'The Walking Dead' love in the apocalypse: The most romantic (and bromantic) moments ever

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Ah, love in the apocalypse. Be it the sweetest surprise of new supercouple Michonne and Rick, the long devotion of marrieds Maggie and Glenn, or the ongoing bromance between Rick and Daryl, even those whose lives are spent mostly trying to avoid becoming zombie chow take time out to get all romantic once in a while. In a shoutout to that emotion that keeps our favorite apocalypse dwellers fighting to survive on The Walking Dead, here’s a look back at the sweetest, most romantic, and bromantic, moments that have unfolded in seven seasons of life among the walkers.

The Walking Dead Season 8 premieres Oct. 22 at 9 p.m. on AMC.

The First Bromance (Season 7, “Rock in the Road”)

Morgan was Rick’s first post-apocalyptic pal, so though they’d have several reunions throughout the seven seasons, it’s always bromantic when they see each other again after an extended time apart. Here, they’re surprised to find themselves together at the Kingdom, as Rick explains to his new friends, “We go back to the beginning.”

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Sad Eyes (Season 7, “Rock in the Road”)

It’s tough to say who’s sadder here: Daryl, as Rick tells him he can’t come home to Alexandria lest Negan find him there and kill him, or Rick, who can’t help but turn back and look at his BFF as he leaves Daryl behind on the other side of the Kingdom gates.

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Dangerously in Love (Season 7, “Rock in the Road”)

After making their way past yet another herd of walkers — via a ridiculously cool car stunt that literally cuts the herd in half — Michonne encourages Rick to see that their luck is changing, that there is hope for their upcoming battle against Negan and the Saviors. “We’re the ones that live!” she whispers into Rick’s ear.

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“Why’d You Go?” (Season 7, “New Best Friends”)

The reunion hug is great, but when Daryl’s voice cracks as he asks Carol, “Why’d you go?” you heart shatters, right? Nevermind when he later spares her the truth about Abraham and Glenn so she can continue her sabbatical from death and violence just a little bit longer.

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Former Frienemies (Season 7, “New Best Friends”)

Father Gabriel was on everyone’s sh*t list not so long ago, and Rick, in particular, had no patience for Gabriel’s old weasel ways. But since he saved baby Judith back in Season 6, Gabriel has continued to find ways to contribute to Alexandria. So when Gabriel asks Rick after his garbage pit battle with Winslow the spiky walkers why he’s so confident, Rick puts a bro hand on Gabriel’s shoulder and tells him, “Someone showed me enemies can become friends.”

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Leaders in Love (Season 7, “Say Yes”)

Rick has been all about the Ricktatorship throughout much of the series. But he shows how much he’s evolved since beginning his relationship with the equally capable Michonne, as he tells her he doesn’t want to be in charge of building a new world after they take out Negan… not unless she’ll be his co-leader, an offer she happily accepts.

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Into Your Arms (Season 7, “Say Yes”)

Michonne is one tough woman, but even a badass like her loses her cool when she thinks her man is on the bottom of a walker feeding frenzy. So when the alive and intact Rick emerges from a hiding place and tosses her katana to her, she’s so relieved that she springs into zombie-slaying action, then runs straight into his arms.

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The Hug (Season 7, “Hearts Still Beating”)

Daryl had been separated from the rest of the group since the Season 7 premiere, locked up in a box, fed nothing but dog food sandwiches, forced to listen to “Easy Street” over and over, and left with way too much alone time to wallow in the guilt of his role in the crushing murder of Glenn. So after escaping the Saviors’ home base and making his way to the Hilltop, it was a relief not only to see him out of that awful gray sweatsuit he’d been marinating in for most of the season, but to see his face when he looked up and saw his BFF Rick, before Daryl fell into Rick’s arms for the most bromantic hug in TWD history.

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A Real Kiss (Season 7, “Go Getters”)

Rick was feeling so dejected after the season premiere deaths of Glenn and Abe, the kidnapping of Daryl, and Alexandria’s continuing torment at the hands of Negan and the Saviors that, as he and Aaron are about to leave on a supply run, he gives Michonne a quick peck on the cheek. But Michonne wasn’t settling for the weak farewell, or for her bae going off without knowing how much she still cared for and believed in him, so she grabbed his face and engaged in some serious lip lock before he continued on his way.

