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- "Everyone I grew up with... it all happened to them. Now, it's gonna happen to us. We're all so fucked. This world is fucked. I mean, what's the point? We'll just march to some new place and somebody else will die. It's never gonna stop. And eventually, it'll be our turn."
- —Nick to Clementine about death. (Determinant)[src]
Nick is a hot-headed individual that can easily let his temper get the better of him. Shaped by his experiences after the outbreak, Nick appears to show little concern for other survivors, considering them a risk to his own people's safety, and tends to be rude to them. Said behavior is likely a consequence of the events surrounding his mother's death, which was caused by the cabin group's willingness to treat a stranger that had been bitten, who proceeded to turn and then attacked Nick's mother. As a result, Nick was forced to kill his own mother, which heavily traumatized him.
Traumatic events, such as the deaths of his mother and his uncle, are shown to depress Nick greatly and make him question whether there is any point in attempting to survive. As a result, his fellow group members often worry about his mental health, with some considering him to be a bit of a liability, something that Nick himself realizes and even accepts if he is not given any hope to hold onto. For this reason, Nick has claimed to be envious of Luke's ability to move on and wishes he could be more like his friend in this respect. Instead, Nick tends to act abrasively towards others to convince them he is "fine", when in reality, he is shown to deal better with his insecurities when somebody emotionally supports him. His regressive process starts after Pete's death, and when he pushes everyone away, he becomes increasingly unstable.
Due to his impulsive nature, Nick tends to make hasty and aggressive decisions, which often lead to mishaps. Although he can initially be very reluctant to admit his blunders, Nick ultimately comes through most of the times, following which he will try to rectify his mistakes, as demonstrated by his apology to Clementine and his confession to Walter about his role in Matthew's death. Despite his flaws, he is generally a good person who means well and tries to help the people he trusts.
Nick was born to an irresponsible father who was rarely around, and an unnamed mother. Due to this, Nick's uncle, Pete, took on the responsibility of raising his nephew. Pete felt that it was best for Nick to learn about the cruelties of the world as soon as possible. Because of this approach, Pete was often condescending and brutally blunt with Nick about life and his place in the world, causing Nick to suffer low self-esteem, fits of insecurity and anger issues, which resulted in a serious strain on their relationship that continued throughout their lives.
Once, when he was about Clementine's age, Pete took Nick on a hunting trip where they spotted a roe buck. Pete was disappointed that Nick didn't want to shoot the buck, and when they argued over it, Nick's rifle went off and nearly hit Pete. Pete later went out at the end of that season and found the buck, killed it and took it back to his sister's house to freeze some of the meat, after which Nick didn't speak to Pete for weeks.
He would later go into a six-month business pursuit with Luke, his childhood friend, after the latter had drunkenly suggested it to Nick. Despite his initial unwillingness, Nick would come to look back fondly on this venture, saying it had been fun, even though it was largely unsuccessful and highly unprofitable.
At some point after the outbreak, Nick became a member of William Carver's community, which was based in Howe's Hardware. Although the camp initially served as a safe haven for Nick and his friends, Carver's leadership grew harsher and more tyrannical over time. Carver also clashed with Luke, who had different ideas about how the community needed to be run. When tensions continued to rise, Nick and some other members of the camp hatched a plan to escape. With the help of a man named Reggie, they managed to make it out, though they left Reggie behind when he fell, causing him to be recaptured. Nick felt the most guilty about leaving Reggie behind, as he had seen Reggie fall during their escape.
Following their escape, the group gathered at Parker's Run, a Civil War site, before moving on. Eventually, they stumbled upon a cabin, which they decided to use as their temporary home until they could be sure Carver was not looking for them. One day, the group found a female survivor who had been bitten and attempted to treat her injury, believing they could control the infection. Despite their efforts, the survivor turned and attacked Nick's mother, who was later shot by Nick to prevent reanimation. His mother's death led Nick into a deep depression and set a seed for mistrust to every other survivor outside of his group.
Shortly after the death of Nick's mother, Nick's group comes into contact with another survivor called Clementine. Nick is first seen arguing with his fellow group members about how they should handle Clementine, whose dog bite is mistaken for a walker bite. Pete will speak in Clementine's defense, but both Nick, who is holding a rifle, and Rebecca are adamant to the point that the girl must be put down. As Clementine comes to, she can attempt to say something, but Nick, having been startled into pulling the trigger, cuts her off with a gunshot that narrowly misses her. If she chooses to attempt to flee, Nick will stop her with a warning shot. If Clementine chooses to stay silent, Rebecca will instead attempt to wrestle the rifle from Nick's hands, causing a shot to go off.
