Althea, also referred to as Al, is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. She is currently part of Morgan's group of survivors which she led until being succeeded by Morgan as.
She is described as "someone who is uniquely qualified to survive — to thrive, even — in this world because of who she was before the apocalypse. When we meet her, we'll find she has, in many ways, picked up right where she left off before the world collapsed. She has a number of impressive weapons in her arsenal, including a curiosity and understanding of people that often gives her a tactical advantage. It's never something for nothing with Althea. She has a greater purpose that she is constantly working toward; one which Strand takes a particular interest in."
Southern United States
Althea was born in the early 1980's and grew up in the southern United States, although little is known regarding that of her early life. As a young adult, she became employed as a journalist where she formed a long career interviewing several individuals and documented their personal stories.
She was once stationed in a small village located on another side of the world which was ruled over by a viscous warlord by the alias of "Twisted Round" who subjugated the poor citizens for control over their food, water and supplies. The outside refused to intervene as the villagers were too scared to even talk about the situation. Althea slowly began interviewing the citizens, where upon realizing that Twisted Round was not a substantial threat, the villagers overcame their fear and rebelled against him reclaiming their homeland.
As the apocalypse began, Althea travelled to many locations and encountered dozens of survivors which she interviewed in hopes of documenting their "stories", such as Slim, Molly, Ryan and Jamison. At one point she travelled to Houston, Texas and encountered Abraham Ford and Eugene Porter where she also interviewed and documented their stories.
Althea first appears when she drives up in a SWAT vehicle and offers Leland a case of ramen and cigarettes in exchange for his prisoners John Dorie and Morgan Jones. When Leland refuses, she pulls a lever to reveal the vehicle is rigged with machine guns.
Afterwards, Althea drives with Morgan and John in the back of the vehicle. She tells them that they owe her for saving their lives. She stops at a trailer park and gets out a video camera, explaining to them that she's a journalist and wants to get their stories on record.
The next day, Althea interviews John on camera and learns about his mission to find his girlfriend, Laura, who he met after the fall. She turns the camera on Morgan. He brushes her off and leaves them.
Suddenly, Leland's crew surrounds Althea, John and Morgan. Leland demands the keys to Althea's truck. While Morgan and John fight off their captors, Althea kicks Leland and runs to the truck.
Leland pulls her out and looks for the keys to the truck. Althea dangles keys in front of Leland and tosses them into some bushes. Leland runs after the keys, allowing Althea to escape.
Althea sprints to the truck. Leland slams the door in her face and tells her the keys didn't work. She reveals that they were the wrong keys. Before he can attack her, John shoots Leland. Althea escapes as Leland gets devoured by Infected, then guns down the Infected with the SWAT machine gun.
After the fight is over, Althea, John and Morgan get back on the road. Althea informs them that white numbered flags have been appearing in the area over the past few weeks. Althea points out that Morgan still owes her an interview.
Althea interviews Morgan on the side of the road. Morgan reveals that he came from Atlanta and used to belong to several settlements. He explains that his people battled a large group and won. When Althea asks why he left his group, Morgan gets up to go. Althea demands an answer. "I lose people and then I lose myself," he says, then walks off.
Later, after returning to the truck, Morgan insists that he is only traveling with John and Althea until his leg heals. John explains that they are setting out to find Laura and in exchange for the help, he'll tell Althea more of his story.
Althea sees a woman crawling on the road. She pulls over and walks up to help the woman: It's Alicia Clark, alive and well, and clearly hardened by survival. Suddenly, Alicia points a sharp weapon at Althea's neck. Alicia's brother Nick, Victor Strand, and Nick's girlfriend Luciana Galvez emerge from the bushes and hold Morgan, John, and Althea at gunpoint.
As she is held hostage, Althea nervously asks Alicia: "So... what the hell's your story?",
Althea, John and Morgan are held at gunpoint by Alicia, Strand, Luciana, and Nick. Alicia asks Althea if they are their enemies, and Strand names their foes as the Vultures. Morgan insists that they are not their enemies, and Alicia asks Althea about the flag in the back of her truck. Althea says that she found it and insists she doesn’t know the significance of the flag, but Alicia tells her to take them to its original location.
