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Fan Discussion of New Walking Dead Character “The Princess”

This week we revealed the cover to September’s Walking Dead Issue #171, which introduced us to a flamboyantly dressed machine gun-wielding new badass named “The Princess.” The issue itself is aptly named “FEAR THE PRINCESS” and asks in its description “Who is she and what does she want?” Great questions!

What kind of backstory do YOU think Princess has? Is this a new or existing character? Where and how will our characters encounter her? Is she the best dressed woman in the zombie apocalypse? Give us your predictions in the comments for a chance to win a Robert Kirkman signed copy of The Walking Dead! An extra copy will be sent later this year to the person who correctly guesses her backstory (or cosplays as her at an upcoming con). Refresh yourself on the cover below and guess away!


  1. RedboneLauder June 21, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    She’s the daughter of a mob boss. The mob boss is now reformed, forming a cult in the apocolapyse that says the new world will be forged in the blood of a new La Cosa Nostra. He puts in his daughter, his mafia PRINCESS, mind that her child will be the messiah that will bring about the new law and civilization of the world. So now, she is a scouter for her group and grows intrest in the passing group from Alexandria and decides to bring them by force to her father. And with the hint that a slaughter will come, mabye Eugene or the Don pull a Jonestown on the cult so they escape, but the Princess leaves with the Alexandrians. That’s my shot in the dark, I hope u liked it ?

  2. celvindebie June 21, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    It’s Frowny McTwoKnives without his mask

  3. June 21, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    “The Princess”…long lost illegitimate daughter of King Ezekiel (he thought she was dead all this time)!! He raised her off and on back in the days of his “theatrical performances” in the world prior to TWD!! She’s been LOOKING for her Dad every since! She’s a “bad-ass” and ‘plays the part’ (like her Dad taught her as a child). “Don’t take nothin’ from nobody, Girl..cause YOU RULE the Kingdom…Let the people know your power, YOU are my Princess!!”

  4. Rickee_retardo June 21, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Easy: it’s Parallel Dimension Judith from the Future. Who else can it be?

  5. pro5ki June 21, 2017 at 2:30 pm - Reply
  6. Mamadeadhead June 21, 2017 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Brand new character! She was daughter of the famous rapper Lil Jon!! They were together and part of a big group until they were overran by a herd of walkers! Unfortunately her father parished in the epic fight, but he managed to save her! The few people left call her princess because that’s the only thing her father ever called her. She leads the few left now. She’s actually been watching all the groups for sometime but she is just now making her presence known to Rick. She IS best dressed, and a total badass. If she dies she doesn’t want to be the typical dark dreary zombie, she wants to spice things up. Crazy? So is she! Her father taught her to have a flair for the dramatic and it shows through her clothes and her attitude! She will will even surpass Abraham with her witty outlandish dialogue. The next best character ?

  7. Skarrow9 June 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I’m calling it right now: she was a reality TV star in the Walking Dead’s universe. Once the outbreak started, she surprised everyone by revealing she was a survival nut the entire time. Now she leads a group of weaker individuals, and is pretty fed up with strangers trying to steal her stuff and kill her people. Oh, and she may be completely insane.

  8. QuinnCapeSurvives June 21, 2017 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Fear the Princess sounds an awful lot like lot like Fear the Hunters. Is the Princess a cannibal?????

  9. GarryScott June 21, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    It’s Carl in drag. That’s why the eyes are covered. I’m calling it now!

  10. Mrbungle333 June 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    I’m 100% positive that it is Tank Girl in the future from her comics

  11. Neutral-Grey June 21, 2017 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    It’s Bastet, back from the internet grave to kill fucking everyone in retribution since you guys killed Andrea.