Regardless, Nick will be berated by the rest of the group for potentially alerting walkers in the vicinity. While Carlos, the group's doctor, is examining Clementine's wound, Nick can be appealed to, though he will deride any of her attempts, claiming the entire situation is "bullshit". After the cabin group has decided to lock Clementine up, Nick and Luke will be charged with escorting her to the shed.
In the evening, Nick and the rest of his group have a meeting about Clementine and what they should do with her, a discussion Clementine herself can eavesdrop upon while sneaking around the house. Later, the entire group goes to the shed to check up on Clementine and find her having just survived an encounter with a walker. Although Nick and Rebecca react poorly to the revelation that Clementine had stolen supplies from them, they ultimately allow her to come inside to have her arm looked at. When Carlos confirms that she had not been bitten by a walker, Nick offers an apology for his earlier behavior, which Clementine can either accept or reject. If Clementine accepts, Nick will explain the cabin group had dealt with a situation similar to hers in the past, which led to the death of his mother.
The next morning, Nick gets into an argument with his uncle while on the way to the group's fish traps. Despite Clementine's attempts to defuse the situation, Nick ends up cutting the discussion short and goes ahead to the river by himself. However, upon his arrival there, Nick discovers a large amount of bodies, all of whom appear to have been shot, and calls for the help of Clementine and Pete.
The three decide to inspect the corpses in an attempt to find out what happened, though Nick is reluctant, believing themselves to be in danger. Pete again berates Nick for his behavior, following which he and Clementine go to investigate the opposite shore, leaving his nephew by himself. This effectively splits up the small group and leaves them vulnerable when walkers suddenly emerge from the woods and ambush them.
Clementine is confronted with the choice to aid either Pete, who has been bitten and has no ammunition left, or Nick, who has been surrounded and almost overrun by walkers.
Help Nick (Alive)
If Clementine chooses to help Nick, she will cross over the river to join him, dodging the walkers in her path. Clementine and Nick then watch as Pete is helplessly devoured by walkers on the other side. This visibly horrifies Nick, who scolds Clementine for not running over to Pete to help him.
Help Pete (Alive)
If Clementine chooses to help Pete, she will take out the walker attacking Pete, saving his life. The two then watch as Nick flees into the woods in order to escape the overpowering horde of walkers.
If Clementine went with Nick at the end of "All That Remains", she and Nick will be holed up in an old shed, attempting to find safety from the horde of walkers. After Nick manages to block the door, preventing the walkers from getting in but also trapping him and Clementine inside, he becomes listless due to his uncle's death. Clementine decides to have a look around the shed while attempting to come up with an escape plan, though Nick is largely uncooperative. He'll stay that way until Clementine finds some old jars of whiskey, from which Nick will then start drinking. The pair eventually decides to just wait it out, in the hopes that the rest of the cabin group will find and rescue them.
While Nick continues drinking, Clementine falls asleep, though she is woken again by him smashing the whiskey jars against the wall, which she'll attempt to dissuade him from. Nick then confesses to Clementine that he had to kill his mother after she was bitten, and that he is simply "not built" to have the same ambition and drive as Luke. He then offers Clementine a drink, saying that it will be "[her] first and [her] last." Clementine can either accept or refuse the offer. Regardless of what she decides to do, Nick then tells her to leave him behind and make a run for it, as he believes the others aren't coming for them.
Clementine can either convince Nick to try to escape with her, or leave him. If convinced to leave, Nick will smash one of the jars over a walker's head as they leave, alerting several others due to the sound. He then draws their attention in order to provide Clementine a means of escape. Nick is not seen again until Clementine and the rest of the cabin group return to the shed, where they find him passed out from the whiskey but otherwise unharmed. Nick will be briefly consoled by Luke about the death of his uncle, following which he is informed about the appearance of Carver at the cabin.
If Clementine went with Pete at the end of "All That Remains", she will have the opportunity to promise Pete that she will look out for Nick. Clementine can also convince Pete to try and return to the cabin, despite his condition, to say goodbye to his nephew, though they are not successful in this endeavor. Nick himself isn't seen again until after Carver's visit. He was presumably found by Luke and Alvin, who had been out looking for their missing members. Nick is eager to find his uncle, and when Clementine leads the cabin survivors to the cigarette truck she and Pete had hid in, Nick is distraught to see Pete disemboweled and shot.
