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Tara Chambler is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. She is the daughter of David, the younger sister of Lilly, the aunt of Meghan, and the last remaining survivor of her immediate family until her death. After encountering Philip Blake, better known as the Governor, Tara and her family left their apartment complex they had been holding up in to find a safer place.
After helping Glenn Rhee escape the destroyed West Georgia Correctional Facility, Tara became a part of the group led by Abraham Ford on a mission to Washington, D.C., in search of a cure. She soon becomes a member of Rick Grimes' group. After joining the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Tara formed a romantic relationship with Denise Cloyd. During a supply run with Heath, she finds a community named Oceanside.
Six years after Rick's assumed death, Tara resides at the Hilltop Colony and serves as a co-leader to Jesus. After his death, she becomes the de-facto leader of Hilltop due to his and its residents' trust in her. During the fair, Tara becomes one of the leaders of the Coalition alongside Gabriel Stokes, Ezekiel, Carol Peletier, and Cyndie until her death.
Tara initially came off as cold and hostile upon meeting The Governor as he made his way into her family's apartment building. She was seen exhibiting varying degrees of rude behavior towards him, even when Lilly insisted it wasn't necessary.
As her character continues to be explored, we see that Tara's hard exterior is only a facade, which she presumably puts on for reasons of self-preservation or insecurity. In later appearances, she demonstrates a more friendly, compassionate, and honest nature. She is shown to be playful at times, such as when she played a game of tag with Meghan, as well as when she expressed amusement at finding a yo-yo in a discarded bag with Glenn and Rosita.
Tara is shown to express severe guilt for her involvement in the attack on the Prison that ultimately caused its downfall, as well as the deaths of Hershel Greene and countless other residents; even though she had little to no influence on the actual fight, she still bears the brunt of responsibility by virtue of having been there at all. This guilt eventually subsides after Tara is accepted into Rick Grimes' group and receives forgiveness from him, as well as Glenn Rhee and Maggie Greene.
Throughout the fifth season, Tara shows numerous signs of developing emotional maturity and inner strength, often shown through her growing friendship with Eugene Porter. The strength and determination she exhibits later gives Eugene the courage to display those same traits, saving Tara's life after she herself is seriously wounded and rendered unconscious during a supply run for the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
By the eighth season, Tara has grown much more cold and vengeful, especially towards the Saviors, and she has a strong desire to kill them all, except for the workers and prisoners, to avenge her girlfriend, Denise Cloyd, and her friends, Glenn, Abraham Ford, and Olivia. This shows that she is perfectly willing to eliminate human threats, just like most of the rest of her group. She was particularly hostile towards Dwight, who was responsible for Denise's death, wanting to kill him despite his decision to switch sides and help them and conspiring with Daryl, who likewise wanted all of the Saviors dead regardless of whether or nor they surrendered and likewise particularly despised Dwight, to do so. She was also the only one who participated in Daryl's plot to let walkers into the Sanctuary despite knowing that innocent workers and prisoners would die if they did so, showing that like Daryl, she has allowed her hatred to blind her to what is the morally correct thing to do.
However, after Dwight lures his fellow Saviors away from their location, Tara seems to soften, and remembers how she had once been one of the Governor's people, acknowledging her own hypocrisy. When she thought she had been shot with a poisoned arrow by Dwight and would die soon, she accepted this and said she thought she deserved it for the way she had behaved before, stating she may have pushed Dwight into switching sides again. After realizing he had shot her with a clean arrow and she was not dying, she seemed to finally let go of her hatred and told Daryl she would no longer aid him in his desire to kill Dwight and all the other Saviors.
Following the 6-year time jump, and the deaths of Gregory and Jesus, as well as Maggie's departure, Tara has found herself as the leader of Hilltop. As a leader, she seems to be stern and pragmatic, but still kind, understanding, honest, and willing to listen to others. When Alden and Luke went missing, she wasn't willing to put an entire group of her people at risk to find them, by going out to face an unknown threat, preferring to return to Hilltop to get more information before acting. Though she appears certain in her decisions, she openly admits to Yumiko that she doesn't know if she knows what she's doing, inviting her to talk to her if she ever disagrees with one of her decisions, and is also quick to forgive Yumiko and her group for going against her orders to search for Luke, understanding their fear for the safety of their friend.
In her final moments, Tara proved her bravery and strength of character, as she fought to the death against Whisperers, fighting to protect her friends until the very end.
Tara grew up in Atlanta with her father David, sister Lilly, and niece Meghan. She enrolled in the Atlanta police academy with aspirations to become a police officer. On a weekend, Tara and her girlfriend Sam were on a camping trip where Sam confessed she wasn't a lesbian as Tara had believed.
During the onset of the outbreak, Tara's family picked her up from the academy and holed up together inside of their apartment complex. For about a year, Tara continually cleared their area of walkers. However, she was unaware that she needed to destroy the brain in order to kill one.
When the Governor arrives at their apartment, Tara reluctantly allows him inside. After he tells them his story about what had happened before at this camp and introduces himself as Brian, Tara explains that she was in training to become a police officer. At Lilly's insistence, Tara allows him to stay in one of the empty apartments of the building.
After her father David passes away due to his cancer, Tara cries at his bedside. When he turns and almost bites her, the Governor saves her life. Later on, Tara thanks the Governor for saving her life and fist bumps him.
Following this event, Tara and her family leave with the Governor, thinking he can possibly take them to a safer place and protect them. On the road, they are swarmed by a herd and in an attempt to escape, Tara runs away and twists her ankle, but is saved by Lilly. They trudge through the forest but are saved by another group of survivors.
Tara and her family are then granted shelter at Martinez's camp as long as they contribute. Later that day, Tara flirts with Alisha while Alisha is getting a cut treated by Lilly. They then would start a relationship over the following days. When the Governor takes leadership of the camp, Tara and Alisha help secure a fence around the campsite to protect it from walkers. Due to being distracted flirting with Alisha, a walker entered the camp and almost attacked Meghan. She is then left visibly shocked when the Governor manages to save Meghan.
