Mindy Austin

The second character appeared in Outcast so far is also the last member of the Austin Family, the teenager daughter (unnamed in the comics) Mindy, portrayed by Dakota Lee. In the show, Dakota appears in episode 3, Not My Job to Judge, when Kyle Barnes and Reverend Anderson come back to the Austins’ house to ask for informations about Sidney: here, they only find Mindy, clearly terrified and hiding in a closet, who just witnessed a man kidnapping her entire family. In the comics, she’s even less relevant than this, if possible, being mostly a background character and appearing only in a couple of issues…but there’s a little to say about her nevertheless. Let’s see together.

Mindy Austin was born in RomeWest Virginia, the eldest daughter of Roger and Betsy Austin. She lived mostly with her mother in their big country house, since her father was often on the road for work, being a truck driver. We don’t know much of her childhood, but we can assume it was a pretty normal one, even if she most surely missed her father, who was seldomly home. When she was still a child, roughly around her five years, Betsy got pregnant again, and she delivered a brother to her, Joshua. Five years of difference weren’t such a big distance at first, and the kids grew up pretty much together, until Mindy, being the eldest, started helping her mother in taking care of Joshua while she ran the house. Then, of course, Mindy grew up, and she became a rebellious teenager, starting to question her mother over pretty much everything, and adding things to worry about rather than helping her with the ones that were already there (we don’t know what her relationship with her father was like, but his absence made it easier for him to live through Mindy’s emotional outbursts). Thing became even more complicated with Mindy’s first love stories, that weren’t always exactly her mother wanted them to be…well, not like anybody wanted them to be, for all that matters. One of Mindy’s first boyfriends, for example, was remarkably older than she was, and when she told home, she didn’t exactly find her mother supportive.

This one, however, was an argument she wouldn’t consider valid, coming from her mother: she was fifteen and her boyfriend was nineteen, true, but four years were exactly the same distance between her parents. When she tried to talk to her mother about it, the two started fighting, and Mindy eventually snapped, remarking that there was indeed one difference between her and her mother in the relationship between them and their older boyfriends: she didn’t get pregnant as a teenager, differently from Betsy. To Mindy, this was the perfect finishing line, and she walked out, slamming the door behind her back and ignoring Betsy calling for her. That very night, however, this kind of things suddenly became unimportant, as a few moments after her discussion with Mindy Betsy found Joshua chewing the flesh off his own fingers. As it would have become blatant soon after, the boy had been possessed by a demon, the same stuff Reverend Anderson yelled about every Sunday and that Mindy had considered silly fairy tales until she saw it happening to her own little brother: there was little to doubt when Joshua started levitating over his own bed, saying indecent things to both Betsy and Reverend Anderson. Luckily, the nightmare didn’t last long, as Anderson’s new helper, Kyle Barnes, managed to exorcise the thing from the little boy, and Joshua came back to his old self as if nothing had ever happened. Roger came back home soon after, happy to find his little boy in sound health. That bizarre incident surely made the family closer, and the next Sunday in church, Mindy was with her parents and little brother in the first sit, smiling at Reverend Anderson as he delivered his usual speech: now, she believed in what the priest was saying.

Mindy Austin is a normal girl her age, with all the ups and downs this means: she loves her family, but she’s constantly fighting with them over everything, and she gets carried away by her emotions most of the times. Surely Joshua’s “incident” deeply changed her, but the road to fully growing-up is still a long one to walk…

Roger Austin

It looks like I totally missed the beginning of Outcast‘s sophomore season…not that this means I missed a lot of characters, considering how far from the comicbook they’re going with the series. Anyway, there are a couple of new ones in these first episodes. Let’s start with the first episode, Bad Penny: at the end of it, Kyle Barnes comes back to the house of the first kid he exorcised in Season 1, Joshua Austin…only to find out that his entire family is possessed but him. Kyle has a brief and unpleasant encounter with Paul Austin, Joshua’s father, portrayed by Timmy Sherrill: a strong farmer on his own, while possessed Paul is even stronger, and he comes close to kill Kyle with his own hands, until Chief Giles intervenes. In the comics, Joshua’s father is actually named Roger, and he has a much more secondary role in the story. Let’s see together.

