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This article is about the TV Series character. For other pages with the same name, see: Brandon

"Jesus, Shaw. We both know who he really is deep down. (...) I was there, remember? After? What, you think this is gonna end any different? (...) Shaw, wake up! Everything's a test now. If you think this guy is ever gonna give a shit about any of us, you're gonna fail."
—Brandon to Leah about Daryl.[src]

Brandon Carver is an antagonist and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He was a member of the Reapers, serving as Leah's right-hand man. After she took control of the remaining Reapers, Brandon became the second-in-command of the group. He served as the tertiary antagonist for the first part of Season 11.

Overview

Brandon is a brutal, sadistic, abrasive, cocky, and violent individual. He seems to take sadistic joy in fighting and takes every opportunity to do so even if it is impractical, such as when Daryl suggests an easy way to diverge a horde of walkers, only for him to want to kill the horde by force. Brandon seems to be on good terms with his fellow Reapers, particularly Leah. However, he has a high dislike for Daryl, suspecting him to not be truly loyal to the Reapers, which would later be proven correct.

Due to his military training, Brandon is incredibly skilled in combat, shown when he manages to take on Negan, Maggie, and Elijah all at once. He shows no remorse to his enemies, such as when confronted by Elijah about killing his sister, he merely smiles and says "Okay." After being released during the standoff, Brandon makes the situation worse by taunting and mocking Elijah and would've harmed him further if Gabriel hadn't shot him in the leg. Brandon's actions would be a contributing factor in Maggie's decision to kill the remaining Reapers. He would end up being killed with one of Elijah's kamas, avenging his sister's death.

Pre-Apocalypse

Afghanistan

Prior to the outbreak, Brandon was fighting in Afghanistan along with the rest of his squad which included a lot of members that would eventually become the Reapers. Upon returning from war, he struggled to find jobs or deal with trauma, but the relationship between him and his comrades remained strong. He then decided to become a mercenary.

Post-Apocalypse

During the beginning of the outbreak, as Operation Cobalt was put into action in an attempt to try and contain the undead threat, Pope and a group of his people managed to escape the bombings by running until they reached an abandoned church, where inside Pope was amazed to see none of them had been killed or injured, leading him to view him and his comrades as "the chosen ones". It is unknown if Brandon was present during this revelation. Regardless, he eventually joined the Reapers, and either found or crafted his own mask with a smiling, white skull expression on it.

At some point after the outbreak, Brandon and Leah Shaw would find themselves clearing a hospital full of walkers in Rockport, Maryland, where the former would wind up having to be saved by his comrade.

Season 11

"Rendition"

After escaping into the woods following the Reapers' ambush of Maggie's group, Daryl is confronted and attacked by a masked Brandon. Dog intervenes, attacking Brandon, who picks the animal up and non-fatally tosses him over a small ledge. Daryl is eventually outnumbered as reinforcements arrive, and again flees into the night. The next morning, when Leah finds Dog wandering about, she confronts Daryl, and Brandon reappears with several other Reapers to take him captive.

Brandon drags Daryl back to Meridian with the aid of Powell, where he helps Leah and Paul Wells waterboard him for information about the people he was with. Daryl refuses to divulge any truthful information, much to Brandon's annoyance, but the latter reluctantly leaves along with Paul on Leah's orders, despite his insisting that one more session of water torture will break their prisoner. After Leah talks with Daryl in private, Brandon and Paul drag him off once more to a holding cell, where they subsequently return to bring a similarly captured Frost for interrogation.

Brandon later retrieves Leah after Bossie returns with the body of Michael Turner, a revelation of events which greatly upsets the members of the small group. He later taunts Daryl with Wells and Bossie before he meets Pope.

Brandon is present at Daryl's initiation, waiting outside with all the other Reapers for the inductee to pass the test. As Pope declares Daryl "forged by fire", Brandon and the rest of the Reapers welcome Daryl with a latin mantra.

