|“||You step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe, and you risk your life. Every moment now...you don't have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you're risking it for. Now, I can make these people feel better and hang on a little bit longer. I can save lives. And that's enough reason to risk mine.||„|
|~ Hershel to Rick and Maggie, regarding the situation in the prison with the flu and how he could help the ailing people.|
Hershel Greene was a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He served as a supporting protagonist during Season 2 and one of the main protagonists from Season 3 to Season 4. He is a farm owner, who lives in rural Georgia and has lived there for many years with his family. Hershel is the father of Maggie and Beth Greene. He married twice, his first wife being Josephine Greene and his second wife being Annette Greene, who brought along her son from a previous marriage. In Seasons 3 and 4, Hershel became the adviser of Rick and the moral compass of the group after Dale's death. He was tragically executed by The Governor in the mid-season finale of Season 4 via decapitation. He was played by the late Scott Wilson.
Hershel was a 70-something Caucasian male of average height and build. He commonly wears slacks, a beige button-up shirt, and suspenders. When first introduced he was clean-shaven with short hair but later grew his hair out into a ponytail and beard, a style which he retained until his death. Following being bitten on the leg by a walker in Season 3, Hershel had one leg amputated, which was later replaced by a prosthetic leg.
Hershel is the quintessential stubborn farmer. He believes strongly in what he considers to be right and was known to be uncompromising in defense of his morals. He also cares deeply for his family and protecting them (particularly his daughters Maggie and Beth) is one of the few times he would go against even his own moral code and do what needed to be done. As of Seasons 3 and 4, Hershel is shown to be a skilled diplomat, often talking down the other survivors from taking disastrous actions or talking them into taking the right ones, though these talks did not work with everyone, namely The Governor.
- In the Comic Series, Hershel has a significantly large family, consisting of his four daughters Maggie, Lacey, Rachel, and Susie, and his three sons Billy, Shawn, and Arnold. In the TV Series, however, his family is significantly smaller, having only his two daughters, Maggie and Beth. Also, Comic Series Hershel outlives all of his children save for Maggie, whereas TV Series Hershel dies before his youngest daughter Beth dies and Maggie is the sole surviving member of the family.
- While both versions of Hershel are killed by The Governor at the end of the prison arc, their deaths are slightly different: in the Comic Series, Hershel is shot in the head by The Governor at point blank range during the final shootout at the prison, while in the TV Series, Hershel is decapitated by The Governor with Michonne's sword before the final shootout at the prison.
- Hershel's death in the TV Series is very similar to Tyreese's death in the Comic Series.
- In the Comic Series, Hershel is in his late 50's to early 60's, whereas in the TV Series, he is in his early 70's.
- Hershel is the first main character to die in a mid-season finale in the TV Series, the second being The Governor, the third being Beth Greene, the fourth being Deanna Monroe, and the fifth being Spencer Monroe.
Hershel Greene is a main character first encountered in Issue 10 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and is the father of Maggie, Billy, Shawn, Lacey, Arnold, and the twins Rachel and Susie. He is a relatively fit man for his age and is of Jewish heritage. He was killed by The Governor in Issue 48.
Characteristics and Role
Despite his grumpy and cold demeanour, for a significant amount of time, he ultimately served as the moral center of the survivors, being quick to help people whenever they were in need, spreading his influence of hope/reassurance and wanting nothing, but, the best for most of the people around him.
- Mentioned in Letter Hacks, Hershel was originally the one who was about to lose a leg after going to the Prison generator room. Robert Kirkman thought Hershel had lost most of his children and that was tragic enough for him, so he decided Allen would be the one to lose the leg.
- Hershel is one of only two characters to have appeared in every form of Walking Dead media, having appeared in the comic series, TV series, Social Game, video game, and novels. The other is Glenn.
- Hershel is one of the five characters from either the comics and/or TV series who made an appearance in the video game, the four others so far being Michonne, Shawn, Pete, and Glenn.