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- "I'm not a bad person... I want you to know that. And you had every reason not to trust me. It's so hard to take a chance on people in this world... and when those people lie to you, well... (...) I blew it. I know. And I'm sorry. I guess... I wish I had done things better. But I guess my people skills are pretty rusty."
- —Juanita apologizing to Yumiko.[src]
Juanita Sanchez, more commonly known as "Princess", is a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. She is a good-natured and energetic lone survivor encountered by Eugene Porter, Ezekiel, and Yumiko, who soon allow her to join them on their mission.
As she hasn't had much interaction with other people for some time, Juanita comes off as quite foolish, yet intriguing to the members of the expedition. She admits that she's been on her own for over a year, and 'it totally sucks', even questioning at first if the trio were actually real or just hallucinations. Regardless, Juanita is open to try and build trust with the survivors.
Juanita comes off as extremely talkative and easy-going. She is willing to make jokes at any given moment, despite the severity of the situation.
Juanita also appears to be very childish, as she dyed her hair purple and chose to wear a pink fur jacket and goggles, just for fun. She also gave herself the nickname "Princess" and states that being called a "Queen" would make her sound old and pretentious. Regardless of her happy-go-lucky nature, she can be taken seriously in combat and is able to mow down walkers easily.
Not much is known about Juanita's life prior to or as the outbreak began, but from her own words, Juanita described herself as being a lonely and socially awkward individual, who never had any real friends, and was once told that she was "hard to love" by someone, possibly a family member.
Unspecified Mid-Atlantic City
At some point in the apocalypse, Juanita settled into an abandoned city in the mid-Atlantic area, mostly cleared of the undead where she found entertainment in posing walkers in strange positions that resembled everyday life with exaggerated clothing. She recalls that the last time she encountered another survivor was over a year prior to meeting Eugene, Ezekiel, and Yumiko.
Upon arriving in an abandoned city while en-route to meet Stephanie, Eugene, Ezekiel, and Yumiko come across multiple walkers strangely posed doing regular things, such as two walkers appearing to have a tea party and a walker dressed in a police uniform giving a ticket, set up by Juanita. After hearing Ezekiel laugh in reaction to one of her setups, Juanita comes face to face with the three, reacting with extreme excitement at the sight of other survivors.
During her encounter with Eugene's group, Yumiko asks for her name and what she wants. Offended at her tone, Juanita points out that Yumiko and her group were the ones making noise, and that she thought they needed help, and goes on to lament how the first people she's seen in over a year turned out to be "meanies". Ezekiel tells her she just startled them, and they didn't know if she was attacking. Bemused, she tells the group that, if she wanted to attack them, she would point the gun at them, but claims she was just saying "hello". Juanita, however, proceeds to hold the group at gunpoint, unsure of their intentions. Ezekiel defuses the situation, claiming they don't want to hurt her and were simply admiring her "displays". Juanita quickly lightens up and reveals that she tied up the walkers to make the city feel more alive. She is ecstatic that she met actual people again, but then wonders if the survivors are actually hallucinations. Still, she is excited at the prospect of talking to potentially real people, and introduces herself as Juanita Sanchez, but adds that she prefers the moniker of "Princess", since she never liked her first name and "Queen" makes her sound "old and pretentious". After Ezekiel introduces himself and his friends, Juanita offers to show them around the city, but Eugene informs her that they can't stay, as they are on an important mission. Slightly peeved, Juanita still offers to act as their guide through the city, but Yumiko declines, as the survivors don't know her. Juanita protests that they do, and demonstrates how "helpful" she can be by mowing down a few approaching walkers with her machine gun. Unfortunately, the gunfire startles the group's two remaining horses, and they run away. Juanita apologizes, as the survivors angrily glare at her.
Later, the group discusses what to do next. Ezekiel is confident they can find the horses tomorrow, but Eugene doesn't think they have enough time, and that their chances of making it to the meeting on schedule are slim even if they start walking now. Ezekiel proposes that they enlist Princess' help, but Yumiko opposes the idea, believing Princess to be too selfish and mentally unstable from being on her own for so long. Ezekiel doesn't want to follow Princess blindly, but points out that she might know where to find transportation. Yumiko, however, is skeptical, and believes Princess would have already left the city if she had means to do so. Eugene interjects that, while Princess might be crazy and it is unlikely that she has access to working vehicles, it might be the only chance they have, so he sides with Ezekiel. With that, Ezekiel summons Juanita, much to her joy. Princess apologizes again, and confirms that she knows where to find transportation and can take the there. Yumiko insists that Princess surrender her gun, but the latter is hesitant, as she doesn't fully trust the survivors either. She ultimately relents, however, and hands the machine gun over to Eugene. With that, they commence their journey, as Yumiko quietly reiterates to Ezekiel that Juanita is selfish and crazy.
Back in the abandoned city, Princess leads the survivors to an empty field, and warns them to stay close to her and watch their step. Continuing further, Princess counts her steps, as Yumiko continues to express her doubts about Princess, with even Ezekiel slowly starting to share her feelings. The survivors soon stumble upon the remains of one of their escaped horses. Yumiko wonders if it was devoured by walkers, but Princess casually reveals that it's more likely the horse stepped on a mine. Naturally, the survivors are aghast that Princess would bring them into a minefield and keep it from them, but the latter tries to reassure them that she walks through it all the time and can lead them out safely. Unfortunately, Princess lost count when she stopped, so needs a minute to think. Yumiko threatens to kill her if she doesn't lead them to safety, which Princess considers fair. With that, she takes out her water canteen and tosses it forward to check if the way is clear. Unfortunately, the canteen detonates a mine, setting them back to square one.
