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"What are those things? I was walking in the woods not to far from here, when I heard the screams. I stayed in the woods for a few days, before coming here to look for some supplies. I could use a ride, if you have room."
—Holly to Daryl Dixon[src]

Holly Gaines is an original character from The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct.


Location Unknown

Not much is known about Holly's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that she was born in 1950 and was an accomplished sculptor. On her way to Atlanta for a show at the prestigious Sacrament 5 Gallery, she had taken a few days off to roam through the Georgia backcountry for inspiration when the world took a turn for the worse. Holly is a fighter and a survivor, but is very awkward socially.


Rural Georgia

When the outbreak began, Holly took cover in an abandoned house next to a diner. The diner is where Daryl Dixon has a chance to stop and search for supplies and gas after finding some fuel and ammo. Daryl can search the house where Holly is hiding.  If he does, Holly taps on the window telling him to come inside.  If he goes and speaks to her, she asks for a lift and is happy to join Daryl's group. 

If Daryl does not search the house, Holly will not be found, leaving her status unknown.

Firesign Stadium

If Holly reaches Firesign Stadium, she and another survivor will board the last evacuation helicopter. When Daryl's brother Merle informs Daryl that the helicopter pilot has been bitten, Daryl tries to tell Holly but the helicopter takes off, leaving Holly's fate unknown.


Killed By
  • Zombies (Alive, Determinant)
  • Helicopter crash (Assumed, Determinant)

Holly along with any other survivor that may survive till the Evac in Georgia, most likely died in a helicopter crash. As Merle notices that the "Whirlybird Pilot" had been bitten, and said he was already looking like he was going to turn. The pilot might have turned mid-flight causing a crash, possibly killing Holly and the other passengers.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Holly has killed:

  • Possibly numerous counts of zombies


  • Prefers Bladed Weapons
  • Weak
Survival Instinct Characters
Dixon Family DarylMerleWill
Cabot Ridge Survivors JessBuck
Sedalia Survivors KesslerWarrenJimmyLester
Pemberton Sheriff's Department JohnAlbert
Garwater Survivors Hartwell
Fontana Survivors AnnaMiaNoah
Oakview Survivors KennedyMike
Taggart Survivors CharleneSatchmo
Archer Creek Survivors ChrisSheila
Cleburne Hospital Survivors DowdleTodd
Sherwood Survivors AidenJaneTerryMrs. Harrison
Miscellaneous Survivors SarahAhmadHollyShelleyGloriaAsh
Alive characters appear in green. Unknown characters appear in blue. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Undead characters appear in grey and italics. Determinant characters appear in purple. With italics, determinant characters either die or turn undead. Without italics, determinant characters either die, stay alive or are left with unknown status.