Chris Manawa
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Chris Manawa
Franchise: Fear the Walking Dead
Notability: Main character
Type: Student
Gender: Male
Location: Los Angeles, California
Known relatives: Liza Ortiz (mother; deceased)
Travis Manawa (father)
Status: Deceased
Died: 2010 [1]
Introduction: "Pilot"
Final: "Wrath" (Flashback)
Actor: Lorenzo James Henrie

Chris Manawa is a fictional teenager and one of the main characters from the AMC television series Fear the Walking Dead, which is a spin-off of The Walking Dead. He is played by actor Lorenzo James Henrie.


Chris Manawa was a teenage high school student from Los Angeles, California. He was the son of Travis Manawa and Liza Ortiz. When Travis and Liza got divorced, Chris elected to stay with his mother. Natural teenage rebellion and emotional frustration from the divorce caused great bitterness between Chris and his father, though Travis always tried to do right by him.

When massive protests and riots began rippling across the city, Chris got involved. Carrying his trusty hand-held camera, he documented intense footage between panicking civilians and members of the National Guard as they attempted to quarantine residents from the effects of what would quickly become a zombie outbreak. [2]

Through the course of all of this chaos, Travis and his new wife, Madison Clark, tried to meet back up with Chris and Liza. Chris was more concerned with come to terms with the violence erupting around him, while Travis cared only about keeping him safe. The two families took up shelter with another family, the Salazars. Chris began forming a bond with Daniel Salazar and developed an appreciation for the man's more pragmatic approach to the situation.

Chris soon had to deal with great tragedy after his mother had been infected and elected to take her own life, rather than become one of the undead. [3]

Chris becomes depressed and more cold after the death of his mother, holding a knife over Alicia and Madison's bed as they slept and even killing Connor's brother who was being held hostage to be exchanged for a captured Travis. Chris and Travis become separated from the group after Celia's compound is set on fire by Daniel Salazar. Later, Chris and Travis meet with three men in a group named Brandon, Derek and James. James is executed by Brandon and Derek after his injury from being shot by the farmer becomes worse and Chris abandons his father to stay with Brandon and Derek. Chris gets into a car accident while driving around with Brandon and Derek. Despite surviving the crash, Chris was injured and executed by Brandon and Derek, similar to what happened to James. Travis later discovers this when Brandon and Derek show up at the hotel and he sees inconsistencies in their story about what happened to Chris. In a fit of rage, Travis snaps over the death of Chris and beats both Brandon and Derek to death. 


  • Chris Manawa is exclusive to the continuity of the television projects and does not have a counterpart in The Walking Dead comic book series.
  • Chris Manawa was one of four central teenage characters on the series. The others were Travis' stepchildren, Nick Clark, Alicia Clark, and Ofelia Salazar.
  • Actor Lorenzo James Henrie is also known for playing a character named Jeffrey Turner on six episodes of the ABC television series 7th Heaven.


Season 1

Season 2

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