Virgil is described as "a highly intelligent and resourceful man who is desperately trying to get home to his family."
Nothing is known about Virgil's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that it's possible he had a wife and daughter.
At some point after the outbreak, Virgil and his family settle down in a naval base on Bloodsworth Island in Tangier's Sound in Chesapeake Bay. Sometime later, he left the island to look for supplies but was left stranded and had been looking for a way to return back ever since.
Virgil searches for a boat he can use to sail back home until he eventually finds a community on a nearby beach. He tampers with the security system and spies on the residents while coming up with a plan to steal one of the boats.
Virgil looks for supplies in a library and finds a book titled "The World Before", which he decides to take along for his daughter. When Luke is attacked by a couple of walkers, Virgil saves his life and then flees from the place in a rush. Later that day, he is captured in Oceanside by the residents and begs he simply wants to get back to his family. While Rachel threatens to kill him for messing with the security system, Luke tries to defend him for saving him earlier that day. Michonne draws her sword and demands he answers her questions. When walkers suddenly invade, Virgil tries to escape but is slashed in his leg by Judith and falls. He is then tied up to stop further escape attempts.
That night, Virgil wakes up after being stitched and attempts to stop Judith from reading the book he is bringing for his daughter before Michonne arrives to question him. He claims he was only looking for supplies and now wants to return home. When she asks why he saved Luke, Virgil says that mercy is in short supply these days, which triggers a memory in her. He then reveals to live with his family on a fortified island that is hard to find. They make a deal in which Michonne will help him get back to his family in exchange for weapons. The next day, Michonne gives Virgil the backpack he had left behind in the library and tells him that the weapons will pay off his debt to Oceanside. He accepts the offer and they introduce each other before shaking hands. They then sail away on a boat towards the island.
This list shows the victims Virgil has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies