- "I know what you're thinking. But my guns aren't for hire and my bullets aren't for sale. [..] I stay behind the camera."
- —Althea about using her machine guns on the Vultures. [src]
She is described as "someone who is uniquely qualified to survive — to thrive, even — in this world because of who she was before the apocalypse. When we meet her, we'll find she has, in many ways, picked up right where she left off before the world collapsed. She has a number of impressive weapons in her arsenal, including a curiosity and understanding of people that often gives her a tactical advantage. It's never something for nothing with Althea. She has a greater purpose that she is constantly working toward; one which Strand takes a particular interest in."
Southern United States
Althea was born in the early 1980's and grew up in the southern United States, although little is known regarding that of her early life. As a young adult, she became employed as a journalist where she formed a long career interviewing several individuals and documented their personal stories.
She was one stationed in a small village located on another side of the world which was ruled over by a viscous warlord by the alias of "Twisted Round" who subjugated the poor citizens for control over their food, water and supplies. The outside refused to intervene as the villagers were too scared to even talk about the situation. Althea slowly began interviewing the citizens, where upon realizing that Twisted Round was not a substantial threat, the villagers overcame their fear and rebelled against him reclaiming their homeland.
As the apocalypse began, Althea travelled to many locations and encountered dozens of survivors which she interviewed in hopes of documenting their "stories", such as Slim, Molly, Ryan and Jamison. At one point she travelled to Houston, Texas and encountered Abraham Ford and Eugene Porter where she also interviewed and documented their stories.
Althea first appears when she drives up in a SWAT vehicle and offers Leland a case of ramen and cigarettes in exchange for his prisoners John Dorie and Morgan Jones. When Leland refuses, she pulls a lever to reveal the vehicle is rigged with machine guns.
Afterwards, Althea drives with Morgan and John in the back of the vehicle. She tells them that they owe her for saving their lives. She stops at a trailer park and gets out a video camera, explaining to them that she's a journalist and wants to get their stories on record.
The next day, Althea interviews John on camera and learns about his mission to find his girlfriend, Laura, who he met after the fall. She turns the camera on Morgan. He brushes her off and leaves them.
Suddenly, Leland's crew surrounds Althea, John and Morgan. Leland demands the keys to Althea's truck. While Morgan and John fight off their captors, Althea kicks Leland and runs to the truck.
Leland pulls her out and looks for the keys to the truck. Althea dangles keys in front of Leland and tosses them into some bushes. Leland runs after the keys, allowing Althea to escape.
Althea sprints to the truck. Leland slams the door in her face and tells her the keys didn't work. She reveals that they were the wrong keys. Before he can attack her, John shoots Leland. Althea escapes as Leland gets devoured by Infected, then guns down the Infected with the SWAT machine gun.
After the fight is over, Althea, John and Morgan get back on the road. Althea informs them that white numbered flags have been appearing in the area over the past few weeks. Althea points out that Morgan still owes her an interview.
Althea interviews Morgan on the side of the road. Morgan reveals that he came from Atlanta and used to belong to several settlements. He explains that his people battled a large group and won. When Althea asks why he left his group, Morgan gets up to go. Althea demands an answer. "I lose people and then I lose myself," he says, then walks off.
Later, after returning to the truck, Morgan insists that he is only traveling with John and Althea until his leg heals. John explains that they are setting out to find Laura and in exchange for the help, he'll tell Althea more of his story.
Althea sees a woman crawling on the road. She pulls over and walks up to help the woman: It's Alicia Clark, alive and well, and clearly hardened by survival. Suddenly, Alicia points a sharp weapon at Althea's neck. Alicia's brother Nick, Victor Strand, and Nick's girlfriend Luciana Galvez emerge from the bushes and hold Morgan, John, and Althea at gunpoint.
As she is held hostage, Althea nervously asks Alicia: "So... what the hell's your story?",
Althea, John and Morgan are held at gunpoint by Alicia, Strand, Luciana, and Nick. Alicia asks Althea if they are their enemies, and Strand names their foes as the Vultures. Morgan insists that they are not their enemies, and Alicia asks Althea about the flag in the back of her truck. Althea says that she found it and insists she doesn’t know the significance of the flag, but Alicia tells her to take them to its original location.