When the Governor reveals his plan to try and take the West Georgia Correctional Facility using Hershel and Michonne as exchange hostages, Tara is the first member of the militia to accept taking part in the attack later that day. When negotiations were taking place at the prison, Rick tries to reason directly with Tara after noticing that she was insecure about what they were doing.
After the Governor cruelly beheads Hershel, Tara realizes that she is on the wrong side and throws her weapon to the ground, refusing to be part of the battle. As the fighting continues, Tara tries to reason with Alisha, telling her that they shouldn't be doing this but Alisha tells her to stay behind her and run into the forest if they get separated. After a bomb explodes near her, a petrified Tara leaves Alisha behind.
Having survived the battle, Tara took refuge inside a fence to avoid being attacked by the walkers. As Glenn is leaving, he spots her in an almost catatonic state and convinces her to accompany him.
As they reach the road, Tara mentions she regrets having trusted "Brian" and once he killed Hershel, she knew instantly that she was on the wrong side. Glenn responds that while he is not on good terms with her, he needs her help to find his wife Maggie. When walkers try to attack them, Glenn fights off the majority but collapses with fatigue.
Tara attacks a walker that is about to bite him, repeatedly bashing its head in. She looks up to realize Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita have witnessed her heroic act. She then angrily and sarcastically asks them if they enjoyed the show.
Having been picked up by Abraham's group, Tara rides along with an unconscious Glenn in the back of the army truck as she writes down coordinates on her hand with a marker so she knows where they're going. When walkers appear on the road, she watches as Abraham attacks them with a crowbar and says he's the luckiest person in the world.
Later that day, Glenn wakes up and Tara tells him not to move as she offers him some water. He asks if while driving they passed a bus. She informs him she saw everyone dead and it's been three hours since they've passed the bus. Glenn says they need to go back, so the two of them bang on the window from the back of the truck so it can stop.
Abraham tells them that they can't stop because Eugene knows the cure, shocking them both. However, Tara follows Glenn as he leaves to keep searching for Maggie and explains that she wrote down every coordinate on her hand and she knows her way back. When Abraham and Glenn start fighting, Tara and Rosita tell them to stop as Eugene notices some walkers. The four of them run back towards the truck to help Eugene fight off walkers.
With the army truck lost to stray bullets, Tara and Glenn walk off before they are followed by the others. As the five venture off, Abraham calls Tara a good person for helping Glenn but he believes that saving the world is more important. She says she's not a good person, and tells him to not lie to her about the real reason he's helping Eugene.
Tara walks with the group along the train tracks on their way to Terminus. Eugene tries to strike up a conversation with her, firstly by theorizing the dinosaurs could have been wiped out by the same virus that has wiped out civilization, before asking her what kind of gamer she was. While camping that night, Abraham questions Tara why is she helping Glenn and she confesses she is trying to make amends for doing something bad. The next day, Glenn comes upon another Terminus sign marked by Maggie, Bob and Sasha and sprints ahead as the rest of the group follow him.
Later that day, the group comes upon a tower and Abraham insists they stop to rest. When a walker appears above in the tower and almost falls on top of Eugene, Tara is pushed out of the way by a protective Abraham and injures her knee. Nonetheless, she is still adamant in her support of Glenn. When the group comes upon a railway bridge in the mountainside, Abraham reluctantly parts company with Tara and Glenn, saying the risk is too high to Eugene and they will instead go around, telling them they'll likely be camped at the other side should they survive and make it through.
Tara and Glenn enter the tunnel and find evidence of a fresh cave-in, as well as many trapped walkers. Glenn insists he needs to see the faces of the walkers to ensure none of them are Maggie and Tara helps. When the two set a diversion with a flashlight to sneak around the overwhelming swarm of walkers, Tara slips and gets stuck in the debris. Glenn, refusing to leave her, is forced to empty his handgun clip into the surrounding walkers. Out of bullets, the pair are then saved by Abraham, Eugene, Rosita, Maggie, Sasha, and Bob, who have now converged and joined forces.
That night, Tara is introduced to Maggie by Glenn, who tells his wife that he and Tara met on the road. An appreciative Maggie gives Tara a hug of thanks. With the newly formed group deciding on their next move, Tara agrees to go with Abraham to D.C. after they reach Terminus. The following day, Tara, now walking with a cane, arrives at Terminus with the others and is met by Mary, who offers to get them settled and make them a plate of food.
Shortly after arriving at Terminus, Tara and her companions are stripped of their belongings and thrown in a train car to await an uncertain fate. When Rick, Carl, Michonne, and Daryl are thrown in the same cart, Tara and Rick recognized each other but she is introduced as a friend by Glenn to avoid any resentment.
Tara crafts a makeshift weapon to use in the escape attempt. When the group tries to break out, they fail on their first try and she is left inside. She encourages the group and is confident that they'll be able to survive their break-out. When Rick opens the boxcar for everyone to escape, Tara helps kill walkers on their way out and aids in protecting the group. She then watches as the group reunites with Carol, Tyreese, and Judith in the woods.
While walking away from Terminus, Tara talks to Rick about her involvement in the Governor's attack, and he says he forgives her, noting that he could tell she did not want to be there and that is why he tried to talk to her. She travels with the group when they rescue Father Gabriel. Upon arriving at his church, she splits off with Glenn and Maggie to collect supplies in a nearby store. When the group is eating that night, a guilty ridden Tara reveals to Maggie she was with the Governor and was involved in the attack. Maggie forgives her and they hug.
Following the mysterious disappearances of Daryl, Carol, and Bob, Tara listens as Gabriel is confronted and then confesses his past to the group. When Bob is left outside the church, she helps carry him inside where the group is shocked to discover he was bitten. Upon hearing of Gareth's return, Abraham demands that the group leave for Washington right away and starts to argue with Rick.
As part of a bargain to make him stay and fight, Tara promises to go with him tomorrow regardless of what happens. She then joins Rick's posse to help trap Gareth's group inside the church and watches as Rick, Michonne, Sasha and Abraham brutally murder the cannibals. The next day, Tara watches as the group bids farewell to Bob before he dies from infection. She then leaves with Abraham's group on the bus towards Washington.
