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Due to the Anyone Can Die nature of the show and quickly moving plots, only spoilers from the current/most recent season will be spoiled out to prevent entire pages of whited out text. These spoiler tags will be removed upon the debut of the following season, and the character bios will be updated then as well. Additionally, character portraits will be updated each half-season with the release of an official, complete set from AMC. If you have not seen the first four seasons read at your own risk!

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Clark Family

    Madison 

Madison "Maddie" Clark

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"We’re all prisoners somewhere."
Portrayed by: Kim Dickens

"I want to do more than survive. I need to start over."

A popular guidance counselor at Paul R. Williams High School in El Sereno. Madison has mostly raised her children Nick and Alicia by herself following the death of her husband, but has recently become engaged to Travis. She has a past that she wants to bury, but skills from that time will become useful in the Zombie Apocalypse.


  • Action Girl: Proven in the second episode with her handling of a reanimated Art, who is attacking Tobias.
  • Action Mom: A mother of two who is perfectly capable and willing to defend those around her.
  • Anti-Hero: She is already starting to learn to be more pragmatic and brutal in order to survive the Zombie Apocalypse. As seen in the Dark and Troubled Past Entry, she was shown to be pretty brutal and pragmatic even before the Apocalypse and admitted she would kill as many as it takes and take the shame and stigma for it if it meant keeping her loved ones safe from harm.
  • Cool Teacher: Not actually a teacher (she's a guidance counselor), but the trope still applies. Best shown when she defends Tobias from the reanimated principal.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: It's heavily hinted at by Word of God, and revealed in Season 3 she shot her alcoholic father for beating her mom.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Her decision to activate the hotel's electrical sign to attract her son Nick instead results in it gaining the attention of hundreds of other desperate survivors seeking safety from her safe zone.
  • Face Death with Dignity: After setting a fire that will kill an oncoming walker herd heading towards her, she defiantly glares at them instead of panicking.
  • Genre Blind: In the second episode she attempts to talk to and help Art, who has turned, despite already having had an encounter with a walker in the previous episode. Luckily, she realizes that he's gone pretty quickly and responds accordingly.
  • Good Is Not Nice: She is very harsh towards anyone who doesn't agree with her, but she only wants her family to stay safe.
  • The Hero: She and Travis are the central characters of the show.
  • The Hero Dies: Performs a Heroic Sacrifice in the mid-season finale of season 4, creating a fire to kill a walker herd in order to protect Nick and Alicia.
  • Idiot Ball: Along with Strand, she gets drunk when it appears that the hotel is clear of walkers and while drunk and out of the anger of the past events decides to throw and break things with the noise attracting walkers to the bar trapping her and Strand and they are only able to escape because they camouflage themselves in walker blood.
    • Then of course is her later decision to light up the hotel electrical sign in an attempt to signal Nick to come to the Hotel, but only accomplishes bringing unwanted guests.
  • Mama Bear:
    • She willingly killed Connor and a few of his men through trickery in order to rescue her daughter and husband. And then in the mid-Season 2 finale, she lures and traps Celia in a cage full of walkers to be eaten alive, and this was after she specifically warned her not to influence her children.
    • This ends up becoming her defining quality. She is determined to protect her children and can be both selflessly heroic and selfishly idiotic in trying to accomplish this.
  • My Beloved Smother: Tries to keep tabs on her adult son Nick, who is a junkie. She wants for him to go to rehab and turn his life around.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: When she activates an electrical sign to attract her son Nick many other survivors come to it instead and arrive at the secret hotel base. Under serious pressure from her mistake of recruiting unwanted attention to their safe zone, Madison invites them all in, but now her actions result in many questionable characters entering (Including Chris' gang) and now causes her group's little remaining supplies to slowly deplete.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: With Liza, who she does not like at all. Also with Strand at the beginning, although they become more like friends by the mid-Season 2 finale.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: The second half of Season 2 has Madison's intelligence really go downhill. The biggest example is her getting drunk off her ass in the zombie apocalypse in an area she doesn't even know if it's safe. Then she accidentally causes her hotel safe zone to get overrun with desperate survivors seeking sanctuary by activating a colossal electric sign to act as a beacon for her son Nick, never once thinking that this decision would gain unwanted attention.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Slaps the shit out of Nick when she realizes he has relapsed into his old drug habits.
    • Gets one from Alicia when she risks everyone's lives because she heard a rumor about a boy who MIGHT resemble Nick. Alicia rightly points out that she seems to only care about Nick and forgets she has a daughter and has no problem risking her life on the off chance it will help her find her son.
  • Widow Woman: After her husband's death, she raised Nick and Alicia single-handedly.

