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You lost your husband. I lost my darling, Annabelle. That poor boy, Kieran. We've all lost something because of Colm. And that is why we will shepherd him to eternity.
Dutch van der Linde to Sadie Adler

Goodbye, Dear Friend is a mission in Red Dead Redemption 2.

Mission Overview

With Colm O'Driscoll under arrest, Sadie, Arthur and Dutch head to Saint Denis to watch him hang.


News reaches the gang that Colm is to be hanged. However, knowing that Colm had escaped the noose twice before, Dutch and Sadie are prompted to attend his execution in person to ensure that Colm doesn’t escape this time, and they bring Arthur along with them to help. Realising that they are wanted outlaws themselves, they attend the hanging in disguise, with Dutch and Arthur dressed in police uniforms and Sadie as a lady of high society.

Upon reaching Colm, they notice two shifty-looking men and realise that they are O’Driscolls. Dutch and Arthur follow them and, when realising their plan, Dutch sends Arthur to deal with Colm’s men while he returns to Sadie. After the saboteurs are removed, Arthur takes up a position on the roof with a sniper rifle, while Dutch and Sadie each hold an O’Driscoll hostage at gunpoint. With the rescue attempt thwarted, Colm is hanged as planned.

Sadie, however, is unable to contain her rage and kills both her hostage and Dutch’s. This causes a shootout with some remaining O’Driscolls against Arthur, Dutch and Sadie. With the latter two fighting on the ground, Arthur snipes some from the rooftop. With the O’Driscolls defeated, Dutch and Sadie return to camp, shortly followed by Arthur.

Gold Medal Objectives

  • Find Colm’s backup within 45 seconds.
  • Get 8 headshots with a long scoped rifle.
  • Complete within 6 minutes and 30 seconds.


  • Colm O'Driscoll - Hanged in Saint Denis for the numerous crimes he had committed over the years.
  • Paul (optional) - Killed or knocked out by Arthur
  • Various O’Driscolls - Killed by Arthur, Dutch and Sadie in order to sabotage Colm’s rescue attempt and in the ensuing gunfight between the trio and the O’Driscolls.
  • Various police officers

Mission failure

The mission will fail if the player:

  • Assaults, kills, or abandons Dutch or Sadie;
  • Allows Dutch or Sadie to be killed;
  • Alerts the law prematurely;
  • Shoots Colm;
  • Dies.

Video Walkthroughs


  • At the end of the mission, Tilly Jackson gives Arthur a goodbye letter from Mary Linton, who gives out two lines that he later recalls during his final ride in "Red Dead Redemption" depending on his Honor: "I see clearly that your world is not a world from which one can escape" (if Arthur's Honor is low), and "There's a good man within you... but he is wrestling with a giant" (if his Honor is high).
  • After completion, the outfit Arthur wore prior to this mission may have the police uniform belt on it. This is likely a glitch, as it is not added as a weapon equipment piece.
  • It is possible to save the police officer hat. During the mission the player must have an empty slot on the horse and make sure they pick up the hat from the ground after it has been knocked off during the rooftop fight.[1]
  • It is also possible to save and keep the rest of the police officer uniform. All the player needs to do is start the mission, wait for the cutscene to end and walk away from Dutch, if done correctly, the player should have the outfit on.[2]
  • After this mission, players will be able to see critical areas on targets while using Dead Eye.


Completing this mission contributes toward the following Trophies/Achievements:

10 gamerscoregamerscore
Bronze bronzebronze
Complete Goodbye, Dear Friend.

100 gamerscoregamerscore
Gold goldgold
Attain 100% Completion.



Red Dead Redemption 2 mission walkthroughs
Chapter 6: Beaver Hollow
"Visiting Hours""Do Not Seek Absolution I""Do Not Seek Absolution II""Of Men and Angels""Money Lending and Other Sins VI""Money Lending and Other Sins VII""The Course of True Love IV""The Course of True Love V""Just a Social Call""A Rage Unleashed""Goodbye, Dear Friend""Archeology for Beginners""Honor, Amongst Thieves""The Fine Art of Conversation""The Delights of Van Horn""Mrs. Sadie Adler, Widow I""Mrs. Sadie Adler, Widow II""The Bridge to Nowhere""Favored Sons""The King's Son""My Last Boy""Our Best Selves""Red Dead Redemption"
Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Epilogue, Part 1Epilogue, Part 2