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"I had a very interesting conversation with your friend Eleanor last night. She said you were coming here to rally the people against me. Convince them that I was no good for Richmond! Don't know how you thought you were going to pull it off. Considering it's all of us, against the three of you. Here in Richmond, people who put themselves before the group don't last long!"
—Joan to Javier (Determinant)[src]

Joan is a main character and an antagonist who first appears in Telltale GamesThe Walking Dead: Season Three. She is one of four leaders of the New Frontier alongside David García, Clinton Barnes and Paul Lingard, and acts as the group's head of diplomacy. In reality, she is also the mastermind behind the New Frontier's raids on other settlements, her motivation spurred from their loss of people and supplies from the past winter. Joan serves as the primary antagonist of Season Three.

Pre-Apocalypse

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Joan was a divorced single mother, a driven child of immigrants, who worked her way up to CEO of her furniture manufacturing company, running the factory as both den mother and disciplinarian. She knew every employee’s name, but also everyone’s weak spots.

Post-Apocalypse

Season 3

"Above The Law"

Joan is first shown in the Richmond church when David takes Javier to meet her and the other leaders of Richmond; Paul and Clint. Joan is with Clint arguing about his spinach and Joan's gateau, to which Javi can say which he prefers. Clint then starts questioning Javier with Joan.

Max is brought into the church meeting by Clint's orders to bring up his experience with Javier with the leaders to inform them of what he has Seen Javier doing outside of Richmond. Max is hesitant with his words, knowing that David is Javier's brother and trying to show no disrespect to David. Max reveals that he caught Javier "stealing" gas from them, despite Javier's claims, Max stands his ground trying to sound justified. Max then reveals more information about Javier's situation with Rufus: either he killed him or he let him go.

Javier can also tell the leaders of Mariana's death and how she was brutally killed by members of the New Frontier. The leaders don't take well to this and Javier and his group are kicked out.

Joan is shown later with David confronting her about the raids. If Javier decide to keep Max alive, he will then tell everyone how he, Lonnie, and Badger were raiding towns on Joan's orders. As everyone appears shocked, Joan explains how Richmond lost people in the winter, and says she was gonna keep the raids going until Richmond develops. If Max was killed however, David and Javi's defense is broken as Lonnie is now the only witness to the whole thing, framing David to believed to be behind the raids in order to protect Joan. Lonnie's defense begins to sound more credible by blaming David for Badger and Max's deaths. This causes David to snap, attack Lonnie and incite a shootout, killing Lonnie. The episode ends either one of the options.

"Thicker Than Water"

Joan appears in the New Frontier's jail cell where David and Javier are trapped in. She demands to talk to David about some problems and issues, then she takes David away. leaving Javier locked in, but later breaks out.

Joan begins her speech, and sentences David to death by hanging for his actions. After David accuses her of lying, Joan reveals one (Badger), two (Badger and Dr. Lingard), three (Badger, Max and Lonnie) or four (Badger, Max, Lonnie and Dr. Lingard) corpses of people Javier and David killed as evidence.

Joan notices Javier, and invites him to speak publicly in front of the crowd. She reveals that she has had a conversation with Eleanor, with her revealing the group's plan - which she has either done intentionally or accidentally, depending if you killed Conrad or not back in "Ties That Bind - Part 2", and knows Javier's plan to take her out/rally the people against her, and commands two of the guards to bring out Ava and Tripp, which have been both captured.

She places an ultimatum on Javier, choose one of them to spare. Clint is reluctant, but stays silent after Joan defends her actions. After either choosing to spare Ava or Tripp, Joan betrays Javi's choice, and shoots the person you chose. Either Ava dies by being shot in the head, or Tripp dies by being shot in the neck.

Clint, after witnessing Tripp/Ava's death, attempts to resolve the conflict and urges to strike a deal with Javier - take David and the rest of his group out of there, and do not come back. Joan disagrees, but Clint forces her to cooperate. David, enraged, tells Javier to shoot Joan. At this point, the player is presented with a choice, negotiate and accept the deal, or shoot Joan dead.

