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Laura is a character first encountered in Issue 148 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. She was a member of the Saviors, before abandoning them with Dwight. She was then a member of Rick Grimes' militia and fought against the Whisperers. After Dwight's death, she begins to work alongside Mercer to overthrow Pamela Milton's leadership of the Commonwealth.
Several years after Rick's death, Laura still holds a grudge against him for killing Dwight and for being worshiped by the communities. She also serves as a security guard for the train roads constructions.
Nothing is known about Laura's life prior to or as the outbreak began. It's possible she lived in or near Virginia.
At some point, Laura joined the Saviors, presumably as a soldier.
Dwight tells Laura that he doesn't want to be the leader anymore. He explains that he is under a lot of stress due to breaking up with Sherry and the situation with the Whisperers. Laura tells him that they need a leader, and he can't quit now. She then kisses Dwight, much to his surprise and admits her feelings for him. However, he leaves her, having already made up his mind on what to do. As Dwight leaves, Laura follows him out and says she's coming with him. They both take off for Alexandria and arrive as Rick announces that he plans to take action against the Whisperers, and Laura is among the crowd cheering for Rick.
Laura is seen with the rest of the Militia shooting roamers to practice for the war with the Whisperers. She does well, while Vincent almost dies. She questions what Dwight has gotten her into and returns back to Alexandria. Later, she is among the Militia that saves Michonne and Aaron Beta, killing several Whisperers in the process. Dwight orders Michonne to ride back to the Hilltop with Aaron, saying he will track and kill Beta. When Michonne and Aaron leave, he briskly orders that they return. As they cross the border, Laura asks what's wrong, to which Dwight replies; "This is an act of war".
Laura is seen keeping lookout with Dwight and Magna. Laura asks Dwight how much longer they have to do these patrols, to which Dwight replies "until Rick says so". Later, she travels with Dwight and the Militia to set up lookout. Dwight asks her how long does she think it will take Gabriel to get up on the water tower, to which he jokingly replies "another thirty minutes". Up on the water tower, Gabriel spies an army of Whisperers.
Laura takes part in the protection of Alexandria from walkers alongside Dwight. She is swiftly taken hostage by the Saviors alongside Dwight and Heath and is present when Rick, Negan, and John negotiate and end the potential conflict.
Dwight tells Laura about his concerns over Rick as leader, even comparing him to Negan, likely due to Rick accidentally killing Sherry. Frustrated, Laura leaves Dwight and tells him to stop sulking over Sherry, who mistreated him constantly, and she might still be interested if he does so.
Dwight comes to Laura and apologizes for how he has been acting, and asks if it's too late for them to have a relationship. She responds by saying "probably not." Dwight apologizes for his behavior and finally accepts that Sherry's actions aren't his fault. Laura accepts and later assists Dwight in gathering the Militia and confronting Pamela upon her arrival.
Laura is among the members of the Militia that were instructed by Dwight to follow Rick and the Governor of the Commonwealth, through her community visits, in case of danger. She is seen later with her fellow militiamen gunning down the herd of walkers near Oceanside. Laura accompanies Rick, Dwight and Pamela to the Sanctuary, she overhears Dwight complimenting her and gleefully interrupts him. She accompanies Rick and Dwight to the Commonwealth, and assists in cleaning it up after a riot. She shares Dwight's disgust with the state of things, and suggests taking action. After Dwight gets himself arrested, Laura chastises him and urges caution. Dwight doesn't heed her advice and pulls a gun on Pamela Milton, which results in his demise. Laura is seen crying over his corpse, clearly devastated.
Laura finds Mercer killing walkers and notes that they are both angry at the same thing. She proposes that they do something about it.
Twenty years after Rick's assassination, Laura is shown working as security guard for the railroad. One day, Laura sees Carl Grimes and Lydia and keeps staring at them, so Carl goes to say hello. He tells Laura that he didn't know she was working on the frontier, but she replies that it's one of the few places that still needs security, and that she prefers places where Rick isn't worshiped as much. She bitterly tells Carl that she will never forget what his father did. Carl snaps back at her, telling her that Dwight wasn't the only person who died because of Rick Grimes, but that every single person alive today is alive because of him, including her, and tells her to show a little respect. With that, he leaves, as Laura angrily glares at him.
This list shows the victims Laura has killed:
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- "I appreciate you...Everything you've done for us."
- —Laura to Dwight.[src]
- "Let me know when you're done being sad about the woman who fucked you over constantly."
- —Laura to Dwight about Sherry.[src]
- "Are you trying to get shot?"
- —Laura to Negan[src]
Laura and Rick were rarely seen interacting, and it could be assumed she had a mutual respect for him. This changes after Rick kills Dwight, and even after 20 years, she hasn't forgiven him and dislikes how much people in the safezone worship Rick.
- Robert Kirkman confirmed in the Letter Hacks that Laura is Latina-American.