    Nick 

Nick Clark

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"It's just like no one's paying attention. It's - It's like it's not real."
Portrayed by: Frank Dillane

"That's the thing. I never knew where I was going. It's like I've been living this for a long time. And now everyone is catching up with me. Strange."

Madison's nineteen year old son, Nick is a drug addict who has been in-and-out of rehab. He is struggling to turn his life around, which the Zombie Apocalypse may give him the chance to do.


  • Accidental Murder: Shoots his dealer by accident while struggling over a gun while still freaking out over seeing a zombie. In his defense, said dealer was planning on using said gun to murder him.
  • Action Survivor: From the beginning, he had proven himself to be surprisingly resourceful and quick-thinking in certain situations, such as when he escapes from the hospital.
  • The Aloner: He decides to strike it on his own after his mother crosses the line by killing Celia.
  • Butt-Monkey: Rather unlucky, even before the apocalypse.
  • Cassandra Truth: Because Nick is a junkie, his reports of what happened at the church in the pilot episode are initially blown off as the effects of a bad trip. Even he isn't sure that he really saw what he saw.
  • Character Death: Shot in the chest by Charlie in "Good Out Here" and dies moments later.
  • Character Development: After spending the first two seasons doing his own thing and being selfish, he starts to pick up after himself and taking up responsibility in Season 3. Probably has to do with having to get over his drug addiction. And then he starts getting addicted again at the end of the season.
  • Commonality Connection: Word of Saint Paul is that Nick sees a bit of himself in Troy, in that they were both prone to misbehaving due to being troubled (Troy having Abusive Parents, his mother passing away in his youth, and a father that continued to abuse him; Nick being a former drug addict, his father passing away in his youth, and an Ice Queen mother that had her own Dark and Troubled Past), which is why he continues to stick with him and tell him to suck it up whenever Troy gets in a situation in Season 3.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Distressed Dude: Gets knocked out and carted off to the the hospital by the military, even though he isn't injured or sick.
  • Friend to All Children: Whenever he talks with little kids he becomes much friendlier than he is with his group members. Sadly and ironically he eventfully ends up getting shot dead by a child in the third episode of season 4.
  • Heel Realization: Comes to the realization that he and his family are monsters and goes into self-exile.
  • It's All About Me: Nick is extremely unhappy when his mother tells him that she is out of painkillers for him to feed his addiction, having given some of them to Griselda :after her foot is crushed in the riot. When she puts out that Griselda is sick and hurting, he insists that he is too and needs his medicine.
    • Gets taken even further in the next episode when he steals morphine from a sick elderly man to fuel his own drug addiction.
    • However, he does abandon this attitude after finally getting clean in Season 2.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He can be a selfish, snarky asshole (especially when it comes to satisfying his own drug addiction) but deep down he is a good person who loves his family.
  • The Lancer: Strand entrusts him to do everything he says and Nick carries it out. He soon shares this role when Luis comes onboard.
  • The Leader: Gets promoted to the leader of the Tijuana community after Alejandro's death.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Nick swims to the beach shore completely naked.
  • Official Couple: Gets to become an item with Luciana.
  • Rebellious Spirit: Clearly believes in standing up to authority.
  • Reality Ensues: The ensuing zombie apocalypse cuts off Nick from his drug supply, causing him to go through withdrawal symptoms rather quickly.
  • Recovered Addict: Early in the series, he is said to have cycled in and out of addiction for years, and is depicted as an Addled Addict. The circumstances of the apocalypse pretty much force him to get clean, though he's still suffering from certain habits. When presented access to Vicotin pills at the end of Season 3, despite having stepped up for the rest of the season, he gets addicted again.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Nick is a drug addict whose future prospects are fairly poor unless he turns his life around, while Alicia is a highly studious overachiever who plans on going to college and has a lot of ambition.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: He is shot so suddenly that even he needs a moment to process it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He carries on Strand's mission to recruit Luis completely alone and avoids a few walkers along the way.

    Alicia 

Alicia Clark

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"It's not normal. Stop it. Stop acting like it is."
Portrayed by: Alycia Debnam-Carey

"Maybe we just spent a lot of time trying to convince ourselves the laws of nature didn’t apply."

Madison's daughter, Alicia wants nothing more than to escape her family's drama by going to college as far away as possible from them.