As the group drives down the road, Tara suggests to Eugene he cut his hair and jokes that it's his source of power. When the bus breaks down and flips over, she stays to protect Eugene from incoming walkers and tells him it's time to get brave and hands him a knife. Before a walker bites her from behind, Eugene saves her life. When the bus starts burning Tara suggests finding some bikes because they don't burn.
Later that day, the group stays in a book store which they fortify. Tara scavenges water from a toilet and boils it over a fire made from book pages. She later finds Eugene watching Abraham and Rosita having sex. She thanks him for saving her life earlier when Eugene reveals that he sabotaged the bus. He explains he doesn't think people would keep him around if he couldn't save the world, but Tara says they will because they're friends. She promises to keep the sabotage a secret and then takes a swift look at Rosita before going to bed.
The next morning, Tara takes out walkers when they emerge from the building after Abraham moves a firetruck. As the group comes across a gigantic herd on the road, Abraham insists on going through and they argue with him. When Eugene reveals he is not a scientist, Tara is left speechless but helps him when Abraham knocks him out.
As the group tries to figure out what to do about the recent events, Tara tries to boost morale and nicknames them 'GREATM' which consists of each member's first name in the group making up a letter. She also mentions how Eugene lied about being a scientist because lying is his only strength so they shouldn't put him down for it. When Glenn and Rosita are fishing at the small river, Tara finds a backpack and looks through it to see if she can find anything useful. She finds a yo-yo and plays with it while the trio returns to the roadside.
Tara arrives back with the group to Gabriel's church in the fire truck where she embraces Carl upon her return. They then head out towards Grady Memorial Hospital to help rescue Beth. Upon arriving, Tara and the group witness Daryl carrying out the dead body of Beth. She is saddened to see Maggie's breakdown.
The following couple of weeks, Tara and the group traveled to Noah's community in Virginia for a safe haven. When the place is found abandoned and Tyreese dies after being bitten, Tara is present at his funeral.
The group keeps traveling on their long trek in search of hope in D.C.. When they take a break, Tara comments about Abraham purely ingesting alcohol. She then takes part in eating a dog out of desperation. When it starts raining later that day, Tara celebrates with Rosita. She then seeks refuge inside a barn along with the group to hide from a storm where later that night she helps her fellow survivors hold the barn doors to keep walkers from getting inside.
Tara watches as Aaron is brought to the barn and questioned. When Abraham and his group go out to scout Aaron's vehicles, she and the remaining survivors do a quick sweep of the area surrounding the barn. Later that day, Tara is among those traveling in the RV towards the Alexandria Safe-Zone where they arrive the next morning.
Tara enters Alexandria and is assigned the job of a runner. On Rick's advice they all decide to stay in the same house. The next day, she goes with Noah, Glenn, Nicholas, and Aiden on a dry run. She does not approve of how they string up walkers and when they try to recapture one that gets loose she nearly gets bit but Glenn kills it. Tara becomes angry and disturbed by Aiden's actions and witnesses the fight between him and Glenn.
Tara is part of the group tasked with looting a warehouse for parts needed to restore power for the solar panels at Alexandria. Once at the warehouse, she engages in conversation with Eugene, calling him a coward and reminding him that he didn't bring them to Alexandria, they brought him. When Aiden accidentally shoots a grenade on a walker, Tara is knocked unconscious by the blast and appears to suffer head trauma. Eugene dispatches two walkers and carries her to the van. She is then brought to Alexandria and taken to the infirmary.
Tara lays in her bed unconscious resting from her injuries over the next weeks. While being looked after by Rosita, she finally wakes up and smiles at her friend.
Tara is tended to by Rosita, when they both see Glenn and Nicholas stagger in. She says they both look like shit as Glenn says that they were attacked by walkers in the woods and a bullet ricocheted off a tree and hit him in the shoulder. Eugene walks in and he is overjoyed to see Tara awake, and Tara is happy to see that he still has his haircut intact and they embrace. She then asks for Noah but is informed about his death.
While the residents are building a wall in the road as part of their plan to lure a herd away from the community days later, Tara berates Maggie for not having Nicholas exiled for his actions. However, Maggie reminds her that she was once part of the enemy group on the day the Governor murdered Maggie's father. She says Glenn saves people no matter if they are bad or good and because of that Tara is the one of the most important people to her.
While looking for aspirins at the infirmary, Tara and Eugene meet Denise, who introduces herself and says that Pete Anderson didn't want her helping him but after his sudden death, there's no surgeon left in Alexandria which has forced Denise to replace him despite her insecurity. Feeling sympathy for her, Tara asks Denise if she can help her with a headache to which Denise says Tara is her first patient and she jokingly says that she'll probably not kill her.
As the wolves attack Alexandria later that day, Tara, Eugene and Denise stay in the infirmary. Rosita, Eric, and Aaron bring in an injured Holly, who has been stabbed. Tara notices Denise being reluctant to help and orders her to help Holly. Despite Denise's best attempt to save Holly, she dies due to blood loss. Before Tara leaves the infirmary, she quietly reminds Denise to destroy Holly's brain so she won't reanimate.
When the plan to lure the herd away from Alexandria fails, Tara listens to Rick's speech where he informs everyone about the walkers gathering outside the walls and instructs everyone to be as quiet as possible explaining they will become less interested in Alexandria. She later finds Denise struggling to stabilize Scott's bullet wound and encourages her to not give up hope and to keep reading so she can find out how to help him. Later that day, Tara is sitting on her porch when Denise approaches. She asks how Scott is doing and Denise replies by kissing her.
Tara is on a lookout perch with Eugene when she notices that Spencer is using a zip-line to crawl across in his plan to lure the herd away from Alexandria. Despite protests from Rick to save the bullets, Tara helps to shoot at the walkers when Spencer almost falls into the herd. Despite saving Spencer, Rick scolds her for her stupidity in wasting bullets and making the herd more aggressive and she flips him off. Later that day, Rick apologizes to Tara as she looks for Denise. She accepts his apology and acknowledges what she did was stupid.
When the Alexandria tower collapses and destroys a part of the wall, Tara and Rosita help drag Tobin to safety and then rescue Eugene from a walker, before they take refuge in a nearby garage. While trapped, Rosita begins to give up hope but Tara encourages her to keep going and the trio starts working to escape the garage.
