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"That night on Alexandria, he turned on us. He killed our team. I ran and I kept on running. I was hurt, but what kept me alive was the thought of getting back here and exposing you for the scum weasel you are."
—Laura to Dwight.[src]

Laura is a former antagonist and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. She was a high ranking member of the Saviors, and was one of Negan's most trusted Saviors after Simon's betrayal and demise. After the apparent death of Rick Grimes, she becomes a member of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, serving on its leadership council.

Overview

Laura is shown to be an intelligent, cunning and initially cruel person who is a strong, determined survivor. She is described as having a wild and reckless side and enjoys having "fun" as seen when she plays table hockey with Dwight. She is shown to have somewhat of a kind side as seen when she flirted with Spencer and offered to take him back to her compound presumably in order to get together with him, though it seems this was more a result of him actually scavenging supplies and fulfilling Negan's orders rather than genuine interest in him.

Laura demonstrated extreme loyalty to the Saviors and seemed to fully agree with their sinister lifestyle and was shown to be cruel to the members of communities that her group extorted from as seen when she threatened Eugene and held Rick at gunpoint in order to prevent him from interfering with Aaron being brutally beaten and appeared to become angered at any disrespect towards her group. She was shown to not be bothered by the extreme violence that Negan and the Saviors engaged in as seen when she made Eugene watch Negan burn Emmett Carson alive after being framed by Dwight. She is likely a murderer as well as she surely would have killed Dwight after he turned on their group following the attack on Alexandria had reinforcements not arrived and she made it a personal mission to make in back to the Sanctuary despite being injured in order to expose him as the Militia's spy, further demonstrating her extreme loyalty to Negan and the Saviors.

In spite of her loyalty to Negan, she is not fundamentally a bad person who wishes for an extermination of the other communities. After suffering heavy losses, Laura leads the Saviors in surrendering to the Militia and fully embraces the peace with the other communities. When people from the other communities arrive at the Sanctuary, Laura, now working as a gardener, goes so far as to give Rosita Espinosa a friendly nod and shows no ill will towards her former enemies.

A year and a half after Negan's defeat, Laura is shown to be fully reformed and often acts as a mediator between the Saviors and the rest of the communities, preferring to solve conflicts peacefully. During the bridge construction, she and Arat are the only Saviors to show no hostility towards the other survivors and, in fact, try to deescalate the conflict. She also doesn't join Jed and the other Saviors when they go back to the campsite to raid it. Six years later, she is fully integrated into Alexandria and is so trusted that she has become a member of its leadership council.

Pre-Apocalypse

Location Unknown

Nothing is known about Laura's life prior to or as the outbreak began. She is described as "wild and reckless but she always has a ton of fun".[1]

Post-Apocalypse

At some point in the apocalypse, Laura somehow came into contact with a group called "The Saviors" which she subsequently joined before working her way to the rank lieutenant.

Season 7

"The Cell"

As Dwight and Laura play table hockey, she repeatedly loses to Dwight and has to continuously take shots of alcohol as Dwight watches on with a grin.

"Hearts Still Beating"

Laura is stationed at the front gate with Gary, David and other Saviors as they wait to inspect the offering from the Alexandrians. When Spencer returns and shows what he scavenged to Gary, she steps in and starts flirting with Spencer, offering to take him back to her compound if he "plays his cards right". Eugene watches from a short distance away. Laura catches him and orders him to walk away or else.

Later, when the Saviors unload Rick and Aaron's cargo truck, Laura find the "congrats for winning, but you still lose" note. Enraged at the disrespect, David beats up Aaron, believing the note was intended for them. Laura holds Rick at gunpoint so he cannot stop Gary and David from beating Aaron.

"Hostiles and Calamities"

Laura returns to the compound with Negan's new prisoner, Eugene, who shakes with terror as she walks him deep into the bowels of the Sanctuary. She stops their march and opens a door. Eugene is surprised to see she's taken him to a private apartment, meant for him. She tells him "welcome home, Haircut".

