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  Gareth
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Actor Andrew J. West
Gender Male
Hair Dark Brown
Age Mid to late 20's
Occupation Leader of Terminus (Post-Apocalypse)
Family Mary - Mother (Deceased)
Alex - Brother (Deceased)
First Appearance "A"
Last Appearance "Four Walls and a Roof"
Death Episode "Four Walls and a Roof"
Cause of Death Hacked to death by Rick Grimes.
Status Dead
Series lifespan "A" to "Four Walls and a Roof"
Ethnicity Caucasian-American
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Gareth is hacked to death by Rick.
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"I know that you've been out there, but I can see it... You don't know what it is to be hungry."
—Gareth to Rick.[src]

Gareth is a main character and an antagonist as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is the leader of Terminus.

Pre-Apocalypse

Location Unknown

Nothing is known about Gareth's life before or as the outbreak began, other than his mother was Mary and his brother was Alex

Post-Apocalypse

At some point after the Outbreak, the sanctuary that was Terminus is disrupted when Gareth, Mary, Alex et al are terrorized by an unknown gang. Their women are raped, their people are murdered, and the survivors locked in a train car. Gareth vows to survive, emerging as the leader when his group takes back control of Terminus as a newly lethal band of cannibals

Season 4

"A"

Gareth appears in the large factory room that Carl, Rick, Daryl and Michonne go inside of after sneaking into Terminus. Gareth questions them, asking if they are there to rob them, which they respond to and then if they are there seeking sanctuary. He orders them to drop their weapons and Alex frisks them. Gareth warns the four of them not to try anything stupid and has Alex show them around Terminus. Rick, after noticing the Terminus members possessing several items belonging to members of the prison group such as Daryl's poncho, Hershel's pocket watch, the riot gear, and the orange hitchhiker's bag, Rick takes Alex and holds a gun at his head demanding to know where their people are and why their group has the pocket watch, riot gear and poncho. Gareth lies, claiming to have taken the riot gear off of a dead cop and that they found the poncho on a clothesline. After a Terminus Resident accidentally shoots and kills Alex while aiming at Rick, a shootout ensues and Rick, Carl, Daryl and Michonne flee, only to be stopped when Terminus residents line up along the outside of the fence at the back entrance with guns pointed at them. Gareth orders the four of them to lower their weapons. After this, Gareth calls them by specific code-names to walk towards the boxcar: Rick (Ringleader), Daryl (Archer), Michonne (Samurai) and Carl (Kid) in that order. 

Season 5

Between the events of the end of season four and the beginning of season five, it's understood that Gareth orders the dismemberment, and probable devouring, of his own weak-willed younger brother, Alex, after the latter's death by friendly fire in the season four finale.

"No Sanctuary"

Gareth appears as Rick, Daryl, Bob, and Glenn are gagged and leaned over a trough in a building adjacent to the train car "A". Gareth enters, interrupting one of the Terminus Guards just as he is about to knock out Glenn, asking for the "shell count" from them. After hearing muffled sounds from Bob, he reluctantly pulls down Bob's gag, after which Bob pleads that there is another way to resolve everything, and that they have plans to fix everything. Gareth laughs, telling Bob "the world can't go back", shortly before putting Bob's gag back in. Gunfire is heard after, interrupting Gareth and the Guards again. After, Carol, not seen at first, blows a hole in the gasoline tank outside, and lights it using a firecracker, to which Gareth runs outside. 

Gareth is later seen as the group escapes, and is shot in the arm by Rick as he lays down cover fire for the other escaping members of his group.

"Strangers"

Gareth is seen at the end of the episode (although it is likely he was watching the group as they camped out in the woods prior) after his group knocks Bob unconscious. As Bob awakens, Gareth says that Bob is not dead yet and says the Terminus group never intended to hurt anyone, but now his hand has been forced after the shootout and the loss of Terminus. Bob looks down to find his left leg amputated, which is now cooking over the fire for Gareth and several Terminants to feast on. 

