"I'm not just gonna make you rich. I'm not just gonna make you strong. I'm gonna make you the princes of the New World!"
Captain Flint is the Captain of the pirate ship Walrus, and known throughout the West Indies as being the most feared of all the Golden Age pirates. His charisma masks a deep, simmering rage, and a propensity towards breathtaking violence. In order to hold off the British and Spanish forces he’ll make himself ruler of Nassau through any means necessary.
Arch-Enemy: As far as he's concerned, the whole of England.
Badass: You don't become captain without being a legendary badass. Proven when he kills Singleton in one-on-one combat, beating him to death.
The Plan: He plans on raiding a Spanish treasure galleon carrying five million dollars worth of gold in order to finance the militarization of Nassau; he admits that he doesn't think that he can make it capable of withstanding an out and out war with either the Spanish or the British, but he hopes to make it strong enough to force a truce; instead of being wiped off the map as pirates, they may live as a relatively autonomous colony with a sympathetic governor.
Wicked Cultured: Part of what distances him from his crew is his classical education.
Played By: Luke Arnold
A lowly sailor turned pirate recruit, John Silver is a born opportunist. He insinuates himself into the crew of Captain Flint while secretly possessing the “schedule” Flint so dearly wants. A staunch individualist, Silver resents authority of any kind, a quality that brings him into direct conflict with Flint, even as events conspire to make them reluctant partners in the quest to take the Treasure Fleet.
Dirty Coward: Stood by and watched Max being strangled by Vane despite having a weapon, and later in the same episode when Vane murders the old vagrant Silver was using for the handoff, he simply sends another vagrant to close the deal.
Future Badass: Not only will he become of the badass of Treasure Island fame, he will become the only pirate that Captain Flint fears.
Genre Savvy: When he runs to shore he asks three different people directions to three different locations, in an attempt to throw off his pursuers. Later he refuses to tell Flint all the information, convinced he'll be killed if he has nothing left to over.
Guile Hero: Oh so very much, although he's not quite as smart as he thinks he is (or rather, everyone else is just as smart or smarter than he is)
Lovable Coward: He's a good deal of fun, even if he does abandon his post and keep his head down at the first sign of the odds stacking against him.
Opportunistic Bastard: John Silver (later to be known as "Long" John Silver), who is a self described opportunist and will latch onto any chance to advance his position or at least keep himself from getting killed. When told that in a few months his usefulness will be gone and he will probably be killed he merely sees this as a time to make friends with his captors. Most of the other major characters have some sort of plan or goal they are working toward but Silver simply jumps at any opportunity that presents itself and goes where it takes him.
Played By: Tom Hopper
Boatswain of the pirate ship Walrus, Billy Bones is key to smooth operations on the ship, and is widely assumed to be the next quartermaster should anything happen to Gates. Billy’s belief in the righteousness of the pirate cause will be continually tested as he’s drawn deeper and deeper into Flint’s plans for the future.
Gentle Giant: Towers over pretty much everyone else, and is pretty much the nicest guy on Flint's crew.
Never Found the Body: Apparently goes overboard in V.I., with the strong implication that Flint pushed him, which is all but admitted to the next episode. Ofcourse, given that he appears in Treasure Island...
Only Sane Man: Along with Gates and the rest of the crew, he thinks the Captain's plan is utterly insane and wants to get back to just raiding ships.
Played By: Mark Ryan
Gates is the Walrus’s Quartermaster, elected representative of the crew’s interests, and a check on the power of the ship’s captain. Gates is by far the most senior member of the crew; he is loyal to Captain Flint to a fault and is very much aware he’s playing a younger man’s game.
Death by Pragmatism: Is killed by Flint for attempting to abandon him when a Spanish warship shows up, which was not part of the plan.
Forensic Accounting: When tasked with finding Silver and the missing logbook page, he spends most of the day following the appraiser. He knows that anyone who tries to sell such a valuable item on New Providence will request payment in easily transportable jewels and will call in the appraiser to make sure the jewels are real. By following the man who is going to handle the money, Gates can figure out who is involved in the transaction and where it is taking place.
Honest Advisor: To Captain Flint. He tells him in no uncertain terms what the crew thinks of him and how tenuous his grip on leadership is, frequently calling him out for his actions.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Again, to Flint. He pretty much handles most of the more practical day-to-day business while Flint plots and dreams.
A crew member for the Walrus, and the assumed next in line under Captain Flint. Singleton is fairly open about his dislike for the captain, and its known that he is attempting to bring the majority of the crew to his side so he can replace Flint.
Badass: Singleton rips through groups of men like nothing, slicing throats and snapping necks.
Boisterous Bruiser: Violent, angry and one of the best fighters on the crew. When he fights Flint for the captaincy, he favors a screaming hack-and-slash style in contrast for Flint's more graceful, educated style.
Due to the Dead: Averted. After his death, the crew celebrate their incoming wealth and piss on his corpse.
Even Evil Has Standards: Is visibly disgusted and upset when she sees and hears Max being raped or otherwise brutalized. When confronted by the fact that she's the one that turned Max over to the angry crew, her response is that she "only thought they'd kill you."
Psycho for Hire: She doesn't seem to hold any personal loyalty toward Vane; she just kills for him.
Played By: Hannah New
Eleanor Guthrie is the beautiful and determined daughter of Richard Guthrie, the wealthiest black marketer in the Bahamas and the chief fence/supplier for the many pirate crews of New Providence Island. Left by her father to oversee all his dealings with the pirates in Nassau, she owns and operates the tavern on Nassau’s main street. In contrast to her snooty, self-interested father, Eleanor dreams of building something lasting by making Nassau self-sufficient. She wields considerable influence, leading her to form a pact with Captain Flint that will either bring her dream of complete independence to fruition, or doom it entirely.
Badass: She routinely deals with incredibly dangerous pirates without batting an eye and is fully capable of intimidating the likes of Charles Vane.
Bi the Way: Is in a relationship with Max, and had a previous relationship with Charles Vane.
In any case, after her father's empire crumbles, she quickly rebuilds her own in episode 6.
Played By: Jessica Parker Kennedy
Max is a seductive, cunning, and cool-headed prostitute in the brothel on Nassau. In Eleanor Guthrie, shes found a kindred spirit, a lover, maybe even a savior, but when her aspirations and Eleanor’s begin to conflict, their relationship, and Max’s well-being, take a dark turn for the worse…
Ambiguously Brown: She's multiracial, and has a strange accent somewhere between French and Jamaican.
Bi the Way/Lipstick Lesbian: In love with Eleanor. Yes she's had relations with men but being a prostitute it may have been no more than business especially since she was being kept as a sex slave in the brothel.
Ms. Fanservice: In case her cleavagey outfits and tendency to get nude didn't tip you off.
Rape as Drama: She's kidnapped by Vane and 'punished' by locking her in a room and having the entire crew rape her. This later happens again on the beach.
Happens AGAIN the very next episode.
Sex Slave: Like other prostitutes in her establishment, she was a slave forced to work in the brothel. When Vane takes her prisoner, he keeps her as a sex slave for his crew.