Dakota is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. She is a former member of the Pioneers and is the sister of the group's leader, Virginia. She's currently a member of Morgan's Group.
Nothing is known about Dakota's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that she had an older sister, Virginia.
Dakota is first seen when Marcus threatens Strand and Alicia. Dakota yells at Marcus to leave Strand and Alicia alone. The ranger complies, but after Hill arrives to inquire, Victor and Alicia are taken into custody so Virginia can judge them. As they're being escorted through Lawton, Alicia spots her from earlier and thanks her for saving them, but the latter tells her to think nothing of it, and introduces herself as Dakota before departing. Later, Charlie discovers Dakota hiding in the back of the truck. She pleads with them not to alert her to the rangers, as she heard their conversation, and knows what Virginia will do if they try to kill them. When asked how she knows this, she reveals that she is Virginia's sister.
Continuing their conversation in a tent, Dakota explains that others have tried to escape before, and that Virginia will either hunt them down or, if she can't find them, kill the people they love. Victor realizes that Virginia is going to come looking for her sister, and Dakota acknowledges this, but claims that she wanted to get away from her sister and find people that could help her do that. She picked them since she saw the tapes they left. Victor asks how they're supposed to help her escape if they can't. Dakota claims that there is a weapon in the warehouse they're supposed to clear, and Virginia wants to use it against someone she's been trying to kill. Dakota doesn't know anything more about the weapon, but believes that they can use it against Virginia if they recover it. Strand asks why they should believe her, to which Dakota replies that she hears everything that goes on in Virginia's house since she lives with her. As an example, she cites the deal Strand made with Virginia. Puzzled, Alicia asks Victor about this deal, before angrily storming off.
As the walkers begin to pile up, however, the structure begins to give way. Victor orders Sanjay to close the door, but the latter is nowhere to be found. Strand instructs Charlie to close the corridor gate instead, while Janis and some others rush to reinforce the corridor wall. Just as a walker is about to bite her, Dakota saves Charlie in the nick of time by killing it. The workers are able to close the gate, and Charlie thanks Dakota for saving her. Just then, two rangers arrive and discover Dakota. They alert Hill to her location, and order the workers to drop their weapons. Victor and the others comply after some hesitation. As the rangers try to apprehend Dakota, Janis yells that the barricade they're holding up is about to break. Alicia quietly tells Victor they need to finish this, and he agrees, ordering the others to pick up their weapons and Janis and her group to let go of the barricade. The walkers come tumbling out, as the rangers radio their collogues to prepare for evacuation.
As the rangers attempt to contain the breach, Strand and the others open the gate once more and start killing the walkers, using the pellets as makeshift shields. The rangers try to drag Dakota away, but she wriggles out of their grasp and escapes. While trying to apprehend her, the rangers are grabbed and devoured by the walkers. Alicia signals Strand that there are too many walkers, and that they need guns. Strand yells that he thinks he can get them, before running with Dakota to the a nearby RV. They find Sanjay cowering inside, too afraid to face the walkers. Strand murders Sanjay for being a coward and together with Alicia, Janis and Charlie, they manage to subdue the walkers with success. Inside, however, they find no trace of the promised weapon. They grill Dakota over this, despite her insistence that she wasn't lying. As they hear Virginia arrive, Alicia cautions Victor that they can't fight her off, which he agrees with, telling the others it's over. They meet Virginia and her escort outside. After the sisters are reunited, she sends her away while she praises Strand for his work of eliminating the walkers from the warehouse and gives him a key and a very important position for the community.
Dakota is seen at the funeral for Cameron. After the ceremony, John gives Dakota a coffee sweetener, which he can't consume until he gets his cavities treated. He asks her if she knew Cameron, and she confirms, saying that Cameron was always on the ranger detail when they'd travel outside the walls. Before she can answer and further questions, she is cut off by Virginia, who asks her sister to go home.
John is greeted by Dakota, who asks if John was a police officer and if he ever killed anyone. John confirms both facts, although he adds the latter was by accident. Dakota tells him not to listen to her sister, as she believes Virginia is protecting someone. Their conversation is interrupted again by Virginia, who orders Dakota to get back into the house. Later that day, Virginia holds a town meeting, commending John for his actions. As a reward, she bestows upon him a golden key. As the crowd claps and disperses, Dakota glares at John, seemingly disappointed.
Dakota travels as a passenger in a convoy with Strand and fellow rangers. Dakota asks Strand when he will make a move against Virginia, though he denies knowing what she means. She insists Strand does something now, mentioning that two scouts are dead, Tank Town has been destroyed, and John has been missing for a week.
This list shows the victims Dakota has killed:
- Ben (Caused)
- Adrienne (Caused)
- Ed (Before Reanimation, alongside Morgan, Alicia Clark, and Charlie)
- A few zombies