Actor Matt Mangum
Gender Male
Hair Blond/Brown (Graying)
Age Early to Mid 40s
Occupation Former Guard for the Saviors (Post-Apocalypse)
Former Lieutenant of the Saviors (Post-Apocalypse)
Former Biofuel Producer (Post-Apocalypse)
Lieutenant for the Alexandria Safe-Zone (Post-Apocalypse)
Family Unknown
First Appearance "How It's Gotta Be"
Status Alive
Series lifespan "How It's Gotta Be" to Present
Ethnicity Caucasian-American
D.J. (real name unknown) is a former antagonist and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is a former high ranking member of the Saviors and the former second-in-command of Jed's Savior rebels. After the apparent death of Rick Grimes, he becomes a member of the [Safe-Zone (TV Series)|Alexandria Safe-Zone].


During his time as a Savior, D.J. was like many other members: an aggressive extortionist and raider that imposed his will onto others. However, he is not as much of an extremist as some of the other Saviors like [(TV Series)|Simon]. After the Saviors are defeated, D.J. tries to cooperate with the communities and live in peace, but decides to follow Jed on his rebellion against their new leader, [Peletier (TV Series)|Carol], after several of his fellow Saviors are killed.

Six years after the apparent death of [Grimes (TV Series)|Rick Grimes] and the fall of the Sanctuary, D.J. has a change of heart, opting not to follow Jed in continuing the Savior ways and joining [Safe-Zone (TV Series)|Alexandria], eventually becoming a trusted and civil member who watches over the gate, escorts newcomers to holding, and helps transport [Group (TV Series)|Magna’s group] to the [Colony (TV Series)|Hilltop], holding no grudge against his former enemies. In return, his former enemies show him no animosity and easily treat D.J. as one of their own.

D.J. is also shown to have an unwavering loyalty to Michonne, as she is shown to have complete trust in him, referring to him and [(TV Series)|Siddiq] as “her men”.

D.J.'s most noticeable trait seems to be loyalty. Just as he was staunchly loyal to Negan, he is loyal to Alexandria and Michonne seven and a half years later. Despite this, D.J. has enough sense not to fight for a lost cause, as he never attempted to free Negan and refused to join Jed's group of marauders following the demise of the Sanctuary, despite initially joining his rebellion.


Location Unknown

Nothing is known about D.J.'s life prior to or as the outbreak began. He may have lived somewhere in or near Washington D.C.


At some point in the apocalypse, D.J. somehow came into contact with a group named "The Saviors" which he subsequently joined.

[8 (TV Series)|Season 8]

"[It's Gotta Be|How It's Gotta Be]"

D.J. is among the Saviors to accompany [(TV Series)|Negan] to the [Safe-Zone (TV Series)|Alexandria Safe-Zone] as they demand Rick's surrender. When negotiations fail, the Saviors launch grenades into Alexandria and they are ordered to find Carl alive. D.J. and [(TV Series)|Norris] spot Carl through the smoke and chase after him. However, Carl is able to escape into the sewer in time thanks to a smoke grande, prompting D.J. and Norris to keep searching for him.

"[Lost and the Plunderers|The Lost and the Plunderers]"

D.J. and Norris carry the coffin containing an undead [(TV Series)|Dean] and follow [(TV Series)|Gary] into Negan's conference room. They are ordered to drop off the coffin and leave. Later, D.J. receives a call from Rick so he gives the walkie talkie to Negan.

"[Gotta Mean Something|Still Gotta Mean Something]"

D.J. is on guard duty with two others at the Sanctuary's front gate. He approaches Negan's car with his weapon raised but lowers it when he realizes Negan is alive. He tells him that he knew he wasn't dead to which Negan replies that he knows and then tells D.J., to keep his arrival a secret as he wants it to be a surprise for everyone else.


D.J. is promoted to lieutenant and plans the final assault on the Hilltop along with Negan, Simon, [(TV Series)|Dwight], [(TV Series)|Gary] and [(TV Series)|Arat]. Later, he is among the Saviors to open fire on the other Saviors (including Gary) planning to overthrow Negan. He also witnesses the fight between Negan and Simon inside the Sanctuary and Simon's subsequent death. He also helps capture Dwight, who was revealed by [(TV Series)|Laura] to be a mole working with Rick and the survivors.

