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"I didn't run from my boy 'cause I didn't care. I did it 'cause I do. Just like you at Bill's. (...) You were right. I was punishing myself. But I was also punishing my wife, punishing my boy... I did come back that summer. Stopped at Bill's to fill up the tank and saw him there. Boy looked so content eating his butterscotch ice-cream... He looked so happy. John had this light about him... 'Course you know. I was afraid I'd snuff it out. Like the Teddy case did to me. So I decided then and there he's better off without me. I drove back here, left those pistols on the porch, never looked back. Never even said goodbye."
—John Sr. to June about his son.[src]

John Francis Dorie V, better known as John Dorie Sr., is a main character and a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead. He is the father of John Dorie.




Nacogdoches, Texas

John Dorie Sr. was a police officer during a time where young women were turning up brutally murdered around the Houston area, while he and the department tracked the murders down to a cult leader, Theodore "Teddy" Maddox living in the middle of a desert, they couldn't arrest him as they didn't have any solid evidence. Out of desperation, John planted a purse belonging to one of the victims on Teddy, which enabled the police to arrest and the courts to convict him to a life sentence.

Despite successfully putting the killer behind bars and that he was seen as a hero by his colleagues, the fact that he planted evidence on a suspect haunted John to the point where he started drinking heavily. Eventually, he and his wife got a divorce and he failed to show up at the cabin one summer when he and his son were supposed to start working on an old truck. All that young John ever found were the family's antique guns left for him by his father. Unknown to John, John Sr. did briefly return, but after seeing him happy outside of McNeill's Bait & Beer, John Sr. decided to abandon his son in order to protect him and left the guns behind as a final gift to his son.


After the world ended, John started seeing Teddy Maddox's "The End Is the Beginning" signs all over the place. Disturbed, John visited the prison where Teddy had been locked up for decades in the hopes of finding his rotting corpse. Instead, John found out that Teddy had somehow managed to escape after the world ended. John began hunting for Teddy and his cult in order to put a final end to his old enemy, eventually learning of the fire at the Holding and tracking the cult's movements all over Texas.

Season 6

"The Door"

As he works on the old truck at John Dorie's Cabin, Morgan Jones finds an old picture of John and his father and gives it to John. Later, John stares at the picture of the two of them together as he dies.


This man corners June at gunpoint and asks why she's here. June says they're on the same team and proposes they share information about the enemy group. The man says he's been searching for the group longer than she has. June says his map is missing a location – the orchard. The man orders her to drive him there. June drives at gunpoint. She swerves to a stop and aims her gun at the man. He recognizes her revolver and says the "J.D." initials engraved on the handle are his: He is John's father. June asks John Sr. if he has any questions about John. John Sr. deduces that John is dead. June realizes she lost her jacket with John's letter and says they need to backtrack. John Sr. instead orders her to drive to the orchard. June turns the engine but the RV doesn't start.

John Sr. finds a walker stuck on the underside of the RV. The RV smokes up when June tries to start it again. John Sr. says the RV is busted. June reads a newspaper clipping about John Sr. putting Teddy away for life. John Sr. says Teddy is responsible for the spray-painted messages and admits he had to frame Teddy to land him in prison. He says that his lie drove him to drink and that he left his family because John was better off without him. June realizes that Hill is probably hiding at John's cabin and says they must go there. John Sr. refuses, but June says Hill has John's other pistol.

John Sr. and June walks through the woods. June offers to dress a wound on John Sr.'s hand. John Sr. suggests they stop at the local bait shop — the same one where June and John used to rent movies. June patches up John Sr.'s hand at the bait shop. John Sr. locks her inside a room to keep her safe while he goes to the cabin. John Sr. arrives at the cabin but finds it empty. He goes outside and gets ambushed by Hill. John Sr. overtakes Hill and demands to know more about Teddy. Hill says Teddy is planning to kill everyone. John Sr. tells Hill to leave, but Hill fights back and shoots John Sr. June, Dwight and Sherry kill Hill and help John Sr. up.

