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  Benjamin "Sully" Sullivan
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Gender Male
Hair Black
Age * 24
  • Birthday: Some time in 1982
Occupation Unknown
Family * Emily (Girlfriend)
  • Mitchell (Brother)
  • Lucy (Sister)
  • Michael (Father)
  • Sarah (Mother)
First Appearance State Of Decay
Last Appearance A Final Stand
Status Alive
Series lifespan State Of Decay to A Final Stand
Ethnicity Caucasian-American
Episode Count 10
Benjamin "Sully" Sullivan is a member of the Ohio Gas Station Group along with Emily, Mitchell, Kiff and Fuad. He is the eldest of the three children born to Michael and Sarah Sullivan, his two younger siblings being Mitchell and Lucy. As it stands, Benjamin, AKA Sully, is the last surviving member of his family.

Character

Sullivan is passionate about doing the right thing. He is the only one who immediately vouches for Vince's group. However, he possesses a more aggressive side which he uses against Fuad, unfairly blaming the man for the death of his own wife and child. In fact, Sully is often quick to shift blame onto anyone but himself.

While Sully has no issue interacting with Emily on a regular basis, he has trouble attempting to take their relationship to the next level. It takes some serious encouragement from his brother Mitchell, along with Wyatt, to pull himself together and ask her out.

In Unto The Breach, it is revealed that Sully may have developed an alcohol problem during the time he and Emily were split from the rest of the group.

Post-Apocalypse

Sullivan began living at a gas station with Emily, Mitchell, Kiff and Fuad at some point.

Into The Fray: Season Two

State Of Decay

On night 963, Fuad and Kiff brought Vince, Wyatt, Becca and Annie at gunpoint and led them into their base where their group decided on their fate. He was the first to vote for Vince's group to stay and had a calm talk with them afterwards, even offering them sleeping bags and saying he'd teach Becca how to play guitar left handed.

The group is accepted and Sully tries to help them settle in. The next morning Sully talks with Wyatt and Kiff. They are interrupted by Becca and Mitchell who tell them that Vince and Fuad are aiming weapons at each other. Wyatt, Sully, Kiff, Emily, Becca, Mitchell and Annie all run into the woods to see what is going on but they run into walkers on the way. Mitchell ditches the group and they have to fight their way through.

Sully is last seen being grabbed by walkers and Annie has to decide whether to save him or run to safety. 

Cloak And Dagger

Sully's life is almost saved by Wyatt, but the man is pushed back by walkers. Vince shows up to save Sully and they fight their way out of the herd with the rest of the group. The group recover while Sully searches for Mitchell. The group goes inside the convenience store and sees it is a mess. Sully blames it on Fuad and the two get in an argument, where Sully crosses the line and blames the death of Fuad's family on the man. 

Vince, Becca, Emily, Mitchell and Annie calm Sully down after the fight while Kiff and Wyatt talk to Fuad. Vince suggests that seeing as Sully's group can no longer stay at the gas station they should come to Fort Recovery with Becca, Wyatt, Annie and himself.

Annie's sleeping is interrupted the night before they leave. Fuad leaves some paper on a table and leaves, stealing the truck. Sully punches some glass and damages his fist in rage, causing Emily to ask Annie for help.

The morning after the group spots a school bus on the road which crashed at the inception of the apocalypse. They briefly look inside but the sight is horrible, prompting them to move on.

They find the truck but it's out of gas and Fuad has not left the keys behind. They decide to leave the vehicle as it has no use, to Wyatt's dismay. The group stops to rest in a park and Vince goes searching for supplies, bumping into a man named Bennett. After a cautious start, the duo talk. Bennett gives Vince some supplies and Vince invites him to join the group.

Bennett informs the group that Fort Recovery is no more and they opt to continue on in search of Fuad.

Annie and Em talk briefly and Sully tells the former that she reminds him of someone who used to be in his group. Vince tells the group that he has spotted a person or a walker which he believes to be Fuad.

Wyatt, Vince and Sully check it out. Sully advances on the figure and says it's fine, but Fuad grabs him around the neck and holds him at gunpoint. After some confusion Vince works out Fuad was bitten and that he doesn't want to die. Vince tells him he can put him out of his misery as it's his only option and Fuad agrees, only refrain from giving Vince the gun. Instead, he thanks the group for giving him courage and he kills himself.

