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"We're no good to anyone if we can't take care of our own family, that's who we have to hold onto. You, Alicia, Nick, Chris. I have to protect my son, that's what it has to be. I need you with me. "
—Travis to Madison Clark[src]

Travis Manawa is a main character, the deuteragonist, and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. Travis is a Maori[1] male in his early 40s and an English teacher at Paul R. Williams High School. He is described as "a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life". He is in a relationship with fellow faculty member Madison Clark and has recently come out of a divorce from his ex-wife Elizabeth Ortiz, to whom he was married for 13 years and with whom he had one son, Chris, who harbors resentment towards him for divorcing his mother.


Travis is a good-natured man and loving father, a protective, pragmatic and resolute individual who holds a firm personal conviction and belief that everything can be fixed one way or another. He has been described as 'the one character who desperately tries to cling to his humanity, the one person who believes that there is always a way to repair something that is broken and that a corner will always be turned'.

Throughout the first season, as the outbreak progresses from internet rumors to apocalyptic proportions, Travis desperately tries to hold onto a semblance of normalcy, and what life was like before. He is unwilling to use a gun at all and refuses to put down any of the infected. However, his resolve is tested by circumstances that arise during the military occupation of LA. He initially welcomes the National Guard's presence in the neighborhood, realising their necessity in this new world, but his attitude begins to change when they abduct Nick. He is appalled to discover Madison's knowledge of Daniel Salazar's torture to extract information from a soldier, Andrew Adams, but when Andrew returns and shoots Daniel's daughter Ofelia Salazar for revenge after Travis allowed him to escape, he flies into a rage and brutally beats the soldier to the brink of death, relenting when Madison intervenes. This incident signals a change in his character, and he later finds the strength to euthanise his infected ex-wife, Elizabeth Ortiz.

At the start of Season 2, Travis is still coming to terms with the death of Liza and is faced with a distant and angry Chris, who blames Travis for Liza's death. Travis soon learns of the true extent of the outbreak from George Geary, who informs him that at least half the country has been wiped out and that San Diego, the group's planned destination, was destroyed by the military like LA. From here on, the stress of the world begins to weigh heavily on Travis, as shown in his angry reaction to Strand's reluctance to take on refugees, and his heart to heart talk with Alex after being captured by pirates. As the days go by, he becomes increasingly worried about Chris, who, although starting to come out of his shell, is behaving rashly. When they arrive in Mexico, Chris begins to display potentially dangerous character traits; he froze instead of helping Madison in a life or death scenario and threatened Alicia when she confronted him about it. Travis is deeply worried for his son and insists that he must help him. Faced with an increasingly aggressive and reckless Chris, he decides to leave with his son.

Travis and Chris spend days wandering the wilderness and small towns of Baja, where Travis tries to connect with his son and teach him the importance of morality and restraint. His attempts are scuppered when they encounter a group of young Americans who take a liking to Chris and vice versa. The men, who invite Travis and Chris to join them, display nonchalance about the plague and survival in the new world, as well as basic moral precepts. This comes to a head when they arrive on a farm and Chris murders the owner when he tried to evict them from his property, and then assists in the murder of one of the men, James McCallister, who had suffered a leg injury. Travis is unable to convince Chris to leave with him and is distraught when he learns that his son no longer believes in the concepts of good and evil, and intends to leave with Brandon and Derek. With little choice, Travis heads towards Tijuana, where he re-connects with Madison. Later, he encounters Brandon and Derek again and learns that they killed Chris on the road after he was injured in a car crash. Travis finally snaps, brutally and unrelentingly beating them to death, and inadvertently killing Oscar too. After he recovers from the shock, Travis reveals to Maddy that he does not regret when he did, indicating a significant shift in character for Travis, who had previously been clinging to pacifist ideals.


Los Angeles, California

Not much is known about Travis's early life except for the fact that he is of Maori descent, suggesting he could originally be from New Zealand, or descended from Maori that moved to the United States. As a child Travis travelled with his family to New Zealand due to his grandmother's declining health where she then died.[2] According to Travis himself he claims to had his nose broken many times,[3] his father owned a Beige 1977 Ford F-100 Custom Pickup Truck which was eventually passed down to Travis himself (presumably after his father's death) which he claims to have kept the vehicle operating for over 30 years. He also gained skills in mechanics and plumbing at one point of his life.[4]

At some point presumably in his 20s Travis met Elizabeth Ortiz. The two eventually married and had a son named Chris and they seemed to live a happy life. Around the time Chris was a child Travis taught him fishing.[5] Eventually, however, after thirteen years the couple decided to break up and became divorced thus Travis moved out with Liza retaining custody over Chris, however he was still permitted to visit his son on a three-weekly bases per month.[6]

Some time later, Travis became employed as an English teacher at Paul R. Williams High School where he proved to be talented and passionate in his work and got along with his students fairly well. It was through the school that Travis met Madison Clark, a female guidance counselor and the two began dating and soon fell in love with each other. [7]

Eventually the pair became engaged and Travis subseqently moved into her house in the suburban El Serano community of Los Angeles where he met and befriended her two children Nick and Alicia which proved difficult due to their fathers death six years prior.[8] Through the following years he became acknowledged and well-respected throughout the neighbourhood including the Cruz, Tran, Ramirez, Dawson and Thompson families, at one point Travis had a beer with Douglas Thompson though he admitted that he did not know him incredibly well.[9]

Despite his new start Travis struggled to maintain his blended family lifestyle with his son harboring resentment for him because of his divorce along with the difficulty of Nick's drug addiction where Travis strived to do whatever it took to bring him back into rehab.[10]


Season 1


Travis Manawa, fiancé of Madison, is fixing the pipes. He is clearly frustrated. He does however fix the leak in the pipes, which Madison declares "hot", the phone rings and Travis answers it. Madison, Travis and Alicia arrive at the hospital to see Nick.