Roger Austin was most likely born in Rome, a small town in West Virginia, and as most of its inhabitants he grew up and lived there for all his life. When he was still a young man he met a woman, Betsy, and she became his wife soon after. The two of them together became the perfectly normal Rome’s couple: they bought a big house in the suburbs, Roger found a job as a truck driver and supported his wife with it, while Betsy took care of the house. The two had a daughter, Mindy, who became her parents’ joy. Some years later, Betsy was pregnant again, and she gave birth to a son, Joshua. Roger had now everything a normal man could possibly want in a normal town like Rome: a normal job, a normal family, a normal house, a normal life overall. Despite his job sometimes kept him away from his family for quite some time, he still managed to be a present father in his children’s lives (even if Betsy took the worst part of Mindy’s adolescence), and he gave his family a very traditional look, attending all together to the Sunday ceremonies wherever he was in town. Unfortunately, however, Rome wasn’t a normal town at all, being at the centre of something big on a cosmic scale, and the Austin family wouldn’t have been spared from what was coming.

One night, while Roger was out for work, Joshua fell ill, but in quite a strange way: apparently gone insane, the boy ate everything he could find in the kitchen, until he started chewing his own fingers to the bone. Betsy informed her husband on the phone, but being this far away there was nothing he could do for his family. As Joshua’s behavior became increasingly stranger and more violent, Betsy sought the help of local preacher, Reverend Anderson, who confirmed the boy was possessed…but couldn’t do anything for him. Luckily enough, Reverend Anderson gained the help of Kyle Barnes, a man who had returned to Rome after being ostracized for hitting his wife and daughter, and somehow Kyle managed to help Joshua and to exorcise the demon from him. Roger came back home just in time to find his little boy back to normal, with nothing but bad memories of the time he was “strange”. When Betsy told him what had happened, Roger forced himself to change his opinion about Barnes, and when the man came back to their house, wanting to check on Joshua, Roger was extremely happy to meet him and to thank him in person. From that moment, the Austins’ participation to the weekly Mass became much more heart-felt, and Roger was proud to show how God had blessed his family to the entire town. Apparently, albeit darkness had touched his not-so-normal life, Roger Austin could finally come back to his personal heaven of family days and work.

Roger Austin is, as far as we know, a good man, a hard worker and a caring father and husband. A real family man, he’s ready to make any sacrifice to ensure his family the life he dreams for them, and he endures a laborious job for them. Quite a traditional man, he supports his family all by himself, while he leaves Betsy to take care of the house and the kids…exactly the kind of family man you’d expect to meet in Rome, West Virginia.

Duane Jones

Well…things excalated quickly. This week’s The Walking Dead episode has been quite an eventful one, and while no new character has been introduced, there’s an old one we never talked about (I started covering the series from Season 3) who appears. In Bury Me Here, we have Morgan experience quite a trauma, that makes him have some flashbacks about his wife, who’s only mentioned but never seen in the comics, and his son, Duane. The boy only appeared in Season 1, in Days Gone Bye, where he’s the one who finds a delirious Rick and mistakes him for a walker. We left him in his barricaded house, but we learnt that, after some time, he tried to put down his undead mother, but couldn’t do it, with the result of her slaughtering him and turning him into a walker. It’s unknown if Morgan put him down or let him “live” as a walker. In the comics, his story is equally tragic: let’s see together.

