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"Don't remind me. I'm not going to say thank you for keeping me alive, but I'm going to try and find something out there that might make me say thank you... some day. (..) He's at McCarroll Ranch. It's not too far from here. That's...that's where we left him at least."
—Paul to Javier and Clementine about sparing his life and about AJ's last known location. (Determinant)[src]

Paul Lingard is an original character who first appears in Telltale GamesThe Walking DeadSeason Three. He is a doctor and one of the four leaders of the New Frontier, alongside, Joan, Clinton Barnes, and David García. Paul is a friend of David and is one of his close confidants alongside Ava. As a result, not only does Paul support David but he also finds reason to live because of him. Though a regular user of drugs and his own medicine, Paul is still a skilled doctor. However, after David is removed from his position and Joan becomes far more strict and dictatorial over her leadership, Paul remains reluctant to get involved and stays neutral, leading to a bout of depression and his own assisted suicide. (Determinant) Paul is also an affiliate of Clementine, and is the only man who knows the location of Alvin Jr.

Pre-Apocalypse

Charlottesville, Virginia

Prior to the outbreak, Paul was a world-class oncologist, and a respected faculty member of the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His profession and medical knowledge carried over into the apocalypse.

Post-Apocalypse

After the outbreak, many of Paul's colleagues fled for safety, leaving him on his own. Undeterred, Lingard sought out the sick and the injured, attempting to help whenever and however he could.

Unfortunately, the state of the world eventually began to take its toll on Lingard's mind, which led to substance abuse as a method of coping, chiefly his own medicine supply.

Eventually, a man came across the weary Lingard, wracked by addiction and his inner demons, and helped him overcome his addiction, as well as find purpose in life. Sometime later, Lingard, along with David, Clint, and Joan formed the New Frontier.

Season 3

"Above The Law"

The first time we see Paul is in Richmond's hospital where Kate is. He was amazed by Eleanor's doctor skills and wants to keep her in Richmond. Before Javi and David leave Paul vouches for Eleanor to be released from quarantine. In the Clementine flashback after she finds the vancomycin and is about to inject AJ, Paul wakes up and tells Clementine not to inject AJ because it's the last of the vancomycin and will consequently cost someone else's life in the future. After David/Ava notices Clementine, Paul takes AJ and she has the option to say goodbye to AJ or spit in David's face. His last appearance is in the end of the episode when Javi reveals that Joan was ordering raiding and looting on other settlements.

"Thicker Than Water"

After Javi, Gabe, and Ava steal from the armory, Javier goes to Lingard's office to find Lingard unconscious. When Dr. Lingard awakens, he is dazed and informs Javier that he doesn't want to live anymore. When asked why he couldn't do it himself, Lingard admits that he is too cowardly to go through with it. After explaining the positive qualities of David and how he is a good person despite his faults, he figures that Clementine was sent by David to ask him about AJ's location. He then asks Javier and Clementine to kill him in exchange for AJ's location. Regardless of the case, he will also inform Javier and Clementine about Joan's plans to establish control by executing anyone she deems a traitor.

In-Game Decision

Kill Lingard (Dead): If you agree to kill him, he will tell Clem where Alvin Jr. is located. Javier will then inject Lingard with a lethal dose of drugs, which Lingard tells him to stick around for the "after-part", as he begs them not to let him turn into a walker. He then drifts off to sleep and dies, warning them about Joan's plan. Javier will then stab him in the head after he dies to prevent reanimation.

If Lingard is killed, Joan will later use Lingard's death in an attempt to turn the residents of Richmond against Javier and David and she both questions and criticizes Javier on why he would kill the only doctor in Richmond.

Refuse (Alive): If you refuse to kill him, Lingard will cancel the deal, much to Clementine's dismay. Bitterly admitting his disappointment at Javier refusing to make the hard call, he tells them that they are making a mistake, especially now that Joan is putting her plans into motion. He then drifts off to sleep as Javier and Clementine leaves the room.

No Choice (Dead): If you do not make a choice, then Clementine will volunteer to kill him instead, understanding Javier's inability to make a decision. The scene will then play out as if Javier volunteers to do it, and Lingard dies the same way. If Javier takes too long to put him down before reanimation, Clementine will be given the knife and she will viciously stab him in the head instead.

"From The Gallows"

Paul will appear in this episode if he was not killed in the previous episode, towards its ending. He will politely refuse to thank Javier for sparing his life, but will try to make it up to him by continuing to help lives within Richmond as he did before. After Clementine reiterated her question about AJ, Paul hesitates, so Javier convinces him to make it up to her now as part of thanking him for saving his life. Feeling that he owes them, he also reveals to Clem AJ's last known location before he walks off on good terms, leading Clementine on a journey to find him once again.

If Paul was killed in the previous episode, a photo of him will appear on the memorial wall, the image depicting him sitting down in his office.

Death (Determinant)

Killed By
  • Himself (Caused, Alive)
  • Javier García (Out of Mercy, Alive) and/or (Before Reanimation)
  • Clementine (Out of Mercy, Alive) and/or (Before Reanimation)

When Javier returns to the hospital to see Dr. Lingard regarding his stab wound, Lingard is unconscious as a result of drug use. When he recovers, albeit weary and delusional, he solemnly acknowledges that Joan's autocracy and David's arrest will not bode well for him, asking Javier to kill him and prevent him from reanimating - all in exchange for Alvin Jr.'s location. If the player decides to assist in Dr. Lingard's suicide, Javier will inject a large dose of medicine into his arm, overdosing him in the process. If the player chooses silence, Clementine will inject Lingard. Regardless, Javier will prevent Lingard from reanimating by stabbing him in the head. If the player takes too long on this also, Javier will hand the knife to Clem and she will lunge forward and violently stab Lingard in the head.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Paul has killed:

  • Himself (Caused, Alive, Determinant)
  • Numerous counts of unnamed people (Indirectly Caused)
  • Possibly numerous counts of unnamed patients (Caused; Direct, Out of Mercy)
  • Possibly numerous counts of zombies

Relationships

Joan

"Despite all her pleasantries, she's a cruel bitch."
—Lingard about Joan.[src]
Lingard and Joan are two members of New Frontier council, showing they at least trust one other somewhat. Lingard is shown to be afraid of her, following her orders or keeping quick against things he doesn't approve of. He also doesn't think kindly of her, saying she's a cruel bitch, "despite all her pleasantries". If Lingard was killed, Joan has no problem using his body to frame David. It's unknown how Lingard reacted if you kill Joan if he even found out.

David García

"That poor bastard. He's...he's not getting out?"
—Lingard about David if you say that Joan took David. (Determinant)[src]
David is a close friend to Lingard. Lingard was on death's door and was thinking about killing himself, until he met up with David and gave him a reason to care again. David is shown to be angered by Lingard's drug problem. Lingard is one of the few people David trusts, giving him AJ to look after. Once David was taken by Joan, Lingard feared the worst and didn't want to live without him around. It's unknown how Lingard reacted to David's potential death if he even found out.

Clinton Barnes

The two never had any on-screen interaction, but it can be assumed they had a positive relationship, both being members of Richmonds leadership council. Clint doesn't seem to be too shocked after Joan reveals Lingard's body, it's unknown how Lingard reacted to Clint's death if he found out that David killed him.

Lonnie

"Lonnie? Please tell me this isn't true."
—Lingard to Lonnie after hearing about the raids. (Determinant)[src]
Paul and Lonnie seem to have a respectful relationship. The two understand each other's position. If Max is killed, then Paul will beg Lonnie to explain the truth about the raids made by him, Max, and Badger. Lonnie, in turn, doesn't seem to have problems with Paul as well.

Javier García

"Javier. Thought you were rotting in a cell with David. Any chance he got out?"
—Lingard to Javier.[src]
The two don't interact much, however Javier seems to respect him due to him being a medical professional and him saving Kate's life. Later when Javi and Clem find him out cold due to him being high on drugs, he's given the option to mercy kill him or keep him alive seeing as it's not necessary to kill him like that.

In From The Gallows, when they meet again, Paul remains neutral towards Javier, stubbornly saying he won't thank him for saving his life, but is going to try to redeem himself by saving more people in Richmond, like he did before.

Clementine

"He's at the McCarroll Ranch. It's not too far from here. That's... That's where we left him, at least."
—Lingard revealing AJ's location to be the McCarroll Ranch to Clementine. (Determinant)[src]
Dr. Lingard and Clementine look to have a neutral relationship. Unlike the others at the camp, Lingard does not act hostile towards her when she is caught stealing and even suggests that David gives her a second chance. Clementine might have some respect for him, as she almost always refers to him as Doctor Lingard. Clementine will be hostile to Lingard demanding to know where AJ is, and kills him to get answers if Javier fails to make a choice. Later if Lingard lived, Clementine will beg him for AJ's location and will be grateful for his help, wishing him the best of luck.

Alvin Jr.

"He's at the McCarroll Ranch. It's not too far from here. That's... That's where we left him, at least."
—Lingard revealing AJ location to Clementine. (Determinant)[src]
Though they never interact, Paul is the only one who knew of AJ's location when he went missing. Therefore, he presumably has a neutral relationship with the boy, making a deal to kill him in exchange for AJ's location. If he dies, then Paul willingly tells Javier and Clem where he is before he passes away. If he is spared, then Paul will refuse to tell them where he is, and not seem to care about Clementine's worry for him.

Eleanor

Eleanor and Paul seem to be on good terms. Javier tells Paul that Eleanor is a doctor and Paul vouches for Eleanor to exit quarantine to meet Paul herself. Paul states that he really wants to meet her and she could be a vital asset to the community as seen of the work she had previously used on Kate. Later on when the group collect Kate from the hospital, they see Eleanor there and she has her own room, items and particularly a gun as she states herself. This may mean that either the New Frontier or Paul arranged all of this for her as she earned it. When she hears that Paul died, she is devastated. Eleanor does not approve of his drug problem.

Kate García

Kate and Paul seemed to be on good terms. Paul shows concern for Kate when treating her along with feeling relieved when he has seen that Kate's bullet wound only needed less than what he would expect when treating such an injury. If Paul is alive at the end of From The Gallows and Kate is dead, then it is unknown if the former is aware if the latter had died.


Appearances

Video Game

Season 3

Trivia

  • Paul is the fifth character known to use drugs recreationally, the others being Bonnie, Wyatt, Eddie, and Kate.
  • Paul is the seventh doctor to appear in the video game, the others being Diana, Vernon, Carlos, Logan, Jonas, and Eleanor.
  • Regardless of whether Paul dies or lives, he has the same ending line before he falls asleep (and potentially dies) and Javier and Clementine leaves: "You better... hope she doesn't... Find you...", which will be also be his final words if he is overdosed.
  • Out of the four New Frontier leaders, Paul and Clint are the only two to not have any antagonistic moments at any point of the game.
  • Paul’s facial expressions and animations do not work or show his emotion. This was fixed with a patch that also changed the color of his subtitles.
  • Lingard’s model was originally created to be a man named Mason, who was the mastermind of the New Frontier group in an early iteration of the story.[3]
  • It is confirmed that Paul is still alive if he was spared in "Thicker Than Water".[4]

References

Video Game Characters
Everett Family LeeB.Mr. EverettMrs. Everett
Clementine's Neighborhood ClementineAndreChetSandra
Greene Farm HershelKennyDuckKatjaaShawn
Macon GlennLillyDougCarleyBeatriceLarryIreneMark
Stone Mountain High School BenTravisDavid
St. John's Dairy Farm TerryAndrewDannyBrenda
Save-Lots Bandits DrewGaryLindaJolene
The Railroad ChristaOmidCharles
Savannah MollyCliveJoyceAnnaBoydVernonBrieCrawford
LoganJeffFivelDianaEdTess
Prison Bus VinceJustinDannyBennettClydeJerryMarcus
Wyatt's Group WyattEddie
Rural Road RussellNate
Bonnie's Group BonnieLelandDee
Gil's Pitstop ShelBeccaRobertoWaltRomanMichelleStephanieJean
Winston's Group RalphVictorWinston
Cabin Group A.J.LukeRebeccaSarahNickCarlosAlvinPeter
Moonstar Lodge SaritaWalterMatthew
Howe's Hardware TaviaMikeLowellVeraTylerTishaTaraBarryJane
HankTroyWilliamReggieJohnny
Sandusky Family TamaraJon
Russian Group ArvoVitaliNatashaBuricko
Wellington Edith
Randy's Family RandyPatriciaGill
Hawthorne Family MichonneElodieColetteDominic
Atlanta Vanessa
The Companion PeteSiddiqOakBerto
Monroe RichGabbyJonasJoeNormaZacharyJaneyRandallCam
Fairbanks Residence PaigeJamesAlexSamanthaJohnGregSophia
García Family JavierGabrielKateDavidMarianaHectorSalvador
Mrs. García
Prescott EleanorConradTrippFrancineEli
The New Frontier FernBobClintonJoanPaulLonnieMaxAvaRufus
IdaBadger
Ericson's Boarding School WillyOmarRubyAasimTennesseeVioletLouisMinervaMitchMs. MartinMarlonBrodySophie
The Delta ArmandoMichaelAbelDorianSulleneGinaGadYonatan
The Whisperers CharlieJames
McCarroll Ranch LloydRodneyHelen
Miscellaneous Survivors PaulAnnie
Animals RosieMaybelleSamWalter
Walkers SherakChrisBethBufordBerthaDrew
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. 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.
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