Dakota is a main character and later an antagonist, as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. She is a former member of the Pioneers and is the daughter of the group's leader, Virginia. She is currently a member of Morgan's Group.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Pre-Apocalypse
- 3 Post-Apocalypse
- 4 Killed Victims
- 5 Appearances
- 6 Trivia
Outwardly, Dakota appears to be a sweet but rebellious girl who is frightened of her sister due to her murderous ways. When Cameron is murdered, Dakota pushes John Dorie to investigate and seems angry when his investigation fails with the false confession and execution of Janis. She's later happy for the chance to flee the Rangers and join Morgan's Group. Dakota also has at least some basic medical knowledge, being able to stitch Morgan Jones up twice, although she was apparently unable to remove the bullet from his shoulder, possibly lacking the knowledge of how to do something so complicated.
However, in reality, Dakota is in some ways as cold, murderous and calculating as her sister, although she shows some remorse for her actions unlike Virginia. Dakota appears to see this as the way that the world is now, pointing out how her sister and other people do the same thing. Dakota murdered Cameron for reporting her escape route to her sister and thus depriving Dakota of her only means of escape. Dakota encouraging John's investigation was aimed at spreading doubt against her sister by making it clear that she was covering up for someone. However, Dakota never intended for Janis to get killed, having not anticipated that Virginia would take it that far and she murders John to protect her secret, although Dakota shows some hesitation and remorse for the action, having bonded with and come to genuinely care for John. Dakota also saved Morgan for the sole reason that she believed that he was the only one who could stop her sister and goes so far as to demand that he still take her with him even after murdering Morgan's friend.
Nothing is known about Dakota's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that her mother Virginia had her young. As a result, her grandparents were ashamed and pretended to be Dakota's parents while her mother pretended that she was actually Dakota's sister. On Sunday afternoons her grandfather would let her drive their car in the church parking lot.
Although not physically seen, Dakota rescues Morgan Jones from a herd of walkers after Virginia shoots him, patches him up and leaves Morgan with a note stating that although he doesn't know her, she heard his message and Morgan has a greater purpose to live for. Morgan later shows Dakota's note to Isaac and explains what little he knows of how he survived being shot.
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 Strand 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 of 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, although 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.
Dakota and Morgan, who is wounded, are found by John at the general store. Dakota and Morgan explain that they barricaded the walkers while fleeing from Virginia's rangers. They hear someone outside and hide. Marcus, one of Virginia's rangers, enters the store and sees John's name on the DVD check-out list. He goes outside to alert Hill via walkie. Dakota tells John that he should have shot Marcus, but John argues that there was no need.
Morgan tells John they must lure Virginia to their turf before she harms their friends. John refuses to kill anyone but offers to help Morgan and Dakota cross the bridge. Dakota and Morgan load up a car. Marcus gallops toward them on horseback and shoots, then lassos Morgan and drags him through the woods. Dakota tries to drive after Marcus but the engine is damaged from gunfire. John shoots Marcus dead. John and Dakota salvage parts from an abandoned truck at a nearby cabin. John explains that his father moved to a secluded cabin when he was a child and was barely a part of his life.
John removes the front door of the neighboring cabin to use at his cabin, which lacks a front door. Dakota tries to assuage John's guilt over Janis' death and points out that people kill each other and die all the time in their world. John accuses her of sounding like Virginia. Morgan confronts John about his suicide mission after decoding John's suicide note from the Scrabble tiles. John is not dissuaded.
Dakota, John and Morgan drive onto the bridge. John and Morgan kill walkers from the back of the truck as Dakota slowly drives through the herd. The truck stalls. John fixes the engine, narrowly avoiding walkers. Dakota slams the gas pedal and crashes through the barricade, sending walkers over the bridge.
Dakota and John search the bridge for a missing truck part. Dakota stabs a walker when it grabs her. John recognizes the knife and realizes that Dakota killed Cameron. Dakota tearfully explains that she killed Cameron after he told Virginia about her secret passage out of Lawton. She defends her actions and insists that killing Cameron was no different from what other people do to get their way. She aims her gun at John. John urges her to lower the gun and promises to keep her secret. Dakota ignores this and shoots him, then pushes him into the water.
Morgan rejoins Dakota on the bridge. Dakota turns her gun on him. Morgan sees the knife and realizes Dakota killed Cameron. Dakota orders Morgan to bring her to his community as planned. Morgan grabs the gun and holds his axe to her neck. Dakota reveals that she was the one who saved him at the gulch and nursed him back to health. She says that the only reason she saved him was because she wanted him to kill Virginia.
Morgan tells Virginia that Dakota saved him at the Gulch in the hopes that he would kill Virginia. Virginia breaks down in tears and reveals that Dakota is her daughter. Morgan agrees to bring Virginia to his community, where she can reunite with Dakota. Virginia begs to run away with Dakota, but Morgan reminds her of all the evil she has brought upon his friends. They arrive at the dam.
Morgan brings Virginia to a church where Dakota is and leaves them alone. Virginia tells Dakota that she is her mother. She explains that she killed her parents because they didn't protect her and Virginia, and that everything she has done since then has been to keep Dakota safe. Dakota screams at Virginia for bringing her into the world.
After deciding to exile Virginia and Dakota, Morgan and Alicia head out to bring Dakota to her mother, only to have June execute Virginia and leave. Rushing into the church, Dakota stares in shock and horror at Virginia's dead body.
Dakota will appear in this episode.
This list shows the victims Dakota has killed:
- Ben (Caused)
- Adrienne (Caused)
- Cameron (Alive)
- Janis (Indirectly Caused)
- Ed (Before Reanimation, alongside Morgan, Alicia Clark, and Charlie)
- John Dorie (Alive)
- Numerous counts of zombies
- "Welcome to the Club"
- "The Key"
- "Damage From the Inside"
- "The Door"
- "Things Left to Do"
- "Handle With Care"
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