Still stuck in the minefield, Juanita attempts to orient herself while Yumiko complains that they never should have followed her. Eugene warns that they are running out of time on multiple fronts, pointing to a walker approaching through a hole in the fence. Beside the fence's integrity, Eugene also worries that the mine placement could lead to a cascade. When Yumiko asks him what a "cascade" is, the approaching walker trips one of the mines, which also detonates another mine right next to it. Eugene cites this as an example of a cascade, cautioning that they don't want to be stuck in the field in case of a chain reaction. Ezekiel thinks that he can help, and goes over to Juanita to talk to her. Princess thinks that she is blowing it with them, and while Ezekiel acknowledges this, he also tells her that leading them to safety could go a long way. Juanita once again apologizes to the group, and goes on to chose the route based on a game of eenie-meenie-miney-mo. She then risks her life by taking a few steps on the chosen route. Satisfied that she is still alive after this, she invites the survivors to follow her.
Finally out of the minefield, Yumiko berates Juanita for putting their lives in danger when Eugene spots a street sign identifying the road they're on as Fleetwood Drive. He angrily confronts Juanita about this, as he remembers that they already passed Fleetwood Drive. Juanita claims that there are several streets in the city named "Fleetwood", but Eugene is certain it was, in fact, Fleetwood Drive. As Princess tries to make excuses, Yumiko draws her bow and points it at Princess. Juanita finally confesses that she wanted to take the scenic route to keep the fun going. Yumiko furiously points out that she led them into a minefield, but Juanita pleads that she never thought it would be a problem, as she'd traversed it countless times before. Juanita goes on to explain that she wanted more time to befriend the survivors, so they might decide to stay with her, but realizes now that she screwed up. She also recounts how, when she first arrived to the city, she figured someone would show up eventually, but as the moths went by, Juanita realized the loneliness she was feeling wasn't too different from how she felt even before the apocalypse. She laments how someone once told her she is difficult to love, so acknowledges that the problem might be with her, and that a little voice inside her kept telling her this. Juanita knows she should have told them the truth, but didn't want the little voice to be right. She apologizes to the survivors once more. Feeling sorry for Princess, Yumiko relents, and Eugene comforts Juanita by identifying with her, explaining that he also made poor decisions and lied to people so he would be left alone. He then asks if she does, indeed, have access to the wheels she mentioned earlier.
Princess and her companions have finally reached the garage, where it is revealed that the "wheels" Juanita was talking about were actually bicycles. Eugene points out that 15 mph is still faster than walking, while Ezekiel observes that Juanita wasn't actually lying about the garage. Yumiko then approaches Juanita, but before she can get a word out, the latter states that she is not a bad person, and realizes how difficult it is to trust people, so is sorry that she blew it. Yumiko, conversely, reveals that she was actually coming over to ask if Juanita wanted to join them. Princess ecstatically accepts.
Juanita will appear in this episode.
This list shows the victims Juanita has killed:
- 2 unnamed horses (Indirectly Caused)
- Numerous counts of zombies and possibly unnamed people
Following their introduction, Juanita and Ezekiel are friendly towards one another. However, Ezekiel begins to share Yumiko's concerns about Juanita's motives after she leads them through a minefield on their venture to recover "wheels" for their journey. Despite these difficulties, she successfully leads the group to an abandoned garage and reveals a stash of bikes, relieving Ezekiel.
Juanita and Yumiko's relationship starts off very poorly. Juanita accidentally scares off their horses in an attempt to impress Eugene's expedition crew with her ability to fend off walkers, angering Yumiko. Juanita promises to help them recover stashed "wheels" for their journey, but Yumiko is skeptical. Yumiko warns her companions that Juanita's wild behavior made her dangerous and untrustworthy, but agrees to temporarily travel with her to recover means of transportation. After Juanita's navigation leads them through a small minefield, Yumiko is furious, but continues to follow Juanita after she successfully leads the crew to safety. When Eugene discovers that Juanita has led them in a circle, Eugene frightens her into revealing she just wanted to enjoy their company while she could and that she feared being alone. Juanita then reveals a large stash of bicycles in an abandoned garage, surprising Yumiko and the others. Yumiko begins to trust Juanita and invites her on their journey to meet Stephanie.
Juanita and Eugene are initially friendly towards one another, however once Eugene believe Juanita is lying to him and his group about having a stash of "wheels", Juanita admits to only wanting their company and fearing being alone. Eugene, who previously deceived his fellow survivors on account of self-perceived uselessness and fear of abandonment, relates to her trouble and warmly informs her that he understands.
- The casting call for this character used the name Dulcinea.
- Like her comic counterpart, Juanita is one of the many characters given a nickname. She prefers being called "Princess" because she does not like her actual name.
- Juanita mentions she hadn't seen a living person for almost a year before finding Eugene's group.
- She is one of ten characters known to speak Spanish in the TV Series.
- Her asking Yumiko, Eugene, and Ezekiel what is the capital of Pennsylvania is a nod towards her comic book counterpart since she is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.