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- "Welcome to America."
- —Russell to Ofelia[src]
Nothing is known about Russell's life before the apocalypse except that he lived in the United States.
Russell is wandering somewhere along the Mexico-United States Border with his assault rifle when he spots Ofelia wandering in the desert. He opens fire on her until she hides behind a tree. He approaches her and aims his gun at her, asking Ofelia to hand over her knife. He then assumes to capture Ofelia.
- In an interview, the showrunner revealed that in the scene between Ofelia and the militia man, they purposefully chose an actor who somewhat resembled Daniel, to lead viewers into believing the man may be Daniel at first glance.