  • Action Survivor: Just like her mother and brother, she shows an ability to use her smarts to get out of difficult situations such as escaping her pirate captors.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She wants to escape her family's drama. The Zombie Apocalypse makes those problems pretty much non-issues.
  • Brainy Brunette: Alicia was accepted to U.C. Berkeley and improvises well when it comes to Nick's withdrawal.
  • Deadpan Snarker: It's not her most overbearing trait, but still present. A good example is when she tells off her mother for wanting to repaint the living room (to cover the stains of their zombified neighbor's brains) in the early days of the apocalypse.
    Alicia: I mean no one's coming to the open house, mom. Market's taken a bit of turn.
  • Distressed Damsel: She and Travis get captured by Connor. Fortunately, her mother rescues her.
    • Damsel out of Distress: For the most part, she reaches her mother's escape boat on her own after outsmarting her captors.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has a freak out when she sees a walker and realizes that this was the same fate that befell Matt.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: Kills her first human, Andres, in order to save Travis from execution.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Can be bitchy, but she is a teenager after all. She does clearly love her family, despite being embarrassed by the drama they (Nick in particular) cause.
  • The Load: She hasn't exactly proven herself useful at anything in the zombie apocalypse yet.
    • Although she does take a level in badass come Season 2.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Madison is hesitant to tell her about what's really going on, and she only finds out after having a face to face encounter with a walker.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Her wardrobe tends to show off that She's Got Legs.
    • Hell, her first appearance on screen has her walking around in a Modesty Towel.
  • Ship Sinking: Her Ship Tease with Chris is effectively done by mid-Season 2, when he has gone under severe Sanity Slippage to the point where he's actively threatened her life.
  • Ship Tease: With Chris in Season 1 and later Jack.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Alicia is a highly studious overachiever who plans on going to college and has a lot of ambition, while Nick is a drug addict whose future prospects are fairly poor unless he turns his life around.
  • Sole Survivor: As of mid-season 4, Alicia is the only surviving member of the Clark family.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Although she never picks up a weapon in Season 1, she does get the hang of fighting off walkers by Season 2. She even saves her mother from certain death after the latter is pinned down by a walker, while Chris stands by, unwilling to help.
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Manawa Family

    Travis 

Travis Manawa

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"I've seen what people do. What they don't do. It doesn't make sense."
Portrayed by: Cliff Curtis

An English teacher at the Paul R. Williams High School, Travis recently divorced his wife Lisa and became engaged to fellow faculty member Madison. He is attempting to forge a family unit with Madison's children and his son Christopher, a task made more complicated by changing world circumstances.


