|“||The world will not die until you die....||”|
— Vaery's response to Strand's assertion the world is dead
Valery watched from space as the outbreak went global, with the last of the lights going out three days before his scheduled reentry.
When Victor Strand desperately tries to contact someone on The Abigail, Valery answers. He explains that he is a cosmonaut who was trapped in space when the outbreak started. He then explains that the infection is global and it's seems that humanity will die soon including him as there is no way safe way for him to land. Victor and Valery have a brief conversation regarding famous last words. Valery gives Victor some words of encouragement before the radio signal gives out.
- This is the first character to be trapped in space in the either FtWD or The Walking Dead.
- He is the first Russian character to 'appear' onscreen in either series.