John Morfin

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John Morfin


John Morfin is an able seaman on the HMS Erebus in the Discovery Service for the British Royal Navy. His mother was a dressmaker and taught him how to sew.

During the events of The Terror: Season 1 Episode 2 Gore played by Anthony Flanagan

Spring, 1847, Lt. Graham Gore's group, consisting of Henry Goodsir, Thomas Hartnell, Morfin, Charles Des Voeux, Henry Peglar, Charles Best and Sgt. Daniel Bryant, heads towards King William Island. Goodsir mentions that Dr. MacDonald lent him his journal about his experience meeting a group of Inuk. Gore's group makes it to the edge of the ice shelf. They leave their boat behind and climb over the ice shelf onto King William Island. They walk to the cairn of Sir James Ross and Gore leaves a message behind indicating they are doing well. Gore and Bryant go towards the second cairn while the rest of the group retrieve the boat. Goodsir and the others return to the boat and find it overturned and their supplies scattered. Des Voeux thinks a bear did it, and Goodsir worries there might be more than one. Gore's group is forced inside their tents when they are bombarded by large hail. While they are huddled in their tents, they hear a creature roar. Bryant tells the others, he and Gore were being tracked by a bear. He tells everyone to grab a rifle and when he sees a shadow, shoots at it, hitting a Shaman. Goodsir is called over and finds Lady Silence crying over the wounded Shaman. She starts to say something and worriedly looks around. The others run towards the wounded Shaman, leaving Gore behind. As Goodsir watches, the Tuunbaq charges at Gore and kills him.

During the events of The Terror: Season 1 Episode 3 The Ladder played by Anthony Flanagan

June, 1847, John Weekes and Morfin sew the Shaman's remains into his fur robe. Thomas Hartnell walks in and gathers the Shaman's things to give to Lady Silence and then leaves. Weekes finds ivory totems in the Shaman's robe and Goodsir tells him to put them back in with the Shaman. After John Franklin is killed by the Tuunbaq, Morfin starts to sing and Charles Best sings along with him as do the rest of the crew.

During the events of The Terror: Season 1 Episode 4 Punishment, as a Boy played by Anthony Flanagan

November, 1847, Morfin tells Dr. Stanley that he is suffering from headaches. James Fitzjames tells Dr. Stanley that Lady Silence will be staying on the Erebus and Dr. Stanley has Goodsir take over care of Lady Silence. Before releasing Morfin, Goodsir notices his gums have turned black.

During the events of The Terror: Season 1 Episode 7 Horrible from Supper played by Anthony Flanagan

April 22, 1848, Morfin drops the crate he is carrying and Goodsir sees his physical condition and asks him if John Bridgens has seen him today. Lt. John Irving gives the word, and the group starts their march through the Arctic. The boats used to carry the supplies continue to get stuck in the snow and Morfin's condition continues to deteriorate. Sgt. Solomon Tozer and Morfin are scouting ahead when they find something. They take Francis Crozier and Fitzjames to see what they found, the remains of Fairholme's sledge party, killed by the Tuunbaq. The crew meet up with Little's group, who have already set up camp. During the night, Morfin collapses and asks Goodsir to kill him. The rest of the camp wakes up and Morfin takes the rifle from Pvt. William Pilkington and points it at Crozier. Fitzjames orders Morfin to lower his weapon and Morfin shoots towards him before being shot dead by Tozer.