Dominant Introverted Thinking [Ti]: Troy is obsessed with killing people of different ages, sizes, and ethnicities to see what he can learn about the turning process. He wants to collect data, which he then goes on to categorize, or draw conclusions from. He is confident in his assertion that it will take him 87 minutes to die, because of his age, weight, and BMI. He’s so obsessed with collecting this information that when Nick threatens to kill him, Troy begs him to time how long it takes him to turn. He cares about accumulating knowledge and, when Nick wants to know what’s wrong with him, Troy simply responds that Newton stabbed himself in the eye just to understand the nature of light. Troy wants to know why people spoil. He seeks to understand what is going on around him and remains callous and detached in his quest for answers. Troy’s way of thinking about things is subjective. He does what makes sense to him. He wants to take out the horde that he spots on the side of the road because they can’t risk allowing them to reach the ranch. Cooper argues with him, trying to tell him that it’s not on their to-do list and says that they’re on the clock, but Troy doesn’t care about their schedule. He’s guided by his own internal logic and is able to arrive at likely conclusions quickly. He spots shells from a gun that was owned by Phil, which leads Troy to deduce that Phil had engaged an attacker before retreating to the outpost.
Auxiliary Extroverted Sensing [Se]: Action and adventure are exciting for Troy and he likes to be in the thick of things. When he spots the horde on the side of the road and leads his men to take them out, he doesn’t allow them to use their guns because it’s “too much noise” and “not enough sport.” He enjoys taking risks and living in the moment. Troy is often reckless and puts himself and others in dangerous situations. He enjoys a good fight and is skilled with weapons. Troy is always aware of his physical surroundings and knows how to engage with them. His constant vigilance allows him to make many observations about his environment. Troy has very keen senses. He’s the first one to notice the smell that leads his men and Madison to the pile of charred bodies. Troy tells Madison that he’s “always been a bit of a nature boy.” He notices what’s going on around him (Se) and makes note of it (Ti). Although he is aware of the severity of most situations, he tends to treat the new world like a personal playground, with Madison noting that it’s like a “game” to Troy. Troy is impetuous and has trouble controlling his impulses (slaughtering the Trimbol family in the heat of the moment). He doesn’t believe in dwelling on the past. When someone dies, they’re gone. All you can do is get your revenge and move on. When Troy sees what Walker did to their people, he immediately wants to hit them back.
Tertiary Introverted Intuition [Ni]: Troy’s singular focus is on studying, observing, and acquiring information about the dead (Ti-Ni). He is consumed by it. He has a good sense about people and he sees right through Madison’s speech. Troy realizes that she said what she said to garner sympathy and remind the people at the ranch that she’s a victim. She didn’t say what she said to memorialize him. She had a reason and Troy saw right through her manipulation. He usually has an idea of what will happen in most situations (though, having a concept of what the consequences may be is rarely enough to stop him). Troy thinks that what he does is his “calling” in life. He believes it’s what he’s meant to do. It’s his purpose.
Inferior Extroverted Feeling [Fe]: Because he is so wrapped up in trying to comprehend the world around him, Troy doesn’t typically display empathy. When Madison is upset after seeing where the helicopter went down, he admonishes her, saying “there’s no room for grief.” In certain instances, he can become extremely emotional and throw a tantrum. He killed the Trimbol family because they left the ranch and Mike couldn’t even do him the courtesy of looking him in the eye and talking to Troy about it. He has a hard time dealing with his feelings and they cause him to lash out. Troy can be very good at understanding people (seeing Madison’s real motivation for her speech about Travis). Troy does genuinely care about the people at the ranch and wants to help them and protect them, but because he’s so unhealthy, he sometimes ends up doing more harm than good. He’s genuinely upset when he finds the heap of burned bodies and when his group comes across Phil. When Madison tells Troy that his mother never loved him, he later holds a knife to her throat in her sleep, but is unable to go through with it. When he returns to the ranch after their encounter with Walker, Troy wants to keep the truth from them. He only wants to tell Jeremiah, and Troy tries to keep Mike from telling everybody what happened, to no success.
