Rick Grimes, portrayed by Andrew Lincoln, is a former sheriff's deputy from the fictitious King County in Georgia. He is the first main character we meet in the first episode. Rick is often described as an everyman —smart, calm, just, and a good friend, husband and father—but with his own set of flaws. He is a natural leader even when he might doubt himself, but these doubts contribute to the ups and downs his character experiences throughout the series. His overwhelming need to do the right thing and protect those who cannot protect themselves may pull him away from his family, causing tension within his marriage with Lori and relationship with his son, Carl.