As he explores his new digs, Laura reveals that Daryl has escaped. She asks Eugene if he has any leads to his whereabouts; Eugene tells her that he doesn't and assures her, with sincerity, that he'd tell her if he did. Eugene continues inspecting his new commodities; he is delighted to find the fridge stocked with food and to learn that Laura can get him a meal of his choosing: he first asks for lobster but settles for canned pasta in tomato sauce. He's disappointed to learn that they're out of pickles.

Inside the Sanctuary, Laura shows Eugene around the factory floor and explains the Saviors' point system, which he's exempt from; he can take whatever he wants. She gifts him a jar of pickles.

Eugene is brought outside with Laura and is given an intimidating introduction by Negan. When asked for his name, Eugene responds with "Eugene." Negan then prompts the Saviors for their names and they respond in unison "Negan". She later escorts Eugene to the factory floor, where a crowd has gathered around the furnace. Negan enters and points Lucille directly at Eugene. "You are gonna wanna pay close attention to this," he says. She witnesses Negan accusing Emmett Carson of helping Daryl escape in order to impress Sherry. Laura forces Eugene to watch as Negan throws Carson face-first into the furnace.

Season 8

"The Big Scary U"

As the Savior lieutenants discuss how to rescue Negan, how to handle the workers, and the possibility of a spy among their ranks, Laura bursts into the room, warning everyone that the workers are marching upstairs and that they won't back down. She and the others try to calm the angry workers down and takes a knee when Negan returns.

"Time for After"

Laura helps Mark barricade a set of doors in the Sanctuary as the zombie horde idles outside. Later, she informs Eugene that Negan has summoned him to the meeting room.

"How It's Gotta Be"

Laura is with Dwight and a few other Saviors as they are stationed in the back of Alexandria. When Daryl and the other Alexandrians plow through the walls, Laura and the others chase after them. After seeing the blockade in the road, Laura tells Dwight to stop, suspecting an ambush, but Dwight refuses to do so. As a result, they are caught up in an ambush, and she witnesses Dwight gun down his fellow Saviors. She shoots Dwight in the arm and comes to the realization that he was the mole. Before she can be taken down, she flees the scene as Daryl, Rosita and Tara find Dwight wounded but alive.

"Still Gotta Mean Something"

Laura is found by Negan walking alone along the side of the road as he drives towards the Sanctuary. He stops the car and comments on her overall state and invites her into the car to return home. At the Sanctuary, he orders D.J. to keep quiet about Laura's return so she may recover peacefully.

"Worth"

After returning to his room, Dwight is shocked to find Laura waiting for him. Having been found by Negan on the side of the road, Laura has revealed Dwight's betrayal to him and delights in angrily telling Dwight what she has done while Negan reveals that he used Dwight to pass a fake plan to the Militia so Negan could lead them into a trap.

"Wrath"

Laura acts as Negan's driver to the ambush point and listens to his "confession" to Gabriel Stokes. After Laura is forced to swerve due to a walker, Gabriel makes an attempt to escape and is nearly killed by another walker. Laura shows up with Eugene and kills the walker, saving Gabriel's life.

Laura is one of the Saviors who ambushes the Militia near the Old Mill, holding Dwight at gunpoint to force him to watch. When the Saviors weapons backfire, Laura survives. After a short fight, Laura offers the Saviors surrender to the Militia, a surrender that is accepted. Along with everyone else gathered, Laura listens to Rick's speech after the defeat of Negan.

Following the end of the war, Laura is tending the Sanctuary gardens when people from the other communities arrive to help. Laura gives Rosita a friendly nod, having fully committed herself to moving past the conflict and rebuilding together.

Season 9

"A New Beginning"

At the Sanctuary, Laura helps out by telling Daryl what Arat and Justin are trying to do in the yard, showing that she has fully moved on from her Savior ways.