Duane Jones was born in CynthianaKentucky, the son of Morgan and Jenny Jones. Duane lived a perfectly normal life, albeit not for long: he attended primary school, he had friends, a nice house, two loving parents…then the world ended when he was still a kid. The Outbreak, the event that released a virus that turned people into ravenous monsters after their death, put an end to everything, With the dead invading the streets and eating people alive, Duane and his family started moving from an abandoned house to the other, never settling for too long in the same place, trying to be safe…but that wasn’t enough, as Jenny was bitten and died from a fever soon after, turning into a walker herself. Duane was alone with his father, and the two of them kept moving in the effort of staying alive. One day, while covering his father who was entering a new house, Duane spotted a walker roaming nearby: he hid himself and hit him in the face with a shovel. Morgan heard the noise and came checking…only to realise that the man Duane had knocked out wasn’t a walker, but a living person. The two Joneses took the man in the house they were staying at the moment, and nurtured him back to health: they learnt his incredible story, as he had just awoken from a coma and found the world upside down; his name was Rick. While Morgan explained to Rick what had happened while he was in the hospital, Duane played with a gameboy his father had found for him, leaving all the talks to the adults. The day after, Rick wanted to move to Atlanta, hoping to find his family, but he wanted to repay his debt to Morgan, so he brought both him and Duane to the police station he used to work in. Once there, Rick took some supplies, and left to the Joneses a car and some guns, wishing them good luck and leaving immediately after. With a car, father and son didn’t have to move in Cynthiana only, and they could find other shelters. Plus, Morgan could now teach Duane how to use a gun, as there would have surely needed it.

Duane travelled with his father in and out Cynthiana, looking for safer shelters in certain times of the year, and coming back to the city when looters or herds had moved away from it; once, around the same time Rick and his group arrived to the prison, they celebrated Christmas together on an unspecified snowy mountain. Duane had learnt how to defend himself in the meanwhile, thanks to Morgan’s teachings…but that wasn’t enough to grant him survival in the post-apocalyptic world. During an unspecified occasion, back in Cynthiana, Duane and his father got separated while fighting a group of walkers, and Duane was bitten and killed by them. Obviously, he reanimated…but Morgan didn’t have the courage to kill him, and clinged to what remained of his son, even if it was just an empty shell. The zombified Duane was chained in the back of the house Morgan lived in, where he would have starved…if it wasn’t for his father. Duane fed on what Morgan brought to him, the first meal being a couple of dogs hanging around the neighborhood, the other something much tastier: humans. Four men, looters, visited Morgan’s house and threatened him, and the man killed them in self defense (or so he said), later giving their bodies to Duane to eat them. Months later, Rick came back to Cynthiana, this time accompanied by his son Carl and his friend Abraham: the trio found a deranged Morgan, as well as the zombified Duane. Rick tried to convince Morgan to kill the monster that now was his son, but didn’t manage to: when Morgan finally agreed to join Rick’s group, he went to the back of the house with his gun, and shot…but not to Duane, rather to the chain that was holding him. Now free to move and to feed on his own, Duane joined the thousands of walkers infesting Cynthiana, a mindless beast among many others like him, just the obscene parody of the boy he was.

Duane Jones is a gentle and sometimes naive boy, a loving son who tries to live his childhood and pre-teen years in a world crumbling down. His self-defense skills are good, but still the ones of a twelve-years old, and he mostly relies on his father’s protection. Now a mindless zombie who only craves for living flesh, Duane’s very existence reminds Morgan of his greatest failure…

Gavin

gavinfilmWhile slowly (very slowly) building the alliance and the premises to an all-out war, The Walking Dead introduced yet another less-than-secondary character, this time a minor antagonist. Actually, he already appeared in The Well, but he wasn’t named by then. Anyway, the leader of the Saviors‘ cell taking care of The Kingdom‘s tributes, in New Best Friends, is revealed to be Gavin, portrayed by Jayson Warner Smith. In the show, he’s apparently reasonable, especially considering the average of his group, while in the comics there’s really not much to say about him, being the result of some British guy winning a contest and appearing in the series as a Savior as reward. Not much is something nevertheless, so let’s take a look at the original guy.

