Characters: The Walking Dead TV Show The Chambler Family

Members of the Chambler family from the television show The Walking Dead:

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Tara Chambler

"Welcome to the human race, asshole."
Portrayed by: Alanna Masterson

Tara was attending the Atlanta Police Academy before the Zombie Apocalypse began, but was picked up by her father and sister before Atlanta fell to the walkers.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Possibly. While her comic/novel counterpart is described as overweight, it doesn't specifically stated if she's a Big Beautiful Woman or not.
  • Adaptational Badass: Downplayed, if not subverted, at least at first. She becomes much more competent after a few appearances and quickly overtakes her novel counterpart.
  • Adaptational Curves: Her comic/novel counterpart is described as overweight, which this Tara is obviously not.
  • Adaptation Expansion/Ascended Extra: In the comics, Tara was a minor character whom the Governor encountered before going to Woodbury. In the show she has a slightly altered characterization and is becoming a main character.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Her surname is Chalmers in the comics, not Chambler.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: She is a lesbian, while her comic/novel counterpart was straight.
  • Adorkable: Squees over finding a yo-yo in a backpack in episode 507. Even funnier since the show made it out to be a dramatic reveal.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is very antisocial and wry of other people aside from her family.
  • The Atoner: She says outright that she deserves to die for her part in the destruction of the prison and agrees to help Glenn find Maggie in an attempt to make amends. In reality, Tara spent the entire battle hiding and had nothing to do with any of the deaths.
  • Butch Lesbian: Of the small and wiry variety.
  • Character Tic: A fist bump to show that she is cool with someone. So far she has done it with The Governor, Rick, and Eugene.
  • Cool Aunt: To Meghan.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She snarks quite a bit, but its pretty obvious she is doing so to cover for being nowhere near as confident as she appears. After her Heel-Face Turn, she's no longer trying to appear confident and is making herself genuinely useful, while still retaining a nice bit of genuine snark for the right occasion.
  • Easily Forgiven: Maggie forgives her for being part of The Governor's forces that attacked the prison which ultimately led to Hershel's death. Of course, Tara didn't fire a single shot and quickly dropped her gun in favor of hiding upon her Heel Realization.
  • Fanservice Pack: The Expository Hairstyle Changes in Season 5 has been good for her.
  • Faux Action Girl: Compare her to Alisha. At least, until "Inmates" where, after getting some pep talk from Glenn, she joins him in killing some Walkers effectively. Her apparent lack of effectiveness appears to be due to understanding what the Governor is rather than actual ineffectiveness, as a result.
  • Genre Blindness: Despite being almost two years into the apocalypse, she still hadn't figured out to kill walkers by shooting them in the head. Somewhat justified by the fact she would have been taught to aim for center mass at the Police Academy and hasn't encountered that many walkers.
  • Heel Realization: When Rick makes an impassioned argument for peace and forgiveness, Tara quickly realizes that the Governor has been lying about the supposed 'killers' in the prison. It really hits home when he beheads Hershel.
  • Lady Swears-a-Lot: Is rather prone to cursing.
  • Lesbian Cop: Well, cop in training, but the trope still applies.
  • Lovable Coward: Spends most of the prison battle cowering behind a tank. Then again, at least a small part of that is out of reluctance as she seemed to favor the peaceful solution and is shocked when the Governor kills Hershel.
  • Mook-Face Turn: Teams up with Glenn post-battle.
  • Related In The Adaptation: Technically to Meghan since the TV's version of her sister, April, is fused with Meghan's mother, Lily Caul.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After seeing Hershel get killed, she decided that she doesn't want to take part in the prison takeover. After a few close ricochets and a grenade too close for comfort she literally just wanders off away from the direction of the fighting.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Glenn finds her caged in at the prison holding a loaded pistol, staring into the distance.
  • Sole Survivor: As of "Inmates", she is the last surviving member of the Governor's second group and of the Chambler family.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: In comparison to her sister, Tara curses and snarks a lot more, along with being more distrustful and less polite.
  • Token Good Teammate: Of the Governor's militia in "Too Far Gone". She is the only one who seems to favor a peaceful solution, judging from her shocked reaction when the Governor kills Hershel and her unsure expression during Rick's speech. She is also the only one who doesn't open fire on the prison survivors, though it's unclear how much of that is reluctance and how much just fear.
  • Token Lesbian: Of Rick's group (so far) and the show in general (again, so far).
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to Lily's girly girl.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After getting over her Heroic BSOD she appears much more competent in "Inmates" than her previous appearances, taking out several walkers singlehandedly after Glenn collapses. Previously, she was insecure and purposefully projected a 'badass' image, but since her Heel-Face Turn she's dropped the act and focused on being efficient and brave. It's worked well for her and she's become the formidable young woman she was pretending to be.
  • Younger and Hipper: She is the older sister of April Chalmers in the comics.


