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This article is about the father of April and Tara. You may be looking for his TV Series counterpart. For other pages with the same name, see: David

"The devil has plans for us. The day of reckoning is drawing near... the Deceiver walks among us."
—David to April and Tara before his death.[src]

David Chalmers is the father of April and Tara Chalmers. He is wise and family-orientated. He is elderly and requires the use of an oxygen tank for his lung cancer.


Chattanooga, Tennessee

Before the outbreak began, David and his family were in the Chalmers Family Band, April playing the guitar, Tara playing the bass, David playing the mandolin, and Lillian singing high soprano. Lillian, however, passed away five years before the outbreak. They were a somewhat popular band even after Lillian's death, playing the carny circuit across the tri-state area and continued to tour until the plague broke out.


Rural Georgia

While in the Tennessee Bluegrass Festival, they made their way home in the band's camper, making it as far as Georgia's border before the camper broke down. While looking for a safe zone in Druid Hills, the family found a large number of people outside the gates of a large building. After failing to get the people to follow them, the Chalmers departed after finding a car that could be operated. After going a quarter of a mile down the road, several people on motorcycles attacked the people in front of the gated building while April compared the situation to the film "Road Warrior." Watching what happened to the innocent people left a certain feeling of guilt and distrust to other survivors.

They then took an Amtrak train from Dalton to Atlanta, which was full of the undead. They traveled there at night in stolen cars, searching for the refugee center before finally discovering an apartment complex to make a long-term base in the middle of Atlanta.

Rise of the Governor


After holding up in the complex for an extended period of time and clearing the floors, Philip Blake and his group of survivors which included his daughter, Penny, his brother Brian, and his friend Nick entered Atlanta. After Philip's group became stuck on foot after losing their car, April offered them to come stay with her family in her apartment complex. After a bit of uneasiness between both parties, the two groups form a close bond with one another which started to form as a family in Philip's mind. David Chalmers died of lung disease and came back as a zombie, attacking Tara, who was grieving by his bedside. Luckily for her, Philip was able to kill her undead father. Tara held a strong grudge against Philip until their departure, even though her sister, April, was more understanding of Philip's actions.


Killed By
  • Lung Cancer

David had lung cancer and needed his oxygen tank to assist in breathing, but he eventually died from the disease, later reanimating.

Philip killed David by bashing his head with a baseball bat after he attacked Tara.

Killed Victims

This list shows the people David has killed:

  • Possibly numerous counts of zombies


April and Tara Chalmers

David was Tara and April's father who tried to do everything possible for his family and daughters. With his sickness of lung cancer getting worse, he wasn't as able anymore to take care of them. Later, when he and his daughters made it to the apartment complex in Atlanta, he dies from his illness and turns into a zombie. He attempted to attack Tara before he was killed by Philip Blake. Over time, April comes to understand and forgives Philip for his actions and killing her undead father. She realized that he was beyond help, however, Tara continues to hold a grudge against him for killing her father, even though he was already a member of the undead.

Philip Blake


Penny Blake


Brian Blake


Nick Parsons

Nick and the Chalmers were aware of each other, but they are never seen interacting directly. Nick was sorry for Tara and April after David died, but wasn't personally affected. When Philip was kicked out of the apartment complex, Nick didn't get the choice to stay.


Novel Series

Rise of the Governor