|“||Things are different now, John. Now, I'm in charge! No more Dutch, and no more you!||„|
Bill Williamson is a recurring character in the Red Dead series, appearing as a central character and one of the primary antagonists in Red Dead Redemption, and as a major character in Red Dead Redemption 2.
BackgroundBill Williamson was born in 1866 as Marion Williamson; embarrassed by his first name, he would later adopt the name "Bill" after his surname. Bill's father was an alcoholic that slowly lost his mind due to his excessive drinking, notably mixing whiskey with moonshine. Bill was always afraid of suffering the same fate.
At some point, Bill joined the Army and notably fought against Native Americans, before being dishonorably discharged for deviancy and attempted murder in 1892. He lived rough for two years, drinking heavily and robbing people on the highway. At one point, he was robbed by a "woman" (implied to be a cross-dresser). One day in 1894 he tried to rob Dutch van der Linde, and was taken aback when Dutch simply laughed at him. Though Bill was angry, Dutch cheered him up and gave him purpose, offing him a place in the Van der Linde gang. Despite this, Bill still vividly remembered the horrifying things he'd seen during his time in the Army.
For the next 5 years Bill Williamson would go on to be a gunman for the Van der Linde gang. During his time with the gang he committed various crimes such as: robberies, raids, murders, kidnappings, and other crimes across the frontier.
By 1899, the gang had moved east to West Elizabeth near Blackwater when Dutch decided to undertake an ambitious heist to rob a boat that was carrying a significant amount of money. However, the robbery turned out to be a disaster, and the gang was forced to flee north into the mountains of Ambarino to escape the law, settling in an abandoned mining town named Colter.
Events of Red Dead Redemption 2
|“||An ex‐soldier discharged from the army, possibly dishonorably. Hot-headed, he tends to act first and think later but is tough, dedicated and always ready to fight.||„|
|—Description by Rockstar Games.|
Bill was first introduced when he gets into a argument with Micah that almost ends in a fight. Dutch breaks up the argument, and then tells them that they are attacking an O'Driscoll hideout. Bill will take part in this fight, and later search a house for valuables left behind.
During the Cornwall company train robbery, Bill is given the job of setting up the dynamite for the tracks. Arthur is sent by Dutch to help Bill, but, possibly because of Arthur’s interference, the detonator fails and the gang is forced to chase after the train. Along with the majority of the gang, Bill is unable to get onto the escaping train.
Horseshoe Overlook Chapter
During this chapter, Bill, Javier and Charles (later joined by Arthur) are drinking in the town of Valentine when a patron bumps into Bill, resulting in a large scale fight that ends with only minor injuries to the present members.
Later, Bill is brought over by Dutch to torture Kieran if he doesn't reveal the whereabouts of an O’Driscoll hideout. After Kieran reveals its location, Bill accompanies Arthur and John in attacking said hideout.
Clemens Point chapter
Bill is deputized by Sheriff Leigh Gray, along with Arthur and Dutch. They along with Deputy Archibald MacGregor go and shut down a Lemoyne Raiders' moonshine operation, where Bill and Arthur deal with the Lemoyne Raider reinforcements.
Bill, along with Karen helps mastermind the robbery of the Valentine bank. The two of them, along with Arthur and Lenny break into the bank, steal a large sum of cash, before fighting their way past the law attempting to prevent their escape.
Bill takes part in Uncle's stagecoach robbery along with Arthur and Charles. The heist quickly goes downhill, as uncountable lawman descend upon them. The gang hides in an old barn, but is found by the law. The barn is lit on fire, and they are forced to fight their way out of the barn and engage more lawmen in the forest before escaping.
Bill also organises his own stagecoach robbery, bringing Arthur and Tilly along with him. He also mentions that he robbed a homestead in Roanoke Ridge and robbed some drunken soldiers near the swamps.
One of his last acts in Clemens Point, is when he, Arthur, Sean, and Micah enter Rhodes to do a job for the Gray Family. Almost immediately after they are ambushed by the Grays, Bill is captured by Sheriff Gray. After Micah and Arthur clear the street of lawmen, they rescue Bill and slay the Sheriff. Arthur reprimands Bill and Micah for their carelessness, and orders Bill to give Sean a proper burial. Williamson later takes part in the assault on Braithwaite Manor, in retaliation for the capture of Jack.
