Rick 'Foolhardy Clutterbuck' Grimes
Posted Oct 17, 2011 @ 12:16 PM
He rode a horse into a crowd of walker in Atlanta, resulting in the poor horse's demise. Trapped in a tank, Glenn had to rescue him. He was the leader (or co-leader, with Shane) of then Camp Zombie Dinner Bell, where he routinely left people defenseless, didn't take advantage of favorable situations, and walked into gunfights with no exit strategy. Not even to mention he seems to be completely clueless that his wife was getting it on with his best friend when they thought he was zombie chum.
Rick's latest episode was him making yet another dumb decision, choosing to leave a child alone in the woods so he could hide behind a tree and kill two walkers. The nickname Foolhardy Clutterbuck arrived in season one, a combination of actor Andrew Lincoln's born name, and Grimes' penchant for doing stupid things in dangerous situations, like stopping in the middle of the hunt for the child he'd just lost, to let his son traipse around, and get shot.
Oh what foolhardy thing will you do next, Rick?!
Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 7:54 AM
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Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 11:17 AM
Which means that when he finally does there will be hell to pay. I'll be ducking.
Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 3:24 PM
His finest moments in the series, I think, are from season one. The first is when he took down Merle and stuck his gun in Merle's face and called himself "Officer Friendly." Pretty sweet and manly of him. The second moment was when he heroically set out to save Glenn from the Man-Eating Chihuahua's and the kick ass Janitor and nursing home staff (better characters, and more interesting than any of the leads, in fact.) His determination to go and get Glenn back demonstrated his loyalty and courage and his devotion to friendship and survival--when he gave up some of the rifles and ammo from his Bag 'O Guns, that was another golden moment.
I wish that he were just a trifle more badass, manly and competent than he currently is, because while I like both the character and the actor, I don't have much confidence at all in Rick's leadership.
Edited by StillTheTooth, Oct 18, 2011 @ 3:25 PM.
Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 3:50 PM
And echoing Lillywhite - what is clutterbuck?
Posted Oct 18, 2011 @ 4:03 PM
The nickname Foolhardy Clutterbuck arrived in season one, a combination of actor Andrew Lincoln's born name, and Grimes' penchant for doing stupid things in dangerous situations, like stopping in the middle of the hunt for the child he'd just lost, to let his son traipse around, and get shot.
Posted Oct 21, 2011 @ 12:55 AM
Posted Oct 21, 2011 @ 10:26 AM
I tend to see him as the moral compass of the group more than a leader per se.
I like Rick - sure he's not perfect but I think it's a good depiction of a man pushed into a situation where he's responsible for a group of people and he's going to do his best even if he'd rather just take his own people and hide.
In a way, I think he's the incarnation of the best humanity has to offer - both good and bad - so his journey represents to me how long someone could stay humane under those circumstances.
Edited by agora, Oct 21, 2011 @ 10:38 AM.
Posted Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:18 AM
Posted Oct 21, 2011 @ 11:46 AM
So I'm looking forward to him finding out about Shane, and Shane losing.
Course he may consider Shane to be family. Shane will still lose, but it would be a lot harder than telling Merle to shut up or die.
Posted Oct 24, 2011 @ 11:21 PM
Anywho, love that Rick still wears his Deputy uniform. Like the "Law" still exists, zombie apocalypse or not, there will still be order and all that comes with.
Posted Oct 25, 2011 @ 2:02 PM
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Posted Nov 8, 2011 @ 7:46 PM
That's who Rick reminds me of that I've never been able to call to mind. Woody from Toy Story.
LMAO. That is too true. I think at his core he just wants everybody to get along and if that doesn't happen, feels responsible.
