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Methos
The ancient one
First appearance Methos
Appeared in Highlander: The Series
Highlander: Endgame
Highlander: The Source
The Methos Chronicles
Highlander: The Audio Series
Statistics
Name Methos[1]
Aliases Adam Pierson
Dr. Benjamin Adams
Death
Remus
Alexander
Caratarix
Haribu
Et-Maru
Metopholus
Nathan
Djet
Born c.3155 B.C.E [2]
First Death Unknown (possibly c. 3120 B.C.E)
Teachers Djer

Menahem
Sun Tzu
Dilijan

Pupils Byron
Origin Unknown / Egyptian
Watchers Adam Pierson
Researcher
1980s - 1996

Dr. Amy Zoll
Researcher
Jul 1996 - ????

Amy Brennan-Thomas
Researcher
Nov 1998 - ????

Timothy Wyatt
Field Operative
Nov 1996 - ????
Status Alive
Occupation Watcher researcher

Doctor
Warrior
Slave
Adviser
Student / Scholar
Egyptian Pharaoh
Nomad
Horseman / Death

Portrayed by  Peter Wingfield

Methos is an Immortal and a friend of Duncan MacLeod. Reputed to be the "oldest living immortal", he has met many historical figures over the years, and in one of his early incarnations became legend, he was once known as Death of the Four Horsemen. He has assumed many aliases, one of his most recent known alias was Adam Pierson, a (former) Watcher researcher.

OverviewEdit

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Methos at Joe's Bar

Methos, the legendary oldest immortal, has a complex personality. He possesses a unique combination of experiential and scholarly wisdom having met many philosophers and thinkers and having lived for at least five millennia. Yet he is not at all omniscient - at one point Joe Dawson must explaine the concept of baseball to him, and despite his native wit and cunning, he is not all knowing - at one point he tells a disappointed Joe Dawson 'I'm just a guy'. He possesses a cynical and sharp sense of humor and does not hesitate to make others aware of their mistakes, occasionally in a humiliating way.

While he is loyal to his friends and allies, he is not particularly heroic.Though he wants to be a good person (Under the Kilt). He is primarily and overwhelmingly interested in his own survival. That said, on at least one occasion he has offered up his head to Duncan MacLeod in the hope of stopping an evil Immortal: "He will take my head and then he will have the strength to take yours. He can beat me. He might beat you. He can't beat both of us."

Methos still lapses into periods of cold pragmatism or apparent cruelty, but he seems more inclined to positive and helpful, even up to risking his life. He has been known to retire from the Game and go into hiding, in fact it is debatable as to whether he has ever willingly participated in the Game beyond the bare minimum necessary to survive. He generally refuses challenges from other immortals given half a chance.

Regarding combat, Methos states that most fights aren't worth the risk even if they present an easy victory. Considering that the skilled and reasonably old Mako fell to the less experienced and far younger Richie Ryan after becoming entangled in a hole in a wooden floor Methos' caution is probably wise. Methos tends toward mild paranoia, and usually takes off at the first sign of trouble unless there is a good reason to stick around. He sleeps with his sword under his bed and sometimes carries a handgun, [3] unusual for an immortal. He rarely participates in the Game (in the Big Finish Audio series he scoffs at the Prize saying that becoming mortal and baring children is pointless, he would much rather stay immortal and live and learn) and generally travels around the world appearing here and there whenever he likes. Whenever there is a threat to him, he frequently disappears, sometimes for years, often returning with no warning, as though nothing had happened. His preference is to observe and evade rather than fight; a few enemies make the mistake of judging this behavior as a sign of weakness. But when he is backed into a corner, Methos invariably proves to be an exceedingly dangerous opponent.

He considers opera music to be boring (in the audio programme "The Promise" the reason why is explained) he likes Springsteen and Queen among others. His lifestyle is expensive; he often collects things, mostly antiques and modern art. When first introduced, he wasa shown to live in a small apartment with minimal possessions, indicating he may store or abandon material things as he sees fit. Methos likes to pretend that he is completely unscrupulous, warning MacLeod at one point that he hadn't felt guilt since the eleventh century, but his actions often undermine this image. For instance, while he claimed to not want to risk his skin for anyone else he offered his head to MacLeod in order to defeat Kalas, risked his life to save Joe's daughter (Indiscretions), and brought Duncan back to his senses at great risk to himself in Deliverence, and helped him on his quests in numerous episodes such as Chivalry, To Be, and Not To Be.