Althea, John and Morgan are held prisoner in the SWAT truck by Nick and his group. Althea reveals that she only gave them partial directions to the location with the numbered flag. She agrees to provide the rest of the directions on the condition that they tell her their stories, but warns them they are stealing her truck, Nick says it's how it’s gonna be. When she threatens him, Nick attempts to threaten back, but he escapes from her bonds and attacks Nick, causing him to jostle Luciana in the driver’s seat. Luciana swerves off the road and crashes. The noise attracts a herd of Infected towards the truck.
Althea and John unsuccessfully try to extract the SWAT truck from the mud. Luciana offers to locate a tow truck but demands that she, Alicia, Nick and Strand, who are all now captives, be released. Althea agrees to this as along as they tells their stories to her and cuts all their bonds, but holds Nick hostage. Morgan offers to stay with Nick while the others find the tow truck.
Luciana leads the group to a service station and points to a truck with wire cable. Strand tells Althea he’s surprised by her benevolence. Strand asks Althea why she collects people’s stories. She attempts to not answer, but Strand tells her not to change the subject and asks again why. Althea declares that the truth matters and again offers to disclose the location of the flag in exchange for everyone’s stories.
Althea and the group returns to the SWAT truck and finds it swarming with Infected. John spots an arrow left by Morgan to indicate the direction that he and Nick went. Althea refuses to leave his truck and tells John to go look for Morgan. John replies, "It's just a van", Al!", but Althea says she has stuff in her van. Alicia offers to help tow the truck while Luciana and John look for Morgan and Nick. Alicia’s group agrees to tell their stories if Althea takes them to the location of the flag.
Alicia cuts down walkers as Althea covers from the top of the hill. She gets under the van, hooking its underbelly to their newfound tow truck. Afterwords, Althea and her group catch up with John, Morgan and Nick.
Althea notices that the lock to her locker is broken. She sighs with relief once she sees that all her tapes, including a box labeled “The Bog, 17-24,” are still there.
After Nick is shot by Charlie, Althea, John and Morgan can only stand by and watch as Nick dies of his wounds.
Alicia, John, Morgan and Alicia's group ride in the SWAT van with Nick’s body. In a flashback, Althea videotapes Luciana as she plunges a knife into Nick’s head to keep him from turning. She films Alicia killing an Infected Ennis, and Strand covering Nick’s body with his jacket. In the SWAT van, Strand informs Althea that his group is ready to tell their stories. Al turns on her video camera and asks the group how they ended up in their current situation. Luciana explains that everything traces back to one particular day.
Luciana explains to Althea that it had been a couple of weeks since the Vultures’ arrival and rations were getting low. Strand tells Althea that their first misstep that day was to go on runs. Luciana tells Althea that she went inside because she thought it would be good for Nick. She also tells Althea that Charlie was beyond help. Althea tells the group they can stop the story if they’d like, but they continue.
Althea notices that Alicia kept the machine gun barrel, which now has a jagged point. Luciana tells Althea that she should never have opened the road atlas. Althea asks if that was the day that everyone left the stadium. Strand tells Althea that he never told anyone that he'd hidden the supplies only for himself.
Alicia tells Althea that she should have talked Madison into leaving. Strand tells Althea he should have kept the car a secret. Luciana tells Althea that they should have left the stadium for a new destination. They declare that Nick is dead because they wanted to believe the stadium would work out.
John stops the SWAT van. Alicia’s group gets out to dig a grave for Nick. Eventually, their shovels hit something.
Rather than burying Nick, they had Althea bring them to the spot to dig up a cache of guns. They're planning to kill the Vultures. They ask Althea to drive them, with the promise of showing her how their story ends. Althea agrees.
John finds the Colt in the backpack and realizes that Naomi is Laura. Alicia tells him that Naomi died at the stadium. John chooses to remain behind as Althea takes Alicia and her friends after the Vultures. Althea promises to find out what happened to Laura and report back to John. Morgan stays behind with John as everyone leaves in the van.
Althea and Alicia's group speed toward the Vultures’ next meeting spot. Alicia interrogates Althea about the SWAT vehicle’s firepower, but Althea makes it clear that she only records events and will not participate in their fight.