Lilly Chambler

Portrayed by: Audrey Marie Anderson

Lilly is an oncology nurse living with her daughter Megan, sister Tara, and father David in his apartment in rural Georgia. They take in the Governor after the fall of Woodbury, having no clue about his dark past, and Lily begins a relationship with him.
  • Adaptation Name Change: The surname of one of her comic counterparts is Chalmers, not Chambler.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: While not antisocial like her sister, Lilly is more composed but still quite snarky.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: It is she who kills the Governor.
  • Composite Character: Combines some elements of Lily Caul and April Chalmers from the comic/novel continuity.
  • Death by Adaptation: As of "Inmates". In the source material, April Chalmers survives the book in which she appears and Lily Caul ultimately survives taking shelter in the prison after killing the Governor to avoid the incoming herd of Walkers, becoming the new leader of Woodbury. The television show's Composite Character of the two is instead devoured by that herd after shooting the Governor.
  • Eaten Alive: According to Tara, she allowed a swarm to devour her.
  • Hospital Hottie: She used to be a nurse before the zombie apocalypse.
  • Killed Off Screen: Torn apart by walkers in the prison's field, according to Tara.
  • Love Interest: To the Governor.
  • My Greatest Failure: Following the Governor is what ultimately leads to her daughter's death, and her own death according to her sister.
  • The Medic: She puts her medical experience to good use taking care of her father, who is in the late stages of lung cancer. She also patches up The Governor's injuries after he retrieves two oxygen tanks from a nursing home.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: In comparison to Tara, Lilly is politer, more trusting, and less snarky.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Tara's tomboy.


Meghan Chambler

Portrayed by: Meyrick Murphy

Meghan is Lilly's daughter. She rarely speaks due to her father abandoning her several years before the series and the Zombie Apocalypse.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Though it is also the fault of both the Governor and Lilly for not teaching her to defend herself from walkers.
  • Zombie Infectee: Bitten when playing in the mud close to a river. There was a walker buried in the mud.


David Chambler

Portrayed by: Danny Vinson

David is Lilly and Tara's dad. He is in the late stages of lung cancer when the Governor begins staying with his family.
  • Adaptation Name Change: His surname is Chalmers in the comics, not Chambler.
  • And Then David Was A Walker: After he breathes his last breath, David comes back to life a few minutes after and tries to attack Tara. Then The Governor comes right in and bashes his head in to save them.
  • Cool Old Guy: Prior to turning into a Walker, he's seen playing several games with Meghan to try to cheer her up.
  • Death by Irony: He needed oxygen tanks to help him survive but when he turns the Governor kills him with his oxygen tank.
  • Hero of Another Story: He was able to save his entire family right during the Zombie Apocalypse outbreak and set up their means of survival up until his illness couldn't let him do so anymore.
  • Ill Boy: He has lung cancer.
  • The One Guy: The only surviving male of his family. For some time, at least.

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