[PHOTOS] ‘The Walking Dead’ mystery: Why do they follow Rick (Andrew Lincoln)?

On “The Walking Dead,” why does everyone follow Rick (Andrew Lincoln)? He’s not done the best job when you start thinking about the number of people who’ve died under his leadership — RIP Glenn and Hershel. We have a few ideas as to why seven seasons in they’re still listening to him. Click through our photo gallery above to see our Top 10 potential answers.

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Since Season 1 Rick has been trying to lead people to safety. Within the first few episodes he left Merle (Michael Rooker) handcuffed on top of a roof leaving him to cut his own hand off to survive. After Rick kills Shane (Jon Bernthal) in Season 2, Carl (Chandler Riggs) kills Zombie-Shane. Then because of the gunshots there is a massacre at the farm that gets plenty of people killed. Rick’s actions lead to Andrea (Laurie Holden) being introduced to Michonne (Danai Gurira) and re-introduced to Merle in the town of Woodbury and The Governor (David Morrissey). By the end of Season 3, Merle, Andrea and his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) are dead and his son Carl is officially a killer. Rick tries giving up leadership in Season 4 but that doesn’t work.

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Jumping ahead to Season 5, Rick again walks around aimlessly until he and his band of followers end up in Alexandria and he kills his next-door neighbor Jessie’s (Alexandra Breckenridge) abusive husband. That leads to the fatherless son Ron (Austin Abrams) trying to kill Rick and costing Carl his eye. Rick then spends the rest of the season trying to fight the Saviors but still ends on his knees in front of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), which leads to Season 7 where Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) end up dead. Rick’s already responsible for two major characters’ deaths and we’re only halfway through the seventh season.

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