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I swear half of you would just rot in your own filth if nobody kept you in check.
Susan Grimshaw

Susan Grimshaw is a supporting character featured in Red Dead Redemption 2.

History

Background

The undisputed boss and arbiter of justice in the camp, everything would have fallen apart years ago without Susan in charge. Tenacious and iron‐willed, she stands for no nonsense.
Rockstar Games' description of Susan.

Biography in RDR 2 (click to enlarge)

Susan was one of the original gang members of the Van der Linde gang, alongside Dutch van der Linde, Hosea Matthews and Arthur Morgan. She became romantically involved with Dutch at some stage, and long nights playing poker with the gang, often sitting in Dutch's lap. Their relationship later ended, and Dutch eventually moved on to another woman named Annabelle. Despite that, she remained a close associate to Dutch, remaining on good terms with him and gaining his respect, eventually becoming the gang's arbiter.

By 1899, alongside with the gang's cook Simon Pearson, Susan was in charge of setting up the camp every time the gang moved to a new place.

Events of Red Dead Redemption 2

Colter chapter

When the gang settle at Colter, she organizes the camp and decides where each gang member’s rooms will be, prompting complaining from Micah after he is assigned to a shared room with Javier, Charles, and Bill.

Horseshoe Overlook chapter

Grimshaw shows Arthur his living space, and tells him that all of his stuff from Blackwater was saved. Later on, she informs Arthur that a letter from Mary arrived for him, and expresses disdain for her.

Saint Denis chapter

Grimshaw asks Arthur to help investigate Tilly's disappearance, who she believes was kidnapped by the Foreman Brothers. The two ride up to a Foreman Brothers hide out. The two storm the safe house and rescue Tilly, before realizing that the three Foremen Brothers have fled. Arthur chases after them, and shoots two of them off their horses before capturing Anthony Foreman and bringing him to Tilly and Susan. Susan will encourage Arthur to execute him, although it is ultimately the player’s choice whether to kill Foreman, or spare him.

Beaver Hollow chapter

When Molly comes into the camp drunk, repeatedly insulting Dutch and stating that she told the Pinkertons about the bank robbery in Saint Denis, Grimshaw shoots Molly with a shotgun, saying ”she knew the rules”, and subsequently ordering the body to be burned.

Later on, during the gang standoff at camp after Micah is revealed to be the rat, Susan points a shotgun at Micah, demanding that he puts his guns down. Suddenly, Javier announces that Pinkertons are coming, which distracts Susan. Seeing his chance, Micah shoots Susan in the stomach while she is off guard, and she quickly succumbs to her wound. Miss Grimshaw is later buried by Charles Smith. Her grave can be found in Roanoke Ridge, southwest of the Elysian Pool, on a cliff nearby.

Character

Personality

Miss Grimshaw is heavily depicted as a forthright, "strict maternal figure" towards the Van der Linde gang. She admitted to Arthur that some people need a firmer hand than others, whist adding that someone has to keep the rabble in line, otherwise they would "rot in their own filth".

Despite having a tough love attitude towards the gang's members, she does care about them and secretly holds sympathy and even deep affection towards most of them, which she will on occasion (though rarely) she will express:

For instance, when Tilly Jackson gets kidnapped during Chapter 4, Mrs. Grimshaw takes the initiative and organizes her rescue. When Arthur notices that and points out that this shows that despite the harshness that she constantly displays towards them, she cares about the girls that are running with the gang ("So you do care about them girls") she grumpily admits that "of course" she cares. Later on during the mission to rescue Tilly she calls her "my girl" and threatens that she would kill anyone who dared to harm her. When the gang is falling apart she privately opens up to Tilly and tells her that she has grown into a "fine young woman".