Either way, while the group is walking, Nick will speak to Clementine, either to speak about their time in the shed, or to demand to hear about Pete's last moments. Regardless of what answer she gives, Nick becomes listless again and starts to lag behind a little bit, causing Luke to express his concerns about Nick's emotional stability. Luke then requests Clementine keep an eye on Nick. Five days later, the group arrives at a lake and plans to make for a lodge on the mountain, with Luke and Clementine going first to check whether it's safe to cross the lake by bridge. Nick attempts to offer his help, insisting that he's "fine", though Luke dismisses him and instructs him to stay with the group.
However, Nick chooses to follow them anyways and panics when he sees Luke and Clementine being approached by a stranger on the bridge. Assuming the man is holding his friends at gunpoint, Nick aims his weapon and then fires, misinterpreting Luke's wild gesturing as a sign to shoot. After the wounded stranger falls to his death, Nick is admonished for the preemptive attack. Clementine can take either side in the argument.
Once across the bridge, Clementine has another opportunity to speak to Nick. If Clementine was with Pete at the beginning of the episode, Nick will speak to her about how he had to kill his mother and his envy of Luke's ability to "keep moving". If Clementine was with Nick at the beginning of the episode, Nick will comment on Clementine's loyalty to him, either genuinely thanking her for "having [his] back" about shooting the stranger, or sarcastically thanking her for her lack of support. Either way, he begins to doubt himself, fearing that he is losing it. He will then ask what time it is, check his wrist, and remember that he left his watch in the cabin; the watch was a gift from Pete. If Clementine grabbed the watch during "All That Remains", she can give it to Nick, who will give her a heartfelt thanks.
Although things start looking up when he and the cabin group are invited to stay at the lodge, Nick continues to struggle with the shooting on the bridge, wishing he had not pulled the trigger. During dinner, Nick expresses this sentiment, though Luke simply urges him "to try to forget about it". The tense atmosphere continues when Nick and Kenny get into an argument, with Clementine getting caught in the middle, which is only resolved by the timely appearance of Walter.
When Luke and Clementine come to understand that the stranger on the bridge had been Walter's missing partner Matthew, they try to figure out what to do. While they are discussing what course of action to take, Nick finds them and will demand to know what is going on. Clementine has the opportunity to tell Nick the truth, in which case he is overcome with guilt and wants to tell Walter what happened, though Luke tries to dissuade him from doing so. If Clementine insists that Nick shouldn't worry about it, Luke leads him off to find some beer. Either way, Clementine will be forced to confront Walter, as he has found Matthew's knife, which she had taken from the station house, in her backpack. Venturing outside, she can either come clean or lie about the cabin group's involvement in Matthew's death, following which Walter will ask her if Nick is "a good man".
When questioned by Walter, Clementine has the choice to either speak in Nick's defense or condemn him for his actions.
Defend Nick (Alive)
If Clementine defends Nick, she will say he is a good guy - adding that "he saved [her] life," if she left the stream with him at the end of "All That Remains". When Nick then joins them and asks what is going on, Walter will demand that Nick tell him what happened. Nick will confess that he shot Matthew because he believed the latter was going to shoot his friends, which Walter seemingly accepts.
Nick and the others will then go to shut down the wind turbine, as the strong winds are causing it to generate a lot of noise. Shortly after Clementine has managed to turn off the wind turbine, the group finds themselves surrounded by walkers. While trying to get back to the lodge, Nick gets grabbed by a walker, but will be narrowly saved by Walter. The two then join Carlos and Sarita, as Clementine runs back inside the lodge to alert the others. When Carver appears, Nick is apprehended like the others, survives the hostage situation and is then taken to Carver's camp.
Condemn Nick (Dead)
If Clementine condemns Nick, she will either remain silent or agree with the sentiment that Nick is "just like everyone else". When Nick then joins them and asks what is going on, Walter will demand to know if Nick hurt Matthew. To this, Nick will reply that he didn't do anything, which Walter seemingly accepts.
Nick and the others will then go to shut down the wind turbine, as the strong winds are causing it to generate a lot of noise. Shortly after Clementine has managed to turn off the wind turbine, the group finds themselves surrounded by walkers. While trying to get back to the lodge, Nick gets grabbed by a walker. Disillusioned with the world, Walter will hesitate in shooting the walker and leave Nick to die. After this, Clementine can hit Walter for letting Nick die.
Nick appears in this episode if he was saved in "A House Divided". He is first seen in the back of the Howe's Hardware truck with the rest of the cabin group and surviving company from the lodge.
