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Characters introduced in Atlanta in the television show The Walking Dead:

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 nine seasons read at your own risk!


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Dr. Edwin Jenner
"This is what takes us down. This is our extinction event."
Portrayed by: Noah Emmerich

Rick: I'm grateful [for letting us leave].
Jenner: The day will come when you won't be.

Jenner is the last surviving scientist at the CDC in Atlanta. He allowed the survivors inside, neglecting to tell them the building was set to explode. He tried to convince them to stay and end their suffering, but only one survivor took him up on his offer, and they died together in the explosion.

  • Anti-Villain: Of the Well-Intentioned Extremist type.
  • Apocalyptic Log: Dr. Jenner's recordings of everything he has done by way of research and study, while locked up in the CDC facility.
  • Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
  • Crusading Widower: The death of his wife to the infection is what drives him on to continue researching, after everyone in the CDC has either fled or committed suicide.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Due to his wife's death, the destruction of the last samples he had, and the discovery that everyone who dies becomes a walker.
  • Driven to Suicide: Due to his Despair Event Horizon.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: After his last walker samples got destroyed he turned to drinking while waiting for the CDC to explode.
  • Foreshadowing: Jenner predicts that there will come a day when Rick will not be grateful for Jenner allowing the group to escape the exploding CDC and give up a chance to end it all. Six seasons and two years later, Jenner's words finally come to pass the day that Negan arrives, kills Abraham and Glenn, and psychologically tortures Rick into submission.
  • Half Truth: "I told you: once that front door closed, it wouldn't open again."
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Forced to put down his wife.
  • Last-Name Basis: Exclusively addressed as Jenner by every single character.
  • Meaningful Name: Edwin Jenner was named after Edward Jenner, the "father of immunology".
  • Mercy Kill: Does this for his wife after he finished studying her. It is also what he "offers" to the rest of the survivors by locking them in the CDC as it prepares to explode.
  • Not So Stoic: It's obvious despite his deadpan demeanor that Patient TS-19 was someone important to him when he can describe how long from death to reanimation down to the second... and he only loses it in private with her photo and when the survivors realize he intends to lock them in for the end of the countdown.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: He calls zombies "the infected."
  • Sanity Slippage: Due to his wife getting infected and being forced to put her down, the rest of the staff abandoning the CDC, and his discovery that everyone is infected and will become a walker even if they die without getting bitten.
  • Sole Surviving Scientist: He's a depressed and ultimately suicidal scientist found alone in his compound by the other survivors.
  • Together in Death: With Jacqui, as she was the only one who decided to stay behind with him in the end.


The Vatos


"These people all look to me now. I don't even know why."
Portrayed by: Neil Brown Jr.

Guillermo is the leader of a group of survivors at a nursing home who protect the elderly residents from the walkers.

  • Almighty Janitor: He was the literal head custodian of the nursing home.
  • Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
  • Gang Bangers: Subverted: he and his crew were faking it to appear tough.
  • Hero of Another Story: And likely a pretty interesting story at that, considering the fact that Atlanta is almost completely overrun, and his group of survivors is among the largest organized force encountered prior to Woodbury.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: He doesn't want to hurt anybody, but he is cautious with everyone who comes by due to previous encounters with looters and other violent survivors. He and his group use the facade to try to scare off other survivors so they can continue protecting the elderly.
  • The Leader: Of the nursing home survivors.
  • One-Shot Character: Only appears in "Vatos".
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Deleted material from the second season premiere shows the nursing home overrun and everyone dead, but this was cut when the premiere was heavily changed following Frank Darabont being fired. As such, the question as to what happened to Guillermo and his people is unlikely to ever be answered



Portrayed by: Noel Gugliemi

Felipe is a social worker at the nursing home who joined Guillermo in defending its residents.


Portrayed by: Anthony Guajardo

Miguel is Felipe's cousin. He is captured by Rick, Daryl, and T-Dog when Glenn is taken by the Vatos.

  • Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Snarks about Merle's name after he gets captured, which almost causes Daryl to attack him.
  • Hostage Situation: Rick and the others try to use him to get Glenn returned safely, although it turns out Glenn is fine and they manage to resolve the situation peacefully.
  • One-Shot Character: Only appears in "Vatos".
  • Too Dumb to Live: He starts yelling loudly during a Zombie Apocalypse while a guy with a crossbow is telling him to shut up. He's lucky that Daryl didn't shot him in the head.


Chase's Group


Portrayed by: Josh Stewart

The protagonist of the Cold Storage webisodes, Chase is a survivor attempting to reach Cynthiana, Kentucky, where his sister is part of a group that is planning on leaving for Washington D.C.

  • Action Survivor: He's clearly not used to fighting to survive, but he manages to dispatch a few walkers and save Kelly while taking down B.J.'s personel storage kingdom.
  • Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
  • Hero of Another Story: The webisodes show the beginning of his escape from Atlanta and journey to Cynthiana.
  • Mythology Gag: His sister lives in Cynthiana, Kentucky, which is where the Grimes family lives prior to the outbreak in the comics.


Portrayed by: Christopher Allen Nelson

A friend of Chase, and is heading with him to Cynthiana. Gets bitten at the end of part one, and Chase dispatches his walker form in part four.

Self Storage Facility


Portrayed by: Daniel Roebuck

The last living employee of a storage facility, he offers Chase a truck in exchange for his help in restarting a generator. He killed most of his fellow employees, keeping Kelly alive to rape.

  • Beard of Evil: Chase should have realized he was bad news when he saw the classical villain goatee.
  • Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
  • Crazy Survivalist: He's clearly come slightly unhinged by the Zombie Apocalypse, and the revelation that he killed all of his coworkers save the one he is raping proves it.
  • False Friend: He acts cheerful and friendly towards Chase after their initial hostile introduction, promising to give him a truck if he helps restore power. Once he has no more use for Chase he shoots him in the head and leaves him for dead.
  • Fate Worse than Death: Ends up as a reanimated zombie head after Kelly decapitates him.
  • Jerkass: He laughs at security footage of people being Eaten Alive while trying to get into the storage facility and get their stuff. And then there is what he did to Kelly...
  • Off with His Head!: How Kelly kills him with a machete.
  • Only Known by Initials: He introduces himself as B.J. to Chase and never mentions what they stand for.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Turns out turning your back on the woman you repeatedly raped while she is holding a machete is a bad idea.
  • Weapon of Choice: A Smith & Wesson Model 29 as his handgun and a M16 as his rifle, which Chase steals after B.J. leaves him for dead.


Portrayed by: Cerina Vincent

A coworker of B.J.'s, she called in sick the day the Zombie Apocalypse started. She is really being kept by B.J. in a storage room, where he rapes her repeatedly. Chase rescues her and after killing B.J., they escape.

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