Since the moment Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) woke up from the worst nap ever, "The Walking Dead" has taken its survivors on quite an epic journey. And while most of that journey has been pretty darned violent and grim, it’s also been revealing. If ever there was a way to distill a person’s personality down to its purest elements, the zombie apocalypse is it. Are you a used car salesman? You could be bound for cult leadership greatness. A skeezy middle manager? Torturing the enemy will be second nature for you. A strong-jawed sheriff’s deputy? Looks like you’re headed for community leadership.
Between all of the global warming and pandemic chaos of the last two years, the zombie apocalypse has never seemed more imminent. Sure, survivalism and prepping could help increase a person’s odds of making it through a "Black Summer" or two, but it also can’t hurt to learn which "Walking Dead" character you are based on your zodiac sign. Check out this breakdown while there’s still time left to hone your apocalyptic zodiac sign characteristics for the chaotic good.
Aries: Rick Grimes
If your birthday falls between March 21st and April 19th, then just like Rick Grimes, your ambitious dreams of rebuilding a long-gone world that brought about its own demise will get you far in the zombie apocalypse. Ruled by Mars, the red planet named for the God of War in ancient mythology, Aries are known for being aggressive, confident, and competitive. And while he might be the strong and silent type, Rick Grimes is nothing if not aggressive and warlike. Never afraid to let his mouth write a check his friends can’t cash and optimistic to a fault, if there’s trouble brewing in the tri-state area, Rick is sure to land everyone smack-dab in the middle of it.
Every new place Rick goes, he eventually ends up becoming the leader, and anyone who dares to question him does so at their own peril. Either they get in line like Hershel (Scott Wilson) and find a way to get comfortable with the New Rick Order or they end up on the wrong side of an all-out war. Some have even argued that Rick is the true villain of "The Walking Dead." Like most Aries, Rick’s impulsiveness is often his downfall and it frequently leads to the demise of those who put their faith in him.
Taurus: King Ezekiel
If your birthday falls between April 19th and May 20th, it’s time to work on your Ren Faire strut, because your "Walking Dead" character is King Ezekiel. A theater geek at heart, Ezekiel is an earthy soul who appreciates life’s simple comforts served up with a little flair. His love of theater and dream of a good life inspired him to create The Kingdom, where he surrounds himself with "the fruits of our grandeur" (as he says in Season 7, Episode 2). There, in the middle of the zombie apocalypse, Ezekiel has built a "realm" where pomegranates, cobblers, and his loyal tiger Shiva offer a respite for weary travelers.
Like the bull he is, the King can be quite fearsome when threatened by enemies like the Saviors. But Ezekiel would much rather focus on building a lovely home for his people and creating a future instead of fighting. However, like the bull, Ezekiel can be stubborn and resistant to change. Nonetheless, the King can also be romantic and vulnerable with a worthy partner at his side.
Traditionally represented by the twins, zombie apocalypse Gemini’s new icon is Michonne’s double walkers. Born between May 21 and June 20, Geminis will do well in the zombie apocalypse thanks to their Michonne-like adaptability to change when the world goes down in a flaming ball of walker goo. Before Michonne (Danai Gurira) turned into the katana-wielding walker warrior Rick’s crew meets in their prison days, her life was filled with art shows and conversations over sashimi and wine. After everything fell apart, her dual Gemini nature kicked in and transformed her from party girl into the ultimate sword-fighting badass.
Michonne easily adapts from one circumstance to the next, whether she’s surviving alone, partnering up with Andrea (Laurie Holden), ingratiating herself to the prison community, or co-leading with Rick. When given the chance to cut loose, she’s friendly, quick with a joke, and more than happy to goof around. And Michonne’s ability to bond easily with others, especially children, is part of what makes her a perfect partner for Rick and an essential member of her community.
If you celebrate your birthday between June 21 and July 21, a little charisma and the old achy-breaky-mistakey hairdo will get you far in the zombie apocalypse. That’s because your "Walking Dead" character is Eugene (Josh McDermitt), the lovable goofball who is just charming and surprisingly heroic enough that everyone eventually comes to forgive his numerous flaws. Like the crustacean they’re named for, cancers want to be safe, even to the point of cowardliness. Eugene is nothing if not a self-preserving coward, so much so that he’s even willing to risk the lives of others or hide in a pile of burned human remains.