Some have argued that Methos might be one of the strongest immortals, albeit not physically or even necessarily in combat, but more in a strategy-and-survival way. Even Kronos, leader of the Horsemen, admits that survival was what Methos did best. Methos' run-and-hide tactics were so effective that most immortals and Watchers were convinced he had never existed at all and was only a legend. A disinterest in his own legend included his tolerance and amusement regarding another immortal co-opting his name. He also seems perfectly willing to let other people fight his battles. Note: It is theoretically possible that his out of character self-sacrificing gesture in the episode "Methos" may have been a calculated act. Since he worked as a Watcher Researcher for years and knew Joe Dawson it is likely he was well versed in MacLeod's Chronicle and personality and may have bet on MacLeod's moral and chivalrous nature preventing MacLeod from accepting Methos' offer.

He speaks many languages including; English, French, German, Latin, Ancient Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, Ancient Greek, Spanish, Russian, and Swahili.

He was married 68 times - never to an immortal, however, because according to him, it would be too much of a commitment. Methos has often used the name "Adam" or a variation of it in his aliases as an inside joke, because he was amused that people referred to him as the oldest man. He didn't care about his legend as the oldest immortal as long as people were not looking for him. When the false Methos, referred to as the Messenger, appeared he was amused that someone else was using his name and perfectly content to allow the stranger to take the heat for claiming the title.

Fighting StyleEdit

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Methos with his sword.

Methos' current personal weapon is an Ivanhoe, a double-edged, one-handed broadsword, suiting his rather lean build (he fought more with speed than power). The choice of the Ivanhoe with his particular style is unusual as the broad sword would be far heavier than say MacLeod's Japanese Katana; it may be a throwback to familiarity as the Katana design and technique had only entered Methos' 'world' quite recently compared to his presumed longer experience with the more standard broad sword, having lived through ages where it was more common to wield a shield with a one-handed weapon. He has used other weapons when the situation has called for it without a decline in his fighting ability, which shows he's learned many different fighting techniques over the course of his very long life. He also shows great adaptability, able to use techniques he's seen only once to their full extent (Chivalry) with little if any practice. He has also been known to fight dirty,  using a dagger alongside his sword or even electrocuting his opponent (Indiscretions). While using a backup blade would not be unheard of, being part of most blade fighting styles in the world  it is regarded as only borderline 'dirty'.  One of Methos' most interesting abilities as a swordsman, however, is his habit of downplaying his skill level (making him appear younger and less experienced) and an arsenal of escape techniques (Methos), fitting with his survivalist attitude.

RelationshipsEdit

Alexa BondEdit

Methos fell in love with a mortal named Alexa Bond, a waitress who worked in Joe's bar, who was terminally ill. At first Alexa refused his advances, because she didn't want to make him a witness to what she was going through. He was persistent and asked her out again. When Alexa resisted, he assured he he could handle what she was going through, if she let him, and when she asked why he wanted to, he explained "because the alternative is unthinkable." He wanted to make her dream come true by traveling the world, so they set out to do just that with the time they had. Methos' knowledge of the Methuselah Stone, rumored to be able to make a normal person immortal, became his quest when Alexa finally went into hospital in her final days. He tried to steal it (with help from Amanda) to heal Alexa. Methos failed to retrieve the stone, however, and Alexa died with Methos by her side, she was one of the lost loves of his life.

ViolettaEdit

Violetta was an opera singer in the 1850s. She and Methos met and enjoyed a whirlwind romance until Violetta was poisoned by the immortal Dilijan. Their relationship lasted for roughly a year. Methos said she was a great love of his life. He stopped listening to opera after her death and tells anyone who asks that he finds opera boring to avoid explaining his reaction to it. He was emotionally shattered by her death but kept his promise to her not to kill the man responsible for her murder and waited over a hundred years to avenge her lest his rage force him to kill.

