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Gabriel Stokes, also known as Father Gabriel, is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. Prior to the outbreak, he was a priest at St. Sarah's Church. After the onset of the undead apocalypse, Gabriel barricaded himself inside for 17 to 18 months, haunted by the memories of leaving his former churchgoers to die, until he joined Rick Grimes' group, the Survivors. Since then, Gabriel has hardened more considerably from his meek self, and now serves as one of Rick's most brave and trusted allies.
During the first assault on the Sanctuary, Gabriel was captured by the Saviors and was forced to work in Eugene's new outpost. Rendered nearly blind from an infection and suffering a crisis of faith, Gabriel nonetheless played a vital if inadvertent role in the defeat of the Saviors, restoring his faith in the process.
Six years after Rick's assumed death, Gabriel became the head of the Alexandria council and entered a relationship with Rosita Espinosa. He has also been trying to contact other survivors or communities with a radio. During the fair, Gabriel becomes one of the five co-leaders of the Coalition alongside Ezekiel, Tara Chambler, Carol Peletier, and Cyndie.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Pre-Apocalypse
- 3 Post-Apocalypse
- 3.1 Season 5
- 3.2 Season 6
- 3.3 Season 7
- 3.4 Season 8
- 3.5 Season 9
- 3.6 Season 10
- 3.7 Season 11
- 4 Killed Victims
- 5 Relationships
- 5.1 Rick Grimes
- 5.2 Carl Grimes
- 5.3 Judith Grimes
- 5.4 Michonne Hawthorne
- 5.5 Maggie Rhee
- 5.6 Sasha Williams
- 5.7 Deanna Monroe
- 5.8 Carol Peletier
- 5.9 Spencer Monroe
- 5.10 Rosita Espinosa
- 5.11 Eugene Porter
- 5.12 Tara Chambler
- 5.13 Negan Smith
- 5.14 Gregory
- 5.15 Harlan Carson
- 5.16 Anne
- 5.17 Mary
- 5.18 Kelly
- 6 Appearances
- 7 Trivia
- 8 References
Gabriel is a deeply religious, wise and generally well meaning, but also severely traumatized man. He is shown to have had extreme difficulty adapting to the nature of the post-apocalyptic world and instead retained his Christian faith.
Gabriel was initially shown to be a coward as instead of helping members of his congregation by giving them shelter in his church he refused to let them in (possibly out of fear), resulting in them being devoured alive by the walkers. This event has had a lasting effect on Gabriel and he is extremely damaged and remorseful as a result of it. He believes himself to be a bad person, smitten by God, initially even believing that Rick Grimes' group was sent to punish him.
When he meets the Survivors, Gabriel begins to see the reality of the new world, but remains in disbelief of certain attributes such as cold blooded murder and even killing of the walkers as a necessary way to survive. He still retains his religious faith even as a result of witnessing true horrors, and is one of the few members of the Survivors who still holds his faith.
Due to his cowardliness, lack of survival experience and religious nature, many members of the group initially do not seem particularly fond of Gabriel when they meet him, particularly Rick, Sasha Williams, and Maggie Greene. Gabriel, however, also seems to not care for the Survivors much following their massacre of Gareth and his people, as he betrays them to Deanna Monroe of the Alexandria Safe-Zone and warns her that they are dangerous and bad people who have committed unspeakable atrocities. In this sense, Gabriel can also be classified as a hypocrite as he fails to see the irony that he is not a good person either and has also caused atrocities, although this could be seen as a self-serving act, him wishing to exile the only people in the world who know of his sins to secure his place in the community. Whilst Gabriel is talking to Deanna, both are unaware that Maggie is listening nearby, and she shows pure shock and anger in her face towards Gabriel's betrayal and hypocrisy.
After Gabriel finally kills a walker and a suffering man, he turns cold and cruel for a brief period of time towards Sasha, who almost ends up killing him when he throws guilt on her shoulders and insults her deceased brother, Tyreese, but after Maggie defuses the situation, Gabriel eventually feels remorse for his actions and finally gains the forgiveness of Maggie and Sasha.
In Season 6 it is revealed that Gabriel maintains his faith in God, and feels remorse for his betrayal of the Survivors, and is shown searching for forgiveness from Rick's son Carl. Gabriel is shown to have become more confident as he volunteers to help execute Rick's plan to deal with the walker herd, even though Rick shuts him down. He continues to demonstrate a growing inner strength, asking Carl for lessons on how to use weapons.
After a megaherd of walkers invades Alexandria, Gabriel assists in protecting the group and, when the time comes to leave the house they are holed up in, he promises Rick that once they are outside he will not run or turn back, which Rick acknowledges. In "No Way Out", he keeps his cool as he travels with Rick, Carl, Jessie Anderson, and her sons Ron and Sam amidst the walker herd. When Rick changes his plan, Gabriel volunteers to take Judith by himself to safety in his Church. He confidently assures Rick that he will keep her safe, and Rick thanks him. Later on Gabriel watches from his church as Rick and other Alexandria residents take to the streets in a last stand against the walkers. He gives Judith to a woman in his congregation, grabs his machete and without hesitation, heads out to join the battle. He explains that their prayers for the salvation of the town have been answered; God has given them the courage to save Alexandria themselves. Through his selfless actions, Gabriel has earned the respect of Rick and redeemed himself from his past, as demonstrated when he battles with the survivors against the horde.
Gabriel has now shown to be brave and fearless as shown when he accompanies Rick and the group to attack a base under the control of the Saviors and personally executes one himself, showing that he is no longer afraid to take matters into his own hands. Gabriel has also shown to be becoming a leader as when Rick and the group leave to take Maggie to the Hilltop, Rick places Gabriel in charge of it's defense and Gabriel promises to not only protect Judith at all costs but Alexandria too, showing that he has now become a determined survivor who will do what it takes to protect those he cares about from danger.
In Season 7, following the death of Glenn Rhee, Gabriel becomes the new moral compass of the group and, using his religious faith and newfound optimism, gives helpful advice to his friends, such as Rick, Spencer Monroe, and Rosita Espinosa, while they are under the rule of Negan and the Saviors. During a visit by Negan, Gabriel remains optimistic of an eventual positive outcome, and says as much to Rick, who tells him that there is no way out. Gabriel, however, remains hopeful. He later counsels Rosita when she becomes obsessed with killing Negan by herself, telling her to have patience so that the group can figure out how to put things right together, and at an opportune time. Though she ultimately ignores his advice and ends up blaming him for her failure and the consequences of her actions, Gabriel calmly and pleasantly tells her that he has no regrets over what he said, and re-iterates his plea.
While Rick and the others are out, Gabriel is ambushed within Alexandria by a member of a mysterious group called the Scavengers, and is taken hostage. When his friends discover him and are assaulted, he holds one of his captors at knife point and successfully manages to convince them to listen to Rick's proposition of an alliance to fight the Saviors, demonstrating his new-found resolve and determination. After the deal is made, he thanks Rick for believing in him and coming to his aid, and Rick tells Gabriel that he was what convinced him that enemies can become friends.
Later, the Saviors and the Scavengers invaded Alexandria, and Gabriel was present alongside Alexandria's inhabitants fighting against them. As the battle draws to a close, he fires his machine gun against Negan's truck, although Negan manages to escape, much to his frustration.
Gabriel later assists Rick and the Militia's plan in the assault against the Sanctuary and Negan by drawing a massive herd to the base and trap those within while taking out various outposts. With walkers quickly closing in on the Sanctuary, Gabriel restrains a hellbent Rick from killing Negan and further reminds Rick that their fight isn't purely about him. As Gabriel is about to leave with Rick, he notices a petrified Gregory and reluctantly comes to his aid only for Gregory to abandon Gabriel by stealing his car, showing Gabriel still believes in forgiveness of others like Gregory despite the latter's morally ambiguous and selfish character.