"Four Walls and a Roof"

Gareth continues talking to Bob until Bob reveals that he was bitten, allowing Gareth and his group to realize that they have eaten infected meat. Infuriated, Gareth then knocks Bob unconscious and leaves him near the church entrance for Rick's group to recover him. Later, he and his group watch Rick leave the church with a posse before approaching quietly and breaking in, taunting the remaining survivors that are sheltering in Gabriel's office. Rick and his posse, having snuck back inside, ambush Gareth by killing two of his men with a suppressed pistol, then shooting off two of his fingers, forcing him and the others to surrender. Now at Rick's mercy, Gareth begs him to let them go and tries desperately to justify his cannabilism and the cruelty Rick had witnessed. Rick, unwilling to risk letting Gareth harm others, brutally hacks him to death with a red-handled machete - as he had promised him earlier. He is later buried by Tyresse along with the other Terminus members that were murdered.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Gareth has killed:

  • Alex (Indirectly Caused)
  • Sam (Indirectly Caused)
  • At least 3 Terminus captives (Indirectly Caused)
  • Numerous counts of zombies and unnamed people (Caused or Direct).

Death

Killed By

After the Terminus survivors are ambushed at the Church, Gareth asks Rick why he didn't shoot and kill him a couple moments ago. Rick replies that that he didn't want to waste any bullets. Gareth tells Rick that he doesn't know what it's like to be out there hungry and pleads that if they are let go, their paths will never cross again. Rick denies Gareth's request, pulls out his red-handled machete, fulfilling his promise and hacks Gareth to death.

Relationships

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Mary

Mary was Gareth's mother, and the two seemed to have a stable relationship. When Mary was locked in the boxcar, Gareth and his brother Alex were seen comforting Mary. When Gareth butchered the oppressing survivors, they started to cannibalise, and his mother Mary, agreed with his new way of life meaning their relationship wasn't tested, even through the savagery of his actions. Gareth shows bitterness towards Carol for killing Mary.

Alex

Alex was Gareth's brother. Gareth trusted Alex to be a guide to Rick's group, but tried to get him to stop speaking once tensions flared. Gareth also gave the signal which resulted in Alex being shot and killed which Gareth seemed to have no emotion over. He also had no objections in allowing his corpse's body to be dissected and used for food, and shows no emotion at the sight of it. However he does show signs of grief for his brother's death later when talking to Bob.

Albert

"Well, I bet Albert is on perimeter watch."
—Gareth talking about Albert[src]

Albert and Gareth, although not seen interacting much are assumed to have a good relationship. After Bob says that he is tainted meat, Albert immediately worries and asks Gareth what will happen to them, and Gareth calms him down by telling him that they cooked it so there is nothing to worry about.

Martin

"We done here?"
—Martin to Gareth[src]

Martin and Gareth have a stable relationship as far as was seen. He mostly follows Gareth's orders, except when they're pinned down in the church.

Rick Grimes

"There's guns in 'em. AK-47, 44 Magnum, automatic weapons, Nightscope, there's a compound bow and a machete with a red handle. That's what I'm gonna use to kill you."
—Rick threatening Gareth.[src]

Rick and Gareth were initially mildly untrusting of each other, but as soon as Rick figures out that Terminus has his friends, he completely distrusts him, and vice versa. When he's captured in Terminus, Rick makes it clear he intends to kill Gareth, especially after witnessing what they did to Sam and the others. Eventually, Rick manages to escape from Terminus, but not before shooting Gareth in the arm. The only reason Rick didn't pursue Gareth was Carol's appearance and Tyreese's care for Judith. It now seems that Rick and Gareth both have the intention of killing each other. Ultimately, Rick followed through with his promise.

Bob Stookey

"You waking up? Ah, you're back with us, huh? Good news is... you're not dead yet. That's a relief, right? But try not to read too much of the word yet there. It'll just drive you crazy, Bob."
—Gareth to Bob.[src]

Bob and Gareth have a poor relationship. Gareth, at first, did not believe Bob about Eugene having a cure. He even threatened to kill Bob. However, when the group escaped Terminus, Bob was later kidnapped by Gareth and his group. Gareth told Bob that what was happening was not personal, although Bob is a part of the group that destroyed Terminus. Gareth and his group were later taunting Bob by eating his leg in front of him. Bob then reveals he's been bitten, prompting Gareth to reassure his people that the meat was "cooked" and therefore untainted. He knocks out a hysterical Bob and returns him to the church. The two don't interact, but it can be assumed that Bob greatly despises Gareth before his death.

