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—Rafael's last words to David.

Rafael Rodrigo Machado is a main character featured in The Walking Dead: Return to Woodbury. He is described to be a young, loyal and stalwart prisoner with a Brazilian background.


Location Unknown

Rafael was a soldier, a drug dealer and a pilot working for the biggest cartels in the USA. Rafael never considered himself an outlaw or a "junkie", he thought of himself as a delivery man and that he was above everyone else in the cartel.

Sometime before the outbreak, he was imprisoned for ten years for not wanting to snitch on the cartels.


Ile De La Lumiére

Since the outbreak, Rafael had stayed in a prison located in a island near Cuba due to his sentence for five years, only surviving by eating potatoes, drinking rainwater and having a little hope for the future. After the years passed, he is forced to leave the island as a storm hits. As a former pilot, he barely manages to escape the flood with an arsenal of weapons on an abandoned helicopter. Rafael almost manages to get to the States, but his ride runs out of gas, making it drop in to the water and sink. Rafael barely makes it out with the guns and swims to the mainland.

Rafael encounters the dead, or "hungries" as he prefers to call them, not knowing how exactly they can be killed. He then discovers how, although he heard prison guards yell "only the head" during the early days of the outbreak.

Rafael encounters David Stern and saves his life from walkers. The two establish a friendship and later on discover Norma's body on a draft. They save her life and continue their journey to Woodbury, where they eventually run into Spencer-Lee Dryden.


Killed By

In an attempt to save David's life, Rafael is shot by Spencer-Lee who hangs his body on a crane. Rafael then reanimates as a zombie. It is unknown whether he was put down later on.


David Stern

The two established a great relationship within a week. They got along even though they had somewhat a language barrier. David appreciated Rafael for saving his life after Spencer-Lee kills the young man, which makes him furious.

Norma Sutters

Norma and Rafael share a little conversation, and Rafael trusted her since she was a fellow survivor of David.

Anita Machado

Rafael spent a lot of time during his childhood with his aunt, Anita. Anita took him in to a road trip across USA, and also taught him English. They had a good relationship.


Ramon might have been Rafael's co-worker at the cartel. Their relationship is unknown.


  • Upon his arrival to the main land of United States, Rafael was one of the only people in the world still not aware of how to kill a walker.


Return to Woodbury

Novel Series Characters
Timothy's Group TimothyAlicia
Philip's Group PennyBrianNickPhilipBobby
Chalmers Family April Tara David
Tommy's Group CherSonnyShortyTommy
Woodbury David Tiffany Mercy Jenny TylerBarbaraGloriaSpeedMatthewBenRobbieAlyssaSaulNathanMatthewCalvinMarianneElizabethLydiaDavyHapCaesarAustinDeanJohnnyEarlJaredJamesonDennyLouHinesTravisHaynesMillerJohnnyRedSmittyTomClintAliceGusGabrielDonDanielTeddyBartRudyCharlieRaymondEricJamesAndyAlexEvanJakeRonnieArloJohnnyBruceSamStevensEugeneHaroldTommyManningTaggertBroylesSwedeStevieStinsonSamTreyGeneDetroit
Tent City Lilly Donna Ruthie Mary Lydia Harlan Dick BobScottMeganJoshuaChadSarah
Christina's Group ChristinaMike
Meriwether County Correctional Facility Rick Michonne Glenn Carl Maggie Andrea Dale HershelLoriJudithBillyPatriciaAxelAndrewTyreese
Dupree Family Lucas Bethany ThomasCalvinMeredith
Pentecostal People of God HaroldJeremiahReeseStephenMaryNoelleEmma
Calvary Baptist Church Norma
Most Holy Redeemer Parish James Melissa Rory Molly MilesLelandLouisThurstonEarlChesterPatrick
Haralson Ashley Chelsea Bobby Trudy Jack FrankJamieCaleb
Woodbury Newcomers JinxIanJackRudyLindaClintMay
Moreland CooperMike
Atlanta Medical Center Doe TheodoreLawrenceCallumGlennCamo PantsSonnySoamesRaymondDaniels
Sixteenth Street Sophie Connie Bradley Lyle EveMartinBurtFredJohnny
Ile de la Lumiére Rafael
Stack Family JenniferKourtneyKaylaJohn
Spencer-Lee's Camp Cindy Teddy Spencer-LeeDanielSallyBarretAntoineRonnieDinaFitz
Chen Family AhuiWenzhu
Beacon of Light ElenaHengyenFangLinFrançoisDagangWangQingweiGuoWeizhenHaoboWangfaLankui LinnangHaihongTaijianChowLubinMing
The Grove MeiliXupinGuanShanshanShenyangHuangmangHongLoLiBiyingHuangyiJincaiChima
The Smokers Jiafeng
Heaven Monks LǎopóPing
Animals GypsySheckyArrow
Jiāngshī MaribelleBobby
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.