Hold it right there, outlaw!
This article is littered with spoilers, so I reckon you might ought'a mosey on down the road if you don't want to read any plot details.

Things are different now, John. Now, I'm in charge! No more Dutch, and no more you!

Bill Williamson

William "Bill" Williamson is a central character and one of the primary antagonists in Red Dead Redemption. He is a former gang partner of John Marston. Marston has been extorted into hunting down his former brothers in arms, with Bill Williamson being the first target. The hunt for Bill Williamson serves as the impetus for the game's plot, and is the central motivating factor throughout the first and partially second act.

With the addition of the Liars and Cheats DLC pack, Bill Williamson is also a multiplayer character model that may be selected in the 'Damnation' section of the Outfitter.


Bill Williamson was once a soldier and John Marston's former partner in Dutch's Gang. During his time in the gang, Williamson, along with Dutch and Javier, seemed to have had a casual sexual relationship with Abigail Marston. In 1906, a botched bank robbery leaves Marston wounded and disillusioned. Some time afterward, Dutch goes into semi-retirement and Williamson (insane and disillusioned from Dutch's insanity) established his own gang whom resided in Fort Mercer.


In 1911, John and Bill meet once again at Fort Mercer. John has been extorted into pursuing and apprehending Williamson due to his gang's vicious crimes. Edgar Ross and the Bureau of Investigation threaten John's son and wife to force John to complete the task. Marston confronts Williamson from outside the fortified walls, appealing to him to surrender before any harm befalls him. Williamson refuses, has several men put Marston at gunpoint, and berates John for his reformation. John responds by reaching for his revolver, causing one of Williamson's men to open fire and wound him in the lower-right torso. They presume John dead and leave his body to the elements. Hours pass, until ranchers, Bonnie MacFarlane and Amos discover him wounded. Bonnie and Amos altruistically take Marston to Nathaniel Johnston, the Armadillo doctor, to treat his wounds. John then recovers quite well after the bullet is removed. In return for a $15 doctor's bill, John agrees to work at the ranch for a short time. However, Bill later discovered that John was alive and living with Bonnie. As revenge, Bill and his followers burned the Macfarlane's barn to the ground.

During that time, Marston recruited some people in New Austin with a cost of helping them. After helping Leigh Johnson, Nigel West Dickens, Seth Briars and Irish, John planned a strategy to raid Bill's hideout. The group breached the fort only to find out that Bill fled to Mexico with the help of another of John's former gangmates, Javier Escuella. The pair was put into the Protection of the local state government. John eventually ventured to Mexico himself and was forced to work with Colonel Allende, the brutal dictator of a region in Mexico called Nuevo Paraiso. Even though Allende promised to deliver Escuella and Williamson to Marston, Allende betrayed Marston and attempted to kill him. Due to the betrayal, John joined with the anti-government rebels led by Abraham Reyes and attacked Allende's villa in Escalera.

Williamson is killed during the battle in the mission "An Appointed Time" while attempting to escape with Agustin Allende in an armed stagecoach. John and Reyes ambush and disable the stagecoach before they could escape. Allende betrays Bill by pulling him out of the stagecoach and pinning him to the ground. Attempting to bargain with Marston and Reyes by trading Bill's life for his own. Both Williamson and Allende are then gunned down by John Marston and Abraham Reyes. If Marston hesitates to shoot Bill, Reyes will shoot Allende first. Bill will begin to approach John claiming that he has surrendered and will "come quietly" before suddenly reaching for his pistol. To which he will be shot dead by either John or Reyes. Edgar Ross and Archer Fordham are informed about his death and require John to return to Blackwater.


That man is a stone-cold killer.”
“Williamson is a proud fool.
Leigh Johnson and John Marston regarding Bill.

Bill Williamson is a ruthless and ambitious man, power-hungry, self-serving and greedy by nature, as well lacking any morals or conscience. His ruthlessness and immorality were shown through countless acts of crime and intimidation, including arson, kidnapping, murder, and likely rape.

Throughout his life as a criminal, Bill became both respected and feared by the people and criminals of New Austin, with Bonnie even calling him "the worst bandit in the county". Many criminals and bandits such as Norman Deek chose to follow Williamson, making him one of the most dangerous and powerful criminals in the area.

Originally a friend and brother-in-arms of John, Bill's friendship with him soon turned into rivalry over Dutch's attention. By 1906 their rivalry evolved into hatred, and Bill, along with the other fellow criminals, left John to die in a miserably failed robbery.