Note: Troy is unbelievably unhealthy. He’s also very complex. Troy has sadistic tendencies and it’s difficult for him to control himself. He didn’t intend to kill the Trimbol family and he means what he says when he’s saying it. He’s just extremely damaged and probably one of the worst examples of an ISTP on television. It’s hard to separate what parts of Troy’s personality come from his cognitive functions and which parts stem from whatever psychological disorder he suffers from. I actually considered high Si for him, because he believes in preserving the ranch, serving it, and doing what he believes must be done in order to protect it. He also talks about the importance of “order, discipline, chain of command,” but I think he means that more for other people and not necessarily for himself. He doesn’t embody those values and tends to just do whatever he wants in the moment. His past has a huge, lasting impact on him, but I believe anyone of any type would be affected if they had the same experiences as Troy. He’s a stickler for “the rules” and how things should be done, but I think that might be part his illness. He uses his loyalty to the ranch as an excuse. They “don’t have enough resources” for Travis, but he’s okay with allowing Madison and Alicia in. I believe Jeremiah and Jake didn’t want to allow Luciana inside because that’s “not how they do things.” Troy hid behind this reason as well, but I think it probably had more to do with his desire to kill people to “learn.” He was probably already thinking about how long it would take Luciana to turn. The same goes for when Vernon, Mike, and the rest of the Trimbol family left the ranch. He was angry and upset, so he used the rules as a crutch. He berated them for leaving with “ranch property.” He didn’t really care about protecting the ranch in that moment, as Jake pointed out. He just used that as his reason because he didn’t want to get into the truth – that he was hurt and felt betrayed. It was also hard for me to decide what his dominant function was – Ti or Se? But there are strong signs of inferior Fe, and nearly everything he does is to feed his Ti curiosity, so ISTP seemed the better fit. Troy can be interpreted in numerous ways, so I used my own analysis of the character, as well as what I’ve read in interviews or heard on Talking Dead to form my judgments. He hasn’t been around very long, though, so I may see something that will cause me go back and retype him in the future. Time shall tell.
Enneagram: 5w6 8w7 3w2 So/Sx
Troy: Did you have contact back home before comms failed?
Troy: Oh, shame. New Zealand’s isolated. I just thought, uh maybe your people – maybe they dodged all this. Maybe they turn different or not at all. Eh, could’ve learned something. We may still.
Nick: Where’s my mom and my sister?
Troy: Being processed.
Nick: Don’t hurt them.
Troy: Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, ease your mind. I’m not a savage.
Travis: That’s that’s good to hear. This woman needs attention.
Troy: Yeah, she’ll be taken care of.
Travis: No, she’s dying.
Troy: Everyone here dies. It’s the only mercy I can offer for the sick and the maimed. Now, you can take a seat.
Madison: What are you writing?
Troy: Oh, it’s just observations. I’ve always been a bit of a nature boy. I just I mark things down. It will matter later.
Troy: Two ways it cuts, huh? You can’t sleep ’cause of what’s weighing on you or bad times just waiting for you when you wake.
Madison: What do you want?
Troy: This area’s burned. You shouldn’t go back out there.
Troy: We’re leaving. I can take you home with us. You and Alicia.
Madison: What about Travis?
Troy: Our resources are limited
Madison: Is he alive?
Troy: I’ll release him. I will… if you come.
Nick: Luci, hey-
Man: Not sure she can hear you.
Nick: What what do you mean?
Troy: She’s not going to make it is what he means.
Nick: Help her.
Troy: No. We take her to the infirmary, she may turn. It’s against policy.
Nick: It’s your fault. You shot her.
Troy: I was defending my people. I’ll do it again. I know what to do.
Nick: No, no, no, no.
Troy: This is how it has to be.
[Madison enters and sees who she thinks is Nick in bed.]
Madison: How’s Luciana?
Troy: Oh, still alive. I liked your speech. I liked how you said his name. Travis. It makes him matter. Makes him real.
Madison: He was real.
Troy: That’s not why you said it, though. It wasn’t out of grief.
It was pointed. You wanted to remind us that you’re a victim, too.
Madison: You feel like a victim?
Troy: Are you analyzing me now?
Troy: What did you do in the old world?
Madison: Guidance counselor.
Troy: At a high school? [Madison nods] Oh. I never attended. “Certain social aspects of academia proved challenging for Troy.”
Madison: You must have been lonely.
Troy: No, no. No, I, uh I had this place. Everything that I do is in service to this place.
Madison: Does your father believe that?
Troy: Yeah, he understands. You know, complicated problems call for complicated solutions.
Madison: Killing people’s not complicated. It’s simple.
Troy: Do you see? You understand this world. You understand me. That’s why I picked you. But I didn’t – I didn’t pick Nick.
Madison: He comes with me. Package deal.
Troy: Why were you separated? Why was he with strangers and not his family? He doesn’t deserve his place here. I think you know it.
Madison: He’ll earn it. [referring to the bed] That was made this morning, Troy.
Jake: Stay away from Madison and her family.
Troy: They’re my friends.
Jake: They came here under my invite. They trust me.
Troy: They came here not to get eaten. I wouldn’t flatter yourself.
Jake: Yeah, but they’re staying ’cause I said I’d protect them from you.
Troy: And how are you going to do that?
Jake: Please don’t do this. Troy, please. I’m the one that still believes in you.
Troy: Well, I don’t need you to anymore.
Jake: Yeah, you do. You do. If the ranch knew what you really are-
Troy: And what am I, Jake?
Jake: Do you really think that you were helping those people out at the depot?
Troy: I think I was helping all of us.
Jake: Troy when Dad’s gone, this is all on us. We have to take care of this place. We have to lead – Together.
Jake: Yeah. But I need you to do something for me. I need you to stay away from the Clarks. Do you hear me?
Troy: Yep. I hear you.
Jake: Do you mean it?
Troy: I always mean it, Jake.
Troy: The ground’s soft. You could dig a grave real easy. I mean, people would suspect you, but well, they really wouldn’t know for sure.