AmandaEdit

The only person that might compare to him in his gamesmanship was Amanda Darieux. Methos and Amanda were both cunning and manipulative especially regarding Duncan MacLeod. Their relationship was not romantic, rather akin to siblings or good friends. She seems to know Methos from some kind of previous encounter, possibly through her mentor, Rebecca Horne.  Amanda tried to help Methos steal the Methuselah Stone. When he failed to secure the Stone and heal Alexa, Amanda gave him a heartfelt hug and words of encouragement. Both Amanda and Methos understood the dilemma of being immortal. Both of them knew that life was about changes unlike the younger more rigid Macleod.

JillianEdit

In the series finale, Not to Be, an alternate history line that might have occured had there been no Duncan MacLeod had Methos as Adam Pierson falling for a fellow watcher, Jillian:  "I love you, Jillian. More than I've loved anyone in so long, I can't remember."  But due to Horton's corruption of the Watchers into a Immortal Hunters, he was in danger. He told Jillian of his immortality, and asked her to marry him, but also asked her to trust him in that his secret must be kept.  She saw introducing a well liked Watcher as an Immortal as a chance for the others to see immortals as human and stop the killing.  Horton, of course, didn't see it that way, and murdered her in front of Methos before gunning Methos down as well.  He was saved in that time line by Kronos.

The GameEdit

Sometime during his life, likely because he realized his legend made him a prime target and possibly out of natural caution, he removed himself from the Game. In the early 1980s he hid within the Watchers as Adam Pierson, where he was put in charge of locating himself (circa 1984/85, when mentioning Adam Pierson as a potential Kalas target in 1995, Joe mentions he's been their foremost Methos expert for about ten years),  When Duncan MacLeod meets him in 1995, Methos had not taken a head for 200 years.

1- Unknown, c.+3000 B.C.E (Methos)
2- Joseph, c.2400 B.C.E ("Evening at Joe's")
3- Dorn, Between 3000 B.C.E. and 1200 BC (The Promise)
4- Kristin Gilles, 1995 C.E. (Chivalry)
5- Silas, 1997 C.E. (Revelation 6:8) - Double Quickening occurred
6- Morgan Walker, 1998 C.E. (Indiscretions)
7- Khyan, 1999 C.E. ("The Captive Soul")
8- Unknown, 2008 C.E. (Reunion special) - Double Quickening might have occurred.


Personal TimelineEdit

Pre-HistoryEdit

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Methos' name in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics

Before Methos took his first head, his memories are a blur, he is unsure of his original homeland, people, or language.[4] According to the book An Evening at Joe's, some time after his first death, a Bedouin tribe found him and took him in, teaching him the ways of survival in the desert. He stayed with them for many years until it became evident that he wasn't aging. The Bedouins began to suspect that he was a demon or a god and forced Methos to fight one of their best warriors to the death, Methos lost. When he revived the next morning, he was banished by the Bedouins who tied his hands and forced him to walk into the desert without any food, water or weapons. He eventually stumbled upon a pile of bones and used them to cut his bindings.[5] Note: The canonical status of An Evening at Joe's is undetermined.

32nd century B.C.E. (Methos)

Urik, Mesopotamia - Sumerians invent writing. I've been keeping a journal almost since writing began.

32nd century B.C.E. (Methos)

Egypt - Egyptians start using hieroglyphics, and so do I.

Reign of Djer c. 3100–3055 B.C.Edit

At some point in his life, Methos was living with a nomad tribe in Sinai and married a beautiful woman from the tribe whom he loved very much. Tragedy would strike when the Egyptian Pharaoh Djer ordered all nomads to be killed in what came to be known as the Smiting of Sinai. Methos' wife was among those killed in the slaughter. Distraught, he wandered the desert for possibly months until he was caught stealing figs and brought before the Pharaoh. Methos soon realized that Djer was a fellow immortal, instead of punishing Methos for the theft, Djer decided to take him under his wing and groom him to become the next Pharaoh. Djer, who was the oldest immortal at the time, planned to offer his head to Methos. Methos decided that he would avenge his wife's death by entombing Djer alive. He managed to do this by shooting a poison dart at Djer while he slept and binding him in burial wrappings then placing him in a sarcophagus. After Djer's 'death', Methos became Pharaoh Djet. (Interestingly this may mean that Methos was incorrectly labeled the 'oldest' immortal until roughly 2001 when Djer's sarcophagus was recovered and Methos presumably killed him, additionally Dilijan may be significantly older as well.).[6]

By the time he was an estimated 603 years old, Methos began to meet other immortals. He learned some facts of immortality from Menahem, an immortal Methos considered ancient at the time. It was also during this time in his life that he took his first head, an immortal named Joseph.[5][6]Note: The cononical status of the flash series The Methos Chronicles is highly questionable.