  • Accidental Murder: Accidentally kills Oscar in his Roaring Rampage of Revenge which gets him in trouble with the hotel group.
  • Action Survivor: He's not a cop like Rick Grimes, just a teacher trying to keep his family safe.
  • Adult Fear: His own son starts to suffer a Sanity Slippage and abandons his parent in order to befriend a gang of teen sociopaths. Turns out Travis was in the right to worry because Chris' own "friends" kill him after he's injured in a car crash. To make it worse, Travis has no idea where his son is.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Some other characters and even some fans thought he was Mexican, when he was actually Maori.
  • Being Good Sucks: Slowly starts to learn this the hard way after his own son Chris turns against him and abandons him so he could ally himself with a gang group of hardened survivors over staying true to his dad's idealism.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Derek and Brandon found out the hard way, do not mess with his family.
  • Break the Haughty: He finally gets a harsh jab at his idealistic beliefs when his own son Chris kills an innocent man, brushes it off completely, and ditches Travis in order to be with his team of hardened survivors, leaving Travis as exiled. Taken Up to Eleven when it turns out that Chris died literally right after they separated causing Travis to suffer another Heroic BSoD.
  • Character Death: He ends up pulling a sacrifice by dropping out of a helicopter when he realizes that his wounds are beyond healing, meaning that he'd just come back as a walker, so he ends it all as soon as possible.
  • Cool Teacher: He can even get students that fall asleep in class and don't care about the subject to learn and feel good about themselves.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • A mild example, but he's shown to be this when dealing with the student that falls asleep in his class.
    • His response to an undead Susan trying to claw at him from the fence is to wish her good morning.
  • Decoy Protagonist: His death early in Season 3 indicates the story wasn't actually about him, but about Madison.
  • Disappeared Dad: Not by choice, since he clearly still loves his original family, but his son Chris doesn't want to see him.
  • Distressed Dude: He gets taken prisoner by Connor and his men. Fortunately, his wife rescues him.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Has a strong stance against them, getting angry when Daniel attempts to teach Chris how to use one.
  • Driven to Suicide: When he's seriously wounded and bleeding out, he drops himself out of a helicopter to his death so he won't resurrect as a walker or slow down his group.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Despite establishing himself as a new hardened badass who can slay armies of walkers, Travis is abruptly shot dead while on a helicopter and he drops himself out of it to his death below so he won't become a burden on Alicia after he bleeds out.
  • Dumbass Has a Point: While not a total moron, Travis is very Genre Blind. However, he turns out to be entirely correct for questioning Chris' new gang of friends because they ultimately kill him when he's outlived his usefulness.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: Coldly murders Brandon and Derek with a fatal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown after they tell him how they executed his son.
  • Genre Blind: He doesn't realize that the walkers cannot be helped, and remains strictly anti-gun even with the collapse of civilization happening around him.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the most physically imposing of the group, but believes in optimistic hope for the future. The gentle part immediately deteriorates by the end of Season 2.
  • Good Is Dumb: He's not exactly the most intelligent character among the cast. Justified since he hasn't experienced the full brutality of the apocalypse yet.
  • Good Is Not Soft: His response to Brandon and Derek for killing his son? He gives them a fatal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Surprisingly handy with his dukes.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: He fights with his Good Old Fisticuffs while Madison uses guns.
  • The Hero: Madison and him both appear to be fulfilling the role.
  • Heroic BSoD:
    • Has one in the Season 1 finale after shooting Liza at her request after she was bitten.
    • And again when he witnesses his son Chris kill his first human.
    • Has another one after his son tells him off and leaves his father behind in order to be with a gang of tougher survivors. It only gets worse when we see that his son died a few moments after they separated]], causing Travis to lose his idealism completely.
  • Heroic Suicide: He tosses himself out of a helicopter after realizing that he's going to die, but he did it to prevent himself from slowing down Alicia's survival.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: Quickly picks up on Derek and Brandon lying to him when they unwittingly alter the details in their story about how Chris really died.
  • The Idealist: Still clings to the belief that society will return to normal, and that the walkers are sick people who can be helped. He stops believing this later on.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch:
    • Beating Adams to a bloody pulp in the Season 1 finale for betraying his trust.
    • Giving a fatal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Derek and Brandon for killing his son. He even goes so far as to snap Derek's arm again after just healing it.
  • Morality Chain: His son Chris. Oddly enough, Chris was probably one of the most unethical and amoral people on the show, feeling no remorse for killing an innocent man and a fellow posse member, the former to loot his farm, and the latter simply because he was injured.
  • Nice Guy: Goes out of his way to defend both his new family and old.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His decision to spare Adams allows the deranged soldier to seek revenge on Daniel and Ophelia. Fortunately, Travis fixes this little problem after seeing his mistake.
    • While delivering a fatal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to Derek and Brandon he inadvertently kills someone who was just trying to break it up.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In "A Good Man", him releasing Andrew resulted in the latter holding the group at gunpoint and shooting Ofelia out of revenge for her father torturing him.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown:
    • Andrew's face looked like it was struck with a raspberry pie after Travis was done with him.
    • Gives quite a satisfyingly fatal one to Derek and Brandon after hearing about how they killed his son.
  • Non-Action Guy: Strongly against the use of guns, and also hesitant to kill walkers. Subverted by the Season 2 finale, in which he gets very physically involved and abandons his no-gun policy.
  • One-Man Army: Takes out a whole pit of walkers when tossed in to a horde of them to die.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: It's revealed that Chris died after they separated.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Killed Brandon and Derek to avenge his son.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Dies in the season 3 premiere so the Clark Family is now forced to survive without the tough fighter Travis to back them up.
  • Save the Villain: Tries to heal Baby James so his group won't execute him for outliving his usefulness, but it was all for not.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: All his efforts to get Chris back to the good side were All for Nothing because Chris believes in doing harsh tasks in order to survive over idealistic values. To make it all the more worse, Chris died not too long after the separated for good, and Travis himself ends up dying not long after that.
  • Silly Rabbit, Idealism Is for Kids!: Chris pretty much tells off Travis for his beliefs.
  • The Smart Guy: He becomes this to Strand's group, as he's the only one capable of fixing the boat's engines.
  • Sole Survivor: He was the last living member of his first family after season 2, but it didn't take too long for him to meet his end as well, two episodes into season 3.
  • Token Good Teammate: Becomes this in Chris' new gang of survivors. Until he's exiled for not going with their leadership rules.
  • Took a Level in Badass: BIG TIME in the Season 1 finale. After Andrew holds the group at gunpoint at shoots Ofelia out of spite for what Daniel did to him, Travis snaps and beats Andrew to a bloody pulp.
    • He also seems to have gotten over his hesitation in killing Walkers by the time Season 2 rolls around, actively engaging the horde that shows up at the beach and even killing one via using a rock to crush their skull.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Brandon and Derek killed his son, so he brutalises Derek and stomps Brandon's face in, both fatally.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: His biggest flaw is that he can't accept how the world is falling apart, and still tries to cling to his idealistic mindset. It leads to him almost getting himself and/or others killed/eaten on several occasions.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Downplayed. He had absolutely no qualms about killing teenagers Derek and Brandon for killing his son.

