- "You know, I prayed for daughters- every night your mother was pregnant with both of you. 'Please, God! A daughter! Anything but a son- anything but another me. Anything but another hot-headed idiot with his heart in the right place. Anything but another foolhardy, handsome gambler. Anything at all.' (...) Legacy, Javier, it's all anyone leaves behind. Be brothers, before it's too late!"
- —Salvador to Javier and David. (Flashback)[src]
Salvador García, also referred to as "Rafa" by his brother and "Pipo" by his grandchildren, is an original character in Telltale Games's The Walking Dead: Season Three. He is the husband of Mrs. García and the father of David and Javier.
Salvador lived in the García house with his wife and possibly Hector, David, and his grandchildren. He frequently played dominoes with his sons and implies that he gambled frequently. He seemed to take Javier's expulsion from professional sports in stride and would often cover the costs of his unemployed son's purchases. A few months before the outbreak began, he developed a cancer and declined to take any treatment. He did not tell any of his family about his diagnosis, intending to keep his illness a secret from even his wife so that they would not pressure him into taking any expensive options such as chemotherapy.
Shortly after the outbreak began, he died from cancer in his room. All of his family except for his younger son, Javier, were present when he was on his deathbed. Before Salvador died, he scanned the room looking for Javier, not even noticing his other son, David, right beside him. By the time Javier makes it home, Salvador had already passed away. David laments his father's death and violently responds to Javier's tardiness. When Salvador reanimates, Mariana leaves his room to refill his cup and reveals to Salvador's wife and brother that Salvador was "awake". The García family follows her upstairs to find Salvador standing in the corner of his bedroom as if he had not been deathly ill in the days prior. After removing Mariana from the room, Hector approaches his seemingly alive brother, asking him in Spanish how this was possible.
Suddenly, his reanimated brother attacks him, shoving him into a closet and biting him on the wrist. Javier and David appear to restrain him, giving Hector time to escape and ensure that Kate and his son were safe, but is scratched on the arm. Mrs. García walks into the room, asking what was happening. David explains that Salvador had just attacked his brother. Heedless of Salvador's snapping jaws, she tries to comfort her husband, only to be bitten on the cheek in the process. Stunned, she backs away into a chair. Javier breaks a part of the bedframe and strikes Salvador to death, saving David's life.
Salvador first appears in the episode playing a game of dominoes with Javier and David. He will Javier to just play already and that he will lose. Depending on which domino you place, Salvador will either exclaim to Javier that he is now his least favorite son or will swear in Spanish and say how close he was. Salvador says he will cover for Javier and tells the latter to get him his wallet. Javier finds a note in his walket that David snatches off him. The note is revealed to be his cancer diagnosis letter. Javier will ask Salvador how bad his cancer is, and Salvador implies that he will die of the illness. He says that he turned down his chemotherapy and radiation because it was too expensive and that it was worthless. When David storms off or goes to get another beer, Salvador will tell Javier that once he passes, he and David will have to look out for themselves. Javier can choose to either promise to be a good brother or reject his father's final request.
Javier and David can mention their father several times during the fall of Richmond and its reclamation from the walkers. If Javier and Clementine followed David and Gabriel after they had left, David admits his shame to his brother for his inability to change himself from an insecure failure who could not protect anyone and asks what Salvador would say if he could see him now. Javier tells him that Salvador would probably joke with him over his insecurity and tell him to ignore his worries and play dominoes with him. (Determinant) Javier can echo his father's comments about a person's legacy to David in an effort to make him stay with his son instead of leave.
This list shows the victims Salvador García has killed:
- Cancer (Alive)
Salvador developed a cancer prior to the outbreak, keeping his diagnosis a secret. Despite any treatments that he may have taken, he succumbs to his illness within the first few days of the outbreak.
- Javier García (Zombified)
With the García family's lack of knowledge regarding the outbreak, Salvador reanimated with no one present and became hostile towards his family. After a short struggle of trying to get Salvador to calm down failed and allowed him to bite both Salvador's wife and Hector, Salvador was struck in the head with a bed post by Javier to prevent him from biting David.
- "Ties That Bind - Part 1" (Flashback, Zombified)
- "Ties That Bind - Part 2" (Flashback, Photograph)
- "Above The Law" (Flashback, Photograph)
- "From The Gallows" (Flashback)
- Salvador is the first character to die in Season Three.
- Salvador is also the first walker Javier killed.
- Despite him being referred to as Rafa, his name is confirmed as Salvador in the credits of "From The Gallows". This is most likely an oversight in development, as there is no an explanation for the name change.
- Salvador is one of the few characters in The Walking Dead to die from natural causes.