The Bronze Age c. 3500 - 1500 B.C.Edit

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Methos as Death during the Bronze Age

At some point during or before the Bronze Age Methos encountered an immortal named Dilijan. Dilijan lead a band of immortals, Dilijan's actions sometimes had drastic unintended consequences such as his early separate encounters with Silas and Caspian.[7]

Methos joined Dilijan's band sometime after Dilijan parted ways with Silas and Caspian and right after a freshly immortal Kronos joined. When Kronos turned on Dilijan and slaughtered his followers after realizing - via a captured Silas - that Dilijan had kept the secret of Quickenings from him, Methos convinced Kronos to spare him and he would join him.

Later the Horsemen hunted Dilijan on Kronos' orders, they found Dilijan had created a new tribe of mortals and slaughtered, raped, and burned the villagers including Dilijan's wife then salted the ground. Kronos promised Dilijan the Horsemen would find him and do it again in fifty years.The next time they searched for Dilijan they were unable to find him, eventually they assumed he had been killed. Later Dilijan told Methos that it had been easy to avoid Kronos' clumsy search, but if Methos had been interested in finding him he doubted he could have hidden effectively.[7]

After Methos encountered Kronos and Silas, Caspian joined them and they created a band of mounted raiders. Their reputation inspired terror on two continents, and the group became known as the Four Horsemen. As the strategist, Methos organized many of the tactics, and came to be known as Death (In The Pain Eater Caspian was Famine while Silas and Kronos were War and Pestilence respectively). When Methos took the newly-immortal Cassandra as his slave and concubine, dissension began to surface between himself and Kronos, and when his brother demanded Methos "share" Cassandra as a spoil of war, Methos allowed it. He witnessed Cassandra fleeing the camp after murdering Kronos and did not stop her.[8]

Dilijan sent one of his acolytes to the Horsemen, a manipulated immortal (by this point Dilijan was able to manipulate Quickening energy and the knowledge associated with them to the point that he could manipulate his 'emptied' immortals into obedient tools) named Kyne. Kyne lured the Horsemen into a journey by boat and once the group was vulnerable he committed suicide his Quickening ignited lamp oil stored in the ship blowing it up and scattering the Horsemen.[7]Note: Kyne's actions don't necessarily clash with the previous scenario for the destruction of the Horsemen, where Methos traps Kronos in a well on a Greek island, it's possible the island scenario occurred well after Kyne's attack at some future point after Methos and Kronos were reunited since Silas and Caspian were not shown in that footage.[9]

Encounter with Khyan 1573 B.C.Edit

Methos was helping the then future Pharaohs Kamose and his brother Ahmose in their battle against their sadistic over lords when he encountered the immortal Prince Khyan for the first time and failed to kill him.[10]

The Watchers I 904 B.C.Edit

Methos learned of the existence of the Watchers while in Jerusalem when he overheard a group of people discussing immortal names he recognized. He even met and fell in love with a Watcher named Ruth. It was then that he learned more about the Game.[6]

Tibet 825 B.C.Edit

Methos traveled to Tibet in a search for knowledge. At first he began as a helper in the monastery cutting wood and hauling water in services of the monks. Eventually he learned how to read their written language. He soon received training from the monks which he considered akin to military training. His master Lin Chi taught him how to read people's intentions by the way they carried themselves. Twenty years later, Lin Chi told him that the time had come for him to study with his master the immortal Sun Tzu 1577 years. After calling the temple home for 126 years, Methos left it and returned to the world. He was ca. 2330 years old.[5][6]

Rome 35 C.E.Edit

While living in Rome, Methos was a slave and adviser in the household of Roman Senator Valerius Petronius. When Druscilla, Petronius' wife, tried to seduce Methos he refused and she cried rape, he was then crucified only to be saved by Marcus Constantine  who "rescued young Remus (Methos) from the cross before he died too many times and helped him out of the country." He and Constantine  became good friends.[11][12]

Physician 1453Edit

Methos traveled to Germany, where he majored in Medicine and Dueling at the University of Heidelberg.[13]