Brandon attends the fireside dinner talking with Leah, where Daryl eats his first meal as a Reaper, and subsequently watches in silence as Pope burns Bossie alive, accusing him of turning his back on his brothers and letting Michael get killed.

"On the Inside"

Carver tortures Frost and demands to know where his people are. Frost says nothing. Pope orders Daryl to take a turn interrogating Carver. Daryl puts Frost in a chokehold and orders him to give up his friends' location. Frost refuses. Daryl chops off Frost's finger and again demands to know the location of his friends. Frost finally reveals the location of the supply depot. Pope dispatches Leah to scout the location with a crew of Reapers.

Carver, Leah, Daryl and a crew of Reapers approach the supply depot. The Reapers burst into the supply depot and search the house. No one is there. Leah orders them to search the entire town. The Reapers search another house. Leah finds some wet, bloody bandages, indicating someone was recently there. Daryl notices a trap door under a rug and quietly slides the rug over the door. He offers to track Maggie's group outside. Carver suspects something and quarrels with Daryl. Leah sends Carver upstairs to sweep the rooms one more time and warns Daryl not to anger Carver.

At the hideout, Carver comes up with nothing. Daryl argues with Carver, and criticizes the Reapers' plan of attack and slyly incorporates intel about the Reapers as he talks, knowing that Maggie's group is listening. Carver accuses Daryl of being disloyal. Daryl admits that the only reason he joined the Reapers is because he cares about Leah, but says he will follow Pope out of fear. Carver notices the trap door and opens it. The basement is empty.

The Reapers return to Meridian. Carver tells Pope that Maggie's group got away. Pope reveals that he continued to interrogate Frost after they left and got all the information he needed. They see Frost tied to a post: he is now a walker. Pope confers privately with Carver as they head inside and laughing with him about something.

"For Blood"

Carver is among the Reapers on the wall speculating why the herd of undead in the distance are meandering around like that. He suggests that it's nothing but Pope argues there's a reason for everything. When Daryl suggests an easy way to divert the horde, he says the plan has no "balls." He later watches the horde return as they are blown up by mines. Carver radios Pope to report that the horde has returned. After Leah kills Pope and radios everyone that Daryl murdered their leader and is with the enemy, Carver arrives with Boone seconds after Daryl manages to escape. Seeing Pope dead and conforming his suspicions of Daryl, Carver expresses his anger at not killing him when he had the chance. Leah instructs them to close the gate and kill everything inside of the walls.

"No Other Way"

After the destruction of the herd by the hwacha, Brandon joins the other Reapers in hunting Maggie's group through Meridian's school. Brandon apparently succeeds in cornering Maggie, only to have Negan and Elijah emerge from nearby doors. Elijah angrily confronts Brandon over his murder of Elijah's sister which Brandon nonchalantly responds to with no remorse. Brandon proves to be more than a match for the three, but after Elijah creates a distraction, Negan manages to subdue Brandon. Before Maggie can kill him, Daryl arrives and knocks Brandon unconscious instead, suggesting that they trade Brandon to get what they want from Leah due to how much she cares for her family, "especially this asshole."

Daryl contacts Leah and arranges the trade, holding a knife to a gagged Brandon's throat and threatening to kill him while Brandon makes muffled arguments. Using Jenson as a sniper, Leah forces Daryl to release Brandon who mockingly blows kisses at Elijah. Despite his injuries, Elijah charges at Brandon in an attempt to get his revenge for Josephine's murder, but collapses. As Brandon moves to kill Elijah, he is suddenly shot in the leg by Gabriel Stokes who has killed Jenson and taken his sniper rifle, forcing Leah to accept Daryl's deal. However, Maggie refuses to release Brandon and Leah says goodbye to him, promising to see him later.

As Leah, Boone and Washington leave, Elijah reminds Maggie of her promise to exact revenge upon Brandon and the rest of the Reapers for the massacre of all of their people. Maggie shoots and kills Boone and Washington while Leah gets away. When Maggie tries to shoot Brandon, she discovers that the gun is out of ammunition, giving Brandon time to grab a knife to defend himself. However, Maggie grabs one of Elijah's kamas, kicks the knife from Brandon's hand and drives the kama into his chest, killing Brandon in revenge for his murder of Josephine.

