Every Red Dead Redemption 2 character who makes it alive

Given the chaos of events in both Red Dead Redemption games, it’s worth looking at who lives and dies, and the how and why of that.


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As players probably know from both Red Dead Redemption games, the life of an outlaw is not good. This would often have taken a toll on personal relationships, such as in the kidnapping of the Marston family and the loss of Arthur Morgan’s son, Isaac. The events of Red Dead Redemption 2 would haunt several characters for years and, directly or indirectly, impact their deaths.


With both games spanning decades and, more specifically, four years, it’s interesting to see how the life of Dutch gang Van Der Linde caught up with them. Some were directly, dying during the events of Red Dead Redemption 2, while others have paid the price for their crimes years later.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: every Dutch member of the Van Der Linde gang has died (because of the gang)


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The most interesting aspect will be those who came out of the Dutch Van Der Linde gang alive and ultimately unaffected by its events years later. These are the characters who got real redemption, but many of them were never considered outlaws to begin with. Before I look at who makes it out alive Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s worth honoring those who haven’t.


  • Arthur Morgan – will die either at the hand of Micah (if Arthur Morgan has low honor) or claimed by his VG (if Arthur Morgan has high honor)

  • Bill Williamson – Shot dead by John or Abraham Reyes in Nuevo Paraiso (because John had to hunt down former members of the Dutch Van Der Linde gang)

  • Dutch Van Der Linde – Grave to his death (because John had to hunt down former members of the Dutch Van Der Linde gang)

  • Hosea Matthews – Killed by Agent Andrew Milton during the Saint Denis bank robbery

  • Javier Escuella – killed by John or, if captured, executed by the US government (because John had to hunt down former members of the Dutch Van Der Linde gang)

  • John Marston – Killed by the Pinkertons as the “last enemy to be destroyed”, paying the ultimate price for the gang and their past crimes.

  • Karen Jones – She does not die immediately from the actions of the gang, but misfortune, death and collapse lead Karen Jones to alcoholism, from which she is believed to have died.

  • Kieran Duffy – Violently killed and beheaded by the O’Driscoll’s, a rival gang of the Dutch Van Der Linde gang

  • Lenny Summers – Killed in the bank robbery of Saint Denis

  • Leopold Strauss – After being exiled from the gang by Arthur, who realizes that Leopold’s means of obtaining money conflicts with the ideals of the gang, he is captured by the Pinkertons and dies in custody.

  • Micah Bell – Killed by Dutch and John

  • Molly O’Shea – Killed by fellow gang member Susan Grimshaw after she claims she was the Pinkerton Rat, but it turns out it was Red Dead Redemption 2‘s Micah from the start, something Dutch chose to be blind.

  • Sean MacGuire – One Red Dead Redemption 2 A gang member who dies multiple times, his end comes in Rhodes when Bill Williamson and Micah Bell lead him and Arthur Morgan into an ambush by the Gray family.

  • Susan Grimshaw – After Micah is revealed to be the real rat, Susan shoots her gun at him, but is distracted by the incoming Pinkertons. In his confusion, Micah shoots him.

  • Uncle – Uncle dies while trying to defend the Marston Ranch when the Bureau / Pinkerton / US Army, trying to make sure Jack and Abigail escape the gang’s final fate. He sacrifices himself, much like John Marston.

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Red Dead Redemption 2: all Dutch Van Der Linde gang members who came out alive


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If there is anything in common about the surviving characters, it is that they believed in something other than the Dutch Van Der Linde gang. Many clung to the original ideals and did not get lost along the way – not just to Dutch himself – while others had faith in their family, in themselves or in something more religious. by nature. Truth be told, the fact that 9 of the 24 members survive the events is quite surprising.

  • Abigail Marston – Abigail, Jack’s mother and John’s wife, died a few years after John. However, as far as history reveals, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Van Der Linde’s Dutch gang life. His death, however, gives Jack Marston the freedom to pursue his revenge against Edgar Ross.

  • Charles Smith – Charles leaves and is believed to have escaped to Canada and started a family. If anyone embodied the Dutch Van Der Linde gang code, it was Charles. He was a good man and a modern day Robin Hood, which the gang aspired to but ultimately failed to be.

  • Jack Marston – In “Remember My Family”, Jack Marston kills Edgar Ross to avenge his father. Knowing that his mother didn’t really die in the Office, the family here probably signifies the gang life he was stolen from a long time ago as well. Jack was the golden child, loved by all, as evidenced by the assault on Braithwaite Mansion. Jack survives, at least story-wise, as the latest to embody the core motto of the Dutch Van Der Linde gang: family.

  • Josiah Trelawny – After an emotional moment with Arthur Morgan as the gang falls apart, Trelawny leaves. Trelawny embraced the chaotic nature of Red Dead Redemption 2, kind of like the strange man, but it seems he has found normalcy. He is believed to have returned to his family and stayed, something Arthur couldn’t do and something John tried to do.

  • Mary-Beth Gaskill – When Dutch’s behavior gets too erratic, Mary-Beth leaves alongside Mr. Pearson and uncle, with the first two coming out long-term and the uncle paying his time in the gang for years more late. She became a published writer in 1907, but with a pseudonym to protect her identity. His sincere care and general attachment to the gang’s motto of helping those in need, something many gang members have shied away from, seems to be his saving grace.

  • Mr. Pearson – Pearson becomes a trader in Rhodes, somehow managing to live it all behind while still remembering his family in the Dutch Van Der Linde gang.

  • Reverend Swanson – As the gang begins to fall apart, Swanson leaves, moves to New York and becomes the minister of the First Congregational Church in New York. It seems her gang saving grace is her religious faith.

  • Sadie Adler – After Marston’s marriage, it is implied that Sadie is moving to South America and possibly pursuing her career as a bounty hunter. Her survival, along with her beloved character, is one of the reasons players want Sadie to be the protagonist of Red Dead Redemption 3.

  • Tilly Jackson – Tilly marries a lawyer and enjoys a real family life in Saint Denis.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available for PC, PS4, Stadia, and Xbox One.

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