|Age||53 (at time of death)|
|December 25th, 1961|
|Fight For Survival|
|Dead Man's Trigger (Alive)|
In Sickness and In Health... (Corpse)
Significant Sayonora (Flashback)
|Profession||Head Chef (pre-apocalypse)|
|Family||Harry Maybell (husband, deceased)|
Unnamed Sister (deceased)
|Shot by Big Pete|
|Fight For Survival|
to Dead Man's Trigger
–Joy Maybell to Georgie Rutherford
Joy Maybell is a main character and survivor in The Last Ones. Despite having a quiet role during the first few episodes, Joy grew into a prominent leader within the group who prioritised in keeping the survivors together as a tight unit. Eventually, her love for her fellow survivors turned her into a deadly adversary to anyone who tried to hurt them.
Little is known about Joy's early life other than she had at least one sister, got married to a man called Harry Maybell and spent a lot of her life working as a head chef at one of the nicest restaurants in Summerlyn City.
Her relationship with her parents was difficult as her father was constantly miserable and nothing ever made him happy while her mother was a "vicious cow." Joy described her life as a better place once they were out of it.
At some point, she also learnt how to fish.
At some point after the undead outbreak started, Joy lost her husband and sister. The city of Summerlyn was completely overrun but Joy somehow managed to escape. Eventually, she came across Ollie Graham and his group who took her in. She stayed with the clan of survivors including Shiro and Aimi Kato, Jai Patil, Georgie Rutherford and Henry and Karen Jones and their dog Ben for at least several weeks before Ollie decided to lead the group to Winterhodge Hollow, which he heard was safe.
The group arrived at the town just in time to see it begin to fall at the hands of the undead, leaving the survivors with no choice but to pile into the town's library.
Joy asses the situation with Shiro, Jai, and Georgie and watch as zombies surround them. Joy then witnesses an argument between Ollie and Shiro when the latter takes issue with Peter and Sean joining the group. Joy defends Ollie and scolds Shiro for his bad language. The following morning, Joy joins the others as they carry out Henry's escape plan. Joy flees with Jai and Shiro successfully escorts them safely to Peter's house, where they're introduced to his wife Lorna and the couple's daughter, Beatrice. Soon after, the rest of the group arrive and Aimi breaks the news that Ollie was killed. A visibly upset Joy asks what the group will do without him. Henry assures her that they'll look after each other. Georgie reunites Peter and Lorna with their missing son, Milo, who she found in the treehouse. When Lorna's elderly neighbour, Joyce Evans, emerges from the bedroom and it becomes apparent she was bit, Shiro raises his gun at her. Lorna steals Peter's gun and aims it at Shiro.
When Shiro points his gun at Lorna instead of Joyce, Joy points out that Ollie has just died and the group are already turning on each other. Peter agrees with this and finally gets Shiro and Lorna to see reason. Joyce is then returned to the bed. Later that night, Joy and Georgie are tasked with watching over her in case she dies.
After Joyce finally passes away, Joy joins the others and attends a burial for her and her husband Gilbert as well as Ollie. Aimi breaks down upon speaking about her love and gratitude to Ollie. Joy comforts her. Joy joins the rest of the survivors as they leave the Thompson family home and move into Joyce's large house overnight because of its size and amount of supplies.
In spite of the plan to stay at Joyce's house for just the night, the group ended up lying low for a few days. Joy, Jai, and Georgie watch Beatrice and Milo as Peter, Sean, Shiro, Aimi, and Henry guard the house from a horde of undead. The group move out a few hours later and pull over into a clearing to stay overnight, which Shiro takes issue with. Joy reaches the end of her tether and makes it clear if he keeps with his behaviour, then the group will have no choice but to kick him out. This calms Shiro down and Joy gently tells him that even if he has good intentions, he's going about things the wrong way. The following day, the group run into trouble when they drive into a large group of zombies. Aimi, Shiro and Jai manage to get away safely but Joy and the others watch on in horror as a troubled Karen sacrifices herself to save Milo. Upon reaching their chosen destination for camp, Joy and the others are dismayed when Lorna, Henry, Milo, and Ben, fail to join them.