Posted Nov 9, 2011 @ 12:34 AM
Picking up from other threads re: whether he is a moron: I don't think he is a moron exactly, and sometimes he comes up with pretty decent ideas. It was a good idea to try the CDC -- it didn't work out, but it could have been their salvation if it just hadn't been abandoned. I suspect some computer staff person other than Jenner could have turned off the explosives if they'd stuck around, and that they could have worked out ways to get supplies if everyone hadn't abandoned it. At least it was secure from zombies and potentially habitable, unlike everywhere else. Ft. Benning is another logical destination, though I don't think the news there will be good, if they ever make it. They have to go somewhere, and at least they got some useful information about the epidemic at the CDC so they understand the scope of the crisis at least. With their luck and the way things are going, Ft. Benning is probably either overrun with zombies or occupied already by people who aren't taking stragglers. But it's a reasonable thing to try, as it probably has a lot of important supplies they could use in terms of vehicles, Meals Ready to Eat (MREs), medical supplies, and weapons. They did see a helicopter. And they don't all have to roll up in their caravan right to the front door. They can check it out from a distance, try to make radio contact first, and feel it out before going in. If they get a bad feeling, they don't have to make contact. They'll need to watch out for potentially hostile sentries and patrols (and the everpresent walkers), but where else are they going to go at this point? I'd probably try it, unless I could think of another less well know destination with lots of supplies and defenses. They can't camp indefinitely, winter will eventually come and they are completely exposed. Anyway, Ft. Benning seemed to be Rick's idea, and I don't think it's a bad one. However, if they ever get moving again, I will be very curious to see how Rick plans to approach it.
I also don't think the plan with Sophia was so terrible. He had to come up with a plan on the spur of the moment that would save them both. It actually worked out ok until something unexpected happened that abruptly made Sophia go in a different direction. Rick doesn't always come up with the best ideas, I freely admit, but he was recently shot and comatose, is half-starved, is trying to take care of a whole group of people as well as his own family and many group members are not actually interested in living and are completely dependent on others (Andrea, Carol, Carl, and Sophia), and he has to deal with his sucky wife Lori and hotheaded creepy Shane. It was foolish for both parents to let Carl join them in the woods in the Sophia search on the one hand, yet on the other, it's not like there is really any safe place. The RV wasn't exactly safety central when the herd came through, look what happened to Andrea. And while I don't think I would encourage my kid to approach a wild animal in the woods like that, on the other hand, I was completely shocked when Carl was shot so I can't really claim to have seen that coming. (I was mostly busy being disgusted with the sentimentality of the whole thing, which was salvaged by the shooting -- nicely done Show!).
I guess I just wanted to say I like Rick, he's a decent person who tries to do the right thing. He does seem to make decisions that go bad kind of a lot, and sometimes the poor quality of those decisions is admittedly apparent immediately. But to be fair, sometimes I think it's just a factor of time, stress, and learning about Walkers as he goes along. He's a rookie at this, they all are, and he's making rookie mistakes. But I don't think he's a complete idiot. Maybe Daryl and Glen will rub off on him.
Posted Nov 9, 2011 @ 1:14 AM
Even Daryl and Glenn are still following Rick - though both have tremendous tactical intelligence, they haven't got any better longer-term ideas either. Maybe there aren't a whole lot of better ideas to have. Fort Benning, for that matter, was originally Shane's idea, and he put together Camp Zombie Dinner Bell, so maybe they should try to just stay on the farm...
I think people follow Rick because he's honest and he cares about them. There are a lot worse reasons to choose a post-apocalypse leader.
Posted Nov 9, 2011 @ 1:38 AM
I hope he does hook up with Morgan again, eventually, I think they need him.
Posted Nov 9, 2011 @ 8:43 AM
Shane would end up being a terrible leader. He's too hot headed and would end up being a tyrant after awhile.
Posted Nov 9, 2011 @ 9:36 AM
Posted Nov 9, 2011 @ 9:52 AM
Even if he knows that Morgan can't hear him, it's a way for him to voice his fears and doubts without letting the rest of the group know that the boss is as afraid and lost as they are. It makes him feel less alone in his position.
Posted Nov 10, 2011 @ 12:41 AM