Appearances

TV Series

Season 4

Season 5

Trivia

  • The following has been said about the character, "Character details are being kept under wraps, but West will appear in the second half of The Walking Dead's fourth season and play Gareth, a character who does not appear in the long-running Image/Skybound series on which the AMC show is based. However, sources tell THR that while Gareth might not be playing someone from the comics, he is a remix of sorts of an unidentified character from the series. Gareth will have what sources say is a big presence and play an important character on the drama from showrunner Scott M. Gimple."[1]
    • Robert Kirkman also mentioned in an interview that Gareth "is not the villain of Season 5". However, he also mentioned that Gareth and the people of Terminus "are going to be a very big threat". He refused to disclose any further details.[2]
  • In a interview with Yahoo! regarding the Season 4 mid-season finale, Gareth, and onwards, Robert Kirkman revealed that Gareth will be a twist on a known comic character, but he would not reveal any more details.[3]
    • Gareth was revealed as a TV series version of the comic series character Chris, who is the leader of The Hunters
    • Before his death, he got two of his fingers shot off by Rick. In the comics, his counterpart, Chris, only got one finger shot off from the opposite hand by Andrea. 
    • In the comics, Chris survived for 4 issues. In the TV series, Gareth survived for 4 episodes. 
  • Despite actor Andrew J. West's status as a series regular, Gareth has the shortest lifespan for a main character in the television series, since he only appears in 4 episodes.
    • Out of the four episodes, only three episodes (his appearances in season five) feature Gareth as a main character.

References

TV Series Characters
Grimes Family RickCarlJudithLori
Sheriff's Department LambertShaneLeon
Jones Family MorganJennyDuane
Atlanta Camp GlennDarylCarolMoralesMirandaLouisElizaAndrea
MerleTheodoreDaleSophiaJacquiAmyEdJim
Nursing Home GuillermoFelipeMiguelAbuelaGilbertJorge
Jenner Family EdwinCandace
Greene Farm MaggieBethHershelJosephineAnnetteShawnArnold
JimmyPatriciaOtisLaceyDuncan
Dave and Tony's Group NateRandallSeanTonyDave
Michonne's Group MichonneAndreMikeTerry
The Prison AxelOscarAndrewTomasBig Tiny
Woodbury JeanetteMcLeodPhilipCaesarShumpertKarenMilton
PennyFoster HaleyPaulMichaelRichardJodyTim
CrowleyGargulioWarrenStevensRowanEileenNoahJacobsonOwenErynThomasEricBettyGreg
Military Personnel SeanFranklinBradWilsonCallawayWelles
Prison Newcomers TyreeseSashaBobLizzieMikaLukeMollyJulioChloeCalebNorisHenryDavidRichardsCharlieRyanBeckyPatrickZachAllenBenDonna
Chambler Family TaraLillyMeghanDavid
Martinez's Group MitchAlishaRossPete
Post-Prison Survivors AbrahamEugeneRosita
The Claimers JoeTonyHarleyDanBillyLouLen
Terminus GarethAlbertMartinMikeGregTheresaMaryAlex
Miscellaneous Survivors GabrielSamanthaPaulaSamChristopherAnaClara
Animals NellyFlameViolet
Walkers BeckyHannahSummerWayneLouiseDougErinNick
TonyBillJoe Sr.Eddie
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.

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  • Who will kill Gareth?

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    • I was always 100% sure, that Rick would kill him with his redhandled Machete. He alwasy keeps his promises. And it was clear, wenn Gareth sho...
    • The storyline was finished quickly, but was still a good view.  I only wish we could have found out for sure whether eating "tainted meat" wo...
  • Is it truly 'tainted' meat?

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    • Theoretically, but I think something about the infection quickens or weakens you to other stuff. Plus bleeding out is an issue. Scratches, ...
    • The only explanation I can come up with is maybe each strand of the virus is unique to that person like a fingerprint. If there are 7 bill...

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