On the group's second morning in camp, Joy is irritated to discover Sean and Shiro let Peter wander off to find his missing family. Sean and Aimi suggest going out to look for him, but Joy refuses as she says the group can't risk splitting up even more. Joy tells the others that if Peter isn't back soon they may have to consider the possibility that he might not have made it.
The following morning, Joy teaches Shiro how to fish. He's surprised to discover she was a head chef. When he asks why she never told him, she points out he never asked. Shiro admits he gets reluctant to get close to people as he doesn't want to care. She responds that everybody dies sometime and she doesn't regret being close to anybody she loved. Shortly after, Peter finally returns alongside Charlotte Layton, a woman who saved his life. He reveals he will be going to Summerlyn City to expand the search for Lorna. This angers Joy. A few hours later, Peter, Charlotte, and Shiro prepare to move out. Peter tries to assure Joy even if they don't find Lorna, Milo, and Henry, it won't be a wasted trip as they can still pick up supplies.
The next morning, Georgie tells Joy that Peter, Charlotte, and Shiro aren't back yet. Joy says nothing, leaving Georgie to look away in sadness. Sometime later, the rest of the survivors gather at the camp group together to discuss what to do about Peter and the others. Sean and Aimi want to take a car and go and search for them, but Joy tells them they can't risk anymore lives. At that moment, Shiro drives into camp and tells them about Eli Loche, a madman who kidnapped him, Peter, and Charlotte. Shiro is insistent on going to save them and Sean and Aimi decide to go with him. After gathering supplies, Shiro, Aimi, and Sean drive away. Jai remarks that it's just the four of them now. Joy tells him to get used to it as that's probably how it will be from now on.
During the night, with Peter, Shiro and the others still missing, Georgie shares her worry that something might be wrong. When Joy expresses her belief they won't return, Jai pleads with her to have faith. Joy points out Summerlyn was in a terrible shape and she barely made it out alive. Jai asks Joy what they can do to help, but Joy responds all they can do is look after Beatrice.
A week on from Peter's return from Summerlyn, Joy talks to him about their previous differences. He says she was right to try and stop him from leaving camp, but she tells him that he was right and that as a group, they should put themselves at risk in order to try and save each other. After dark, the group meet to discuss Georgie's disappearance. It's decided Joy will lead the girls to find her. As they travel, the ladies talk about growing up and their respective relationships with their parents. They discover the large group of zombies. They take them out with relative ease and make their way inside. As they decide on what to do, Charlotte spots blood coming from under one of the doors nearby. They enter to find a zombie dead and Georgie taking refuge from another. Aimi deals with the zombie as Joy rushes to Georgie's side. It's quickly established that Georgie hasn't been bitten, but she sombrely reveals that she's diabetic and is out of medicine.
As the group make their way out the clinic, Georgie explains she kept her illness to herself because she didn't want to be deemed a burden to the group. She talks about Karen and how she confided in her and since her death, has dealt with it alone. Charlotte assures her they'll get her medicine whatever it takes, but Georgie wonders if it'll make a difference as it'll only save her for a short while. Joy points out that all of their lives are temporary thanks to this new world. Just then, a zombie approaches the group and Georgie, Joy and Aimi are horrified to see that it's Karen. Georgie passes out as the undead Karen approaches. The following morning, Karen, who was taken out by Joy, is put to rest in the group's camp. Sometime after, Everybody but Javier, Beatrice, and an unconscious Georgie, leave for Summerlyn City to find medicine.
At the hospital, Peter grows impatient as the group are separated. Joy tells him that some of the others are checking out another supply room, which Peter doesn't understand, as they have more than enough supplies. Soon after, Aimi and the others regroup with Peter and Joy. They tell them about the massive amount of zombies outside. Upon arriving outside, Joy watches in astonishment as Peter, Sean, Jai and Shiro fight off the massive amount of undead. The group escape. Later on at camp, Jai tends to Georgie as Joy and Bobby watch over. He gives them the good news that the medicine should get her back to normal within a few days. Joy expresses her relief and says she doesn't know what she would do without Georgie's smiling face to wake up to everyday. Jai agrees.
