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Is Rick Grimes Still the Best Leader for the Group on 'The Walking Dead'?

Every good Ricktatorship must come to an end.

Is Rick Grimes Still the Best Leader for the Group on 'The Walking Dead'?
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"If they can't make it, then we'll just take this place," clean-cut Rick tells Carol and Daryl at the end of Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead, eyes glinting with savage — almost Shane-like, circa Season 2 — purpose. It's a pretty badass moment, but one complicated by the evolving post-apocalyptic narrative. Rick's a fighter, and he's a fighters' leader. What he's not (anymore) is the Good Guy. 

It's not really his fault, of course. Rick's been groomed to reject his Good Guy impulses, from the prison to Terminus. But no matter how sympathetic we may be to Rick's cause, it doesn't change the fact that he now sees weakness and kindness as something to be exploited. Those are the traits of a survivor, but of a survivor who has sacrificed important aspects of his humanity for one all-encompassing goal.

And, sure, let's acknowledge that being the Good Guy can be overrated. We're not saying it's a bad thing Rick's not the Good Guy he once was, but it might signal it's time to let someone else lead, especially in Alexandria. Here are our top three candidates:

  • 1

    Michonne

    Is Rick Grimes Still the Best Leader for the Group on 'The Walking Dead'?

    Michonne believes in more than just surviving; she believes in how the group survives. And while Rick has committed himself to being a 24/7 badass (like Daryl), Michonne shows that optimism doesn't have to weaken resolve — it can strengthen it. That's the kind of leader we think the group could use after a few straight seasons of gloom and doom.

  • 2

    Glenn

    Is Rick Grimes Still the Best Leader for the Group on 'The Walking Dead'?

    So we all saw Glenn coolly clock that Alexandria jerk in the face, right? Our pizza boy has come a long, long way. And while Glenn isn't as flashy as some of the other characters, he's proven he has a cooler head and a better moral compass than almost anyone else still living (RIP Dale and Hershel). You don't want flashy in the post-apocalypse. You want practical and assertive — and a killer right hook.

  • 3

    Carol

    Is Rick Grimes Still the Best Leader for the Group on 'The Walking Dead'?

    Carol's survival philosophy is actually pretty similar to Rick's at this point, but with at least one critical difference: Carol is better at pretending. She's been all sweetness and homecooked pie with the Alexandria folks because she's smart. She knows a dagger in the back is easier than an all-out brawl. Subtlety is not one of Rick's assets. And in a place like Alexandria, we're going to bet the group could use some smiley subtlety. 

Do you think Rick Grimes still has what it takes to be the group's leader — or do you think someone else should take the reigns again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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