The family argue, and Travis asks everyone to take a breath. Travis gets a phone call from Liza, when he goes out to answers it, Alicia says to Travis "Glad you moved in?". When he answers it Liza asks how Nick is doing. He replies "He'll recover". She then asks him if he's okay to take his son Chris on the weekend, and Chris shouts "I don't wanna go!". Liza insists that he goes, and they argue about the subject. Travis finally demands she hand the phone to Chris. Chris takes the phone and says he doesn't want to come, to which Travis says it's his weekend. Chris challenges Travis to force him to come, Travis asks Chris to come and support Nick. Chris replies "He's not my friend and he's not my brother", and Travis challenges that Nick would be there for Chris. Chris says "He wouldn't have to be there for me; not like that. No" and he gives the phone to Liza.

Travis says "keep him" to Liza. He hangs up.Travis goes back inside and meets Madison. She says she has to find a rehabilitation facility where Nick isn't known, and that she has college counselling today. Travis says to leave Nick with him and that Madison should go. Madison says Travis didn't sign up for this, which he puts aside. Madison and Travis hug.At the hospital, Nick awakes from a nightmare. Travis tells him that maybe what he saw at the church was a nightmare or hallucination, to which he says he really wants to write it off like that, but nothing like this has ever happened to him before. Nick muses that maybe he's losing his mind. Nick asks Travis to untie him, but Travis denies his request. Nick asks if Travis thinks he's dangerous, to which Travis replies "Docs are worried". Nick asks if Travis is worried, and Travis replies that Nick was running into traffic. Nick replies he was running from what he saw, and tells Travis about what happened at the church, noting that Gloria was eating them. Travis is skeptical, believing that Nick saw what the drugs saw, but Nick is unconvinced. Nick states his view that if it wasn't the drugs, then he is insane.That evening,

Travis goes to the church to investigate Nick's claims. The building seems abandoned, with signs of earlier habitation by drug addicts. While he is investigating a room, a man jumps out at Travis, yelling in fear and begging not to be killed, before running away. Travis shouts out to him and attempts to follow. When he arrives at the main room, he slips and falls to the floor, discovering a pool of blood and bits of flesh. Startled, he immediately leaves the building.The next morning, Travis and Alicia arrive back at the hospital, where Madison spent the night with beside Nick. Travis informs her that school is starting soon, and hands her some fresh clothes. When they leaveTravis informs Madison about what he saw at the church the previous night. Madison dismisses his concerns, concluding that it's a drug den and that bad things happen there. Travis declares that he wishes to help Nick. Madison replies he can't use Nick to fix things with Chris. Madison and Alicia get into her car and leave for school. Later on, above a football pitch, Alicia and her boyfriend are cuddling. Alicia tells him that she just needs to "not be here". Her boyfriend asks if it's her brother, to which she nods. They then arrange to meet at the beach later; to watch the sunset, and to later come to his place.

In the distance, emergency service sirens can be heard.Later on, Madison and Travis arrive at the hospital and ask the nurse where Nick is. Staff are running around in a hurry, and the telephones are overloaded with calls. The nurse says she doesn't know where Nick is. She says that his room mate coded and there was a second death on the floor. Madison demands that she find Nick, but the nurse insists that they should call the police. Travis then brings Madison to the church where Nick was sleeping. She is in shock, and begins to cry. Later on, Madison and Travis visit Nick's friend Calvin. They ask him if he knows where Nick is. He doesn't, but offers to make some calls to see if anyone else knows where Nick might be.Madison and Travis get stuck in a traffic jam. They witness helicopters overhead and police vehicles arriving at the scene of what Travis assumes is a high speed accident. Up ahead, they see smoke billowing from a wrecked car, and an ambulance and several police cars. They hear multiple gunshots, and Travis insists that they leave immediately, and they take another route home.he next day at school, even more students are absent. Art jokes with the police officers nearby that he hopes they got their flu-shots. In the staff lounge, staff including Travis and Madison, are crowding around a tablet computer, where leaked footage is being played of the incident on the freeway the previous night.

The footage is from one of the helicopters, and shows an apparently deceased man biting an emergency responder tending to him on the gurney. Police batter the man with batons when he fails to stand down, and the staff watching the video speculate on an explanation, with rumours of poison water and viruses. Art notes that the video is what caused even fewer students to arrive for school this morning. In the video, officers proceed to shoot the man multiple times in the chest, and he falls to his knees - only to get back up. Travis and Madison leave the room,Later,Madison and Travis find Nick after he called Travis, In a state of shock, he stutters that he did a bad thing and killed Calvin, but when they go back to the scene, Calvin is gone, with only his gun on the floor. Nick breaks down in his mother's arms, and the three get back in Travis's car to leave However, as they reverse back out through the tunnel, Travis and Madison see the figure of Calvin behind them, now zombified, his clothes laced with blood from his fatal wound. Travis and Madison exit the car and approach Calvin, concerned for his well being. Madison reaches out to him, and he lurches forward, biting her sleeved arm. She gets away in time, and Travis, grabs hold of Calvin, confused at his actions.

Calvin relentlessly tried to attack him, and Nick takes control of the car, reversing it back and running over Calvin, To their surprise, Calvin is apparently still alive, and gets to his feet, his face bloodied and bone potruding from his arm. Nick proceeds to hit Calvin again, ramming him onto the hood of the car, before slamming on the brakes, sending him flying onto the concrete of the river bottom. Madison, Travis and Nick look on in shock at the sight before them,Incredibly, and to their utter astonishment, the profoundly mutilated Calvin stirs, turning his head towards them. Shocked, Madison asks, "What the hell is happening?" "I have no idea." replies Travis.

