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- "Well, since there is no one there... before I go quiet again for maybe another year, I might as well tell you that I-- I did talk to someone. She wasn't just someone. She came to my door. Just showed up. I let her stay. And we fell-- we had feelings for each other. One day we allowed it. One day. I just thought I'd say that. 'Cause I supposed I would see it when I said it. And I did. And that was nice. There ain't been a lot of nice."
- —John unknowingly to Morgan Jones about June[src]
John is shown to be calm, thoughtful and smart but has spent a period time alone during the apocalypse which has caused him to talk to himself at times.
Round Rock, Texas
John was born in the late 1960's and grew up in Texas. As a child his mother often used the term 'badinage' during conversations, besides this little is known regarding that of his early life.
As a young adult, John became employed as a police officer where he trained to become an exceptional gunslinger. On weekends, he worked at Humbug Gulch, a rodeo club, where he taught several children in trick shooting, lasso hooping and even put on several wild-west performances. He once had an alcoholic colleague who survived a close encounter with a suspect who managed to steal a garbage truck and crushed his patrol vehicle. From this incident, John witnessed the effect of how negative experiences could change an individual.
One night after presenting one of his shows, John witnessed an armed criminal attempting to rob a gas station. John intervened and asked him to lower his weapon, although the criminal refused. John attempted to cripple him, but unintentionally shot him in the leg which caused him to bleed to death. This incident made the citizens regard him as a 'hero', John however felt guilty for his actions and thus retreated to a cabin where he vowed to never use a firearm again and isolated himself from society.
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, safe at least until morning, and he reluctantly accepts.
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 couple of thugs, Leland and Bill , holding him at gunpoint while going through his bag. John shows up and shoots at Leland but surrenders when Leland's crew surrounds and takes him captive as well.
Suddenly, Althea drives up in a SWAT vehicle to the scene and offers Leland a case of ramen and cigarettes in exchange for the prisoners. When Leland refuses, she pulls a lever to reveal the vehicle is rigged with machine guns.
Afterwards, Althea drives with Morgan and John in the back of the vehicle. She tells them that they owe her for saving their lives. She stops at a Trailer Park and gets out a video camera, explaining to them 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.
Before he leaves, John runs after Morgan to gives him fresh socks, when suddenly 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.
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. Before he can attack her, John shoots Leland. Althea escapes as Leland gets devoured by Infected, then guns down the Infected with the SWAT machine gun.
After the fight is over, Morgan, John 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. Althea points out that Morgan still owes her an interview.
Althea interviews Morgan on the side of the road. Morgan reveals that he came from Atlanta and used to belong to several settlements. He explains that his people battled a large group and won. When Althea asks why he left his group, Morgan gets up to go. Althea demands an answer. "I lose people and then I lose myself," he says, then walks off.
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 and then buries him in the woods as Althea and John watch from afar.
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 and in exchange for the help, he'll tell Althea more of his story.
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 points a sharp weapon at Althea's neck. Nick, Strand and Luciana emerge from the bushes and hold John, Morgan and Althea at gunpoint.
John, Althea and Morgan are held at gunpoint by Alicia, Strand, Luciana, and Nick. Alicia asks Althea if they are their enemies, and Strand names their foes as the Vultures. Morgan insists that they are not their enemies, and Alicia asks Althea about the flag in the back of her truck. Althea says that she found it, and Alicia tells her to take them to its original location.
John, Althea and Morgan are held prisoner in the SWAT truck by Nick and his group. Al reveals that she only gave them partial directions to the location with the numbered flag. She agrees to provide the rest of the directions on the condition that they tell her their stories. She escapes from her bonds and attacks Nick, causing him to jostle Luciana in the driver’s seat. Luciana swerves off the road and crashes. The noise attracts a herd of Infected towards the truck.
John and Althea unsuccessfully try to extract the SWAT truck from the mud. Luciana offers to locate a tow truck but demands that she, Alicia, Nick and Strand, who are all now captives, be released. Althea cuts their bonds but holds Nick hostage. Morgan offers to stay with Nick while John and the others find the tow truck. Luciana leads the group to a service station and points to a truck with wire cable. John and Alicia poke around for supplies.
John and the group returns to the SWAT truck and finds it swarming with Infected. John spots an arrow left by Morgan to indicate the direction that he and Nick went and he wants to find Morgan, but Althea refuses to leave. John replies "It's just a van, Al!", but she says she has stuff in her van. Alicia offers to help tow the truck while John and Luciana look for Morgan and Nick. While looking for them, Luciana tells John that she once left Nick, even though she loved him. They find Nick and Morgan and catch up with Alicia's group.
