- "We need food, water! There are young people, old people!"
- —José to Simon[src]
Nothing is known about José's life before or as the outbreak began.
At some point in the apocalypse, José somehow came into contact with a group named "The Saviors" which he subsequently joined as a worker.
José, along with Brooke, Potter, and many other workers confront the Savior lieutenants, demanding power, water, and other amenities. He shouts that the young and old need water. When Negan starts whistling and makes his way toward the crowd, José and the others quickly take a knee.
José remains at the bullet factory, producing bullets with the other workers. He listens on to Eugene's speech about meeting the minimum quota for Simon. Later, he is shocked to see Eugene return after his brief absence, covered in soot. He and the other Saviors are ordered to complete the entire bullet order in anticipation of Negan's final assault on the survivors.
This list shows the victims José has killed:
- At least 40 unnamed Saviors (Accidentally and Indirectly Caused)
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies
- José is named after the actor who portrays him, José Michael Vasquez.