  12. Ryan20 June 21, 2017 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    This is Stephanie and she is the leader and she pulls a gun on Eugene and he explains to her that he had to come and that his people found out on there own and gen she becomes evil and kills a big character in Issue 175

  13. Ryan20 June 21, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    It’s Ezekiel’s DAUGHTER!!!!

  14. tazz_782006 June 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    My guess would be, she is Ezekiel’s illegitimate daughter hence the title “Princess” or some kind of relation to Ezekiel maybe his sister. Motive is probably revenge for Ezekiel

  15. toothrot June 21, 2017 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Either Zachary’s daughter from the kingdom, desperate to bring back the flair and Style left garishly wanting after Ezkiel’s sudden departure. Why fear her? Well besides the machine gun and hot pink fur coat, there’s yet to be unravelled machinations hinted at the kingdom that could lead to King William’s demise …as the alliance between the Communities we’ve known fray further….

  16. GeorgiaInOhio June 21, 2017 at 5:34 pm - Reply

    Now we know what happened to Ofelia from Fear! 😀

  17. Peer of the realm June 21, 2017 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    i’m very excited. I’ve been saying for months we need more stand out characters for the survivors. Hopefully she will contrast with Magna’s character and we will get two different badass females to help fill the Andrea void. But this cover reminds me of michonnes first issue. Could this be Stephanie?

  18. KingDead June 21, 2017 at 8:18 pm - Reply
  19. Brightestdaycare June 21, 2017 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I think her name is Duchess, like she’s some rich East Coast Paris Hilton analogue.
    Either that, or she’s the first character to have crossed the pond, and is actually a Brit who was in England when this whole mess started- which would add a HUGE portion to the scope of this series…

    or is she connecting to the characters from The Alien?!?! That would melt freaking brains!!!!

  20. rgrimes509 June 21, 2017 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Wait, how long it’s been since the apocalypse started? Could one of Michonne’s daughters survive and grow into powerfull little princess?

  21. churnedchino18 June 22, 2017 at 12:21 am - Reply

    This either Stephanie or Frowny McTwoKnives…. not sure which one though. I say she’ll kill someone very important.

  22. kitewashere June 22, 2017 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Okay, here’s what I think. The Princess was a homeless poor girl before the zombie apocalypse who dreamed to be very rich and to be like a princess someday. She envied wealthy people. People with fancy clothes, sleeping in mansion with full of bodyguards which gives security and eating in a well fine dining which she don’t have to worry to feel hungry. Until the zombie apocaplyse came and the rich people abandoned their wealth. It’s her chance to break free from poverty and to feel what those people have. She went to the houses of rich people and to the malls/stores stealing clothes and fancy items while surviving. And then she met people in which later on had to owe their lives to her. It’s because of her skills and leadeship why they survived. Those people believed that she was a daughter from a very rich family. She told them one big lie. Because of that, they thought to serve and protect that girl as a real princess after all the things that she had done to them. And then their group grew bigger and they built a new community or we can also say a new kingdom. And that’s where her dreams came true. She will do everything to hold on to what she already achieved. Ready to protect the people and everything she now have. Same goes for the people ready to protect their only hope and their Princess.

    By the way, I hope that the princess is Stephanie from Ohio who Eugene talked with in the radio.

  23. GrendelHorde June 22, 2017 at 2:36 am - Reply

    It’s evident – She’s a millineal hipster. The pink coat is obviously ironic.

  24. BASTET. June 22, 2017 at 5:07 am - Reply

    One of Negan’s offspring about to fuck shit up?
    Eugene’s babymama?
    Sophia dyed her hair?
    The leader at the old Build-a-Bear workshop just past the state line?

  25. BingoBangoBongoh June 22, 2017 at 6:29 am - Reply

    She’s the last remnant from a community of 80’s skiing enthusiasts, they were trapped at a resort and only had a copy of Better Off Dead on VHS.

  26. Bennydice June 22, 2017 at 7:25 am - Reply

    I think it is quite clear……She is the daughter of the Macho King Randy Savage and Queen Sherri….OOOOOOOHHHH YEEEEEEEAAAAH……..Snap into a Slim Jim…..or a walkers spine

  27. job1866 June 22, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I still think she’s Pam Grier!!!!! Charlie Adlard, is this Pam Grier????