Gabriel grew up in rural Georgia, although little is known about his early life. At a young age, he developed a deep faith in religion and thus desired to bring people together in order to help them navigate through their lives and improve upon their weaknesses. Growing up, he would often run around the woods, and became accustomed to the sounds within it.
As an adult, he became a priest positioned at St. Sarah's Episcopal Church, where throughout his holy service, he conducted weekly mass and also helped to promote several fundraisers where he befriended a female organist, someone he became close with. Several members of his congregation often commented that Gabriel's humor left much to be desired.
At the start of the outbreak, Gabriel barricaded himself inside his church for protection. Several members of his congregation arrived looking for shelter soon after, but Gabriel refused to let them inside due to being scared of what could happen if the supplies run out. He was then forced to hear as everyone was devoured by walkers. After burying the remains, a guilty ridden Gabriel managed to survive several months with the help of the collected canned goods but became haunted by his cowardly actions.
Father Gabriel decides to leave his church after running out of food. In the woods, he is attacked by some walkers and climbs on top of a rock. He yells for help and is rescued by Rick Grimes and his group. The group seeks refuge at Gabriel's church, although Rick tells his son Carl that he doesn't trust Gabriel. Gabriel, Rick, Bob Stookey, Sasha Williams, and Michonne Hawthorne set off to find a food bank with supplies that Gabriel cannot get into as it was overrun by walkers. While in the flooded basement, Gabriel seems to be focused on a female walker with glasses and refuses to kill her, trying to run up the stairs which rot and give away. Gabriel is ultimately saved by Rick, who figures out that Gabriel knew the walker as they head back to the church. While the group celebrates the decision to head to Washington, D.C., with Abraham Ford for their survival, Rick threatens to kill Gabriel if his sins end up hurting his "family" in any way. Gabriel pulls out a photograph of himself and the woman whom he saw as a walker at the food bank and prays over it.
Gabriel is threatened by Rick and Sasha, finding it suspicious that three members (Daryl Dixon, Carol Peletier, and Bob) have gone missing right after he shows up. Gabriel denies any involvement in their absence and ties to an outside group. After being forced by Rick when he asks what happened to that woman he saw as a walker and the "You'll burn for this" marking on the side of the church, Gabriel admits that he kept the church doors locked at the onset of the outbreak and refused to open them for members of his congregation who had come for refuge from the apocalypse at his church, being forced to listen to them screaming for help as they were devoured by walkers, and that he believes the Survivors has been sent to kill him as he is damned. Gabriel offers to help Rick and the group find the elementary school where Gareth's group is hiding out when they drop an injured Bob off at the churchyard, but ultimately stays behind with Carl, Eugene Porter, Rosita Espinosa, Rick's infant daughter Judith, Sasha's brother Tyreese, and Bob when the Terminus survivors enter the church. After the Terminus survivors are all massacred when they are ambushed by the survivors who went looking for the elementary school, Gabriel is shocked that they would kill people in a house of God. The following night, he is seen talking to Michonne outside the church. He tells her that she hears the voices of the people he locked out. Michonne tells him that the voices won't stop, but they won't be heard all the time. Michonne hears rustling in the bushes, and quickly Gabriel runs back inside the church.
After Daryl's return, Gabriel watches as the survivors begin barricading his church with wood from the pews and pipes from his church organ. He asks Daryl if they would be using the cross as well; Daryl simply responds, "If we need it." He is left behind with Michonne, Carl, and Judith while the others head off to rescue the kidnapped Beth Greene and Carol. While Michonne and Carl board up the front door, he notices dried blood splatters caked deep into the wood floor - remnants of the recent slaughter. He desperately tries to clean the blood out, during which Carl brings out some weapons for him to choose, telling Gabriel that they are likely to leave and that he has to learn to defend himself. Gabriel picks up a machete, and when Carl tries to teach him how to wield it he feigns sickness and heads to his office, where he secretly begins using the machete to pry out the floorboards and escape. Michonne knocks on his door later to see if he is all right and offer counseling if he needs it, which Gabriel nervously appreciates before locking the door again and finishing his work. He crawls out from underneath the church and to the outside, but accidentally steps on a nail on the ground outside, forcing him to limp away. He soon fights off a female walker and impales her on a narrow tree stump, but stops short of killing it when he sees a necklace with a gold cross hanging from its neck. Gabriel walks away, tormented by the sight.
Gabriel goes to the infested school building where the Terminus gang camped outside; he finds Mary's personal Bible and the rotting and burnt remnants of Bob's leg over the extinguished campfire. He is disgusted by what he sees and breaks down crying, having finally realized the brutal reality of this new world. He is forced to flee when the walkers trapped in the building finally bust out and give chase. He leads them back to the church, where he begs Michonne and Carl to let him back in. The pair break down the door but the rescue allows the small herd to enter the building. They escape through the hole Gabriel made in his office, then barricade the walkers inside the church. They wait outside and watch as the walkers begin to break down the doors, but Abraham's group suddenly arrive in the firetruck to block them back in again. Michonne informs Maggie that her sister is still alive and they all drive over to Grady Memorial Hospital, where Gabriel and the others see Rick's rescue team exit with Beth's body.
Gabriel is seen reading a passage of the Bible at the beginning of the episode, while the group is burying a then unknown person. He is then seen again near the end of the episode, when the scene is played again, but this time revealing the grave is Tyreese's.
Gabriel is seen with the group in this episode, talking to a depressed Maggie and telling her that he understands her pain and he is there if she ever wants to talk about her father Hershel or Beth. Maggie instead coldly says that he doesn't know shit about her pain and that he did not know Hershel or Beth, bringing up Gabriel's cowardice by hiding and shutting out members of his flock from the church. After Sasha kills a pack of dogs who were preparing to attack the group and after they barbecue them for consumption, Gabriel pulls off his clerical collar and drops it into the fire. Soon after it rains, and he becomes remorseful after burning it, saying, "Sorry, my Lord."
When the storm approaches the group, he and the rest reside within a barn Daryl found located near the road they were walking along on. He is seen sitting down and again when the entire tries desperately to block off a group of walkers from entering the barn they were settling in as the storm wreaked havoc outside. He is also seen in the next morning, asleep along the others after the chaos the night before.
Gabriel is first seen in the barn watching as Aaron, who reveals himself as a recruiter for a community called Alexandria, is led inside. He witnesses Rick bound and interrogate him. When Maggie's husband Glenn Rhee, Maggie herself, Michonne, Abraham, and Rosita are sent out to see if Aaron's telling the truth about there only being two vehicles in the area, Gabriel remains behind. Later on, Gabriel is present as the group travels to Alexandria. When the RV's battery runs out, Gabriel is seen standing behind Carl as Glenn fixes it. Eventually, the group reaches the gates of Alexandria and is content, Gabriel included.
Gabriel is briefly seen when the group arrives in Alexandria, in the background when the group is handing over their guns and again together with the rest of the group in the house.
Gabriel enters a room and starts angrily tearing pages out of a Bible after seeing a gift from a citizen called Rosemary. Later that day, he goes to talk to Deanna and recount how Satan disguised himself as the angel of light, which he relates to Rick and his group being evil disguised as light and that they've done terrible things and they don't deserve paradise because of this, also stating that they are dangerous. Unbeknownst to Gabriel, Maggie is listening to Gabriel's warning from the basement steps.