Althea, John and Morgan are held prisoner in the SWAT truck by Nick and his group. Althea reveals that she only gave them partial directions to the location with the numbered flag. She agrees to provide the rest of the directions on the condition that they tell her their stories, but warns them they are stealing her truck, Nick says it's how it’s gonna be. When she threatens him, Nick attempts to threaten back, but he escapes from her bonds and attacks Nick, causing him to jostle Luciana in the driver’s seat. Luciana swerves off the road and crashes. The noise attracts a herd of Infected towards the truck.
Althea and John unsuccessfully try to extract the SWAT truck from the mud. Luciana offers to locate a tow truck but demands that she, Alicia, Nick and Strand, who are all now captives, be released. Althea agrees to this as along as they tells their stories to her and cuts all their bonds, but holds Nick hostage. Morgan offers to stay with Nick while the others find the tow truck.
Luciana leads the group to a service station and points to a truck with wire cable. Strand tells Althea he’s surprised by her benevolence. Strand asks Althea why she collects people’s stories. She attempts to not answer, but Strand tells her not to change the subject and asks again why. Althea declares that the truth matters and again offers to disclose the location of the flag in exchange for everyone’s stories.
Althea and the group returns to the SWAT truck and finds it swarming with Infected. John spots an arrow left by Morgan to indicate the direction that he and Nick went. Althea refuses to leave his truck and tells John to go look for Morgan. John replies, "It's just a van", Al!", but Althea says she has stuff in her van. Alicia offers to help tow the truck while Luciana and John look for Morgan and Nick. Alicia’s group agrees to tell their stories if Althea takes them to the location of the flag.
Alicia cuts down walkers as Althea covers from the top of the hill. She gets under the van, hooking its underbelly to their newfound tow truck. Afterwords, Althea and her group catch up with John, Morgan and Nick.
Althea notices that the lock to her locker is broken. She sighs with relief once she sees that all her tapes, including a box labeled “The Bog, 17-24,” are still there.
After Nick is shot by Charlie, Althea, John and Morgan can only stand by and watch as Nick dies of his wounds.
Alicia, John, Morgan and Alicia's group ride in the SWAT van with Nick’s body. In a flashback, Althea videotapes Luciana as she plunges a knife into Nick’s head to keep him from turning. She films Alicia killing an Infected Ennis, and Strand covering Nick’s body with his jacket. In the SWAT van, Strand informs Althea that his group is ready to tell their stories. Al turns on her video camera and asks the group how they ended up in their current situation. Luciana explains that everything traces back to one particular day.
Luciana explains to Althea that it had been a couple of weeks since the Vultures’ arrival and rations were getting low. Strand tells Althea that their first misstep that day was to go on runs. Luciana tells Althea that she went inside because she thought it would be good for Nick. She also tells Althea that Charlie was beyond help. Althea tells the group they can stop the story if they’d like, but they continue.
Althea notices that Alicia kept the machine gun barrel, which now has a jagged point. Luciana tells Althea that she should never have opened the road atlas. Althea asks if that was the day that everyone left the stadium. Strand tells Althea that he never told anyone that he'd hidden the supplies only for himself.
Alicia tells Althea that she should have talked Madison into leaving. Strand tells Althea he should have kept the car a secret. Luciana tells Althea that they should have left the stadium for a new destination. They declare that Nick is dead because they wanted to believe the stadium would work out.
John stops the SWAT van. Alicia’s group gets out to dig a grave for Nick. Eventually, their shovels hit something.
Rather than burying Nick, they had Althea bring them to the spot to dig up a cache of guns. They're planning to kill the Vultures. They ask Althea to drive them, with the promise of showing her how their story ends. Althea agrees.
