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Dante is an antagonist and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is a recent member of the Whisperers. Sometime after the blizzard, Dante is sent by Alpha to act as a spy at the Alexandria Safe-Zone. He served as an antagonist for the first half of Season 10 and the primary antagonist of the episode "Open Your Eyes".
Dante has shown himself to be somewhat arrogant and vain due to the fact that his profession is highly valued, even comparing himself to a god. He also sometimes jokes at inappropriate moments. Despite this, he is a capable doctor that is ready to help anyone in need. Dante is also a compassionate person, as seen when he comforts Siddiq over his PTSD, offering him a drink and talking about his traumatic experiences in the military.
However, Dante is eventually revealed to be a merciless killer and a duplicitous spy working for Alpha and the Whisperers, doing his best to hinder Alexandria in any way he can. Because of this, it is unknown how much, if any, of his previously established personality was sincere, or how much of it was an act. However he did seem to genuinely care for Siddiq, as he regretfully kills him, even stating outright that he didn't want to harm him.
Despite this, Dante shows no remorse for his actions once he is outed, even gleefully admitting that he will enjoy watching Alexandria tear itself apart while figuring out what to do with him. He is also highly cynical regarding the human condition, believing that people are selfish and brutal by nature and that the Alexandrians are no different.
Not much is known about Dante's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was an army medic stationed in Fallujah, Iraq. One day while he was there, he lost everyone in his squadron and this led him to blame himself for their deaths and, because of this, he was in and out of VA hospitals and suffered from PTSD for some time. He also had a son named Jimmy.
Dante survived the initial stages of the outbreak with his son, Jimmy. At one point, Dante was forced to kill a man in order to protect his son. Unfortunately, Jimmy was killed by walkers sometime after.
Dante had recently joined the Whisperers when he was present at the barn where the kidnapped fair attendees were brutally murdered by Alpha, specifically forcing Siddiq to keep his eyes open and watch the massacre. Several months after the blizzard, Alpha orders Dante, due to his loyalty and because Lydia doesn't know him, to join Alexandria as her spy and sabotage the community from the inside for the impending war between them.
Dante then wanders in the woods for some time until he finds a group of survivors and pretends to be in need of rescue from walkers. After joining them, he and the group are encountered by the Alexandria residents and are brought into the community. Dante then offers his services as a doctor to avoid suspicion while acting as a spy. He would spend the next months giving intel to Alpha and following her orders to weaken the community. He also secretly aided his group in the construction of a secret underground tunnel leading into Alexandria to be used for covert infiltration if needed.
Dante is at the infirmary and checks on Siddiq, who is suffering from hallucinations and PTSD, informing him that his daughter is crying. Siddiq, however, assures him he's fine. "We're like gods in the apocalypse," Dante says of the two of them being doctors and jokes about how Siddiq is looking at him.
The next day, Dante is among the Alexandrians that arrive at the crash site to help put out the fire. He helps an injured Oceanside man and tends to the other survivors suffering from minor burns and smoke inhalation.
At an emergency council meeting to discuss the incoming waves of walkers, Dante listens as Michonne decides that instead of retaliating against the Whisperers, she and a small group will meet with Alpha at the border to work things out. Later that night, Dante and Siddiq tend to Carol's wounds. Dante notices Siddiq's shaking and tells him he'll do it instead. Afterward, they tell Daryl and Michonne that she's doing well and Siddiq leaves to Dante's concern.
At dawn, Dante brings Siddiq a drink and explains that he was a field medic during combat in Iraq. He says he understands what he is going through since he also suffered from PTSD after losing his entire military squad which caused him to feel guilty for their deaths. They share a drink together and bond.
Following Alpha's orders to make the community paranoid and to stir fear among the residents, Dante paints graffiti over the walls and streets of Alexandria during the night.