Later that day, they manage to unlock a door into the rest of the house and stumble into the same room the captive Wolf is holding Denise captive, with Carol and Morgan unconscious on the floor. He forces them to surrender their weapons and Tara watches as he leaves the house, taking Denise with him.
Tara insists they rescue Denise but Rosita points out they don't have enough guns to fight walkers outside and the Wolf needs Denise for medical aid. When Carol kills the Wolf, she informs Tara that Denise made it safely to the infirmary, relieving her. Tara then joins Carol, Rosita, Morgan, and Eugene outside to help Rick and the Alexandrians kill the rest of the walkers. The next morning, Tara rests outside the infirmary with the other Alexandrians.
In the following weeks after the invasion, Tara and Denise entered into a relationship and moved together. When Rick and Daryl bring the unconscious Paul Rovia to be left there, they watch as he is brought inside.
When the group returns to Alexandria from the Hilltop, Tara assists the church meeting and listens as Rick tries to convince the Alexandrians that they need to fight against the Saviors. She is uneasy at Rick's departing line "we kill them all", reminding her of the Governor. Back at home, Denise senses something is wrong and Tara says she loves her, before trying to persuade her to leave with her on the supply run. Denise insists she must stay behind as she is the only doctor but promises to tell Tara she loves her when she returns and they kiss.
As the group is attacking the Saviors' outpost, Tara acts as a lookout in a car with Gabriel, Jesus, Andy, and Craig. She asks Gabriel if he is still a priest and confesses that she lied to Denise earlier, telling her she loved her when really she was just covering up the fact she had done something like this before. Jesus and Gabriel ask if she does love Denise, to which Tara says that she does. "So you know what you're fighting for," Jesus says.
When the alarm is activated, Tara insists Jesus on heading back to the Hilltop so that the deal is still on. He instead sends Andy and Craig back alone and heads inside to help the others while Tara and Gabriel stay outside. When two Saviors try to escape, Tara manages to kill one of them and wounds the other. The next day, Tara says her goodbyes to her friends before she and Heath head off on their two-week run.
Tara is hallucinated by Rick in an idyllic dream with the rest of the group at Alexandria having dinner outside.
Having passed the two weeks of their supply run and after not finding anything worthy, Tara rejects Heath's proposal of heading back to Alexandria and insists they keep scavenging for ammo and medicine. While they look for supplies on a barricaded bridge blocked with cars and tarps, Tara tugs at a duffel bag lodged in a large sand pile, but the mound collapses, releasing a herd of walkers that were trapped inside, and surrounding her. Heath starts to shoot at walkers to save her before he runs out of bullets and becomes overrun. Tara tries to make her way over to help him, but she is shoved back and falls off the bridge to the river. She loses consciousness and is drifted to a nearby beach.
After being found and saved by Cyndie, Tara pretends to be asleep and follows her into the woods where she discovers a bustling village inhabited by a large group of women. When the residents start shooting at her, Tara flees and takes one of the women down, knocking her out. Rachel steps in front of Tara and is about to shoot her when Cyndie again intervenes. More women emerge and surround Tara, holding her at gunpoint. The leader, Natania, orders Cyndie to step away from Tara. She is then handcuffed inside a room to await interrogation.
Natania walks into the room, joined by Kathy and Beatrice, and starts interrogating Tara about her background. Tara lies about her past and offers to leave their settlement. That night over dinner, Natania invites Tara and her friend to reside at their settlement to ensure they never reveal their location to anyone, and reveals that the men were all killed in a skirmish with another group, after which the women decided to relocate their home and stay hidden. Tara confesses that she comes from a community that killed a threatening group at an old satellite station. She suggests their groups band together. Natania agrees to send a guide with Tara to find Heath and meet with her community.
The next day, Tara leaves the settlement with Kathy and Beatrice into the wood but soon realizes they are going to kill her. When a walker appears, she volunteers to kill it and seizes her opportunity to flee. As Beatrice catches up and holds her at gunpoint, Tara pleads that she has to get back to her friends, but Beatrice tells her it's too late, and assures her people are dead because the satellite station was only an outpost. She explains that her group tried to fight the Saviors too but lost, and the Saviors killed every man and boy over ten as punishment.
When Cyndie helps Tara escape into the woods, she makes her swear to keep their settlement a secret and Tara agrees. Cyndie gives her a backpack with supplies nd offers to take her to where she last saw Heath. They eventually arrive at the bridge and Cyndie refuses to leave until Tara safely crosses. She makes her way across the bridge as Cyndie shoots down walkers from the top of a car. Tara looks for Heath and finds his broken glasses and some tire tracks in the dirt. She picks up a badge that says "PPP" and puts it in her pocket. She then travels towards Alexandria over the next following days, and on the way, she camps out in a gift shop and eats the food that Cyndie gave her.
Sometime later, Tara arrives at Alexandria and is met by a broken Eugene. She is then informed of the recent events. Tara sits in the infirmary, despondent over the news of Denise's death as well as the deaths of Glenn and Abraham. Determined to seek revenge on the Saviors, Rosita asks Tara if she has any leads on guns or ammo. Tara keeps her word to Cyndie and tells Rosita that she didn't find anything during her scouting mission.
When Negan and the Saviors visit Alexandria, Tara approaches Olivia on the porch and hands her a canister of powdered lemonade as requested by Negan. She offers to take her place inside but Olivia declines, saying she promised Rick she would watch Judith.
Later that day, Tara and the Alexandrians watch in horror as Negan disembowels Spencer and Olivia is shot in the face as punishment for Rosita trying to kill Negan. When Negan demands to know who made the bullet, Tara steps in and claims it was her but Eugene interjects and confesses it was him.
Tara later accompanies the group as they reunite with the others at the Hilltop to prepare a plan to fight against the Saviors. When the group reunites, she ponders a smile. The whole groùp then walks towards the Barrington house.
Tara listens as Rick tries to convince Gregory to fight against the Saviors. She tells him he should do the right thing and step up, but he cuts her off. After they leave his office, Daryl reasons they might not need a large army and if they find the right supplies they could blow them up. Tara reminds him there are civilians inside the Sanctuary. Jesus tells the group it is time they met King Ezekiel.