John finds the Colt in the backpack and realizes that Naomi is Laura. Alicia tells him that Naomi died at the stadium. John chooses to remain behind as Althea takes Alicia and her friends after the Vultures. Althea promises to find out what happened to Laura and report back to John. Morgan stays behind with John as everyone leaves in the van.
Althea and Alicia's group speed toward the Vultures’ next meeting spot. Alicia interrogates Althea about the SWAT vehicle’s firepower, but Althea makes it clear that she only records events and will not participate in their fight.
Alicia, Strand and Luciana wait for the Vultures at their designated meeting spot. Althea is filming the whole thing. John and Morgan arrive. Alicia’s group forces them to their knees. Morgan explains that they warned the Vultures to stay away. John asks Althea for help, but she simply spectates. Morgan explains the Vultures are not coming. He found them and told them to stay away.
Althea witness the exchange between Alicia's group and the Vultures and when Naomi arrives, alive and well, Alicia attempts to kill her, but accidentally hits John.
During the gunfight between the Vultures and Alicia's group, Althea stands back and records the scene with her camera only to be interrupted by Morgan who begs for her help to save John Dorie's life. Althea refuses as she is not a part of the story, but Morgan convinces her that the story is almost over and a good man will die if she doesn't help. Driving her SWAT van, Althea uses her machine guns to stop Alicia from killing Naomi and departs with John, Naomi, Morgan and Charlie.
After leaving, Althea demands to know what happened to cause the stadium to fall and Charlie admits that it wasn't Naomi's fault but Charlie's. With John in desperate need of medical attention, June directs Althea to take them to the only place left with medical supplies: the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium. Though June acknowledges that the stadium fell, she insists that the supplies they need are there and Althea agrees to take the group to the stadium as Charlie explains what happened.
Arriving at the stadium, Althea stops the van and observes the wreckage. June insists that they need to go on and that the infirmary still exists as Ennis and the other Vultures took what they could from the outside but were too afraid to go inside. Althea continues to hesitate at this announcement and Morgan tells her that he thinks he knows who she is and that he thinks he's seen it. Althea responds that Morgan definitely hasn't seen who she is as Althea is "a chick with layers" and then drives the van into the stadium. To everyone's shock, in the dugout they are surrounded by a herd of hundreds of burned walkers.
In flashbacks, Althea is confronted at gunpoint by a desperate Madison Clark, who wants Althea's vehicle and supplies. Althea is able to capture Madison using a booby-trap and offers to help Madison in exchange for Madison's story, suggesting that while she hasn't met Madison's kids, someone she recorded might have. Though Althea breaks free, Madison overpowers her, steals her camera and tapes and flees.
Althea eventually recaptures Madison and tells her a story about how before the Apocalypse, Althea used her journalism to help take down a warlord named Twisted Round. Madison finally tells Althea a story about how her kids, as young children, nursed a severely injured bird back to health and how she wants to find a safe place for her children where they can live without fear. Althea and Madison ultimately go their separate ways without Althea ever learning Madison's name. Before they part, Althea gives Madison some food, a radio and a map and requests that when they next meet, she gets the rest of the story which Madison promises. Althea subsequently labels the tape "Amina" after the bird from Madison's story while their encounter inspires Madison to form the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium community.
In the present, Althea agrees to watch John Dorie and use her guns to clear a path for Naomi and Morgan Jones to reach the infirmary, but warns that she only has enough ammunition for one try at it. Althea brings the SWAT vehicle as close as possible and clears a path while Charlie keeps watch. When Alicia's group shows up, Althea exchanges fire with them before retreating into the vehicle to treat a bleeding John.
After Luciana blows off the van door with a rocket launcher, Althea is taken captive by Alicia who forces her to assure Morgan and Naomi that its safe to come out. However, afterwards Althea slips John the radio who uses it to broadcast Althea and Alicia's conversation to Morgan and June. Althea and Alicia get into a fight after Alicia discovers the deception, ending when Alicia spots some of the leftover food matching what Althea gave Madison. Alicia finds Althea's "Amina" tape and realizes that Althea met her mother who she reveals is dead.