Saint Denis Chapter
Bill later takes part in the ill-fated Saint-Denis bank robbery, where Hosea and Lenny are killed. Along with some of the remaining gang members, he boards a boat in the harbor destined for the South Pacific.
After the boat sinks, Bill washes up on the shores of Guarma with everyone except Arthur. Not long after Arthur finds them, they are ambushed by Guarman troops and captured. After they manage to escape with the help of Hercule Fortaine, Bill rests at La Capilla. After participating in the battle at Cinco Torres, Bill is tasked to stay with the wounded Javier Escuella while the other three gang members see to sabotaging the gun batteries and rescuing the ship captain.
When the gang return to America, Bill eventually finds the gang, who are stationed at Lakay. When the Pinkertons attack the camp, Bill is one of the key players (along with Arthur and Sadie) in fending off the attack.
Beaver Hollow Chapter
Following the gang’s relocation to Beaver Hollow, it becomes apparent that Dutch’s sanity had deteriorated. Despite this, Bill remained unendingly loyal to Dutch, and his relationship with the main “doubters” Arthur and John declined as a result, with Bill suspecting the latter of being a traitor.
Bill is tasked with helping Arthur steal a stagecoach of dynamite at Van Horn Trading Post. During the robbery, Bill plays drunk near the roadside, before attacking the stagecoach. Arthur will then open fire on it from above, and the two will successfully steal the stagecoach. As they flee the scene with the dynamite, they are pursued by lawmen, but Arthur is able to fight them off.
He will later reluctantly take part in the assault on the Cornwall Refinery against the US Army, where he will join the group that attacks the warehouse.
Bill will later join the robbery of the train heading through Saint-Denis. After the train doesn't stop, he along with the rest of the gang ride after it. After they get back to camp, and the standoff between Micah and Arthur develops, Bill does not hesitate in siding with Micah. After the Pinkertons attack, he runs with the rest of those who sided with Micah.
Bill’s immediate fate after the dissolution of the Van der Linde gang is unknown, although he is reported to still be at large by 1907. By 1910 (if not before) he has formed his own gang, eventually moving to New Austin and occupying Fort Mercer, which was previously the domain of the Del Lobos. He becomes particularly feared in the region, with his new group becoming the dominant outlaw gang in New Austin.
Events of Red Dead Redemption
In 1911, Marston has been extorted into hunting down his former brothers in arms, with Bill Williamson being the first target. The hunt for Bill Williamson serves as the impetus for the game's plot and is the central motivating factor throughout the first and partially second act.
John and Bill meet once again at Fort Mercer. John has been extorted into pursuing and apprehending Williamson due to his gang's vicious crimes. Edgar Ross and the Bureau of Investigation threaten John's son and wife to force John to complete the task. Marston confronts Williamson from outside the fortified walls, appealing to him to surrender before any harm befalls him. Williamson refuses, has several men put Marston at gunpoint, and berates John for his reformation. John responds by reaching for his revolver, causing one of Williamson's men to open fire and wound him in the lower-right torso. They presume John dead and leave his body to the elements. Hours pass, until ranchers, Bonnie MacFarlane, and Amos discover him wounded. Bonnie and Amos altruistically take Marston to Nathaniel Johnston, the Armadillo doctor, to treat his wounds. John then recovers quite well after the bullet is removed. In return for a $15 doctor's bill, John agrees to work at the ranch for a short time. However, Bill later discovered that John was alive and living with Bonnie. In revenge, Bill and his followers burned the MacFarlanes’ barn to the ground.
During that time, Marston recruited some people in New Austin with a cost of helping them. After helping Leigh Johnson, Nigel West Dickens, Seth Briars and Irish, John planned a strategy to raid Bill's hideout at Fort Mercer. The group breached the fort only to find out that Bill fled to Mexico with the help of another of John's former gangmates, Javier Escuella. The pair were put into the Protection of the local state government.
John eventually ventured to Mexico himself and was forced to work with Colonel Allende, the brutal dictator of a region in Mexico called Nuevo Paraiso. Even though Allende promised to deliver Escuella and Williamson to Marston, Allende instead betrayed him and attempted to have him killed. Due to the betrayal, John joined with the anti-government rebels led by Abraham Reyes and eventually stormed Allende's villa in Escalera.
