- "We're putting our asses on the line here, Martinez. Seems like you could give us a few details, what we're getting into."
- —Swede to Martinez about the plan.[src]
Nothing is known about Swede's life before or as the outbreak began. He may have lived in or near Woodbury before the outbreak.
The plot involved a kidnapping during the arena fights, where The Governor would be loaded into a truck and brought out into the woods where they would execute him. However, The Governor catches on at the last second, causing a loud noise and two of The Governor's close men to follow. The Governor's men were also captured, and escaped their bonds in the middle of the drive into the woods. Eventually, both groups are led into a Mexican standoff in the back of the van. However, this is cut short when a large group of zombies attack the van. Both groups decide they need to work together, and need The Governor alive, much to Lilly's anger. In the end, The Governor makes a compromise to end the bartering system, much to a humanitarian applause by Woodbury.
As they drive to a secure location away from Woodbury with The Governor and his men tied in the back, they run across one of the biggest herds encountered ever in Walking Dead history. Bruce gets free of his ties and knocks Swede down, making him lose his gun. Before Swede can regain his balance, Bruce picks up the gun and shoots him three times in the chest, killing him. The Governor then orders Haynes to shoot him in the head before he reanimates. After his death, he was chopped up and fed to the captive walkers in Woodbury.