Tara accompanies the group to the Kingdom, where they are reunited with Morgan and meet Ezekiel. They leave the next morning when Ezekiel refuses to fight. On their way back from the Kingdom, they encounter a blockade of cars on the highway set up by the Saviors. Tara helps to dismantle the explosives and Rosita takes some dynamite away from her, telling her she doesn't like the way it looks.
As a herd approaches the highway, Tara, Carl and Rosita work to block the onramp again until they are surrounded. They are eventually joined by Rick and Michonne and as they head back to Alexandria, the leftover dynamite explodes behind them. When they return, Aaron and Tobin inform them Gabriel disappeared with most of their food and weapons. Rick finds a note left from Gabriel and they head off to find him. Upon arriving at a junkyard, Tara and the group are held at gunpoint by a large group of strangers.
Tara listens as Rick tries to make a deal with Jadis, the leader of the junkyard group. When she refuses, Tara and the group are attacked but gain the upper hand until Gabriel defuses the situation by taking Tamiel hostage. She then watches through a tube as Rick is forced to fight a walker covered in metal armor and steel spikes. He later comes back to the group, injured but smiling, and tells them a deal has been made.
Later that day, Tara suggests heading back to Alexandria to regroup but Rosita says they need to search for guns. Tara reasons that Rick and Aaron are injured and the people back home need food. Rosita says she will go on her own but Tara says they are sticking together. Rosita asks what her problem is and Tara says they aren't looking for a fight but getting ready for one. Rosita says it's always a fight and tells her to grow up.
When Rick and Michonne discuss where they should look for guns, Rick says to Tara she's been out further than any of them and she can tell them where not to look, and she laughs it off nervously.
Tara arrives at Rosita's house to find her removing her stitches and says she was on her way to help her do that. After an awkward pause, Tara assures Rosita that it's going to work out. They have the numbers, they just need the weapons. Rosita asks if she knows where they can find that many guns but Tara doesn't answer. Rosita says she can't just wait. Tara again assures her they will find the guns and she needs to save her anger for the Saviors.
Later that day, Tara inspects the bracelet that Cyndie gave to her. She hands the bracelet to Judith as she debates the pros and cons of telling Rick about the guns at Oceanside. She's torn by her promise to keep its location a secret. When the group delivers the guns to the Scavengers, Tara looks defeated after Jadis says it is not enough and they need nearly twice as many. Upon returning to Alexandria, Tara tells Rick she needs to talk with him.
Tara reveals to Rick and the group that she encountered a group with guns while on her supply-run with Heath called Oceanside who had once fought the Saviors but lost, and are now in hiding. Realizing she needs to break her promise in order to acquire the guns and people to win the war against the Saviors, Tara leads the group of Alexandrians to the distant community. At Oceanside, Tara sneaks into Natania's home and holds her at gunpoint.
Cyndie suddenly enters Natania's home and Tara calls her out. She is angry and hurt that Tara broke her promise, but she says she had no choice and explains that her group is taking their guns in order to fight the Saviors. She begs them to talk to Rick and join their resistance. Natania refuses and distracts Tara, giving Cyndie enough time to grab a hidden gun. Tara turns her gun towards Cyndie, and is tackled by Natania. As Cyndie holds her at gunpoint, Tara reveals that her own gun was never loaded. Natania asks for Cyndie's gun and she reluctantly complies.
As the other Oceansiders are taken captive outside by Rick and his group, Natania appears holding Tara at gunpoint. Cyndie tells her people that Rick's group wants to fight the Saviors. When Michonne warns Rick that walkers are approaching, Cyndie knocks Natania out, saving Tara's life again. The Alexandrians and the Oceansiders organize a combined defense that allows them to efficiently kill the walkers.
When the group leaves with the guns later, Cyndie informs Tara that Natania has forbidden her community to fight the Saviors. She thanks Tara for what her group is doing. When the group returns to Alexandria late at night, Rosita opens the gate for them. She tells them they have a visitor. Rosita leads Rick's group to the Alexandria prison cell where Dwight sits behind bars. Rosita says that Dwight wants to help.
Tara furiously reprimands Dwight for murdering Denise. He replies that she was not his intended target. In response, Daryl slams Dwight against a wall and holds him at knifepoint. Tara tells Daryl to kill him, but Dwight tells Daryl that he served Negan for Sherry's sake and Sherry had saved Daryl, but she is gone now. Daryl reluctantly releases Dwight, believing his story. When Dwight leaves to head back to the Sanctuary, Tara and Daryl exchange glances.
The next day, Tara and the Alexandrians are left shocked as Eugene arrives with the Saviors and tells the group to surrender. When a reanimated Sasha attacks Negan and Carl uses the distraction to start shooting at the Scavengers and the Saviors, Tara joins the fight and helps Rosita after she is shot. After the Saviors and the Scavengers escape, Tara sits by Rosita's side as she recovers in the infirmary.
As part of the Militia's plan to trap the Saviors in the Sanctuary, Tara and Carol stand watch on a bridge as they wait while the herd of walkers moves along the road below. When Daryl and Morgan meet up with them, Tara counts down to the herd's arrival and is upset as they arrive some minutes late. They vacate the road in haste and watch as the SUV they parked on the exit ramp explodes to attract the herd towards the mapped road.
While they await on a pedestrian overpass to track the bombs they planted for the herd to follow, the group spots a walker nearing the tripwire. Morgan stops the walker from tripping the explosive. On the road, a Savior caravan trips the wire and sets off an explosion. The herd approaches, drawn by the explosion. The group then parts away, with Tara leaving with Morgan. She then joins a group that prepares to attack the satellite station outpost.
Tara, Jesus, Morgan, and Diane prepare for a raid on the Satellite station. She claims they did it before and can do it again, but Jesus insists if a gun fires they won't get in. As the militia ventures inside, they use silenced pistols to put down Saviors. While they sweep the station, Tara and Jesus discover a Savior named Dean cowering in a closet, having seemingly peed himself in fear. He claims to be a worker from the Sanctuary forced from his family. Jesus decides to show mercy and let him live, but Tara is furious, desiring to kill all the Saviors out of revenge for Denise.