John Sr. wakes up in the cabin and goes outside. He sees June thanking Dwight and Sherry for finding her jacket. June finds John Sr. outside and urges him to get more rest. John Sr. laments that he never said good-bye to John. June says it's not too late. John Sr., June, Dwight and Sherry stand by John's grave. June reads John's letter out loud. In his letter, John hopes June will forgive him for leaving her to save Janis, just like he forgave his father. He says his father was a good man who left him out of love. John says June helped him realize his life was worth living. June cries. John Sr. and June arrive in Valley Town. Morgan is introduced to John Sr., and he says they need to start strategizing, because Teddy won't stop until they're all dead.


John Sr. is seen in a photograph on the walls.

"USS Pennsylvania"

John Dorie Sr. joins the rest of Morgan's group in traveling to the beached sub near Galveston, Texas in order to stop the Doomsday Cult's plans to launch the Pennsylvania's compliment of nuclear missiles. John Sr. says that he's coming with Morgan, since he gave up his family to bring Teddy to justice, so he isn't about to let him succeed now. The rest also refuse to stay behind. After opening the hatch, Morgan heads inside and begins dispatching the undead crewmembers. Once they're dealt with, he notices the radiation slightly increased, but is still tolerable. After the rest of the group enters the room, John Sr. locks the door behind them, as they wouldn't want Teddy's followers to surprise them. June wonders if there is any way to disable the missiles from here, but Victor thinks it would be best if they didn't mess with wires they don't understand. Dwight questions whether Teddy even knows how to launch the missiles, but John Sr. warns the group not to underestimate Teddy. Morgan hears more walkers on the deck above them.

Grace manages to get in touch with them using the sub's emergency comm system. Just as Morgan asks about directions, Teddy makes his presence known via the same emergency comms, revealing that he'd been listening in. John Sr. takes over the comms from Morgan and asks if Teddy recognizes his voice. When the latter doesn't, John reminds him of the last time he heard it, which was when John gave his testimony against him in court. Visibly angered, Teddy taunts John that he couldn't kill him then, and won't be able to now either. John says that he plans on putting a bullet in Teddy's head before the day ends, but Teddy begs to differ, and lets John know there are no hard feelings between them, as if he hadn't put Teddy away, he wouldn't be sitting where he is now.

Victor reminds John to ask about Alicia, and when he does, Teddy assures him that she is safer than all of them, himself included, and that they'll never find her. When Morgan asks where the missiles will hit, Teddy questions if they thought they'd be safe by the sub. Morgan is surprised that Teddy would kill his own people, but the latter claims he's giving them a second chance. With this revelation, Morgan orders Grace to contact Luciana to get everybody as far away from the sub as possible. Teddy compares himself to Morgan, noting that they are both leading their people to their ends, with the only difference being Teddy isn't fooling himself into thinking otherwise. He then excuses himself, informing Morgan and the rest that they're about to turn the power on. John and the others head outside while Morgan and Strand go after Teddy and the missiles. John watches in horror as the cult manages to get a nuclear missile with ten warheads off before Morgan and Strand can stop them.

"The Beginning"

At a lookout, Dakota discusses with Teddy how he'd encouraged her to be who she really is and Teddy embraces her. John Dorie Sr. arrives and reveals that he has come to forgive Dakota for his son's murder. Teddy insists that Dakota has nothing to feel sorry about, but she questions if John really means it, apparently pleased that she is being forgiven despite Dakota's claims that she feels no remorse. John drops his gun in a gesture of his honesty, but as Teddy goes to shoot him, June shoots Teddy in the arm, causing him to drop his gun which lands with a metallic clanking sound. June reveals that she also forgives Dakota and that her husband was right about it not being too late even if they only believe it for however long they have left. Dakota questions why June would've killed Virginia if she truly believes that and June explains that she lost what John believed when she lost her husband but she found it again and she encourages Dakota to do the same thing.

