Parents who lawnmower, helicopter, or snowplow their kids do them the greatest disservice. They’ll live their lives unable to find meaning, not knowing how to fend for themselves. Rick Grimes, television’s most down-to-Earth dad, is the refreshing counterpoint to this parenting trend. Grimes tirelessly teaches his son, Carl, and daughter Judith to fend for themselves, to shoot for the brain, to embrace what you’ve been given and to survive in an unsurvivable time. Furthermore, he doesn’t tell the two that it’s his way or undead highway. Like all great parents, he shows the path, leading by example, and pushing Carl and Judith to live their own life — the short brutish one they’ve been allotted — to the fullest.
Eliminated: First Round