In a world (show) infested by zombies, people dying one after another is a common phenomenon. The Walking Dead is six seasons old now and one of the constant feature/figure in the show is Rick Grimes. There aren’t too many characters like Rick; I mean the guy has been around from the beginning and he is still alive and kicking. Not only has he survived but he has also has taken charge as the leader of the pack of survivors. Rick as the leader is the status quo and his position is unquestioned.His achievements speak for themselves and it perhaps is best to not really question whether or not he’s the right person for the job. He is a great guy to have when you are in tight corners and he’s a compelling character on the show. However, I will contradict myself and say that sometimes he’s not necessarily the greatest guy to have in charge. So, let us put Rick to the test in this list. I present to you ten reasons why he’s actually a pretty terrible leader on occasions.
1. Way Too Impulsive
Any leader in a zombie apocalypse needs to be willing to take action and Rick does that always does. He keeps his eyes on the prize. However, the problem with this is that his focus gets so immersed on the prize that he tends to lose track of other things which can and sometimes prove fatal. It stops him from seeing major deadly obstacles in his way. A charismatic leader like him inspires a huge amount of loyalty among the survivors. They trust him immeasurably and as such he should be doubly careful about their welfare. But on many occasions, Rick displaysincredible impulsiveness not befitting his stature. He puts his as well as their lives on the line of fine whenever he decides to chase down a lead. We can only cross our fingers that his cavalier attitude toward Negan won’t result in a fatal bloodbath.
2. Inability to Prioritize
It seems like Rick Grimes never saw Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan before the fall of civilization. This sort of explains why he never realized why “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” He has no sense of the greater good when it comes to the few he happened to be fond of. His inability to prioritize the greater good is glaring and baffling. Yes, granted that it does sometimes work out for the better as with his refusal to leave Woodbury without Daryl in Season 3 but not always. He is a parent first and a leader secondarily. He will always and forever choose to protect his children over fulfilling his duty as leader. Good that he loves his kids but bad on him for risking everybody else’s lives for a personal prerogatives and preferences.