The Pioneers (also called Settlers[1]) are a network of hostile survivors introduced in Season 5 of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. Under Virginia's leadership, they served as the primary antagonistic group of the second half of Season 5 and the first half of Season 6. The group is made up of 817 rangers and civilians alike spanning over the franchises twelve settlements in northern Texas and southern Oklahoma.


The group appears to be divided into two distinct ranks: the rangers, which are in charge of security, and the workers that maintain the communities. The rangers have clear authority over the workers, and are normally to be obeyed without question. The rangers answer to Virginia, but the chain of command within their ranks isn't clear, although it does appear that some rangers, like Hill and later Strand, have authority over others. Those that break the rules are punished by being forced to do dangerous jobs, such as working at the oilfields in Tank Town or clearing out walkers from an abandoned sugar plant. Due to the strict nature of the group, defections are fairly common.


Nothing is known about the individual members of the group before or as the outbreak began.


Season 5

"Leave What You Don't"

The Pioneers make a deal with Logan in the past to get oil for their bigger plans.

After Logan fails, they kill him and members of his crew that were with him. After making a proposal to members of the survivor caravan to join them, it ends with Luciana staying with them to show how to make oil in exchange for sparing the others. Virginia offers that the entire group can still join them if they change their minds. According to Virginia, the group can help Dwight find Sherry if she's still alive, give Sarah the place to brew that she's been looking for and provide the safe place that June has been looking for too.

"Today and Tomorrow"

After catching Tom stealing some of their gas, Al and Morgan are forced to hide in an abandoned minivan with him from some of the rangers on horseback. Afterwards, Tom tells them his story, how the group found and helped him at Paradise Ridge but later turned on him as they blamed him for an incident. Al begins to suspect the group is connected to the Civic Republic Military as what they told Tom is the same as what Isabelle had told her about CRM.

With Tom worried about his sister Janis, Morgan and Al sneak into Paradise Ridge to find her and in Al's case, hopefully find a connection to Isabelle and CRM. Morgan discovers Janis gone and the ranger who had been sent to kill her reanimated as a walker. After a struggle, Morgan kills the zombified Pioneer and the two are captured by Virginia and some of her rangers. Rather than killing them, Virginia makes a pitch for Morgan and Al to join their group and claims no knowledge of any helicopters. Virginia releases the two, returning their weapons to them. Before Morgan and Al leave, Virginia reveals that she had a resident woodworker repair Morgan's broken staff to his gratitude.

"Channel 5"

Virginia makes her own promotional video that lies about her background and motives. Later, she comes across Morgan's group and offers her help only to be refused once more. She order two of her rangers to shoot bullets in the air to draw zombies to them before leaving. She still offers her invitation to join her group which Morgan reluctantly accepts later on.

"End of the Line"

Virginia gets Morgan's call for help and with Luciana in tow, she arrives at their spot and agrees not to separate Morgan's group entirely. However, much of the group is split up into different vehicles and taken to different towns for re-settlement. Annie, Max, Dylan, and the other children were sent away in the back of a tractor trailer while a flatbed truck drove Dwight, Tess, and majority of the other adults away. Grace is driven away for medical treatment by the Pioneers' primary physician, Dr. Holt.

Season 6

"The End Is the Beginning"

A group of rangers, including Hill, escort Virginia around in her stolen SWAT van until they run into a roadblock made of body parts. The rangers get out and inspect the immediate area as Hill checks a box at the roadblock, calling over Virginia once he realizes what is inside. After Emile's head is revealed by Virginia in the box, she and her escort leave the area in their vehicles.

"Welcome to the Club"

Pioneers, civilian and ranger alike, are shown living and carrying on their days as residents of Lawton. More than seventy Pioneers are known to live in Lawton, including Pioneer leader Virginia and her deputies Hill and Marcus. After the molasses plant is cleared, Victor and Janis are sent to live in Lawton, albeit in different roles, joining fellow caravan survivors John Dorie, who has been assigned the role of a ranger, Rabbi Jacob Kessner, and another woman. Pioneers from other towns are known to visit Lawton, including Daniel Salazar of Paradise Ridge, who offers his barber services to Virginia in her office.