Thankfully, he’s also capable of growth and loyalty, eventually harnessing his keen intellect for the greater good and showing moments of tremendous bravery, like when he sabotages the Saviors’ weapons, placing himself in peril to do what’s right. The sensitive and caring crab that he is, when he’s not becoming a hero in his own right, Eugene’s incredible listening skills are winning over friends and strangers alike. With a good radio voice and a few textbooks at your disposal, Cancers can expect to go far in the wasteland…or at least as far as the Commonwealth.
If you’ve got a late July or August birthday (July 22 – August 22), it’s time to sharpen your shade-throwing and bat-wielding skills because your "Walking Dead" zodiac character is Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). If you follow his lead, your time in the zombie wasteland should be easy peasy, lemon squeezy! Much like the sun his sign is ruled by, Negan is used to everyone and everything revolving around him, and he’s more than happy to let everyone bask in his glory. Armed with Lucille, his leather jacket, and his consummate wit, Negan glides through the apocalypse like cat.
When it comes to larger-than-life personalities, there’s really none bigger than Negan’s. He wears his Savior-leading persona like the lion’s mighty pelt, bringing terror to everyone who gets in his way but always serving it up with a heavy side of panache. Determined, ego-driven, and a born leader, Negan is never afraid to let anyone know who is in control. As fearsome as he can be, the lion’s heart inside of him still beats strong, and when his ego finally gets taken down a few notches, he fully puts that heart into working on his own redemption arc. No worries, though — he’s still got plenty of sassy repartee in his arsenal even when he’s taking out baddies like Alpha.
As a person born between August 23 and September 22, your "Walking Dead" persona is the zenlike Morgan. It’s little wonder that this gentle spirit is an earth sign. Morgan’s hard work and patience are two of his strongest traits and often help him forge powerful connections with other survivors, as when he nursed Rick back to health and later, when Morgan checked his radio every day for Rick’s call.
Like the corn-carrying maiden who symbolizes them, Virgos are known for their helpfulness, and Morgan is more than willing to chip in wherever he goes from Alexandria to the North Texas Alliance. Virgos are also said to have excellent spatial orientation, something Morgan demonstrates regularly as a practitioner of bōjutsu. Like all Virgos, Morgan is not without his character flaws, often overthinking things and ruminating to the point of self-sabotage. If you’re a Virgo, remember that like Morgan, your chosen family is your strength. With a few loyal friends and your handy bō staff, you should land on your feet.
If your fall birthday happens to land between September 23 and October 22, you identify with one of the most dynamic characters in "The Walking Dead" universe, Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). While the horrors of the post-apocalypse seem to only harden most survivors, Carol always seems to find a balance eventually. Carol’s personality epitomizes Libra energy as she balances calm, meek, and maternal with fierce, ruthlessly practical, and hardcore. A self-described "people person," Carol can be tender, deeply compassionate, and whimsical, all traits that endear her to her superbestie Daryl (Norman Reedus). Even when she leads a life of solitude outside the Kingdom, she remains close to her community, maintaining ties through Ezekiel.
Although Libras are known for their diplomacy and peacemaking, Carol comes to understand that sometimes achieving peace requires neutralizing a threat, often with the help of her handy brass knuckles knife. She also maintains a strong sense of justice and does what needs to be done to protect the group, as when she kills Lizzie (Brighton Sharbino) after the sociopathic child murders her sister. It’s also Carol who teaches the prison children to protect themselves when no one else will. If you should find yourself a Libra in the zombie apocalypse, just remember to be careful about soup-related kitchen meltdowns and you’ll probably be alright.
If your zodiac sign is Scorpio (October 23 – November 21), take a long look in the mirror and imagine how great you’re going to look with a shiny noggin and the deep, soulless gaze of Alpha (Samantha Morton). Ruled by Pluto, god of the underworld, Alpha embraces a world filled with death like no one else in the zombie wasteland. Like all Scorpios, Alpha seems quiet and still on the surface, but beneath that mysterious cult of personality facade lies a boiling lava pit of sadism and fragility.
When faced with the impending doom of the zombie apocalypse, there are many paths a person can choose from, and Alpha chose the road literally no one traveled, a road lined with reanimated heads on pikes and eerie whispers on the wind. Nonetheless, Alpha’s mystical persona and obsessive ways can be strangely alluring to the broken, and she somehow manages to fill her ranks with sadsacks who are more than willing to don walker skin masks and squat in a latrine pit all in the name of feeling nothing. Still, while she is controlling and secretive, it’s hard not to admire her chutzpah. If you’re a Scorpio, maybe try not to bond with any country musicians in the zombie wasteland and you’ll probably be okay.