If Javier Shoots Joan: (Dead) Javier rejects Clint's deal and immetialy shoots Joan in the eye, killing her instantly, which sparks a shootout within the square. During the chaos, a New Frontier member kicks the chair out from under David, who begins to suffocate. Javier and Gabe quickly rush the stage in an attempt to save David. Reaching the stage, Gabe manages to hold David up by his legs as Javier cuts the rope, narrowly saving David's life. Clint attempts to escape amid the chaos, but is seen by David, who gives chase, along with Ava (Determinant) and Gabriel (Determinant).

If Javier Accepts The Deal: (Unknown) Javier accepts Clint's deal. Clint unties David, who ends up going against the deal by disarming a New Frontier member and holding Clint hostage. While David is distracted, Clint manages to break free of David's grip and attempts to wrestle the gun away from him, causing the gun to go off, which sparks chaos within the square. Seeing his dad in danger, Gabe runs up to the stage and attempts to pull Clint off of David, distracting him long enough for David to grab the gun, who proceeds to shoot and kill Clint without hesitation.

"From The Gallows"

Regardless if Javier shot her in the previous episode or not, Joan does not make a returning appearance in this episode. If she was spared, her fate is ultimately unknown. If she was killed however, a picture of her is seen a memorial wall.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Joan has killed:

Death (Determinant)

Killed By

After Javier witnesses Joan order the execution of either Ava or Tripp, Clint attempts to resolve the conflict between Javier's group and Joan in a non-violent manner. Javier, however, refuses to capitulate to Clint's offer, shooting Joan in the eye, killing her instantly.

Relationships

David García

"Shoot that bitch! Take her out! She deserves it!"
—David encouraging Javier to shoot Joan.[src]

Joan appeared to threatened by David's position as one of the four leaders of Richmond after he discovered her hidden agenda and sought to have him killed in a public execution for his 'crimes'. David is openly hateful towards Joan upon her betrayal and seeks to kill her if Javi does not.

Clinton Barnes

"Joan, are you sure about this? We never agreed to killing all these people!"
—Clint to Joan.[src]
Joan appeared to have a positive relationship with Clint and he allowed her to control Richmond. However, upon learning of her raiding, Clint becomes doubtful of her leadership and admits that this was not the kind of leadership he agreed to.

Paul Lingard

"Despite all her pleasantries, she's a cruel bitch."
—Lingard giving his opinion about Joan to Javier.[src]

Joan and Paul appeared to have a positive relationship, or at least a neutral one. She did not seem distressed by his death (Determinant) and displayed his corpse to the crowd to win over their favour.

Javier García

"You've put me in a no-win situation here! So I'm gonna do the same thing to you. Both of them deserve to die for their crimes. However, Javi - I'll let you spare one of them. Just one."
—Joan presenting Javier with a choice to save Tripp or Ava.[src]

At first, Joan was friendly towards Javier, expressing hope that he could stay in Richmond. However, after learning that Javi had a conflict with Richmond soldiers who were raiding other settlements on her orders, she wants Javi and his people gone, understanding that Javi's presence in Richmond could cause further problems.

Later, when Javier and David learn from Max that Joan is behind the raids, they confront her. Joan denies their accusations, succesfully so shoud Lonnie be the only witness. If Max is alive, he confirms Joan's involvement to the rest of the council, but Joan succesfully justifies her actions, leading to David's and Javier's arrest.

Joan visits David and Javier in the cell, telling them that they have gone against the laws of Richmond and therefore have to be punished for it. At that point, Javier can be compliant or aggressive towards Joan.

In truth, Joan sees David and Javier as a major threat to her position, determined to get rid of them at all cost. Joan plays with Javier, giving him a difficult choice between saving Ava or Tripp. Whoever Javi chooses to save gets shot instead, which infuriates Javier, to the point where Javier can choose to shoot Joan in the eye. Should Javier take Clint's deal, Joan protests, claiming she didn't say they could go, but she reluctantly allows David to be freed.

Lonnie

"We did that, raided those communities. Hurt those people... Because David told us to. Not Joan."
—Lonnie covering for Joan after Javier reveals that she ordered raiding and looting on other settlements.[src]

The two seem to have a fairly positive relationship, Lonnie willing to lead raids on her orders behind the backs of other leaders, warn her and cover up for her when it is discovered. He also seems upset at Max should he reveal that Joan was the mastermind behind the operations.

Joan too seems to trust Lonnie. However, she has no qualms about using Lonnie's dead body to accuse David for murders (Determinant).