Pretty much nothing is known about Gavin’s early life, not even his surname (albeit the guy who inspired him is called Gavin Meakings). He probably lived in the State of Washington or in Virginia, but it’s unknown whether he had any family of what his job was. What we do know is that he was in his twenties when the Outbreak began, and he was among the few ones surviving the first days during which the dead started rising to consume and infect the living, and society rapidly collapsed, leaving the remaining living people in a state of anarchy and in a constant fight for survival. Albeit it’s likely Gavin was with a group, it’s unknown what he did and where he went at first, but being it a way or another, he ended up in The Sanctuary, a huge abandoned factory now occupied by The Saviors, a large group of well-armed and well-organised people. The Saviors were ruled by a psychopathic tyrant, Negan, who decided of the gavincomics1death and the life of his subordiantes and of the many communities falling under his authority, but at least he guaranteed a decent life to the ones loyal to him. Inside The Sanctuary, you could chose to live there as a slave, working to progress into the social ladder, or to join the Saviors’ militia, hoping to survive the missions against communities of living people and herds of dead ones, but gaining a lot of privileges from the status of “soldiers”. Healthy and able to fight, Gavin obviously chose the second option, and became a Savior.

Gavin managed to climb the ladder even among the Saviors, and for some reason he became one of Negan’s trusted men. When a new community, the Alexandria Safe-Zone, fell under Negan’s dominion, one of the residents who didn’t accept the “deal”, actually just a kid named Carl, infiltrated The Sanctuary and tried to kill Negan. Despite managing to kill a couple of Saviors, Carl was obviously captured, and Negan decided to use him as leverage to convince his father, Rick, the leader of Alexandria, to be more cooperative; first, he had to give back the son to his father, unharmed, to show his “good intentions”, and Gavin was chosen to be among the ones present at the moment of the “new deal”. When Rick arrived, worried for his son, it was Gavin who was tasked with holding the lively kid, preventing him to escape or to do something stupid (like he had already done before) while Negan and Rick discussed. Rick wasn’t exactly in a talkative mood, and he attacked Negan, wanting his son back. Gavin and the others were about to intervene, but they were stopped by their boss, who wouldn’t allow Rick to punch him in front of his men to be saved by them: it was a matter of reputation. After beating the crap out of Rick with his own hands, Negan was finally able to make a new accord with him, and ordered Gavin to release the boy. The two groups came back to their respective bases, with peace finally restored between The Sanctuary and Alexandria Safe-Zone…or so it seemed: Rick, in reality, started gavincomics2preparing an all-out war of the communities against the Saviors, and Gavin would have had to be ready for it, as it would have been a difficult fight even for a powerful and numerous group such as the one he was a part of…

Gavin is a remorseless and loyal Savior, a man always ready to follow the orders of his leader, Negan, with little or no doubts in doing also horrible things to assure himself a decent life in the post-apocalyptic world. A skilled combatant, he’s a good fighter with guns and blades alike, as most of the Saviors. As the battle between good and evil has become a sheer quest for survival, Gavin has no problem in chosing to follow a clearly bad guy, as long as he grants him a longer life.

Mark

markfilmStill with The Walking Dead, same episode, different character. As the final part to Carl‘s horror tour of The Sanctuary, in Sing Me a Song we witness Negan inflicting a severe punishment to a boy for sleeping with one of his wives: the boy is Mark, portrayed by Griffin Freeman, and he had his pretty face disfigured with a white-hot iron (only to be mocked by the tyrant immediately after for letting his bladder go during the torture). Mark is taken away immediately after he passes out due to the pain, but we’ll most surely see him and his girlfriend again when the show starts again on February. In the meanwhile, let’s take a look at him as he is in the comics (while we try to remember him as he is still handsome in this pic from the last episode he won’t look like the Phantom of the Opera).