Despite his cruelty and inhuman acts throughout his career, Bill is - truly - a coward in heart, without any sense of loyalty for his comrades or associates. During each of his encounters with John throughout the events of Red Dead Redemption, Bill never fights directly against his former friend, preferring to send his men after him instead. Bill is also quick to run away upon understanding the threat upon his life, and will do anything to escape death.

Mission Appearances

Red Dead Redemption


Single Player

Do I look like I need saving?
Bill Williamson
You always did have a high opinion of yourself, John. Dutch always said you were an arrogant son of a bitch!
Bill Williamson to John Marston
Get 'em boys!
Bill Williamson orders his gang to attack John Marston and the Marshals
I didn't kill you before, John, but I sure as shit will now!
Bill Williamson threatening John Marston
Well, you never tried to save me before. You only seemed to save yourself.
Bill Williamson
Go away now, John. Don't make me kill you.
Bill Williamson
Implores. I, I implores you to go back and tell them to send someone just a little bit more impressive next time.
Bill Williamson to John Marston
You must think I was born yesterday. You always did think I was an idiot.
Bill Williamson to John Marston
Poor John...
Bill Williamson to John, after one of Bill's men shot John
You always was weak minded.
Bill Williamson
Jack probably ain't even your son. Ha Ha!
Bill Williamson
It ain't over.... Till it's over!
Bill Williamson in the movie
Go then! I cover you.
Bill Williamson and Allende about to escape
Nobody wanted you around John!
Bill Williamson to John Marston
Dutch, Javier and I wanted you dead! We all did.
Bill Williamson giving the reason for leaving John
You always was a traitor ya bastard orphan!
Bill Williamson
I always knew you were a coward.
Bill Williamson
Whould you hurry up?
Bill Williamson to Allende when about to escape
What the hell are ya doing?
Bill Williamson to Allende
You implore me? He, he you implore.
Bill Williamson
Alright, John, I-I-I'll-I'll come quietly.
Bill Williamson's last words


  • "I sure miss that whore of yours!"
  • "I always was more clever than you, hahahahaha!"
  • "I've been waitn' for this!"
  • "Go home to your whore wife!"
  • "Son of a bitch!"
  • "Go on, hit me, you coward!"
  • "I'll blow your damn brains out!"
  • "This time, I'll make sure you're dead!"
  • "You always was frightened of me!"
  • "This was the way it was always going to be, old friend."
  • "Who the hell do you think you are?"
  • "I'll cut you open!"
  • "You're still a scared little boy!"
  • "I aint' goin' to jail for you ya' son of a bitch!"
  • "You always was a coward!"
  • "I'll kill you twice you bastard!"
  • "You always was weak-minded!"


  • Bill appears to have been less educated than John and Dutch, taking offense at John's larger vocabulary in their first encounter at Fort Mercer. Namely, the word "implore."
  • Bill is partly bald, revealed during his final appearance, when Allende shoves him out of the wagon, his hat falls off, revealing his baldness. It can also be seen by shooting off his hat, or by playing Poker or Liar's Dice with him in Multiplayer.
  • Bill does not appear in Undead Nightmare physically, but he is mentioned by John while talking to Mother Superior.
  • One reason Bill does not appear in Undead Nightmare could be that in the canon storyline of Redemption he is supposed to have been shot in the head and unable to return as an Undead. This is supported by the fact that when it is time to execute him during "An Appointed Time", if the player is using Casual Mode for targeting, the reticle automatically locks onto Bill's head.
  • In the Liars and Cheats DLC pack, he is on the damnation list because of his acts during the game.
  • Most, if not all, of Bill's multiplayer quotes seem to be directed at John.
  • The official concept art for Williamson has him sporting a 'cowboy' hat, though in-game he wears a slouch hat and a red bandana/scarf is wrapped around his neck, also unseen in the concept art.
  • The pin which holds the side of Bill's hat up bears the symbol of the Freemasons (The Square and Compasses). This either means that Williamson himself is a Freemason, or that he stole the hat off of someone who was.
  • The name William Williamson suggests that he has a Welsh heritage since giving your children the same first and surname was a tradition in Wales in the 17th-20th centuries.
  • In one of the early trailers for Red Dead Redemption, Bill is seen drinking in a bar. This is never seen in-game, but it's most likely either cut content or a hidden sneak peek for the Liars and Cheats DLC pack.
  • In Undead Nightmare among the writings on the walls of buildings in Blackwater one writing reads "Things are different now." These are some of the words that Williamson said to John before wounding him at Fort Mercer.
  • The Red Dead Redemption Game of the Year Edition says Bill was born in 1866 and was once a soldier, but then decided to become an outlaw with Dutch.
  • He was 45 years old when he died.


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