"So Close, Yet So Far"

Fleeing the site of their run-in with Calvin, Travis, Madison and Nick speed home in the truck. They hurriedly decide they should evacuate to the desert. Nick tunes the radio and hears a news report describing "a massive spike in (Police) Officer related shootings in the last 48 hours." He bemoans the apparent lack of attention people are paying to the situation. Travis leaves a voicemail for Chris, telling him there's an emergency and urging him to call back.

At Matt's house, Madison and Travis find Alicia wiping Matt's brow, refusing to leave his side despite the possibility of infection. Travis finds a large bite on Matt's neck, and he speculates with Madison over how the infection spreads. They leave Matt at his house at his request.

Travis, Madison, Nick and Alicia arrive home. Travis gets through to Liza and says that he's coming over despite her hanging up on her. Stuck in traffic, Travis notices a cop loading his trunk with bottled water.

Travis arrives at Liza's house and tells her about the virus, saying it makes people violent. He calls Chris from Liza's phone. Chris answers but quickly hangs up, telling Travis that he's part of a protest. Travis and Liza figure out Chris' location. Travis and Liza find Chris at the increasingly volatile protest as workers in hazmat suits and riot police show up. An infected woman wanders onto the scene and the police open fire, sending the mob into chaos.

Travis, Liza and Chris flee onto a street in the midst of a full-blown riot. The reach a barbershop belonging to Daniel Salazar for shelter. He thanks him and his wife. When questioned by Liza as night descends, Travis explains that victims of the virus don’t die. "They come back," he says. Outside, fires ignite amidst the sound of smashing glass, the yelling of the rioters and police sirens.

"The Dog"

Travis is first seen asking Chris what he sees outside of the barber shop window and advises him to move away from it. He later consoles his family as they become restless, waiting for the riot to be controlled. Chris warns them that the wall is getting hot as the shop next door has been destroyed by the rioters and is most likely burning. The group prepare to leave and make a run for the truck. As they make their way through the chaos, Chris witnesses a reanimated police officer busy mauling a riot cop on the ground and Travis pulls him away. While they are running under a scaffolding, firefighters unleash a high-pressure hose on the rioters on the scaffolding, causing it to collapse and pinning Griselda. The five get her out and onto the truck. Travis starts the engine and drives away from the scene.

Travis is driving to a hospital to care for Griselda's injury. The group cruise past the smoking hospital as they see an abandoned ambulance, people running away from the scene and police directing citizens as well as opening fire on reanimated patients coming out of the hospital. Travis yells for the group to "get down" after hearing the gunfire. A patient is seen to be shot multiple times to no effect before collapsing upon being shot in the head. They drive away grimly. Travis asks Liza for plan B and she suggests going to another hospital to which Daniel replies that they will all be like the one they just passed. Travis asks Daniel how he can help and Daniel says that he will come with Travis to his residence, where he will call his cousin to pick his family up and make their "score" even. As they drive to Madison's house, they witness a city-wide power cut, with fires burning amidst the darkened streets.

Travis is next seen entering his dark and seemingly empty house. He calls out for Madison as he walks deeper into the house. He hears a creak and turns to see Liza and Chris coming in despite being told to stay in the car. Chris comments that the house looks empty but Travis says they must still be here since the car is still in the driveway. Travis finds a human figure crouched and emitting disturbing munching noises. He tells Chris and Liza to stay back and approaches the figure with caution. As the lights flick back on, he recognizes the reanimated Peter, feasting on a dead dog. He yells for Liza to get Chris out of here as he approaches Peter and tries to reason with him. However, he is knocked over and Peter attacks him. He manages to push Peter off and slams him against the wall. Madison arrives with the a shotgun but Travis tells her to put it down, still trying to get through to Peter. Daniel takes the gun from Madison and tells Travis to move, then shoots Peter in the face. The bullet however, does not stop Peter as it only destroys his face and the group look on in shock and horror. Daniel aims again and shoots, killing the walker.

Upon hearing Alicia's screams, the group run outside only to see Alicia safe and Chris on the ground holding his nose after being elbowed by Alicia. Travis tells Chris to calm down as he shouts at Alicia. The group look at the reanimated Susan Tran through the fence separating their houses. Nick then says that she is not sick, but dead. Alicia breaks down, realizing that the same happened to Matt and Travis asks Nick why he would say that to which he replies "because it's the truth."

Travis enters the bathroom where Chris is inspecting his nose. Chris is reluctant to let Travis help but after he insists, Chris lets Travis help him wipe the blood off. Travis then checks it, and says that it is not broken. Chris asks him what was wrong with Peter and Susan to which Travis replies that people are getting sick. He consoles a worried Chris and says that they will all be alright. They then go to check on the others who are patching up Griselda's injured foot. Madison asks whether they are leaving or not and Travis says they will leave in the morning. Madison objects, saying that the crisis is getting worse, not better. Travis reasons with her and she agrees reluctantly, telling him that if they are staying, then he needs to take care of Peter.

Travis is pulling Peter's wrapped up corpse out of the house when Daniel comes out and suggests getting gas from the car to burn the body so that the sickness will not spread. Travis refuses, saying that no one knows how the sickness spreads. He says that he knew Peter and that he didn't deserve this. After, he is seen having a conversation with Liza about Griselda's injury and how Liza is unable to treat the infection which will eventually lead to organ failure and death. He is then having a conversation with Madison about the happenings of today and Travis comforts Madison, telling her that he won't leave her again.

