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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A Family whom The Governor encountered in the time between the Season 3 finale up to the first half of Season 4.
- Adaptation Name Change: Their (sur)name is Chalmers in the comics, not Chambler.
- The Hecate Sisters: Tara is a Deadpan Snarker, making her the crone, Lily is literally the mother/matron, and Meghan is the maiden, being the young carefree girl.
- Related in the Adaptation: Technically to Meghan since the TV's version of April is fused with Meghan's mother, Lily Caul.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Tara curses and snarks a lot more, along with being more distrustful and less polite, while Lily was politer, more trusting, and less snarky.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tara is a cop-in-training Tomboy before the Zombie Apocalypse, while Lily is the more feminine a former nurse.
Portrayed by: Alanna MastersonTara 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.After meeting the Governor and losing her family to his actions, Tara assisted Glenn in his quest to reunite with Maggie to atone for her role in the assault on the prison. After the survivors of the prison are reunited and liberated from Terminus, she remains with the group and develops close friendships with Glenn, Maggie, and Eugene. After the group reaches the Alexandria Safe-Zone, she is assigned a job as a supply runner for the community.
"We're friends. We have each other's backs. That's it. That's how it works."
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Possibly. While her comic/novel counterpart is described as overweight, it isn'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.
- 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 5x07. Even funnier since the show made it out to be a dramatic reveal.
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She is very antisocial and wary of other people aside from her family. This changes after joining Rick's group, and Tara actually becomes one of the more outgoing and friendly members once she gets to know everyone.
- 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.
- Badass Gay: Well, the badass part came eventually.
- 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.
- Covert Pervert: Abraham mentions having caught her staring down Rosita's shirt, and Tara later takes a peek at Abraham and Rosita having sex after having caught Eugene doing the same.
- Deadpan Snarker: She snarks quite a bit, but it's 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.Tara: (after the groups bus crashes and catches fire) Maybe we could find some bikes. Bikes don't burn.
- 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.
- Notably, she is also quick to forgive other people, being the first one to forgive Eugene for lying to the group about being a scientist and knowing about a cure to the zombie virus. She reasons that he used the only useful skills he had to survive and that they should not judge him for that.
- 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.
- Incompatible Orientation: With Eugene, who was interested in her. The two of them still become friends. Abraham also bemusedly notes her interest in Rosita.
- 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-prison battle.
- Mythology Gag: According to The Other Wiki and Word of God, the casting call name for her character was Melody. In the novel, Tara Chalmers is a musician before the outbreak.
- Not Quite Dead: She is knocked out by an explosion in "Spend" and presumed dead. Luckily for her, Eugene Took a Level in Badass in the same episode. He subsequently rescues her and takes her back to Alexandria, where she is patched up and recovers.
- Odd Friendship: With Eugene. She still defends him even after he reveals that he was lying about the cure and the two of them are shown playing cards on the way to Alexandria. He later admits to her that she is his only friend.
- Out of Focus: After joining the group and moving past her minor character arc of feeling guilty over her involvement in the prison attack, Tara hasn't had much to do beyond providing light comic relief.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Becomes this after joining the group.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Has dark hair as well as a pale complexion.
- 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.
- 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 Minority: She was the first gay character (and only one, for a while).
- 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.
- In "Remember", she doesn't hesitate to stand up to Aidan and Nicholas when they attempt to carelessly string up a walker during their scouting patrol. Unlike Deanna's sons and the people of Alexandria, Tara has been living outside the walls for over two years and is well aware of the dangers that come with underestimating walkers and other people. Along with Glenn and Noah, she storms back to the community gates and refuses to work with them again.
- Younger and Hipper: She is the older sister of April Chalmers in the comics.
Portrayed by: Audrey Marie AndersonLilly 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.
- Adaptational Badass: Zig-Zagged. While she's an Action Survivor, her three comic counterparts are vastly different characters; April Chalmers is a non-fighter, while Lily Caul is a competent ex-military. Lillian Chalmers is a Posthumous Character.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: Zig-Zagged. April Chalmers is blonde, but her other counterpart and namesake, Lily Caul, is also a brunette.
- 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. According to The Walking Dead Wiki, she's also Lillian Chalmers' (April and Tara's mother in the novel) counterpart, hence the extra L in Lilly.
- Dead Guy Junior: The Chalmers matriarch in the novel is named Lillian according to The Walking Dead Wiki. Since her Chalmers counterpart is actually April and not Lily Caul, this probably just falls into Fridge Brilliance in the writers/showrunners' behalf.
- 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 Offscreen: 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.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Her most minor counterpart, Lillian Chalmers, is a Posthumous Character. She dies in the mid-Season 4 finale. Ironically, two of her prominent counterparts lived in the comics/novel continuity.
Portrayed by: Meyrick MurphyMeghan is Lilly's daughter. She rarely speaks due to her father abandoning her several years before the series and the Zombie Apocalypse.
- Age Lift: She's around 8-10 years old. In the comic, Lily Caul's child is stillborn. Inverted with her other comic counterpart, who was in her twenties.
- Adaptation Dye-Job: One of her comic counterparts and namesake is a redhead while she's blond. The other is stillborn so...
- Adaptation Name Change: Her (other) comic counterpart's name is Megan, not Meghan.
- Boom, Headshot: Courtesy of the Governor to prevent her from reanimating.
- Composite Character: She is mainly Lily Caul's stillborn child, but she takes the name of the same character's best friend, Megan Lafferty (with a slight change).
- Damsel in Distress: She always gets in trouble everytime she's on screen and was always required to be rescued.
- Disappeared Dad: Went out one night to get beer and lottery ticket, but never came back and this was before the apocalypse.
- Mercy Kill: The Governor shoots her in the head after she gets bitten and dies.
- The Quiet One: Even after the Governor brings her out of her shell she rarely talks.
- Replacement Goldfish: Becomes a surrogate daughter to the Governor.
- Shoot the Dog: At the receiving end of this. Literally.
- Shrinking Violet: Due to the zombie apocalypse.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Both of her comic counterparts are Posthumous Characters; Lily Caul's child (her main counterpart) is stillborn, while Megan Lafferty committed suicide upon discovering The Governor's walker heads collection in the prequel novel.
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Portrayed by: Danny VinsonDavid is Lilly and Tara's dad. He is in the late stages of lung cancer when the Governor begins staying with his family.
- 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.
- Badass: He manages to save his family and keep them safe, which compared to many other people we have seen that had families is one hell of an accomplishment.
- Badass Grandpa: Meghan is his grandchild, and he managed to protect his family all the way back to when the dead started rising.
- 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.
- Handicapped Badass: Managed to save his family and protect them from the start of the outbreak even while suffering from lung cancer.
- Ill Boy: He has lung cancer.
- The One Guy: The only surviving male of his family. For some time, at least.