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Little is known regarding Olivia's life prior to the outbreak aside from that she had worked seven years at a coffee shop and that she had also cured meats in her basement.
After Rick Grimes and his group arrive in Alexandria, Olivia collects everyone's weapons and stores them at the armory. She is also seen watching the confrontation between Glenn Rhee and Aiden Monroe.
Olivia is woken up early one day by newcomer Sasha Williams to gain access to the armory. As they head to the weapons locker, Olivia talks about how she used to work at a coffee shop for seven years and asks for a leg from a boar to cure meat if Sasha comes across one in the woods. Later that day, Olivia is with newcomer Carol Peletier in the pantry gathering ingredients for Carol to make cookies. Tobin and another man enter the armory and ask Olivia to sign out a couple of weapons. Later that night, Olivia is one of the residents to attend Deanna Monroe's party where she socializes with the new arrivals and other townspeople.
Olivia is at the pantry with Carol, Erin, and Shelly Neudermeyer talking about different recipes. Later when the Wolves attack Alexandria, Olivia hides in a closet at the armory, cowering from the invaders. When Carol enters the armory to gather guns, she hears Olivia whimpering in the closet and frees her. She arms Olivia with a gun and instructs her to shoot anyone she doesn't know who tries to break into the house.
Olivia is one of the many townspeople by the front gate, listening to the growing horde gathering outside the walls. She appears to be very concerned about the situation and listens to Rick and Aaron as they address the crowd. Later, she attempts to prevent several residents from raiding the pantry, including Bruce, Barbara, Kent, and Anna. However, she is unsuccessful as the townspeople begin taking food, though eventually Spencer steps in and is able to calm everyone down. She also witnesses Betsy as a zombie in her home, and is very upset as she watches Jessie put her down.
Olivia is mentioned by Enid when she tells Glenn that she lived with Olivia in Alexandria. At the armory, Olivia is sitting on the staircase reading a book when suddenly she hears a noise from the pantry. She investigates the pantry and finds that a shelf toppled over. As she begins to clean up the mess, Ron Anderson sneaks behind her and steals some bullets from the armory.
When the herd invaded, Olivia retreated inside Eric's house for safety along with him. Olivia witnesses Rick slaughtering zombies by himself in the streets and she and Eric run out with machetes and start to kill the zombies, quickly reinforced by Michonne, Barbara, Gabriel, Bruce, and several others. She is among the residents to battle zombies for hours until they are all killed. After the bloody cull, she rests outside the infirmary with the other survivors.
As the days pass in Alexandria, Olivia is seen opening the pantry and getting ready for residents to come by to retrieve rations. After Denise Cloyd's death she helps prep the weapons carts to be taken out for an unspecified use by the townspeople.
Olivia is at the armory and opens the door when the Saviors arrive as she was expecting them to come by eventually. She hands over the inventory to Arat and watches as the Saviors take all of the weapons. However, things get heated as Arat reveals two guns are missing, and her life is threatened by Negan if those guns are not turned over. As Rick holds a meeting with the townspeople, Olivia is being held hostage by Negan. Eventually, the guns are found and a tearful Olivia is released.
Olivia answers the door when Negan and Carl arrive, and she nervously tells Negan that Rick is out scavenging and might not return that day. She tells them that she and the other Alexandrians are "practically starving" due to the Saviors taking their supplies, prompting Negan to make a comment on her weight. Olivia starts crying, so Negan apologizes and offers to have sex with her while they wait for Rick. Olivia slaps Negan, but he laughs it off before taking a tour of Rick's house.
Tara brings a tearful Olivia some lemonade powder from her kitchen and offers to take her place in watching over Judith. Olivia declines, "I told Rick I would watch Judith. I'm gonna do that." she tells her and walks inside. Inside the Grimes' house, she makes lemonade for Negan. She, Negan, Judith, and Carl all sit down to eat while they wait for Rick to return. Later that day when Negan and Spencer play pool, Olivia watches on the porch with Carl. After Negan kills Spencer, Rosita attempts to kill Negan and accidentally shoots Lucille instead, he demands for Rosita to tell him who made the bullet. After lying twice, Negan orders Arat to kill someone. Arat pulls out her gun and shoots Olivia in the face.
This list shows the victims Olivia has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies
After Rosita is taken to the ground by Arat for attempting to shoot Negan, Negan demands that she tell him who made the bullet. Rosita claims twice that it was she who had acted alone, prompting Negan to order Arat to kill someone for Rosita's lies. Rosita panics and continues to insist it was her, but Arat pulls out her gun and shoots Olivia in the face.
- "I lived in Olivia's place, but I was on my own."
- —Enid to Glenn about her living arrangements in Alexandria[src]
Though they don't have much interaction, it is shown that Olivia cares deeply for Enid as she let her stay with her when she arrived in Alexandria. When Negan arrives in Alexandria with Carl, Olivia immediately has concerns about Enid's whereabouts and Carl reassures her she's fine. Enid is currently unaware of her death.
- "I told Rick I would watch Judith. I'm gonna do that."
- —Olivia to Tara[src]
Rick cared a great deal for Olivia and trusted her with taking care of Judith. When first arriving to Alexandria Rick immediately felt he could trust Olivia with the group's guns. He also leaves her in the care of Judith while away, showing he has genuine respect for her and sees her as capable of watching over his infant daughter. When Negan threatened to kill Olivia, when missing guns became apparent, Rick went out of his way to ensure Olivia would be safe.
When Olivia was killed at Negan's behest, Rick can be seen crying and it became the final catalyst for Rick's drive to fight back.
- "Change your bandage later, and be nice to Olivia."
- — Michonne to Carl[src]
Olivia is shown to have respect for Carl. Watching over him and his baby sister while Rick is away. However it is shown that Carl might have had a dislike for Olivia as Michonne mentioned to Carl to act nice toward her. Whether this is because of the missing guns in the armory or because she was put in charge of watching over Judith is unknown. Still, when Olivia is killed right in front of him, Carl looks shocked and devastated.
Olivia cares deeply for Judith, feeding her and making sure she was safe. She felt a moral responsibility to protect her, regardless of how much danger she was putting herself in.
- "I'm about 50% more into you now."
- —Negan after Olivia slapped him[src]
Olivia was shown to greatly fear and dislike Negan. Upon their first encounter, Negan made jokes and insults about Olivia’s body weight. After Arat informed him about the missing guns, Negan threatened to kill Olivia if Rick didn’t find the guns. While Rick, Aaron and Gabriel searched Spencer’s house for the missing guns, Rick saw Negan and Olivia sitting on a bench whilst being held hostage. After finding the missing guns, Negan finally released Olivia.
When he returned to Alexandria to bring Carl back to Rick, he stumbled across Olivia. He made jokes again about her weight, which caused her to cry. Negan apologized and then offered her to have sex with her; she slapped him. After this, Negan seemed to have a new respect for her. After Arat executed Olivia, Negan didn't hold back and still made choice remarks about her weight. However, he did admit that if he had been the one choosing, he wouldn't have killed her.
- Olivia was credited in "East" but did not appear in the episode.