The Watchers II 16th CenturyEdit

During the 16th Century while living in Italy, Methos made friends with his Watcher. The Watcher kept a separate private journal recording their friendship since the Watcher's code prevented any open acknowledgement of the Watchers existence to immortals and the release of such knowledge may have cost the Watcher his life.[5]

Leaving the Game 1795Edit

Methos took his last head until meeting Duncan MacLeod. It's not clear if Methos deliberately removed himself from the Game because of this kill or it just worked out that he managed to avoid all challenges after this point until his encounter with Kalas.[4]

Benjamin Adams 1808 - 1816Edit

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Methos in the year 1808

In the year 1808, Methos, in the guise of Dr. Benjamin Adams, was in New Orleans. He attended to a slave whose sister, Charlotte, asked why he would show such uncommon kindness to slaves. Methos told her that maybe he was a slave in a past life. Charlotte flirted heavily with the Doctor who appreciated her efforts enough to take her to bed. Charlotte, however, was the slave and concubine of jealous immortal Morgan Walker, who had just returned from sea. Methos sensed Walker coming and left in a hurry, telling Charlotte Walker was coming and to dress herself. She didn't handle discovery well, merely telling him no one had been there rather than coming up with a plausible lie. Walker killed Charlotte in a jealous rage, and later confronted Methos, telling him it was his faulit Charlotte was dead, Methos disdainfully pointed out,  "I slept with her. You killed her!"  Walker then claimed he had loved Charlotte but Methos scornfully replied that Walker had owned her. Walker challenged the ancient immortal but Methos refused and walked away, heading to North Carolina where he boarded the first ship to Europe.[14]
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Methos in 1812

[15] In 1816, Methos met Lord Byron, after the latter's suicide and subsequent awakening as an immortal.  He taught him about his immortality and the Game.  Byron introduced Dr. Adams to his friends Percy and Mary Shelley. While staying with the group, Byron found himself challenged by immortal Hans Kershner. Byron took his opponent's head after a brutal fight. An intoxicated Mary, stumbling out to the lawn, saw both Kershner's Quickening and Byron's resurrection from a fatal wound inflicted by Kershner. The experience inspired her to write the novel "Frankenstein".

The American Southwest c.1820Edit

Methos returned to the United States and settled in the Flagstaff, Arizona area, he pulled a scam with the McQuarrie brothers but he and the brothers were betrayed by a woman named Veronica who turned them over to Sheriff Willy Burton who hunted down Methos with his posse. Methos eventually escaped by jumping over the rim of a canyon and falling to his death. He was later found by a boy named Little Crow who told his father and tribe about Methos.[5]

Dilijan Returns c. 1853Edit

Around 1853 Methos met and fell in love with an opera singer named Violetta while under the alias Nathan. Methos confessed a version of his violent past to her, she accepted it and, while not offering forgiveness as it was not hers to give, continued to love him and encourage him to be the good man she knew. They were together for roughly a year when one of Dilijan's brainwashed followers slipped Violetta a slow acting agonizing poison - Dilijan's long delayed and elaborate vengeance. After being poisoned, Violetta lingered for weeks before finally dying but only after exacting a promise from Methos that he would not kill the man that had poisoned her. She knew that if he went after Dilijan he would revert to the killer he had been before they met. Note: Violetta is poisoned at the London premiere of La Traviata which premiered in 1853.[16]

Butch and Sundance c.1900Edit

Back in Flagstaff, Arizona Methos worked with Butch and Sundance to crack a vault and was saved from a hanging by the bandit duo.[5]

Adam Pierson c.1984 - Edit

In 1984, while
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Methos in his first appearance.

studying ancient languages at Oxford University, Methos, under the alias Adam Pierson, enlisted with the Watchers as a historian under Don Salzer as a way to keep track of other immortals and avoid the Game. By the mid-ninties, he had become the top researcher on the Methos Chronicle. "I'm in charge of finding myself, and I make sure it never happens."

He collaborated with Don Salzer on the creation of a database of the Watcher's records, an idea which would prove near disastrous. He retained the Pierson identity throughout his association with Duncan MacLeod, even using it in his initial introduction to Richie Ryan before MacLeod could call him Methos in front of another immortal.

