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    Jenny Hoyt 

Jenny Hoyt

Played by: Katheryn Winnick
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  • Action Girl: She's quite good with a gun or her fists.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Jenny and Cassie spend most of the pilot episode with a prominent black eye and a busted lip respectively from a fistfight they have in the first act.
  • Fair Cop: She's a private investigator who looks more like a model.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Jenny and Cassie are at odds with each other when the show starts, actually getting into a fistfight in the very first episode.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Played with as Jenny and Cassie have a fight after Jenny discovers Cassie was sleeping with her husband. But they do try to put it aside to solve the missing girls case even as the tension remains.
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    Cassie Dewell 

Cassie Dewell

Played by: Kylie Bunbury
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  • Action Girl: She can handle a gun or fisticuffs well.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Jenny and Cassie spend most of the pilot episode with a prominent black eye and a busted lip respectively from a fistfight they have in the first act.
  • Fair Cop: She's a gorgeous private investigator.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Jenny and Cassie are at odds with each other when the show starts, actually getting into a fistfight in the very first episode.
  • Rules Lawyer: Cassie and Legarski briefly engage in a dialogue over who would be legally in the right to shoot when she tracks him to the bar where he's keeping the captives. She wins and shoots him when he tries to draw his gun.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Cassie is the only person of color in the main cast, who's also a woman (she's Black).
  • We Used to Be Friends: Played with as Jenny and Cassie have a fight after Jenny discovers Cassie was sleeping with her husband. But they do try to put it aside to solve the missing girls case even as the tension remains.

    Ronald Pergman 

Ronald Pergman

Played by: Brian Geraghty
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  • Human Traffickers: He sells the women he kidnaps as sex slaves.
  • My God, What Have I Done? He's horrified after he snaps Helen's neck.
  • Obviously Evil: Since the moment he appears on screen Ronald is nothing but creepy and menacing, so it come as no surprise when he starts kidnapping women.
  • Parental Abandonment: Ronald kills his mother Helen in a fit of rage. We never hear what became of his father, but he's only mentioned in the past tense, so he might have died.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Ronald gets an earful from his accomplice for kidnapping the Sullivan sisters, as one of the main reasons they’ve gotten away with their scheme is that they stick to runaway women and sex workers few people will miss as victims. Taking two pretty teenagers with families that will miss them is bound to trigger Missing White Woman Syndrome and draw a lot of attention. And he doesn't think that their customers in Canada want anything to do with the sisters.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Ronald gets away with kidnapping women for so long partly due to being in bed with a dirty cop who protected him.
  • Slut-Shaming: He hates "immoral" women, whom he targets to sex traffic (usually the ones who are sex workers or otherwise already vulnerable).
  • Would Hurt a Child: Ronald has no qualms hurting 12-year-old Erik while keeping him captive.

    Helen Pergman 

Helen Pergman

Played by: Valerie Mahaffey
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  • My Beloved Smother: Subverted. At first it seems like she's this, since Ronald still lives with her in his late thirties. She constantly criticizes and nags him, but it turns out this is to make something of himself other than just working as a truck driver. It thus turns out she's not smothering him, but trying to push Ronald in a better direction (it doesn't work).

    Denise Brisbane 

Denise Brisbane

Played by: Dedee Pfeiffer
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    Danielle Sullivan 

Danielle Sullivan

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  • Bullying a Dragon: In a bout of road rage, Danielle picks a fight with a guy who just so happens to kidnap women.
  • Innocent Bigot: Danielle later realizes she was this with Jerrie, saying she'd been told how people who are openly bigots aren't so dangerous as ones who feel that they're progressives (such as her) that can be blind to their own failings. She apologizes for her transphobic remarks to Jerrie after this, who kindly says there's hope for her.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: She calls trans woman Jerrie "a guy" and pointedly asks if she has a penis (when Grace apologizes on her behalf, Danielle's baffled as to what the issue is, though Jerrie's unruffled in any case). Later however Danielle apologizes when speaking with Jerrie, realizing what she did. Jerrie is cool about it and forgives her.
  • Proud Beauty: Danielle is well aware of how hot she is.
    Grace: With me she let you go. I got the good judgement, you got the boobs.
    Danielle: And the butt!
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red Oni to Grace's Blue.
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    Jerrie Kennedy 