A few days on from the previous episode, Joy approaches Charlotte and asks if she's all right and points out that she's been quiet since the group got back from Summerlyn. Charlotte assures her she's fine. Soon after, Joy says how happy Beatrice is now Georgie is back on her feet. Peter points out she'd be a lot happier if Lorna and Milo were around. Joy apologises, but Peter assures her he didn't mean anything by it. Joy is later present when Victoria Franklin, a former friend and survivor Angie lived with in Summerlyn with, turns up to inform the group about Alexis Norton's recent behaviour. After she leaves, Joy and others speculate on whether she can be trusted.
The following morning, Joy and the other survivors are stunned when Eli enters camp with several of his men. Eli tries to assure them he's just come to talk. Just then, a confused Jai approaches and is horrified when one of Eli's followers, Amar, greets him as his Uncle. When Jai threatens to kill Amar and violence seems inevitable, Joy manages to calm the situation. Eli thanks Joy for being gracious. She responds by telling him to shut up. The guns are lowered and Peter tells Eli he has five minutes. Joy converses with Eli alongside Peter, Sean, and Shiro. It's established that Eli has been watching not just them, but Alexis as well. He also informs them he's aware Victoria visited them the day previously and that she was killed later that same night. Eli stuns them further by revealing that Alexis let it happen.
Peter declines an offer from Eli to form an alliance. Suddenly, Jai shoots and kills Amar after he approaches Georgie and attempts to hold Beatrice. Things get violent as Peter and Shiro fight with Eli, but the latter retreats with his men, promising revenge. Shiro and the others remain stunned by Jai's killing of Amar. Joy goes over to Georgie, who is soaked in Amar's blood, and takes her away to get cleaned up. Later, Joy checks on Georgie, who insists that she's fine. The two agree that whilst they might be taken aback by Jai's behaviour, he must have had a good reason for doing what he did.
A few days later, the majority of the group decide to set out for Summerlyn for a meeting with Alexis, to discuss Eli and the threat he poses. Before they go, Jai and Joy say their goodbyes. Joy tells Jai she understands his reasons for going but she'll miss him as he's been her rock. He informs her he feels the same way. Shiro and Aimi head over to Joy to say their goodbyes. Joy turns down Aimi's offer to stay behind, reminding her she's got good with a gun. Joy is touched when Shiro gives her a hug.
Before he leaves, Peter takes Joy to one side and reveals he's fully expecting Eli to turn up. Peter tells Joy about his suspicions of Charlotte being a spy. Peter gives a dumbfounded Joy all the reasons why he suspects Charlotte of working for Eli, including his random first meeting with her in the woods, how it was her idea to go to Summerlyn City to look for Lorna, where they ran into Eli within seconds, and her mysterious disappearance after the group left the hospital. Joy realises Peter is right and panics. Peter assures Joy he has a plan; one that involves her. Joy is to observe the meeting from afar and shoot Eli dead upon receiving a signal from Peter. On her travels to follow Peter and the others, Joy is left irritated when her car breaks down. She decides to move on foot. She takes cover when she spots Eli's group of survivors, armed and heading for the camp.
Joy calmly confronts Eli's men, who immediately raise their weapons. Joy hands over her gun and places her hands in the air. She is stunned when she discovers the group have been sent to kill everyone at the camp. When Cassie and Big Pete get cold feet about killing, Ken takes them to one side and tries to convince them to follow Eli's instructions. Joy is left being guarded by Jonny, who tells her if she wants to pray before she dies, she best do it now. Joy refuses, saying she's never asked the big man for anything and doesn't intend on starting now. Slowly and sneakily, she pulls out a knife. As the others are distracted, Joy slits Jonny's throat, killing him. She then gets into her car and escapes.
Upon escaping from Eli's men, Joy rushes back into camp. She asks Georgie where Bobby is and Georgie replies he's out on patrol. Joy left her car nearby and activated the car alarm, so that when Eli's followers got close, there was a large group of zombies waiting for them. This successfully held them back and caused the death of Nigel, who was bitten. Shortly after, Joy and Georgie make their way out of camp, where Joy tells Georgie about the plan she made with Peter. Just then, they look down-hill to discover Bobby fleeing from two of Eli's men. Before they can do anything to help, they're forced to run back into camp and take cover as the rest of Eli's followers arrive. Joy shoots Gus in the head, killing him.