Gabriel first appears at the gates of Alexandria as Spencer Monroe lets him out. Gabriel claims he wishes to take a quick walk, and leaves the community. Gabriel then approaches a walker distracted by eating a corpse, and calls out to it, saying "I'm ready!", intending to let the walker kill him. He then notices the corpse the walker was eating to be moving, notifying that the person has just reanimated. The walker turns and approaches him, and, even though he knew that it was not human, he still found it emotionally difficult to kill it. He rips its head off and smashes its head in with a rock, killing it. He then neared the zombified man and crushed his head in too. Due to this emotional trial, he breaks down on the road and cries. He then returns to the community where Spencer asks if his walk around outside the community was okay, Spencer then tells if he could close the gate himself and makes a halfhearted attempt to close the gate, failing to shut it properly. At night, he declines attending the gathering and instead goes into the chapel. He finds Sasha there, requesting emotional guidance, which he coldly denies her. He then taunts her over her sins causing Bob's and Tyreese's deaths. Sasha angrily strikes him and threatens to kill him, and he is entirely unconcerned over it. Maggie intervenes and stops Sasha, to which Gabriel tells her she made a mistake in not letting Sasha kill him. Maggie convinces both of them to pray with her.
Gabriel is first seen having a conversation with Deanna, who tells him that he was wrong about the Survivors. When Rick needed volunteers to carry out his plan to lure the quarry herd away from Alexandria, Gabriel tries to volunteer, but Rick instantly declines his offer after his betrayal to him and his group.
Gabriel is first seen approaching Carl as he is walking Judith. He apologizes for saying bad things about the group and insists on wanting to learn how to survive. Carl tells Gabriel that he should tell everyone. Before walking off, Carl arranges a meeting with him. He tells Gabriel to come by at 3 o'clock to learn how to use a machete.
Later on, Gabriel is seen when the Wolves attack Alexandria. He attempts to flee from one of the attackers, but falls. The Wolf is about to execute him when Morgan Jones saves him by knocking the attacker unconscious. Gabriel then watches as Morgan bounds him and then watches as Carol shoots the subdued Wolf.
Gabriel is seen placing posters for a prayer service at 1:00 by the solar panels up but Rick coldly rips them down when he, Carl and Ron walk by heading for gun training, showing that he still despises him for his betrayal of him. Gabriel in response simply places new ones up.
Gabriel is later seen giving his prayer service by the solar panels as the burned watchtower falls down destroying a large portion of Alexandria's walls.
After the walls crumbled, Rick yells for everyone to flee to their houses. After Gabriel's prayer circle attendees scatter, he regroups with Michonne, Carl, and Ron to help Rick and an injured Deanna. As they are nearly overwhelmed by walkers in the streets, Jessie steps in and shoots some of the horde before she ushers them to rush to her house.
After the fight between Carl and Ron which causes the walkers to stream to the garage, Gabriel and the rest are shoving a couch in order to block the walkers from entering. Later, he, Jessie, Ron, Michonne and Carl watch as the herd finally begins to infest most of the streets of Alexandria. Afterwards, he helps the others keep the herd at bay as they begin to force their way in through their makeshift defenses but are forced to retreat upstairs as the walkers finally breach in. When Rick instructs them to smear on guts to camouflage themselves, Gabriel asks what should they do with Deanna as Michonne walks up and checks on her for the last time.
As they are preparing to leave, Gabriel tells Rick no matter what will happen outside he will not give up and run away in which Rick replies "I know", indicating he has possibly forgiven him. Gabriel is then among with the group, smeared with guts, standing outside on Jessie's front porch as they look out on the massive horde before continuing to pass by them.
Gabriel appears when the group is seen still walking through the herd, when Rick announces that they will need to go for the cars to drive the herd away back to the quarry. He volunteers to take Judith to his church to keep her safe, Rick thanks him for it. After that time he is seen again inside the church with the remaining Alexandrians and watches as Rick and the others fight the oncoming horde, he then does the unthinkable, he gives Judith to Anna and picks up his machete and tells the Alexandrians that they can keep Alexandria safe because God gave them the courage to do so and runs outside killing walkers. After the attack, he is shown in brief montage clips hacking and slashing away, this results in him surviving and winning the fight with the others.
Gabriel is among the townspeople sitting inside the church as Rick gives them a speech about attacking The Saviors. He is part of the Survivors to head off to the Savior's compound. When they all stop on the road to format a perimeter, Gabriel is seen walking out of a vehicle, strapped with a rifle on his shoulder. When Rick asks why Gabriel is still wearing his priest garment, he replies that he is still who he is and jokingly adds that it would be harder for the Saviors to see him in the dark which Rick laughs and pats him in the shoulder. As the other members break in and infiltrate the Saviors' outpost, Gabriel and Tara remain inside the vehicle alongside Jesus, Andy and Craig. When they hear the alarm, Gabriel, Tara and Jesus rush to help the others as Andy and Craig, told by Tara to drive back to the Hilltop to seal the deal. Outside, Gabriel loads his rifle and spots an injured Savior, lying on the ground. He recites a prayer and proceeds to shoot him. In the morning, after the bloody gunfight, Gabriel and the rest of the group are outside the building when a Savior tries to escape with a motorcycle which Daryl recognizes as his. After they capture the Savior, a woman's voice can be heard from his walkie-talkie, ordering Rick to lower his gun. She tells them that they've got Carol and Maggie with them. Gabriel and the rest remain on guard as they wait what will happen.
Gabriel arrives with Rick and the group rescuing Carol and Maggie. He moves forward to see if there are any other Saviors left in the building.
Gabriel is seen patrolling the streets of Alexandria.
When Rick and the group leave to escort Maggie to the Hilltop, Rick trusts Gabriel to look after Judith and Alexandria. Gabriel reassures Rick that he will do all he can to keep Judith safe. As Rick leaves, Gabriel proudly stands tall, and watches his friends leave.
Gabriel briefly appears in a dream sequence with the rest of the group at Alexandria having dinner outside.
When Negan inquires about Maggie's whereabouts, Gabriel approaches and asks if Negan wants to pay his respects. Negan asks if Maggie didn't make it. Rick says nothing but shakes his head hesitantly. Gabriel leads Negan to the graveyard where Glenn, Abraham and supposedly Maggie are buried.
Later, Gabriel, Rick and Aaron search Spencer's house for the missing guns. Rick commends Gabriel on his Maggie ruse with Negan earlier at the graveyard: "It was quick thinking. Thank you." Gabriel is optimistic that they will prevail in the end, referring to the fact that there was a time when they once weren't friends, despite Rick's insistence that there is no way out.
Gabriel and Spencer drive up to the gates to find Rosita and Eugene preparing to leave. Gabriel suggests they all travel together, but Rosita and a reluctant Eugene leave on their own.
Out on the road, Spencer asks Gabriel if it is a sin to hate someone. Gabriel tells him it is not, and Spencer confesses that he hates Rick. He says he is a bad leader and hopes he doesn't make it back from his supply run. A shocked Gabriel asks him to stop the car. He reaffirms his belief in Rick and calls Spencer a "tremendous shit", but that he doesn't have to be eternally. He gets out of the car and starts walking back to Alexandria alone.
In the church, Gabriel urges Rosita to refrain from attacking Negan by herself. He agrees that Negan needs to die, but recommends she wait for the right moment so the community can take him down together.
Gabriel and some of the other residents gather round as Spencer and Negan play pool in the street. He watches in horror as Negan disembowels Spencer, and is horrified when Olivia is shot in the face by Arat as punishment for Rosita's attempt to kill Negan.
At night, Gabriel keeps watch at the gate, unaware that someone is watching him through binoculars. The dark figure then heads towards Alexandria.
Gabriel reads his bible during his night shift at the Alexandria gate. He stares into the darkness, a worried expression on his face, and leaves his post.
In the pantry, Gabriel hurriedly fills crates with food and weapons. His bible falls to the ground as he skims through the weapons registry with shaky hands. He loads the crates into a car and leaves Alexandria. A dark figure is visible in the passenger seat.
Gabriel is first seen when Tamiel retrieves him after he was kidnapped along with Alexandria's supplies. During a brief fight between Rick and the Scavengers, Gabriel holds Tamiel at knife-point and threatens to kill Tamiel if they are not let go. He tells Jadis the Saviors have lots of things that they want, and if they join them they will be rewarded more than they can imagine. Jadis says they want something now, and Gabriel says that Rick can do anything.