Kicking away Teddy's gun, John uncovers a hidden trapdoor leading to a secret bunker. John confronts Teddy on his claims that he intends to die at the end and suggests that it was "just a bunch of hot air to get your lambs to march to their slaughter" and June insists to Dakota that they aren't lying to her and are only doing what they believe. Dakota demands answers from Teddy who states that as they didn't shoot off all of the missiles, they will go back to the sub to finish the job once the dust clears. Dakota demands to know if Teddy even meant it when he said that he understood her and demands to know why he didn't reveal the existence of the bunker. Teddy claims that he couldn't take the risk of anyone else finding out and that he wants it to be about the two of them. However, John reveals that Teddy is only keeping Dakota alive as he needs two people to launch the remaining missiles, the two launch keys needing to be turned simultaneously. Shaken, Dakota insists that she and Teddy are family and he doesn't want Dakota to be something that she's not, but John attempts to convince her that Teddy will Dakota once he's done with her.

June tries to get Dakota to see the bunker as a sign that she can have a second chance, but they are interrupted by the missile's warheads breaking apart in the sky. Teddy pushes Dakota to make a choice: die with him bringing about the end or go with John and June into the bunker and pretend to be someone that she's not, leaving Dakota conflicted over what to do and suffering an emotional breakdown. Asking if his son had ever told June about the St. Louis Barn Raiser, John distracts Dakota by firing his gun into the air and as she shoots John in the arm, June shoots Dakota's gun out of her hand. Entering the bunker, June tries one last time to convince Dakota to come with them, but she insists upon seeing the end. John follows and locks the bunker door behind them.

When one of the nukes hits nearby, the shockwave rocks the bunker, sending debris flying and forcing John and June to take cover deeper inside.

Season 7

"Cindy Hawkins"

John Sr. sleeps in an underground bunker. A sign on the wall reads: "Day 25, days til opening 340." John wakes up and eats breakfast with June. John and June perform their daily routines. John tries to make contact with outsiders via radio. They play Monopoly and share some whiskey. Before bed, June changes the "days til opening" count to 339. They perform the same routine every day up to day 69. June and John are awoken by a deep rumble. A shelving unit topples over, revealing a hole in the wall. They tear down the wall and discover the room where Teddy tortured and killed his victims.

John sets up lights in the torture chamber, determined to find answers to questions he still has about Teddy's murders. He tells June that he never found the body of Teddy's final victim, Cindy Hawkins. The walls groan. June paints sealant on their homemade hazmat suits. Sensing John's impatience with her progress, June reminds him that according to a pamphlet that she found on surviving a nuclear attack, it's unsafe to go above ground until the "days til opening" countdown is over. John goes in the torture chamber to look for boards to shore up the wall. He finds some of Teddy's notes. John shores up the wall then asks where the whiskey is. June says the bottles were destroyed when the shelves fell.

Unable to sleep, John goes to the torture chamber and looks around. He finds a necklace bearing the letter "C," for Cindy. The lights blink. John tries to wake June, but she stays asleep. The walls groan loudly. John climbs toward the exit hatch and hears a woman's voice outside. John goes above ground in a gas mask and hazmat suit. He finds Teddy's skeleton and the body of Dakota, who is now a walker. He stabs her in the head, then sees Cindy's ghost. "Help me," Cindy says, grabbing him. June exits the hatch and shoots Cindy. John realizes Cindy was actually a walker. They spot three figures in gas masks and race back underground, locking the hatch.

John tells June he went above ground because he heard Cindy's voice. June wonders if he hit his head. John asks June if they have extra whiskey. June realizes John is an alcoholic. They hear loud thumping above ground. Over the radio, a man orders them to open the hatch. June turns off the radio then warns John that he will be going through some severe withdrawal symptoms. June shores up the ceiling. John hears a voice coming from the torture chamber. John wanders back to the torture chamber and sees Cindy's ghost. She tells him to find her body. June discovers John in the torture chamber and warns that being there doesn't help him. The ceiling groans. John asks if June checked the radio, but June insists the ceiling will hold.

