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Gabe is depicted as a typical teenager, short-tempered, cynical, and often irrational at times, but he is otherwise a sweet and caring young man and has good intentions. He cares deeply for his family and is is prone to outbursts only when they are threatened, but he helps more often than not. He strives to be like his father, David, and is genuinely worried about his well-being, but later realizes that his father has changed and tells Javi that he aspires to be like him.
Almost nothing is known about Gabe's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he lived with his father, David García, and his stepmother Kate García and that he liked to play chess. He also had a friend named Drew. According to Kate, Gabe worshiped or idolized Drew.
Shortly after the outbreak occurred, Gabe's grandfather died of cancer and reanimated in his bedroom. Gabe's sister Mariana went to his grandfather's room to give him some water. When the family finds out he is alive, they are confused of how this happened. When it turns out that Salvador was indeed a walker, Gabe seemed some shocked by the situation and was shown visibly scared by the unfolding events, including his grandmother getting bitten in the cheek.
Years into the outbreak, Gabe is now a teenager and shown not getting along with his stepmother Kate, due to his pubescent mood swings which may cause his sudden and frequent easily-triggered anger as stated by Javier.
When his sister gets shot in the head by the New Frontier, Gabe is visibly angry and upset and now declares that he wants to be like his dad, strong and brave.
Gabe returns to Prescott with Tripp and Kate, regardless of whether Javier stays with Clementine or not. He tries to help Eleanor treats Kate's wound, only to run away after she screams in pain (Determinant). Javier finds him outside the wall attacking a deceased walker, Javier trying to console him for feeling like a coward for leaving during Kate's surgery.
When Prescott is attacked by the New Frontier group, Gabe assists Eleanor in evacuating Kate onto a vehicle, the group driving away. After reaching a safe distance, Javier and Conrad argue about Francine's death, causing Gabe to draw his weapon on the latter when he grabs Javier, threatening him. Eventually, Gabe calms down, the group pushing on until they encounter a block in the road.
After meeting Jesus, Gabe and the others enter the railway tunnel only to find it overrun with walkers. Fleeing from them, Gabe helps Clementine fend the herd off whilst Javier, Tripp, and Conrad escape through an abandoned train carriage.
Once Javier has blocked the door, Gabe runs onwards only to stop when he finds Conrad pointing his gun at Clementine, insists on making Clementine their prisoner due to once being a member of the New Frontier. Gabe resists only to be taken hostage by Conrad, forcing Javier to either accept his plan, or kill the man to save Gabe (Determinant). Gabe shouts at Javier if Conrad was spared or shocked if Javier decides to kill him instead, calling him a coward (Determinant). Either way, they exit the subway, the group finding Kate abandoned in Eleanor's car.
Upon reaching the Richmond settlement, Gabe stands by as Javier begs Max to allow the group inside. When the leader of the New Frontiers emerges, Gabe is shocked to see it is David who is long presumed dead.
In a flashback shortly after the outbreak began, Gabe is seen at home with Mariana as Javi and Kate are returning there. Gabe learns that his friend Drew has died and became a walker, prompting them all to leave the home in search of a safer place, to which Gabe adamantly protests, insisting on waiting for his dad. Eventually, Javi convinces him to leave, and with Mariana's help he leaves a note for his father in case he returns. They then set off in search for a safer place.
The scene then shifts to Gabe, Javi and the others standing before David and Richmond's entry. Gabe is immediately excited to see his father after years apart, following his dad who has taken Kate to their medical center. Javi can call out to him when he and the others must undergo quarantine, but he will ignore him.
He stays alongside Kate in the medical center when David brings Javi into the room, under Kate's request. He remarks on how generally happy he is in Richmond, even playfighting with his father at one point. He immediately leaves with David when Kate shows signs of great pain (later revealed she was faking just to talk to Javi). Later in the scene, when Javi and David must attend a meeting with Richmond's leaders, Gabe stays with Kate in the medical room. As time passes, Gabe and Kate are visited by Joan who tell them Javi is permanently barred from Richmond and leave them thinking David is deep trouble.
The next day, Gabe is feeling quite worried and anxious over Joan's visit, until Javi arrives. Completely overjoyed and relieved, he runs up and gives him a great hug, admitting he was worried he had died. Javi immediately tells him and Kate that they must leave as he's on borrowed time having snuck back in to get them out. Gabe complains against Kate's plea to leave David behind while leaving Richmond, insisting that they rescue his father and take him alongside them as well.