Back at the junkyard, Gabriel explains to Rick that he heard a noise in the pantry and was jumped and the woman was angry because she didn't get the supplies from the boat so made him pack up everything else. He said he hoped Rick knew what he meant by boat and Rick credits him for getting them there. Gabriel says they will set things right but things will get hard before that time comes. He asks Rick why he was smiling, and Rick tells him that someone showed him enemies can become friends.
Gabriel is shown at the church. Rosita visits him and she yells at him for dissuading her from killing Negan, even though it might have gotten her killed. Gabriel patiently defends himself; he argues that the rest of the group still needs her.
Gabriel accompanies the others in delivering the guns to Jadis and her group. They looks defeated when Jadis says it is not enough and they need nearly twice as many. Rick insists on keeping 20 guns to help them in their search for more. Jadis agrees.
Gabriel accompanies Rick and the others to Oceanside. As they round up the residents, Gabriel reassures them that nobody has to get hurt. He helps the others defeat the incoming walkers.
Later, when the group is gathering the guns, Gabriel asks if it is really necessary to take them all. Rick insists that it is.
Gabriel presides over Sasha's funeral in the graveyard, and afterwards, listens to Rick's speech.
Gabriel travels to the Sanctuary with Rick and everyone to attack Negan and the Saviors. Gabriel tries to leave the Sanctuary but then spots Gregory in need to help, so he gives him a hand, but Gregory leaves Gabriel behind by taking his car and driving off. Gabriel rushes to safety to escape the walkers and find a trailer house. Inside he finds Negan there as the trailer house is surrounded by the dead.
Gabriel appears in the same room as Negan, Negan gives a speech on how Rick got his people killed, and explains that he has killed people that deserved it. As Negan talks to Lucille, Gabriel takes his gun and tries to shoot him, he then locks himself in a little storage area inside the room and refuses to come out unless Negan confesses about his real wife. Once Negan mentions he had a real wife and couldn't put her down, he described himself as "weak". Gabriel comes out and Negan drags a walker out of a hole. He and Gabriel then rub walker guts on themselves and head outside. Once they are outside, they begin to make their way through the herd of walkers, Gabriel trips over a walker, and is saved by Negan, and he later saves Negan in return. They finally make it inside where they regroup with the other saviors, Negan orders his men to put Gabriel in a holding cell, Eugene later comes in and knocks on the door, unlocks it and sees Gabriel on the floor wounded. Eugene says "we need to get you to Dr. Carson 2.0", Gabriel then says "Dr. Carson is Maggie's, we need to get him out of here".
Gabriel is seen in the infirmary at the Sanctuary, being treated by Harlan Carson. He reveals to Eugene that Gabriel has a few infections and will need more help. He asks Eugene to watch over Gabriel as he heads down to the marketplace in search of medicine and herbs to treat Gabriel's infection.
Gabriel reaches for water and Eugene watches him struggle a bit before helping him get a drink. Gabriel asks if Eugene is going to help him get the doctor out, but Eugene insists he only does what is in his own best interest. Gabriel tells him to have faith and trust himself. "It's absurd," Eugene tells him. Gabriel continues his plea, urging Eugene to do the right thing. Eugene sees the red paint on his own finger and has thoughts about Dwight.
Awhile later, after the walkers get into Sanctuary, Eugene storms into Gabriel's room and tells him he will never help him escape and says that he will never put himself at risk for anyone other than himself.
Gabriel is first seen in the hospital bed when Eugene comes in and reveals that he will allow him and Harlan to escape. Eugene has taken out the guard at the North Gate and prepared a vehicle so that Harlan and Gabriel can make it to the Hilltop and Harlan can take care of Maggie. Gabriel asks Eugene to come with him to the Hilltop, but he refuses and Eugene "drops" the key to the gate, and Gabriel compliments Eugene for doing the right thing.
Gabriel and Carson sit in their car, having lost their bearings on the road and trying to determine their position on a map. Carson notices Gabriel shifting the map in an effort to read it better, concerned that his infection may also be attacking his optical nerves and blinding him. Gabriel assures that their situation can still be handled provided they keep their faith in God's plans intact; Carson is unconvinced. As Carson attempts to start their vehicle again, Gabriel barely notices a walker with a chain on its ankle crawling alongside them.
After disposing of the walker, Carson performs a vision check on Gabriel, whose condition is worsening. He condemns himself for allowing Gabriel to leave the Sanctuary in his current condition. Gabriel notices a noise emanating from the forest and both go to investigate. They find an abandoned building with a slab of metal swinging in the wind, but Carson is uneasy about the area.
Gabriel and Carson enter the log cabin, finding it clear of intrusion. Gabriel finds a notepad and, in his attempts to read it, concludes that the cabin was used as a radio station. While Carson is pessimistic about their chances of finding help through the station (having read the logbook and finding several empty entries), Gabriel tries to find the light in their situation. However, the morale boost is wiped away upon Carson's discovery of the radio operator, having turned after supposedly committing suicide.
As Carson searches the room for anything useful, he notices Gabriel sitting up on the bed, trying to read an antibiotics container. Carson realizes that the antibiotics are exactly what Gabriel needs to combat his infection. Having administered antibiotics to Gabriel, Carson performs another diagnosis, finding that his fever has gone down but his vision remains impaired. He shows concern that Gabriel does not seem too fazed by his predicament. Gabriel instead remains true to his faith in God's plans for the two of them. As he explains his feelings, he accidentally knocks over a piggy bank he found earlier, revealing a set of car keys and a map of the area. Carson reads the map, finding that they are in fact not too far off from their destination.
Gabriel and Carson head outside of the cabin in search of a car. As Gabriel passes the swinging metal sheet, he manages to make out a message written on one side - a warning of traps in the area. He is too late to warn Carson, as he is crippled by a bear trap. Walkers begin to swarm towards the sound of his cries. Gabriel scrambles towards Carson as he fends off the small horde. He barely survives when Gabriel finds a revolver and manages to hit the final walker with a lucky shot.
Gabriel helps Carson into a truck. Carson thanks Gabriel for his help, but their moment is interrupted by the presence of the Saviors, who were drawn by Carson's gunfire, and the two are recaptured. Gabriel again remains faithful that God has a way for them. Carson agrees, before making an attempt on the Saviors by upholstering one of their weapons. He is too late to fire, as he is shot down by another Savior. Disappointed that they have lost another doctor, the Saviors retreat back to the Sanctuary, leaving his body behind, while a mortified Gabriel sobs, having failed his mission to bring Carson to Maggie.
At the Sanctuary, Negan busts in the room with Gabriel, who is covering for Eugene. He says Gabriel can help make bullets despite his vision. Eugene deflects it and suggests launching the dead their enemy via catapults. Negan then leaves Gabriel in charge of arranging Eugene's bullet casings. Eugene approaches Gabriel, who is still traumatized by Carson's death. He laments that he believed he had found his purpose. Eugene brushes this off and shoves a tray toward Gabriel, demanding he begin sorting casings.
Gabriel continues helping at Eugene's outpost helping to make bullets. Though Gabriel is recovering from his illness, he is still mostly blind and is forced to wear a mask to prevent others from getting sick. Eugene discovers that Gabriel has been tampering with the bullets which will cause them to backfire and harm the users. Gabriel explains that he only intended to make them ineffective so that no one would get hurt and is forced to sit to the side by Eugene.
Following Eugene's brief capture by Rosita and Daryl, he returns filled with new determination and puts Gabriel back on the bullet-making line. Eugene warns Gabriel that he can either follow directions this time "or you can cry and die."