Max

"Me, Badger and... and Lonnie, we ran the ops. Off Joan's orders!"
—Max reveals the truth about Joan's ordering for looting and raiding on other settlements as proof for Javi.[src]

Joan seems to trust Max enough to let him lead the raiding operations on other settlements. She seems very dissapointed in Max when he exposes her crimes to the rest of the council.

Joan has no qualms about using Max's dead body to accuse David for murders (Determinant).

Kate García

Despite the fact that Kate is David's wife, Joan does not seek to harm her, telling her that she doesn't need to worry.

Clementine

The two barely had any interaction, though it is apparent that neither of them trust one another. Joan had no problems ordering her soldiers to point guns at Clementine to intimidate Javi.

Eleanor

"I had a very interesting conversation with your friend Eleanor last night. Isn't that right, Eleanor?"
—Joan to Javi about Eleanor.[src]

Joan seemed to see Eleanor as an useful asset to Richmond because of her medical knowledge and also a source of information regarding Javier's plans.

Tripp

"Such language!"
—Joan commenting on Tripp's outburst t Javi. (Determinant) [src]

Joan doesn't seem to care at all about Tripp, not hesitating to shoot him to teach Javi a lesson. (Determinant)

Ava

"Shoot her."
—Joan ordering a soldier to shoot Ava. (Determinant)[src]

Joan doesn't seem to care at all about Ava, not hesitating to shoot her to teach Javi a lesson.

Gabriel García

Joan has no qualms about ordering his soldiers to point guns at Gabe to intimidate Javi.

Badger

They are never seen interacting with one another, though Joan seemed to trust Badger, ordering him to lead raids on other settlements.

Joan does not have qualms about using Badger's dead body to accuse David for murders.

Appearances

Video Game

Season 3

Trivia

  • Joan, Norma, Crawford Oberson and William Carver are the only antagonistic leaders of communities shown in the video game series.
  • After the confirmation of Clint's full name via an AMA on the Telltale forums, Joan is now the only co-leader of The New Frontier without a known last name.
  • Joan was originally designed as Eleanor's mother in an early version of the story.[1]

References

  1. Cut idea of Joan being the mother of Eleanor
Video Game Characters
Everett Family LeeB.
Clementine's Neighborhood ClementineAndreChetSandraDianaEd
Greene Farm HershelKennyKenny Jr.KatjaaShawn
Macon LillyGlennCarleyDougBeatriceLarryIreneMark
Stone Mountain School BenTravisDavid
St. John's Dairy Farm TerryAndrewDannyBrenda
Save-Lots Bandits DanielleGaryDrewLindaJolene
The Railroad ChristaOmidCharles
Savannah MollyCliveJoyceAnnaBoydVernonBrieCrawfordLoganJeffFivelTess
Prison Bus VinceJustinDannyBennettJerryClydeMarcus
Rural Road RussellNate
Wyatt's Group WyattEddie
Bonnie's Group BonnieLelandDee
Gil's Pitstop ShelBeccaRobertoWaltRomanMichelleStephanieJean
Winston's Group RalphVictorWinston
Moonstar Lodge SaritaWalterMatthew
Howe's Hardware Alvin Jr.MikeTaviaLowellVeraTylerTishaTaraBarryJaneHankRebeccaLukeSarahNickCarlosTroyWilliamAlvinReggieJohnnyPeter
Sandusky Family TamaraJon
Russian Group ArvoBurickoNatashaVitali
Wellington Edith
Randy's Family GillPatriciaRandy
Michonne's Family MichonneElodieColetteDominic
The Companion PeteSiddiqOakBerto
Monroe RichGabbyJonasJoeNormaZacharyJaneyRandallCam
Fairbanks Residence PaigeJamesAlexSamanthaJohnGregSophia
García Family JavierGabrielKateDavidMarianaHectorSalvador
Prescott EleanorConradTrippFrancineEli
The New Frontier FernBobPaulJoanClintonMaxLonnieAvaRufusIdaBadger
Richmond Paul
Animals MaybelleSamWalter
Walkers ChrisBethDrew
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics. Determinant characters appear in purple. With italics, determinant characters either die or turn undead. Without italics, determinant characters either die, stay alive or are left with unknown status.