This article is about the Fear Character. For other pages with the same name, see: Derek
"Our friend who was driving... did not survive. (...) It's not my fault, Brandon. (...) You were the one who said that it was not his party."
—Derek to Madison and Brandon.[src]

Derek is an antagonist and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. He is a member of Brandon's Group. He served as one of the two secondary antagonists of the second half of Season 2 (along with Christopher Manawa).


San Diego, California

Little is known about Derek's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was from San Diego and attended the UCSD together with James, Brandon, and Troy. During the school vacation before the apocalypse, they had traveled down to the Sea of Cortez in Baja California to party.



During the first stages of the outbreak Derek and his friends: James, Troy, and Brandon camped somewhere before Troy was bitten and later put down. After Troy's death, the group decided to try to make it back the United States plundering whom they're able to while on the way.

Season 2

"Do Not Disturb"

Derek and his group are looting from a roadside taco stand in Baja California; the owners, Mr. and Mrs. Magaña, recently having been killed and dumped behind the counter. When zombies sneak inside, Derek and his group emerge from the kitchen to see Chris taking down the zombies.

That night, Derek and his group find Chris and Travis camping out on the side of the road and declare that they will be camping there as well. Derek, Brandon, and James open up to Travis and Chris, winning the trust of Chris. They offer to give Travis and Chris a ride since they don't have any gas to spare for their car. Derek and the others befriend Chris and they arrive at an abandoned farm. They find chickens inside the barn and start having fun chasing them. When the farmer enters the barn with a shotgun, Derek draws his firearm and refuses to stand down as Travis attempts to diffuse the situation. He witnesses Chris shoot and kill the farmer after James is shot.

"Date of Death"

Chris tackles Travis, pinning him down. Brandon and Derek rush in. Brandon shoots James dead, despite the latter's pleas for mercy. Later, Brandon and Derek load the truck. Travis, who is staying behind, desperately implores Chris to stay with him. Chris says he’s better off without Travis, and says that he has adapted to the new world, whereas Travis hasn't. He leaves the farm with Brandon and Derek.

Several days later, Derek appears at the gates of the Rosarito Beach Hotel with Brandon and a few other refugees, but without Chris.


Derek and the other refugees were admitted to the hotel and brought to the parking garage to be screened by Andrés and the other survivors. As Madison checks-in on the refugees, she is notified of Derek and Brandon's rowdy attitudes. As she introduces herself to the boys, they explain where they came from and how Brandon injured his arm. After realizing the boys are the ones who abandoned Travis at the farm, she quickly devises a plan to take them outside of the hotel and isolate them at a coffee shop to avoid Travis finding out about them. However, Travis witnesses the angry crowd of people following the boys and catches up to them. At the coffee shop, he asks about his son's whereabouts but realizes the boys are lying. After Madison, Andrés, and Oscar leave the shop, Travis locks the door and proceeds to beat the boys to death, despite the hotel survivors' pleas to stop.


After the boys' deaths, Madison proceeds to put down Derek before he could reanimate while killing a newly-reanimated Brandon.


Killed By

After Brandon admits to Travis that he killed Chris due to his injuries sustained in the accident, Travis is sent into a blind rage, and begins savagely beating both Brandon and Derek.

Brandon and Derek attempt to fight back, but are overpowered by the enraged Travis, who brutally strangles Derek before throwing him through a glass door.

Later, Madison stabs Derek in the head to prevent reanimation.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Derek has killed:


Fear The Walking Dead

Season 2


  • The casting call for this character used the name Damien.[1]
    • Derek was described as "A nervous, lanky, southern California bro who is usually the butt of the joke. He likes to have a good time and fit in but, is cautious."
  • He is the only seen member of his group whose last name was not revealed.


  1. [1] - Spoil the (March 29, 2016)
Fear The Walking Dead Characters
Clark Family AliciaNicholasMadison
Manawa Family TravisChristopherElizabeth
Los Angeles AdamPatrickDouglasMariaCynthiaAmirDennisNedaMr. PosadaMrs. PosadaWilliamHectorSusanPeterJoannaGladysMr. CruzJontiCalvinGloria
Paul R. Williams High School TobiasRussellBrandonArtMatt
L.A.P.D. GonzalesLaneHendersonFinleyRichards
Salazar Family DanielOfeliaGriselda
National Guard Compound VictorAndrewColeRichardsCastroHodgesScottMcElroyJonesJohnsonFrenchGraceBethanyShihKuchenMelvinWillimasMoyersVrakking
Catrina Island, California SethGeorgeHarryMelissaWilla
Flight 462 AlexJakeMichaelAlanTomIan
Connor's Pirates JackVidaConnorBenBreannahReed
Celia's Group SofiaJuanJorgeLuisCeliaThomas
Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California JavierRamonVazquezMiguel
La Manas Gael
Brandon's Group BrandonDerekJames
Suarez Family ElíasAngelicaBenitoSara
La Colonia LucianaReynaldoAlejandroAnaLauraFranciscoOlivieroAlonso
Los Hermanos MarcoAntonioRamiro
Rosarito Beach Hotel ElenaHectorAvaVictorIleneAndrésOscarJessicaMrs. DiazCharles
Broke Jaw Ranch TroyChristineErinPatBobBlakeDaxKerryStanGabePaulMrs. TwomeyJakeCooperTerranceJeremiahJosephJimmieGretchenKathyVernonMikePhilMarthaRussellCharleneWillyTracy
Gonzalez Dam LolaEverardoEfraínDanteOthónJ.C.Pablito
Black Hat Reservation QaletaqaLeeMartaJoséJohnKlah
El Bazar MariaJohnnyMatarifeEddie
The Proctors JohnNineteenNineEleven
Texas JohnAltheaJuneDwightTessWesSherryJosiahSlimRyanMollyBetaWalterSerenaCharlesBenQuinn
Virginia MorganPaulCarolRick
Leland's Group LelandHardyBill
Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium ColeVivianDouglas
The Vultures CharlieMelvinEdgarIngridEnnis
Mississippi WendellSarahMarthaJimHank
C&L Freight Services RollieDorisLoganClaytonPurvisStevie
Camp Cackleberry DylanMaxAnnie
Civic Republic Military IsabelleBeckett
Lonestar Power & Light GraceRobertMichael
The Caravan PhilippePeteDom
Temple B'nai Israel Jacob
The Pioneers VirginiaJanisJamesEllenCleveKennethTerrenceHoltDakotaTom
Miscellaneous Survivors DianaStevenMr. MagañaMrs. Magaña
Animals Skidmark
Walkers ShelbyEllenSalyanTintosJohnsonChristinaKimberly
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in gray and italics.
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