|“||The end is coming. Hear me as I say it this time. The end is coming, and it's coming soon. The world is dark and getting darker all the time. Everything we once trusted has turned on us... Government, religion, even technology has become a weapon in their hands used to poison our minds. I know you're in pain. I know you're afraid, but it doesn't have to be like this. There is a way out of the darkness. I can show it to you. You can be saved. Join me. Join us, and together when the horsemen come, from the ashes, we will rise.||”|
|— Cadogan's speech [src]|
Early Life Edit
Little is known about Bill Cadogan's early life, when he was a child, his father beat him everyday.
At some point in his life, he founded the Second Dawn cult, a group of people who sought out to survive the end of the world. In approximately 2040, he located and stole the Anomaly Stone from the Temple of the Sun in Machu Picchu, but couldn't figure out how to activate it.
In 2052, Cadogan led the Second Dawn in surviving the Nuclear Apocalypse, focusing his efforts on opening the Temporal Anomaly rather than retaking the surface. After Becca Franko arrived and figured out the code, Cadogan continued to focus on leading his people to another world rather than the alternative solution of Nightblood. After learning of a final code and the Flame, Cadogan had Becca executed to obtain it, but his own daughter stole the Flame and escaped with a group of followers to retake the surface.
Cadogan subsequently led the remaining Second Dawn cultists, now known as the Disciples to Bardo. At some point, he visited the planet Etherea which became part of Disciple mythology. Cadogan eventually became known as the Shepherd of Disciple mythology and entered a cryopod at some point.
Throughout the Series Edit
In Red Queen, Cadogan was mentioned by Jaha when he talks about how Cadogan built the bunker.
In The Warriors Will, he was mentioned by Madi through Becca's flashback. After the original Nuclear Apocalypse, he and his followers stayed in his bunker. They encountered Becca, who had come back to Earth from Polaris in her escape pod. She offered them the Nightblood serum, but he and his cult decided to burn her alive.
He is a fanatical cult leader. According to his daughter, he was always stubborn, but two years of being worshipped by his followers in the bunker convinced Cadogan that "he can walk on water." Cadogan is shown refusing to accept any solution but his own of leaving the Earth for a new world, even after being presented with the alternative solution of Nightblood. Grace Cadogan calls Cadogan a narcissist with sociopathic tendencies, something that he doesn't deny, stating that it's the nicest thing that Grace has said to him in two years. However, Grace states that despite this, he does care about the people dying in the Nuclear Apocalypse even if he doesn't show it.
According to Grace Cadogan, Cadogan is many things, but he is not a liar.
Cadogan is slightly taller than Anders. He has a full, brown and slightly gray beard, with long brown hair that reaches below his neck. He's seen wearing a full white uniform, similar to the one that the Disciples wear.
In The Four Horsemen, a younger version of him is seen, where he appears to have a completely brown beard.
Cadogan and Becca were allies but eventually became enemies. Cadogan eventually had Becca burned at the stake in order to get the Flame.
|Heavy Lies the Crown||Absent|
|The Four Horsemen||Appears|
|A Lie Guarded||Absent|
|The Tinder Box||Absent|
|We Will Rise||Absent|
|Die All, Die Merrily||Absent|
|The Other Side||Absent|
|How We Get to Peace||Absent|
|Sic Semper Tyrannis||Absent|
|The Warriors Will||Mentioned|
|The Dark Year||Absent|
|Damocles (Part 1)||Absent|
|Damocles (Part 2)||Absent|
|From the Ashes||Absent|
|Welcome to Bardo||Mentioned|
|The Queen's Gambit||Appears|
|A Little Sacrifice||TBD|
- "From the ashes, we will rise"
Killed Victims Edit
- Becca Franko (burned alive by Reese and the Second Dawn on his orders)
Notes and Trivia Edit
- Jason Rothenberg confirmed that Callie and Reese from the prequel series, which has not yet been named, are Bill Cadogan's children.
- Rothenberg states that Cadogan was originally going to be brought back in Season Four as he was supposed to appear in more episodes, but the story "took a different turn" and it took years to finally bring him back in Season Seven.
- He had friends on more than one of the space stations that made up The Ark.