    Christopher 

Christopher Manawa

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"Turns out there's nothing you'll ever take that nature won't take back."
Portrayed by: Lorenzo James Henrie

Travis and Lisa's somewhat rebellious teenage son. He blames his father for his parents' divorce and feels forgotten by both his parents as Travis spends time with his new family and Lisa focuses on her studies.


  • Alas, Poor Villain: He dies seriously injured in car crash while bleeding out in intense pain before his so-called friends shoot him dead and leave his body in the middle of nowhere.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He allowed a walker to nearly kill Madison for getting him into trouble with his dad, executed a hostage for disrespecting him, and sneaks into Alicia's room with a knife, pondering on whether or not to kill her.
  • Apocalyptic Log: After the military quarantines the neighborhood he begins keeping a video log of daily events.
  • Big Bad Slippage: Slowly loses his mind and morality as he wanders around aimlessly by himself in the zombie apocalypse.
  • Boom, Headshot!: His own friends shoot him dead on the spot after he's gravely injured.
  • Bus Crash: He leaves Travis behind to join Derek and Brandon in "Date of Death." The very next episode it is revealed that he accidentally crashed the truck they were driving and injuries his leg, so Brandon shot him in the head to "put him out of his misery."
  • Calling the Old Man Out:
    • He tells off his father Travis for never being there and for killing his mother.
    • He calls out his Dad again for maintaining idealistic views in a brutal world that's bein ravaged by zombies and other villains.
  • Cassandra Truth: He sees flashing signals coming from a house outside of the quarantine zone, but is generally ignored at first when he tries to tell his family.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: More like dropped a car on him, since Chris literally died getting mercy killed after crashing his group's truck a few hours after leaving his dad behind.
  • Easily Forgiven: Travis forgives his son for all of his Ambiguously Evil actions.
  • Expy: Word of God says that he's starting to grow into the team's version of Shane.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Ditches Travis in favor of a gang full of hardened sociopaths.
    • Face Heel Doorslam: Dies immediately after departing with his new gang of villains. It doesn't last long.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Abandons his father in favor of sociopathic teenagers he knows absolutely nothing about. The gang ends up killing him after he's too injured to pull his own weight.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: His excuse for killing people.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chris is rude, disdainful of his father, and rebellious, but he's initially not a bad person. At heart, he's just a teenager caught in between the drama of his parents.
  • Karmic Death: He and his gang killed Baby James while he was helplessly bleeding out in pain for being a burden on the group. Chris ultimately dies in the exact same position as his so-called friends who Travis warned him about coldly shoot him dead without second thoughts on him outliving his usefulness.
  • Kick the Dog: Abandons his father in favor of a gang of hardened survivors.
  • Mercy Kill:
    • He puts down one of the flight survivors after it becomes apparent that he's suffering from grievous wounds.
    • Ends up on the receiving end when his own friends assume that he's beyond help and shoot him dead on the road.
  • Murder by Inaction: Alicia believes he tried to do this to Madison when he saw a walker on top of her but just stared at it happening instead of helping her.
  • Oh, Crap!: Desperately tries to crawl away when he realizes that his gang plans to put him down for being seriously injured.
  • Rebellious Spirit: One thing that Chris has learned from Nick is to stand up against authority. Not only does he rebel against his father, but he also has a beef against authoritarianism itself, culminating in him joining a mass protest against apparent police brutality.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He abandoned his own father to ally himself with a team of sociopathic teenagers, but ultimately end up killed by them.
  • Sanity Slippage: In Season 2, his mother's death has caused him to seriously lose grasp on what's right and wrong.
  • Ship Sinking: His Ship Tease with Alicia is effectively done by mid-Season 2, when he has gone under severe Sanity Slippage to the point where he's actively threatened her life.
  • Ship Tease: With Alicia.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Spends the entire second season trying to find himself and who he is, but tragically ends up betrayed and shot dead by the people who he thought were his friends after he gets seriously injured beyond help.
  • Start of Darkness: The combination of losing his mother, undiagnosed anger issues, stresses of The End of the World as We Know It, and being mistrusted by his entire social circle has sent him down this road, culminating with him taking a boy hostage at gunpoint and trying to stab Travis.
  • Teens Are Monsters: He gets a little too much interest in slaughtering his enemies.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Argues that he is savage towards his own father and fully embraces it.
  • Token Evil Teammate: He begins to share this role with Strand in the second season while he suffers a Sanity Slippage.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He chooses to drive a truck for his gang of sociopathic survivalists despite being seriously sleep-deprived and not knowing how to drive a car that well. He ultimately crashes, gets seriously injured, and is ultimately executed by his own group so they don't have to worry about him. To make it all the more worse, this could have been avoided had he listened to Travis.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He begins slaughtering zombies in Season 2.
  • Took a Level in Cynic: In Season 2, he goes from a Rebellious Spirit to an Ambiguously Evil jerkass.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He mellows out a lot over the course of Season 1. Unfortunately, he Took a Level in Jerkass again after Liza died, unfairly blaming it on Travis.
  • Undignified Death: Dies crashing a car, crawls out bleeding half to death, and gets shot dead by his own sociopathic friends when they see him as a burden with his corpse left out on the open road without burial.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He threatens to execute a child to prevent his father from turning him in.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: When he's seriously injured in a car crash, Derek coldly shoots him dead so they don't have to worry about helping him.