"[(TV Series)|Wrath]"

D.J. is part of the Saviors' ambush on the Militia. When D.J. attempts to open fire, his handgun explodes due to having been loaded with faulty ammunition manufactured by Eugene. He is injured as a result, clutching his hand but survives unlike many other Saviors. D.J. was later knocked out by Jesus, keeping Morgan from killing him and can be seen being tied up by Jesus. Later, D.J. returned to the Sanctuary alongside Laura and the other surrendering Saviors.

[9 (TV Series)|Season 9]

"[New Beginning (TV Series)|A New Beginning]"

At the Sanctuary, D.J. works alongside [Dixon (TV Series)|Daryl], [Espinosa (TV Series)|Rosita], and Regina in gathering the corn and husks from the crop fields to convert into biofuel.

"[Signs|Warning Signs]"

On the road, D.J. and a small group of Saviors stop [Rhee (TV Series)|Maggie] and [(TV Series)|Kal] from bringing food to the Sanctuary to question her about their missing people. D.J. watches as [(TV Series)|Jed] steals a tomato out of the back and takes a large bite. Maggie says she'll mark him down for it while D.J. and the other Saviors let her pass.

At the camp, the Saviors are furious with the news of Justin's death. [(TV Series)|Alden] promises they'll get to the bottom of it but is punched in the face by Jed, who claims he isn't one of them anymore. Carol steps in with her gun at her hip, stopping Jed.

While Norris suspects Anne, D.J. accuses [Dixon (TV Series)|Daryl] of being the culprit and grabs an axe in preparation to retaliate, with the rest of the Saviors following suit. Arat tries to calm him down while Daryl points a crossbow at him. Before a fight can erupt, [Grimes (TV Series)|Rick] rides in the middle of the group with his gun drawn and warns everyone to back off.

At night, D.J. and Jed stage an ambush for [Peletier (TV Series)|Carol] and Rick in the woods, with Jed pretending to be a walker to get Carol to lower her guard. As Carol prepares to kill the supposedly reanimated Jed, D.J. blindsides her and pushes her into Jed, who holds Carol at knifepoint while Rick points a gun at his head. Jed explains to Rick that this is about getting their guns back for protection before leaving, before instructing Rick to hand over his gun to D.J. Rick pretends to comply, giving Carol the opportunity to sneakily pull a knife out of her sleeve and stab Jed in the shoulder while Rick points his gun at D.J. and forces him to his knees.

The next morning, D.J. is seen walking back to the Sanctuary with the rest of the Saviors, abandoning the construction project.

"[Obliged|The Obliged]"

At the camp, as Carol packs up, an armed Jed and several Saviors, among them D.J., return. He reveals he knows that Oceanside's been killing the Saviors and he needs her to step aside so he can enact his revenge. Carol pretends to surrender but attacks him again. However, more Saviors show up and a shoot-out ensues.

"[Are You Now?|Who Are You Now?]"

D.J. survives the shoot out and at some point he decides to move to [Safe-Zone (TV Series)|Alexandria] rather than remain with Jed's group of former Saviors.

Six years later, D.J. is now a trusted citizen of Alexandria. When Magna's group enters Alexandria, D.J. and [(TV Series)|Siddiq] rush to meet the group and to ensure they are unarmed. He prevents Magna from heading to the infirmary to be with Yumiko and instead escorts her and the rest of the group to holding. Later, he accompanies the group to the infirmary and watches over everyone.

The next day, D.J. watches as Magna's group prepares to leave and rides on horseback along with Michonne and Siddiq to escort them to the Hilltop.


D.J. accompanies Michonne and Siddiq as they escort Magna's group to their rig. He steers the wagon carrying the survivors as he chats with [(TV Series)|Yumiko]. Upon arriving at the site of the big rig, they find it in a shambles and realize a [Whisperers (TV Series)|larger herd] had passed through. After putting down the zombies and gathering items that were salvageable, they continue towards the Hilltop. They camp out in a building for the night and D.J. awakens when Michonne destroys Luke's ancient violin. He listens as Luke tells the story about Neanderthals and music before eventually returning to sleep. The next morning, D.J. and the others quickly flee the building after realizing a herd had arrived. They are able to fight enough of the zombies to make it to their horses and wagon and flee the area. Upon approaching the Hilltop, they are met by two guards on horseback who inform the group that [Espinosa (TV Series)|Rosita Espinosa] was found injured in the woods. D.J. and the rest of the group continue their way towards Hilltop and safely make it into town.


At Hilltop, everyone runs inside as Michonne and Siddiq arrive with Magna and her group. From the guard post, Dianne makes them all surrender their weapons before entering. 