Nothing is known about Mark’s life before the Outbreak, but he was very young when the end of the world happened, and he probably was a student. He lived either in the State of Washington or in Virginia, and it’s unknown what his family situation was. The only thing we know about his past is that he had a girlfriend, Amber, and that the two of them survived together, sticking together to find shelters and provisions, protecting each other from the flesh-hungry walkers and hostile groups of survivors. Of course, the two of them alone were not nearly enough to ensure survival, and they needed to join a larger group; they eventually found one, even if it wasn’t exactly the best choice possible: The Saviors, a large and well-armed group of people who gained more and more power by forcing other communities to give them half of what they produced, if they didn’t want to be destroyed. Life for the newcomers wasn’t easy at all, as they had to struggle for each meal, working like slaves and even fighting for food. A possible solution arrived when Negan, the deranged leader of The Saviors, took an interest in Amber, and claimed her as a new wife; this would have allowed Amber to live in luxury, while Mark would have been promoted as part of the deal to member of the Saviors’ army, obtaining several advantages from that. After discussing the matter together, Mark markcomics1and Amber decided to accept Negan’s offer, and the girl became his youngest wife. Life was definitely easier for the two of them, but something wasn’t right nevertheless: reason told them to stay apart and to enjoy the little comforts they could get from their new situation, but heart told them something different, as they still loved each other and wanted to be together. Mark and Amber started seeing each other secretly, and slept together behind Negan’s back: bad idea, as everybody was always ready to report to Negan…something that inevitably happened.

With Negan knowing about their “affair”, Mark couldn’t do anything but to wait for his punishment: sleeping with one of the boss’ wives wasn’t something easily forgiven. Tied to a chair, he was put in front of the entire community as Negan disfigured him with a white-hot iron, made an example for everyone to see, while Amber cried in despair. Carson took care of him and helped him recover, and when he could come out of the infirmary, he had his shame forever printed on his face. This, however, didn’t pull apart Mark and Amber, as the two were closer than ever, victims of the same cruelty, bonded by their hatred towards Negan. Soon after his disfigurement, Mark was seeing his girlfriend again, and during one of their clandestine meetings they spotted Carson escorting some prisoners from Alexandria Safe-Zone, including Eugene, out of The Sanctuary, an act of clear treason. Spotting a chance to leave Negan’s dominion, Mark and Amber approached him, and asked him to be part of the escape group: hidden in the back of a van with most of the prisoners, the two youngsters were finally ready to reach Hilltop Colony and to start a new life there. Shortly after their exit from The Sanctuary, however, the escapees were intercepted by a sentinel, Donnie, who shot the van and tried to stop it: Mark worried about the situation, fearing of losing even more than half of his face this time, but eventually Eugene managed to kill Donnie, and the group could rest on the roof for the night and continue their trip the morning after. At the end of their journey, Mark and Amber decided to stay in Hilltop, and there they remained markcomics2even after the war against Negan ended and the Militia won it, with Dwight taking control of The Saviors and changing them to a peaceful community in league with the others. Peace, however, lasted only a couple of years, as during a fair in Hilltop Amber went missing: Mark believed she had left him for antoher man, but reality proved to be much more tragic than that…

Mark is a young man who still follows his heart more than his reason, and he simply can’t live without Amber, his girlfriend and the one and only anchor in the post-apocalyptic world for him. A skilled fighter albeit inexperienced, Mark is proficient with both guns and blades, enough to be a part of the Saviors’ army. Reckless as only a boy in love can be, Mark is young enough to learn how to survive in the new world…but he better do it quickly.

Amber

amberfilmNow, let’s jump to The Walking Dead again, to see who else joined the ever-expanding cast. In Sing Me a Song, Carl does something incredibly stupid and infiltrates The Sanctuary to try and kill Negan on his own. He obviously fails, but the man takes a liking in him and offers him a tour, introducing the boy to his harem as well. In here, we meet one of his youngest wives, Amber, portrayed by Autumn Dial. We see Amber in quite a bad moment, as she just “cheated” on Negan with her original boyfriend, and she avoids punishment just by declaring her love to the tyrant and by apologizing. This is exactly how we meet her in the comics, but it’s just the beginning of her story. Let’s see together…and beware of spoilers, as usual.

