”Dale had planned to spend his retirement traveling the country with his beloved wife Irma in their RV, but she passed away from cancer before their dream came to pass. “I felt so cheated,” Dale later confides in Andrea. His age, calm experience and RV provide the nucleus around which the community of survivors has formed. He is wise, sometimes profound and is the respected elder of the group. Sitting around the campfire one evening, Dale waxes nostalgic on the importance of keeping track of time — “The mausoleum of all hope and desire,” he deems it, paraphrasing Faulkner. Dale is self-sufficient, and ever watchful of the changing dynamics among the survivor community — especially between Rick and Shane. While patrolling for walkers, he witnesses an argument between the two that ends with Shane aiming his shotgun at Rick’s back. “Jesus,” Dale whispers after Shane comes to his senses. Over time he, Andrea and Amy form their own family unit. When Amy is killed in a walker attack on the camp, Dale sits vigil with Andrea, telling her that since his wife’s death, “you girls were the first people that I cared anything for.” So strong are Dale’s feelings for Andrea that when she opts to stay in the CDC as it self-destructs, he insists on staying with her. “You don’t get to do that,” he tells her. “Come into somebody’s life, make them care and then just check out.” Moments before the CDC explodes, Andrea and Dale emerge from the building.” -AMC.com
I love Dale. If they kill him, I will freak out. I have never loved a character in a series more. He is a good man. Period.
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