It doesn't matter how you die, you come back. We all come back.
— Liza to Travis after revealing her bite, The Good Man

Liza Ortiz is a trainee nurse who used to be married to Travis Manawa. They have a son, Chris.



Divorced from Travis.[1] They were married for 13 years and have been separated for 3.

Liza is a no-nonsense person, a single mother working her way through nursing school. Nursing has been her dream and, now that she's on her own, she is pursuing it.

She's been described as "a multi-tasking whirlwind", focused on her future and on raising her son, Chris.[2]

Season 1Edit

"Pilot" Edit

Liza calls Travis, her ex-husband, to ask him if plans for the weekend are still on. The plans were for Christopher Manawa, Liza and Travis' son, to spend the weekend with Travis and the rest of the Clark family. Travis asks to speak with Chris - who isn't keen and the call just doesn't go well. After trying to persuade his teenage son to spend the weekend with his father's new family (can't think why that doesn't go well) Travis loses patience and speaks again to Liza saying "Keep him." before hanging up on her with no goodbyes.

"So Close, Yet So Far" Edit

Main Article: Liza Ortiz/Season 1/So Close, Yet So Far
After going into LA with Travis to find Chris they take shelter in the barber's shop Salazar's Cuts with the Salazar family.

"The Dog" Edit

Main Article: Liza Ortiz/Season 1/The Dog
After escaping from the barber's shop and downtown LA, the Manawa and Salazar families go to the Clark home.

"Not Fade Away" Edit

Main Article: Liza Ortiz/Season 1/Not Fade Away
Liza becomes involved with caring for the sick in the Safe Zone and comes to the attention of Dr Exner who approves of what she's been doiing. Exner unexpectedly invites her to come and work at The Military Hospital and Liza goes with her.

"Cobalt" Edit

Main Article: Liza Ortiz/Season 1/Cobalt
Liza works as a nurse in The Military Hospital, she sees Griselda die.

"The Good Man" Edit

Main Article: Liza Ortiz/Season 1/The Good Man
The Clark and Salazar families leave the Safe Zone and come to the The Military Hospital for her, Griselda and Nick. Liza has tried to arrange for the safety of Chris and Travis but, largely due to Daniel's actions she is overtaken by events. She rejoins the families but is bitten in the fighting and chooses to die quickly rather than slowly and thereby risk turning. 

Season 2Edit

"Monster" Edit

Chris and the group bring Liza's corpse aboard Strand's yacht, Abigail. While Travis organizes an impromptu memorial service for her with everyone attending, Chris storms over and dumps his mother's body into the ocean, refusing to say any last words.


Season 1 appearances
Pilot So Close, Yet So Far The Dog Not Fade Away Cobalt The Good Man
Season 2 appearances
Monster We All Fall Down Ouroboros Blood in the Streets Captive
Sicut Cervus Shiva Grotesque Los Muertos Do Not Disturb
Pablo & Jessica Pillar of Salt Date of Death Wrath North

Relationships Edit

Image galleryEdit


  • The character Liza was originally called "Andrea Chapman" for the casting calls[3]
  • The character of Liza wasn't originally intended to be Latina.[4]
  • In the original casting call this character was described in a way that doesn't really match with Liza as she is played by Elizabeth Rodriguez, as "A somewhat wilted flower child, forty-something Andrea has retreated to the outskirts of the city to recover after a divorce"[3]


  1. "Pilot"
  2. AMC's Liza Ortiz bio
  3. 3.0 3.1 Season 1
  4. From the FTWD Panel at SDCC2015, video on the wiki


Manawa family Travis ManawaChristopher ManawaLiza Ortiz
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Females Alicia ClarkLiza OrtizOfelia SalazarGloriaBethany ExnerGriselda SalazarND Infected WomanHigh School StudentPhysics TeacherCheer CaptainNational Guard DriverNurseStudent 1GonzalesJoanna CruzWoman (So Close, Yet So Far)Susan TranGuardswomanGladysGirl With DollMaria ThompsonCynthia RamirezThompson Daughter 1Thompson Daughter 2KimberlyDeirdreInternee 3AlexSuzanneConnie
Los Angeles residents Travis ManawaNicholas ClarkMadison ClarkArt CostaCalvinChristopher ManawaMatt SaleLiza OrtizOfelia SalazarGloriaBethany ExnerVictor StrandDaniel SalazarICU DoctorGriselda SalazarTobiasND Infected WomanMelvin AllenHigh School StudentPhysics TeacherCheer CaptainDruggie 2Faculty MemberRocky KnathLAPD UnitNational Guard DriverRussellHendersonOld ManNurse

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