With the villa under attack, Bill escapes with Allende to an armored stagecoach, where Marston and Reyes give chase. After the bodyguards are dispatched, the stagecoach comes to halt and Allende betrays Bill, pushing him out and pinning him to the ground, attempting to trade Bill’s life for his own. Williamson can then be killed by John from this point onwards, until he reaches for Allende’s revolver, where, if the player still doesn’t react, Bill will instead be shot and killed by Reyes. With Williamson dead, John is then required to return to Blackwater.
|“|| That man is a stone-cold killer.”|
“Williamson is a proud fool.
|—Leigh Johnson and John Marston regarding Bill.|
Bill was also considerably softer during his time with the gang; he empathized with low morale after the failure in Blackwater, voluntarily participated in the assault on Braithwaite Manor to rescue Jack Marston, and disapproved of Micah taunting Arthur for his illness.
By the time he left the gang, his personality took a darker and bleaker turn. He became amoral, ruthless, ambitious, power-hungry, self-serving, and greedy. His heinousness is exemplified through countless acts of crime and intimidation, including arson, kidnapping, murder, and rape. Bill became something of a disloyal coward as well, likely stemming from paranoia. Bill never directly fights John, opting to send his men to fight and escape death at every opportunity.
Throughout his life as a criminal, Bill became both respected and feared by the people and criminals of New Austin, with Bonnie even calling him "the worst bandit in the county". Many criminals and bandits such as Norman Deek chose to follow Williamson, making him one of the most dangerous and powerful criminals in the area. Ironically, in the end, without Dutch's guidance and the rest of his comrades, Bill became transformed into the exact thing he was afraid of becoming.
Bill is a large and heavyset man, though by 1899 he has started tuning somewhat fat. He has brown hair and a bushy beard. Though not bald, his hair is clearly receding and he also seems to be missing some teeth . His usual attire consisted of grey trousers, boots and either a plain white or a checked shirt, sometimes with a long, brown leather jacket and/or his hat which he wears pinned on one side. By 1911, Bill is shown to be mostly bald, with his remaining hair and beard flaky with patches of grey. He also appears to have lost a considerable amount of weight, probably as a result of his lifestyle.
- Red Dead Redemption
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- "Outlaws from the West"
- "Old Friends" (Boss)
- "Who the Hell is Leviticus Cornwall?"
- "Eastward Bound"
- "Americans at Rest"
- "Paying a Social Call"
- "American Distillation"
- "An Honest Mistake"
- "Sodom? Back to Gomorrah" (Boss)
- "A Short Walk in a Pretty Town"
- "Blood Feuds, Ancient and Modern"
- "The Battle of Shady Belle"
- "The Gilded Cage"
- "Country Pursuits"
- "Revenge is a Dish Best Eaten"
- "Banking, The Old American Art"
- "Welcome to the New World"
- "Hell Hath No Fury"
- "Paradise Mercifully Departed" (Boss)
- "Dear Uncle Tacitus"
- "Fleeting Joy"
- "That's Murfree Country"
- "Money Lending & Other Sins VII"
- "The Delights of Van Horn"
- "My Last Boy"
- "Our Best Selves"
- "Red Dead Redemption" (Betrayal)
|“||Do I look like I need saving?||„|
|“||You always did have a high opinion of yourself, John. Dutch always said you were an arrogant son of a bitch!||„|
|—Bill Williamson to John Marston|
|“||Get 'em boys!||„|
|—Bill Williamson orders his gang to attack John Marston and the Marshals|
|“||I didn't kill you before, John, but I sure as shit will now!||„|
|—Bill Williamson threatening John Marston|
|“||Well, you never tried to save me before. You only seemed to save yourself.||„|
|“||Go away now, John. Don't make me kill you.||„|
|“||Implores. I, I implores you to go back and tell them to send someone just a little bit more impressive next time.||„|
|—Bill Williamson to John Marston|
|“||You must think I was born yesterday. You always did think I was an idiot.||„|
|—Bill Williamson to John Marston|
|—Bill Williamson to John, after one of Bill's men shot John|
|“||You always was weak minded.||„|
|“||Jack probably ain't even your son. Ha Ha!||„|
|“||It ain't over.... Till it's over!||„|
|—Bill Williamson in the movie|
|“||Go then! I cover you.||„|
|—Bill Williamson and Allende about to escape|
|“||Nobody wanted you around John!||„|
|—Bill Williamson to John Marston|
|“||Dutch, Javier and I wanted you dead! We all did.||„|
|—Bill Williamson giving the reason for leaving John|
|“||You always was a traitor ya bastard orphan!||„|
|“||I always knew you were a coward.||„|
|“||Whould you hurry up?||„|
|—Bill Williamson to Allende when about to escape|
|“||What the hell are ya doing?||„|
|—Bill Williamson to Allende|
|“||You implore me? He, he you implore.||„|
|“||Alright, John, I-I-I'll-I'll come quietly.||„|
|—Bill Williamson's last words|
- "I sure miss that whore of yours!"