Death

Killed By

Gabriel shoots Carver in the leg in order to prevent him from harming Elijah, leaving him immobilized. After deciding against letting the Reapers go due to Elijah reminding her of her promise to get revenge upon all of them, Maggie kills two of them before turning the gun on Carver. Although she runs out of bullets and allows Carver the chance to reach for a knife, Maggie quickly kicks it out of his hand and stabs Carver in the chest with one of Elijah's kamas, killing him.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Brandon has killed:

Relationships

Leah Shaw

Leah and Brandon generally have a good relationship. Like the rest of the Reapers, the two knew each other before the outbreak and care about each like siblings. There are moments where Leah is annoyed with his hotheadedness. When she asks if Carver has her back, he answers always. However she answers that he didn't when Pope locked her in the cabin and lit it on fire. Despite this, the two generally seem to get along. After Leah takes over the Reapers, Carver becomes her right-hand man. When Carver is taken hostage, she fears for his safety. She orders Jenson to shoot Maggie if Carver is not let go. She objects when she is forced to leave Carver behind but reluctantly does so and tells him that she'll see him again, showing she isn't willing to abandon him.

Daryl Dixon

"This dirtbag wants to play, I'll teach him the rules."
—Brandon to Daryl while arguing.[src]

Daryl and Brandon have a negative relationship. While Daryl is a prisoner, Brandon relentlessly tortures him. After Daryl joins the Reapers, Brandon is shown to highly dislikes Daryl due to suspecting him to not be loyal to them. While searching for Maggie's group, Brandon and Daryl get into a heated argument about his loyalty. Daryl admits that the only reason he is with the Reapers is for Leah and that he doesn't care about anyone else. Later, Brandon's suspicion of Daryl is proven correct when he betrays the Reapers. He angrily states that he should've killed Daryl when he had the chance. Despite this, Daryl stops Maggie from killing Brandon so they can use him as a hostage in hopes no one else dies.

Elijah

"He needs to pay for what he did!"
—Elijah talking about Carver.[src]

Elijah and Brandon have a hostile relationship. Elijah despises Brandon for killing his sister, Josephine, and Brandon shows no remorse when confronted by him. Elijah, along with Maggie and Negan, fight Brandon but he bests all three of them, with Brandon breaking Elijah's leg. After Negan knocks Brandon out with a bell, Elijah signals for Maggie to kill Brandon but Daryl stops her, greatly angering Elijah. During the standoff, Elijah is enraged when Brandon is allowed to walk away. Brandon taunts Elijah by mockingly blowing him a kiss. Elijah's hatred of Brandon is so great that he tries to advance on Brandon with an injured leg despite the high chance of death due to there being a sniper. When Elijah falls on the ground, Brandon merely smiles at his pain and is about to kill him until Gabriel stops him by shooting him in the leg. The Reapers are allowed to walk away, however Elijah reminds Maggie of her promise to him to kill them all. This leads to Brandon's death when Maggie uses one of Elijah's kamas to kill him, avenging Elijah's sister's death.

Appearances

Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Season 6
Season 7
Season 8
Season 9
Season 10
Season 11
Appears Voice is heard
👁 Appears with no lines Appears in a flashback
Appears as a walker 🖼 Appears in a photograph/video
Appears as a corpse Appears in a hallucination/dream

Trivia

  • In the Memoriam on Talking Dead for "No Other Way", he is the only Reaper credited by name.

International Dubbers

Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech N/A N/A
French Julien Meunier N/A
German N/A N/A
Hungarian N/A N/A
Italian N/A N/A
Japanese N/A N/A
Portuguese N/A N/A
Spanish (Latin America) Jorge Riveros Hershel Greene ("Isolation"-"Too Far Gone")
Guillermo
Dave
Gavin
Spanish (Spain) N/A N/A
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