Later Bennett sets up a fire in a nearby warehouse and the group rests. Sully, Vince and Wyatt discuss Fuad's death and Annie shows them a piece of paper. Wyatt doesn't read it and gives it to Vince, who works out that it is a note Fuad left before dying. It tells them that he was bitten before he left, prompting him to steal the truck in an effort to distance himself from the group before he turned.

In the morning three strangers named Silas, Hector and Sonja ride horses towards Vince and his group, swiftly taking out the walkers in the area. When they are safe, Silas proposes that the group comes to his settlement, Sanctum. Sully, Mitchell, Emily and Kiff agree immediately, but Bennett refuses and goes his own way. After giving the idea a lot of thought, Vince, Becca, Annie and Wyatt also agree to go on their own terms.

No Way Out

Sully heads to Sanctum with Vince, Wyatt, Becca, Annie, Emily, Kiff and Mitchell under the guidance of Silas. He is later assigned work on the watchtower with Mitchell.

During his induction meeting with Sanctum's leader, Director Adelaide Shaw, Sully is drugged and extracted to the hospital sector of Sanctum. Unlike most other members of the group he does not wake up and is not rescued by the group.

Playing With Fire

Sully and Mitchell are pushed into the cell, Sanctum fearing that they may also attempt escape, and Sully attempts to comfort Emily after hearing about Kiff's fate.

Silas appears for inspection, followed by Hector. Once the man is finished the two guards leave but Hector returns soon after with promise of escape, revealing that he is in fact not mute, and has hated Sanctum for a long time. He tells them that Annie is alive, with a woman, and provides information that only Annie could know as proof.

During the escape Hector murders a doctor named Harold, and the group loots Sanctum's stockroom. Sully grabs his old things and they all run for a farmhouse a mile or so away. Sonja catches up to them as walkers breach the compound but Hector holds her off. Walkers grapple Sully, Emily and Mitchell as Sonja prepares to fire again, but Sully and Emily drop to the ground as the gunfire starts and Mitchell deals with his walker. They make a run for it but arrive at the farmhouse last - as they find out Mitchell was bitten during the escape.

They tell Vince, who informs the group and Hector cuts him off with a radio transmission from Silas, who declares that Sanctum is coming for them.

Rest In Peace

Sully and the rest of the group decide to leave and search for the Eastland Mall in Indiana where they can set up a base. They all stop in a town to search for supplies, and Sully asks Emily if she would like to 'go out with him' during this time but she says she is unsure and is still coping with Kiff's death. The group crosses a bridge and scale a hill, surrounded by woodland. Tyler and Hector get into a fight thanks to their differing ideas, and Bonnie resorts to shooting one of them. Before she can do so, Wyatt pushes the butt of her gun up and the bullets fly harmlessly into the air, but not before they have alerted many walkers from the trees. Vince tells everyone to run while he covers them with Hector's help.

Vince crosses the bridge and finds Emily, Sully and Mitchell, the latter of whom can barely run any more thanks to his lack of strength. They all try to make it across the bridge but as the walkers reach the other side the wooden construct begins to give way and the bridge breaks. Mitchell, Vince and Sully are safe but Hector falls and Emily is left hanging from the bridge as she clings on for dear life. Sully attempts to help her but Vince tells him it is suicide, instead enrolling the help of Hector to push Emily up from below. Hector makes a run for it once the woman is safe but the walkers are close behind and the group assumes he will be killed.

Vince runs ahead and catches up to Tessa and Lowell who are trying to free themselves from the grasp of walkers. He frees Lowell but does not have time to save Tessa. Luckily Mitchell dives in and uses the last of his strength to free the woman, but is killed in the process. As Sully and Emily mourn, Vince demands that they move on.

The group find their way to a rooftop back in the small town from earlier and stop to rest and recuperate. Once the group is all together and Bonnie is awake they all set off to find their destination again, but are held up when all surviving members of Sanctum trap them and demand they give themselves to science so they can find a cure.

The group retaliates and induces battle. Emily and Sully attempt to take on Lilly and Curtis, who attack the group from behind. Becca runs into them later on in the fight and they ask for her help. The two Sanctum Members are still shooting at them, but are unaware that walkers are behind them. The three of them hold their foes off until Curtis is bit by a walker. Becca, Sully and Emily run but the remaining enemy shoots Sully's thigh and retreats. Unable to run, Sully begs that they leave him behind so that they can be safe but Emily cannot follow such orders. Instead she passes her weapon to Becca, tells her to run and remains behind, claiming that life without Sully isn't worth living, and kisses him.