It is morning and Travis is burying Peter's body. Susan Tran is still trying to get through the fence separating their households and Travis looks at her and says good morning. He then puts out the trash the contents of which were used to wrap Peter's body in. After, he walks in on Daniel teaching Chris how the shotgun works, and is greatly displeased, telling Madison "you know how I feel about guns". "The gun doesn't care how you feel about it" retorts Daniel. Before they leave the residence, Madison says she's got one last thing to do. She goes to the fence where Susan is still attempting to get through. She wants to kill her, but Travis tells her that there is a chance she may still have some of her humanity, and that a cure may still be a possibility, and she decides to spare her.

Travis yells for Alicia to hurry up as they prepare to leave. Travis drives the truck with Liza and Chris while Madison drives with Alicia and Nick. As they are driving away, he notices that Madison has stopped in her car as she sees Patrick Tran return. She goes to warn him and Travis and the others follow. They witness the National Guard running in and taking Susan's body away.

Shortly after, we see that the National Guard is in the whole neighborhood, and a guard asks Travis and Madison the occupants of Madison's house to which Travis lists all the people currently living in their house including Daniel, Griselda and Ofelia. Travis believes that since the National Guard has arrived, everything will get better.

"Not Fade Away"

By this point, Travis has become an important official for their safe-zone. Travis prepares to attend an announcement from Officer Moyers, the commanding officer of the Safe Zone. Madison fumes at him for playing "man of the people" with the soldiers while she manages the house and kids on her own.

Chris shows Travis his footage of the light and insists someone in the Dead Zone is still alive. Travis dismisses the idea and orders Chris to help Madison around the house.

Officer Moyers flags down Travis and asks him to convince a neighbor, Doug Thompson, to take a mandatory health screening. Mrs. Thomson tells Travis that Doug has been acting strangely since the previous night. Travis speaks with Doug, who is paralyzed with fear over his family's future. Travis urges Doug to take the screening and assure his family that everything is going to be OK — regardless of whether or not he believes it.

Travis and Madison have sex in their car. Sensing that Madison is still angry, Travis faults her for stressing too much over Nick and Alicia's safety. Madison snaps back at him that he should pay attention to Chris, and do something about the light signal that Chris discovered. After Travis sarcastically asks if he should tell Moyer about it and have his soldiers sent to investigate, she shares her doubts about the military, who have not provided them with medicines, information or communications. Maria Thompson arrives with her daughters, panicked and tells Travis that Doug is missing. Travis promises to look for him.

Travis finds Doug’s empty car by the perimeter fence. Officer Moyers tells Travis that Doug was taken into custody after soldiers found him crying in his car. They can't have "head cases" like Doug around camp, Moyers states. Travis mentions the light signals and gives Moyers the location of the house. He shrugs it off, insisting they've already searched that area.

When arrives at the house, Nick and Griselda are taken by the guards and Liza goes with them, Madison confronts him claiming it was Liza's fault. Travis retreats to the roof, distraught. He sees someone signaling from the house in the Dead Zone. A moment later gunfire erupts at the house, followed by darkness.


A distraught Chris asks Travis how they're going to get Liza. Travis reminds Chris that it's Liza's nature to help others, which is why she left with Dr. Exner willingly. Travis then asks him to apologize to Madison, but he refuses and leaves the house.

Travis warns Moyers that others in the community will rise up if Nick, Liza, Griselda, and other neighbors aren't returned soon. Moyers capitulates and orders Castro to prepare his men to take Travis to the command center.

While driving through the Dead Zone, Moyers spots an infected and orders Travis to shoot her. Travis demurs, and Moyers asks if Travis thinks she's still human. "If that's what you think, then we're just a bunch of murderers," he says. Travis takes the gun but is unable to pull the trigger after seeing the Infected's name tag, "Kimberly." Moyers takes over and shoots it in the head. A dazed Travis listens on the vehicle's military radio as soldiers fight the Infected. Castro returns to the vehicle and informs Travis that they're returning him to the safe zone, stating "Moyers isn't coming." When Travis reminds him he was supposed to be taken to the command center, Castro admits he's fleeing to San Diego - to his wife and daughter.

Travis finds Ofelia sitting shell-shocked in the yard. Inside, he asks Madison if she knew about Daniel's plan to torture Adams. "Tell me you didn't know," he says. Madison cannot answer.

In the Trans' basement, Madison arrives with Travis and asks Adams to repeat what he said to Daniel. Adams tells Travis that "Cobalt" is a command code to initiate military evacuation from the Los Angeles basin and humanely terminate the surviving civilians. He says the evacuation will take place at 9 the next morning.

"The Good Man"

The three families prepare to leave their home after hearing of Operation Cobalt from Andrew. Travis argues with Daniel on what to do with Adams. He thinks that without him, they have no way of locating Griselda, Nick and Liza in the command post. Travis persuades Daniel to let him take Andrew with them. At Travis' truck, Andrews begs to be let go as he knows Daniel will kill him eventually, and Travis relents. They head towards one of the checkpoints, and along the way they see a family having a casual night, unaware of the current situation.

Daniel, Ofelia, Madison, Travis, Alicia and Chris make their way into the compound through another entrance with the distraction the zombies are providing. Alicia and Chris are left behind with the car.

Inside, the four proceed towards the holding cells where they are shocked to find people inside. They ask for Nick and Griselda, and a man asks them if it was a boy with a man in a suit. They realize that they are talking about Nick, so Travis frees everyone with his rifle. They find nick with a guy named Strand but can't let out of a room with walkers. However, Liza reunites with the group, barely managing to save them using her card to override the system and open the door.

