Name: Amy Harrison
Portrayed By: Emma Bell
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Blonde
Occupation: College student
Kills: Possibly numerous walkers
Status: Dead (bitten by walker then shot in the head by Andrea after turning)
First Appearance: Season 1, Episode 1 “Days Gone Bye
- Season 1, Episode 4 “Vatos”
- Season 1, Episode 5 “Wildfire” – appears as walker
- Season 3, Episode 6 “Hounded” – appears as hallucinatory voice heard by Rick Grimes
“She’s my sister, you son of a bitch!”
Amy Harrison, Season 1 Episode 2 “Guts”
Amy Harrison (portrayed by Emma Bell) was the 12-years younger sister of Andrea Harrison and resided in Atlanta, Georgia, where she was attending college and lived in a dorm room. She and Andrea harbored some pent-up resentment towards each other because of the strains brought on by their age difference and that Andrea seldom visited her sister.
Andrea and Amy were on a road trip together, headed back to her college when the outbreak began. Dale Horvath rescued them when he found them stranded in Atlanta. The apocalypse actually drew the two closer, though tensions rose over the fact that Andrea often corrected and judged Amy and would tell her what to do. Even still, Amy maintained an optimistic outlook and stayed in good-spirits, likely attributed to her youthfulness. She often looked over the children within the camp and was quick to defend anyone being antagonized by the other survivors.
One day at camp, a radio transmission came in from Rick Grimes, which prompted Amy to run to it and respond to the voice. However, her transmission does not go through. [1.01]
A distress call was received from the survivors that had gone to Atlanta, which prompted Amy to insist that the group members back at the camp go to assist them. Shane Walsh objected and stated it may already be too late. Angry, Amy yelled at him about how Andrea and the others volunteered to get supplies for everyone in the camp. [1.02]
Upon the Atlanta group’s return, Amy and Andrea are reunited and share a big hug. When Carl Grimes and Sophia Peletier discover a walker consuming a deer just outside of camp, Amy and the others run to investigate. Dale chopped off the walker’s head, leaving Amy and her sister to look away in disgust. Amy did laundry with Andrea, Jacqui, and Carol Peletier in the quarry and they spoke of what they missed most: for her, it was her computer and texting.
When Ed Peletier (Carol’s husband) came over and began to harass the women, he told Carol it was time to go, which caused Andrea to intervene and stand up for Carol. Amy tried to stop a fight from breaking out by asking her sister to stop. Ed slapped Carol and Amy pulled her away from him, with Andrea and Jacqui working to hold him back and stop him from hurting her any more. Shane beat Ed repeatedly, and the women watched in shock as Andrea protects Carol. [1.03]
One morning, Amy and Andrea went out on the lake to go fishing and the two reminisce about their experiences fishing with their father. Quickly, they realized that he raised them differently, basing it on their feelings and character: Andrea needed to catch the fish, whereas Amy needed to release them. When they return to camp, they present a whole string of fish. Their excitement is short-lived, as Dale interrupts and explains the peculiar situation with Jim. Amy bears witness to the confrontation of Jim as he digs holes on the hillside.
Later that night, Dale shares the story of his watch, causing the camp to fall silent until Amy comments, “You are so weird,” which causes the group to burst out into laughter. Amy excuses herself to use the bathroom during the feast. Upon exiting the RV, she proclaims it is out of toilet paper; she is subsequently attacked by a walker that bites her shoulder and rips her arm open. The rest of the survivors fight the walkers that are invading the camp. After the dust settles, Andrea sobs as Amy dies before her eyes. [1.04]
The following day (her birthday), Andrea, who spent the night with her dead sister, puts the mermaid necklace Amy’s neck. She begins to reanimate, reaching up for Andrea. Andrea apologizes for never being there for her right before putting Amy down by shooting the side of her head. She is later buried during the funeral held for the victims of the attack on the camp. [1.05]
At the prison, Rick begins to receive phone calls he believes are members of another group of survivors. The first call comes from a young woman (Amy) who is shocked to have reached anyone; she explains that she and her fellow survivors are living in a safe place. However, she is cautious to reveal the location. While she is seemingly willing to help, she insists on speaking with her people before taking in Rick and his group. Even after Rick’s pleading, she hangs up. Rick receives another call, this time from Lori, who tells him that the other individuals he spoke with were Amy, Jim, and Jacqui. [3.06]
Friends & Family
- Andrea Harrison – sister
- Terry Harrison – father (unconfirmed)
- According to the original teleplay for “Days Gone Bye,” Amy was to be named Rachel. While the name was changed, the role was otherwise unaltered.
- She is the only character to have had their birthday acknowledged by other members of the group. Ironically, she died the night before her birthday.
- Amy is the only recurring character to have a promotional poster for Season 1.
- Though unconfirmed as canon, Amy’s last name is “Harrison” according to The Walking Dead: Survival Instincts (2013). Daryl Dixon encounters a man named Terry Harrison who is looking for his daughters, Amy and Andrea. Robert Kirkman has not commented on this being canon or an Easter Egg.
- In the comic series, Amy was only a few years younger than her sister, whereas there is a twelve-year age difference in the TV series.
- Another comic to TV difference is that she was killed before reanimation in the comics, while she was killed after reanimation in the show.
- Amy is the first female character to be killed on-screen.
- The things she misses most from before the outbreak are her computer and texting, as mentioned in Season 1 Episode 3 “Tell It To the Frogs.”
- In Season 1 Episode 2 “Guts,” Andrea remarks on how Amy is “a kid in some ways,” due to her love of fantasy creatures such as dragons, unicorns, and mermaids.
- She is the only recurring character to receive a promotional poster for Season 1. There, she is seen wielding a baseball bat as her weapon of choice, though she is never seen using it.
- The walker that bit Amy in Season 1 Episode 4 “Vatos” was portrayed by Greg Nicotero. He was also the deer-eating walker in Season 1 Episode 3 “Tell It to the Frogs.”
- Season 1 Episode 1 “Days Gone Bye”
- Season 1 Episode 2 “Guts”
- Season 1 Episode 3 “Tell It to the Frogs”
- Season 1 Episode 4 “Vatos”
- Season 1 Episode 5 “Wildfire” (as walker)
- Season 2 Episode 2 “Bloodletting” (mentioned)
- Season 2 Episode 6 “Secrets” (mentioned)
- Season 2 Episode 7 “Pretty Much Dead Already” (mentioned)
- Season 3 Episode 3 “Walk With Me” (mentioned)
- Season 3 Episode 4 “Killer Within” (mentioned)
- Season 3 Episode 5 “Say the Word” (voice)
- Season 3 Episode 6 “Hounded” (voice)