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The Walking Dead #3 (Dec. 2003):
“Days Gone Bye, Part 3”
by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore

The Walking Dead #3

Title: “Days Gone Bye, Part 3”

Medium: comic

Cover date: Dec. 2003

Publisher: Image
Written by: Robert Kirkman
Art by: Tony Moore


27 characters in this story:

Character
(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Religious
Affiliation
Team(s)
[Notes]
Pub. #
app.
Rick Grimes Rick Grimes
(lead character)
hero
CBR Scale: S Christian (denomination
unknown)
Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group Image 151
Lori Grimes Lori Grimes supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group Image 78
Carl Grimes Carl Grimes supporting character
CBR Scale: S Christian (denomination
unknown)
Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group Image 143
Dale Horvath Dale Horvath supporting character
CBR Scale: M religious/ethical
Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[was a retired car salesman before zombie apocalypse]
Image 67
Allen Allen supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[Donna's husband]
Image 19
Amy Amy supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[Andrea's sister; P.E. Major before killed by zombie]
Image 2
Andrea Andrea supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[Amy's sister; long-time survivor of zombie attacks]
Image 56
Glenn Rhee Glenn Rhee supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group; Asian...  Image 134
zombies zombies villain group
  [generic listing] Image DC, etc. 1,325
Shane Walsh Shane Walsh supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group Image 29
Jim Jim supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[survived zombie apocalypse]
Image 10
Sophia Peletier Sophia Peletier supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[young girl]
Image 134
Billy Billy supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[young child; twin]
Image 86
Ben Ben supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[young child; twin]
Image 84
Donna Donna supporting character
CBR Scale: S Christian (denomination unknown); feminist
Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[Allen's wife; mother of twins Ben & Billy]
Image 7
Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group supporting character group
  [1st app: The Walking Dead #2 (Oct. 2003)] Image 160
Carol Peletier Carol Peletier supporting character
CBR Scale: M Christian (denomination
unknown; devout)
Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[Sophia's mother]
Image 68
unnamed criminal unnamed criminal
(mentioned, pg. 1, panel 5) 
villain
  [shot Rick Grimes, hospitalizing him during zombie outbreak] Image 2
Cynthiana Police Department Cynthiana Police Department
(mentioned, pg. 13, panel 1) 
supporting character group real/historical person
  [police department] Image 3
Harrison Memorial Hospital Harrison Memorial Hospital
(mentioned, pg. 4, panel 4) 
supporting character group real/historical person
  [where Rick Grimes wakes up on pg. 2 of "Walking Dead"] Image 2
Lori's father
(mentioned, pg. 13, panel 1) 
supporting character
  [father of Rick Grimes' wife Lori] Image 1
Lori's mother
(mentioned, pg. 13, panel 1) 
supporting character
  [mother of Rick Grimes' wife Lori] Image 1
Ed Peletier Ed Peletier
(mentioned, pg. 12, panels 1-5) 
supporting character
  Rick's zombie apocalypse survivor group
[abused his wife and daughter]
American Movie Classics 4
The Captain
(mentioned, pg. 13, panel 1) 
supporting character
  [Shane and Rick's boss on Cynthiana police force] Image 1
Jeff Grimes
(mentioned, pg. 15, panels 4-6) 
supporting character
  [Rick Grimes' younger brother] Image 1
Mr. Grimes
(mentioned, pg. 15, panels 4-6) 
supporting character
  [Rick Grimes' father] Image 1
Mrs. Grimes
(mentioned, pg. 15, panels 4-6) 
supporting character
  [Rick Grimes' mother] Image 1

Excerpts

BELOW: Donna is careful to avoid taking the Lord's name in vain: Donna (the wife of Allen and mother of twins Ben and Billy) is the most religious character in the group of zombie apocalypse survivors that Rick Grimes joins up with. In this panel, notice how she carefully avoids breaking the 3rd Commandment (or 4th, depending on the numbering system used): "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain." While most people around her would use the expression "My God", Donna says "My Word." This a subtle hint about her character, and contrasts her with many of her fellow survivors who routinely use profane and vulgar language.

Donna is careful to avoid taking the Lord's name in vain

Donna: My Word... That's the best news I've heard all month. Shane, darling... come with me... These two have some catching up to do.