Gabriel is brought back to the Sanctuary with Eugene where Negan decides to take Gabriel along with him for another "confession." Negan confesses that he is luring the Militia into a trap and intends to slaughter them all, outlining the details to Gabriel who is confused as in the past, Negan seemed to not want to kill everyone. Seizing his chance when Laura is forced to swerve by a walker in the middle of the road, Gabriel tries to escape, but is nearly killed by another walker. Saved by Laura, Gabriel is recaptured by Eugene who berates Gabriel for his lack of faith. Negan hits Gabriel in the stomach with Lucille, bring him to his knees. Negan looms over him with Lucille before ordering Gabriel to be put back in the car.
During the Savior ambush of the Militia, Negan holds Gabriel at gunpoint as he prepares to kill everyone with the intention to kill Gabriel himself. After reaching the end of the countdown, Negan fires, only to have his gun explode in his hand along with all the rest of the Savior weapons. As Negan tries to attack Eugene, Gabriel attacks him followed by Dwight, causing Negan to run away. In the aftermath, Eugene explains to Rosita that after briefly being captured by Rosita, Eugene changed his mind and decided to help by sabotaging the Savior bullets, taking inspiration from Gabriel's failed attempt at sabotage.
After the end of the war, Gabriel, still mostly blind but recovered from his illness, returns to Alexandria. Now using a walking stick to help get around, Gabriel enters the burned-out ruins of his church and prays and weeps with gratitude, finally understanding the purpose God had for him in the war.
During the year and a half that passed since the end of the war, Gabriel became blind in his right eye, turning a milky white color.
Gabriel and the group go to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C, to search for a covered wagon and farming equipment. Inside, Rick tells everyone to be safe and the group separates.
In a hallway, Gabriel drives a machete into a walker's head and leaves it hanging on a human evolution display. He and Anne smile at the irony of this.
Then, when Rick thanks Anne for her lead in finding packages of seeds and beans, she tells Gabriel that she knew of this because she once brought her class back when she was teaching.
Shortly after, the whole group reunites and gingerly uses ropes to drag an old covered wagon down the stairs and over the glass floor. The glass finally gives way and Ezekiel falls through it, dangling by the rope. Before the walkers can bite him, Daryl shoots at one and Rick and the others finally pull him to safety. Carol joyfully kisses him to celebrate.
The group leaves D.C. and prepare to head back to their own communities.
On the road, Rosita and Daryl catch up with everyone to inform them that the main bridge is out due to a storm. Rick tells Tara, Gabriel, Aaron and Anne to head back to Alexandria and the rest will go to an alternate route and spend the night at the Sanctuary.
At the camp, Anne draws a picture to Gabriel and laments that no one trusts her except him and Rick. Gabriel tells her that at first, no one trusted him either until Rick made it possible. She strokes his hand and thanks him for staying on her side.
When the herd arrive at the labor site and a commotion ensues, Gabriel arrives with Rick and the others to help.
At night, Anne asks Gabriel who the woman she drew for him was, and he says she was his organist that he loved and lost. She asks him if he is still afraid but is cut short when he kisses her. They smile and start to make out until Gabriel remembers he's supposed to be on watch. Anne replies with "then watch", as she starts to unbuckle his pants.
At the camp, the Saviors are furious with the news of Justin's death. Alden promises they'll get to the bottom of it but is punched in the face by Jed, who claims he isn't one of them anymore. Carol steps in with her gun at her hip, stopping Jed.
Gabriel defends Anne from Norris as the Saviors start accusing her and Daryl of being the culprits. They grab axes to retaliate when Rick rides in the middle of the group with his gun drawn and warns everyone to back off.
After they disperse, Rick questions Gabriel on where Anne was last night when Justin disappeared. Gabriel vouches for her but Rick instructs him to keep an eye out for her. Later, inside a tent, Gabriel tells Anne about Rick's suspicions and asks if she knows anything about Justin's disappearance, but she denies this asking him if he thinks she is hiding something before leaving
At night, Gabriel follows Anne to the Junkyard and spies on her as she retrieves walkie and radios the unknown man from the helicopter. After hearing their conversation, Gabriel appears behind her and asks who she was talking to and if she had anything to do with Justin.
Anne admits she's been trading people for supplies and she was planning to trade Gabriel and Rick back when she abducted them. She asks him to leave with her to a new place that is much better and is far away, but that he can't tell anyone. Gabriel says he has to tell Rick, but she says, "All this time, I thought you were a B," before knocking him out with her walkie.
At the junkyard, Anne kisses a tied up Father Gabriel before rolling up one of her walker experiments to kill him. He wakes up and begs her to stop before telling her he forgives her. She leans the walker over him and then stops, before putting another chloroform rag over his mouth to knock him out.
A while later, Gabriel wakes up untied and alone. He finds a note in his pocket from Anne telling him, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. I want to go fast." Gabriel breaks down in tears.
Following Rick's presumed death, Gabriel retrieved the radio he found in cabin with Carson and has been trying to contact other survivors or communities without luck. He also entered in a relationship with Rosita.
Six years later, in Alexandria, Gabriel watches as Magna's group arrives and gets escorted inside. Rosita updates Siddiq on Yumiko's condition and he escorts her to the infirmary. Magna tries to tag along but is stopped by D.J.
Michonne arrives on horseback and doesn't look pleased to see the new arrivals. She frisks Magna and asks Eugene why they're here. Aaron claims it was his call but Michonne reminds him it's not his call to make. "I decided," Judith tells her. Michonne scolds her but Aaron says they're here now and they should decide their fate together, while Gabriel suggests they vote tomorrow. Michonne agrees and instructs her people to put them in holding. She leaves as her sheriff figurine falls out of her pocket and Judith picks it up.
The next day, Magna's group stand before Gabriel and the rest of the council for questioning. They ask who their leader is and Magna claims they're a team, while Luke explains their group used to be bigger. Gabriel asks about their former professions. Luke was a music teacher, Magna was a truck stop waitress, Connie was a journalist and Kelly was a high school student. Luke says they should trust them, but Michonne isn't done with questions. She stands up and asks Magna to see her left hand, which has a prison tattoo. Michonne then calls her out for the hidden knife on her belt, which she puts on the table. Michonne storms out, saying she'll second any of their motions. Magna tries to question her but is shut off.
Later, in another room, Gabriel tests out the radio and tells Rosita he thinks there could still be more survivors out there they could help. He suggests they set up a remote amplifier to boost the signal and find new communities, and Rosita instructs him to stay in town while she and Eugene set it up. Rosita then kisses Gabe and he tells her she's amazing.
When Magna's group is supposed to leave, Gabriel is present.
In Alexandria, Gabriel helps Negan meditate in his cell. Negan compliments him on Rosita and brags that he's heard some interesting things about her from the gossip outside his cell. Gabe ignores it and leaves. Outside, Barbara informs him that Rosita has been injured and is at Hilltop.
Later, Negan taunts Gabriel with cleaning his potty to the point where he gets mad. Gabe confesses he's upset he has to take care of him while Rosita recovers at Hilltop. Negan expresses genuine sympathy but is shut off by an angry Gabriel who storms off.
In Alexandria, Gabriel, alongside the other members of the council, are scolded by Michonne for keeping her in the dark about their radio mission. Gabriel argues they should be more open to new communities, but Aaron reminds him about the Whisperers and how they should trust Michonne's discretion. Siddiq argues that Michonne's not always right and her decision to cut ties with The Kingdom proves it. Michonne draws a hard line and asserts she's not willing to sacrifice her people to save the Kingdom.
A while later, Gabriel goes to his home and tells Rosita about his problems at the council. He doesn't elaborate so she brings up her pregnancy, saying she wants him to stay despite carrying Siddiq's baby and tells him she will be at her house when he's ready to talk.
At his church, Eugene shows Gabriel his risk/reward calculations if he should stay with Rosita or not. Gabriel brushes it off but Eugene warns him he’d be a fool to let her go. Eugene briefly reminisces on their time with the Saviors, and how Gabriel believed in him even when he himself didn't. He then offers him new sweatpants for him to give Rosita as a peace offering.
