of Rick, but it appears to be creeping back.
To me, Eugene is the macrocosm of what Joe Q. Average would do in the event of the apocalypse. “Lie about credentials. Suck at killing things. Lose at hair. Embrace video games.” And it’s precisely because Eugene is more intelligent mouse than virile lion that he’s so amusing. His Southern graces have taken a warping in the post-apocalypse, and there isn’t a single situation that he can’t figure out a way to make slightly more uncomfortable by speaking 10% too long. And wherever his future resides, one has to assume The Walking Dead will continue to keep Eugene’s mullet afloat with ball-biting good times.
A character who has faced as much tragedy as The Walking Dead has to offer a person, Carol admittedly took a while to come around to being the sardonic pragmatist that we know today. (If Sophie’s death was good for anything…) Like Negan, Carol can sometimes deliver lines where the humor takes on a cruel nature (see: everything she every told Sam), but unlike Negan, she’s also responsible for lots of heartwarmingly humorous moments and laugh-out-loud displays of badassery. But in a good way, such as when she blew up a ton of walkers and went all Susie “Rogue Wolf” Homemaker.