The Stalkers are a group of formerly hostile survivors introduced in Season 7 of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. After the abandonment of the Franklin Hotel's bunker, Teddy's Doomsday Cult led by Alicia Clark split into two divided groups due to Alicia being responsible for the deaths of a number of cultists, causing her former second-in-command Arnold and his people to seek revenge. He remained in control over half of the cult, forming this group that decided to follow him instead of her. After Arnold's death, the Stalkers were disbanded and recruited by Luciana Galvez to join her group at the submarine, effectively reuniting the two factions of the cult in the process. When Alicia chooses to remain behind as the others leave, she leaves Luciana to guide the former members of the group in her place. They served as the secondary antagonistic group for the majority of Season 7.
Originally, the Stalkers are members of the Doomsday Cult that survive the nuclear destruction of Texas under the leadership of Alicia Clark. After the cult is forced to abandon the Franklin Hotel bunker due to the blasts making the structure compromised, Alicia leads the group in search of the mysterious PADRE. However, an unknown event occurs along the way that leads to a number of the cultists dying and reanimating. Enraged and blaming Alicia, Arno splits the cult with Alicia taking one group in a continued search for PADRE and Arno taking the other group who become the Stalkers.
Will later tells Victor Strand and Howard about the Stalkers, stating that he'd seen them sneaking up on the dead a few times, but aside from the fact that they strip the dead's clothes, he doesn't know what they're up to or who they are.
Later, when Will returns to his hideout with Strand and three of his Rangers, five Stalkers attack them, instigating a gunfight that kills two of the Stalkers and draws another herd that kills the three Rangers. As Strand's men are devoured and the herd approaches them, the three surviving Stalkers retreat.
After emerging from Teddy's Secret Bunker due to his hallucinations of Cindy Hawkins, John Dorie Sr. spots three Stalkers nearby who had found the bunker due to John's repeated radio messages from it. When June turns on the radio, one of the Stalkers tells the two that they know the two are there and that the bunker won't last much longer. The Stalkers demand that the two come out and surrender. While John wants to fight them, June refuses to leave, stating that in John's state, he is in no shape to fight.
After being driven to leave the bunker in order to find Cindy's body, John spots the three Stalkers getting the hatch open and preparing to enter. Despite his hallucination's pleas and his own shaking hands, John opens fire on the Stalkers, missing on the first shot. John and the Stalkers exchange fire with John eventually managing to kill two of them. The third makes a successful run for the bunker while John becomes distracted by his first his hallucinations and then a small herd. The third Stalker locates June and raises a gun at her, but John shoots him dead from behind and saves June.
When Morgan Jones arrives at the bunker in search of his friends days later, he finds out that one of the Stalkers, who had been shot in the chest by John, has reanimated. Morgan puts the man down with his staff before digging into the collapsed bunker in a desperate attempt to reach his friends.
While looking for Wendell, Rufus leads Sarah and Josiah LaRoux to Sage, a young Stalker who is pulling a cart full of walkers. At gunpoint, the two demand to know why Sage is stripping the walkers and he tells them that he's been ordered to disperse the walkers around the area. With the radiation levels safe, Josiah forces Sage to undress down to his underwear and Rufus finds Wendell's scent on a scarf that Sage was wearing. Sage leads the two to a barn where he has corralled hundreds of walkers. After finding Wendell's wheelchair amongst the walkers, Sarah attacks Sage who opens the gates holding the walkers back and runs off.
Later, Sage encounters more Stalkers on the road and demands to see Arnold. Sage excitedly reveals that he's found something that could give the Stalkers everything that they want - an unexploded nuclear warhead that is cracked and leaking radiation all over the place.
During Morgan Jones' visit to the Tower, Arno and five Stalkers attack with a catapult loaded with explosive-laden walkers. One lands in the upper floors, but Morgan and Strand work together to kick it outside where it detonates relatively harmlessly at the lower floors. Arno calls the Tower and reveals that his people - at the cost of everyone who undertook the task - stuffed walkers with bombs laded with nuclear material from the warhead that Sage had recovered. Arno gives Strand an hour to surrender the Tower to him and his people otherwise he will launch the dirty bomb walkers into the Tower, rendering it uninhabitable to everyone. After spotting John Dorie Sr.'s sniper scope, Arno has another explosive walker launched into the Tower as a warning, although not one that is contaminated. This one causes more damage and kills three people.
Eventually, Morgan reaches the armory and he manages to radio Grace for help. Grace and Sarah arrive in the SWAT van and use its machine guns to kill the five Stalkers outside of the Tower, Arno having departed after delivering his last threat to Strand. However, some of the nuclear walkers escape and Grace believes that they had ended up in the Tower's moat. With the walkers still being a danger to the Tower, Grace negotiates a deal with Strand to help remove them in exchange for Morgan's life, effectively defeating the Stalkers' plan.
Morgan is later found by Dwight and Sherry and brought to what he believes to be the Stalkers' camp. However, the leader proves to be Alicia Clark instead who reveals that the Stalkers used to be her people, but not anymore. Shortly after Morgan's arrival, some of the Stalkers' dirty bomb walkers arrive and Alicia's Group opens fire, detonating the walkers and inadvertently contaminating their camp with radiation.
Dwight reveals to Morgan that the Stalkers have been stripping all of the walkers in the area because they don't want Alicia finding Senator Elias Vazquez, although Dwight doesn't know why. However, they were ultimately unsuccessful in this endeavor because the Dark Horses had located and captured Vazquez for Alicia a few days before.
Arno and two other Stalkers arrive at Paul's House in search of Alicia who hides in the piano. Despite Arno being suspicious of Paul, he leaves after being unable to find anything, warning Paul that Alicia has gotten a lot of people hurt. Alicia eventually explains to Paul that her search for PADRE with the cult had led to a number of people dying which Arno had blamed her for, leading to the split between their groups, his current hunt for her and his refusal to help Alicia against Victor Strand.