  28. XVS650 June 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm - Reply
  29. Jchavez148 June 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    She looks like a Eskamo Rambo

  30. Cegress June 22, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Plot twist! Before Rosita died, she gave birth to “Eugune’s” baby after all! And she spontaneously grew up as fast as Carl (from the show) but not as fast as Judith (from the show) (because we all know about Carl’s growing problem)

  31. ElfinDharma June 23, 2017 at 6:04 am - Reply

    She looks like a super-pissed off troll that may or may not live under a bridge (there wasn’t one on the cover so I couldn’t tell).

  32. AlyssaShaday June 23, 2017 at 6:42 am - Reply

    The princess eh? Well let’s begin. Negan had an appetite for women right? Well what if way back when he started realizing he had this appetite for women. He was poking around having fun but all of sudden the one he is poking fun with tells him she is pregnant, as negan is in shock he bounces. (Now grant it on the show we had seen sherry get a pregnancy test done and it came up negative.) But since this is the comics maybe over time negan forgot about the woman who was pregnant. And well
    after all this time. Shit hit the fan. And now that it seems calm. Here comes this princess with an attitude and agenda. Oh and guns too. She will probably being using the word fuck quite often. She just looks like she might use it. And she might recognize negan first and be like you son of a bitch. And smacks him Eh thats thoughts on it.

  33. TDClare June 23, 2017 at 11:01 am - Reply

    She’s a stripper/punk rock drummer or she’s Janis after she laid with Rick.

  34. dank790 June 23, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Please tell me it’s not lady gaga. I really need to know that lady Gaga did not make it in the apocalypse. Or I’ll just die.

  35. DianaJ June 23, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

    It can be Stephanie. She was in ohio which is where i live ironically.

  36. gray June 23, 2017 at 4:41 pm - Reply

    Negan is gonna love him some PRINCESS!

  37. MNVikingZombie June 24, 2017 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Clementine is all grown up and about to open a can of whoopass on anyone who comes near her! Plus, she ditched the baseball cap for a more feminine approach to style, wearing pink whenever possible.

  38. JojoWS13 June 24, 2017 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    I believe The Princess is the woman Eugene has been talking to on the radio.

  39. charaf_eddine_ June 24, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Could it be Rosita’s sister, maybe? Like the lazy, spoiled kinda sister. Don’t know, she just reminds me of her for some reason or another.

  40. bru_bru_3 June 24, 2017 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    Easy—-the woman that Eugene has been talking to on the radio!

  41. Nogle June 24, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I fear that she’s similar to the high school girls from the third purge movie. Imagine those characters surviving for four to five years and being horrible people for that long with little to no consequences. That’s a scary proposition

  42. Vegaiti June 25, 2017 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    Alicia Clark from fear the walking dead

  43. terrarianmaster11 June 26, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    The Princess is a pre-apocalypse rockstar.

  44. flagg_is_god June 27, 2017 at 4:13 am - Reply

    She’s just really pissed that all she got for her Bat Mitva was entrails and a Land Rover cake.

  45. Littlefield73 June 27, 2017 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    The princess was a prostitute before the apocalypse but once the shit hit the fan her escort kept her ,and her fellow prostitutes, safe from harm and eventually taught them all how to survive and to show no mercy to anyone. The post-apocalypse group of hookers now lure other unsuspecting groups to them by means of radio to acquire their supplies and kill of any threats to them and their community.

  46. gordickinson June 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    My money it’s on Stephanie or Ezekiel’s daughter/sister

  47. R.I.PAndrea July 4, 2017 at 8:00 am - Reply

    I think she is Claudia from the walking dead The alien.

  48. Dezbound August 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I really wonder if this is Claudia…. Do you guys think she would remember what Rick’s brother made her promise after all the time that’s elapsed…? If not then it’s a random and new character. Then again, this is The Walking Dead and anything is possible.

  49. Pfkennedy97 September 9, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

    Love the Princess of Pittsburgh! She is sassy AF! 💜

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