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"The Key"

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"Bury Her Next to Jasper's Leg"

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"Damage From the Inside"

Townspeople of Lawton can be seen walking along the main street. At night, inside a house, Virginia's severed wrist is seen being treated by Hill. When Victor returns to Lawton without Dakota, a frantic Virginia checks in with him in regards to her sister's well being. She then takes Victor to a back alley in town where a ranger is on guard duty inside a locked courtyard. He lets in Victor, Virginia, Hill, and Marcus as they check on an imprisoned Grace. Virginia then announces she wants all of the caravan survivors from the Gulch rounded up and brought to Lawton.

"The Door"

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"Things Left to Do"

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"Handle With Care"

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  1. Virginia told to Morgan's group: "Think of us more like the pioneers. (...) Yes, sir, settlers."
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Clark Family AliciaNicholasMadison
Manawa Family TravisChristopherElizabeth
Los Angeles VictorAdamT.J.WilliamMariaJacobJontiCalvinGloria
Paul R. Williams High School TobiasRussellBrandonArtMatt
L.A.P.D. LaneHendersonFinleyRichardsGonzales
El Sereno PatrickCynthiaMariaDouglasMr. PosadaMrs. PosadaHectorSusanPeterJoannaGladysMr. Cruz
Salazar Family DanielOfeliaGriselda
California Army National Guard GraceFrenchMcElroyAndrewScottDavidsonColeRichardsCastroHodgesMasonJonesJohnsonGibbJohnsonO'RourkeBethanyLarkinFaumuinaShihKuchenMelvinWillimasMoyersVrakking
Catrina Island HarryGeorgeSethMelissaWilla
Flight 462 AlexMichaelAlanTomIanJake
The Pirates JackVidaConnorBenBreannahReed
Celia's Group SofiaJuanJorgeLuisCeliaThomas
Mexican Navy LeonSalyanTintosVazquezMiguel
Valle de Guadalupe JavierRamon
La Manas Gael
La Colonia LucianaReynaldoAlejandroAnaLauraFranciscoOlivieroAlonso
Los Hermanos MarcoAntonioRamiro
Rosarito Beach Hotel ElenaHectorAvaIleneAndrésOscarJessicaMrs. DiazCharles
Brandon's Group BrandonDerekJames
Suarez Family ElíasAngelicaBenitoSara
Broke Jaw Ranch TroyChristineErinPatBobBlakeDaxKerryStanGabePaulMrs. TwomeyJakeCooperTerranceJeremiahJosephJimmieGretchenKathyVernonMikePhilMarthaRussellCharleneWillyTracy
Gonzalez Dam LolaEverardoEfraínDanteOthónJ.C.Pablito
Black Hat Reservation QaletaqaLeeMartaJoséJohnKlah
El Bazar MariaJohnnyMatarifeEddie
The Proctors JohnNineteenNineEleven
Texas AltheaJuneDwightTessWesSlimRyanMollyJohnEdCharlesSerenaBenQuinnMr. DorieEmileWalter
Virginia MorganPaulCarolRick
Leland's Group LelandHardyBill
Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium ColeVivianDouglas
The Vultures CharlieMelvinEdgarIngridEnnis
Mississippi WendellSarahMarthaJimHank
Wittington's Denim Company RollieDorisLoganClaytonPurvisStevie
Camp Cackleberry DylanMaxAnnie
Civic Republic Military IsabelleBeckett
Lonestar Power & Light GraceRobertMichael
The Caravan PhilippePeteDom
Temple B'nai Israel Jacob
The Pioneers JamesEllenCleveKennethTerrenceDakotaSamuelsHillRegVirginiaMarcusTerryMary AnneMalcolmHoltJanisCameronSanjayAdrienneBenJebRidingsTom
Texas Dam RachelMorganIsaac
Creative Visionaries Agency NoraLeeMichaelMark
The Outcasts SherryOswald
Doomsday Group TeddyPaige
Miscellaneous Survivors DianaBetaStevenMr. MagañaMrs. Magaña
Animals RufusSkidmarkDog
Walkers SullivanRandallShelbyEllenJohnsonGeoffChristinaKimberly
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