After Nick is shot by Charlie, John, Morgan and Althea can only stand by and watch as Nick dies of his wounds.
Following the death of Nick Clark, John drives Al's SWAT van and tries to convince Morgan to join in his search for Laura. John recounts some of his experiences as a police officer as Nick's grief-stricken friends share their story with Al.
After being directed to stop, John is shocked to discover that the group has instead led them to a weapons cache and realizes that the group used them. John attempts to convince Al to abandon the group, but they are able to convince Al to help them. Before they do anything else, they bury Nick under a nearby tree.
As Alicia's group loads up the SWAT van, John is shocked to recognize one of the items, a backpack, as belonging to Laura. Inside the backpack, John finds Laura's identical gun. The group identifies the backpack and gun as belonging to a survivor named Naomi who was a member of the Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium community. John realizes that Naomi and Laura are one and the same, never having known Laura's real name. To his grief, John is told that Naomi died when the stadium fell. John chooses to remain behind as Al takes Alicia and her friends after the Vultures and is joined by Morgan. Al drives off, but promises to return for the two later.
John cleans a pair of matching pistols on the porch of a creekside cabin. He sees an Infected coming down the creek and, leaving the gun, kills it with an ax. John wakes up and starts his day, brushing his teeth, making his bed, playing Scrabble against himself. He finishes the day watching TV and eating popcorn.
John hears sloshing in the creek and finds a woman lying unconscious in the water: It’s Naomi. John lays Naomi on his bed and discovers a deep gash on her stomach. He dresses her wound and sleeps on the couch while she sleeps on his bed.
In the morning, John finds the cabin empty. He goes outside and catches Naomi searching his Jeep for keys. John tells her where to find the keys but warns that the car needs a new battery. He suggests she at least takes some food, water and first aid supplies before leaving.
Naomi gives John instructions on how to stitch her wound. She grimaces as John pierces her skin with a needle. John serves fish stew for dinner and asks if he can call her Laura because she refuses to tell him her name. He welcomes her to stay as long as she’d like. Naomi insists she will leave as soon as she is better.
John mounts a curtain around the bed to give Naomi privacy. Naomi wakes up in the middle of the night and sees John cleaning his pistols.
John kills two Infected in the creek and decides to investigate the source of the Infected. He mentions to Naomi that he is also going on a supply run. Naomi insists on joining him. He offers her boots to protect herself from snakes, but she refuses to wear shoes that might impede her ability to run.
John and Naomi row the canoe upriver. Naomi inquires about John's past. He informs her that he was a police officer. John and Naomi reach a bridge and notice a breached guardrail. They quickly deduce that Infected have been falling through the gap and floating downriver.
John and Naomi stop at a general store for supplies. Naomi lays out first aid supplies for anyone else who visits the store. John and Naomi use corrugated metal from a gas station to mend the guardrail. Naomi lies in bed while John watches a movie. She joins him on the couch. John offers to make some brittle.
Naomi watches John sleep during the movie. He wakes up and stares at her. She reveals that she lost her child. John gets ready to fish in the creek. Naomi asks him to teach her how to fish. John gives Naomi a fishing lesson and shows her how to gut the fish. They eat fish for dinner. Naomi thanks John for teaching her.
John and Naomi play Scrabble and fish over the ensuing days. John removes Naomi's stitches. Naomi announces that she’s ready to leave, now that her wounds have healed. John goes outside to kill an Infected and realizes that their patch on the bridge isn’t working. Naomi offers to help John fix the bridge by blocking the gap with the Jeep.
John and Naomi sit in the Jeep on the bridge. Naomi says she learned how to hot-wire cars from a woman that she met in a camp. John sees one of his pistols hidden behind Naomi's back and snatches it. Naomi argues that they need the gun for protection, but John sternly refuses to use firearms.
John and Naomi kill all the Infected on the bridge then drive the Jeep in front of the gap. An Infected attacks John in the driver's seat. Naomi screams at him to use his gun. John refuses to shoot and, after a near-deadly struggle, stabs the Infected instead.
Back at the cabin, Naomi points out that John almost died because of his refusal to use guns. John explains that when he was a cop, he fatally shot a robber in the leg. He says that he moved to a new town after everyone started calling him a hero.
Infected surround the Jeep on the bridge, jostling the Infected corpse inside and knocking the Jeep into neutral. Infected fall off the bridge into the river.
John and Naomi hear Infected piling up in the creek. They go outside and begin slaying the Infected. Naomi becomes overrun by Infected. John gets his guns and saves her life by sharpshooting the Infected.
