Nothing is known about Reed's life before the outbreak, except that he had an unnamed father and a brother named Connor. Along with his brother, he worked at the dry dock he and his crew now use as a base.
Reed appears with Jack Kipling and Vida with the latter bleeding in their raft. They approach the Abigail and board the boat without being invited, claiming that the woman is having pregnancy complications. Travis, Daniel and Madison rush upstairs and interrogate the strangers.
When Alicia recognizes one of the men’s voices as Jack, from the portable radio. Reed quickly punches Travis and, at gunpoint, subdues the rest of the group while mocking Chris for his hesitation to shoot at them earlier. When Strand tries to flee on a raft, Reed shoots at him. He remarks that with the bullets didn't get him, hypothermia will.
On the Abigail, the next morning, Reed threatens to shoot Chris if the group doesn’t produce the key to the boat. Travis and Ofelia explain that Strand had the key but Travis offers to start the boat by hotwiring it. Reed tells Jack to find the portable radio with Alicia so that they can contact their leader, Connor.
In the wheelhouse, Travis rewires the Abigail. He tells Reed that he must visit the engine room to override the computers. In the engine room, Reed recommends Travis have the boat running by the time Connor arrives, for his own sake. “Prove your value,” he says.
Reed and Travis return from the engine room. Travis hides a crowbar behind a seat cushion before proceeding to the wheelhouse.
Connor boards the Abigail with two other armed pirates and admires the boat. He invites Travis and Alicia to join his community but says he has no need for the others. He grants Alicia’s request to transport her family safely to shore. Alicia and Travis are taken away.
Reed and the bodyguards stay behind to guard the remaining captives. Nick and Luis cruise toward the Abigail in the Zodiac. Nick looks through binoculars and spotted two armed pirates. Luis shoots and kills the pirates, Ben and Breannah, with a rifle. Madison stabs Reed with the crowbar.
In a cabin, Daniel treats the wound that Reed sustained from the crowbar. Reed tells Daniel that his brother, Connor, has a dozen men and five boats and will come looking for him. Daniel is not imitated by his remarks and leaves Reed tied up in a chair.
Chris insists on guarding Reed to which Daniel agrees. Reed talks to Chris and riles him up by relating his childhood to Chris'. Reed claims that his dad will ultimately choose his "new family" over him when the time came. Nick takes Chris away and shuts the door, but Chris returns and, off-screen, kills Reed. Ofelia and Nick arrive to find his face blown off. Ofelia and Nick clean the blood in Reed’s room. Reed turns. Daniel stabs Reed and pins him to a wall, leaving him alive.
Daniel places a hood over Reed’s head. “Take the gun, Daniel,” says a voice, but the room is empty. Daniel and Ofelia escort Reed out of the room. Madison delivers Reed on the Zodiac. On the pier, Madison hands Reed over to Connor. Connor’s men release Travis. Connor removes Reed’s hood and is immediately bitten by the infected Reed.
Reed was shot and killed by Chris, who claiming he had died and was about to turn.
This list shows the victims Reed has killed:
- Connor (Infected)
- One unnamed member of Connor's pirate crew (Infected)
- Numerous counts of zombies and possibly unnamed people
- The casting call for this character used the name Ryce.
- He was described as "25 years old. Caucasian. Aggressive, foul-mouthed and squirrelly, he is sometimes just downright mean. When surrounded by someone who wields more authority, he makes the most of his opportunities to exert power".