Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn), a widower, is traveling across country in his RV when the apocalypse takes place. He encounters Andrea (Laurie Holden) and her sister Amy (Emma Bell) in the aftermath, and the three band together with other survivors. Dale becomes the respected elder of the group and his RV the physical center of their communal camp. He forms a fatherly bond with Andrea and Amy, and it gives him a reason to survive. Usually calm, but feisty when necessary, Dale speaks up to others in the group and shares his wisdom when it's called for. Dale misses his wife, but at the same time he's glad she didn't live to see the monstrous reality that's come to pass.
"I see a chance to make a new start."
"Words can be meager things. Sometimes they fall short."