Stick to David's plan: Javi agrees with Gabe and refuses to leave David behind, much to Kate's frustration but Gabe's relief. Before he, Javi and an angry Kate leave the medical center, he wonders aloud to Javi about Clem and hopes she's doing okay. Javi then lead Gabe and Kate to Ava, who has found a safe location for them while Javi assists David in their confrontation against Richmond's leaders.
Choose to leave with Kate: Javi sides with Kate, much to Gabe's disappointment. When Javi and Kate begin to leave, Gabe refuses to join them, instead planning on finding his father. This doesn't sit well with Javi and Kate, the latter of whom pleads with him to come with her and Javi, but he ultimately stands firm in his decision, forcing Javi and Kate to escape on their own. While trying to escape, Javi is found and captured but Kate manages to flee. As Javi is dragged in Richmond's HQ where the confrontation is taking place, a soldier reports to David that Gabe in nowhere to be found.
If Javi planned to help David and his dilemma with Richmond, Gabe and Kate meet up with Eleanor, Tripp and Conrad (Determinant), moving to an apartment Eleanor scouted out after Kate felt uncomfortable staying in David's home in Richmond. Eleanor sends out Gabe to find Javi, which he does, and bring him back to the apartment. If Javi abandons David and tries to escape Richmond with Kate, Kate will be the one to rescue Javi and Javi is greeted by a happy or disgusted Gabe depending on how he treated him in previous episodes, who lets them in the apartment.
After the group decides to stock up on weapons from Richmond's armory to protect them against the herd, Gabe, Javi and Ava (Determinant) sneak up to the armory. If Ava isn't with them, Gabe can convince Javier to trust him enough to distract the guard long enough for Javier to get inside, otherwise if Ava is with them, she will be the one to distract the guard while they get inside. Upon reaching the weapon room and stocking up on guns, if Ava wasn't part of the missions (Javi failed to meet her at the stronghold as originally planned), she will encounter them and hold up Javi at gunpoint. Gabe and Javi eventually convince her to work with them for David's sake. As Ava momentarily leaves them both, Gabe and Javi hide from a guard, but rather than let the guard pass and sneak out of sight, Gabe suddenly rushes headfirst into the guard and nearly gets killed, being rescued by his uncle, who ends up stabbed in the process. Gabe, Javi and Ava must then head to the medical center, where Javi can get his wound treated. Ava and Gabe stay out of sight, Ava not wanting Lingard to see the weapons they have stolen from the armory. After some time, Gabe and Ava reunite with Javi and Clementine, the latter of which he's happy about. The four return to the apartment.
Back at the apartment, Gabe hands out guns to everyone, and the group plan on their next move. Gabe becomes headstrong and foolish, disregarding the fact he played a role in getting Javi hurt and disagreeing with other people's ideas all for the single-minded sake of going in guns blazing and saving his father, a plan which is repeatedly shut down by Tripp, Kate and Javi. If Javi had killed Conrad in Episode 2, he'll spitefully lash out at Javi by revealing that he killed Conrad back at the subway, resulting in Tripp and Eleanor feeling angry and betrayed, never wanting to anything with Javi ever again. If Conrad was spared and/or died after those events, Gabe will become a bit quiet and just go along with the plan, aiding Javi, Kate and Clem to get the truck to take over to the square the day.
When they arrive, Gabe becomes problematic towards Javi, but backs down when Clem interferes. Javi can later talk to Gabe in which he understands what he did wrong and apologizes for it, hoping to gain back his trust someday. He asks Javi to stop treating him "like a kid". Once the four get the truck, they return back to near Richmond's main square and wait around until Ava notifies them of the meeting starting via walkie-talkie. While they wait, Gabe has a fun time teaching Clem a card game, and Kate will remark to Javi how Gabe has a crush on Clem. Some time later, Ava lets them know the meeting is underway, but they must hurry as it is actually a public execution of David.
Gabe goes with Javier and Clem to the square just in time to avoid David being hanged. Gabe watches on as Joan forces Javier to spare one of Tripp and Ava's lives in return for sparing the other. If Javi shoots and kills Joan, a soldier kicks the stool under David and Gabe hurries to save David, lifting his legs whilst Javi cuts the rope. If Javier takes Clint's deal and walks away, David is released, but takes matters into his own hands, taking Clint as a hostage, but loses his grip. Gabe attempts to help out his father, but is shoved by Clint, who is immediately shot point blank in the face by David, his blood splattering all over Gabe. When David decides to go after Joan/Clint, he urges Gabe to come along, but Javier can convince him to stay back. He is last seen escaping a smoke bomb with Clementine out of the staircase.