KalasEdit

Methos allowed his ruse to be discovered by Duncan Macleod in 1995 after Macleod sought out the Watchers' expert on Methos in order to protect him from Antonius Kalas. Kalas had already killed two other Watchers, including Don Salzer, in his quest to find the legendary Methos. A stunned Duncan offered to protect Methos but Methos insisted that while he may have been rusty - not having taken a head in 200 years - he could defend himself, "You think I'd still be around if I was an easy mark?"  He said firmly that MacLeod could not fight his battles for him.

Methos soon came face to face with Kalas and the two fought. Kalas was the stronger fighter, but wily as ever, Methos managed to throw them both off a bridge and into the river, ending the fight. When Kalas emerged, Methos was long gone. Later that
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Methos tries to offer his head to Duncan.

night, Methos challenged MacLeod, Duncan dodged his first thrusts, then pushed him away long enough to draw his own sword. Methos deliberately manipulated the fight in order to offer his head to Macleod, believing it would make Duncan strong enough to kill Kalas. Duncan refused to kill Methos in spite of Methos' argument. Unsure if Macleod would be able to defeat Kalas and unwilling to allow Duncan to risk his life, Methos called the police and identified Kalas as Salzer's murderer. Kalas was arrested with Methos watching. After the ordeal, Methos disappeared from Paris with parting words for Duncan "Remember, Highlander, live, grow stronger. Fight another day."

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A month later, Methos returned to Paris, calling Joe Dawson regarding Watcher business, a visit to Macleod also let him know of Kalas' escape from prison. The watcher business concerned Christine Salzer, Don's widow, she told Joe and Methos that she planned to expose the secret of the immortals and the Watchers to the world as an act of vengeance against the Watchers organization that had divided her husband's affections during his life and cost him his life in the end.

Methos tried to reason with her and convince her that not all Immortals were evil, in a desperate improvisation, he revealed to her that he was immortal. Christine was shocked and horrified and told him to get out. Joe and Methos wondered what would happen if Christine actually publicized the existence of immortals. Methos pointed out that he had pulled all of Don's files and his computer was wiped clean; it was only her word, "It'll be filed away with alien abductions and Elvis sightings."

Later, Christine found a copy of a CD-Rom database that Methos and Don had created, listing immortals and their basic statistics including first death data. Armed with hard evidence regarding immortals and the Watchers, Christine set out to keep her appointment with a newspaper editor. Joe discovered that she had found the disc. Methos told Joe about how he and Salzer were developing an interactive database about the immortals for the Watchers.

With few options left, they went to see Duncan, who told them that Kalas had taken Amanda. They in turn explained the situation with Christine and Joe went to The Tribune to try to reason with Christine before her appointment to no avail. Joe tried to shoot her, but Duncan took the bullet. When Joe angrily demanded why Macleod had saved Christine, Methos explained that Duncan had not saved her, he had saved Joe.[17]

Methos (as Adam) and Joe later met with Jacques Vemas, the head of the Watchers in Europe, who was furious with the two, he pointed out that the database was not sanctioned and speculated on the hell that would break loose once the secret was out.

Christine and the journalist she was meeting were found dead sometime later. Methos assumed that Vemas had sent a local Watcher to kill them, but Duncan had his suspicions, eventually it was revealed that Kalas had killed them and taken the disc. After killing Vemas, Kalas offered to surrender the disc in exchange for Duncan's head. In the end Duncan killed Kalas and the disc was destroyed by Kalas' Quickening. Free of the threat of Kalas, Methos resumed his role as a Watcher Researcher with none the wiser save Joe, Amanda, and Duncan.[18]

Move to Seacouver 1995Edit

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Methos in Seacouver

Still residing in Paris, under his Adam Pierson alias, Methos took over Don Salzer's position as Chronicler for the Methos file. When he received word that immortal Kristin Gilles had set up shop in Seacouver, and Richie Ryan had begun seeing her, he flew over immediately intent on alerting Duncan to Richie's peril.
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Methos holds a Katana to Duncan's neck

MacLeod, remembering his own history with Kristin well enough, tried to scare her away from Richie. When that failed he tried to reason with his young friend. Unfortunately, Richie was already completely enamored, and would not listen to his mentor's warnings. Methos found the situation both amusing and frustrating, observing that this was what it must be like to have children. When the inevitable happened and Kristin turned on Richie, Duncan stepped in to challenge her, but could not take her head. Methos, however, had other ideas. He challenged her and with brutal efficiency disarmed her and took her head. It was the first challange he'd made in two centuries, and he broke that streak in an effort to protect  a friend.[19] Note: While Methos makes a point of Chivalry being foolish and unfeasible, this challenge likely had little to do with his lack of Chivalry and more to do with his icy pragmatism.