June boards up the entrance to the torture chamber and tells John to get some sleep. John wakes up drenched in sweat. Cindy's ghost tells him to find her. June wakes up to find John prying the boards off the entrance to the torture chamber. June sedates him. The wall caves in, burying them in beams and knocking them unconscious. The strangers' voices come over the radio, saying this is their final warning. John wakes up and sees June lying unconscious. Cindy's ghost convinces him to find her body instead of helping June.

John goes into the chamber and tries to figure out where Teddy hid Cindy's body. June calls out for him. He ignores her. John guesses Cindy was on her way to see her boyfriend when Teddy abducted her. He finds her boyfriend's house on a map and tells June he's going to find Cindy's body. June warns him it's too risky. John confronts her about the actual dangers of radiation exposure. June admits she invented the daily countdown because she's afraid to abandon their life in the bunker. John leaves to find Cindy's body and says he'll come back for June.

John exits the hatch and sees the three figures digging up a second hatch nearby. They finally open the hatch. John shoots at them and kills two of the figures, but the third one descends into the hatch. June sees the figure enter the bunker. John races toward the hatch and trips. He sees the ghosts of Teddy's victims then realizes he's just looking at walkers. The masked figure looks for June in the bunker. John starts killing the walkers. The man finds June and aims his gun. John kills him then frees June from a fallen beam. A piece of wall falls down, revealing Cindy's body behind it. John returns the necklace to Cindy. The ceiling groans. They suit up and race toward the hatch, but the bunker caves in and buries them in dirt.

John wakes up in a bedroom at Strand's tower. June says they were rescued after someone heard his radio messages. Strand checks in on John. John refuses to join Strand after he tried to kill Morgan. Strand says they don't have a choice. John asks who the strangers in the gas masks were. Strand says John can help him figure that out. He pours drinks and toasts to their future. John declines his drink. After Strand leaves, June shows John a large horde of walkers surrounding the tower. She says that escaping isn't even an option.

"The Portrait"

John Sr. is seen on the rooftop with Wendell observing the surrounding Stalkers. Howard radios John Sr. for a status update from the roof.

John Sr. aims his rifle at the Stalkers, but Wendell warns him that shooting them would cause a massive explosion. Morgan offers to radio Grace for help, but Strand says there are no radios in the tower. Morgan implores Strand to relay a message to the armory, where the walkies are located. Strand reluctantly agrees. Howard tries to radio the armory, but the line has been severed. Arno flings another walker at the tower as a warning after spotting John Sr.'s gun. Strand vomits blue liquid. June realizes he was indeed poisoned.

Strand tells Howard and John Sr. that there's a traitor in the tower and insists on going to the armory himself to radio Grace. He lets slip that he turned Sarah away from the tower, much to Wendell's surprise. Strand takes Mo and refuses to give her back unless Morgan accompanies him to the armory.

"Mourning Cloak"

John Dorie Sr. will appear in this episode.

"Sonny Boy"

John Dorie Sr. will appear in this episode.


Killed By

In order to secure his own legacy, John, terminally ill with radiation sickness, carries baby Mo through the walker moat outside of Strand's Tower to Morgan Jones. However, he gets bitten in the process and as a result, John sacrifices himself to the herd to buy Morgan time to get away.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims John Dorie Sr. has killed:

  • Theodore Maddox (Indirectly Caused)
  • Dakota (Zombified)
  • Howard (Alive)
  • Himself (Sacrifice)
  • 1 unnamed cult captive (Zombified)
  • 3 unnamed Stalkers (1 Alive)
  • Possibly numerous unnamed criminals (Pre-Apocalypse)
  • Possibly numerous unnamed Galveston County Jail officers and prisoners (Zombified)
  • Possibly numerous unnamed cultists (Pre- and Post-Apocalypse)
  • Numerous counts of zombies


John Dorie

While John Sr., June, Dwight, and Sherry stood by John's grave. June read a letter by him out loud. In his letter, John said, he hoped June would forgive him for leaving her to save Janis, just like he forgave his father for leaving him when he was younger. He says his father was a good man who left him out of love, and that he forgave him.

