|Actor||Julio Cesar Cedillo|
|Occupation||U.S. Military Pilot|
|First Appearance||"Walk With Me"|
|Last Appearance||"Walk With Me"|
|Death Episode||"Walk With Me"|
|Cause of Death||Either killed by the Governor or a Woodbury resident|
|Welles' zombified head inside of a fish tank.|
|Lieutenant Welles Gallery|
Julio Cesar Cedillo Gallery
- "We're gonna hit hard!"
- —Welles warning the National Guard soldiers in the helicopter before crashing.[src]
Lieutenant Welles, also referred to as Wellesy, is a military pilot for the National Guard service. He is seen piloting a helicopter with other National Guard members on board.
Little is known of Welles' life before or as the outbreak. He was in the U.S. Military and was also a National Guard. He also possibly piloted during foreign conflicts.
Welles was first seen piloting a helicopter passengered by Sean and Franklin. During mid-flight, he lost control of the helicopter and it crashed, killing his two passengers and severely wounding him. The Governor arrived at the scene and, with his crew, dragged him out of the wreckage and brought him, along with Andrea and Michonne, to Woodbury. He was then placed in a hospital bed and put into the care of Dr. Stevens, whilst The Governor questioned him about where he came from and where his group was located. Welles informed The Governor about how his encampment had become overrun with walkers when members of the group panicked and opened the barriers, after which he and his troops escaped. Their convoy was blocked by a jammed highway (which may have been the same highway that prevented Rick's group from reaching Fort Benning and detoured them to Hershel's farm). Welles, Sean, and Franklin took the helicopter out to scope the landscape ahead, but the helicopter crashed, killing Sean and Franklin. Welles revealed to The Governor the location of his convoy after being assured by The Governor that they would be rescued and brought to Woodbury, but was betrayed and later killed, his decapitated zombified head being placed in a fish tank along with several other peoples' decapitated heads. After this, The Governor convinced everyone that Welles didn't survive from his wounds despite the efforts of Dr. Stevens and was put down by Merle.
Welles was mentioned by The Governor, notifying Michonne that Welles didn't survive. He lied to her by saying that Dr. Stevens had attempted but failed to revive him, so Merle Dixon shot him in the head, and they later cremated him. Michonne questioned why no funeral was arranged for Welles, to which The Governor replied that the Woodbury residents had already been through a lot emotionally, and "thank[ed] God" that nobody knew him.
Welles was amongst the heads that Michonne discovered in The Governor's fish tanks. Noticing the zombified Welles, Michonne realized what kind of man the Governor was. Later, Andrea noticed the fish tanks and it is unknown whether or not she noticed that the head of Welles was part of the collection.
Lieutenant Welles was found after the helicopter he was piloting crashed into the woods. A Woodbury search group discovered the wreckage, and Welles alive but severely wounded. They took him back to Woodbury, put him on machines to help him live, and interrogated him. He was then killed, and had his decapitated zombified head placed into one of the Governor's zombie fish tanks. It is unclear who killed Welles and whether his decapitation was what killed him or was done post-mortem.
This list shows the victims this soldier has killed:
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies.
After the helicopter crashed, Welles told the Governor where Brad and the other National Guards men were, hoping that the Governor would bring them back safely to Woodbury. After finding Brad and the rest of the men, Brad was overjoyed when he found out Welles had survived indicating they at least cared about each other's safety. This relationship could not be developed any further as Brad was shot and killed and Welles was decapitated.
- This character is incorrectly credited as Sgt. Welles on the AMC website for "Walk With Me", despite being referred to as a lieutenant in the episode.
- Lieutenant Welles is one of the many amputees in The Walking Dead. For other victims, see Amputated Victims.
- Welles managed to have his head decapitated by The Governor and placed in a fish tank.
- In the novel "The Fall of The Governor" a military pilot named Mike appears, which fate is similar to Lieutenant Welles' fate.