Later. when Rick and the group arrive to deliver supplies, Laura tries to encourage Daryl to give an speech to the crowd about the successful supply run, but he snaps at her and refuses to act like Negan, before quietly letting her know now is not a good time as they just lost a fellow survivor, in which Laura understands and nods in reply.

"The Bridge"

Having moved from the Sanctuary to the work camp along with dozens of other Saviors, Laura is part of the team of laborers working to build a bridge connecting the communities' trade routes. She prepares a cup of coffee for Arat as soon as she emerges from her tent after waking up. When a group of zombies suddenly ambushed the lumber yard, Laura is among those to arrive in time to save Daryl, Jed, another Savior, and the injured Aaron. That night, she socializes with Regina and Jed around a campfire.

"Warning Signs"

On the road, Laura and a small group of Saviors stop Maggie and Kal from bringing food to the Sanctuary to question her about their missing people. Laura watches as Jed steals a tomato out of the back and takes a large bite. Maggie says she’ll mark him down for it while Laura calms things down and she and the other Saviors let her pass.

At the camp, the Saviors are furious with the news of Justin’s death. Alden promises they’ll get to the bottom of it but is punched in the face by Jed, who claims he isn't one of them anymore. Carol steps in with her gun at her hip, stopping Jed.

Laura tries to calm the crowd as the Saviors start accusing Daryl and Anne of being the culprits. They grab axes to retaliate when Rick rides in the middle of the group with his gun drawn and warns everyone to back off. Laura disarms Jed and tells him to calm down.

"Who Are You Now?"

Six years later, Laura is now a trusted member of the other survivors, traveling with her former enemies and an older Judith Grimes, and even reprimands the young girl for wandering off. She, along with Rosita, Eugene, and Aaron, debate on whether or not they should take Magna's group back to Alexandria. They ultimately agree to do so and follow all the proper protocols in transporting "unknowns". As the caravan returns to Alexandria, she drives the horses and wagons back to the stable.

Laura is part of the council that governs Alexandria and she joins the rest of the council as they interview Magna's group before voting on whether or not they should be permitted to join the community. She and the other residents are shocked when Michonne reveals what Magna's hand tattoo means.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Laura has killed:

  • Numerous counts of zombies and possibly unnamed people.

Relationships

Dwight

Laura and Dwight, at first have a good working relationship. The pair played pool together and often went on missions. Their semi-good friendship was ended after Dwight betrayed Laura and the Saviors by deliberately leading them into an ambush. Laura witnessed in horror when Dwight gunned down their whole team to aid the Militia. She was forced to run away from the carnage but eventually got picked up by Negan and returned to the Sanctuary, where she blew Dwight's cover as an double agent.

Spencer Monroe

Laura seems to like Spencer and even flirts with him when he brings back supplies to Alexandria for the Saviors to collect. When Spencer is killed, however, Laura shows no emotion, meaning that she was possibly just manipulating Spencer into being a productive worker or, instead, was afraid to show emotion for Negan's victim, so as not to incur her leader's wrath.

Eugene Porter

At first Laura seems indifferent of Eugene when she takes him to his room and the Sanctuary. But as time went on it seems she trusts Eugene as a productive member of The Saviors. Her trust is clearly broken when he sabotages their weapons which ends up to The Saviors loosing the war. As of the time skip it is unclear where their relationship stands.

Judith Grimes

In the six year jump after the apparent death of Rick Grimes, Laura became a fully integrated member of Alexandria, and seems to look after Judith along with the rest of the community, nicknaming her “Jude” and is even comfortable reprimanding her when she wanders off to save Magna’s group.


Appearances


Trivia

  • The casting call name for this character was Diana [2] [3]
  • Laura is one of five Savior lieutenants to renounce her antagonistic ways, the others being Dwight, Eugene Porter, Arat and D.J.
  • Excluding Eugene, Laura and D.J. are only known former Savior lieutenants to still be alive. Coincidentally, they were also the last Saviors to be promoted to lieutenants before Negan's defeat.
    • Laura is also one of the only five former Saviors confirmed to be alive, the others being Negan, D.J., Eugene, and Alden.