After Alicia is talked out of killing Naomi, who's real name is June, Althea drives the group to safety and asks about Madison who never revealed her encounter with Althea beyond a brief mention out of shame for her behavior at the time. At Alicia's request, Althea pulls over where they make camp and Alicia's group reveals the rest of their story, Madison's story, including how Madison sacrificed herself to save her children, Luciana and Victor Strand. Saddened by the ending, Althea labels the tape containing the story "Madison" in honor of Madison's sacrifice. Together, the group enjoys a meal made of the last of the noodles left over from what Althea gave to Madison.
A month later, Morgan radios Althea to inform her while he still won't answer her questions, he plans on heading back to Virginia and wants her to drive him. Later, a walker comes upon Charlie by the river, but Althea puts it down to help her. Althea volunteers to lead John and June to the cabin before she leaves in the morning.
Althea and June discover a box left on the road that reads, “Take what you need, leave what you don’t. See you further up on the road.” They find MRE’s and supplies and Althea decides to record it. June asks her about John’s interviews and Althea says she only knows about her Laura and Naomi aliases.
Back on the road, June laments to Althea that she’s not the Laura John fell in love with. She explains that was a scared version of her, and she’s afraid if she returns to the cabin with him he’ll realize she’s not who he thinks. Al doesn’t buy it and reminds her she’s not as different as she thinks. They decide to head back to the truck when they sense a storm coming their way.
As the storm hits, Althea and June get stuck in the truck, which gets pelted with walkers from the wind.
After the storm passes, Althea and June remain on the road. June watches John’s story on Althea’s tapes and radios him to thank him for the kind words he said on the tape. Althea returns and tells her to conserve the battery on the radio. Without gas, they’re forced to hang out by the truck for a day.
The next morning, they hear someone on the walkie. June asks if it’s John but is met with silence. Althea starts feeling ill due to lack of food and water, so June convinces her to come with her to track down the person on the radio.
On the road, Althea and June locate a truck and find a box telling them to take what they need. They drive the truck back and June apologizes for using all the battery in her camera. Althea forgives her and tells her that she never really had anyone before the apocalypse because of her strenuous work life. They try the walkie again and unknown to them, they are overheard by the woman Morgan communicated with before. Althea, meanwhile, begins vomiting. She has a fever and tries to downplay it.
Suddenly, the SWAT truck drives past Althea and June. Althea chases after it, dangerously speeding the truck, which maneuvers around a refrigerator and causes them to pop a tire and spin out. Althea, who’s getting sicker by the second, reveals to June that all her medicine is in the truck.
Later, Althea wakes up in the back seat of the pick up truck. June is fixing the truck's tire and insists they stay in communication to keep Althea with her, while Althea’s condition continues to worsen. They hear the SWAT truck guns down the road and Althea begs June to run over to it, which she reluctantly agrees to.
June radios Althea to ask where the medicine, Althea stumbles to her radio, almost through changing the tire. A walker is gaining on her and eventually gets to her. She is weak but fights it off. June can't find the medicine. Althea ends up using the truck to kill the walker by knocking it off of the jack. She gets to the radio and reveals there is no medicine, she just wanted the van back. June is furious.
June returns with medicine she found on the bus, which instantly helps Althea recover. June is furious that she almost killed someone for medicine that wasn't there, but Althea brushes it off. June’s still upset, and demands to know why the truck matters to her so much. Althea explains that she wanted the van and the tapes because she thinks the tapes help people like they did for June and Alicia. "It isn't just other people's stories on the tapes," Althea says. "It's my story. It's the people I knew. People I loved and I'm not gonna leave them behind."
Morgan climbs a water tower to communicate his location with a stronger signal, Althea and June miraculously hear him. Their walkie dies, but June says they have the gas to make it to his location. Unable to abandon the SWAT truck, Althea tells June to go without her. June pleads for her to stay, but Althea leaves anyway. As June drives off, Althea fires her gun and then decides to come along after all.