Season Three

Never Let Go

Day 1073

At the Ohio Border Checkpoint, Becca looks in horror and fear as a familiar face makes himself known. She tells the person she thought they had died, but the man laughs it off and embraces the teenager, telling her that Benjamin Sullivan doesn't die so easily. The man takes Becca and Natalia through into a larger hall where Emily, another old friend, is present. 

The four of them sit down and talk about how they survive; Emily explains they managed to hide in a car while the herd was distracted by gunfire and the woman who shot Sully. Emily tended to Sully's wounds as best she could and stopped the blood flow for the most part, but he was incredibly weak by the time the herd passed over. They found a house and tended to his wounds further but he was on the brink of death, barely surviving through it. After he had healed - albeit with a permanent limp - they found their way to the Ohio Border Checkpoint.

Sully guides Becca over to his bed, leaving Natalia with Em, and shows her a guitar that he found during a supply run. He recalls how he told Becca he would teach her to play it left-handed and makes good on his promise, all the while explaining that his relationship with Emily is more of a burden than a blessing because one of them will eventually die, leaving the other ultimately alone in the world.

Day 1074

Becca is woken up by Natalia. They go outside and check on the progress of a car that Jackson, Sully and Emily are fixing. Natalia gives Cass a list of her family and group members, then Emily tells them to get their things so they can leave.

Emily decides to drive as Sully's leg is still injured. The car takes a few tries to start but the group drives off, headed for Evansville, leaving the Checkpoint, Jackson and Cass behind.

Becca wakes up to Sully and Emily arguing, finding out the car has run out of gas 20 miles from the mall. Sully wants to make it there that day but Emily says it's too dark and they should camp in a nearby house. Siding with Emily, Becca scouts a house with the woman and Sully is left in the car with Natalia, who is asleep.

Day 1075

Becca arrives at the Eastland Mall at midday along with Sully, Emily and Natalia. They presumably run into Lyle who tells them to hold up, and Vince and Maya arrive to deal with the newcomers. Vince almost breaks down and heads back inside, returning with Annie.

Shocked and elated, Annie grips onto Becca as Vince joins them, then spies Sully, Emily and a teenager they don't recognise. Maya radios Lyle and says it's safe and that the new arrivals are people of Vince's. All of the group walk into the mall and introduce themselves.

Vince breaks the news about Wyatt, Lucia and Donald to Becca, who reacts less emotionally than anyone expects. Vince shows Sully, Emily and Natalia around the place.

Unto The Breach

Day 1094

While playing a game of poker with Anders, Lyle and Sully, Vince tries to alleviate Anders' concerns about his family's safety back in Sweden by saying it might only be America that is overrun by dead. Sully admits that if anyone tries to drop in this late into the pandemic he'd be angry because he'd already lost so much. The other three men recognise that he is drunk but he presses on, eventually twisting Vince's words and deciding that Bonnie is to blame for the death of his brother, Mitchell.

The three sober men chase him as he reaches Bonnie's room, banging on the shutters to get her attention. A shouting match ensues where Sully accuses the woman and she tries to defend herself. Before things get too aggressive, Anders smacks Sully over the back of the head with a plank of wood, knocking him out. Bonnie retreats and Vince tells Lyle and Anders to take Sully to the sick bay.

Bonnie returns with a backpack, claiming that she's leaving. Vince tells her it's safer in the settlement, but Bonnie argues that the volatility towards her there is worse for her than being on the outside. Vince attempts to get her to stay but she leaves without another word.

Day 1095

At the sick bay Sully is shown to be conscious, but has a nasty bruise on the back of his head. Emily is with him, and Lucia is observing. Annie shows disdain once she finds out Sully got drunk and Emily insists it won't happen again. Lucia says they need to check on Sully's leg and it would be appreciated if someone told Vince what was going on. Sully makes a joke about romance and Lucia is saddened by it, remembering Daniel. Becca reassures her and the three children leave the nurse to tend to Sully's leg. Annie looks over her shoulder and makes a vow to keep an eye on the man.

In Cold Blood

Day 1097

Sully and Emily listen to Silas's demands while Vince, Annie, Becca and Gary attempt to make plans. Vince offers to sacrifice himself while Becca and Annie escape, but no one agrees.