Nick: I wonder how long it’ll take you to turn.
Troy: Eighty-seven minutes. Eighty-seven minutes given my weight, BMI, age. You know, if you do do it, you should time it.
Journal’s in my pocket.
Nick: You are not a scientist.
Troy: Time it. Nick, please.
Nick: What is wrong with you?
Troy: Newton stabbed his own eye to understand the nature of light. I just – I need to know. I need to know why we spoil.
Troy: Cooper, are you seeing what I’m seeing? We got a party to attend!
Cooper: It’s out of our way, Troy. We need to get to the Huey and back. Over.
Troy: No, no, no, we leave them, they could migrate up the highway toward the ranch. We can’t risk that.
Cooper: Not on our to-do list. We’re on a clock, man.
Madison: I’m with you.
Troy: We’re not making this someone else’s problem, Cooper. We’ll be in and out in five minutes. That’s it. Oh, no, no, no. No guns. It’s too much noise. Not enough sport.
[after he, his men, and Madison take out a horde]
Troy: Oh, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s a beautiful, beautiful thing. Who timed that?
Man: It was just under a minute.
Troy: Eh, it’s good work. Short work.
Troy: You ready for what comes next? It’s gonna be living, not dead. Whoa, you’re gonna need more fight in you than that.
Madison: I’ll have fight. Don’t worry.
Troy: You sure?
Madison: Seeing where it happened was harder than I thought.
Troy: Oh, you need to let that go. There’s no room for grief.
Madison: If it was your father, you wouldn’t mourn him?
Troy: Big Otto is immortal.
Madison: And you didn’t grieve for your mother?
Troy: Nah, if someone is dead, they’re dead, you know? There’s no point dwelling. All you can do is take out the assholes who did you wrong.
Madison: Eye for an eye.
Troy: Ah, a tooth for a tooth, amen.
Madison: It’s just a game to you.
Troy: No, it’s not a game. It’s my calling.
Madison: Your men are tired.
Troy: Yeah, well, newsflash so am I. Listen, Walker and those assholes will make it back before us if we don’t move double time.
You want that visited on your family? Huh? You really think Nick can handle something like that?
Madison: We’re not gonna make it back.
Troy: You’re overstepping, Madison. Mike, will you pick your ass up? Just wrap your foot and hoof it. Come on, let’s go.
Madison: You want them to follow you out of fear or respect? Troy: What did you just say to me?
Madison: Being a leader is knowing when to stop.
Troy: Okay. Okay. Come here. This is my mission and these are my men.
Madison: Yours or your father’s? Would he back this play?
Troy: Who do you think you’re talking to? I’m not your son.
Madison: But you have such a strange fixation on him. You wanna be a mama’s boy, Troy? Was your mother too cruel for that? Troy: Shut up.
Madison: She hated you, didn’t she?
Troy: Shut up. Shut up.
Madison: Even in the end, when you cared for her and bathed her, she still didn’t love you, did she? Who says we should rest up?
Troy: I’m the only one who knows the way back. So you better pick your asses up at first light because I will leave you. I’ll leave you all for the wasted.
Mike: They’re dead. They’re all dead.
Troy: Mike, lock your shit down. Lock it down.
Mike: They’re dead. And we’re gonna die, too, if we don’t leave!
Troy: Shut up!
Man: Is that true?
Mike: If we stay, we-
Troy: Mike, shut the hell up.
Mike: If we stay, we die!
Troy: No, no, no, we go after them. Now. We hit them back.
Jeremiah: So you can stroll into another ambush, Colonel Custer?
Madison: I was worried you might do something rash.
Troy: To my family? No, no. Never.
Madison: Can’t blame my worry.
Troy: No. All I’ve ever had in my – my whole life is this – this place and these people, and I don’t know, it just I don’t understand, you know. Like, the world out there, it’s, uh – it’s burned.
Madison: They wanted to see for themselves.
Troy: Anyone who leaves is dead to me. Now, Mike, he was – he was soft, but he was – he’s been my friend since I was a kid. He stayed in school when I got – I got pulled. But he never quit on me. Never.
Even when others did.
Madison: He didn’t quit on you, Troy. He just stood by his family.
Troy: He wouldn’t look at me. He just… Hard to know how to react to something like that.
Madison: You make sure no one else leaves. Save them from the same mistake. I’ll help you.
Troy: I didn’t go out there to do that, I swear. I – He owed me. He had to look me directly in the eye. He had to say it to my face, say it like Vernon said it to my father. He owed me that. He didn’t want to do that, did he? He said some things, and I did some things. Then it went bad. Not what you want to hear, is it?
Madison: You could run this place, Troy, but not if you let things break like that. Last night you had command. I saw that. Your militia saw that, and they responded. Your brother doesn’t have what you have. He’s not of this place. You’re the survivor. You’re the heir. So, no, the last thing I want to hear is how you lost control. That can’t happen. I don’t care how you did it. I don’t care why you did it. All I care about is that you can control it. There’s a fight coming, and you have to save us. Can you?
Troy: Yes, ma’am.