Ofelia Salazar was a major character in the first, second, and third seasons. She was portrayed by Mercedes Mason.

Ofelia was the daughter of Daniel Salazar and Griselda Salazar. She was born and raised in the US after her parents moved to Los Angeles, California. This means she doesn't know as much about her parents background before moving from El Salvador. Ofelia's most notorious trait is her fierce protectiveness over her parents whose English isn't as good as hers. Unlike her parents, Ofelia isn't fluent in Spanish but, to the ears of English speakers at least, she can speak it fairly well.



Ofelia was the child of Daniel Salazar and Griselda Salazar, Salvadoran immigrants to the US and lived a fairly sheltered life with her parents up to her mid twenties.

She was engaged, before the fall, to a man called "William", the engagement was called off because he needed to to relocate and Ofelia wouldn't leave her parents, believing that she had to look after them. This was revealed by Ofelia to Alicia Clark in the episode "Los Muertos".

Episodes Edit


Season 1
Episode Appearance Status
PilotCredit Only
So Close, Yet So FarAppears
The DogAppears
Not Fade AwayAppears
The Good ManAppears
Season 2
Episode Appearance Status
We All Fall DownAppears
Blood in the StreetsAppears
Sicut CervusAppears
GrotesqueCredit Only
Los MuertosAppears
Do Not DisturbCredit Only
Pablo & JessicaCredit Only
Pillar of SaltAppears
Date of DeathCredit Only
NorthCredit Only
Season 3
Episode Appearance Status
Eye of the BeholderAbsent
The New FrontierAbsent
Burning in Water, Drowning in FlameMentioned
Red DirtAbsent
The UnveilingAppears
Children of WrathAppears
The DivinerAppears
La SerpienteCredit Only
Brother's KeeperAppears
This Land Is Your LandAppears
El MataderoAppears
Things Bad BegunMentioned
Sleigh RideDream
Season 4
Episode Appearance Status
What's Your StoryAbsent
Another Day In The DiamondFlashback
Good Out HereAbsent
Just In CaseFlashback
The Wrong Side Of Where You Are NowAbsent
No One's GoneFlashback
People Like UsAbsent
Close Your Eye'sFlashback
The CodeAbsent
MM 54Absent
I Lose People...Absent
...I Lose MyselfFlashback
Season 5
Episode Appearance Status
Here to HelpAbsent
The Hurt That Will HappenFlashback
Humbugs GulchMentioned
The End Of EverythingAbsent
The Little PrinceAbsent
Still StandingAbsent
Is Anybody Out ThereFlashback
Channel 4Mentioned
210 Words Per MinuteAbsent
You're Still HereFlashback
Ner TamidAbsent
Leave What You Don'tAbsent
Today and TomorrowMentioned
Channel 5Mentioned
End Of The LineFlashback


Pre-Production Information Edit

Ofelia Salazar is an original, Season 1, character. Before Season 1 filming started, she was described by Kirkman as:

as being born in the States, but of Salvadoran parents. Strong, independent, beautiful. Professional but fierce, protective of her parents whom she feels are backwards because of their poor English -- after the outbreak however, she begins to see her parents in a different light.
— Kirkman, Pre-Production publicity release
Ofelia's Entrance

First view of Ofelia in Episode 2, "So Close, Yet So Far"

In contrast, Mercedes Mason (the actress who plays Ofelia) describes her differently and talks about how the character changed in pre-production.
... they purposely put me in this sort of baby-doll dress. I mean, it's very young and I think it was to reflect how naïve Ofelia is. She's post-college, but still very much…I don't want to say immature but maybe that is the best word to use.

She's very much a daddy's girl. She relies on her parents to sort of tell her the ins and outs of the world, even though she thinks she's protecting them, because they're the immigrants and she speaks the language better. So, I think they really wanted to start her very innocent and then, at some point, you'll see, there ends up being a change of clothes…it's a lot tougher but it's still very sort of young ... When we first got together, they [the writers] were very good about sitting down with each of us, individually, and sort of fleshing out the character, what do you think, what do we think, you know? There were some sort of instincts that I had that they were completely on board with and some things that they told me, ‘well, we really see her as this.’

Initially, when we started, she was written as kind of a blow hard, like a woman in the work industry, and she's got her s**t together. And then, as it progressed, they started seeing her a lot younger, and, again, very naïve. So it really changed the wardrobe.

I think they really wanted to show each of the characters and how they would survive something like this from ground zero, at very different levels of their lives, because the original show, you have the adults and you have the very young kids. And for us, we now have the teenagers, we have the young adults, myself, we have all different sort of cultures. But I think they really want to tap into every aspect of how people would react, so that everybody has somebody to relate to.
Mercedes Mason, Jim Halterman Interview[1]

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Main Characters AlexAlicia ClarkAlthea Szewczyk-PrzygockiCharlieChristopher ManawaDaniel SalazarDwightGraceJeremiah Otto Sr.Jeremiah Otto Jr.John DorieJune DorieLiza OrtizLola GuerreroLuciana GalvezMadison ClarkMorgan JonesNicholas ClarkOfelia SalazarSarah RabinowitzTravis ManawaTroy OttoVictor StrandWes
Recurring Characters Alejandro NuñezAndrew AdamsAnnieAntonio ReyesBethany ExnerBlake SarnoBrandon LukeCelia FloresConnorCooperDerekDomDorisDylanEfraín MoralesElena ReyesEllenEnnisGriselda SalazarHector ReyesIlene StoweIsabelleJacob KessnerJames McallisterJanisJim BrauerJohnLeeLoganLuis FloresMarco RodriguezMarthaMaxMelvinOscar DiazQaletaqa WalkerTessThomas AbigailVirginiaWendell
Minor Characters Alonso HerreraArt CostaBenBrandonCarol PeletierCharlesClaytonCleveKennethMoyersPhilippePetePurvisRick GrimesRollieRussellSerenaTerrenceTobiasTom

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