When they get distracted by the gunfire, Dean takes Jesus hostage, revealing his deception. Before he can shoot Tara, Jesus swiftly disarms him with his skills in martial arts. Regardless, he refuses to kill Dean, instead choosing to tie him up, much to Tara's disgust, who questions Jesus on Abraham, Glenn, and Denise. When they hear over the radio as the Saviors plan to retreat, Jesus leads the rest of the fighters to the back exit of the compound, intercepting around a dozen fleeing Saviors, including Alden. Heavily outnumbered and outgunned, they surrender without a fight, but Tara angrily declares that even if Maggie listens to Jesus' reasoning, Rick will listen to hers.
While traveling towards Hilltop, Tara watches over the captured Saviors while riding on the back of a pickup truck with Eduardo. He tells Tara that Maggie will know what to do with them. Tara acknowledges him, believing she will kill them for what they've done. As the militia gets ambushed by walkers, she helps defend their prisoners, and watches as Morgan chases after Jared and his chain gang into the woods. Tara and Dianne arrive after Morgan and Jesus have their fight about the Savior's fate. Before Morgan leaves, she tells him that he is right about killing the Saviors.
When the group arrives at Hilltop, Gregory immediately insists that the Saviors can't stay, but Maggie shuts him up and sends him away while she talks to Jesus. Tara says she agrees with Gregory that they shouldn't be allowed to stay, and Maggie notes that with families and children at the Hilltop, the arrangement would be dangerous. Jesus insists they can't kill those who surrendered, and makes plans to keep them under armed guard in two empty trailers.
Upon returning to Alexandria, Tara tells Daryl that she understands why he spared Dwight and feels he made the right choice as Dwight is the only reason they've gotten so far. However, she is determined to kill Dwight when everything is over. Daryl suggests that they will kill him together and that they won't have to wait for the war to be over. While on their way to the Sanctuary, they crash into Zia's vehicle killing her. They then encounter Michonne and Rosita, who reveal they are both heading to the Sanctuary as well and the group join forces.
As the group discusses their plan, with Morgan having joined them, Rosita shows doubts about the plan, concerned about the workers inside the building and the plan going awry. Tara confronts her about her apparent change in attitude, and recounts how she had waited before telling Rick about Oceanside and their weapon cache, showing regret at the fact that she had not informed him earlier, which could have helped better their situation.
When Rosita leaves, Tara and Daryl continue their plan and Michonne insists on seeing it through. They drive the truck to the edge of the Sanctuary's perimeter as Morgan keeps watch. Several Saviors perched at the window are fired upon by Tara, Morgan and the lookouts as Daryl crashes the truck into the Sanctuary, breaching the walls and allowing the herd to pour in. Tara and Daryl retreat as the walkers begin making their way inside.
Having returned to Alexandria, Tara helps Rosita unload some boxes. As she suggests that they take the air horn to direct the herd, Rosita with a smile on her face puts the heavy boxes on her arms. That night, Tara is part of the convoy that escapes Alexandria while the residents hide in the sewers. After killing all the saviors in a trap with the help of Dwight, they return to Alexandria and hide in the sewers with the rest of the residents where they would discover shortly after that Carl had been bitten by a walker and was suffering from the infection.
Tara remains in the sewers with the other Alexandrians as the Saviors' grenades continue to blow apart Alexandria above them. She listens as Dwight explains that the Saviors will soon run out of ammo and insists they stay put until the siege is over. After the explosions subside and the remaining Saviors leave, Tara says goodbye to Carl and she and the others prepare to head to the Hilltop for refuge.
Tara and the other Alexandrians evacuate through the woods towards the Hilltop. When the group comes across a walker in the forest, Tara moves in to deal with it, but allows it to cross over to Dwight, claiming that it escaped her grasp, although he dispatches it before the group heads forward. While the Alexandrians rest in the forest, Daryl and Rosita retrace their steps to cover their tracks as a vengeful Tara questions why Dwight is still alive. Daryl and Rosita agree that Dwight is still a valuable asset, with Rosita deciding to wait on dealing with him until they reach the Hilltop.
Tara, Daryl, and Rosita later look over a map at the different routes the Saviors can travel from the Sanctuary to the Hilltop, finding that most of their paths can be potentially dangerous. Dwight, however, points out that an alternate path, through a swamp is seldom used, due to the risks it poses against the Saviors. When Daryl agrees on going through the swamps, Tara tries voicing her opposition to the plan, and opts to stay behind to watch the group as Daryl gathers volunteers to assist with clearing out the swamp from walkers.
As the rest of the Alexandrians wait at the bank, Tara spots a small group of walkers in the trees. She asks for a volunteer to help her clear them, before tossing a knife in Dwight's direction. When they are away from the main group, Dwight expresses his remorse for killing Denise, accepting that he may not be forgiven for his deed. After putting down the last walker, he turns to find Tara holding him at gunpoint. She is fixated on avenging Denise, and makes several attempts to shoot Dwight, chasing him through the forest until they stop at a clearing.
When a Savior patrol approaches, they are forced to hide in the bushes where Tara continues to hold Dwight at gunpoint. She then turns her attention towards the patrol, who are inching closer to their position. In an effort to divert their attention away, Dwight makes his presence known, explaining that he survived the ambush near Alexandria and leads them away from the swamp. Tara is surprised by this and finds Rosita, having followed the pair. She asks why she didn't attempt to stop her, with Rosita explaining that she would have also pursued him to no end.
Upon returning to the swamp, Daryl furiously berates Tara for allowing Dwight to leave and risking him giving away their group to the Saviors. Having seen Dwight's efforts to sway the Saviors away from their location, Tara is convinced that Dwight has changed for the better. Daryl remains unconvinced, but forgoes continuing the conversation any longer, leading the Alexandrians through the now-clear waters. Tara and the Alexandrians eventually arrive at the Hilltop gates, bearing the news of the town's downfall and the loss of Carl.
