An honest, kind and lawful man, Rick worked in King County, Georgia as a sheriff's deputy who after awaking from a coma finds the world ravaged by an undead apocalypse.
He becomes the leader of a group of survivors from Atlanta, Georgia.
Frank Darabont was released from being the showrunner and replaced by Glen Mazzara (writer of the episode "Wildfire" in the first season).
He sets out to find his family and encounters some other survivors along the way.
Daryl is the younger brother of Merle and is the camp's expert hunter and tracker, his signature weapon being a crossbow.
Daryl is a violent and short-tempered man at first, but he soon forms a close bond with fellow survivor Carol Peletier and slowly becomes Rick's most trusted right-hand man and an important asset to the group.
The title of the series refers to the survivors, and not the actual zombies Dave Erickson, writer and producer of AMC's Low Winter Sun, is confirmed to be the showrunner.
In March 2014, Robert Kirkman has noted that the new series is not technically a spin-off, because none of the characters from the TV Series will be involved.