Madison and Travis find Chris and Alicia, who tell them soldiers took their SUV while they were gone. Andrew appears and points a gun at Daniel but shoots Ofelia instead. Enraged, Travis tackles Andrew to the ground and proceeds to brutally and mercilessly beat him until Madison manages to make him stop. He relents and walks away, putting his hands on his truck and shudders, shocked with what he had done.

As they leave the compound, Travis and the group make it to Strand's home where allows to rest and relax until they go on his boat, the The Abigail. He notices Madison chases after Liza and follows. Once he catches up to them, he realizes Liza is bit by a walker. Completely distraught and heartbroken, Travis asks Madison for the gun and shoots Liza. Everyone hears the gunshot. As everyone scrambles to find out the noise, Travis, completely heartbroken, drops to his knees on the beach. Madison comforts him while the screen pans out into the ocean.

Season 2


Travis and Madison finish gathering supplies on the beach at Strand's house as bombs drop in the distance. As the Zodiac appear on shore, Travis forces his catatonic son off the beach back carrying his ex-wife's corpse to the boat. They drive off as a hoard of zombies begin to overtake the beach. With everyone on board, the group watches as the raging inferno engulfs the land.

The next day, Travis checks in on Chris in his cabin, but he is still mostly unresponsive. On deck, he and the others spot a small skiff overflowing with passengers. They beg for help, and Madison pleads to rescue the skiff passengers. Travis asks Alicia to scan the radio channels to help figure out a safe destination. Strand tells Travis and Madison that he has set a course for San Diego in the hopes of receiving help from the Navy or border patrol. Madison appeals to Travis to convince Strand to save the skiff, but Travis agrees that they cannot take on additional passengers. A concerned Travis tells Madison that Chris has been sitting next to Liza's body all day. Sensing Madison's anger about the skiff, he maintains that they need to take care of themselves before they help other people.

Travis watches Daniel and Chris talk. When Chris leaves, Travis approaches Daniel to ask him how Chris is doing. "One day Chris will understand what you did for his mother was an act of mercy," Daniel assures Travis.

On deck, the group gathers around Liza's body as Travis delivers a eulogy. Chris violently pushes Liza's body into the sea and storms off. Travis follows him below deck, Chris blows up at Travis. "You shot her!", he screams, punching Travis in the face. Travis rejoins the group in the dining room, nursing a bloody lip.

Alicia tells Travis and Madison that a man named Jack needs their help. Strand angrily asks what she revealed to Jack about their situation. She insists that she didn't tell him anything important.

He joins the group for dinner and then, afterwards, Chris jumps into the water, sending everyone into a panic, but Chris explains he is just going for a swim. They come across the skiff once more only to find it riddled with bullets and dead bodies floating all around. Travis picks up Chris and Nick in the Zodiac.

Travis, Chris, and Nick return to the Abigail. As Strand powers up the boat, Madison who looked at the radar with Strand, tells Travis that whoever shot up the skiff is coming back for them.

"We All Fall Down"

Travis, Madison and Strand go through the skiff's log book that Nick retrieved from the sailboat and says that they have a problem. They deduce that the military has already burned San Diego to the ground. Strand proposes they hide from the fast-approaching ship by retreating to the coastline. Travis suggests Catrina Island, which has a ranger station that may offer supplies and a short-wave radio.

Travis assures Chris that they are going to a safe location. Chris asks how Travis knows it is safe. Travis has no answer.

As the Abigail approaches Catrina Island, Madison sees a light flash inside a house. Madison, Travis, Nick, Alicia, and Chris get off the boat and approach the house that Madison saw from the boat. A young boy — the one from the beach — runs out to greet them. Travis introduces himself to the boy's father, George Geary, and asks permission to dock for the night.

Inside the house, George tells Travis that based on his communication with other ranger stations, he believes the entire country west of the Continental Divide has fallen and the border to Mexico has been completely sealed off. Travis listens to George's plan to and beliefs on the apocalypse.

Travis looks for Chris and finds them and tells Chris to return to the boat. He averts his eyes as Chris kills one more infected. After this he finds George at the house and recalls the days when Chris was mowing lawns and taking out garbage, rather than killing infected. "This is how we manage now," George says. George enlists Travis' help mending a fence. He tells Travis about a massive herd of infected on a nearby marina and predicts that it is only a matter of time before the herd finds them. Travis asks why George isn't fleeing. "We all die. It's a question of surrender or survival, acceptance or denial," George says.

Madison relays Melissa's request to Travis and insists they rescue Harry and Willa from George's plan to commit suicide or live in constant fear of the world. "You're not taking them, Travis, you're saving them," she says. Travis reluctantly agrees to speak with George. Nick tells the two of the poison he found in George's office and predicts that George is planning on "Jonestown-ing" his family.

Travis, Madison, and Nick return to the Geary house to take Harry and Willa. Melissa is hurriedly explaining some of her children's quirks when George comes in. He angrily demands to know what is happening when the argument is interrupted by Harry. Something is wrong with Willa, he reports. Upstairs, Willa is found dead after ingesting the "power pills" from George's stash. Melissa cradles Willa, who opens her eyes, turns, and bites her. George agrees to let Travis take Harry but refuses to join them.

Travis' group sprints to the boat with Harry. Seth chases them down with his rifle and forces them to give Harry back. Melissa, who is now infected, walks toward them on the dock. Seth shoots Melissa while Harry's back is turned.


Madison and Travis start to make love in their state room. The boat creaks to a stop. Travis determines that the engine malfunctioned due to a blocked water intake. He says the problem will require him to look under the boat. Madison urges him to wait until sunrise, but Strand and Travis agree that they cannot waste time.

