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- "Woah! It's cool! I swear! Buddy, you can walk right out that back gate there, and I won't say anything to anybody. I'm suppose to be there now, but, listen... I'm... I'm just trying to get by, just like you. Please?"
- —Joey's final words, pleading to Daryl.[src]
Little is known about Joseph's life before the outbreak began except that he was described as a tech geek, being drawn to computers, cameras, and other gadgets. He also worked for the Border Patrol and once caught a kid sneaking over the border and his colleague encouraged him to shoot the kid but he refrained, due to his personality and heart.
Joey is walking inside the Sanctuary with Negan when he is ordered to watch Daryl as Negan speaks to Dwight. Later, Joey gives Daryl his lunch in his cell and seemingly forgets to lock the cell door as he leaves. When Daryl is finally captured in a courtyard after trying to escape, Joey is among the Saviors, including Chris, to surround Daryl, aiming Rick's Colt Python at him. When Negan asks Joey who he is, Joey responds with "Negan" and eventually beats up Daryl with the other Saviors.
Joey is said to be leading away a large herd or walkers away from The Sanctuary through a series of explosives and RPG. Joey is at the Sanctuary with Negan and the other Saviors ready to unload the truck from the Hilltop and talks to Negan on how something went wrong in the process of leading away the walkers, but that he'll get right on it by making more explosives thus hinting that he may be an engineer. He is shocked after Carl guns down a couple of Saviors. Later as Negan and Carl talk in Negan's room, Joey nervously interrupts and returns Lucille to Negan since he left it outside by the truck. After laughing along with Negan's jokes on how he handled Lucille, Joey is rudely dismissed.
Joey witnesses Daryl attempting to escape. He pleads Daryl not to kill him, insisting he's just trying to "get by" and will not speak a word of the escape to anyone. He also tells Daryl that he should be guarding the back gate, but that he's not at his post, thus giving Daryl ample time to escape. Daryl ignores this and proceeds to beat him to death with a metal pipe; in part so that he won't tell anyone that he is escaping and also as payback for having beat him (alongside other Saviors which includes Chris) back when he was trying to escape the first time around. Jesus arrives and witness it in shock. Once Joey is dead, Daryl notices that he was armed with Rick's Colt Python and takes it from his corpse. He later returned it to Rick during their reunion at the Hilltop.
A group of Saviors discover and gather around Joey's corpse, along with Dwight. They stare at his dead body and Dwight notices that Daryl's motorcycle is missing, realizing that he has escaped after checking his cell.
This list shows the victims Joey has killed:
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies and unnamed people.
When Joey catches Daryl attempting to escape, he pleads Daryl not to kill him, but Daryl ignores his plea and brutally bashes his head in with a piece of metal pipe.
- It's implied through both a conversation between Chris and George as well as Negan and Joey himself that Joey may have been an engineer, in charge of making explosives in order to lure walkers away from the Sanctuary as well as possibly other communities such as the Kingdom and the Hilltop.
- This was confirmed by what Joshua Hoover (the actor who portrays him) said in an interview with comicbook.com
- Ironically, his job prior to the apocalypse was being a border patrol guard. He died by not keeping guard of the Sanctuary's "borders"(i.e.: gates and doors).
- His death was filmed to be more brutal than it was in the actual episode, but due to violence needing to be toned down on the series on orders of the network, (especially after "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be") little to no gore was shown.
- Joseph receives a short eulogy from Negan over the radio in "Rock in the Road" and a post-death mention by his fellow Saviors in "Say Yes".
- ↑ The Walking Dead's Joshua Hoover Reveals Fat Joey's Backstory by Charlie Ridgely. December 14, 2016. http://comicbook.com/thewalkingdead/2016/12/15/the-walking-deads-joshua-hoover-reveals-fat-joeys-backstory