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This article is about the Novel Character. You may be looking for Road To Survival counterpart. For other pages with the same name, see: Gene

—Gene to Detroit.[src]

Gene Gavin, also known as "The Major", is a main character and an antagonist that assumed de-facto leadership of Woodbury before Brian Blake in Rise of the Governor. He is described as having icy blue eyes with a flattop haircut and being selfish, power-hungry, and psychotic. Claiming to be from a nearby US Army National Guard post with full regalia, several other Guardsmen, and heavy munitions to provide a convincing background, Gavin saw himself the best suited leader in a "martial law" environment. He served as the primary antagonist of Rise of the Governor.


Camp Ellenwood, Georgia

Before the apocalypse, Gene Gavin served as a Major in the Georgia National Guard, as a survival instructor with the 221st Military Intelligence Battalion at Camp Ellenwood. Gene took pleasure in tormenting the Guardsmen under his command, waking them at odd hours and pushing them to the limits of their endurance. It is stated that Trey Barker was his star pupil at Camp Ellenwood. He was friends with Barker and Manning, who would later become his bodyguards.


Woodbury, Georgia

Gavin and seven other members of the National Guard, including Trey Barker, Manning, Stinson, Tommy Zorn, Johnson, Greely, and at least one unnamed Guardsman, rambled through the survivor camp unopposed prior to the Blake family's arrival. With Manning and Barker as his bodyguards and enforcers, holding dirt races for entertainment and stealing money and supplies from the citizens, Gavin and his subordinates did not appear to have a good understanding of the tactical requirements for safety from the infected, with the races directly luring more biters to the perimeter.

Brian has an encounter with Gavin while he is exploring Woodbury. Gavin requests that Brian donate some supplies to him and his subordinates, and when Brian refuses and tries to leave, Gavin and his men grab him and pin him to the floor. Gavin then puts his gun in Brian's mouth and tells him that he had better improve his attitude and mind his own business or else. After beating Brian some more, they walk off and leave him to his wounds.

After the death of Philip Blake, Nick Parsons, and Ms. Bridges, the townsfolk confronted him about this and the amounts of zombies surrounding the town because of the noise of the races. Gavin threatens them and kills a man known as Detroit, the town mechanic, for trying to leave outside of Gavin's orders.

In light of Gavin's hardball attitude several other citizens of Woodbury attempt to leave in light of Detroit's execution Gavin sends his subordinates to round everyone up again. In the vacuum of security Brian Blake undergoes a character transformation and assassinates Gavin without hesitation.


Killed By

During the town hall meeting, most of the Woodbury survivors wanted to leave, Gene stopped them from leaving, killing Detroit when he tried to leave. Suddenly Brian goes through a change of character and kills Gene by shooting him in the head multiple times. It is Gene's death that begins Blake's metamorphosis into The Governor.

Killed Victims

This list shows the people Gene has killed.


Novel Series

Rise of the Governor


Novel Series Characters
Timothy's Group TimothyAlicia
Philip's Group PennyBrianNickPhilipBobby
Chalmers Family April Tara David
Tommy's Group CherSonnyShortyTommy
Woodbury David Tiffany Mercy Jenny TylerBarbaraGloriaSpeedMatthewBenRobbieAlyssaSaulNathanMatthewCalvinMarianneElizabethLydiaDavyHapCaesarAustinDeanJohnnyEarlJaredJamesonDennyLouHinesTravisHaynesMillerJohnnyRedSmittyTomClintAliceGusGabrielDonDanielTeddyBartRudyCharlieRaymondEricJamesAndyAlexEvanJakeRonnieArloJohnnyBruceSamStevensEugeneHaroldTommyManningTaggertBroylesSwedeStevieStinsonSamTreyGeneDetroit
Tent City Lilly Donna Ruthie Mary Lydia Harlan Dick BobScottMeganJoshuaChadSarah
Christina's Group ChristinaMike
Meriwether County Correctional Facility Rick Michonne Glenn Carl Maggie Andrea Dale HershelLoriJudithBillyPatriciaAxelAndrewTyreese
Dupree Family Lucas Bethany ThomasCalvinMeredith
Pentecostal People of God HaroldJeremiahReeseStephenMaryNoelleEmma
Calvary Baptist Church Norma
Most Holy Redeemer Parish James Melissa Rory Molly MilesLelandLouisThurstonEarlChesterPatrick
Haralson Ashley Chelsea Bobby Trudy Jack FrankJamieCaleb
Woodbury Newcomers JinxIanJackRudyLindaClintMay
Moreland CooperMike
Atlanta Medical Center Doe TheodoreLawrenceCallumGlennCamo PantsSonnySoamesRaymondDaniels
Sixteenth Street Sophie Connie Bradley Lyle EveMartinBurtFredJohnny
Ile de la Lumiére Rafael
Stack Family JenniferKourtneyKaylaJohn
Spencer-Lee's Camp Cindy Teddy Spencer-LeeDanielSallyBarretAntoineRonnieDinaFitz
Chen Family AhuiWenzhu
Beacon of Light ElenaHengyenFangLinFrançoisDagangWangQingweiGuoWeizhenHaoboWangfaLankui LinnangHaihongTaijianChowLubinMing
The Grove MeiliXupinGuanShanshanShenyangHuangmangHongLoLiBiyingHuangyiJincaiChima
The Smokers Jiafeng
Heaven Monks LǎopóPing
Animals GypsySheckyArrow
Jiāngshī MaribelleBobby
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.