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Sean MacGuire

Sean MacGuire is a recurring character in the Red Dead series, appearing as a supporting character in Red Dead Redemption 2 and as a stranger in Red Dead Online.



A cocky young Irish thief and stick‐up man who comes from a long line of criminals and political dissidents. He always wants a piece of the action and believes in himself...perhaps a little too much.
Description by Rockstar Games.

Biography in RDR 2 (click to enlarge)

Sean was born in Ireland (presumably Donegal)[1] and spent his early childhood there. Sean's father was Darragh MacGuire, an infamous Fenian outlaw who fled to America with Sean, before being hunted down and killed. The young Sean was sent to a reform school, but it did little for him.

Sean first met Dutch and Hosea at a bar somewhere in North Elizabeth. After seeing a fancy pocket watch that Dutch had, Sean followed the pair into the dark alleyway and threatened them at gunpoint. Much to Sean's surprise, both Dutch and Hosea simply laughed and dared Sean to shoot them, which he did. It turned out that the pair had spotted Sean first and silently taken the bullets out of Sean's gun. Instead of killing him, Dutch and Hosea decided to give Sean some food and inducted him into the Van der Linde gang.[2][3]

Events of Red Dead Online

The protagonist can encounter Sean at Tanner's Reach, where he will initially hold them at gunpoint upon seeing them inside the cabin. Quickly calming himself, Sean begins speaking of having become separated from his group before giving the protagonist a robbery tip on a nearby passing stagecoach.

Afterward, Sean can be found again inside his cabin, and will offer paid killings, thefts, jailbreaks, and other coach holdup missions to the player. His missions give negative honor.

Blood Money

Sean appears in the Blood Money update as a member of Guido Martelli's criminal network, and offers new missions to the protagonist.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

Horseshoe Overlook Chapter

After the botched ferry robbery in Blackwater, Sean became separated from the others and was one of the few members who did not end up with the gang in their new hideout at Colter. He was subsequently captured by bounty hunters led by Ike Skelding and interrogated for information on the gang, but Sean told them nothing.

After moving to Horseshoe Overlook, a new hideout close to the town of Valentine, the gang hears from Josiah Trelawny about Sean's aforementioned apprehension by bounty hunters. As a result, Arthur, Javier, Charles, and Trelawny set out to rescue him. They meet on a hilltop overlooking Blackwater, where they discuss their options, deciding to rescue him before he reaches a Federal Prison that he was being transferred to. After spotting Sean being escorted off of a boat, Trelawny decides to distract some bounty hunters, allowing Arthur and Javier to silently neutralize them. Soon afterward, a large gunfight ensues, resulting in the gang finding Sean hanging upside-down from a tree at a camp. After being freed, Sean thanks his rescuers and accompanies them back to camp.

After his rescue, a celebration party is thrown for Sean at camp. Along with the rest of the gang, Sean gets exceedingly drunk. As the night wears on, he begins flirting with Karen Jones, and the two ultimately retire to John Marston's tent to have sex.

Sean later decides to join Arthur, Charles, and John on a train robbery, despite not being invited. He is sent to loot the baggage car during the operation, and is almost killed in a tussle with guards further up the train, but is saved by Arthur. After the law descends on the scene, Sean successfully escapes with the others.

Clemens Point Chapter

He was like an annoying little brother to me... what fun we had riding together.
Arthur lamenting Sean's demise, if the former's Honor is high.

Sean joins Arthur and Hosea Matthews in working for Catherine Braithwaite, who asks them to burn the tobacco fields and products owned by the rival Gray family. Sean talks his way into Caliga Hall with Arthur in the back of the wagon, after which they hide their wagon and eliminate a Gray security guard accompanying them. While Arthur pours the moonshine over the tobacco fields, Sean takes care of the sheds and buildings; when this is done, the duo ignites everything with fire bottles. After fighting off the Grays, the two find payroll from another wagon and flee the area.

During this chapter, Sean can also rob a homestead with Arthur, after finding out about it from a nearby hunter who Sean then robbed. He can also rob a stagecoach with Arthur and Mary-Beth.

Sean is later present alongside Bill Williamson and Micah Bell in the town of Rhodes, joining the two and Arthur on a potential “job” providing security for the Gray family. However, as the four are walking through the street, they are ambushed by the Grays' hired guns, and Sean is immediately killed by a shot to the head from a sniper.

After clearing the area and killing Sheriff Gray, an enraged Arthur blames Sean's death on Bill and Micah's carelessness. Arthur expresses his affection for Sean and asks Bill to give him a proper burial. Sean's death also affects Karen, who becomes an embittered alcoholic.