Gabe first appears in this episode fighting walkers with Clem. After the group finds shelter, Gabe criticizes Javier or David depending on if you shot Joan or took the deal. Gabe will then check the exits with Clem and David before later appearing in a room with the group and Eleanor, Fern, and Rufus (Determinant). Later, upon the group reaching the excavator which they plan to seal the breeach in Richmond's walls with, David states that he is running away instead. Kate refuses, leading to a heated argument. Gabe stays loyal to his father regardlss of Javi's choice. Gabe's fate depends on which path Clementine and/or Javier take.
Clementine and Javier stay with Kate (Dead): Clementine and Javier find David's body, whom Gabe had to put down after reanimation. They then are horrified to find an agonized and bleeding Gabe, who is in terrible shape after being bitten by his zombified father. Guilty over not being a good son, he imparts his final words to the both of them. Gabe then asks for Javier's gun so that he can put himself out of his misery. Javier can agree to this, or can offer to shoot Gabe in his place.
Clementine goes after David and Gabe whilst Javier stays with Kate (Alive): Gabe is forced to put down his zombified father. Clementine saves Gabe and brings him back to Richmond.
Clementine stays with Kate whilst Javier goes after David and Gabe (Alive): Javier saves Gabe but finds out David is bitten. After Javier and David bid farewell to each other, Gabe shoots his father in the head to prevent his reanimation. Gabe is then brought back to Richmond.
Clementine and Javier go after David and Gabe (Alive): Both David and Gabe survive, but Kate doesn't. Gabe resides in Richmond with or without his father, depending on whether or not Javier asked David to return or keep on walking. However, David will be distancing himself from his family.
If he is alive at the end of the game, he will stay in Richmond and be a member of the New Frontier. It can be assumed that he is living a good life, that his relationships are much better and that he still misses Clementine.
- Killed By
- David García (Indirectly Caused; Caused, Infected)
- Himself (Indirectly Caused; Suicide, Determinant)
- Zombies (Caused)
Gabe attempts to stop David leaving Richmond, but ends up crashing the truck due to the amounts of walkers. If Javier and Clementine go and help Kate first, then both of them will be surrounded by walkers with no help until they are eventually overpowered by the walkers. One of the walkers bites David in the process. David eventually turns and bites his son before being smashed in the head. When Javier and Clementine go to find David and Gabe after helping Kate, they find a dead David in the car before finding a pale and bloody Gabe. Before dying, Gabe gives a devastated Clementine his playing cards, hoping to teach AJ the game they were playing and as a memento. Clementine confesses to have a crush on him, which visibly makes him happy, and proceeds to kiss him (Determinant). He then begs Javier to give him the gun so he can prevent himself from turning into a walker. If Javier gives him the gun, before he dies, Gabe will tell Javier that although he may not have been his father, he was great at being one and loves him. He then shoots himself in the head as Javier and Clementine walk away.
- Javier García (Out of Mercy, Determinant)
Javier decides to shoot Gabe himself so he does not have to commit suicide. Gabe then tells Javier that although he may not have been his father, he was great at being one and loves him. Javier then shoots Gabe in the head, out of mercy, so that he would not turn.
This list shows the victims Gabe has killed:
- Clinton Barnes (Caused, Determinant)
- Tripp (Indirectly Caused, Determinant)
- David García (Indirectly Caused, Zombified, Determinant) (Indirectly Caused, Before Reanimation, Determinant)
- Himself (Indirectly Caused; Suicide, Before Reanimation, Determinant)
- Numerous counts of zombies
If Javier fails to complete a certain objective, it is possible for Gabe to be killed. These deaths are non-canon and will result in a game over. Javier will then re-spawn and be allowed to try again. Below is a pictorial list of when Gabe can die.
- Gabe is one of the eight characters to appear in all five episodes of Season 3, the others being Javier, Clementine, Kate, Eleanor, David, Tripp (Determinant), and Conrad (Determinant).
- Gabe is one of eleven people in the Video Game to commit suicide (Determinant), with the others being Irene, Katjaa, Charles, the unnamed husband and wife laying on their bed in Savannah, Jane (Determinant), Sophia Fairbanks, an unnamed couple in the train station, and Violet's grandmother.
- He is also the only child to commit suicide. (Determinant).
- When Gabe is about to commit suicide, Clementine kisses him when saying goodbye. Thus, making Gabe Clementine's first kiss. (Determinant)
- It is confirmed Gabriel is still alive if he survived the events in "From The Gallows".
- Gabe was originally meant to get shot during the shoot out at the end of "Ties That Bind - Part 1".