Folks born between November 22 and December 21 identify with "The Walking Dead" character Maggie (Lauren Cohan) based on their zodiac sign. As a fire sign, Maggie tends to run a little hot, a trait that leaves her well-suited for leadership roles no matter where her post-apocalyptic travels take her. Maggie is more than just a stereotypical farmer’s daughter, with her archer spirit granting her a wild streak that can be quite spontaneous and rough around the edges.
As a Sag, Maggie can be both magnetic and confrontational. In her relationship with Glenn (Steven Yeun), Maggie follows the typical Sagittarian pattern, at first keeping her distance before eventually settling into a loyal partnership with an unbreakable bond. At times, Maggie can be driven by her feelings rather than her head, which can create trouble with the other survivors. She is direct to a fault, as when she tells Glenn she thinks the others see him as an errand boy. Still, her strong spirit and leadership help to build the beginnings of a new world, making her an essential part of "The Walking Dead" universe.
If you’re a hardworking Capricorn born from December 22 to January 19, you’re going to look absolutely badass in your winged leather vest and crossbow. Your "Walking Dead" character is everyone’s favorite redneck, Daryl Dixon. Although Daryl at first comes across as a salty git, he arguably turns out to be the most dependable, sensible, and rock-solid character in the "Walking Dead" universe. Like a typical Capricorn, Daryl has incredible follow-through on anything he sets his mind to. Whether he’s out scavenging or looking for Carol’s missing daughter, Daryl doesn’t stop until the task at hand is complete.
And like any Capricorn, Daryl has to watch out for emotional slumps. The sensitive soul that he is, he can be incredibly caring like when he gifts Carol the Cherokee Rose in memory of Sophia (Madison Lintz). But that sensitive side can turn him into his own worst enemy, causing him to lash out at those he loves during vulnerable moments or even walk away altogether. But with a loyal bestie like Carol at your side and a decent bike to get around on, you’ll become a valuable team player everywhere you go in the wasteland.
Aquarius: The Governor
As an Aquarius (January 20 – February 19), it should be little wonder that the "Walking Dead" character you most identify with is the Governor (David Morrissey). Instead of the water-bearer, your new, post-apocalyptic symbol is an aquarium filled with zombie heads. Like most Aquarians, the Governor spends way too much time living in his own head, most likely brooding on the many demons that haunt him. The Governor also struggles with an unpredictable side that’s prone to rage. He tends to prefer the concept of community much more than the actual experience of relating to other humans one-on-one, as he’d rather spend his time overseeing walker experimentation and staring at his aquarium heads.
While it’s true he’s a bit of a loose cannon, The Governor is undeniably visionary. When he’s not having yet another psychotic meltdown, this is a guy who manages to get things done, even creating Woodbury, a generally peaceful, functional little town for survivors to live in. Sure, he keeps his town stocked by killing innocents and engaging in manipulation and deceit, but at least he’s no Alpha.
If you were born between February 20th and March 20th, your "Walking Dead" character is the late, great Glenn Rhee. As a Piscean, Glenn is the closest thing to a lover and a dreamer you’ll find in the zombie apocalypse. Glenn’s kind and generous spirit was a bright spot in the series, making him a valuable member of Rick’s crew and endearing him to Hershel and Maggie. Whether he was making a run for Lori’s pregnancy test, saving Rick from a swarm of Atlanta walkers, or getting lowered down into a zombified water well, Glenn never hesitated to put himself in harm’s way for the good of others. Unfortunately, this eager-to-please persona can also get him into trouble since he has a hard time saying no. Even though he didn’t last long in the series, he’s still a fan favorite.
And like many Pisceans, Glenn falls in love hard and fast when he falls for the farmer’s daughter Maggie Greene. He’s a loving and committed partner, and Maggie loves him for it. At heart he is an old-fashioned romantic — Glenn even asks for her father’s permission to marry her. When he dies at the business end of Negan’s Lucille, Glenn’s loss is felt by all who knew him. No one is guaranteed long life in the zombie apocalypse, but with the love of a good partner and your chosen family, at least you’ll be remembered long after you become walker kibble.