Travis scuba dives into the water and swims to the water intake. He sees an infected Michael flailing beside the hull, his arm stuck in the intake valve. Michael attacks Travis who panics and struggles to escape.

In the engine room, Travis begins removing backed-up sludge from the filtration system and informs Strand that the repairs may take all day. Strand snaps that they cannot wait this long.

Travis scuba dives underwater to work on the water intake. Madison hears a noise and sees blood emerge from the spot in the water where Travis was swimming. Michael's body floats to the surface after Travis plunges a knife through his eye socket.

Later, Madison informs Travis of Strand's Baja plans and tells him the house is their best chance at survival. Travis balks at trusting Strand, but Madison argues that they have little choice.

Travis removes the last bit of sludge and a severed hand from the filtration system and fixes the engine. Strand powers the boat up drives it a little closer to shore. When the supply party returns, They have brought Alex and Jake Powell with them. Strand refuses to let Alex and Jake board the ship. Travis insists that they at least tow Alex's raft to San Diego, but Strand cuts them loose later on.

"Blood in the Streets"

Travis condemns Strand for cutting Alex’s raft loose. However, they are interrupted by a commotion. A group of people board the boat; Read, Vida, and Jack. Travis, Daniel and Madison rush upstairs and interrogate the strangers. Alicia goes upstairs and recognizes one of the men’s voices as Jack, from the portable radio. “Jack?” she asks. The other man, Reed, punches Travis. Jack and Reed tie everyone up and hold them at gunpoint.

The next day, Reed threatens to shoot Chris if the group doesn’t produce the key to the boat. Travis and Ofelia explain that Strand had the key but Travis offers to start the boat by hotwiring it.

In the wheelhouse, Travis rewires the Abigail. He tells Reed that he must visit the engine room to override the computers. In the engine room, Reed recommends Travis have the boat running by the time Connor arrives, for his own sake. “Prove your value,” he says.

Reed and Travis return from the engine room. Travis hides a crowbar behind a seat cushion before proceeding to the wheelhouse. Travis starts the engine just as Connor arrives. The pirate leader arrives with two other armed pirates and admires the boat. He invites Travis and Alicia to join his community but says he has no need for the others. He grants Alicia’s request to transport her family safely to shore. Alicia and Travis are taken away.


Travis wakes up in a cell and tries to pick the lock. A woman approaches: It’s Alex.

Alex tells Travis that she was forced to throttle Jake on the raft. She reveals that she told Connor how to find the Abigail after he saved her, and that she specifically asked him to bring her Travis. Travis tells Alex that he kept her on the raft because he was worried Jake might be infected. “You knew the right thing to do, and you chose the other,” she tells him.

Travis apologizes to Alex and shares that he was forced to kill his son’s mother. “It cost a part of me,” he says.

With Jack at her side, Alicia finds Travis and tells him they’re plotting to escape that night. He tell her to go through with the plan without him and take any chance she can to escape.

Later, Jack ties Travis’s hands to prepare him for the prisoner exchange. On the pier, Madison hands Reed over to Connor. Connor’s men release Travis. Connor removes Reed’s hood and is immediately bitten by the Infected Reed. He and Madison attack the other two pirates afterward and escape on the Zodiac and pick up Alicia.

"Sicut Cervus"

Travis checks in with Chris on the Abigail. Chris asks why everyone is mad at him. Travis says that, according to Madison, Reed wasn’t infected when Chris shot him. Chris is devastated, thinking Madison was on his side. But his father assures him that she is still on his side.

From the engine room, Madison’s group listens to the conversation between Strand, Luis and two military officers. Gunfire erupts after the officers insist on searching the boat to make sure no Infected are aboard. After the scuffle ends, Strand steers the Abigail toward the Mexico coastline.

On land, Strand leads the group into town. The group fights off a herd of infected parishioners before driving to the Abigail estate and meet Celia Flores, the proprietor.

As the day comes to an end, Madison relays of how his son made a threat to Alicia. Madison confers with Travis about Chris and worries that Chris is sick. Travis defends Chris and angrily wonders why Madison won’t offer the same support to Chris that he always gave Nick. Madison decides to sleep in Alicia’s room for protection while Travis sleeps with Chris.

Later, he along with others are awakened by a gunshot.


While everyone runs toward the estate to where the gunshot was heard, Travis searches for Chris. Travis asks Alicia to help him find Chris. She refuses, saying that Chris was holding a knife beside her bed. He continues his search and spots Chris in the vineyard and chases after him.

Travis spends all night searching for Chris in the nearby hills. He finds an Infected that Chris stabbed through the head not knowing that Chris is watching him from afar. Travis follows a trail of Infected bodies killed by Chris. He meets a Mexican man inside a shack and explains that he’s looking for his son. The man tries to send Travis away. Travis tries to walk but collapses, his feet bloody and torn from trekking barefoot all night.

The man in the shack gives him some shoes and tries to shoo him out of the house. The man gives the impression that he does not speak English, but he sees an English language book. Travis sees movement underneath the bedroom door and demands the truth. The man whispers to Travis that Chris threatened to hurt his son if he didn’t make Travis leave. Travis barges into the room and finds Chris holding the man’s son at gunpoint.

Travis knocks the gun out of Chris’s hand and tackles him outside. Chris swipes at Travis with a knife but Travis wrestles the knife from him. “I’m no good,” Chris says. Travis realizes how much Chris' frame of mind has changed and has not noticed how broken his son is.

Nick finds Travis in the hills. Travis says that Chris needs him and that the boy cannot be around people yet. He orders Nick to tell Madison that he couldn’t find him. Nick leaves Travis with a knife for protection.