When the Saviors show up at the gates of Hilltop to attack, Tara and the militia members prepare themselves to defend the community. During the battle, Simon spots Tara and orders Dwight to hunt her down. Daryl sees Simon and Dwight sneaking up on Tara and shouts a warning, but is too late as Dwight shoots Tara in the arm with an arrow. She is removed from battle as the militia manages to drive the Saviors out.
The next day, as Hilltop cleans up in the aftermath of battle, Tara and Daryl discuss Dwight shooting her. She tells Daryl that she was with the Governor when they first met. Daryl references his brother and says he would be with the Saviors if he were still around. Tara has been vouching for Dwight since he saved their lives, "I saw him try and help us win," she tells Daryl, but he refuses to accept her word and leaves.
That night when all the wounded in battle mysteriously turn into walkers and chaos unfolds inside the mansion, Tara sits on a bed surrounded by Enid, Rosita, and others. When Rick, Daryl, and others enter the room, Tara questions how this happened. Daryl tells her that the Saviors did something to their weapons and that everyone they cut up, got shot, they all turned. "Karma's a bitch", Tara says as she accepts her fate.
The next day after the attack, Tara meets with Daryl and she tells him she isn't sick and that Dwight shot her with a clean arrow. She reasons that Dwight shot her to save her life and probably couldn't break away to warn them about the coming attack though Daryl refuses to believe it. They disagree and Tara lets go of her vendetta against Dwight.
When the Saviors approach Hilltop, Tara helps the residents evacuate but stays behind to fight. Alden and the other prisoners insist on helping her. Tara and the prisoners prepare to attack. To their surprise Cyndie and the Oceansiders ambush the Saviors with Molotov cocktails, preventing a battle. Tara smiles on as they finally join the battle.
Over the next year and a half that passed since the end of the war, the communities stablished safe routes to travel between the communities. One morning Tara is scouting one of the roads when Eugene radios her, informing her that a group will head to Washington D.C. to search for farming materials for the Sanctuary
While most of the group heads inside the Smithsonian to scavenge, Tara stays outside as a lookout along with Aaron, Jesus, and Alden. The group then leaves D.C. and prepare to head back to their own communities. On the road, Tara and the others are informed by Daryl and Rosita that the main bridge is out due to a storm. Rick tells Tara, Gabriel, Aaron and Anne to head back to Alexandria and the rest will go to an alternate route and spend the night at the Sanctuary.
Having moved from Alexandria to the work camp along with several other residents, Tara is one of the lookouts posted in the crane in charge of watching over the perimeter of the construction site. One morning, she walks around with Anne and salutes Rick when she passes by his side.
Later that day, Tara radios Rick to update him on the walker distraction plan, before radioing Jerry, so he could turn on a siren. However, she notices that the other siren hasn't been turn on and radios Rick again to warn him that the herd is coming. That night in the camp, Tara talks and laughs with Rosita, Eugene and others.
In a hallucination, Tara and members of the communities rush past an injured Rick on the brige to kill the walkers and save him from the approaching herd before Rick manages to wake up.
In the present, Tara and members of the communities arrive nearby the nearly constructed bridge as Rick tries to lead a herd away from the other side. While everyone sprints towards to help him, Rick shoots at a box of dynamte and the bridge ignites and explodes as Tara and the rest can only watch in horror, assuming Rick to be dead.
In the years following Rick's presumed death and after Michonne choose to isolate Alexandria from the rest of the communities, Tara moved to the Hilltop but not before stealing the community charter. When Maggie, along with Hershel, left Hilltop to join Georgie's group, Tara became a more prominent member of the community since Jesus wasn't interested in being charge despite having been elected as the new leader.
Six years later, Tara checks as residents tend to their crops. She heads inside the Barrington house to Maggie's old office and asks Jesus about any news on Maggie. He reveals she has sent another letter, where she admits to be happy. Tara then updates him on some minor problems at their community and congratulates him on being reelected as the leader. He reminds her he ran unopposed, but Tara suggests he should take Maggie's office and he refuses.
At night, Tara updates Jesus on Rosita's condition and asks what he was doing out there. Jesus confesses he was training Aaron while trying to get Alexandria on board with the fair. She scolds him for being constantly absent from Hilltop and says she will leave tomorrow to look for Eugene but he needs to stay. In the morning, Tara greets and hugs Daryl and Carol when they arrive with Henry. As the rescue group gears up to go find Eugene, Jesus tells Tara he will go instead of her and next time he promises to stay, to which she agrees smiling.
When Michonne and Siddiq arrive at Hilltop with a group of newcomers, Tara coldly greets Michonne and updates her on Eugene, Aaron, Daryl, and Rosita's situations. She then informs Magna's group that they'll have to wait for Jesus to return before deciding on their future, but they can stay until he gets back. Connie thanks her for everyone. At night, Tara takes Earl down to the jail where Henry sits in a cell as punishment for misbehavior.
Tara talks with Enid, Alden, D.J., and Marco to organize a search party for the group that went out to look for a missing Eugene since they haven't returned. Luke offers his help and goes out with Alden. When the original search group arrives back later that day, Tara looks in sadness at Jesus' corpse. Tammy tells Tara that the Hilltop will now look to her for leadership, reminding her that includes getting justice for Jesus. Tara affirms she understands.
Shortly after, Tara, Daryl and Michonne interrogate the captured girl. She claims to not have a name and that her group were good people just trying to survive. Michonne asks if her people know about Hilltop but the girl begs to be left alone. Outside, Michonne says she's heading back to Alexandria and Tara tells her she's going to allow the new group to stay because it's what Jesus would have done. She then assists the funeral and puts the final nail in his coffin.
Tara leads Magna and her group in the search for Alden and Luke in the woods. They find a group of walkers feasting on their horses and kill them, while checking they aren't Whisperers. Connie notices that the horses were cut open and skinned with knives. Tara realizes that Lydia lied about it just being her mother out there and decides they should go back to Hilltop until they find out what this is.
The next day, Tara watches from a guard post as Magna and Yumiko return to Hilltop. Yumiko apologizes to Tara for leaving and Tara tells her to talk to her next time. Suddenly, Yumiko spots a small group of Whisperers approaching Hilltop as guards grab Kelly to get her inside, while Connie hides in the cornfield.