The next day, Dante is at the dining hall enjoying a meal when Lydia makes a scene by gutting a dead squirrel, upsetting Gage, Margo, and Alfred. He watches as the three leave in disgust before returning to his meal. Later that night, Dante treats an injured Lydia in the infirmary and bandages her as Daryl arrives to check on her.
Sometime after Eugene leaves for the Hilltop, Dante sabotages the water pumps in Alexandria so the residents would fall sick from unknowingly drinking contaminated water, thus weakening the community.
Dante radios Siddiq to keep him updated on the sate of Alexandria while he is at the Hilltop and informs him everything is under control with the only case being that Rosita has caught a bug although it's nothing serious. He is then asked to bring Carol to the radio and he heads outside the radio room to look for her.
Dante takes care of the sick residents in the infirmary. While doing a check-up on Cheryl, he jokes with her about acting sick so that she could spend more time with him. Siddiq arrives and Dante informs him more residents have come down with the sickness but he believes it to be nothing serious. He then tells Siddiq to spend the day off with Coco and makes an inappropriate joke about checking in on Rosita but Siddiq reminds him about boundaries.
Later that day, Dante keeps treating several more sick residents in the infirmary by himself. When Siddiq arrives with a sick Rosita, Dante is berated for letting things get out of hand and then helps him prepare more herbal medications. That night, Dante checks on his patients when Siddiq apologizes to him for his outburst earlier. Dante says he understands his concerns and they laugh off the incident.
Dante and Siddiq are called to the cell to tend to the injuries of a Whisperer who has been taken hostage for questioning. When they recognize each other, Dante tells the Whisperer not to try anything. He then suggests to Siddiq that he should leave while he stays and tends to the prisoner. However, Dante poisons him by treating his wounds with hemlock plants to prevent his real identity from being exposed.
Later that day, Dante arrives along with the others at the cell to help the Whisperer who suddenly starts convulsing. When Dante holds him, he spits blood onto his shoulder before dying from the poison. Siddiq then finds a jar of hemlock in the medical backpack and accuses Dante of killing him. However, Dante lies and says he was responsible for packing it. A while later, he heads to the infirmary and kills Cheryl. While seemingly digging a grave for her, Siddiq arrives after having been looking for her and Dante lies by saying he was going to inform him afterwards. However, Dante was actually digging a connecting entrance/exit to a secret underground tunnel that was constructed by the Whisperers to serve as an entry point for the group's use to eventually infiltrate and attack the community.
That night, Dante visits Siddiq to comfort him. He explains that everything is going to be okay because Alexandria is a special place, before declaring that Siddiq is his friend. He then starts clicking his tongue, which triggers Siddiq back to the beheadings and makes him realize that Dante was the Whisperer forcing him to watch his friends get killed. When Dante realizes Siddiq is aware of his real identity, they start fighting in the room as Siddiq tries to reach for a machete. Dante tackles him to the ground and puts him in a chokehold. "I didn't want this! Not you! Not like this. Close your eyes... Close your eyes," Dante tells Siddiq in sorrow as he chokes him harder until he falls dead.
Dante sits next to Siddiq's body while he remembers when Alpha sent him on his mission. He then grabs a knife to put down Siddiq but is interrupted by Rosita and Coco. Dante greets them at the door and tries to cover up the murder but Siddiq begins to reanimate. When Rosita becomes suspicious, Dante reveals his knife and tackles her to the ground as a reanimated Siddiq walks over to his daughter. Before Coco can be harmed, Rosita stabs Dante in the chest, puts down Siddiq, and then brutally beats Dante until he is knocked unconscious.
The next day, Dante is held in the infirmary where he is questioned. When Daryl punches him, he insists that he had no choice but to kill Siddiq and confesses he was sent there to stir paranoia and force them into bad decisions. As the group tries to decide his fate, Dante says he's looking forward to them arguing over what to do with him as they did with Negan. Still angry over Siddiq's death, Rosita insults Dante and kicks him in the back.