Silas taunts the community, then tells Jethro to grab another hostage. The man darts up the escalator, barely missing Vince's group's hiding spot, but he retrieves Cole. Cole's mother protests but Jethro slaps her and knocks her over.

Silas decides that enough time has been wasted and says the Foragers will return. If the mall gives him what he wants, he will return the hostages. If not, he'll kill them. To prove he is a man of his word, he executes Lyle.

The group recovers from the death of Lyle. Vince asks whether they should have surrendered, but Becca disagrees. Sully asks how Silas knew they were at the mall, and Emily claims it was purely down to luck. They all go down the escalator and spy Lyle's corpse, while Maya reveals herself and blames them for his death, saying that she would have willingly turned them over if not for Becca and Annie being mentioned too.

Lucia appears and asks what's going on. Maya mentions bandits chasing Vince, which leads the nurse to think that Ivan is still alive and following them all, but Vince tells her Ivan is dead and this is someone else. Maya says they need to bury Lyle, then decide whether Vince's group still has a place in the mall, but Donald shows up, explaining that Silas won't believe them if he comes back and they tell him Vince and co have left. Evacuating the entire settlement is proposed but no one is willing to leave the hostages behind. Donald says they'd stand a better chance with Vince's group staying at the mall if things get ugly, so they should stay, and Lucia vouches for Emily by saying her first aid skills are valuable.

Lucia tells Vince that he needs to dig Lyle a grave first thing in the morning, and Becca leads Annie back to their room.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Sullivan has killed:

  • Numerous counts of walkers.

Relationships

Fuad

Sullivan and Fuad argue a lot, suggesting that they do not get on.

Emily

Emily tries to calm Sullivan down via physical contact and he listens to her. This suggests that they are on good terms. Their relationship is a strict friendship for most of Season Two but Sully takes the plunge in Episode Five and asks his friend out. Emily turns him down, still coping with Kiff's death, but their bond is later reinforced when Sully attempts to rescue Emily from a collapsed bridge - which would have been at the cost of his own life - and when Emily remains behind so that Sully does not die alone after being shot. In doing so she kisses him and their relationship is firmly established as a romantic one.

Mitchell

Sullivan and Mitchell are brothers. It seems that they would have a good relationship if not for Mitchell's carelessness and short temper.

Kiff

Kiff and Sullivan do not argue, insinuating that they have a good relationship.

Vince

Sully sticks up for Vince and says that they should let the group stay with them until Vince's arm heals. Sully releases Vince of his binds and the two are neutral to each other. Sully shows concern for Vince's injury and brings their group sleeping bags which Vince appreciates.

Becca

Sully sticks up for Becca and says that they should let the group stay with them until Vince's arm heals. Sully says he will teach Becca how to play guitar left handed as she cannot really use her right any more.

Wyatt

Sully sticks up for Wyatt and says that they should let the group stay with them until Vince's arm heals. The two seem to befriend each other quite quickly as Wyatt believes that Sully saved his group from execution.

Annie

Sully sticks up for Annie and says that they should let the group stay with them until Vince's arm heals. He uses her to guilt trip the rest of the group. Later Sully tells Annie that he thinks her hat is cool.

Appearances

Into The Fray appearances
Into The Fray Lost In Transit The Enemy Within Blood Runs Cold Nowhere To Run
State Of Decay Cloak And Dagger No Way Out Playing With Fire Rest In Peace
Brave New World Don't Look Back Never Let Go Unto The Breach In Cold Blood
A Final Stand Those Left Behind

Trivia

  • Sullivan is the third member of the Ohio Gas Station group to appear.
  • One of the group notes that Sully has Heterochromia iridum, which means that his eyes are different colours.
  • Pre-production, Sully's name was Alex.

References

Into The Fray: Season Two Characters
Vince's Group VinceAnnieBeccaWyatt
Ohio Gas Station BenjaminEmilyFuadMitchellKiff
Ohioan Suburb Bennett
Sanctum Administration Director Shaw
Sanctum Guards SilasHectorPhilLillySonjaScottCurtisScarletMikeMartinMary
Sanctum Doctors Dr HaroldDoctor MonroeDoctor 1Doctor 2Doctor 3
Sanctum Prisoners TylerTessaLowell
Wilderness Bonnie
Becca's Dream Mr WilliamsShelMiles
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey. Characters who are presumed dead appear in gold. Characters whose names are in italics are unidentified or have not introduced themselves by name. Grey means that a character has been mentioned but has not appeared in person or they have appeared in a vision.
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