As for most survivors, we don’t know pretty much anything about Amber’s early life. A very young girl, she lived either in Virginia or in the State of Washington, and considering her age she was most likely a student when the Outbreak occured. With people running everywhere to seek refuge from the dead hunting for their flesh, Amber did her best to survive as well, and luckily enough she wasn’t alone, as she was with her boyfriend, Mark. Together, Amber and Mark survived the first days of the apocalypse, and learned how to survive in the new world: one thing they knew for sure, they couldn’t survive without a larger group. It’s unknown how they first met The Saviors, but they eventually ended up in The Sanctuary, the group’s main headquarters, and joined them…immediately realising they didn’t exactly made the right choice. The Saviors were ruled by a tyrant, Negan, a psychopath who controlled a large and well-armed group of people with an iron fist; among Negan’s many privileges inside the community there was polygamy, and he took whatever girl he liked as his wife. He already had several wives, but he took a liking in young Amber as well, and he demanded her for himself. Since being a regular citizen in The Sanctuary was exhausting, being forced to struggle over every single meal to ensure survival, Amber thought it could be good to be ambercomics1with Negan, assuring a better life to Mark as part of the deal: she became his newest wife, while Mark joined the Saviors’ army getting some privileges as well. Of course, rationalising the choice didn’t make it any better, and above all Amber missed Mark just as much as he missed her. Inevitably, the two kept seeing each other, and they slept together. If there was something that Negan didn’t tolerate, however, was one of his wives cheating on him, and when he inevitably found out about Amber’s “affair” with Mark, he rushed into her room to confront her. Another one of Negan’s wives, Sherry, who had abandoned her man as well, defended Amber, and allowed her to stay unarmed…but Mark wasn’t as lucky, and he was disfigured with a burning iron.

Despite Negan had just hurt the man she loved, Amber was forced to declare her love to him, promising to be a good wife from there on…but of course, this act of violence was just the last drop. Negan failed, as Mark’s disfigured face only remembered Amber just how much he loved her, and she didn’t stop loving him for how he looked now. They kept seeing each other, being more careful not to get caught…until, one night, they stumbled upon something more serious than somebody cheating: they saw Carson, Negan’s advisor, helping the prisoners, Eugene and his “ammo crew“, escape. Finally spotting a chance for them as well in Carson’s treason, Amber and Mark asked them to join, and they followed Eugene to the van he planned to use to escape. Hiding in the back of the van with Mark and Eugene’s men, Amber was scared when a Savior guard, Donnie, shot the vehicle, stopping it on the road to Hilltop Colony. Luckily, Eugene had a plan, and after blocking the van’s horn to lure a herd of walkers to their position (thus diverting it from The Kingdom, where they were headed), he disposed of the distracted guard, and instructed all his passengers to take shelter and rest on the van’s roof, as they would have reached Hilltop the morning after. The plan worked quite fine, and Amber was able to reach Hilltop along with all the other escapees…just in time for the final war against Negan and the Saviors still loyal to him. For some sort of miracle, the Saviors were eventually defeated, and Negan was imprisoned: this marked the beginning of a brand new life for all the communities ambercomics2involved, but despite The Sanctuary being now under Dwight‘s control and part of a peaceful alliance, Amber didn’t want to go back there. She and Mark settled down in Hilltop, and they became an integral part of the community. Life, finally, was just as peaceful and rewarding as Amber had dreamt it to be…until the next threat appeared on the horizon, one that could shatter the beautiful dream the four communities had been building together.

Amber is a young and sometimes naive girl, an emotional young woman who’d do anything to protect her beloved boyfriend, Mark. Faithful and loving, she accepts to be one of Negan’s wives just to assure Mark a better life, but she’s unable to control her feelings, and she ends up endangering him and herself as a result. A simple girl who has to make difficult choices in a complicated world, Amber is stronger than she looks, but possibly not strong enough for a world such as the post-apocalypse one.