    Liza 

Liza Ortiz

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Portrayed by: Elizabeth Rodriguez

Travis' ex-wife, Liza is putting herself through nursing school while attempting to raise Christopher as a single mother.


  • Amicable Exes: Averted. Things are clearly tense between her and Travis, especially when it comes to Chris.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Saves Nick and Victor from a hallway of walkers in "A Good Man", instantly cancelling out Nick's impending sacrifice.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Travis is forced to kill her after she gets bitten.
  • Death by Irony: When Madison expresses should she end up infected, she requests that Liza is the one to take her out instead of Travis, and the latter refuses. In the finale, Liza is the one who's bitten, and when Madison refuses to take her out, Travis ends up finding out about her wound, and ends up being the one who plants a bullet in her.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Accepts her fate calmly after being bitten, and even casually tells Madison and Travis to kill her.
  • I Cannot Self-Terminate: She requests Madison to kill her after she reveals she was bitten, but the job is reluctantly handed over to Travis.
  • The Lancer: Essentially forced to become this to Exner after going with her to the hospital.
  • Lovely Angels: Takes down a walker alongside Ofelia during the escape in "The Good Man".
  • Mama Bear: Highly protective of her son Chris.
  • The Medic: Though she's still in med school and not fully experienced, the Zombie Apocalypse is forcing her to take this role.
  • Mercy Kill: For Griselda in Episode 5, and ends up on the receiving end by Travis at her request after she's bitten in the finale.
  • Nice Girl: Tries her best to look out for the people around her, even those she doesn't know or particularly like.
  • The Smart Girl: Liza has been putting herself through med school, and it shows. She's not officially a doctor but her expertise is vital to the group's survival regardless.
  • Suicide by Cop: Courtesy of her ex-husband Travis at her request.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The show makes it evident that she and Madison do not like each other, although Liza at the very least points out that they need to put their differences aside in order to stay alive. It soon gets sour when Liza chooses to leave with the military who have Nick quarantined at the same time, which causes Madison to believe out of anger that Liza is a traitor, but it ends on a positive note (or at least as positive as it can get in this situation) when Liza has her Big Damn Heroes moment in saving Nick (and Strand) from a locked door in a walker-infested hallway. In the aftermath, Madison goes to check up on her and Liza reveals she got bit, requesting the other woman to Mercy Kill her so that Travis doesn't have to. When Travis shows up anyway, Madison is clearly uncomfortable when he voices that he should do it.
  • Zombie Infectee: Is bitten offscreen, and at the end of the Season 1 finale, Travis puts her down at her request.
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