Inside, D.J. accompanies Magna and her group to settle in. 

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims D.J. has killed:



During the Saviors' war against the joined forces of the Militia, D.J. was unquestionably loyal to Negan, telling him he knew he wasn't dead when he goes missing and keeps Negan's arrival a secret, as well as assisting in executing Simon’s traitors.


With Simon being second-in-command of the Saviors, D.J. followed his orders without question. When put to the test, however, D.J. shows himself to be ultimately loyal to Negan, as he isn't a part of Simon's coup and, in fact, executes the conspirators alongside Norris and Arat.


Although they are only shown interacting a few times on screen, D.J and Arat appear to be good friends. When D.J grabs an axe at the bridge campsite in retaliation for the murder of Justin, Arat is the one who calms him down and convinces him to stand down. D.J's reaction to Arat's death isn't shown, but he leaves the bridge campsite the following morning with the rest of the Savior workers after Arat is killed.


Norris and D.J. seem to be friends, and are often paired together on missions. When D.J. grabs an axe to retaliate against the other communities after Justin is killed, Norris is the first to back him up by picking up a weapon as well. D.J.'s reaction to Norris' death remains unknown.


D.J. and Jed appeared to have been friends. Jed made D.J. the second-in-command of his rebel group, showing that he had trust in him. D.J. assisted Jed in ambushing Carol and Rick and later joined him in raiding the campsite. Despite this, D.J. does not join Jed's group of marauders after the Sanctuary fails, opting to live in Alexandria instead.


Although they do not interact with each other during the Militia's war against the Saviors, it is likely Michonne held the same animosity towards him as she did every other Savior, and would have killed him as she did any other. Likewise, D.J. would probably have had few qualms about killing Michonne.

Six years after the apparent death of Rick Grimes, D.J. has become unwaveringly loyal to Michonne and Alexandria, meeting Magna's group with suspicion at the gate and escorting them to Hilltop with Michonne and Siddiq.

Mangum stated that D.J has a large amount of respect for Michonne.

Daryl Dixon

D.J. and Daryl have a poor relationship, with D.J. accusing Daryl of murdering Justin due to the latter's animosity towards the Savior. D.J. goes as far as grabbing an axe in preparation to retaliate, with Daryl returning the sentiment by pointing a crossbow at him. It's unknown if D.J.'s attitude towards Daryl has improved after he joined Alexandria.



  • So far, D.J. is the only known survivor in the [Walking Dead (TV Series)|TV Series] to renounce his antagonistic ways twice, the first time being after [(TV Series)|Negan] was defeated and the second after the shootout at the campsite. He is also the only known member of [(TV Series)|Jed]'s group to have done so. This is despite his former status as Jed's second in command.
  • Despite being a fiercely loyal and prominent Savior during the war, D.J. never actually killed or even harmed any of the survivors. The only living people he has ever killed on-screen were [(TV Series)|Simon's] loyalists in "[[5]]," an act that benefited the other survivors.
  • D.J. is the only known member of Jed's group of rebels that is still alive as of "[Are You Now?|Who Are You Now?]".
    • Actor Matt Mangum stated that D.J's loyalty to Jed was more out of a sense of survival than actual loyalty.
  • Excluding [Porter (TV Series)|Eugene], D.J. and [(TV Series)|Laura] are Negan's last two known surviving lieutenants. Coincidentally, they were also the last Saviors to be promoted to lieutenants before Negan's defeat.
    • D.J. is also one of the only five named former Saviors confirmed to be alive, the others being Negan, Laura, Eugene, and Alden.
  • D.J is one of five Savior lieutenants to renounce his antagonistic ways, with the other four being [(TV Series)|Laura], [(TV Series)|Arat], [Porter (TV Series)|Eugene Porter] and [(TV Series)|Dwight].
  • According to actor Matt Mangum, there was a cut line in the episode "["] where Siddiq asks Michonne to allow him to come with her on the journey to Hilltop with [Group (TV Series)|Magna's Group], stating that "All D.J. talks about is horses." This is likely a reference to Matt Mangum's horse tattoos, which have appeared in the show before.
  • In an interview with BMNY, Matt Magnum joked that D.J.'s name was Don Johnson. However, there is no official confirmation that this is true
TV Series Characters (With Fanon)
Grimes Family JudithJeffreyLiamRick Jr.RickMelvinCarlLori
Jones Family MorganJennyDuane
King County Residents LambertPaulaBillShaneLeon
Atlanta Camp CarolDarylJacksonMikeyAbigailLouisGregJakeMirandaElizaKateAlexanderGlennHeatherAndreaMerleEmmaTheodoreShaneDaleSophiaJacquiAmyEdJim
Nursing Home GuillermoFelipeMiguelAbuelaGilbertJorgeMia
Jenner Family EdwinCandace
Greene Farm MaggieAustinBillyAlecBethIkeHershelJosephineAnnetteShawnArnoldJimmyPatriciaOtisLaceyDuncan
The Living NateMatthewRandallSeanTonyDave
Michonne's Group MichonneMikeTerryAndre
The Prison VinceAxelOscarAndrewTomasBig Tiny
Woodbury MagdielJoshLillyJimAliceJeanetteMcLeodPhilipCaesarShumpertJacobsonOwenErynGregKarenMiltonEricFoster StevensRowanEileenClaireNoahPaulJodyFredGeorgeTroyHaleyPennyWarrenRichardMichaelGargulioCrowleyTim
Military Personnel GainesWellesWilsonBradySeanFranklinCallaway
Prison Newcomers AlexisSashaTraceTyreeseBobLizzieMikaBeckyLukeMollyJulioHenryNorisCalebDavidRyanCharlieChloeRichardsPatrickZachAllenBenDonna
Chambler Family TaraLillyMeghanDavid
Martinez's Group HowardMitchAlishaRossPete
Ford Family AbrahamEllenA.J.Becca
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneRositaGabrielEddieAdam
The Claimers DanBillyHarleyTonyJoeLenLou
Terminus PeterMartinGregTheresaGarethAlbertMikeMaryDanAlexEdward
Grady Memorial Hospital StevenAmandaLicariFrancoMcGinleyPercyBelloTanakaAlvaradoNoahDawnO'DonnellBobJeffriesGormanJoanGavinHanson
Dion Family DavidJaneDreLynn
Alexandria Safe-Zone AaronMarcusMarianneEnidAlexBarbaraScottLucasAlexaAnnieSiddiqAnnaKentGraceOliverHeathBobBruceTobinHollyMikeyFrancineRussellOliviaSpencerCassieRogerAdamDanielOrinDeniseDeannaRonJessieSamBetsyTommyMichaelStacyNicholasDavidSturgessBarnesNatalieHollyKayleeErinRichardsShellyCarterPeteRegAidenEric
DC Scavengers RalphAlice
Post-Alexandria Survivors AlexEllieDrakeJeffreyKerryDanielJackJoel
Rameriez's Group RamiriezClyde
The Wolves RileyOwenEdwardAphid
The Saviors NeganLauraAmberTanyaFrankieMarkGinaAldenGraciePotterJoséBrookeD.J.MelJohnSherryDwightRegina JedNorrisFerArat JustinSimonDukeLanceGaryReillyJaredEvanKatyKenoDerekDeanGavinGomezPaulieDukeZiaLeoYagoJoeyGuntherRudyToddDinoNelsonMaraGordonRoyDavidEmmettIsabelleJosephChrisGeorgeNeilRomanMilesJiroPrimoPaulaMichelleMollyDonnieGabeTimmyTina
Hilltop Colony MitchellSaraSeanKalRufusBertieCrystalEduardoMarcoBrandonDannaPaulGregoryCraigWesleyHarlanNeilFreddieAndyMaliaEthan
The Kingdom EzekielJerryDianneDrewNabilaJennyHenryKevinAlvaroColtonDanielJoeyAngelRichardBenjamin
Oceanside CyndieBeatriceKathyRachelJimenaNatania
The Scavengers JadisLeonTamielBrionFarron
Magna's Group MagnaLukeConnieKellyYumikoMandy
El Fuego EileenTateDevinClaireToddCobyHugoBeckettBrianMarcoWyattHunterDrakeAustinJamesBlakeAbigailLydiaRichard
Cree's Group MayaCreeKevin
Scott Family JeremyDerekHarley
El Fuego Captives CraigKatieRyanTrentEva
Allendale AlexAliceBeckyBryceCadeConnorMarcusMattMaxMeghanMelanieNickSamScottZoeyRobertCecil
Miscellaneous Survivors MaximusJennyEastmanSamChristopherAnaClara
Animals NellyShivaButtonsFlameViolet
Walkers HannahSummerWayneLouiseDougErinNickTonyBillJoe Sr.EddieWinslow
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.