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John studied Law at the University of Virginia, working as a house keeper to pay his through it. He eventually graduated and became a well-off lawyer before the apocalypse. He had a wife, Sophia, and four children, Greg, Samantha, Alex and James. He lived in a large house, and sometime during the apocalypse, barred up the gate and made it a safe haven.
Sometime during the apocalypse, his wife committed suicide, whom he and Sam then buried. Due to the way she died, he didn't tell the younger children how she died, meaning they never gave her a formal funeral.
John is first seen when Michonne brings in Samantha. He initially questions Michonne, but soon helps her by holding down Sam, allowing Michonne to patch up the gunshot wound with a red hot fire poker.
He then asks to speak with her outside. He goes to the grave of his dead wife, Sophia, and tells Michonne that his children are what keep him going. He finds a walker's arm on the ground and opens the gate, only to be shot by Randall moments later.
John is shown to be very sad about the loss of his wife and visits her grave regularly. John lied about how Sophia died to his kids as well as Michonne nothing wanting then to think bad about there mother.
It can be assumed Samantha and John had a general father-daughter relationship. John does his best to help when Samantha returns home, John was worried and angry about Samantha gun wounded. She is very saddened and enraged by his death, wanting Randall to be killed for it.
Although initially mistrusting of Michonne, they each have an understanding of each other as they have both lost the person/people that mean the most to them. Depending on what Michonne said to him John will be trusting or angry at Michonne. Michonne is shock and angry with Randall for killing John and can get revenge and kill Randall (Determinant).
—Paige to Michonne as why John has Paige watching her.[src]
Paige know John since she was kid she spent most of her at his house. Paige respect John as there group leader saying he wants to keep them together and alive. Paige felt sadness for him after all he lost but respects that he keeping it together. Paige is sad and angry about John's death.
—John to Pete about the threat of Norma. (Determinant)[src]
If Pete left with Michonne he will meet John (determinant). John doesn't trust him at first as well as Michonne. John is thankful for him with helping saving Samantha. Pete tries to warn John about Norma and Randall saying they'll find them and it's not save. Pete shows sadness and anger about John's death but doesn't want revenge.
Alive characters appear in green. Unknown characters appear in blue. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Undead characters appear in gray 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.