The Pioneers (also called Settlers[1]) are a group of hostile survivors introduced in Season 5 of AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. They are led by Virginia and serve 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 soldiers and civilians alike according to Virginia.


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 clearing out walkers from an abandoned sugar plant. Due to the strict nature of the group, defections are fairly common.




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 Morgan's Group 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 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 van with him from some of the pioneers 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 pioneer 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 men. 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 woodworker amongst the group 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. She order two of her men to shoot bullets in the air to draw Walkers to them before leaving. She still opens her offer 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.

Season 6

"The End Is the Beginning"

The Pioneers will appear in this episode.

"Welcome to the Club"

The Pioneers will appear in this episode.




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  1. Virginia told to Morgan's group: "Think of us more like the pioneers. (...) Yes, sir, settlers."
Fear The Walking Dead Groups
Madison's GroupCalifornia Highway PatrolLos Angeles Police DepartmentCalifornia Army National GuardConnor's PiratesMexican NavyCelia's GroupLos HermanosLa ManasOscar's GroupBrandon's GroupOtto Family Survivalist OrganizationHopi TribeThe ProctorsLeland's GroupThe VulturesClayton's GroupMorgan's GroupCivic Republic MilitaryLogan's CrewAnnie's GroupThe Pioneers
Fear The Walking Dead Characters
Clark Family AliciaNicholasMadison
Manawa Family TravisChristopherElizabeth
Los Angeles AdamPatrickDouglasMariaCynthiaAmirDennisNedaMr. PosadaMrs. PosadaWilliamHectorSusanPeterJoannaGladysMr. CruzJontiCalvinGloria
Paul R. Williams High School TobiasRussellBrandonArtMatt
L.A.P.D. GonzalesLaneHendersonFinleyRichards
Salazar Family DanielOfeliaGriselda
National Guard Compound VictorAndrewColeRichardsCastroHodgesScottMcElroyJonesJohnsonFrenchGraceBethanyShihKuchenMelvinWillimasMoyersVrakking
Catrina Island, California SethGeorgeHarryMelissaWilla
Flight 462 AlexJakeMichaelAlanTomIan
Connor's Pirates JackVidaConnorBenBreannahReed
Celia's Group SofiaJuanJorgeLuisCeliaThomas
Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California JavierRamonVazquezMiguel
La Manas Gael
Brandon's Group BrandonDerekJames
Suarez Family ElíasAngelicaBenitoSara
La Colonia LucianaReynaldoAlejandroAnaLauraFranciscoOlivieroAlonso
Los Hermanos MarcoAntonioRamiro
Rosarito Beach Hotel ElenaHectorAvaVictorIleneAndrésOscarJessicaMrs. DiazCharles
Broke Jaw Ranch TroyChristineErinPatBobBlakeDaxKerryStanGabePaulMrs. TwomeyJakeCooperTerranceJeremiahJosephJimmieGretchenKathyVernonMikePhilMarthaRussellCharleneWillyTracy
Gonzalez Dam LolaEverardoEfraínDanteOthónJ.C.Pablito
Black Hat Reservation QaletaqaLeeMartaJoséJohnKlah
El Bazar MariaJohnnyMatarifeEddie
The Proctors JohnNineteenNineEleven
Texas JohnAltheaJuneDwightTessWesSherrySlimRyanMollyCharlesSerenaBenQuinnEmileWalter
Virginia MorganPaulCarolRick
Leland's Group LelandHardyBill
Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium ColeVivianDouglas
The Vultures CharlieMelvinEdgarIngridEnnis
Mississippi WendellSarahMarthaJimHank
C&L Freight Services RollieDorisLoganClaytonPurvisStevie
Camp Cackleberry DylanMaxAnnie
Civic Republic Military IsabelleBeckett
Lonestar Power & Light GraceRobertMichael
The Caravan PhilippePeteDom
Temple B'nai Israel Jacob
The Pioneers VirginiaJanisEllenCleveKennethTerrenceHoltHillMarcusCameronDakotaSanjayAdrienneBenJebTom
Texas Dam RachelMorganIsaac
Miscellaneous Survivors NoraDianaBetaStevenMr. MagañaMrs. Magaña
Animals RufusSkidmark
Walkers ShelbyEllenSalyanTintosJohnsonChristinaKimberly
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in gray and italics.
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