- "So, What's your story?"
- —John meeting Morgan Jones
He is described as "a man of fascinating contradictions. He loves people but has spent a great deal of time on his own. He’s a gentle soul — an innocent in many ways — but is no stranger to violence. He can be soft-spoken and disarmingly funny all at once."
Nothing is known about John's life prior to or as the outbreak began aside from the fact that he has an exceptional trick shooting prior to the apocalypse, as such he's employing those high arrays of skills.
John is first seen reading a book by a campfire. After hearing a noise and believing it to be a person, he starts talking about himself and he asks they to join him. When its revealed to be an approaching walker, he shoots it, only to see a man standing behind it: It's Morgan Jones. "So, what's your story?" John asks Morgan with a friendly smile.
The man introduces himself as John Dorie and tells Morgan to come sit with him, offering him some food. Morgan declines the offer and stays at a distance. He tells John that he ran from "Back East." John asks him if he met a woman that had a pistol identical to his.
As Morgan begins to leave, John insists that he stay there for the night, staying safe at least until morning. In the middle of the night, while John is sleeping, Morgan gets out of the truck and begins walking again. He comes across an abandoned camp site and starts to get into a tent, just before he gets hit in the back of the head and knocked unconscious.
Morgan wakes up to find a thug, Leland, and another thug holding him at gunpoint while going through his bag. John shows up and shoots at Leland but surrenders when Leland's crew surrounds him.
Leland and his crew hold John and Morgan captive. Althea drives up in a SWAT vehicle and offers Leland a case of ramen in exchange for the prisoners. When Leland refuses, she pulls a lever to reveal the vehicle is rigged with machine guns.
Althea drives with John and Morgan in the back of the vehicle. She tells them that they owe her for saving their lives.
Althea parks and gets out a video camera. She reveals that she's a journalist and wants to get their stories on record.
The next day, Althea interviews John on camera and learns about his mission to find his girlfriend, Laura, who he met after the fall. She turns the camera on Morgan. He brushes her off and leaves them.
John runs after Morgan to gives him fresh socks. They spot one of Leland's cars parked nearby.
Leland's crew surrounds Morgan, John and Althea. Leland demands the keys to Althea's truck. Morgan and John fight off their captors. Althea kicks Leland and runs to the truck. Leland pulls her out.
John opens the door to an abandoned trailer. A herd of Infected streams out.
Althea sprints to the truck. Leland slams the door in her face and tells her the keys didn't work. She reveals that they were the wrong keys. John shoots Leland, saving her life. Althea escapes as Leland gets devoured by Infected, then guns down the Infected with the SWAT machine gun.
John, Morgan and Althea get back on the road. John notices a white flag with the number 51 spray-painted on it lying in the back of the truck. It's the same flag that was flying back at the trailer park.
Althea says the flags have been popping up all around over the last few weeks, marking something, but she isn't sure exactly what they're for because no one has been alive for her to ask.
Morgan hobbles down the road. He recognizes an abandoned car then sees an infected man walking up ahead. He starts to walk after the man but trips while trying to escape two Infected. John shows up and stabs the Infected.
John helps Morgan catch up to the infected man. Morgan sees that it is the wounded man who he tried to help earlier. He kills the man then buries the body in the woods.
Back in the truck, Morgan insists that he is only traveling with John and Althea until his leg heals. John explains that they are setting out to find Laura.
Althea sees a woman crawling on the road. She pulls over and walks up to help the woman: It's Alicia, alive and well, and clearly hardened by survival. Suddenly, Alicia attacks Althea and Nick, Strand and Luciana emerge from the bushes and hold John, Morgan and Althea at gunpoint.
John will appear in this episode.
This list shows the victims John has killed:
- John referes to the walkers as the past.