Later, Gabriel visits Rosita, who is talking with Siddiq on her house porch, to talk with her. She smiles at him for his choice and they all go inside to talk.
In a flashback, Gabriel, Michonne, Eugene, Rosita, and Aaron follow Winnie to a factory where they find several kids hiding out. Later, at night, Gabriel enjoys a bonfire in Alexandria alongside Jocelyn’s kid group and the community kids, playing with his blind eye.
The next day, Gabriel watches as Michonne and Daryl return to Alexandria with the missing kids. He immediately goes over to help the injured Daryl.
In the Kingdom, Gabriel watches from the crowd as Ezekiel declares they've finally accomplished Rick, Carl, and Jesus' dreams of reuniting the communities. "Let the fair of a new beginning begin!" Ezekiel says as everyone celebrates and applauds.
Later, Gabriel is inside the theater when Michonne convenes the leaders to tell them she's finally ready for Alexandria to help out. "We're here now," she says. Gabriel announces Alexandria is willing to grant asylum to Lydia, but Tara warns if her mother retaliates it'll be against Hilltop. Michonne reminds her that none of them were trusted when they were first introduced to the Survivors, and Tara relents.
They all agree to send some of their own to Hilltop to guard against any potential attacks from the Whisperers and Michonne decides to re-establish the charter, establishing that an attack against Hilltop counts as an attack against all of them. Ezekiel then retrieves the original charter as Tara and Michonne finally make up. They all sign the charter, and Michonne tells Gabriel he should sign for Alexandria as the head of the council.
At the fair, Gabriel talks with Tara and Rachel about looking for areas for the residents to train in case of a fight. He then tells Tara he thinks she's a good leader and watches as she goes to gear up to go with a second escort to Hilltop. Later that day, he looks for Tara around the fair and asks Eugene if he has seen her.
The next day, Gabriel listens from the crowd as Siddiq delivers the tragic news regarding the fate of the missing residents from the fair, tells them how brave everyone was in their final moments and how he was intentionally kept alive to tell this very story. He encourages everyone to remember the fallen as brave heroes and to honor them.
Several months after the fair massacre, at Alexandria, Gabriel and Rosita keep warm by staying close but Eugene interrupts them to report on the storm. He concocts a plan to group up next to large fireplaces in the church and realizes they’ll have free Negan from his cell so he doesn’t freeze.
In the church, Gabriel tells Negan to be serious but he jokes about Rosita's love quadrangle and taunts him by calling him "father…not the father," to Eugene's amusement. Suddenly, the group smells something and Eugene pulls Siddiq and Gabriel away from the fireplace before it explodes. He says the chimney makes it unsafe to light anything else on fire, so Gabriel decides they’re moving to Aaron's house. They all tie a rope around themselves and head out into the blizzard.
In the middle of the path, Gabriel tells Judith to return as she runs off after Dog. The next day, after the storm is over, he and Rosita move back to their house.
Some months after the blizzard, Gabriel is radioed by Aaron and informed that the militia has discovered a Whisperer mask at the Oceanside beach. He is left wondering if the Whisperers have returned and proceeds to inform the others. Gabriel and the council then enter the meeting house to discuss the recent discovery.
After the meeting is over, Gabriel goes to Negan's cell to check on him. Negan advises him to temper the coming dangers to his people as to not cause a panic. Gabriel asks if he should lie. "No, not lie," Negan tells him. "At most, I'm talking about a little strategic omission." Outside, Gabriel instructs his people to lock up the walls and double security. Suddenly, an explosion rings out and Gabriel witness a satellite fall from the sky.
Gabriel and the rest of the Alexandria residents face against waves of walkers pouring onto the community gates over the next 49 hours. After prevailing from the exhausting battle, the community discovers that a new herd of walkers is approaching from multiple directions. In the morning, Gabriel helps to clean up the community from the corpses while Eugene warns that it will be an hour until the next wave hits.
Later that day at an emergency council meeting, Gabriel listens as Michonne decides that instead of retaliating against the Whisperers, she and a small group will meet with Alpha at the border to work things out. Under Michonne's plan, Gabriel is placed in charge of leading a team to take out the northern wave of walkers. Later, Gabriel informs Aaron he is going to work alongside Negan due to a lack of soldiers at the moment.
Gabriel accompanies Rosita while she strolls Coco around the streets over the night as they pass beside Lydia. The following morning, Gabriel is at the dining hall enjoying a meal when Lydia makes a scene by gutting a dead squirrel, upsetting Gage, Margo, and Alfred. He watches as the three leave in disgust before returning to his meal.
Later that night, Gabriel and the council reunite in the meeting house to discuss Lydia's attack. They question Gage and Alfred, who lie and say they were attacked. Gabriel asks why Lydia's the one in the infirmary. They claim to them how their friends got beheaded by the Whisperers and now Margo is dead. The council then lets them go. While the council discusses their vote on Negan's fate, Daryl arrives and says he believes Lydia, which ties the vote. Gabriel announces he'll take the night to make his decision by tomorrow.
The following morning, Gabriel visits Negan's cell to check on him only to discover he is gone. He immediately runs over to inform Daryl and then alerts the whole community. Later that day, Gabriel and Aaron discuss Negan's escape when Lydia walks by and tells them she is responsible, much to their shock and confusion.
Gabriel is informed about the captured Whisperer and scolds Carol for risking the safety of the community with her actions against the council's wishes. Despite Carol's protests, he orders that the Whisperer's wounds be treated first and demands to be present during the interrogation. He then has Siddiq and Dante called to the cell to tend to the prisoner. When Siddiq becomes nervous after he is taunted by the Whisperer, Gabriel promises him that Dante can handle the situation on his own while he heads outside to relax.
A while later, Gabriel is present during the Whisperer's interrogation and watches as he spits food onto Carol's face and then is punched by her after a discriminatory remark. He then listens in surprise as the Whisperer claims he won't betray Alpha because she loves her people so much she sacrificed her own daughter.
Later that day, Gabriel arrives along with the others at the cell to help the Whisperer who suddenly starts convulsing. When Dante holds him, he spits blood onto his shoulder before dying from the poison. Gabriel is then left in shock as Siddiq blames Dante for treating him with hemlock plants despite him claiming innocence and accusing him of packing it. Shortly after, Daryl prevents the Whisperer from reanimating and Gabriel offers to help him hide the body.
Gabriel is present during Dante's interrogation in the infirmary after his identity as a Whisperer spy is exposed. He asks Dante why he killed Siddiq after having tortured him months ago at the barn. When Dante confesses his motive for infiltrating the community and says he's looking forward to them arguing over what to do with him as they did with Negan, Gabriel angrily asks him if he thinks he deserves a public reckoning.
Later that day, Gabriel delivers a moving eulogy at Siddiq's funeral and helps bury him. Shortly after, he goes home and puts Coco to sleep before rewatching Dante's interview where he claims he had a son. When Rosita arrives at their house, she tells him she almost died fighting walkers recklessly and laments how vulnerable she feels because she doesn't want Coco to be left an orphan. Gabriel says that feeling will pass and his main concern at the moment is to figure out how Dante managed to blend within the community in the last four months.
Gabriel later visits a prisoned Dante at the cell and asks if he even had a son like he said in his videotape interview. When Dante says it doesn't matter, Gabriel walks into the cell and admits to being deeply saddened by the loss of Siddiq whom he loved like a brother and because of his death Coco won't ever meet her father. After Dante asks whether people deserve a second chance, Gabriel appears to agree but then pulls out a knife and brutally stabs him to death. He then screams in a rage and cries into his blood-covered hands. That night, Gabriel burns Dante's body when Rosita approaches and puts her head on his shoulder. They reconcile and watch the scene.