Tara calls out to Daryl and Magna below to join them on the guard post. In front of the gate, Alpha leads a group of Whisperers. She introduces herself and tells them she just wants her daughter back.
In a flashback, Tara and Jesus ride up to meet Carol, Ezekiel, and Jerry on a clearing in the woods to trade some medicine for sick people back in the Hilltop. She tells them that she has left Alexandria after not agreeing with Michonne's decitions and hands Ezekiel the community charter before leaving.
In the present, Tara listens as Alpha offers trading Alden and Luke for her captive daughter. When the group discovers Lydia and Henry are missing, Tara helps look around the community for them. After Lydia is eventually found later that day, Tara watches from the gates as the hostage exchange is done succesfully and the Whisperers leave. At night, Tara is informed by Daryl he will go search for Henry after discovering he has left to retrieve Lydia.
Tara and Magna's group clear a tree from their path to the Kingdom to ensure the roads are cleared for Alden's convoy carrying the food and trade goods for the fair. Kelly lets Tara know she's worried about Connie, but she assures her she's fine with Daryl. When a small herd of walkers approaches the group later that day, they get in position and remind themselves to watch for the Whisperers. Suddenly, the Highwaymen ride up on horses and introduce themselves to Tara after helping to take down the herd. They then escort them safely to the Kingdom. Upon arriving, Tara greets Carol and Ezekiel, and updates them on the recent events regarding the Whisperers.
Tara watches from the crowd as Ezekiel declares they’ve finally accomplished Rick, Carl, and Jesus' dreams of reuniting the communities. “Let the fair of a new beginning begin!” Ezekiel says as everyone celebrates and applauds. She then sees as Daryl, Michonne, and the convoy arrive. Tara is glad to see the group together again, but spots Lydia among them. “The plan was to bring Henry…just Henry” she says angrily to Daryl.
When the communities leaders reunite inside the theather, Tara listens as Michonne says she's finally ready for Alexandria to help out. “We’re here now,” she says. Gabriel announces Alexandria is willing to grant asylum to Lydia, but Tara warns if her mother retaliates it'll be against Hilltop. Michonne reminds her that none of them were trusted when they were first introduced to Rick's group, and Tara relents.
They all agree to send some of their own to Hilltop to guard against any potential attacks from the Whisperers and Michonne decides to re-establish the charter, establishing that an attack against Hilltop counts as an attack against all of them. Ezekiel then retrieves the original charter as Tara and Michonne finally make up. They all sign the charter, and Michonne tells Gabriel he should sign for Alexandria as the head of the council.
Later that day, Tara walks with a group who is going to Hilltop and leave some soldiers in case of a possible attack. She decides to stay instead and leave later with another escort and then fist bumps her companions as they leave for the woods. While talking with Gabriel and Rachel about looking for areas for the residents to train in case of a fight, Gabriel tells her he thinks she's a good leader and she knows it. Tara smiles and then goes to gear up.
At some point later that day, Tara is somehow among the residents kidnapped by Alpha and taken away to a barn in the woods where they are about to be attacked by the Whisperers but are found by Ozzy, Alek, and D.J., giving the group a chance to fight back. During the fight, Tara manages to take down a Whisperer. In the middle of the chaos, Alpha arrives and the group is subdued. She then decapitates everyone as Siddiq is forced to watch, only leaving him alive as a witness. Tara's decapitated head is later put by Alpha on one of the several pikes used for the Whisperers' border.
The next day, Daryl, Michonne, Carol, Siddiq, and Yumiko find the border and watch in horror at the victims, a reanimated Tara being among them. They then put down their zombified heads to properly rest. When the group returns to the Kingdom, Siddiq delivers the tragic news and narrates how Tara and the others fought together as a family in their last moments. He finishes the story by encouraging everyone to remember the fallen as brave heroes and to honor them.
- Killed By
- Alpha (Alive, Off-Screen)
In order to mark a border between the land belonging to the Whisperers and the communities, Alpha disguises herself and infiltrates the fair to kidnap several residents. Afterward, she decapitates them and then places their heads on wooden pikes to mark the border, with Tara being among them.
After finding the border, her zombified head is put down by either Daryl, Carol, Michonne, or Yumiko.
This list shows the victims Tara has killed:
- Older Savior (Caused)
- Zia (Caused)
- 15 unnamed Saviors (5 Direct, 10 alongside Alexandrians)
- At least 2 unnamed Whisperers (1 Direct, 1 Caused)
- Numerous counts of zombies
- The casting call for this character used the name Melody.
- Tara was described as "A tough and funny woman."
- Tara is one of the few characters adapted from the novels, along with her father and sister.
- She is also the only main character to be adapted from the novels.
- Tara is the first openly LGBT character in the TV Series, and the first openly lesbian character in the entire The Walking Dead franchise.
- Tara is the first (and currently only) main character in the series to be introduced in a flashback.
- However, she was introduced in a recurring role in Season 4, becoming a main character from the following season onwards.
- Interestingly, her death also occurred in a flashback.
- Following her death in "The Calm Before":
- There are no surviving members of the Chambler family and Martinez's camp.
- Eugene and Rosita are the only characters introduced in Season 4 to be confirmed alive.
- Scott is the only supply runner for the Alexandria Safe-Zone confirmed alive.
- There are no more characters adapted from the novel series.
- Aaron is now the longest-living LGBT character.
- Tara's signature gesture is a fist pound first shown during her interactions with the Governor.
- Tara is one of two main characters not to appear in one season finale while still being alive, the other being Gregory, as she did not appear in "Last Day on Earth".
- Alanna Masterson revealed that Tara was originally planned to only appear in 3 episodes.
- Tara never directly killed a named survivor.
- Tara's defection to Rick's group was due to witnessing the Governor murdering Hershel by decapitating him. Ironically, Tara would also be killed by being decapitated by Alpha in "The Calm Before."
- Tara is the ninth main character to become a walker, the first being Shane Walsh, the second being Merle Dixon, the third being Hershel Greene, the fourth being Deanna Monroe, the fifth being Spencer Monroe, the sixth being Sasha Williams, the seventh being Simon, the eighth being Enid, and the tenth being Siddiq.