Althea and June drive behind Morgan and his new group. They finally reunite and Morgan tells June he still hasn’t found the others. Morgan introduces them to Sarah, Wendell and Jim and offers them water from the "take what you need" box while June takes Morgan’s walkie to radio the man from before.
At the truck, Morgan talks with Althea about her health. He still plans to go to Alexandria and she is welcome to join. "Just so you know, when I stay with people, I stay," she says. "But I don't plan on staying once I get the story." She asks about the guy whose truck this is. He doesn't know much other than the fact that they kept the roads clear, have power, and have water.
At night, as they search for Quinn, Althea and Morgan tell June they will continue with her on the search for John, but the others are looking forward to moving on.
After Sarah kills a walker, Jim notices the “Take what you need” message marked on its forehead and June immediately radios Quinn. However, she only hears walker groans on the other side, followed by Martha telling her he’s dead. Morgan recognizes the voice and radios her.
The woman immediately recognizes Morgan. She learned it from watching Althea's tapes and insists people getting help makes them weak. She wants them to stop trying to help people, which will make them strong again, and she won't have to intervene.
The next day, Morgan plants more boxes to try to help people. This time, he instructs people to radio him on VHF channel 4. June is hopeful John will see one of these. Morgan is confident they'll find him and everyone else.
On the road, Sarah and Jim start to question Morgan about what the woman meant when she said he used to be strong. He says he has some things to make up for and if they decide not to go with him he'll take the truck. Althea is on his side and can handle the truck. When Sarah draws her knife, Morgan slaps it from her hand with his shovel. They're instantly convinced and on board.
Later, Althea and the rest pick up Luciana and continue on their way. Suddenly, they are contacted by Charlie and Alicia on the radio.
Alicia tells them she found the channel from the box. Morgan tells her to wait at the mile marker and that they are gonna pick them, when suddenly, Martha radios both of them and warns Morgan of not taking her advice to stop leaving the boxes.
Morgan tells her he’ll continue to find the people they’re looking for until they find and help her. Sarah spots Althea’s SWAT truck appear behind them. Panicked, Morgan radios Martha to ask what she’s doing and she tells him, “You lose people... You lose yourself.” Morgan tells the group to get down just as the woman pulls the truck beside them, opens the gun hatch and opens fire.
Althea and the others slowly get up after the gunfire stops. Morgan notices leaking fuel and says they need to get out of the truck immediately. The SWAT van stops. Althea guesses that Martha used up all the ammo.
Althea, Morgan, June and Luciana get out of the truck. Althea goes after Martha with a knife, but falls back as Martha emerges from the back and releases a zombified Quinn onto June.
Wendell shoots Martha in the chest and Morgan puts down Quinn before June can get bitten, when suddenly, the truck explodes and attracts a herd from the woods. Martha smiles and drives off in the SWAT truck as the group flees.
Althea and the others walk along the road with the herd in pursuit. June insists on checking everyone’s injuries from the shootout. Althea and Luciana are in bad shape, and Morgan spots a sign for a hospital. Jim wants to keep moving, but Morgan insists they won't ever get ahead of them. The group declares he is wrong for abandoning them, but he blames Morgan for their situation. He changes his mind, however, when he sees the herd getting closer.
At the hospital, Althea, Sarah and Wendell clear the halls and rooms and find a set of walkies in a room. Althea asks Wendell how he ended up in a wheelchair. He explains that he got hit by a car as a child after he tried to save another kid from being hit. Later, Marines rejected him because of his handicap.
Althea and Sarah look for a stairwell. Sarah tells Althea that she quit the Marines after they mistreated Wendell. They find a stairway blocked off and filled with walkers. Morgan reports via walkie that a roof caved in on another stairwell. Luciana informs the group via walkie that the barricade won’t hold much longer. Morgan suggests they take the elevator to the roof. Al and Sarah look for generators to start up the elevator.
When the herd closes in, Althea sends Sarah to rejoin Wendell, saying she knows that the time when they can't be together is harder than she thinks. Everyone meets up at the elevators. Althea almost has the generators on as the walkers close in. The lights come on and everyone hops in the elevator as the walkers crowd the closing door.
