‘Walking Dead’: The Top 30 Characters, Ranked
3. Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus)
It’s a game of inches among the top three characters, all of whom have a strong case to make for why they’re the best of the best. For our purposes, Daryl will have to settle for ranking at the top of the list when it comes to Walking Dead characters who have never appeared in the comics. Invented specifically for the show, Norman Reedus’ bow-wielding badass has become the zombie drama’s poster boy, standing front and center in all of the marketing. Indeed, his fans might be rioting as we speak, furious that he’s not our definitive first-place finisher. He would certainly earn that status, if not for the existence of two other heavyweights.
2. Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride)
Technically, Carol comes from the comics. But the show’s version of the character boasts little in common with the original Carol, aside from the same name and the same daughter. Melissa McBride’s constantly underestimated Carol started coming into her own right around Sophia’s (Madison Lintz) death, progressively heating up until her riveting role in season four’s “The Grove.” Since then, she single-handedly wiped out a cannibal compound, systematically dismantled another renegade group of survivors, successfully infiltrated the Alexandrians as an unassuming housewife, and issued a cookie-crumbling threat that’s still the source of so much nightmare fuel. No one has had a more impressive transformation than Carol, and if it were not for some missteps with the character in recent episodes, she might be at the very top of the list. As it stands, that honor goes to …
Truth be told… Daryl is always on top of these lists so it is not a surprise but don’t you love it when people love Carol? Even though I’d say she is the number one (yeah, you all gonna think I’m biased hahaha).