- "I always was more clever than you, hahahahaha!"
- "I've been waitn' for this!"
- "Go home to your whore wife!"
- "Son of a bitch!"
- "Go on, hit me, you coward!"
- "I'll blow your damn brains out!"
- "This time, I'll make sure you're dead!"
- "You always was frightened of me!"
- "This was the way it was always going to be, old friend."
- "Who the hell do you think you are?"
- "I'll cut you open!"
- "You're still a scared little boy!"
- "I aint' goin' to jail for you ya' son of a bitch!"
- "You always was a coward!"
- "I'll kill you twice you bastard!"
- "You always was weak-minded!"
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption 2
- Bill states that the reason he joined Dutch's cause is that he saw what power can do to people while he was in the army. This foreshadows his own fate, as 12 years later Bill becomes a ruthless megalomaniac and a shadow of his former self while being in charge of his own gang.
- Bill doesn't appear to know that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
- The pin which holds the side of Bill's hat up in Redemption I bears the symbol of the Freemasons (The Square and Compasses).
- In Red Dead Redemption 2, however, the pin is a U.S Army infantry insignia.
- The name William Williamson suggests that he has a Welsh heritage since giving one's children the same first and surname was a tradition in Wales in the 17th-20th centuries.
- In Red Dead Redemption 2, it is revealed that Bill's birth name was Marion and that he changed it to William (Bill) because he found it embarrassing.
- His birth name, Marion, is most likely a reference to the iconic Western actor Marion Mitchell Morrison, better known under his more masculine screen name "John Wayne".
- His name could be a reference to famed Italian Western film director, Sergio Leone, who for his early films, went by the screen name of Bob Robertson, which is similar to Bill's name in that the last name is the same as his full first name with 'son' added on the end (e.g. Robert Robertson-William Williamson).
Red Dead Redemption
- Bill appears to have been less educated than John and Dutch, taking offense at John's larger vocabulary in their first encounter at Fort Mercer. Namely, the word "implore."
- Bill is partly bald, revealed during his final appearance, when Allende shoves him out of the wagon, his hat falls off, revealing his baldness. It can also be seen by shooting off his hat, or by playing Poker or Liar's Dice with him in Multiplayer.
- Most, if not all, of Bill's multiplayer quotes, seems to be directed at John.
- In an interview with Retroplayer, Steve J. Palmer the voice actor of Bill Williamson; compared the relationship between John Marston and Bill Williamson to that of siblings. With Dutch being more of a "parental figure." While stating that Bill was envious of John's relationship with Abigail and bitter that she chose Marston over him. Steve went on to say that John was once a positive moral influence on Bill and that once John left the gang, Bill began to "tailspin out of control." without John's moral support.
Red Dead Redemption 2
- Bill seems to have a strong preference for rifles over pistols. In Red Dead Redemption 2, his main weapon is the Bolt Action Rifle and, although he does carry a custom Schofield Revolver with a brown steel frame, it is extremely seldom used. In the original Red Dead Redemption, Bill is seen with a Winchester Repeater and doesn‘t seem to carry a sidearm at all.
- Williamson’s apparent preference for rifles most likely stems from his time in the Army, where a rifle would have been his primary weapon while he would have had little experience in using a revolver.
- If the player antagonizes the camp enough, Bill will punch Arthur out and throw him out the camp, just like Lenny, John, Charles, and Javier.
- Occasionally, Bill may be captured by bounty hunters and Javier will ask Arthur to help free him.
- In a conversation With Micah, Bill reveals that Marion was originally his first name, but he changed it to “Bill” because he found it embarrassing.
- In Undead Nightmare among the writings on the walls of buildings in Blackwater one writing reads "Things are different now." These are some of the words that Williamson said to John before wounding him at Fort Mercer.
- Bill does not appear in Undead Nightmare physically, but he is mentioned by John while talking to Mother Superior.
- ↑ https://www.webcitation.org/6T5QpBvJD?url=http://www.thegamingliberty.com/2010/09/bill-williamson-speaks-an-interview-with-steve-j-palmer/