Gary

garyfilmTime for the third and last comicbook-based character appearing in The Walking Dead episode Service, another Savior of course. When The Saviors pay a visit to Alexandria Safe-Zone, one of them approaches Negan and gives him a camera, with Rick Grimes‘ video interview to enter the community on it, much to the Saviors’ leader amusement. The camera-bringer is Gary, portrayed by Mike Seal. Even by appearing this way, he scored higher than his comicbook counterpart, who mostly acts as a background character, and receives a name only the moment he dies (in a pretty stupid way, even). As usual with TWD, proceed with caution as some spoiler may be lying ahead…only mild ones in this case, though.

Not much is known about Gary’s past, pretty much nothing actually, not even his surname. He lived somewhere in Virginia or in the State of Washington, and it’s unknown if he had any family and what kind of job he had, if he had any. When he was around his thirties, however, all of this stopped being important, as the Outbreak wiped out civilization from the world. Gary became just one of many, the last human survivors trying to escape from the hungry walkers (dead come back to life to feed on the living) and to find a place in a new, anarchist world order. Gary was relatively lucky, as the group he joined was an extremely powerful one: The Saviors, an army of conquerors led by an insane but extremely clever man, Negan, a charismatic leader who was building a new world with himself as its leader. Gary, who had nothing against violence to begin with, was recruited in Negan’s main army, designated to The Saviors’ headquarters, The Sanctuary, instead of one of the many outposts. Being a Savior brought along a lot of advantages and comforts, in exchange only of total and undisputed obedience to Negan, something that came pretty easily to Gary, who had never been a leader. Gary followed Negan in the “peaceful conquest” of some nearby garycomics1community, always offering them two alternatives: either they accepted to be protected by The Saviors in exchange of half of what they produced, or they faced total destruction. Needless to say, anytime the approached communities chose the second option, Gary was on the first line in the following massacre. He was assigned to Dwight‘s squad, and he followed the direct orders of Negan’s right-hand man. They never had any particular problem, until a large and organised community, Alexandria Safe-Zone, was subjected to The Saviors.

At first, Alexandria bent like all the others, but after the initial shock their leader, Rick Grimes, started to organize a rebellion, joining forces with two other large communities, Hilltop Colony and The Kingdom. The resulting alliance, called the Militia, was bold and daring, and they even assaulted The Sanctuary head-on. Such a behavior required punishment, and Negan wasn’t late in delivering it: after a number of minor squabbles that usually involved kidnappings and hostages, he finally ordered Dwight to bring his men to attack Alexandria directly, and Gary was among the ones chosen for the task. Each savior was given military equipment, so that the battle wouldn’t have lasted long…or so they believed, of course. Alexandria’s walls were tall and strong, and Negan didn’t want them to be destroyed, since he could have used them after the conquest; Dwight ordered the ones who carried grenades to use the explosives to bring the defense down, but without damaging the walls. Always enthusiast when there was blood to be shed, Gary ran on the first line, and prepared to throw one of his grenades over the wall, hoping to kill the defenders…unfortunately for him, on the other side there was Paul “Jesus” Monroe, a skilled martial artist, who kicked one of Dwight’s garycomics2grenades back to the group, right in front of Gary. The grenade blew up, and so did the one Gary had in his hand and all the others he had strapped to his belt. The explosion tore him in half, leaving only a zombified torso in his place, forcing the surviving Saviors to retreat temporarily.

Gary is a violent and sadistic man, dumb enough to be the perfect pawn for Negan and Dwight, but smart enough to follow any order coming from them. He’s a skilled combatant, trained with both short-ranged and long-ranged weapons, and he can also use explosives. A perfect soldier, he kills on demand and is ready to die on demand, never questioning the commands he’s given.