June Dorie


Morgan Jones


Theodore Maddox

John is shown to have had an obsession with Teddy going back to when he first hunted the insane serial killer over forty years ago in the 1970s. John went so far as to plant Cindy Hawkins' purse on Teddy in order to be able to arrest him, but even when they got a confession and a conviction, John was unable to let it go with his guilt over his actions causing John to abandon both his job and his family. John would also be haunted by his inability to find the body of Cindy Hawkins, something that he had promised her mother that he would do for her.

After the world ended and Teddy escaped from prison, John resumed obsessively hunting for his old nemesis, his knowledge of Teddy and his MO proving invaluable in the effort to stop the Doomsday Cult's plans. When John finally gets to speak to Teddy over the comms system on the USS Pennsylvania, Teddy is at first amused until John identifies himself causing Teddy to become visibly startled and perhaps even a bit afraid before he quickly covers it up.

As Teddy's nuclear destruction nears, John finally confronts his old nemesis face to face for the first time in over forty years, but he largely ignores Teddy in favor of speaking to Dakota, using what could possibly be his last moments to extend his forgiveness to his son's killer rather than to finally kill the man that he's spent a great deal of his life trying to take down. John's ability to understand Teddy's motives and actions allows him to deduce that Teddy is just using Dakota to launch the rest of the Pennsylvania's nukes and finally break her devotion to Teddy. As a result of this, John is indirectly responsible for Teddy's death at Dakota's hands.

Even with Teddy dead, John is shown to still not be able to achieve peace, particularly when he discovers that Teddy's Secret Bunker is actually where Teddy had been killing his victims decades before, a location that John had always been unable to find. John resumes his obsession with trying to find Cindy's body without success. After emerging on the surface, John finds Teddy's decayed corpse and wryly quips "this the beginning you had in mind Teddy" before finding and putting down the zombified Dakota whom John sees as another girl that he'd failed to save from Teddy.

After finding Cindy's corpse buried in the bunker's walls and finally putting her to rest, John finally seems to gain peace with his obsession over Teddy.


Despite the fact that Dakota had murdered his only son, John Dorie Sr. forgave her for her actions. After finding her reanimated corpse, John is visibly saddened and puts her down, later telling June that he had put Dakota out of her torment. Despite her murder of his son, John is shown to see Dakota as yet another girl that he had failed to save from Teddy.


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  • In "The Key", John Dorie Sr. is mentioned by his son in his letter to June, and later in his conversation with Jacob where he discusses his father's hunt for Teddy Maddox.
  • In "The Door", John Dorie Sr. is mentioned several times as his son speaks about him to Morgan and Dakota. John also has a picture of his father.
  • He is the fifth of six generations of John Dories.
  • Although John states that the looks his father were given during his story in "The Key" were distrustful and that John Sr.'s friends on the police force knew what he had done, John Sr. corrects this when he tells June in "J.D." that no one had ever actually found out about what he did and that he was regarded as a hero. Instead, it was John Sr.'s own guilt over his actions and being treated like a hero that had left to his departure, not distrust from his friends and fellow police officers.
    • John was likely unaware of the truth or he had simply interpreted what had happened this way.
  • According to John Sr., his son did not get his shooting skills from him.
  • Stuntman Kirk Riley, who portrayed a runaway worker in "Welcome to the Club", portrayed a young John Dorie Sr. in the newspaper clippings seen in Teddy's cell in "Mother".[1]
  • John is the fifth main character to be bitten by a walker, the first being Elizabeth Ortiz, the second being Jake Otto, the third being Ofelia Salazar, and the fourth being Alicia Clark.
  • John is the third main character to commit suicide, the first being Travis Manawa and the second being Dakota.
    • However, his suicide was a sacrifice after being bitten by a walker.

International Dubbers

Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech Miroslav Saic N/A
French Patrick Bonnel N/A
German N/A N/A
Hugarian N/A N/A
Italian Stefano Mondini Art Costa
Japanese N/A N/A
Portuguese N/A N/A
Spanish (Latin America) Jorge Santos N/A
Spanish (Spain) Jordi Ribes Travis Manawa