Jerrie Kennedy

Played by: Jesse James Keitel
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  • Cure Your Gays: Jerrie's parents sent her to a therapist in hopes this would stop her being transgender. After it didn't, they disowned her.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Jerrie starts out as a sex worker and is a very sweet, kind-hearted person.
  • I Have No Son!: Jerrie was disowned and thrown out by her parents for telling them she was a trans girl.
  • Shameful Strip: Jerrie is forced to undress and wash by Ronald, which she's quite unhappy with, but uses this as an opportunity to show her body, in hopes he'll set her free, being transgender (he hadn't known this, wanting to traffic only cis women apparently).
  • Trans Tribulations: Jerrie tells Danielle how she realized early on she's really a girl, and came out to her parents at age fourteen. However, while at first they said they'd love her no matter what, their next move was that she see a therapist to "cure" her of this. Naturally, it didn't work and they threw Jerrie out. After that she lived in a trailer park and had to do sex work for survival.
  • Unsettling Gender Reveal: Jerrie shows Ronald her body (she's transgender) after he makes her strip and wash, in hopes of ruining his plan to sell her as a sex slave (because apparently he only wants cis women) and he reacts with shock at seeing this.

    Grace Sullivan 

Grace Sullivan

Played by: Jade Pettyjohn
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  • Lima Syndrome: While she refers to it as "Stockholm Syndrome but in reverse", Grace plans to deliberately trigger this on Ronald as a means of escape.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Danielle's Red.

    Rick Legarski 

Rick Legarski

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  • Bang, Bang, BANG: As trooper Legarski finds out,if you shoot someone in the face at point black range, while inside a pickup truck's cabin, you are going to be dealing with some serious ringing in your ears.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Legarski is downed by Cassie this way.
  • Dirty Cop: He turns out to be involved with sex trafficking, and murders Cody covering it up.
  • Identity Amnesia: Legarski suffers this after being shot in the head and losing his recent memories. He discovers to his shock that he's facing charges of murder and sex trafficking, not recalling any of it. After being told this, and identified by Grace as a murderer, he just protests "I'm a Montana state trooper", apparently with no recall of his criminal actions. It's a partial example, because he remembers his name etc. just not that he was ever a criminal (since he forgot his dad died three years ago, it's possible all his memories since then are gone).
  • Loss of Identity: He forgets the last three years as a result of brain damage, and this includes his criminal history apparently. When he wakes up to find himself accused of murder and sex trafficking, he's incredulous, repeating "I'm a Montana state trooper" then horrified when he realizes this must be true. The decent guy he used to be is all that's left it seems.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: He shows genuine horror at learning he killed two people and sex-trafficked women, since he'd forgotten all about it due to brain damage.
  • Obviously Evil: He's a more nuanced case as he comes off as just weird right of the bat, but during his initial meeting with Cassie he might as well have been wearing a sign that said "I'm involved" given how creepy he behaved.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: He expresses some standard right-wing complaints of how America went downhill, political correctness goes too far, verging off into misogyny and racism, claiming he wants to save young people from immorality while also being a murderous human trafficker who believes the women he does this to deserve it for them being promiscuous.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: Legarski receives a headshot, which leaves a tiny hole and mere trickle of blood. Justified, since it doesn't kill him.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: He loses his memory of the recent events due to being shot in the head.

    Cody Hoyt 

Cody Hoyt

Played by: Ryan Phillippe
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  • Boom, Headshot!: Cody gets killed by a shot to the head at close range.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He's made out to be one of the leads of the show, but gets shot in the face at the very end of the first episode.
  • Fair Cop: He's a very handsome private investigator.
  • Wham Shot: A literal version as without warning Legarski shoots Cody.

    Horst Kleinsasser 

Horst Kleinsasser

Played by: Ted Levine
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Recurring

    Merrilee Legarski 

Merrilee Legarski

Played by: Brooke Smith
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    Justin Hoyt 

Justin Hoyt

Played by: Gage Marsh
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    Joseph Dewell 

Joseph Dewell

Played by: Jeffrey Joseph
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    Kai Dewell 

Kai Dewell

Played by: Gabriel Jacob-Cross


    Walter Tubb 

Sheriff Walter Tubb

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    Joanie Sullivan 

Joanie Sullivan

Played by: Camille Sullivan
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    Robert Sullivan 

Robert Sullivan

Played by: Chad Willett
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    Elena Sosa 

Commander Elena Sosa

Played by: Sharon Taylor
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    Scarlet Leyendecker 

Scarlet Leyendecker

Played by: Anja Savcic


    Blake Kleinsasser 

Blake Kleinsasser

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    Phoebe Leyendecker 

Phoebe Leyendecker

Played by: Zoë Noelle Baker


    Cheyenne Kleinsasser 

Cheyenne Kleinsasser

Played by: Britt Robertson
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    John Wayne Kleinsasser 

John Wayne Kleinsasser

Played by: Kyle Schmid
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    Rand Kleinsasser 

Rand Kleinsasser

Played by: Ryan Dorsey


    Margaret Kleinsasser 

Margaret Kleinsasser

Played by: Michelle Forbes
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Special guest stars

    Frank Lindor 

Frank Lindor

Played by: Omar Metwally


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