Nothing is known about the hermit's life before or as the outbreak began.
It is seen the hermit survived over ten months of the apocalypse. It is unknown how he survived, as he seemed to have no idea that the apocalypse was occurring at all, believing that police were still existent.
After realizing that there are too many walkers to safely engage at the forest path, Rick Grimes and his small group flee. They eventually come upon a shed with boarded-up windows and seek refuge within. Rick yanks on a blanket, awakening and startling the hermit, who draws a shotgun. Rick attempts reasoning with the frantic hermit and warns him of the walkers outside, but he's unresponsive to 'walkers' and seems oblivious to the apocalypse in general, threatening to call the cops on the group. Rick assures him that he's a cop and the hermit demands to see his badge, which he no longer possessed as it was left behind at the farm. Rick lies and claims it's in his pocket and seizes the opportunity to distract the hermit and disarms him. The hermit then flees for the front door, ignoring the group's warnings. As he runs to the door, Michonne impales him with her katana through the neck to stop him from opening the door and letting the walkers in. Rick and Daryl Dixon then pick up the hermit's body, throwing it to the walkers as a distraction and proceed to make their escape out the back door.
This list shows the victims this hermit has killed:
- Possibly a few zombies and unnamed people
While the hermit was running for the door of the shed to escape, Michonne quickly stabbed him through his back, and out the chest, with her sword. The group distracted the walkers outside by feeding them his corpse, allowing them to escape as his body was then completely devoured by the walkers, possibly even to the extent that reanimation was prevented.
- It appeared as if the hermit was unaware of the apocalypse around him, despite it being over 10 months after the initial outbreak. Other indicators, such as the dead dog in his cabin and him threatening to call the police, suggest he could have either just been in denial or simply insane.