MacGuire is said to be a cheerful man who enjoys spending his time telling stories at the gang's campfires, particularly about his family history. He loves being a part of the action, but he is relatively inexperienced and often overestimates his own abilities. At Clemens Point, he playfully tries to poke fun at Arthur, calling him 'English' and 'King Arthur'. He is perhaps the most talkative member of the gang, as Charles remarks that he speaks incessantly,[4] and Arthur is mildly aggravated by his constant teasing at times. However, he is also somewhat lazy, literally falling asleep during guard duty multiple times, drawing the ire of Hosea.[5]

Sean appears to have a positive relationship with Lenny, who once tried to teach Sean (who is illiterate) how to read.[6] The two are often seen conversing, and Lenny tells Arthur at one point that he likes Sean. By contrast, Sean often expresses his dislike of Micah.

Sean and Karen have a flirtatious relationship. Although Karen says she "hates [Sean]" and that he only loves her when they're drunk, Sean remains convinced that she loves him, and the two have sex after Sean is first rescued. During the act, Karen can be heard crying and saying she just wants someone to "see her", to which Sean says he does. However, Sean's true feelings about her are unknown, as he could have simply said that to continue the moment in a typical act of bravado, and are not expanded upon as he dies shortly after. Nevertheless, his death has a major impact on Karen, who becomes more and more of a disheveled alcoholic as the game progresses, reacts irritably to everyone as the gang disintegrates around her, and ultimately disappears from the public eye, with Tilly believing she drank herself to death.

Sean has a generic, very much stereotypical Irish accent. Unlike Molly O'Shea, who has a distinct Dublin accent, MacGuire's is harder to pinpoint. The actor, Michael Mellamphy, is a Cork native but MacGuire has no distinct Cork accent.


Sean has shoulder-length ginger hair, green eyes and is slightly unshaven. He appears to be missing a few of his upper teeth. MacGuire usually wears a jacket of a light bluish-grey color over a dirty white union suit and a red and brown patterned vest, accompanied by blue jeans and a green bowler hat. Unlike most members, this is the only clothing he wears, with only slight variations.

When Sean is rescued from Ike Skelding's Boys, he is shown wearing black jeans held up with suspenders, along with a grey shirt buttoned at the top with a black square shape on the front going from the shoulders to the chest, as well as black cuffs.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption 2

Companion Activities

Red Dead Online

  • Coach Robberies
  • Paid Killings
  • Jailbreaks
  • Thefts
  • Blood Money missions


Me da used to say, "The bigger the box, the smaller the gift." If you know what I mean?
Sean criticizing Javier for his vanity
It's a story as old as the hills. The changing of the guard, the fading of the light. You're toast, old man. I'm the future in all it's glory.
Sean to Arthur
Can't wait to slit some bastard's throat.
Sean before the train heist
I've still got some blood in me veins! You old bastards have forgotten how to live.
MacGuire to Arthur, John and Charles
Me da would say that no politics was politics.
Sean quoting his father
Now it don't feel right? I could'a told you that—
Sean to Arthur, Micah, and Bill; his last words before he gets killed mid-sentence


  • After completing "A Short Walk in a Pretty Town", Sean's grave can be found slightly north of Clemens Point.
  • His horse, Ennis, shares a name with the county town of County Clare.
  • Like most members of the Van der Linde gang, Sean has a custom sidearm. His weapon is a Cattleman Revolver in blued steel with a nickel frame.
  • Sean's knife has a date engraved on the handles, 1848, the same year in which a series of revolutions occurred in Europe, and groups of young Irishmen had participation in those revolutions but failed like the great majority in that year. His knife was probably a gift from his family or father.
  • Despite being Irish, Sean's surname is spelled the Scottish way, with the prefix "Mac". However, it is not unheard of for Irish names to use the "Mac" prefix as well.
  • Sean is one of three members to not have a winter outfit. The other two are Cleet and Josiah Trelawny.
  • Sean has an unused outfit consisting of a black leather stitched up duster coat, similar to the one worn by members of the gang during robberies.
  • When MacGuire sustains a head injury during "Pouring Forth Oil IV", Arthur says to him, "least you ain't got a hole in it", foreshadowing how Sean would later die.
  • If Arthur antagonizes the gang members enough, Sean is one of the characters who may punch him out of the camp. The others are Lenny, Javier, Bill, Sadie, John, and Charles.
  • Sean, Sadie Adler, Joe, and Trelawny are the only members of the Van der Linde gang to appear in Red Dead Online.
  • Beside Tanner's Reach, Sean can also be found at camp southwest of Blackwater in Red Dead Online.