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Thomas Walker
Tom Walker 2.png
Status: Deceased
Date of death: December 18, 2011
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Affiliation: US Marine Corps logo.png USMC
Profession: US Marine Corps Corporal.png Corporal, USMC
Marital status: Married
Spouse(s): Helen Walker
Children: Lucas Walker
Played by: Chris Chalk
Season(s): 1, 3
First episode: "Pilot"
Last episode: "One Last Thing" (hallucination)

Played by Chris Chalk, Thomas Patrick Walker is a Marine who was in active duty along with Nicholas Brody when they were both captured by al-Qaeda forces. According to Brody, Walker was killed during their captivity, but it was later revealed that Brody was tricked.

Walker, the Marine Two, returned to the United States with a mission from Nazir. After carrying out the mission, Walker was killed by Brody, the Marine One.

Biography

Corporal Thomas Patrick Walker (d. December 18, 2011) was a scout sniper in the United States Marine Corps who was captured along with his partner, Sgt. Nick Brody. Walker, like Brody, becomes loyal to al-Qaeda after several years as a prisoner-of-war. Both men are dispatched to the United States with roles in an impending terrorist attack. Walker's cover is blown when he is identified by Aileen Morgan, triggering a national manhunt. Walker, the Marine Two, successfully carries out his part in the attack, assassinating Elizabeth Gaines and causing a mass evacuation into the State Department. Afterwards, Abu Nazir commands Brody to kill Walker, due to Walker's exposed identity.

Military service

At some point in, or before 2003, Tom Walker joined the United States Marine Corps. Tom Walker was a US Marine Force recon sniper deployed during the Iraq War.

Captivity

Tom was the partner of the Marine Scout Sniper Sergeant Nick Brody. On May 19, 2003, both Walker and another Scout Sniper, Nick Brody, were captured near the Syrian border by forces loyal to Saddam Hussein.

After Nick was rescued eight years later, he stated that Tom was beaten to death during their captivity. Nick also claimed that he didn't actually witness his death, but Nick had memories of being forced to beat Tom himself as Abu Nazir watched. (Pilot)

Return

All of the things that Brody said the terrorists tried to get him to believe are even more true for Walker. Walker watched his own fellow Marine and friend seemingly attempt to beat him to death. His wife actually moved on and married another man. And the Marines never came to rescue him. If anybody’s got a grudge the terrorists can exploit—a grudge the terrorists have mostly created, granted—it’s Walker.

Treason

Walker after returning to America.

He was held captive for eight years. Some time after his capture, Tom returned to America, working for Abu Nazir. A turned POW, when it was first presumed to be Nick. After returning home, he turned against the United States and considered a terrorist. (The Weekend)

Mission Accomplished

Walker managed to carry out his mission and assassinated Elizabeth Gaines with a sniper rifle, causing the many important individuals to take shelter, including Vice President William Walden and Nick Brody.

Nick Brody was to then kill himself and the others locked safely in the shelter and attempted to do so, but the triggering mechanism had an error. Brody repaired the bomb and was due to fulfill his mission, but after receiving a call from his daughter, he cancelled the plan. (Marine One)

Death

Walker shortly after his death.

After the failed assassination, Brody confronted Walker in a dark tunnel at night. Walker had been on a call with Nazir and was told to give the phone to Brody. Under order from Nazir, Brody killed Walker to prove his continuing loyalty. (Marine One)

Consequences

During his career as a Congressman, Nick Brody mentioned killing Walker. (The Smile)

Marines that previously had served with Walker became suspicious of the events of his death, including Captain Mike Faber and Lauder Wakefield. They were wondering how in his entire career, Walker never missed a single shot and suddenly missed three.

Mike had asked Brody to investigate Walker's death using Congressional power to help get the job done, but when Brody turned up with no new information, Lauder was angry. Brody replied to Lauder, stating that Walker stopped being a Marine as soon as he turned traitor. (Beirut is Back)

Personal life and relationships

Tom had been married to Helen Walker, with whom he had a son, Lucas.

References

Season 3: One Last Thing

Trivia

The character's last name is the same as that of John Walker Lindh,  “the American Taliban.”

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan with the mission of identifying, infiltrating and eliminating terrorist networks. Public attention riveted on the capture of John Walker Lindh, the radical mujahideen fighter who became known as “the American Taliban.”

Through never-before-seen footage of his capture and interrogations, Emmy winning director Greg Barker harrowingly explores how America grapples with justice in the fog of war and how narratives are built and destroyed in the aftermath of battle. [x]

Behind the Scenes

Appearances

Season 1
Pilot Grace "Clean Skin" "Semper I" "Blind Spot"
The Good Soldier "The Weekend" Achilles Heel Crossfire "Representative Brody"
"The Vest" Marine One
Season 3
"Tin Man Is Down" "Uh... Oh... Ah..." "Tower of David" "Game On" "The Yoga Play"
"Still Positive" "Gerontion" "A Red Wheelbarrow" One Last Thing "Good Night"
"Big Man in Tehran" "The Star"
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