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Crew of The Walrus


Captain Flint

Played By: Toby Stephens

"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.
  • Batman Gambit: In episode "X." he advises Dufresne to avoid the shipping lanes on their way back to Nassau, as he knows the crew will want to take any prize they come across despite their depleted numbers and fatigue from a long ordeal at sea. Dufresne, distrustful of Flint, does the exact opposite. Flint was counting on this, and that Dufresne's inexperience would result in failure, giving Flint the opportunity to retake command. It works.
  • Beard of Evil: In line with him being a Villain Protagonist.
  • Bi the Way
  • The Captain
  • Combat Pragmatist: When it comes to fighting with swords, he's not above cheating. Of course, pirates aren't exactly known for rules.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He can go from being rather polite to pulling a gun on you within two seconds.
  • Foregone Conclusion: He was a Posthumous Character in Treasure Island.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: Grows steadily for unstable as the season passes.
  • Villain Protagonist: Being a pirate and all.
    • Visionary Villain: He has a grand design of organizing the pirates into a stable force capable of opposing the British and the Spanish.
  • The Unfettered: Nothing will stand in the way of The Plan. Not Billy, not Gates.
  • Wicked Cultured: Part of what distances him from his crew is his classical education.

    John Silver 

John Silver

Played By: Luke Arnold

"If your interests and mine were adverse to each other, there was a good chance I'd cross you to save myself... at the moment, I don't believe our interests are adverse to each other."

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.
  • Lovable Rogue: Silver gleefully declares himself an opportunist.
  • 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.

    Billy Bones 

Billy Bones

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.

  • Bald of Awesome: Extremely bald, and rather awesome.
  • 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.
  • Killed Off for Real
  • One Last Job: He views the treasure galleon as a chance at a final big score that will let him quit piracy on his own terms.
    Gates: You can't thieve forever.
  • Only Sane Man: He'd likely make a better captain than Flint. He's practical, fair-minded and aware of the crew's needs.
  • Tattooed Crook: He sports an impressive collection of tattoos, likely acquired over a lifetime of piracy.
  • Villain Protagonist: At the end of the day, he's still a pirate.



Played By: Jannes Eiselen (Season 1), Roland Reed (Season 2)

The ship's accountant for the Walrus. His job is to add the prices of stolen goods and to make an account of the payments to be doled out to the crew.

  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He comes across as a bookish Non-Action Guy, who's understandably apprehensive about going into combat. After being drafted into the boarding party in the fifth episode, he ends up ripping a man's throat out with his teeth.
    • Becomes even more pronounced in the season one finale when of all the pirates, its Dufresne who leads the crew's revolt against Flint and he even shoots Flint when Flint tried to ignore him.
  • The Smart Guy: He's the ship's accountant, and has more of an education than the other pirates.
  • Heroic BSOD: Has a minor one when the crew fails under his command in taking a British merchant sailor as a prize.
  • Important Haircut: After his first combat and promotion to Quartermaster, the crew has him shorn and tattooed as an "initiation."
  • Man Bites Man: Pulls this the first time he goes into combat, killing his first opponent by ripping his throat out.



Played By: Lawrence Joffe

A pirate and member of Captain Flint's crew. Despite losing his sanity during a fight, he has not lost the loyalty from the crew.

  • Life or Limb Decision: His left leg is trapped beneath the Walrus' keel during a careening accident and there's no time to dig him out. Silver, ever Genre Savvy, quickly throws Flint a cleaver.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Silver plays with the possibility that Randall's half-wit persona is entirely an act. If it's true, he's not revealing anything.



Played By: Richard Lukunku

A pirate who serves on the Walrus under Captain Flint.

    Dr. Howell 

Dr. Howell

Played By: Alistair Anthony Moulton Black

A pirate and doctor on the Walrus. His job mostly involves him working on the injured crew after they take another ship.

  • Combat Medic: On the Walrus.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: When Randall accuses Silver of thievery, Howell is in favour of killing Randall rather than missing out on his share of the five million dollar prize they stand to acquire with Silver's knowledge of the Urca's schedule.



Played By: Anthony Bishop

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.
  • Bald of Evil
  • 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.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: His face is covered in jagged scars, which suit his rather unpleasant personality.
  • The Starscream: He plots to overthrow Flint and become captain.
  • Starter Villain: Set up to be the rival to Flint who will oppose him at every turn, then Flint kills him at the end of the first episode.

Crew of The Ranger

    Charles Vane 

Captain Charles Vane

Played By: Zach McGowan

"But make no mistake about it: whatever future this place has left, I'm it."

Charles Vane is Captain of the pirate ship Ranger. Possibly the next great pirate captain on New Providence Island, he is known for his vicious temper as well as his tremendous financial success.


Jack Rackham

Played By: Toby Schmitz

"When I came here, I had nothing but my name and my wits. A man in a place like this, surviving on those two things alone, he suffers indignities, slights, ridicule... But I overcame it. I used the wits to build the name."

Rackham is the Quartermaster on the pirate ship Ranger, is the brains behind Captain Charles Vane's brawn, and in some ways even more dangerous than him.

    Anne Bonny 

Anne Bonney

Played By: Clara Paget

"When someone gives you a life, it ain't truly your own. You owe some part of it back."

Beautiful but cold-blooded, Bonny is Rackham's lover, and Vane's deadliest henchman. Her youthful looks mask a borderline psychopathic personality.

Providence Island

    Eleanor Guthrie 

Eleanor Guthrie

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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Being a walking Cluster F-Bomb.
  • The Lad-ette: Not to the same degree as Anne Bonney, but she's perfectly capable of meeting very uncouth men on their level and swears like a...pirate.
  • Self Made Woman: While most people think she simply inherited her father's empire, she claims that it was her and her mother that actually made the empire.
    • 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, she’s 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.

    Mr Scott 

Mr Scott

Played By: Hakeem Kae-Kazim

Eleanor Guthrie’s right-hand. Formerly Richard Guthrie’s house slave, his loyalties will be put to the test as Eleanor allies herself more closely with Captain Flint.

  • Honest Advisor: To Eleanor, whom he warns about making bad investments.
  • Number Two: He begins the series as Eleanor's right hand man.
  • Only Sane Man: All Scott wants to do is keep the business stable, make some money and minimize risk.

    Richard Guthrie 

Richard Guthrie

Played By: Sean Michael

A smuggler and the richest black marketer in the Bahamas. Because of this, he has become a powerful and dangerous man.

  • Cruel to Be Kind: His reasoning for conspiring against Eleanor with Captain Bryson and Mister Scott is that Eleanor is going to get herself killed if he allows her to continue on her current course.
  • The Unfavourite: He seems to occupy this spot among his siblings.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Has a huge chip on his shoulder about his father and brothers considering him a failure.

    Miranda Barlow 

Miranda Barlow

Played By: Louise Barnes

A mysterious woman connected with Flint. It is hinted at that she is the motivation for his hidden agendas.

  • Widow Witch: Thought to be one by many of the residents of New Providence. Local gossip pegs her as a Voodoo Priestess who raised Captain Flint as a Zombie and controls him with her magic.
  • Worst Aid: While redressing Flint's chest wound, she comments that "whoever tied this bandage was either blind or drunk."
    Flint: I think both.