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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. Six years after Rick Grimes' assumed death, Laura is now a resident of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, serving on its leadership council.
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 a somewhat of a free-spirited 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, although 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 support with their savage 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. Her loyalty is further proven, as she is easily angered at any disrespect towards her group, and being apathetic towards the extreme violence that Negan and the Saviors commonly engaged. Forcing Eugene to watch Negan burn Emmett Carson alive while he tried to look away in horror. She is likely a murderer herself and would've killed Dwight after he betrayed their group following the attack on Alexandria by making them fall in to ambush led by Daryl. Laura escaped the ambush and made it a personal mission to make it back to the Sanctuary despite being injured in order to gain revenge and expose him as the Militia's spy. Showing she has no remorse and will rat out anyone who falls out of line.
In spite of her loyalty to Negan, she is not fundamentally a bad person who wishes for the 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 and trusted by Alexandria and has become a member of its leadership council.
Nothing is known about Laura's life prior to or as the outbreak began.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Later, when Rick and the group arrive to deliver supplies, Laura tries to encourage Daryl to give a 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.
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.
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.
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.
In Alexandria, Laura, along with Nora and Kyle, listens as Michonne, Siddiq, and Aaron discuss the new threat as well as the state of the Kingdom and their invitation to attend the fair. She voices support for Michonne's stance on the Kingdom fair but appears concerned regarding the poor conditions that have befallen the Kingdom. Ultimately, it is revealed Laura and the rest of the council decide to send a delegation to the Kingdom to attend the fair.
Laura is among the council members to enter the meeting house as the teacher is going over her lessons with Lydia, Gracie, and several other Alexandrian children. The council announces they need to cut class short as they need the space to hold an emergency meeting regarding the discovery of a Whisperer mask in Oceanside. Upon seeing Lydia, Laura questions her need to be there and the council kicks her out.
After the meeting is over, Laura is outside with Kyle, Gabriel, Eugene, and several other Alexandrians as they all witness the satellite fall from the sky. The next day, Laura is among the Alexandrians that arrive at the crash site to help put out the fire and take out the walker threat.
Laura and the rest of the Alexandria residents face against waves of walkers pouring onto the community gates over the next 49 hours. After prevailing from the exhausting battle, Laura radios back to the community that a new herd of walkers is approaching from multiple directions. In the morning, Laura helps to clean up the community from the corpses while Eugene warns that it will be an hour until the next wave hits.
Later that day at an emergency council meeting, Laura listens as Michonne decides that instead of retaliating against the Whisperers, she and a small group will meet with Alpha at the border to work things out. That night, Laura is among the group that arrives at the border to meet with Alpha. After Carol attempts to kill Alpha, Laura and the rest are forced to retreat and spend the night in the woods.
However after Carol claims she saw some Whisperers nearby, the group seeks shelter inside an abandoned school. A while later, Laura and the others hear Carol's cries for help and enter the gymnasium to find her standing on top of several walkers she has killed. She and the rest decide to head back to Alexandria so Carol can be treated at the infirmary and rest properly.
Laura is at the dining hall enjoying a meal when Lydia makes a scene by gutting a dead squirrel, upsetting Gage, Margo, and Alfred. She watches as the three leave in disgust before returning to her meal.
Later that night, Laura and the council reunite in the meeting house to discuss Lydia's attack. They question Gage and Alfred, who lie and say they were attacked. Gabriel asks why Lydia's the one in the infirmary. They claim to them how their friends got beheaded by the Whisperers and now Margo is dead. The council then lets them go.
While the council discusses their vote on Negan's fate, Laura is in favor of Negan being spared after explaining her own motives. Daryl arrives and says he believes Lydia, which ties the vote. Gabriel announces he'll take the night to make his decision by tomorrow.
Laura will appear in this episode.
This list shows the victims Laura has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies and possibly unnamed people
- The casting call for this character used the name Diana.
- Laura is one of five Savior lieutenants to renounce her antagonistic ways, the others being Dwight, Eugene Porter, Arat, and D.J.
- As of "What It Always Is", Laura is the only known former Savior lieutenants to still be alive, excluding Eugene.
- Laura is also one of only seven named former Saviors confirmed to be alive, the others being Negan, Eugene, Alden, Quan, Alice, and Gracie.
- She is also one of nine characters introduced in Season 7 that are confirmed to be alive, the others being Ezekiel, Jerry, Dianne, Rachel Ward, Cyndie, Quan, Nabila, and Oscar.