Source: The Walking Dead #3 (Dec. 2003): "Days Gone Bye, Part 3", pg. 3, panel 4. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Tony Moore. See also: avoiding taking God's name in vain; Christian (denomination unknown); Donna

BELOW: Dale warns Rick that Shane has "had his eye on" Rick's wife: Soon after Rick Grimes arrives at the camp on the outskirts of Atlanta where he finds his wife Lori, son Carl, and friend Shane Walsh, Dale (one of new people he meets in camp) gives him a warning. Dale believes that Shane has "had his eye on" Rick's wife Lori. At this point, he dismisses Dale's concerns because he trusts his friend. After leaving Dale, Rick says to himself that Dale is a "crazy old man." Rick later find out how right Dale was about this. Later, Shane's covetousness even drives him to plan to murder his friend Rick.

Dale warns Rick that Shane has had his eye on Rick's wife

Dale: So you're Lori's husband, huh?

Rick: Yeah.

Dale: I don't want to stir nothing up... And you gotta understand this has nothing to do with your wife. She did nothing but talk about you while you were gone... She worried about you. She felt bad about leaving you. But that Shane... He's a good man... He helps out a lot around here... He took care of your wife... But he's not glad you're back. He's had his eye on Lori for as long as I've known them.

Rick: I appreciate the advice, but Shane's my friend. He was just keeping her safe. I don't have anything to worry about.

Dale: I wouldn't trust him around my wife...

Rick: I'll keep that in mind.

Source: The Walking Dead #3 (Dec. 2003): "Days Gone Bye, Part 3", pg. 8, panels 4-6. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Tony Moore. See also: thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife; Rick Grimes; Lori Grimes; Dale Horvath; Shane Walsh

BELOW: Donna asks Amy to not use bad language in front of the kids: Donna once again exhibits hints at her religious nature when she warns Amy to not use bad language in front of the kids. Amy uses the expression "damn right," which may seem mild by some standards, but based on her religious values, Donna finds even this unacceptable.

Donna asks Amy to not use bad language in front of the kids

Donna: Don't worry. Amy and Andrea are going to watch the kids.

Carol: Anything to get out of laundry duty.

Amy: You're damn right!

Donna: Not in front of the kids.

Amy: Oh, bite me!

Source: The Walking Dead #3 (Dec. 2003): "Days Gone Bye, Part 3", pg. 10, panels 5-6. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Tony Moore. See also: vulgar language; Christian (denomination unknown); Amy; Donna

BELOW: Donna makes strong feminist statements, which her friends Lori and Carol find unrealistic, saying this isn't about "women's rights": Donna is the most overtly religious character in the group of zombie apocalypse survivors that that Rick Grimes joins up with. In various instances she exhibits strong Christian beliefs. She also appears to hold strong feminist beliefs, as exhibited in a scene where she and two other women from camp head to the creek to do laundry. Note also in this scene that Donna's stand against vulgar and profane language seems to be inconsistent, as she uses both vulgar and profane language here, despite condemning it and avoiding it elsewhere.

Donna makes strong feminist statements, which her friends Lori and Carol find unrealistic, saying this isn't about women's rights

Carol: I can't wait to see how these things smell with the new detergent Glenn got from the city!

Lori: That stuff Dale had in the RV just wasn't working. It made the clothes smell better... But not by much.

Donna: Jesus Christ, will you two listen to yourself?! You're excited about trying out a new detergent?! This is such bulsh--.

Lori: Damn, Donna. We're not throwing a party. I'm just looking forward to the possibility of clean smelling clothes. That's be a welcome change at this point.

Donna: I just don't understand why we're the ones doing laundry while they go off and hunt. When things get back to normal I wonder if we'll still be allowed to vote.

Lori: Are you serious? I don't know about you but I can't shoot a gun... I've never even tried. To be honest... I wouldn't trust any of those guys to wash my clothes. Rick couldn't do with with a washing machine... He'd be lost out here. This isn't about women's rights... It's about being realistic and doing what needs to be done.

Donna: Whatever.

Source: The Walking Dead #3 (Dec. 2003): "Days Gone Bye, Part 3", pg. 11, panels 1-6. Written by Robert Kirkman. Art by Tony Moore. See also: vulgar language; invoking deity; Feminist; Lori Grimes; Donna