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The Last Goodbye (Season 6, “Last Day on Earth”)

After giving Rick a rundown of his plan to manufacture bullets, Eugene had volunteered for what seemed likely to be a suicide mission, driving off in the group’s RV to distract the Saviors while the rest of the gang tried to get the ailing Maggie to Dr. Carson at the Hilltop. Eugene, of course, wasn’t the member of this bromantic duo that would end up becoming Negan’s victim, but it’s still a great moment in the Eugene-Abe friendship timeline that Abe acknowledged Eugene was always capable of being a survivor, prompting Eugene to bypass the handshake Abe offered and grab him in a giant hug instead.

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Rick and Morgan and the Protein Bar (Season 6, “East”)

Rick and Morgan’s history goes all the way back to the beginning of the series, and though the two unquestionably respect each other, they certainly don’t always agree with each other, especially when it comes to the methods the survivors should use to protect themselves. In the penultimate episode of Season 6, both men were on the hunt for Carol when Morgan volunteered to continue the mission on his own so Rick could return to help the rest of the group. But before Rick departed — knowing, as always, that anytime members of the group separate, it could be the last time they ever see each other alive — he extended an olive branch to his friend by finally admitting that, in a running joke that goes back to Season 3’s “Clear,” Michonne did indeed swipe one of Morgan’s protein bars when they visited Morgan in King County. “Oh, I know,” Morgan said, and smiled.

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The Bro Make-up (Season 6, “Twice as Far”)

Pals Abe and Eugene had a little tiff when a newly confident Eugene took Abraham on a trip to the potential bullet factory he’d located, only to feel a lack of respect from his longtime protector for his plans to keep Rick’s group in ammo. But after a Dwight-led Saviors attack left Denise dead and required Eugene to chomp down on Dwight’s family jewels to help Rick, Abe, Rosita, and Eugene survive, the friends made up when Abe visited Eugene in the Alexandria infirmary and apologized for underestimating him. “You know how to bite a dick, Eugene,” Abe said. “I mean that with the utmost of respect.”

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Say Something (Season 6, “Twice As Far”)

Michael Cudlitz called this Abraham’s Say Anything moment, when, following another sad death (the loss of Denise), he stood outside Sasha’s house, just waiting to tell her how he really felt about her. “Could be 30 years for us here,” he said. “That’s still too short.” Sasha’s welcoming response: “Come inside.”
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Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby (Season 6, “Knots Untie”)

Tragically, this is the only photo Glenn would ever possess of his baby, but at least he and Maggie did get to enjoy the special moment when Hilltop doctor Harlan Carson told them all was good with Maggie’s pregnancy and gave them the photographic evidence to prove it. Glenn was already one proud daddy-to-be.
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Bisquick Bonds (Season 6, “Knots Untie”)

This was a sweet connection the moment it happened, and all the more so now that these two beloved members of Rick’s group are gone. Glenn and Maggie’s courage in choosing to “pour the Bisquick” — as so perfectly summed up by Abraham in a way only he could sum it up — not only impressed tough guy Abe, but it got him thinking about creating another family of his own, this time with new love Sasha. Glenn passed an ultrasound pic of Baby Rhee around the RV for all his friends to see, and when it landed in Abraham’s hands, he and Glenn shared a smile and a nod that perfectly capped their bromantic fatherhood bonding.
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The Dolphin Smooth Words of Abraham Ford (Season 6, “Always Accountable”)

Trapped in an insurance office while they awaited a reunion with Daryl, Abraham and Sasha found a way to pass the time: He let her know he was interested in getting to know her “a whole lot better.” Never you mind that he’s already got a girlfriend back in Alexandria, something Sasha pointed out to him. Abraham was simply celebrating getting past his recent death wish phase by looking ahead to new possibilities. “I like the way you call bullshit, Sasha. I believe I’d like to get to know you a whole lot better,” he tells her, prompting her to ask why he thinks she’d be interested in him. “A man can tell,” he answers confidently, and, as per her expression, correctly.

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All Life Is Precious (Season 6, “Here’s Not Here”)

The Morgan backstory episode was an instant classic, as we learned what, or rather who, helped him find his way back from the brink of madness. It was Eastman (played by Emmy-worthy guest star John Carroll Lynch), whose own tragic losses just before the apocalypse led him to Morgan-level anger, and then redemption and a switch to a more peaceful philosophy. He inspired Morgan to embrace the same beliefs, which may not be working out so well for Morgan in Alexandria so far, but which certainly helped lead Morgan back to a state where he can potentially contribute to a community once again.