Big Pete attempts to persuade Cassie and Ken that Joy is just one woman and they can take her. Eventually all three stand and open fire, but Joy proves too quick and Cassie is shot and killed, much to the horror and upset of Big Pete. Ken tries to tell Big Pete to get a hold of himself. Georgie looks around the side of the car and discovers that Ken is temporarily distracted, she tells Joy, who takes action and shoots and kills Ken with a bullet to the chest. Big Pete leaves cover and goes straight for the ladies. Joy leaves cover to take him on but is shot in the chest and collapses to the floor. Georgie attempts the flee with Beatrice, but Big Pete catches her and holds her at gunpoint but he is shot in the head and killed by Joy, who is still alive. With all of Eli's men taken care of, Joy falls to the ground. Georgie is insistent on getting her up but Joy tells her to flee as zombies are entering camp. Georgie refuses to leave Joy and helps her into the car.
Georgie tries to keep Joy calm. Joy explains she's had a full life, a happy one, and that she's so glad she managed to find her and the others. She declares her love for Georgie and Beatrice, along with the rest of their group, and she says she swore to God that she would protect them from Eli and his men. Georgie tells her she did. Joy replies "then I can go." Georgie tells Joy not to leave her. Joy makes it clear she hasn't a choice. She tells Georgie to take Beatrice and find Peter and makes her promise that they will all continue to love each other. Georgie promises and listens as Joy says "I found you all after everything... that was good... But now... I've found him… I have him... again", possibly referring to her late husband Harry. Joy then passes away. Georgie picks Beatrice up and runs, leaving Joy's body behind.
Upon returning to camp, Jai and Shiro are devastated when Javier finds Joy's body. Enraged, Shiro screams "this was them!" and walks over to Gus's body and begins to kick in his head. Javier tries to get him to stop, but Jai tells him to let him.
Joy also appears in a flashback in this episode, set during the few days where the group stayed at Joyce and Gilbert's house. Joy speaks to Peter, who opens up to her about his confusion about being seen as the leader after Ollie's death and how he can't have people dying being on him. Joy assures Peter the group all work together and they simply look to Peter to lead because he's a good man who seems able to handle it. Peter agrees, and thanks Joy for the talk. The two then join Milo in a game of cards.
The day after her death, Joy's body remains at camp as Jai and Javier wait for the arrival of the survivors. They turn up at the evening and Aimi collapses to her knees in grief upon discovering Joy's passing. Sean remarks that she was great woman.
Joy's body is seen in the background in the episode as Henry arrives in camp and reunites with the group. He accepts Jai's invitation to be at her funeral.
Jai speaks at a funeral service for Joy as Sean, Aimi, Shiro, Javier, Henry, Shiloh, and Donna stand in quiet reflection, listening. Jai mentions remarkable women he knew, including his mother and wife, but he states that Joy might just be the most remarkable of them all, as she acted as a mother to the group and despite not being a violent person, she stepped up to the plate and did what she needed to do to protect Georgie and Beatrice: whom Jai describes as two of the most innocent among us. He says that they will never forget what she did. He finishes up by saying "rest in peace, Joy."
The group leave the camp for good not long after.
Georgie mentions Joy to Javier and expresses her wish that she could have seen Midway.
Joy appears in a flashback in this episode during the early days of the apocalypse on the day Zahra became separated from the group.
Shiro mentions Joy to his boyfriend Drew and says she taught him that withdrawing from the group is pointless and it's never a bad thing to get close to people.
Joy appears in two flashbacks in this episode as several members of the group think back on their relationships and history with Aimi after she dies.
This list shows the known victims that Joy has killed:
- Joy has appeared in nineteen episodes.
- Out of the main characters, Joy met Peter, Sean, Shiro, Aimi, Eli, Jai, Angie, Javier, Georgie, Charlotte, Victoria, Bobby, Henry, and Lorna.
- She was the third main character to die and the last to die in season one.
- She was the only resident from Summerlyn City who was also a part of the original main group.
- Joy has the biggest main character kill count of all protagonists in season one.
- One of the people she killed was Big Pete, who was also responsible for her death, thus making them the only two characters in the series to have killed one another.