On the roof, Sarah tries to reach Althea on her walkie, but doesn’t receive an answer.
Morgan repeatedly tries to contact Al over the walkie to no luck, leading to the assumption that she is dead or her batteries have run out.
After the group leaves the roof in search of Al, they find walkers on the top floor trapped behind a fallen celling. Outside of the generator room, they find several walkers killed by Al but not trace of her.
Luciana finds a note from Al stating that her walkie talkie ran out of batteries and she is making a break for it using the freight elevator. Al also leaves instructions for what to do with her tapes if they survive and she doesn't.
Althea flees into a building to escape a herd. There, she finds a walkie and tries to contact the group to no avail. She spots a TV news van nearby and watches some of the tapes. Then, she hot-wires a police car and drives back to the hospital, only to encounter Martha with a zombified Jim. Martha tells Althea she watched her tapes and admires her strength. She orders Al to give Morgan a message, but she refuses. Martha attacks Al with Jim and then knocks her unconscious.
A while later, Al wakes up in the SWAT truck where John and June tell her they found her alone in the street with a tape from Martha.
The next day, the group arrives at the truck stop and stocks up on supplies from the store. Al replenishes the artillery in the SWAT van. Outside, she loads the van when some walkers approach. Al jumps down to fight them, but is too weak and passes out. Alicia shoots at the herd and then instructs everyone to get inside as the noise will attract more.
Inside, everyone doubles over in pain as more walkers scrape at the windows. June realizes that someone opened the water bottles in the store and poisoned the water. Al deduces it was Martha.
While she watches tapes from her travels, she hears Morgan on the radio. Finally able to communicate, Morgan tells them it’s anti-freeze. June tells them the antidote is ethanol and the group hatches a plan to get it from one of the trucks outside.
June and Charlie create a distraction while the rest kill the walkers and push forward. Althea jumps in her SWAT truck and machine guns the walkers outside, while accidentally putting holes into the tank and causing the ethanol to drain out.
Sometime later, Al makes a tape of herself and says that whoever finds the tapes to keep them safe. Suddenly, Morgan shows up and reveals that he brought a truck of Jim's Augie’s Ale, saving the day. The group drinks the beer and suddenly regain their strength.
Morgan then brings Althea and the group back to the place he left Martha. He finds her severed arm attached to the police car and sees her turned, walking on the road. He stabs her in the head and then buries her.
Morgan tells everyone he’s no longer going to Alexandria. He says that Martha became the person she was because nobody helped her when she needed it and that more people need help.
The group arrives at Clayton's supply factory and Morgan says they should follow his path and help others. Alicia says it can’t just be about boxes, they need to build something like Madison would want. Althea suggests they can start with the people she interviewed.
Shortly after, Al and the group mobilizes a convoy of vehicles outside the factory. They load up on ammo and head out. Morgan gets on his walkie and broadcasts that they are coming to help anyone who might be in need.
This list shows the victims Althea has killed:
She appears to have a more friendly relationship with John as he was willing to share his story when she asked him.
At first Morgan refuses to tell her were Alexandria is and to share his story. However, this changes when they became close friends.
Morgan was deeply worried for Al and the others when they were unknowing positioned by Martha.
Even though Althea and Nick didn´t interact much, she was deeply saddened by his death and wanted to help the others get their revenge.
At first, they don't get along. However, after the storm they grow to trust each other and become friends.
At first, Althea did not like Madison for shooting her soup. After interviewing Madison, her compassion towards Madison grew, helping her by giving her some her supplies. This kindness had a great impact on Madison causing her to start a community of her own.
In the short time they knew each other the two seem to get along. She was shocked and horrified when she found out he had turned.
Wendell and Althea seem to get along fairly well.
Sarah and Althea seem to become good friends. She showed compassion and understanding when Sarah told her why she left the Marines and was willing to risk her life so that Sarah could be with her brother.