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Muchas Smooches (Season 6, “Now”)

In the aftermath of the bloody attack by the Wolves, two potential new couples found locking lips was the best way to remain hopeful about this crazy life: Denise planted a kiss on a surprised Tara, after Tara’s encouragement helped her diagnose and treat a very sick Scott. And after Jessie had to kill a walker, who was once her Alexandria neighbor, she and an always tasked Rick reaffirmed there was still reason to be hopeful by making out in her garage.

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Morgrick? (Season 6, “First Time Again”)

If bromances got nicknames, that’d be the one we’d give to Morgan and Rick, who finally bond again in this episode after Rick approaches his reunion, three seasons in the making, with his first new postapocalypse friend with great caution. Not only did Rick finally feel comfortable enough to invite Morgan to move in with him and his family and friends, but he also introduced him to Judith and let Morgan hold her for the first time. Bonus: Morgan holding the baby was witnessed by Michonne, who watched the scene unfold with great interest. Morgchonne … just sayin’.

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Morgchonne? (Season 6, “First Time Again”)

That portmanteau may not have caught on yet, but we’re sticking to our belief that there could be a little somethin’ somethin’ brewing between Morgan and Michonne. In the Season 6 opener, Morgan, Michonne, and Rick were waiting for the pit walker herd to come their way when Morgan asked the katana-wielding one if she’d swiped one of his protein bars back in Season 3’s “Clear,” when she, Rick, and Carl visited the then-delusional Morgan. She denied the theft, but Morgan forged onward, saying he thought he had one more peanut butter bar left before her visit. “That’s how it is, isn’t it? You always think there’s one more peanut butter bar left,” she tells him, answering his flirty chatter with some of her own.

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Richonne Happens! (Season 6, “The Next World”)

Perfection — from the timing to the sweet, real, and ridiculously sexy execution — is the only way to describe the coupling of Rick and Michonne. They’ve been a family in every way that matters, for seasons now, and just earlier in the same episode, Carl told Michonne exactly that, that he considers her family. Still, when Michonne sat down on that couch with the baby monitor on Judith, we didn’t think it was going to happen then. But as they relaxed and told each other about their days — a shockingly and delightfully normal activity in the apocalypse — a simple brush of his hand against hers led to hand holding, then a lean in for a kiss, then lots of slow kisses, then … a very naked Richonne in his bedroom.

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The Friend Zone (Season 5, “Them”)

This is more of a friendship moment for Caryl, but it’s still sweet and romantic, as she tells him the recently murdered Beth saved both of their lives, and encourages him to grieve whatever Beth was to him. A brushback of his bangs and kiss on the forehead is just another expression of how the duo shares a bond with each other they share with no one else.

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Rick Gets His Flirt On (Season 5, “Forget”)

Flirtatious is certainly not the first word you’d use to describe the usually uber-serious Rick Grimes, but the relative security of Alexandria — at that point, anyway — allowed him to turn his mind toward things other than walkers and finding enough food and water to keep his crew alive. Namely, a pretty woman, Jessie, who’d caught his eye the moment she came to his new Alexandria home to offer him a free haircut. In this ep, Rick hung with Jessie at Deanna’s welcome party, making nice with her son, Sam, and looking all kinds of interested in her when she was holding baby Judith. He was so interested and appreciative of his new female friend, in fact, that he planted a kiss on her cheek … even though her porch dick of a husband was also at the soiree.

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Hugs for the Heroine (Season 5, “No Sanctuary”)

Again, their affection hasn’t turned into a romance yet, but there’s no mistaking how much Daryl and Carol care for each other when they’re reunited in the Season 5 premiere. The two had been apart since Rick banished Carol from the prison after she killed two of the early victims of the deadly virus Hershel eventually squashed, and the reunion came on the heels of badass Carol nearly single-handedly saving all her friends from the cannibals at Terminus. Just to savor their interaction, Daryl first runs to her, hugs her so hard he lifts her off the ground, then lays his head on her. If that isn’t enough to draw some salty discharge from your eyes, the Rick-Judith-Carl reunion that follows certainly will.

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Burning Down the House (Season 4, “Still”)

That Bethyl romance never got the chance to fully play out, but this moment gave Bethyl shippers more hope that it eventually would. After breaking down and confessing he felt responsible for Hershel’s death (because he didn’t kill the Governor when he had a chance to), the usually stoic Daryl later opens up to Beth about his lonely, violent childhood. She tells him he’s better than the treatment he received as a kid, and encourages him to put the painful past behind him. As a symbol of that, they torched the abandoned shack they were staying in, laughing and flipping their middle fingers at it as they watched it burn.