Travis and Chris wander through the hillside and notice the fire suddenly consuming the estate.

"Do Not Disturb"


"Pillar of Salt"

Travis appears at the end of the episode. He stands in the hills overlooking the Rosarito Beach Hotel and spots the hotel’s neon sign.

"Date of Death"

As a swarm of refugees gather at the hotel's gates demanding to be let in, Madison notices Travis in the crowd and lets him inside. Madison asks where Chris is which causes Travis to become depressed.

The episode then cuts back to the aftermath of the scuffle between Brandon's group and the farmer of the property they stumbled on with Chris putting down the dead farmer by shooting him in the head. Travis grudgingly burries the farmer alongside his family while Chris and the others tend to James's leg where he'd been shot. 

The following night Travis pulls Chris aside and denounces him for not feeling any remorse for killing the farmer. Chris defends himself by saying he had no choice when James was shot which leads Travis to call Brandon and his friends savages. Chris further retorts by saying the current world they live in is shed of morals or the concept of right and wrong which worries Travis. 

The group continue to stay at the farm for a week while James's leg heals. However when they attempt to leave together James's wound proves to have not healed well enough for them to travel which causes debate amongst Brandon, Derek and Chris on how to handle James. Travis is shocked by Brandon's willingness to kill James if proven a liability and vows to protect James from them. 

The following day, Chris enters the barn to talk to his father saying he realises why he's going to such great lengths to show him a much more ethical way to live even in the apocolypse. This lets down Travis's guard which allows Chris to subdue him, allowing Brandon and Derek to ambush Travis at gunpoint and proceed to execute James who pleads for mercy. 

After James is killed, Brandon, Derek and Chris decide to leave but choose to abandon Travis due to their inability to work together. Travis pleads for Chris not to leave but Chris claims it to be for the best. Travis damns Chris as he leaves with Brandon and Derek. 

Finishing the story, Travis then reveals to Madison how he arrived at the hotel by seeing the hotel's lit up sign when Madison activated it the night before. Travis laments on how he failed Chris and that he abandoned him while Madison consoles him. 

Unbeknownst to Travis, Brandon and Derek are seen outside the hotel's gates with Chris notably absent. 


Travis is continued to be comforted by Madison after telling her of how Chris abandoned him with Brandon and Derek. Madison leaves to give Travis some time alone and later meets Brandon and Derek along with the other hotel refugees, recognizing them as the two teenagers Travis talked about who inform Madison that Chris died though they don't refer to him by name. Realizing how Travis would react if he knew Brandon and Derek were at the hotel without Chris, Madison attempts to take them to a secure location. However Travis notices them from his hotel window and races down to confront the pair, demanding to know where Chris is.

Brandon and Derek eventually confess to Travis that Chris died as a result of a car crash and flew through the window shield of the car they were driving and later put him down. Travis is devastated by the news but comes to notice irregularities in their story as they say they dragged Chris out of the car despite saying earlier her flew through the wind shield. Travis aggressively interrogates Brandon and Derek into telling him the truth until they reveal that they had killed Chris after the crash, viewing him as a liability due to the severity of his broken leg as a result of the crash. Travis then enters into a psychotic state, seals off the room much to Madison and the group's dismay and proceeds to beat Brandon and Derek to death in a blind rage. Oscar attempts to interfere but is injured by Travis when he slams a door on Oscar's head.

After Travis delivers his killing blows to Brandon by stomping on his head and to Derek by hurtling him through a glass door, he quietly sits in a corner out of breath and shell shocked. Madison looks on in terror.



Season 3

Travis will appear in Season 3.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Travis has killed:


Madison Clark

Travis met Madison during his time as a teacher and eventually fell in love with her. While their relationship sometimes struggles due to complications within their respective families, such as Travis's strained relationship with Chris and Madison's struggle to keep Nick off drugs, they are shown to deeply care about each other and will do anything to keep each other safe.

Chris Manawa

"God damn you Chris!"
—Travis's last words to Chris[src]

Travis has a very strained relationship with Chris due to divorcing his mother. Being repeatedly pushed away by his son's hostile attitude towards him, Travis eventually gives up on him and tells Liza that Chris is all hers. However they later reunite during the city riots and Chris begins listening to Travis at the suggestion of her mother, who wouldn't be with him unless the situation was dire. Later, Chris starts to feel comfortable around his father and when Chris was worried about his mother leaving with the military Travis assures him that she will be fine and that he needs him to be strong, the two then embrace each other.

After a bitten Liza was put down by Travis, Chris' and Travis' relationship hit rock bottom. Chris held the belief that Travis had in fact murdered her, and that she could've been saved. Chris remains distant and cold towards Travis up until they arrive in Baja. Later, Madison tries to tell Travis that his son is unwell as it seemed he tried to kill her and Alicia. When Chris goes missing, Travis pursues him, and is disturbed when his son takes a young boy hostage. Travis chases Chris out of the shack and disarms him. Chris' hatred for his father really shines through when he attempts to stab him with his knife during the struggle. Though even after this Travis finally realizes that his son is going through too much and decides to leave Madison and stay with his son.

As Travis and Chris roam Mexico, their relationship shows signs of improvement as Travis begins to act as more of a father to Chris. This is shown by their shared enjoyment when Travis allows Chris to drive the car they're travelling in as Chris had failed to attain his license before the apocalypse started. They continue to care for each other until they encounter Brandon and his friends. Chris takes a liking to them however Travis views them as degenerates which puts them once again at odds. Chris continues to be influenced by Brandon and his friends Derek and James, eventually complying in James's execution after being viewed as a liability which devastates Travis.

