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Capt. David Shepherd

"I have only ever tried to embody what is good about this nation."
Played By: Christopher Egan

A counterpart to the biblical David. David is an idealistic young soldier who finds himself in the unfamiliar world of court intrigue after he wins national fame destroying a Goliath tank. Incredibly loyal to King Silas, David is not ready at all for what his idol is really like.

King Silas Benjamin

"Take a good look at *your* life right now, captain, and think hard: what does God want *you* to do, today?"
Played By: Ian McShane

"Peace is not a lamb, but a lion - and it requires force and discipline; otherwise it will go wild, feed on you. I make no meek apology - history will thank me; you will, too."

A counterpart to the biblical King Saul. Silas has united the kingdom of Gilboa and built its capital city, Shiloh, but now fears that God has forsaken him.

Queen Rose Cross Benjamin

"I hate nothing more than lies - wasted words, clouds that darken the blue sky yet bring no relief of rain."
Played By: Susanna Thompson

Queen of Gilboa, a counterpart to the biblical Ahinoam, Rose is the wife of King Silas. The queen claims to abhor politics, but ruthlessly manipulates court life from behind the scenes.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • The Chessmaster: Despite her repeated insistence that she doesn't like to get involved in politics, Rose manipulates nearly everything from behind the scenes.
  • The Cynic: "Desire for comfort overcomes desire proper and the chairs here are very comfortable. I picked them myself."
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Evil Matriarch
  • Mama Bear: When asked if she would accept the death of her brother for the salvation of her children (the cutting of a poisoned limb to save the body), she says without hesitation, "Cut and cut again until there is nothing left but my children."
  • Hypocrite: Her picture quote about lies is, of course, a lie - her own daughter was shocked to find she promotes art as a maneuver instead of an earnest love of ballet, everything she does is politics despite her proclaimed hatred of it, and she slaps her son for being honest about being gay immediately after saying that quote.
  • Knight Templar
  • Manipulative Bitch
  • Obfuscating Stupidity
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something

Princess Michelle Benjamin

"I already live with God's disappointment; I can't live with my father's."
Played By: Allison Miller

Princess of Gilboa, a counterpart to the biblical Michal. Silas's daughter and crusader for improving the kingdom's health care system, Michelle finds herself drawn towards David.

Prince Jonathan ‘Jack’ Benjamin

"The truth doesn't get any easier to tell - it only gets harder, until it's gone forever."
Played By: Sebastian Stan

Crown prince of Gilboa, a counterpart to the biblical Jonathan. Jack is Silas's ambitious and frustrated son, who initially sees David as a rival at court. Jack plays the role of a dissolute, womanizing rake in front of the kingdom's press, but is secretly gay. The king knows that Jack is gay, and challenges him to restrain his desires if he wishes to become king.

Rev. Ephram Samuels

"Change comes from inside the heart... those you love to be its agents. "
Played By: Eamonn Walker

A counterpart to the biblical prophet Samuel. Reverend Samuels was instrumental in Silas's rise to power, but his relationship with the king has since become strained.

William Cross

"There's a language to civilization, and a small group of scholars who can read it. I was born fluent."
Played By: Dylan Baker

Industrialist and brother to Queen Rose. William finances Silas' Royal Treasury, but withdraws his funds when, contrary to his wishes, Silas seeks an end to the war with neighboring Gath.

Gen. Linus Abner

"I would rather fall on my sword than lay it down."
Played By: Wes Studi

A counterpart to the biblical Abner, is the head of Gilboa's military. Though initially loyal to the king, Abner eventually betrays Silas as he believes the king has become too 'soft'; in the episode "Brotherhood" Abner is killed by Silas for his betrayal.

Helen Pardis

Played By: Sarita Choudhury

A counterpart to the biblical Rizpah, King Silas's mistress and mother of his illegitimate son. Silas attempts to offer up his relationship with Helen as a sacrifice to God in order to save his son's life, but eventually returns to her


Andrew Cross

"I broke his favourite thing."
Played By: Macaulay Culkin

The son of William Cross and nephew to the king, who was exiled from Gilboa for unspecified reasons, but has returned as part of a deal between Silas and William. He plays a role in his father's attempted coup, eventually betrays him to Silas, and is last scene freeing Vesper Abaddon.
  • Bastard Understudy: To his father William.
  • Bishounen: Culkin's still a raging pretty boy.
  • Blond Guys Are Evil
  • Chessmaster Sidekick
  • Creepy Monotone
  • The Dragon: To his father.
  • The Dreaded: Downplayed. Andrew isn't feared the world over, but his relatives and the rest of the court find him very disturbing, and nobody save his father is happy when he comes home.
  • Enigmatic Minion: To his father and Silas. Andrew's goals, motivations, and loyalties are kept cryptic and opaque, with no real clue as to why he does anything (if indeed there is a why).
  • The Exile: Exiled from court prior to the show.
  • Lack of Empathy: Andrew doesn't seem able to process the idea that other people actually have feelings, hopes, and dreams. The only thing he cares about is what he can get from them.
  • Psychotic Smirk: One of his few facial expressions.
  • Smug Snake: It runs in the family.
  • The Sociopath: To appropriate Terry Pratchett, Andrew sees things differently from the rest of the characters, in that he sees the rest of the characters as things. Even his own father is disposable, in his eyes. He's also got the lack of affect, shallow emotions, intense boredom, impulsive behaviour, and screwed up sexuality that is typically associated with the trope and the diagnosis.
  • Stalker with a Crush: To his Aunt Rose
  • The Stoic: Taken to an extreme. Andrew is void of emotional affect.

Jessie Shepherd

Played By: Becky Ann Baker

David's mother.

Ethan Shepherd

Played By: Tom Guiry

David's brother.

Damien Shaw

Played By: Mark Margolis

The Premier of Gath.

General Mallick

Played By: Miguel Ferrer

The head of Gath military.

Chancellor Marcus Hanson

Played By: Michael Crane

Vesper Abaddon

Played By: Brian Cox

The former King of Carmel, Vesper Abaddon is kept sealed in the dungeons by Silas, who occasionally consults him on political matters. Befriends David in prison and is freed at the end of the series by Andrew Cross.


Played By: Marlyne Afflack

The efficient palace secretary and aide-de-camp.

Perry Straussler

Played By: Steve Rosen

Court historian and biographer of King Silas.

Joseph Lasile

Played By: Michael Arden

Jack's clandestine boyfriend.
  • Driven to Suicide: Apparently, though the circumstances are quite coincidental.
  • Morality Pet: To Jack, at least some of the time.
  • One True Love: Jack goes to him when he is free to do anything during the blackout, then tells him "You're the only real thing I ever touch."
  • Straight Gay: No more camp than your average metrosexual.

Katrina Ghent

Played By: Leslie Bibb

Boyden & Klotz

Played By: Jason Antoon & Joel Garland

Paul Lash

Played By: Michael Stahl-David

Michelle's partner in her health care plan.

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