A retired car salesman who loses his wife early on during the zombie outbreak, Dale is one of the original Atlanta survivors and plays a large role in the group’s continual migration and survival. When Shane serves as group leader, Dale finds himself ignored and unacknowledged. He fares significantly better when Rick arrives, as the two often agree on survival strategies. He initiates a relationship with Andrea, who he met shortly after his wife died.
Dale often finds himself in the role of peacemaker, able to calm other members of the group when they disagree on a course of action. He assists is establishing a tenable existence at the farm, and later the prison.