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Who Is Richard On 'The Walking Dead'? He Could Be Important

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There are so many characters on The Walking Dead that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Though the world of the show started out small, with just a tiny group of survivors attempting to make it post-zombie apocalypse, it has grown bigger and bigger with every passing season. Now there are several thriving communities all with their own rules and their own cast of characters. One of the most colorful communities is the Kingdom, which seems like an oasis in the drab landscape of the show, but they have their own issues. And so far only one of the Kingdom's citizens seems interested in tackling those issues head on: Richard. But wait — who is Richard on The Walking Dead?

Richard only appeared on the show a few times, but he made it clear in those moments that he was ready to take a hard stance on what he believed in. Richard is one of the knights armored with athletic gear who handles important business for the Kingdom, like going on runs and dealing with the Saviors. He has mostly been a character who stood in the background behind Ezekiel along with the other knights, but Richard set himself apart in the Season 7 midseason finale when he tried to rally forces against Negan.

The trouble was he didn't pick the right audience to share his concerns with. In "Hearts Still Beating," Richard met with Morgan and Carol to voice his worries about the Saviors; the problem was neither of them were particularly interested in taking up arms against a new threat. Richard feared losing everything to the Saviors because he knew, quite rightly, that they couldn't be trusted. He wanted help convincing Ezekiel to make the first move so that the Kingdom could have a chance at survival. Unfortunately, Carol didn't want to get involved and Morgan didn't want to disturb the tentative peace between the Kingdom and the Saviors.

All three characters have suffered an incredible amount of loss in since the outbreak began, but they responded to it in different ways. Richard mentioned watching his family die, something Morgan and Carol know all too well, but that loss only motivated Richard to hold onto what he has even harder. Meanwhile, Carol and Morgan have both been overwhelmed by the constant violence they've had to take part in.

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Richard may have ended his meeting with Carol and Morgan dejected and unsuccessful, but it's good to know that there is someone ready to fight in the Kingdom. If and when the battle starts, Richard can be counted on to join the ranks against the Saviors.