Similarly, at times, Ms. Grimshaw will display feelings of personal affection for some of the gunmen of the gang: When Arthur Morgan stays away from camp for an extended time Ms. Grimshaw sometimes will confront him about it and when he justifies himself, explaining that he is "a wanderer", she will benevolently reply that she knows that and call him "son".[1] After Sean MacGuire is rescued from being held captive by bounty hunters Ms. Grimshaw will tell Arthur that he has "done good" to have brought him back and reminds him that "loyalty" is important.[2] After Sean gets killed at the end of chapter 3 Ms. Grimshaw can be overheard in the Shady Belle camp singing an emotional song about Sean ("Fare you well dear Sean") together with Karen Jones.[3] In random camp dialogue she also states that she is "sad" that Davey Calendar got killed.

Furthermore she is shown to be highly protective of Reverend Swanson, who is struggling with opium addiction, when he is repeatedly bullied by Micah Bell and shows up respect for Simon Pearson when she stands up for him by reprimanding Mary-Beth and Lenny when they poke fun at his cooking, telling them to "mind their Manners" and that "Mr. Pearson takes good care of us".[4]

Fittingly Uncle, whom the game repeatedly show to be a keen observer of human nature, will in one camp conversation express his conviction that Mrs. Grimshaw's abrasive and tough attitude towards her fellow gang members is just a facade and that behind that facade she is actually a very caring person: He does so by teasing Mrs. Grimshaw that she in reality is "a fine woman", but tries to keep it "hidden under that sour vinegar face and nasty acid tongue" that she puts on in most of her interactions with others. Furthermore Uncle will assert that her rough mannerism are just "a rose's thorns".

In spite of her maternal nature, Miss Grimshaw displays a significant degree of ruthlessness towards enemies of the gang, whoever they were. She did not hesitate to kill Molly after her confession of talking to the Pinkertons, and threatened Micah at gunpoint after discovering his betrayal.

Mission appearances

Red Dead Redemption 2

Quotes

Well, I don't know what they've been doing here but I can tell you what they're going to be doing here... dying.
Susan about the Foreman Brothers
If they've touched a single hair on that girl's head, I will eviscerate the sons of bitches.
Susan about the Foreman Brothers kidnapping Tilly Jackson
Of course I care. About all of you fools. Some just require a firmer hand than others, you especially.
Grimshaw to Arthur about the gang
I said, get-" "You've said your last words.
Susan interrupting a Foreman Brother, killing him
History is never done.
Susan to Anthony Foreman
I don't care what you feel, girl. Get ready!
Grimshaw to Tilly in camp
My camp, my rules.
Susan to Arthur
No. You be quiet, Mr. Bell... and put down your gun.
Susan's last words

Trivia

  • Susan is Jim Santangeli's favorite character.[5]
  • Sometimes, when Arthur is in camp, Susan may approach and comment on his recent actions. Activities she will discuss include killing innocent civilians, avoiding donating to the box, and spending too much time at camp, among other examples.
  • If the player does not have a bath for a long enough period of time, Susan will forcibly wash Arthur in a water barrel in camp.
  • She is physically abusive towards Mary-Beth, and can be seen slapping her face in camp for not doing her chores. It is reasonable to assume that she is physically abusive towards the other young women in camp as well, due to the disdain they have for her. Karen, in particular, expresses a vehement dislike of her, and may crack jokes with Arthur about it, and Tilly will ask him if Dutch "would be mad" if she killed her.
  • Arthur says that Dutch has a "soft spot" for her.
  • During the Beaver Hollow chapter, Susan may approach Arthur in camp to tell him that someone smashed the donation box, thus explaining its absence.
  • She repeatedly mentions her dislike of Mary Linton, much to Arthur's annoyance.
  • Out of all the women in the camp, Ms. Grimshaw has little to no interaction with Sadie Adler.
  • Ms. Grimshaw appears to favor shotguns, as that's the weapon she wields most often in cutscenes.
  • Similar to Simon Pearson, Susan is mostly addressed by her surname.
  • Grimshaw is described in the credits as a "retired painted lady". The term "painted lady" is an archaic word for a prostitute, indicating that this was Susan's profession prior to joining the Van der Linde gang.
  • She seems to somewhat dislike Pearson's cooking, which is the reason she asks Arthur to find oregano for seasoning.

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