When Chris leaves with Brandon and Derek. Travis is heartbroken and angry at him that his last words to Chris were "God damn you, Chris!".

After learning about his son's murder from Brandon, Travis beats Brandon and Derek to death in rage and grief, showing just how much he loved his son.

Liza Ortiz

"I'll protected him, I'll protected him."
—Travis to Liza about there son.[src]

Travis was Liza’s ex-husband and the father of her son, Chris. Although they were not together, they negotiated who Chris got to spend time with on certain weekdays, proving that Liza was on good terms with Travis and trusted him enough to leave him around their child. Travis and Liza also had great communication skills whenever dealing with their son’s attitude towards Travis, considering Chris thought he was to blame. Despite being divorced, they worked together to raise their son as well as they could. Even when Chris was caught in the middle of a protest, Liza traveled with Travis to locate their son.

Ultimately, Liza and Travis respected one another and shared the same amount of love for their only son. When Liza was bitten, she placed her trust in Travis to kill her before she turned. Although Travis was hesitant to pull the trigger, she mentioned that they would be doing it for their son, knowing that Chris would never have to do it. After shooting Liza, Travis breaks down in tears.

Nick Clark

"Chris can't come back, not now."
—Travis to Nick about leaving[src]

Travis is shown to care about Nick's overall well-being. Nick, on the other hand, feels that Travis wants to replace his Father and does not appreciate his relationship with Madison. Nick seems positively surprised by Travis' attack on Andrew.

Alicia Clark

"I'm sorry that I didn't believe you.I'm sorry that I haven't protected you better"
—Travis to Alicia[src]

Alicia is shown to like Travis more than Nick. She called him their stepfather and considered him as a humble person as well as a good friend. Travis apologies to Alicia about Chris.When Travis was at gunpoint by Andres, Alicia kill him to save Travis.

Daniel Salazar

Daniel was reluctant to accept Travis and his family in his barbershop. After they fled Daniel seems that he wants to leave the group as soon as possible. Daniel considers Travis a weak human being and unable to survive this world. After Travis had beaten up Andrew, Daniel seems to have changed his opinion on Travis and respects him as a fellow survivor. Daniel respects his decison to kill Liza and sees this as an act of mercy.


Moyers considered Travis as the leader of the Safe-Zone. However, Travis was just one of the people that he had to keep alive. Travis does not seem to be upset about Moyers' death.

Douglas Thompson

"It is going to be okay that what you say."
—Travis to Douglas.[src]
Travis and Douglas have a seemingly friendly relationship. Travis agrees to talk with him after he distances himself from his family in his bedroom. Travis is successfully able to make Douglas get screened by the medical personnel, and his talk with Travis helped him calm his nerves.

After Douglas' wife Maria arrives at the Clark household panicking that Douglas has gone missing, Travis heads out to find him. He finds his car abandoned by the perimeter the following morning, suggesting his talk with Travis didn't help him in the long-run.

George Geary

Despite knowing each other for just a short time they seemed to have a friendly relationship. George displays a great interest to Travis's Maori culture. He also shares information on the outbreak and lets the group stay at their house for the night, for which Travis is thankful.



  • The casting call for this character used the name Sean Cabrera.
  • This character's official name was revealed in a press release by AMC on May 11, 2015 as Travis Posada, though his surname was later changed.[11]
  • Upon describing the character Cliff Curtis stated 'He's an idealist coupled with being an optimist. He has this idea of how things should be. He believes in community, structure and things that give him the freedom to live a relatively simple life. It's a strength, but it can also become a weakness. When things start falling apart all of his ideals are challenged, it's just a matter of how long it will take to realize that all of his ideas can't apply to the situation.'
  • Travis has stated that he holds an aversion to guns.
  • Travis is the first, and thus far the only, Maori in The Walking Dead Franchise. He is Portrayed by Cliff Curtis, who is known for portraying several ethnicities.
  • Every Manawa family member's first kill was out of mercy.
  • Travis is the last surviving member of the Manawa family, after Chris' death.


Fear The Walking Dead Characters
Clark Family NicholasMadisonAlicia
Manawa Family TravisChristopherElizabeth
El Sereno Residents CynthiaMariaDouglasPatrickPeterJoannaGladysMr. CruzSusanHectorKimberlyGloriaMattCalvin
Paul R. Williams High School RockyTobiasRussellBrandonArt
Los Angeles Police Department GonzalesHendersonFinleyRichards
Salazar Family OfeliaDanielGriselda
National Guard Compound VictorBethanyAndrewColeRichardsCastroHodges

Catrina Island, California

Flight 462 AlexJakeMichaelAlanTomIanConnieDeidreAnthonySuzanneMarcus

Connor's Pirates


Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California SofiaJuanJavierRamonCeliaJorgeLuis
Rural Baja California SofiaEliasMr. MagañaMrs. MagañaGael
Brandon's Group BrandonDerekJames
La Colonia LucianaFranciscoReynaldoAlejandroOlivieroAnaLauraAlonso
Los Hermanos MarcoAntonioRamiro
Rosarito Beach Hotel ElenaHectorIleneOscarAndrésMrs. DiazCharlesJessicaChristina
Mexico-United States Border RussellSierraGabi

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  • Travis = A Better Tyreese Adaption Than TV Tyreese

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    • Seriously, his arc in season 2B felt like an adaption of the Julie and Chris arc from the comics. A dumb teenager gets his child killed and...
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    • Id say Alex and/ or jake is most likely since the actress who plays alex is upgraded to main cast series regular. well see
    • Agreed it is likely Alex due to her being a series regular. However I still hope, and want it to be Adams.

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