Nothing is known about Tom's life before the outbreak, except that he was a passenger on Flight 462 destined for Phoenix, Arizona.
Tom is one of several passengers to have survived the plane crash in the ocean. He is able to make it onto a lifeboat with Ian and Michael. After Alex and Jake are brought on board, he smacks Ian in the head with an oar, knocking him overboard, after noticing a bite wound on his leg. He then suggests that they kill Jake, as he will most likely die and turn, but Alex defends Jake. That night, Tom attempts to sneak up on Jake to kill him, but is stabbed in the throat by Alex and thrown overboard. Due to his brain not being destroyed, it is possible he reanimated.
Tom attempts to sneak up on Jake to kill him, but is stabbed in the throat by Alex and thrown overboard.
This list shows the victims Tom has killed:
- The casting call for this character used the name Tim.
- He was described as "A managerial type - tough but small in stature, he has a mean look in his eyes, and a bitter cadence that holds him back and makes him unattractive to his peers. These last few years have been a struggle".