References

TV Series Characters
Grimes Family JudithR.J.RickCarlLori
King County LambertPaulaShaneLeonMr. SiggardMrs. Siggard
Jones Family MorganJennyDuane
Atlanta Camp CarolDarylMoralesGlennAndreaMerleTheodoreMirandaLouisElizaDaleSophiaJacquiAmyEdJim
Nursing Home MiguelFelipeJorgeGuillermoGilbert
Jenner Family EdwinCandace
Greene Family MaggieHershelBethHershelAnnetteShawnArnoldJosephine
Greene Farm PatriciaJimmyOtis
The Living NateRandallSeanTonyDave
Michonne's Group MichonneMikeTerryAndre
The Prison AxelOscarAndrewTomasBig Tiny
Woodbury JeanetteMrs. RichardsMcLeodPhilipCaesarShumpertJacobsonMr. RichardsOwenErynKarenGregMiltonStevensRowanEileenFosterBettyNoahPaulJodyRichardHaleyPennyWarrenMichaelGargulioCrowleyTimEmily
Tyreese's Group SashaTyreeseAllenBenDonna
Military Personnel WellesWilsonBradySeanFranklinCallaway
Prison Newcomers BobLizzieMikaLukeMollyJulioHenryNorisCalebDavidRyanCharlieChloePatrickZach
Chambler Family TaraLillyMeghanDavid
Martinez's Group HowardMitchAlishaPete
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneRositaGabrielAbrahamEllenA.J.Becca
The Claimers DanBillyHarleyTonyJoeLenLou
Terminus MartinGregTheresaGarethAlbertMikeMaryAlex
Grady Memorial Hospital StevenTanakaAlvaradoAmandaBelloLicariPercyMcGinleyFrancoNoahDawnO'DonnellBobJeffriesGormanJoanGavinHanson
Alexandria Safe-Zone AaronEnidBarbaraScottRobinsonNoraHeathBobBruceTobinKent AnnaMikeyFrancineSpencerOliviaDeniseDeannaRonJessieSamDavidBetsyNicholasTommyAnnieWillSturgessBarnesRichardsHollyMichaelStacySamanthaJefferyBobbyNatalieErinShellyDineshO'HaraCharlyneDanAdrianParkCarterPeteRegAidenEric
The Wolves OwenAphid
The Saviors NeganLauraFrankieAldenGracieD.J.SherryDwightAmberTanyaMarkGinaPotterJoséBrookeMelJohnRegina JedNorrisArat JustinSimonDukeLanceGaryReillyJaredEvanKatyKenoDerekDeanGavinGomezPaulieDukeZiaLeoYagoJoeyGuntherRudyToddDinoHuckWadeCamNelsonMaraGordonRoyDavidEmmettIsabelleJosephChrisGeorgeNeilRomanMilesJiroPrimoPaulaMichelleMollyDonnieGabeTimmyTina
Hilltop Colony BertieKalOscarMarcoTammyEarlGageAdelineRodneyEduardoPaulGregoryKennethCraigCrystalWesleyHarlanNeilFreddieAndyEthan
The Kingdom EzekielJerryDianneHenryNabilaJennyDanaKevinKurtAlvaroDanielColtonRichardBenjamin
Oceanside RachelCyndieBeatriceKathyNatania
The Scavengers AnneTamielBrionFarronWinslow
Georgie's Group HildaMidgeGeorgie
Magna's Group MagnaLukeConnieKellyYumikoBernie
The Whisperers LydiaAlphaBeta
Miscellaneous Survivors SiddiqWilhelmEastmanSamChristopherAnaClara
Animals DogNellyShivaTabithaButtonsDukeFlameViolet
Walkers CarlaDellyJoe Sr.BillTonyNickErinDougLouiseWayneHannahSummerEddie
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.