Later that day, Dante is imprisoned in the cell and is visited by Gabriel who asks if he even had a son like he said in his videotape interview. When Dante says it doesn't matter, Gabriel walks into the cell and admits to being deeply saddened by the loss of Siddiq whom he loved like a brother. After Dante asks whether people deserve a second chance, Gabriel pulls out a knife and brutally stabs him to death in a blind rage as revenge. His body is later burned by Gabriel and Rosita.
- Killed By
Feeling betrayed for being spied on and angry at Siddiq's death, Gabriel confronts an imprisoned Dante in the cell. After a tense conversation where Dante asks whether people deserve a second chance, Gabriel pulls a knife out and stabs him in the shoulder. Dante pushes Gabriel up against the wall but is overpowered and then brutally stabbed to death.
He is then put down before reanimation and his body is later burned by Gabriel and Rosita.
This list shows the victims Dante has killed:
- Jimmy's Assailant
- Captured Whisperer (Alive)
- Siddiq (Alive)
- 1 unnamed Alexandria resident (Possibly, Direct, Indirectly, or Directly Caused)
- His entire military squad (Pre-Apocalypse, Possibly, Indirectly or Directly Caused)
- Numerous counts of zombies and possibly unnamed people
- "I didn't want this! Not you! Not like this. (...) Close your eyes... Close your eyes..."
- —Dante to Siddiq while choking him to death.[src]
Dante and Siddiq are on good terms as they work together as doctors for Alexandria. Dante may or may not have feelings for him as he jokingly flirts with him. He notices that Siddiq has been suffering with PTSD and opens up to him about his time in Iraq. When Siddiq finally realizes that Dante was in the barn and was the Whisperer who made him watch his friends die, Siddiq tries to attack him. Dante quickly overpowers him and strangles him to death. Dante shows remorse as he kills Siddiq, stating he wished he didn't have to.
Despite being a new recruit to the Whisperers, Dante quickly earned Alpha's trust and respect when he held Siddiq's eyes open and made him watch the death of his friends and loved ones. She trusted him enough to send him to infiltrate Alexandria and act as her eyes and ears, feeding the Whisperers information and slowly destroying them from the inside out. She promised him a prestigious spot in the Whisperers once he succeeds, which he was honored over.
Though they are not seen interacting, Rosita and Dante share a bond over being Hispanic and often talk in Spanish together, and trust each other. Their relationship turns around when he begins approaching her with a knife and realizes that he killed Siddiq (once coming out as a walker).
Gabriel and Dante at first had a normal relationship, but quickly goes down, when it is revealed that Dante killed Siddiq and was actually a Whisperer, thus it made Gabriel very upset. In revenge for Siddiq's murder, Gabriel stabs Dante numerous times, avenging Siddiq and putting an end to his deceitful crimes.
Daryl and Dante were not shown interacting prior to discovering Dante's true identity, but Daryl clearly despises Dante after he is found out since he is shown brutally punching Dante. Daryl does not yet know about Dante's death.
- "Lines We Cross"
- "Silence the Whisperers"
- "What It Always Is" (Voice Only)
- "Open Your Eyes"
- "The World Before"
- The casting call for this character used the name Angelo.
- Unlike his comic counterpart, he is a member of the Whisperers sent to Alexandria to act as a spy, while in the comics he is a member of the Hilltop.
- He is one of ten characters known to speak Spanish in the TV Series.
- It can be assumed Dante joined the Whisperers during the events of "Chokepoint", due to the fact he joined after Lydia's departure in "Guardians", but was present in the barn in "The Calm Before", with all three episodes taking place over the span of three consecutive days.
- Dante is the first character that Gabriel kills with malicious intent. Other characters that Gabriel killed were either accidental, caused by incidental circumstances, taking out the undead victims, and one out of mercy.
- Dante, Ben and Allen are the only characters in the TV Series that originated from the Comic Series whose roles were rewritten to be completely antagonistic.