|Age||55-60 (at time of death)|
|The Choice (Flashback/Zombified)|
Winterhodge Again (Corpse)
|Family|| Collin Layton (ex-husband, deceased)|
Charlotte Layton (daughter)
Eric (boyfriend, presumably deceased)
|Fed to a zombie by Eli Loche|
Samantha Layton is a minor character and survivor in The Last Ones.
Little to nothing is known about Samantha's early life other than she possibly grew up in Summerlyn City or later moved there. She married Collin Layton and together they had a daughter, Charlotte. Collin and Samantha were known to have separated when Charlotte was very young but they eventually got back together, which Charlotte had always wanted.
Unbeknownst to Charlotte as a small child, Collin used to be extremely violent towards Samantha including one incident when she headed downstairs to find her mother lying on the floor with Collin standing over her. He tells Charlotte to go back upstairs and promises to read her a story. Charlotte is confused over her mother's behaviour, but Collin assures her she's fine. Charlotte then heads back to her room.
Some days or months later, Samantha asks Charlotte if living with her father, like she always wanted to, makes her happy. Charlotte confirms it does, but then asks her mother if it makes her happy. Samantha doesn't reply, and instead says she has a headache when Charlotte gets suspicious. Moments later, Collin arrives home and happily says hello to his family. He praises Charlotte for doing her homework and asks Samantha if she's all right. Charlotte tells him about her headache. Collin wraps his arms around Samantha, who appears uncomfortable, and promises Charlotte he'll take care of her. Charlotte initially smiles as she watches her father embrace her, but she quickly takes notice at Samantha's closed-off body language and her defeated, saddened expression.
Charlotte eventually became aware of the abuse and at some point, she and her mother left Collin and a restraining order was put in place.
Years later as a young adult, Charlotte is paid a visit at her apartment by her mother, who has come home from her vacation with her boyfriend earlier than planned. Samantha reveals to Charlotte that she's received some news regarding her father, but Charlotte is uninterested and reminds her mother that the restraining order they have against him means they never have to speak of him again. Samantha breaks the news that his current partner, Lesley, has been found dead after being brutally beaten. Charlotte is beside herself with upset and guilt, as she feels she should have warned Lesley. Samantha tells Charlotte not to blame herself.
Some days later, Collin is killed in a fire at the old family home. Unbeknownst to Samantha, Charlotte started the fire.
What happened to Samantha during the early days of apocalypse is unknown but she presumably survived alongside Charlotte for a while before being kidnapped by Eli Loche, who held Samantha hostage in order to make Charlotte a spy.
After following all of Eli's orders successfully, Charlotte arrives at the shack to be reunited with her mother. She steps inside only to find a dead corpse of a zombie on the floor. Confused, she is taken aback when a live zombie bursts through a door behind her and tackles her to the ground. Charlotte is horrified to discover that the zombie is her mother. Left with no choice, Charlotte puts an arrow in her mother's head, killing her for good. Charlotte then breaks down, confessing to her mother's body that she killed her father, and this is happening now as a punishment to her. She also reveals that she thought she did it to spare Lesley's children the pain of the trial, but in reality, she just wanted to kill him. Charlotte collapses to her mother's side and sobs "this is all my fault."
Later, Charlotte tearfully and quietly holds her mother in her arms. She lies her down, holds her hand one last time and then walks away. Infuriated, she says "All right, Eli. You’ve had your fun. My turn now."
After killing Eli, Charlotte returns to the shack later that night alongside Bobby de Luca. Charlotte buries her mother and sits by her gave for a while, devastated about her loss.
This list shows the known victims that Samantha has killed:
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies.
- Out of the main characters, Samantha only met Charlotte and Eli.
- Samantha, along with Collin, were the second and third parents of a main character to make an appearance in the series.