Nick is notably excited to see Reggie again, as are the other members of the cabin group. The two briefly discuss what happened to Reggie's arm, for which Nick tries to take responsibility, saying it is his fault, since he thinks Reggie lost his arm because he was captured by Carver. Reggie then reassures him that the loss of his arm had nothing to do with the cabin group's escape, following which Nick retreats to bed and stays quiet up until prompted by Clementine. Nick tells her he is sure Luke will show up to come save them from their predicament, as he and Luke have been friends for about twenty years. He then lies back down to get some sleep and advises Clementine to do the same.
The next day, Nick can be seen with the other prisoners and is presumably carrying out tasks assigned to him by Carver. Although news of Luke's arrival reaches him and the others by the evening, he does not participate in working out their escape plan. The day after, Tavia sends Nick, along with Sarah, Rebecca, and Jane to do their chores, leaving the delivery of the radio to Clementine, Kenny and Mike. Nick is not seen again until Luke is captured by Carver.
While Kenny is being beaten by Carver, Nick and the others can only watch powerlessly as either Sarita or Clementine tries to intervene. Nick is later be seen sitting next to Luke around the fire-pit, where the group is discussing whether or not escaping that night is a good idea. Nick sides with Luke when the latter states he believes it is too soon, since the majority of the group is in bad shape. Following Kenny's awakening, the group decides to go ahead with their original plan, relying on Clementine to set it in motion.
However, Nick and the others are intercepted on the way out by Carver, who holds them at gunpoint and berates them for trying to escape. They are saved when Clementine momentarily interrupts Carver, allowing Luke to get a hold of Carver's weapon and turn the situation around. When Kenny and Rebecca, possibly with the support of Clementine, decide to kill Carver, Nick shows non-verbal disapproval and exits before the deed is carried out.
Upon seeing the herd of walkers, Nick becomes worried, but Luke reassures him that Clementine managed it, so he can too. Nick is not shown having any difficulty passing through the herd at the end of the episode and is assumed to be with Luke.
Nick appears in this episode if he was saved in "A House Divided". At the beginning, he appears with the group fleeing Howe's Hardware, but he is shot in the shoulder. He is seen fleeing into the forest with Luke. Nick and Luke are revealed to be chasing after Sarah, and she ends up leading them to the Sunshine Village Mobile Home Park. After being holed up in a mobile home, Nick goes out to look for help and find the other survivors. Whilst running off to look for help, Nick is bitten on the neck by an unknown walker. Later, he is found zombified and caught in a fence outside of the trailer park by Clementine and Jane. Clementine will then kill the zombified Nick with three axe blows to the head. When Clementine and Jane tell Luke about his friend's fate, he is really sad. Rebecca will also ask for him, and cries when she finds out the fate of her friend.
Nick is first mentioned by Luke, saying that he could have done more to save him. Later in the episode, if Clementine drank some moonshine with Nick in "A House Divided" then she will mention it to Jane if she tries the rum saying it tasted like fire.
Death (A House Divided)
When Walter finds Matthew's knife in Clementine's bag, he asks her if Nick is a good guy. If she tells him that Nick is like "everybody else"- or say nothing at all- Walter will let Nick get eaten alive during the walkers' attack. This possibly means that he reanimated, or was shot in the head by one of Carver's men.
Death (Amid The Ruins)
While trying to escape the Sunshine Mobile Home Park, Nick gets trapped in a fence and dies when a walker bites him on the neck.
- Clementine (Zombified)
After some time, Jane and Clementine search the outskirts of the Mobile Home Park and find him caught in a fence, reanimated. Clementine then hits him with a hatchet three times, killing him.
This list shows the victims Nick has killed:
- "All That Remains"
- "A House Divided"
- "In Harm's Way" (Determinant)
- "Amid The Ruins" (Determinant, No Lines)
- Like Shawn Greene and Duck, Nick and Pete are the first pair of characters in Season 2 that players are forced to choose between. Similar to Duck, Nick will survive no matter what choice you make.
- In "All That Remains", Clementine has to choose which survivor to appeal to after Carlos is uncertain about Clementine's bite. Nick is the only one where she has the option to "Glare" instead of "Sad Eyes."
- An early piece of concept art from Telltale shows that Nick originally wore Luke's outfit and was shorter than Luke, while Luke wore Nick's outfit and was taller than him.
- Nick's whole family met the same fate: being killed by walkers.
- His mother was killed by a reanimated survivor she had tried to help.
- His uncle was attacked and eaten by walkers either at the stream or near the truck.
- Nick was bitten and killed by walkers either at the ski lodge or at the trailer park.