Alicia, Strand and Luciana wait for the Vultures at their designated meeting spot. Althea is filming the whole thing. John and Morgan arrive. Alicia’s group forces them to their knees. Morgan explains that they warned the Vultures to stay away. John asks Althea for help, but she simply spectates. Morgan explains the Vultures are not coming. He found them and told them to stay away.
Althea witness the exchange between Alicia's group and the Vultures and when Naomi arrives, alive and well, Alicia attempts to kill her, but accidentally hits John.
During the gunfight between the Vultures and Alicia's group, Althea stands back and records the scene with her camera only to be interrupted by Morgan who begs for her help to save John Dorie's life. Althea refuses as she is not a part of the story, but Morgan convinces her that the story is almost over and a good man will die if she doesn't help. Driving her SWAT van, Althea uses her machine guns to stop Alicia from killing Naomi and departs with John, Naomi, Morgan and Charlie.
After leaving, Althea demands to know what happened to cause the stadium to fall and Charlie admits that it wasn't Naomi's fault but Charlie's. With John in desperate need of medical attention, June directs Althea to take them to the only place left with medical supplies: the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium. Though June acknowledges that the stadium fell, she insists that the supplies they need are there and Althea agrees to take the group to the stadium as Charlie explains what happened.
Arriving at the stadium, Althea stops the van and observes the wreckage. June insists that they need to go on and that the infirmary still exists as Ennis and the other Vultures took what they could from the outside but were too afraid to go inside. Althea continues to hesitate at this announcement and Morgan tells her that he thinks he knows who she is and that he thinks he's seen it. Althea responds that Morgan definitely hasn't seen who she is as Althea is "a chick with layers" and then drives the van into the stadium. To everyone's shock, in the dugout they are surrounded by a herd of hundreds of burned walkers.
In flashbacks, Althea is confronted at gunpoint by a desperate Madison Clark who wants Althea's vehicle and supplies. Althea is able to capture Madison using a booby-trap and offers to help Madison in exchange for Madison's story, suggesting that while she hasn't met Madison's kids, someone she recorded might have. Though Althea breaks free, Madison overpowers her, steals her camera and tapes and flees.
Althea eventually recaptures Madison and tells her a story about how before the Apocalypse, Althea used her journalism to help take down a warlord named Twisted Round. Madison finally tells Althea a story about how her kids, as young children, nursed a severely injured bird back to health and how she wants to find a safe place for her children where they can live without fear. Althea and Madison ultimately go their separate ways without Althea ever learning Madison's name. Before they part, Althea gives Madison some food, a radio and a map and requests that when they next meet, she gets the rest of the story which Madison promises. Althea subsequently labels the tape "Amina" after the bird from Madison's story while their encounter inspires Madison to form the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium community.
In the present, Althea agrees to watch John Dorie and use her guns to clear a path for Naomi and Morgan Jones to reach the infirmary, but warns that she only has enough ammunition for one try at it. Althea brings the SWAT vehicle as close as possible and clears a path while Charlie keeps watch. When Alicia's group shows up, Althea exchanges fire with them before retreating into the vehicle to treat a bleeding John.
After Luciana blows off the van door with a rocket launcher, Althea is taken captive by Alicia who forces her to assure Morgan and Naomi that its safe to come out. However, afterwards Althea slips John the radio who uses it to broadcast Althea and Alicia's conversation to Morgan and June. Althea and Alicia get into a fight after Alicia discovers the deception, ending when Alicia spots some of the leftover food matching what Althea gave Madison. Alicia finds Althea's "Amina" tape and realizes that Althea met her mother who she reveals is dead.
After Alicia is talked out of killing Naomi, who's real name is June, Althea drives the group to safety and asks about Madison who never revealed her encounter with Althea beyond a brief mention out of shame for her behavior at the time. At Alicia's request, Althea pulls over where they make camp and Alicia's group reveals the rest of their story, Madison's story, including how Madison sacrificed herself to save her children, Luciana and Victor Strand. Saddened by the ending, Althea labels the tape containing the story "Madison" in honor of Madison's sacrifice. Together, the group enjoys a meal made of the last of the noodles left over from what Althea gave to Madison.
This list shows the victims Althea has killed:
She appears to have a more friendly relationship with John as he was willing to share his story when she asked him.
- "What's Your Story?"
- "Another Day in the Diamond"
- "Good Out Here"
- "Just in Case"
- "The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now"
- "No One's Gone"