Beth. Yeah, yeah, I know everyone was so upset when she died in Season 5 but they shouldn’t have been. She was a weak character (and one of the most annoying characters on The Walking Dead) since Day 1. When we first met up with her at her farm, she was depressed and trying to commit suicide, yet her character was so uninteresting, you didn’t even care. Then she earned her keep at the prison by becoming Judith’s full-time caretaker, and she still wasn’t likable. Then she was at the center of some weird hospital storyline and she became some half-assed heroine who was focused on saving some intern she didn’t even know. Then she died. Finally.
Rick. Yes, I went there. And I mean it. First of all, who died and made him boss? I could never figure out why all these people who weren’t weak or corrupt (other than Shane) simply handed over all power and control to Rick. Why couldn’t it be a democracy from the beginning? Then his wife (the woman who was emotionally distant, who slept with his best friend — and was seemingly going to run off into the sunset with) died and he went off the deep end and was useless to everyone, including his children. Then he refused to carry a gun and instead of being a leader and a reliable killer of walkers, grows a beard, and becomes a farmer. Once he banished Carol, he was dead to me.
Gabriel. This guy has been nothing but a headache from Day 1. For starters, we know nothing of his backstory, which must be a doozy, given the clues we have been given. He repeatedly needed saved because of his bad decisions and refusal to take up arms against the walkers. Then he double-crosses the very people who have helped him survive, telling Deanna that they’re bad people and don’t deserve refuge. If you didn’t dislike him yet, you should now, because he is certainly one of the most annoying characters on The Walking Dead.
Noah. Where to begin. He escapes the hospital in Atlanta and proceeds to take Carol and Daryl’s weapons. Nice. They then proceed to save him when he gets in a bind with walkers breathing down his neck. He then accompanies the group to the hospital to rescue Beth, who is killed — directly because of Beth’s inexplicable sense of responsibility to someone she barely knows. Then, instead of directing their grief and rage at the guy who could be blamed for her death (which would have been unfair although understandably), the group takes him under their wing as their special project, driving to Virginia to reunite him with his family. Why??? That trip led to Tyreese’s death (at the hands of Noah’s walker brother), one of the most poignant episodes of The Walking Dead to date. Thanks, Noah.
Andrea. Good God, Andrea. She is so annoying. Between sleeping with Shane (really?), shooting Daryl, and the whole Governor/Woodbury thing? She should have been bitten much sooner. And her “thing” with guns? She doesn’t know the first thing about them, but she sure as hell will whip one out and point it at someone’s head (usually Rick’s) to assert herself. Remember how she hunched over her dead sister’s body, waiting for her to turn? Then she refused to do dishes or laundry because she wanted to be on patrol, in spite of her crappy handling of guns to date. Andrea made too many bad and/or stupid decisions to list. When she was bitten, it was basically because of her failure to act quickly and intelligently.
Lori. Oh. My. God. If she had been bitten in, say, Episode 3, even that might have been a little too long for her character. She is always on the list of the most annoying characters on The Walking Dead, and rightly so. She was so melodramatic, so whiny, and just so not a good person. Sleeping with Shane about 5 minutes into her grieving period over her (supposedly) dead husband? And then playing them against each other? And her refusal to let Carl adjust to the new world where walkers are waiting around every corner to eat you? I really had to laugh at the way she got all emotional about looting cars on the highway because it was “like a graveyard.” The whole country is a graveyard! Get a grip. I didn’t feel anything for her when she had to give birth (via Cesarean, no less) without painkillers, hemorrhaged, and then got shot in the head. When she came back as a ghost, I wanted to stab myself in the head.
Judith. Why in the hell is this baby so important to everyone? Yeah, yeah, I get the whole “she represents hope for a future” or whatever symbolic nonsense you want to spew. But think of what people have suffered and endured for her survival. It’s surprising that every character has fallen in line in this cult of adoration for and protection of Judith, but they have. Thank God she doesn’t cry, because then she’d draw walkers left and right. For any other group, she’d be dead weight, what with the demand for diapers and formula and whatnot (exactly how did she stay nourished while the group practically starved to death?). For this group, she’s the center of their existence.
Regardless of who the most annoying characters on The Walking Dead are and who aren’t, one thing we can all agree on is this: