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Father Gabriel Stokes is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Seth Gilliam in the television series of the same name. He is struggling to come Dont Let Go - The Platters - Dont Let Go / Are You Sincere terms with the new reality he faces and his own faith.
Since the start of the apocalypse, Gabriel had barricaded himself in his parish, St. Sarah's Episcopal Church. He had been hiding within the church walls from the undead and surviving off of canned goods from the parish food pantry. It is revealed that he is a widower and that he likely lost his wife to the zombie plague. He has survived over several months alone in the church by turning away his followers and any other civilians when the zombie attacks started, saving him from internal conflict.
As a consequential result, however, he now feels extreme remorse. Gabriel is first encountered by the group after they have reunited following the Governor's assault on the prison. He brings Rick and company to his church, where they stay. The cannibals ambush them at the church while Rick and a small group try to find them at the school. Rick returns in time to kill the cannibals. Gabriel is appalled by the brutality that Rick's group displayed and the blood stains on the church floor upsets him greatly.
The group leaves the church before long. He tries to get off the tower to Symphony No. 13 In D Major Hob.
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Gabriel first appears in the season 5 episode " Strangers ". He is heard screaming for help, and when Rick's group arrives, they find him trapped on top of a boulder with three walkers surrounding Father - Various - The Walking Shred . They quickly kill the walkers and Gabriel comes down, thanking them after vomiting.
After being searched and answering Rick's questions, he tells them that he has a church nearby, and he leads them back to it. He insists that he is alone, and has been ever since the outbreak started, surviving off of food from the nearest town. When he tells them that he hasn't searched the local food bank, due to it being overrun, he is forced on a supply run to the food bank with Rick, Michonne, Bob, and Sasha.
During the run, he panics when he recognizes one of the walkers in the flooded basement, and is nearly killed before Rick saves him. Rick makes Father - Various - The Walking Shred immediately clear that he does not trust Gabriel, although Carl believes that Rick is being too tough on the priest. Rick's suspicions increase when Gabriel admits to having "sinned" in the past, and Carl discovers scratch marks on the outside of the church's walls, along with the phrase "You'll burn for this" scratched into the wood.
In the episode " Four Walls and a Roof ", when Sasha accuses Gabriel of being behind the disappearances of Bob, Carol, and Daryl, Rick grabs Gabriel and demands that he confess what he did. Breaking down sobbing, Gabriel reveals that in the immediate Father - Various - The Walking Shred of the outbreak, he locked his church's doors and windows and refused to let anyone in, even members of his own congregation as they were torn apart by the walkers.
He buried their bones outside the church grounds, but Father - Various - The Walking Shred believes that he is damned to hell for what he did and begs Rick to kill him if he is. Gabriel is clearly appalled at the group's use of violence when they slaughter all six of the Terminus survivors inside his church. In the episode " Crossed ", despite his distaste of the use of weapons, Carl convinces Gabriel to choose a weapon that Carl will teach him how to use.
After some reluctance, he chooses a machete. However, it is revealed that he is actually using the machete to pry open the floorboards of his office so that he can escape using a crawlspace beneath the church.
In the Stops Threw - DJ Bobby Black - Atlanta Home Of The Brave finale " Coda ", Gabriel heads to the elementary school where the late Bob said he was taken by the Hunters when they ate his leg. After finding the Hunters' camp, including Bob's burned leg and Mary's Bible, he is thoroughly horrified at what the world around him has become.
At that moment, the herd of walkers that was trapped inside the school finally breaks through the glass doors and begins pursuing him.
He runs back to the church, only to lead the walker horde right back to the church as well, thus rendering the church no longer safe when the walkers break through the door. However, Abraham and his group return blocking the walkers off by smashing the entrance with a firetruck. Gabriel is seen among Abraham's group when they arrive in Atlanta, in time to see Daryl carrying Beth's lifeless body. In the mid-season premiere " What Happened and What's Going On ", Gabriel is seen reading a passage of the bible during Tyreese's funeral.
In the episode " Them ", Gabriel is seen talking to a depressed Maggie and telling her that he understands her pain and he is there if she ever wants to Father - Various - The Walking Shred about Hershel and Beth. Maggie instead coldly says that he doesn't know shit about her pain and that he does not know Hershel or Beth, bringing up Gabriel's cowardice by hiding and shutting out members of his flock from the church. After Sasha kills a pack of dogs who prepared to attack the group and after barbecuing them for consumption, Gabriel pulls off his clerical collar and drops it into the fire.
Soon after it rains, and he becomes remorseful after burning it, saying, "Sorry, my Lord. In the episode " The Distance ", Gabriel travels and arrives to Alexandria with the rest of the group. In the episode " Remember ", Gabriel is seen entering Alexandria. In the episode " Spend ", Father Gabriel is shown in the makeshift chapel, emotionally tearing pages out of a Bible. Gabriel later goes to Deanna's house and tries to convince her that Rick and the entire group are evil in disguise Father - Various - The Walking Shred the Alexandria community shouldn't have taken them in.
He tells her she must take action but fears it might already be too late. Maggie overhears his plea to Deanna but she remains concealed and does not make her presence known.
In the season finale " Conquer ", Gabriel appears at the gates of Alexandria as Spencer Monroe lets him out. Gabriel claims he wishes to take a quick walk, and leaves Father - Various - The Walking Shred community.
Gabriel then approaches a zombie distracted by eating a half-dead human, and calls out to it, saying "I'm ready! He then notices that the corpse the walker was eating is moving, indicating that the person is still alive, barely. The walker turns and approaches him, and, even though he knew that it was not human, still found it emotionally difficult to kill it. He rips its head off and smashes its head in with a rock, killing it.
He then neared the suffering human and crushed his head in too, out of mercy. Due to this emotional trial, he breaks down on the road Rubidium - Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet (File, Album) cries. He then returns to the community where Spencer asks if his walk around outside the community was okay, Spencer then asks him if he could close the gate and walks away.
Gabriel makes a halfhearted attempt to close the gate, failing to shut it properly. At night, he declines attending the gathering and instead goes into the chapel.
He finds Sasha there, requesting emotional guidance, which he coldly denies her. He then taunts her by suggesting that her sins caused Bob's and Tyreese's deaths. Sasha angrily strikes him and threatens to kill him, and he is entirely unconcerned over it.
Maggie intervenes and stops Sasha. Gabriel tells her she made a mistake in not letting Sasha kill him. Maggie convinces both of them to pray with her. In the season premiere " First Time Again ", Gabriel is no longer trusted by the rest of the group, who have found out about his betrayal and look at him with contempt, particularly Rick, despite Gabriel's earnest efforts to redeem himself by helping out around Alexandria.
After some hesitation, Carl agrees to start with a machete. During the Wolf attack, Gabriel manages to hold off one of the Wolves long enough for Morgan to rescue him. In the episode " Heads Up ", Gabriel is shown putting up fliers for a sermon later that afternoon, only to have them taken down by Rick. In the mid-season finale " Start to Finish ", Gabriel puts his machete training to good use, taking down several walkers as he takes shelter in Jessie's house along with Rick, Carl, Deanna, and Michonne following the collapse of the guard tower.
After the group has to disguise themselves with walker guts to reach the armory, Gabriel tells Rick that this time he will not run, regardless of what happens. Having witnessed Gabriel's efforts as a team player, Rick tells him "I know. Rick is reluctant at first, but Gabriel promises to make it. When Rick and his group make a stand against the herd, Gabriel rallies the Alexandrians in his church and joins in the fight, killing many walkers. Two months later, Alexandria's walls have been expanded so as to include a neighboring church, which Gabriel now uses as his own church.
When Rick and the others travel to the Hilltop Colony with Paul "Jesus" RoviaRick originally plans to leave Judith with Gabriel, the minister having fully earned his trust. He and Rick are shown joking around during the trip, the animosity between them long gone.
Gabriel remains outside during the shootout to keep watch and orders a wounded Savior to drop his weapon. He then recites a small prayer before killing the Savior. Gabriel is briefly seen in the episode " The Same Boat " being observed by another group of Saviors who have Carol and Maggie captive.
In " Service ," shortly after Negan starts asking Rick about Maggie, and talking about how he'd love to bring her back to The Sanctuary, Father Gabriel sneaks up from behind. Negan gets a bit spooked out as Gabriel introduces himself and asks if Negan would like to pay his respects towards Maggie. Lords Of The Ring - Styx - Pieces Of Eight questions Maggie's state, in which both Gabriel and Rick lead him to Maggie's "grave.
Later, Rick thanks Gabriel for what he did, in which Gabriel insists that there's still faith to stop the Saviors. Rick informs him that there's nothing they can do, in which Gabriel states that things can change, giving an example of how they're both friends now, and it didn't use to be that way before. Gabriel, along with Rick and Carl, later witnesses Tripmaker - Cry - Jackpot harassing Enid in the streets of Alexandria.
Gabriel insists they all go as a group, which Eugene agrees. Rosita and Eugene end up going to the factory alone, while Gabriel and Spencer head out on a car. Both Gabriel and Spencer have a discussion, in which Spencer asks if hating someone is a sin. Spencer then admits to Gabriel that he hates Rick.
Gabriel expresses the fact that Rick has inspired him, but Spencer continues to claim that his family was better at Father - Various - The Walking Shred Alexandria.
Spencer finally says that he Cant Find No Happiness - Joe Simon - No Sad Songs Rick doesn't come back alive, which forces Gabriel to call him a "tremendous shit. In " Hearts Still Beating ," Gabriel urges Rosita to wait on killing Negan, insisting to do so much later when everyone has the advantage to take Negan on.
Later, Gabriel, along with many other The Sphinx - Jack Wilson - Something Personal, witnesses the deaths of Spencer Monroe and Olivia. That night, Gabriel keeps watch while being watched by someone through binoculars. In " Father - Various - The Walking Shred in the Road ," Gabriel reads his bible during his night shift at the Alexandria gate.
He stares into the darkness, a worried expression on his face, and leaves his post. In the pantry, Gabriel hurriedly fills crates with food and weapons.