When a Whisperer named Gamma arrives at the gates to inform everyone that a group has been trapped in the cave with Alpha's horde and that they may be still alive and needing help, Gabriel questions her intentions, pointing out the horde wasn't where she told Aaron it would be. She explains she wants to help because the baby left at Hilltop is her nephew before Rosita knocks her unconscious and orders for her to be put in a cell. A while later, Gabriel and Rosita visit Gamma in the cell and confront her about Dante's actions. They say she has to prove she's different from the other Whisperers or she'll get killed. When Gabriel insists she is hiding something and calls for a sincere confession, Gamma tearfully reveals she killed her sister for Alpha, which makes Gabriel accept her help.
Gabriel is later present in the meeting hall to discuss a possible plan when Gamma tells everything she knows about the cave and its entrances. He proposes to Laura and Scott to send two rescue teams when Rosita says she doubts the authenticity of her words, which prompts him to insist that they shouldn't be afraid of the Whisperers since they're cowards and encourages them to capture any Whisperer and brutally torture them until they can break them. Shortly after, Gabriel and Rosita prepare for the outing. He suggests she'd better stay at home but she refuses, adding that he is acting erratic and is itching for a fight. Gabriel doesn't understand her point, and Rosita claims she can feel that Coco is wondering where Siddiq is and she doesn't want her daughter to be left an orphan if both of them die.
Sometime later that day, Gabriel listens as Echo Post informs about a hundred-walker herd incoming and explains to Scott they try to not let them use the traitor's information. As they think about this situation, he notices that Rosita is nervous about going outside. While starting to draft people for the scout team, Gabriel changes the plan at the last minute and orders for Rosita and Laura to stay back with a skeleton crew while he and others will head out on the recon mission. Before leaving, he tells Rosita he isn't trying to decide for him and listens as she tells him she has been having nightmares about the Whisperers killing her and worries about Coco's future. They kiss goodbye.
That night, Gabriel and his team find the soldiers from Echo Post murdered and realizes the Whisperers forced them to give false information about the herd so they would leave Alexandria and weaken the inner defense. They immediately rush back to the community. On their way back, they ambush Beta escorting a captured Gamma and Gabriel tries to shoot him but fails and watches as he flees into the woods. He then turns his gun to Gamma as she tries to convince him she hasn't betrayed them and ultimately believes her. They then return to the community.
The following morning, Gabriel is informed by Scott that Beta infiltrated Alexandria trough Cheryl's grave which connected to a tunnel system. He then hugs Aaron when he arrives and listens when he tells them not everyone escaped from the cave. Afterwards, Gabriel is left with Coco under his care since Alexandria is safe at the moment and kisses Rosita goodbye as she prepares to leave towards Hilltop with a group so she can be checked with by the doctor.
Gabriel is among the Alexandrians to relocate to the abandoned hospital being referred to as "the tower". Alden and Aaron spy on the herd and radio their observations to Gabriel, noting that they are heading towards Oceanside as expected. Aaron tells him they will continue to follow the herd and notify them if anything changes. Later, Gabriel suddenly radios Daryl, revealing that they are surrounded by the horde.
Gabriel is first seen hurrying supplies around the hospital as the horde arrives. He observes the herd from the window in shock before being approached by R.J. and Gracie. He comforts them by telling them about the unity within the communities, and how they will make it out together. He is later seen briefing a plan with the others to lure the horde away with speakers, organizing teams and later fortifying the entrances to the hospital.
When the Whisperers bypass their traps, Gabriel sends Scott, Rachel, and Judith down the elevator shaft with a rope, staying behind to prevent Whisperers from getting through defenses. Judith questions why Gabriel isn't coming, to which he explains, and asks her to pass on the message, "Eres mi media naranja," to Rosita. As they leave, Gabriel recites the Proverbs before fighting off a group of Whisperers. Eventually he is overwhelmed and pinned to the ground, yet is saved by a masked survivor and Maggie, who he hugs in joy.
Gabriel is later seen reunited with the group in the woods, comforting Rosita and Coco.
Gabriel and Aaron slay walkers in a field. Gabriel and Aaron arrive at a building to search for potential supplies, only to find that the building has burned to the ground. Gabriel consults a map of potential supply sources that Maggie created. Aaron and Gabriel throw a timer into a field. The timer rings, flushing walkers out of the tall grass. Aaron and Gabriel kill the walkers. Aaron and Gabriel find a caravan of abandoned cars riddled with bullets. Gabriel discovers a stash of canned goods in a car trunk, but bullet holes have caused the contents to leak out. Aaron grows discouraged.
Aaron bangs the boarded-up door of a market to draw out walkers. Gabriel hacks at walkers as they reach through the planks. Aaron kills a walker as it lunges for them. Gabriel climbs onto the roof and finds a walker tied to a post. Three dead bodies lie on a nearby mattress. Gabriel enters the store via a roof hatch. Gabriel kills the walkers inside the store but finds no supplies. He consults Maggie's map and says there is one more location to search. Aaron gives up hope and points out that they've been scavenging for two weeks without any success. Gabriel insists they still check the final location.
Gabriel and Aaron walk down a trail. A walker rises from the mud and grabs at Gabriel. Gabriel falls in the mud, ruining the map. Aaron kills the walker and refuses to proceed without a map. Gabriel insists they just need to look for a water tower that is near the final location, but eventually agrees to return home. Aaron and Gabriel discover an abandoned warehouse and search inside. Gabriel notices a pile of Bibles with torn pages. Aaron investigates a noise. Gabriel finds something in the drawer of a desk. Aaron approaches a room where the noise is coming from. He opens the door.
Gabriel hears Aaron screaming and races over to the room. Aaron stands over the body of a boar that he fought and killed. Gabriel proposes dinner with some whiskey that he found in the desk. Aaron and Gabriel cook the boar in the warehouse. Gabriel pours some whiskey and notes that it's a very expensive brand. Aaron asks for more. Gabriel fills their glasses.
Later in the evening, Aaron and Gabriel play a drunken game of poker. Aaron and Gabriel relax after dinner. Gabriel tells a story about a mentor who taught him that good ministers are able to relate to people on their own terms. Aaron wishes they could go back to saving and recruiting residents to Alexandria. Gabriel doubts that life will ever return to normal and declares that evil people are the rule, not the exception.
Gabriel and Aaron sleep in the warehouse. Aaron gets up to use the bathroom. Gabriel wakes up and finds Aaron gone. A man named Mays watches him from across the room and asks for some boar.
Gabriel sits across from Mays as he eats boar. Mays tells Gabriel that he lives at the warehouse and that Gabriel and Aaron stole his boar. He reveals that he has Aaron's mace arm, then shoots at a room where he's holding Aaron. Gabriel tries to appeal to the man's faith in God, but Mays says he was merely using the Bibles for toilet paper. Mays drags Aaron out of the room and forces them to play Russian roulette. Gabriel and Aaron take turns shooting at their own heads. The chamber is empty each time. Mays explains that he killed his brother and his brother's family after catching his brother stealing his food. Gabriel invites Mays to join their community. Mays agrees and cuts Aaron loose. Gabriel kills Mays with the mace and tells Aaron that they couldn't take a man who killed his brother's family.
Aaron and Gabriel wonder where Mays had been hiding. They find a room upstairs stocked with supplies. Mays' brother is handcuffed, surrounded by the skeletons of his family. Mays' brother explains that Mays forced his family to play Russian roulette. Gabriel frees Mays' brother. Mays' brother grabs Gabriel's gun and shoots himself. Gabriel and Aaron cross a field and spot the water tower. Aaron agrees to look for the final location. They head off towards the water tower.
Gabriel breaks up a fight between people arguing over food rations. Gabriel presides over an emergency meeting and announces that Alexandria only has enough food to last a week. Maggie proposes they replenish their supplies by taking back her old community, Meridian, which was seized from them by a group that slaughtered most of her people. Gabriel and Daryl volunteer to join her.
Gabriel joins the mission to salvage food and water from Meridian to feed the large population in Alexandria. Part of a group consisting of Maggie, Daryl, Alden, Frost, Elijah, Gage, Negan, Agatha, Duncan and Roy, the survivors utilize Negan's familiarity with the DC area to travel to Meridian. Caught in a thunderstorm, they decide to take shelter in a subway station. Gabriel's team descends underground. Daryl suggests they travel via the subway tunnels. Negan vehemently disagrees, but Maggie orders him to tell them the quickest subway route to Meridian, since he's the most familiar with D.C. They jump onto the tracks. The group walks down a subway tunnel. They hear pipes groaning from the storm winds. Negan points to a watermark on the wall, indicating that the tunnels regularly flood. He suggests they turn around, but Daryl shoots down his idea.
Gabriel and the group stabs each walker dead. Negan refuses to go further, calling Maggie's plan a death march. Gage and Roy agree with Negan, but Maggie insists Negan needs to stay with them to guide them through D.C. Negan guesses that Maggie just brought him along to send him to his death. Maggie admits that she constantly thinks about killing Negan, and isn't sure how long her self-restraint will last.
Gabriel and the group realizes that Gage and Roy secretly fled and took all of their supplies. A herd of walkers appears further down the tunnel. They start killing the walkers and look for an escape route. Daryl runs after Dog, while Gabriel and the rest of the group climbs a ladder to safety.
Gabriel will appear in this episode.
As the Reapers unleash their attack, the group scatters into the woods. Gabriel, Alden and Negan are injured. Gabriel lies injured in the forest, his leg impaled with a knife. He silently prays, before spotting a lone Reaper limping off. With newfound determination, Gabriel pulls the knife out from his leg and sets off in pursuit of the Reaper.
Gabriel finally catches up to the Reaper he'd been tracking. The Reaper, Nicholls, is grievously wounded and reciting a prayer. He greets Gabriel in a friendly manner and tells him not to be afraid, but Gabriel assures him he isn't. The Reaper goes on to declare he has been blessed, and asks Gabriel to pray for him. Furious, Gabriel points out Nicholls tried to kill his friends, but the latter retorts that they tried to kill him in turn. He asks Gabriel again to pray for him, stating that even his enemies deserve that much. Disappointed at Gabriel's continued refusal, Nicholls says that the thought Gabriel was a man of God. Gabriel coldly replies that "God isn't here anymore", before murdering the Reaper.
Gabriel is able to reunite with Elijah and they both find Maggie and Negan. Maggie tells Elijah that Cole, Duncan and Agatha are dead and Daryl and Frost are nowhere to be found. Gabriel suggests they wait for Daryl and Frost. Maggie smiles in agreement.
Gabriel, Maggie, Negan and Elijah hide from the Reapers, who are searching for them and they listen from the basement. Daryl finds them and manages to distract Carver long enough for Maggie's group to escape. Gabriel and the group quietly sneaks out of the basement and escapes.
Gabriel, Maggie, Negan and Elijah make their way towards Meridian. Negan insists that the mission isn't worth it and that they should go home. Maggie pressures the group to move forward, and Gabriel refuses to go home having failed their mission. Negan promises to stay on the condition that he and Maggie would be even from then on, and Maggie reluctantly agrees. Maggie hits on the idea of gathering a horde of walkers to attack Meridian with, and Negan teaches the group how to blend in with the walkers with face masks and control herds,
Gabriel delivers a eulogy as Maggie, Negan, and Elijah stand over the grave of Elijah's friend. Maggie sends Gabriel on a mission, and tells him to kill any Reapers if he finds alone. Maggie orders Negan to find four walkers. Gabriel surveils Meridian through binoculars, gathering intel for Maggie. He sees the Reaper minister, Mancea, wander off alone. Gabriel watches Mancea walk through a cemetery, tending to the graves. Mancea senses someone's presence and grabs his knife. Gabriel readies his sword, but Mancea leaves without incident.
Gabriel regroups with Maggie and says what he was looking for is still at Meridian. He does not disclose his close encounter with the priest. Gabriel, Maggie, Negan, and Elijah lead the horde toward Meridian.
Gabriel, Maggie and Negan lead a herd of walkers to Meridian while disguised among them in masks. Gabriel and Maggie separate from the horde, and sneak up to a sentry post guarded by Powell. When they approach, Daryl kills Powell on the wall to cover for them, and directs them to where they can sneak in. Once inside, Gabriel and Maggie split up, with Gabriel climbing to the top floor of a building to defend Maggie with his rifle, and Maggie on the ground to find the supplies they're after. Maggie is spotted by Deaver while hot-wiring a truck, but Gabriel shoots him before he can kill her. Afterwords, Gabriel starts picking off Reapers with a rifle, but they retreat.
This list shows the victims Gabriel has killed:
- Church Organist (Alive, Possibly, Caused)
- Older Savior
- Gordon (Caused, Zombified)
- Red Haired Savior (Caused, Zombified)
- Harlan Carson (Indirectly Caused)
- Gage (Caused; Zombified)
- 1 unnamed man (Out of Mercy)
- Several members of his congregation (Caused)
- Many unnamed Saviors (Indirectly Caused, Accidental)
- 2 unnamed Whisperers (1 Caused, 1 alongside Coalition archers)
- Numerous counts of zombies
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- The casting call for this character used the name Michael Todd.
- Gabriel was described as "A two-sided man displaying a friendly, puckish humor but also having a haunted side stemming from a dark secret."
- This dark secret was revealed to be him not letting his fellow survivors inside his church at the start of the apocalypse, and causing them to die.
- Gabriel was described as "A two-sided man displaying a friendly, puckish humor but also having a haunted side stemming from a dark secret."
- In Season 9, following the end of the war, it's revealed that Gabriel's infection rendered him partially blind and that he can no longer see through his right eye.
- Gabriel is the only known character to have survived infection without amputation.
- This may be inspired by John from the comic series.
- Gabriel, Barbara and Aaron are the only remaining characters introduced in Season 5.
- Dante became the first person that Gabriel killed with malice intent in "The World Before" when he stabs him to death as revenge for Siddiq's murder. All other people that Gabriel has killed were either accidental, caused by incidental circumstances, or because he didn't do anything to prevent their deaths.
- Gabriel is the eleventh main character to outlive his comic book counterpart, with the first being Shane Walsh, the second being Carol Peletier, the third being Tyreese Williams, the fourth being Beth Greene, the fifth being Judith Grimes, the sixth being Morgan Jones, the seventh being Abraham Ford, the eight being Rosita Espinosa, the ninth being Ezekiel and the tenth being Alpha.
- He is the first person across The Walking Dead Universe to be trilingual as he knows English, Spanish, and ASL.
- He is one of thirteen characters known to speak Spanish in the TV Series. The others are Rosita Espinosa, Juanita Sanchez, Morales, Dante, Judith Grimes, Miguel, Felipe, Guillermo, Abuela, Vazquez, and the Mexican Family.
- Of the thirteen, he and Judith are the only two of no known Hispanic descent.
- He is one of eight people to know ASL. The others being Carol Peletier, Daryl Dixon, Connie, Kelly, Magna, Yumiko Okumura, and Luke.
- He is one of thirteen characters known to speak Spanish in the TV Series. The others are Rosita Espinosa, Juanita Sanchez, Morales, Dante, Judith Grimes, Miguel, Felipe, Guillermo, Abuela, Vazquez, and the Mexican Family.
|Language||Dubber||Other Characters Voiced|
|Hungarian||Papp Dániel (5-9)
Pál Tamás (10-Present)
|Portuguese||Rodrigo Araújo||Pete Dolgen|
|Spanish (Latin America)||Federico Pesce||Martinez|
|Spanish (Spain)||Gabriel Jiménez||Terry|