While Alicia and Paul are searching for a replacement stereo at a music hall, Alicia hears a noise and heads outside where she is captured by Arno and two Stalkers. Arno uncovers a wagon full of reanimated cultists that he has captured, intending to feed Alicia to them as a punishment for causing their deaths. However, Paul shoots Arno in the hand as he goes to open the cage, releasing Alicia. Paul shoots and wounds one of the Stalkers as the reanimated cultists emerge and attack, killing the two Stalkers and forcing Arno to flee. Although Paul attempts to kill Arno, his gun runs out of bullets, forcing Alicia and Paul to hide until the walkers move on.
As part of a plan, Paul radios Arno and pretends to be turning on Alicia. Arno leads five Stalkers back to Paul's house where he loudly begins blaring "Ode to Joy", drawing a herd which attacks the Stalkers, devouring four of them as Arno tries to order them to fall back over the loud noise. Arno, the surviving Stalker and the herd break into the house where Paul kills the other man by smashing a guitar over his head and then tries to sneak up on and kill the distracted Arno. However, Paul's sound system shorts out at the last minute and Arno notices him coming and shoots Paul, mortally wounding him. While Arno is distracted dispatching the remaining walkers, Alicia and Paul barricade themselves in another room. Knowing that Alicia won't be able to get away without a distraction, Paul sacrifices himself by playing "Ode to Joy" on his bagpipes, keeping Arno from hearing Alicia slip out. As Paul continues to play, Arno shoots him dead, but his sacrifice enables Alicia to escape.
The next day, Sage pulls the wounded Arno in a walker wagon when he suddenly stops beside one of the blast craters from the nuclear destruction. The two men find the crater filled with thousands upon thousands of walkers who presumably fell in and have been stewing there for months. Knowing that if even one gets out "no one's going anywhere," Arno is more determined than ever to take the Tower for the Stalkers.
While on a mission to recover an elevator part from an irradiated building, Charlie and Ali spot a group of five Stalkers moving nearby and they are forced to hide in a nearby bowling alley until the group passes.
Later, the Stalkers capture Ali outside of the building and, recognizing Ali as one of Strand's people, question him about why Strand keeps sending people to the Crater, but Ali doesn't know. Aware that Charlie is inside of the building, head Stalker orders Ali to open the door for them, unaware that the building is filled with walkers. Ali complies and then quickly moves out of the way as walkers stream out of the building and overwhelm and devour the Stalkers despite their best attempts to fight them off.
Believing that Ofelia is still alive and sending him messages, Daniel wanders off chased by Luciana and Wes. Due to Daniel firing his gun into the air, the Stalkers are drawn to their position and capture the three.
The Stalkers take Daniel, Luciana and Wes back to Manny's Salvage Yard where they are living where Arno, whose hand has been amputated after the fight with Paul, attempts to get answers on a weapon's cache that Morgan's Group is seeking. During this time, Luciana and Wes recognize Sabrina and the other Stalkers and vice versa from their time at the Holding, causing further tensions due to Luciana and Wes' role in the destruction of the Stalkers' former home. Daniel becomes determined to overpower the Stalkers, whom he notes aren't well trained, in order to reach Ofelia, believing that one of the boats is The Abigail and that she's on it. Daniel steals Arno's gun, leading to a brief standoff, before it's revealed that the Stalkers are actually out of ammo now and are only bluffing the living with their guns.
Arno throws Wes into a cage and slowly lowers him into a pit of walkers, threatening to kill him in order to get what he wants, but Daniel instead makes a deal to give Arno the coordinates in exchange for being taken to Ofelia. Seeing an opportunity to manipulate the old man, Arno accepts and sends half of his people to the location that Daniel had given him. During this time, Arno warns the group of a grave threat that he refuses to elaborate on.
However, Daniel has purposefully given Arno the wrong location, sending half of the Stalkers 20 miles in the wrong direction. Having stolen a knife from Sage, Daniel tricks and overpowers the young man, forcing him to take him to the boat where Ofelia supposedly is. Under interrogation, Sage tells them about the crater with the radioactive walkers, but he doesn't know why Arno is so afraid of it. After discovering that he has been lied to and manipulated, Daniel kills Sage in revenge before stranding Luciana and Wes as he heads off to deal with Arno alone.
Elsewhere, Sabrina puts down a radioactive walker, the third one that day, and she reports that the undead are gathering by the east gate. Arno orders her to draw them off and then to remove the body. Once he's alone, Arno is ambushed by Daniel, thrown into his own cage and lowered into the pit of walkers who fatally maul Arno. Luciana and Wes intervene and raise Arno out of the pit, but he is close to death and convinced that his people are now doomed. Luciana promises to take care of the Stalkers for him and she gets Arno to reveal that someone is letting the walkers out of the crater. Arno warns her that the walkers are so dangerous that you can't even get close to them and that they must get everyone to Strand's Tower as it's the only safe place left. Arno dies of his injuries and he is then stabbed in the head with a boat hook by Wes to keep him from reanimating.
With the leader of the Stalkers dead, Luciana attempts to convince the rest of the group to set aside their differences and join Morgan's Group in taking the Tower and building a better future. Stating that it's what Teddy would want, Sabrina convinces the others to agree and they abandon the boat yard to join Morgan's Group at the sub.
This list shows the victims the Stalkers have killed:
- 6 unnamed Tower residents (3 Indirectly Caused, 3 Directly Caused)
- 1 unnamed Stalker (Accidental)
- Many unnamed captives
- Numerous counts of zombies and unnamed people