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Members of the Salazar family from Fear the Walking Dead:

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Salazar Family

    Daniel 

Daniel Salazar

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"Good people are the first ones to die."
Portrayed by: Ruben Blades

"The man with the blade and the man in the chair, they're not different. They both suffer. Their lives are changed forever."

A refugee from El Salvador, Daniel moved to the United States with his wife Griselda, where they had their daughter Ofelia. He started a successful barbershop, but still mostly keeps to himself in their community.


  • Anti-Hero: Of the Pragmatic Variety. Though understandable, given his background. Daniel's a good person, but he understands that in order to protect his family he has to get blood on his hands.
  • Anti-Villain: Wants to protect his family, and will do anything to do so, and has done rather awful things in the past.
  • Badass Beard: He sports a small beard.
  • Badass Old Guy: Unlike the other characters, Daniel has absolutely no qualms with blowing a walker's head off to protect his family.
  • The Cynic: Points out to Ofelia that "the good people always die".
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He had a horrible life in El Salvador; it's why he's so savvy when civilization starts to crumble in the U.S.
    • Episode 5 further reveals that Daniel worked as a torturer for the military dictatorship during the Salvadoran Civil War, and is very good at what he does.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When Daniel shoots an infected Mr. Dawson with a shotgun, the shot only manages to destroy the right half of his face. Daniel's response? Step closer and shoot Mr. Dawson in the head point blank, with zero hesitation.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His love for his wife and daughter are his only redeeming traits.
  • Get Out!: After Ofelia dies shortly after Madison arrives and before the father-daughter duo could reunite, he tells Madison to get out, as she had failed to bring his daughter to him alive.
  • Happily Married: To Griselda.
  • I Hate Past Me: Implied when he talks about his past with Madison while he's washing his hands.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a bit of a jerk to Travis, but it's clear he'll do anything to protect his family. It's also implied that his trust issues come from past experiences he's had.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Despite being the harshest character on the show, he is very savvy.
  • Kick the Dog: Tortures the most friendly of the soldiers for information.
  • Kill It with Fire: He burns down a whole mansion to kill its inhabitants and walkers. Luckily, he gets out safe, as seen by season 3's fourth episode.
  • Monster Sob Story: Tells whoever he talks to about the awful things that happened to him in El Salvador to try and justify his actions and why he became the way he is.
  • Never Found the Body: We never see him escape the Abigail Estate after he sets it alight until the fourth episode of season 3. This happens again at the end of season 3, as his fate post-Gonzalez dam explosion is unknown.
  • Papa Wolf: His number one priority is protecting his family at all costs.
  • Properly Paranoid: Mistrustful of pretty much anyone who isn't his family, but this is the Zombie Apocalypse after all.
    • Averted with his suspicions towards Strand, who turns out to have no real ulterior motives. This suspicions result in the group getting abducted by pirates when Strand discovers too late that Daniel has stolen the ammunition from his assault rifle. Played straight in season 3, when his view of Strand is proven right after Strand betrays Daniel and the Clarks in exchange for a seat of power next to The Bishops.
  • Retired Monster: Used to torture people as an occupation, but ran away with his wife to America and became a barber. When the zombie apocalypse comes, he continues his old trade.
  • Sanity Slippage: Starts having PTSD flashbacks in Season 2.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Played straight.
  • Torture Technician: Used to be one for the Salvadoran dictatorship.
  • Uncertain Doom: He's last seen collapsed under a wine cellar with torched walkers unconscious. It is revealed early in Season 3 that he managed to escape. Unfortunately, his fate is left unknown after season 3, when the Gonzalez dam blew up while he was still up there.

    Ofelia 

Ofelia Salazar

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Portrayed by: Mercedes Mason

Daughter of Daniel and Griselda, Ofelia was born in America after her parents fled El Salvador. She is more cynical than her parents and disagrees with her father on the best course of action once the Zombie Apocalypse begins.


  • Action Girl: Proves capable of killing walkers in the Season 1 finale.
  • Femme Fatale: Began sleeping with Adams in order to retrieve meds for her mother.
  • Heroic BSoD: Has one when she realizes Daniel is torturing Adams.
  • Lovely Angels: Pairs up with Liza when taking out a walker in "A Good Man".
  • Missed Him by That Much: After trying to survive the end of the season with a walker bite, her last request is to reunite with her father. Despite managing to get to the rendezvous point, she dies before Madison can bring Daniel to her.
  • Morality Pet: For Daniel.
  • New Old Flame: Apparently, Ophelia had a fiancé this whole time and departs the second season going on a search for him.
  • Nice Girl: A compassionate, decent woman.
  • Not Quite Dead: Gets shot by Adams in the finale, but luckily the wound isn't fatal.
  • Only Sane Man: The only member of her family who feels it is necessary to stay with Travis and his group.
    • This is a little bit ironic, given her name.
  • Put on a Bus: In season 2, she abandons the group to go searching for her fiancé. She doesn't show up again until the season 3 mid-season finale.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Played straight.
  • Ship Tease: With Nick.
  • Trauma Conga Line: First she finds out that her father has been torturing Adams, then her mother dies, and then in the finale she is shot by said boyfriend.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: She is very disappointed to learn that her father tortured her boyfriend for information. Then, she gives another one to Adams when he holds the group at gunpoint to get revenge on her father.

    Griselda 

Griselda Salazar

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Portrayed by: Patricia Reyes Spíndola

Daniel's wife, she fled alongside him from El Salvador to the United States. Highly religious, Griselda finds comfort in prayer.


  • An Arm and a Leg: Her injured foot is amputated in the hospital to keep her from turning, but she goes into septic shock and dies anyway.
  • Distressed Damsel: Is carted off to the hospital along with the other injured and sick by the military. The fact that Daniel isn't allowed to accompany her implies more sinister intentions on the part of the soldiers.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Badly injures her leg while escaping from the riot in the third episode.
  • Happily Married: To Daniel.
  • Sacrificial Lion: The first member of the three main families to die.
  • Satellite Character: Mainly exists to be Daniel's wife.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Played straight.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Appears to be the most religious of the main cast.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Out of all the major characters Griselda gets the least amount of screen time and dialogue, and is the first to die.
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