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“It’s for You” (Season 4, “After”)

Hands down, one of our favorite moments of the series, and easily one of the greatest TWD episode endings, came in the first episode after The Governor’s devastating attack on the prison. Carl doubted his battered dad, went on an independent journey, ate the mother of all containers of pudding, and finally acknowledged how much he still needed Rick, while Michonne had her own epiphany about how she didn’t want to be alone again. In the episode’s final moment, she tracks down Rick and Carl and knocks on the door of the house they’re hiding in. Rick takes one look out the peephole and laughs before telling Carl, “It’s for you.” A lovely, lovely moment that epitomizes the affection this trio has for each other, and the way Rick’s group has forged a family bond as strong as that of any one formed biologically.

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Brotherly Love (Season 4, “A”)

Oh, Daryl, taking the weight of the world onto his shoulders. In the Season 4 finale, he blames himself for the Claimers’ attack on Rick, Carl, and Michonne, the one that ended only because Rick bit Claimer Joe’s neck off (out?). Daryl felt guilty that he had thrown in with the Claimers after Beth was kidnapped, but a traumatized Rick pulled himself together enough to assure Daryl he wasn’t guilty of a thing. “It’s not on you, Daryl,” Rick says, leading into the most bromantic of all TWD moments. “You being back with us, here, now, that’s everything. You’re my brother.”

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Not Alone (Season 4, “Alone”)

Bob — RIP — had been the sole survivor of two groups in the apocalypse, and he’d decided as a result that it was probably best for him to remain alone. But when Daryl and Glenn found him and invited him to join their crew, Bob agreed, and eventually came to value his new cohorts so much that it changed his outlook and his commitment to helping keep the others safe. Sasha was one of the main appeals of the new group, and after arguing about the best plan for reuniting with the rest of the gang after the Governor’s attack on the prison scattered all of them, Bob kissed Sasha, softening her stance toward him and eventually convincing her that the most important thing in the world was keeping their friends and family together.

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Daryl Admires Hershel, Daryl Style (Season 4, “Internment”)

It’s all about the bromance, and the respect Daryl has for Hershel, in this great scene. After Hershel fights off walkers and keeps several members of the prison community from dying of a deadly virus until Daryl and pals return from a supply run with medicine, Daryl acknowledges him for the hero he is, Daryl style. “You’re a tough son of a bitch,” he tells Hershel, who has more than earned the right to say in response, “I am.”

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Sleeping Beauty (Season 4, “Infected”)

So little about life in apocalypse is simple, which makes this sweet moment between Glenn and Maggie so memorable. She’s sleeping, and he decides to take an instant photo of her. When she wakes and sees it, she wants to destroy it, but it’s already a treasure for Glenn, who refuses to let it go. And as he leaves to check the prison perimeter and bring back breakfast for his love, she just as sweetly kisses his hand. Again, it’s one of the simplest, yet swooniest moments in Glenn/Maggie couple history.

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A Dead Ring-er (Season 3, “This Sorrowful Life”)

And about that constant threat of looming death … it makes shopping in the apocalypse extra challenging, so Glenn can’t be blamed if a quick trip to Jared or Zales wasn’t on his agenda. Instead, after securing Hershel’s blessing to wed Maggie, Glenn had to snag a ring right off the finger of a walker at the prison fence. In his defense, it was a pretty ring, and he so sweetly put the jewel in Maggie’s hand that he didn’t even have to ask the question before she said yes to marrying him.

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Prison Love (Season 3, “Arrow on the Doorpost”)

When a crowd of growling walkers gives Glenn a case of stage fright, Maggie comes up with a quick solution: Take the romance to a prison storage area, where she and her man kick the action up to hot ’n’ heavy. We always wonder why there isn’t more of this kinda thing happening on the show; sure, we know, constant threat of death, but isn’t that exactly why it should be happening more frequently?

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'The Walking Dead' love in the apocalypse: The most romantic (and bromantic) moments ever

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'The Walking Dead' love in the apocalypse: The most romantic (and bromantic) moments ever

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'The Walking Dead' love in the apocalypse: The most romantic (and bromantic) moments ever

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'The Walking Dead' love in the apocalypse: The most romantic (and bromantic) moments ever

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