I am currently rewatching The Walking Dead (as I am wont to do) and I (as a non-comic book human) am curious as to the fate of the "Vatos" from season one.
As Rick, T-Dog, Glenn, and Daryl try to follow Merle's trail in Atlanta, Glenn is mysteriously kidnapped by a couple of guys that were looking to capitalize on the bag of guns that Rick had so conveniently left in the middle of the street for them.
A big misunderstanding ensues. It turns out that most of the big, bad "Vatos" are really just a bunch of devoted children and grandchildren looking to protect an old nursing home. The home is currently run by nurse Felipe and former janitor G.
Here's the kicker though: later in the season, Rick finds out that pretty much everyone that is still alive is infected with the zombie virus. Basically even if you die of natural causes, you will still lurch up fully undead with a hankering for human flesh.
So what happened to the vatos?
A lot of terrible things happen on this show, but it is truly disturbing to realize that all of these people survived the initial outbreak of the zombie apocalypse and still devoted their time and energy to caring for those too old to survive on their own only to get a nasty surprise for their efforts.
I get it, nice people finish last in this world, but come on!
What makes this situation even worse is that, even if some of the vatos survived that little revelation, we all know what was waiting for them just a few blocks down the road...
Yeah, that's right. Stupid Grady Memorial Hospital.
So survive apocalypse, take care of Grandma and Grandpa, somehow narrowly avoid being eaten alive by Great-Aunt Lisa, still retain moral compass, and end up being killed/enslaved by a bunch of former cops for your meager cache of medical supplies...
Just the simple fact that a character like Morgan has come back from the first season shows that some people can change and adapt to this world, but the glaring silence from one block of Atlanta in particular proves that no one survives in The Walking Dead without first gaining some scars.