Naomi thanks John and calls him an honorable person. John gives her a pistol to take with her on the road. Naomi joins John on the couch to watch a movie. John moves outside. She asks why he’s avoiding her. "I love you," he says and asks her not to leave. They kiss. John wakes up the next morning and finds Naomi gone. He sees a message written with Scrabble tiles: "I love you too I’m sorry."
In the present, John looks at the Scrabble tiles in a small box. Morgan sits beside John and assures him that Naomi loved him. He reminds John that they are part of the world and should not waste any more time. John holsters Naomi's pistol and walks down the road with Morgan.
John and Morgan corner Edgar outside a convenience store and threaten to shoot him unless he cooperates. John blasts Edgar’s finger off when Edgar tries to bolt.
John searches Edgar’s pockets and finds a map to the Vultures’ next meeting spot. He shows Naomi’s gun to Edgar and demands to know what happened to the gun’s owner. Edgar insists he joined up with the Vultures after they left the stadium. Morgan tells Edgar to warn the Vultures that some people are planning to ambush them at the meeting spot. Edgar runs off.
John hands over his guns, thinking it's best for Morgan to hold them. John wants to find the men and learn more about how Naomi died.
John and Morgan catch up to Alicia's group and get out of the van. Alicia’s group forces them to their knees. John asks Althea for help, but she simply spectates. Morgan explains that they warned the Vultures to stay away. A moment later, Mel and his Vultures arrive in their vehicles and face off with Alicia’s group. Morgan attempts to dissuade both groups from killing each other, but they refuses to listen. On Mel’s walkie, a woman asks where everyone is.
A Land Rover pulls up, and Naomi steps out, alive and well. John is shocked to see her and walks toward her. Alicia reacts angrily towards Naomi being alive and part of the Vultures and shoots at Naomi, but accidentally hits John stepping in the way. He falls to the ground. Naomi rushes to him, and kneels beside him.
John lies unconscious as Naomi tries to help him. Alicia corners Naomi and John at gunpoint. Althea rides up in the SWAT vehicle and aims her guns at Alicia, forcing her to lower her weapon. Morgan helps Naomi carry John inside the vehicle and urges Charlie to board if she wants to live, they all escape as Alicia's group open fire at them.
An injured John lies in the SWAT vehicle as he has Charlie record goodbye messages to both Naomi and Morgan if he doesn't make it. After the door falls off due to Luciana shooting an RPG at the vehicle, Alicia takes Althea and Charlie hostage, having Althea falsely claim it's safe to go out so that Strand and Luciana can shoot Naomi when she comes into the clear. John, however, prevents this by activating Althea's walkie-talkie, allowing Morgan and Naomi to be warned that they are about to walk out into a trap when they hear Alicia's voice. June is able to safely bring medical supplies to John after Morgan manages to talk Alicia out of trying to kill Naomi to avenge Madison. As John is recovering, he talks to Naomi, who tells John that her real name is June.
This list shows the victims John has killed:
Because of John's kindness and compassion, Morgan and he become friends. Morgan wanted to bring John along with the rest of the group to Alexandria.
He is in a romantic relationship with June. John rescues an injured June and nurses her back to health. The apocalypse has left her with trust and commitment issues. To keep herself from getting close, she tells him her name is Laura. During her recovery, they fall in love. John believes she is the love of his life. Rather than lose him, she abandons him. John leaves safety of his cabin to find her. They are reunited during the confrontation between the Vultures and Alicia's group
John along with June, brought Charlie into the small group and are taking care. He laters talks to Charlie about how he felt guilty about accidentally killing a man. When Charlie ran off, John immediately went out looking for her.
- "What's Your Story?"
- "Another Day in the Diamond"
- "Good Out Here"
- "Just in Case"
- "The Wrong Side of Where You Are Now"
- "No One's Gone"
- "People Like Us"
- His full name relates to the fish, John Dory.
- John refers to the infected as "the passed".
- John likes popcorn as well as toffee candies.
- John enjoys watching movies, as he owns a studied film collection which he claims to watch alphabetically but tends to fall back towards his favorites. He also seems to enjoy reading as he owned a novel titled 'Love Story'.
- Ironically considering his name, John enjoys fishing as a hobby. He also owned a singing wall fish plague which he used as an alarm clock.
- John enjoys playing scrabble.
- It is hinted that John has insomnia, as he claims to sleep only 1-2 hours a night.
- John's cabin is one of the few locations to still maintain electricity even after the failure of the power grid.
- John and Morgan are the only main characters to have appeared in every episode of the first half of Season 4.