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Wayne Henry Gilchrest, Jr.
Portrayed byPaterson Joseph

AliasHoly Wayne


Date of BirthUnknown

Date of DeathOctober 14, 2014
October 13, 2015 (in afterlife)

Leader of the Divine (formerly)
Security for the Guilty Remnant (afterlife)

AffiliationDivine (formerly)
Guilty Remnant (afterlife)

FamilyDeparted son
Christine - Spiritual wife
Lily Garvey - Biological daughter
First Appearance"Pilot"

Last Appearance"International Assassin"
Gallery (18)

Wayne Henry Gilchrest, Jr., better known as Holy Wayne, was the founder of a following known as the Divine created after the Sudden Departure. He claimed to have the ability to "take away" people's pain by hugging them, and was hunted down and killed by the ATFEC. He later worked as security for Patti Levin's body double in the Afterlife, but was taken out by Kevin Garvey.


Before the Sudden Departure[]

There has been no mention of Wayne's life before the Departure other than the fact that he had a son who departed.

After the Sudden Departure[]

Wayne is a healer who has developed a small, but well known following because they believe he has psionic abilities to heal the pain people suffer through as a result of losing loved ones in the Sudden Departure. On-screen he has given pain-curing "hugs" to a Texas Congressman and a bereaved Nora Durst. He has prophetic visions of the past as well as predicts events in the future, including his own death. In the beginning of the series, he claims that the three year "grace period" is over. Soon after, Wayne's compound is raided by ATFEC (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives and Cults). Prior to being raided he was wanted for eight counts of statutory rape in Pennsylvania.

Following the raid, Wayne went into hiding. He ordered Tommy Garvey to take care of Christine, who was pregnant with Wayne's child.

Later, it is revealed that Wayne had impregnated at least one other girl from the ranch. He similarly tasked another follower with taking care of this girl.

He dies after having been in a knife fight with ATFEC, and grants his final miracle to Kevin.


  • In the original novel, Wayne was a much older man who lead the cult known as the Healing Hug Movement. He started out rather humble and sweet until the fame and glory went to his head, making him a messiah-complex addled narcissist. He was eventually captured and pleaded guilty to all his crimes, being locked away for life. While it is left ambiguous as to whether he has powers in the HBO series, but in the novel it's revealed to all be a sham, much like Tom's "powers" in the show.