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|Still, In Summerlyn|
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Joel is a recurring character and survivor in The Last Ones.
Little to nothing is known about Joel's life before the outbreak.
Little is known about Joel's story after the apocalypse other than that eventually, he formed a group alongside Big Pete, Cassie, Jesse and several others. The unnamed survivors presumably lost their lives, leaving Joel with just three other survivors to live alongside with. They eventually set up a camp on a beach in Summerlyn City.
Joel and his friends first appear when Eli Loche arrives at their camp. They treat him with apprehension and hostility. He tries to assure them that he means no harm, but Big Pete holds him at gunpoint and they demand to know what he wants with them. When they continue to suspect him, Big Pete whistles and calls out for Jesse, who jumps down from a nearby palm tree, grabs Eli from behind and puts a knife to his throat.
Eli continues to attempt to calm the survivors down. He tells them he has a safe base and that he approached them to try and see if they wanted to join his group. Big Pete and Jesse eventually back off and after more persuasion they agree to accompany Eli to check the place out. Jesse, however, remains wary.
Sometime later, Joel and the others close in on Eli's swimming center base. They eventually realise that Jesse has vanished. Jesse is then seen climbing a tree and making his way into the base alone, where he infiltrates the center and checks out Eli's people. He makes his way downstairs where he regroups with Eli and his friends. Cassie berates him for being sneaky, but Eli doesn't appear to be cross. He is instead seemingly impressed by his skills and asks for Jesse's help in tracking down Alexis and Victoria, whom he describes as friends. Jesse agrees to carry out the favour.
Later that night, Eli checks on Joel, Big Pete and Cassie, who are incredibly grateful and in awe of the safe base. Shortly after, the trio greet Jesse upon his return to the base. Jesse tells Eli that he found Alexis and Victoria and that the two are now living in a housing complex. Jesse becomes suspicious that Eli means the women harm, so he begs his friends to leave with him as Eli cannot be trusted. Cassie and Big Pete refuse and when Joel also declines, Jesse seems surprised and tells him he didn't realise he was such a coward. Just then, Eli turns around and picks up his gun, but when he turns back around, he finds Jesse to be absent. He is then seen sprinting from the compound and Big Pete remarks that he'll never be caught. Eli, Joel and the others watch as Jesse flees.
A few days later, Big Pete, Cassie and Joel request a word from Eli. They ask if he had Jesse killed after he escaped from the base. Eli tells them he didn't as he would be long gone by now anyway. He then excuses himself as he has other business to attend to. After he's gone, the trio speculate on whether he can be trusted. Cassie and Big Pete believe that he is, but Joel remains wary.
Joel is present as one of Eli's followers who joins him in going to the camp of Peter Thompson and the rest of his group. He stands close-by as Eli and Peter talk and also witnesses the death of Amar at the hands of Jai Patil. Joel and the other followers of Eli raise their guns at the group and continue doing so until they retreat and are out of harm's way.
A few days later, Eli gathers his people and attempts to talk them into attacking and killing Peter's people at their camp. Initially, the survivors are against the idea but Eli convinces them by stating that if they do not act first, it will be them who are attacked and killed. When Cassie doubts if they need killing, Eli reminds her of Jai's cold-blooded killing of Amar. Reluctantly, the group agree and are led away by Ken, with the exception of Joel, as Eli requests him to stay behind as he has another job for him.
Later, as Eli converses with Peter and Alexis outside the latter's housing complex, Joel is tasked when walking Peter's missing wife, Lorna, whom Eli has been holding hostage, into the area at gunpoint. After Eli makes his demands, he, Joel and Lorna then leave.
Later that night, Joel enters the basement prison to find Sid inside. He asks what's going on and why the swimming center has been abandoned. Sid informs him that if he knew what Eli had planned, he wouldn't believe him, and that the center was abandoned as it was no longer needed. Joel spots an electric device on the table beside Sid and an occupied sleeping bag in a cell nearby, but he leaves after Sid raises his gun at him and tells him to go. Joel does as he's told and remarks that he's done with Eli anyway.
Sometime later, Joel returns to the basement prison and is horrified to find Peter's group all there. Everyone, bar Peter, who doesn't turn around, aims their guns at him. He swears he was never a loyal follower to Eli and that he was forced to follow him and that Eli lied about a lot of things. He remains in danger however as Aimi recognises him as the man who was holding Lorna at gunpoint earlier that evening. Joel is stunned when Sean reveals that Eli killed a child. As Joel protests his innocence, he is shot in the head and killed. The survivors turn to see Peter with his gun raised. He coldly lowers his weapon and then walks away.
Peter talks to Lorna about his killing of Joel and tells Lorna that taking a life should always matter, hinting he regretted shooting Joel.
This list shows the known victims that Joel has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies.
- Joel appeared in six episodes.
- Out of all the main characters, Joel has met Eli, Peter, Joy, Jai, Shiro, Aimi, Bobby, Sean, Georgie, Javier, Angie, Charlotte and Alexis.
- He appeared to be the most soft-spoken and down-to-earth of his group.
- After the first season finale Dead Man's Trigger, Joel was the sole surviving recruit of Eli's as well as the last known survivor from Big Pete's camp to be alive. He died in the following episode.