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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".


Season 1[]

"So Close, Yet So Far"[]

Ofelia is introduced towards the end of this episode. The Manawa family have taken refuge in the shop and building where the Salazar family live. Travis is agitated and starting to argue with Daniel, Ofelia's father. Ofelia enters from the back of the room and her calm presence is enough to smooth things over between her father and the strange man. She invites the Manawas to take a seat in the shop at the front and they do so without any fuss - despite Travis having argued with Daniel about the same thing a few moments earlier. Once they have left the room Ofelia asks her father what has happened and he explains.

"The Dog"[]

Main Article: Ofelia_Salazar/The_Dog

Ofelia escapes from Salazar's Cuts and the riot with her family and the Manawas. She sees something of just how widespread and serious the problems are.

Not Fade Away[]

Main Article: Ofelia_Salazar/Not Fade Away


Main Article: Ofelia_Salazar/Cobalt

Ofelia goes to pick up food from the soldiers with Alicia and talks to Andrew Adams, she seems to like him but also wants him to get drugs for her mother.

Daniel persuades Ofelia to help him find out where Griselda has been taken, she helps but doesn't understand until it's too late what the consequences of her actions will be.

"The Good Man"[]

Main Article: Ofelia_Salazar/The Good Man

Ofelia is part of the plan to retrieve Nick, Griselda Salazar and Liza from The Military Hospital. It ends with a threat from an unexpected source though.

Season 2[]


Ofelia is first seen helping the others transfer supplies to the abigail. Later she is seen lounging on the couch upset due to her bullet wound and what happened the day before.

Later during the day Ofelia has an encounter with Nick and he nicely gives her tips on how to treat her bullet wound.

At the end of the episode she is seen helping Travis and chris back on board with warm blankets.

"We All Fall Down"[]

At the beginning she opens up to her father about how she feels that the New world is cruel as so as he for his past actions.

At the end she asks her father the reason why he didn't shoot the undead Melissa.He replies that the boy(Geary Seth )can do it himself


"Blood in the Streets"[]


After a shot is heard, Chris walks down the hall with a gun and tells Ofelia that Reed was about to turn. The group finds Reed dead in the cabin with his face blown off.

Ofelia and Nick clean the blood in Reed’s room. Reed turns. Daniel stabs Reed and pins him to a wall, leaving him alive.

Daniel places a hood over Reed’s head. “Take the gun, Daniel,” says a voice, but the room is empty. Daniel and Ofelia escort Reed out of the room.

"Sicut Cervus"[]



"Los Muertos"[]

Madison, Alicia, Strand and Ofelia drive around Tijuana in search of Nick. Alicia calls the search futile and insists they return to the The Abigail. Reluctantly, Madison agrees.

Madison’s group arrives at the shore and find the Abigail missing, stolen by the Mexican military Strand assumes. Alicia suggests they take refuge at a nearby hotel. Before they leave the beach where they landed, which still has the the Abigail's Zodiac sitting on the sand, using driftwood, they write a message for Travis and Nick, "Abigail Lost Head North."

They drive to the Rosarito Beach Hotel’s pier and assess the situation from afar.

Madison’s group pulls up to the hotel and enters the lobby through barricaded doors, behind them, unseen, an infected watches them enter the hotel from another building and claws at a window. Strand rings the bell at the front desk to flush out any Infected. No reaction though, from either the dead or the living.

Madison’s group looks for supplies in the hotel ballroom.

In the hotel bar, Alicia and Ofelia leave to search the hotel rooms above for supplies, Madison tells Alicia "No" but she goes anyway. Strand offers to make Madison a drink and they drink martinis at the hotel bar.

Alicia and Ofelia collect clothes and food from the hotel rooms that don't seem to be housing any infected. In one, Alicia finds an Infected, a man who has killed himself by hanging from the bathroom showerhead. The two women are horrified. As they leave, Alicia puts a "Do Not Disturb" sign on the door to indicate an Infected inside.

Alicia and Ofelia gather supplies from another hotel room. Alicia wonders why the man hanged himself. Ofelia guesses he was tired of surviving and predicts they’re not going to make it. Alicia disagrees.

Alicia takes a shower then looks for Ofelia. At the end of the episode, Ofelia is nowhere to be seen.

Season 3[]

"The Unveiling"[]

Main Article: Ofelia Salazar/Season 3/The Unveiling

Ofelia surprises Alicia Clark by serving her meal to her, at Black Hat Reservation.

"Children of Wrath"[]

Main Article: Ofelia Salazar/Season 3/Children of Wrath

Jeremiah Otto shoots at Ofelia Salazar in the desert. Once he reaches her he offers her water and she accepts it. Initially, he doesn't think she is American.


Ofelia is held at Broke Jaw Ranch.

"The Diviner"[]

Main Article: Ofelia Salazar/Season 3/The Diviner

"La Serpiente"[]

Main Article: Ofelia Salazar/Season 3/La Serpiente

"Brother's Keeper[]

Main Article: Ofelia Salazar/Season 3/Brother's Keeper

"This Land Is Your Land"[]

Main Article: Ofelia Salazar/Season 3/This Land Is Your Land

Ofelia and Crazy Dog put themselves at risk to save the others trapped in The Pantry.

"El Matadero"[]

Main Article: Ofelia Salazar/Season 3/El Matadero


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[]

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

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