After the incident with Kristin, Methos moved his work to Seacouver and began regularly frequenting Joe Dawson's tavern where he was smitten with a young waitress, Alexa Bond.

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Methos with Alexa.

Despite Joe's warning that Alexa wasn't Adam Pierson's type, Methos could not resist flirting with her. While Alexa was friendly to him, she seemed oddly reluctant to open up. When Methos offered to take Alexa out on a date, she asked why and Methos replied, "Because the alternative is unthinkable." Afterward, Joe dropped the bombshell and the real reason she wasn't Methos' type: Alexa was dying. When Alexa confirmed it, Methos told her that he didn't care,that what ever she was going through he could handle it, "if you let me." He presented her with an offer to travel with him, spending what time she had left seeing the world. Stunned, Alexa agreed and the two began Alexa's world tour.[20]


Dark Quickening  Feb/March 1996Edit

While in Athens with Alexa, Methos received an urgent call from Joe Dawson: Duncan had fallen prey to a Dark Quickening and was heading to France for reasons unknown. Aware of the seriousness of the situation, Methos briefly left Alexa to sightsee while he rushed to Le Havre just in time to prevent the fallen Highlander from murdering a jealous husband.

Extricating Macleod from the situation, Methos took him to holy ground where he desperately tried to reason with what was left of the Macleod he knew. Duncan went so far as to threaten to behead Methos on holy ground in direct violation of the Rules. Eventually, MacLeod fought his way free of Methos and fled in a stolen car.

Calling on his Watcher associates, Methos traced MacLeod to the residence of immortal Sean Burns. When a suspicious field operative asked Methos why a researcher was in the field seeking Macleod Methos explained that it was a special situation, a potential Dark Quickening.

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(6 March 1996) Methos arrived at Burns' place only to see Duncan already threatening Burns. Duncan reminds Methos that he couldn't interfere and, as Sean tried to talk Duncan down, Methos watched agonized, then horrified, as Duncan fought the evil within him and lost. Duncan took Sean's hand, offered in friendship, and jerked Sean forward taking his head.

Methos shied away to avoid any part of the Quickening, but grabbed MacLeod's katana before Duncan could recover and threatened to take Duncan's head. Duncan warned him that he would become what he destroyed and, with Methos distracted, charged, knocking Methos over a wall. Rather than pursue Methos, MacLeod recovered his sword, returned to the stolen car, and drove away. Methos decided to contact Rachel MacLeod asking her to deliver Duncan's family claymore.

At Darius' old chapel, Methos found Duncan in a state of anguish, torn up by what he had done (it is probable Macleod was able to overcome enough of the Dark Quickening to feel remorse at this point due to the positive influence of Burns' Quickening). Methos took the Highlander to an ancient healing spring, presented him with his ancestral weapon, and advised him to heal himself. With the aid of the spring and the knowledge of his heritage, Duncan separated his dark half from himself, and in a battle within his own mind, defeated the evil.

His task completed, Methos departed for Athens, where Alexa was waiting for him.  Rachel Macleod notes, "Good friend you have there."  Duncan replies,  "Yeah, one of the best."[21]

The Methuselah Stone  Spring - 1996Edit

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Methos tries to steal the one thing that might save Alexa's life.

The inevitable finally came for Methos and Alexa. Three weeks after watching the sunrise on Santorini, Alexa's illness caught up with her, and she collapsed. Methos rushed her to Geneva where she went into hospital. He sat with her for hours as she was placed on life support. Desperate to save her, he latched on to the legend of the Methuselah Stone.

Aware that Watcher Administrator, Nathan Stern, had been stockpiling pieces of the stone gathered from fallen immortals, (Rebecca Horne, Amanda's first teacher, had once possessed most if not all of the stone and gifted pieces of it to her students throughout her life, her renegade student, Luther, killed her and many of her students in a bid to complete the crystal, presumably the nearly completed crystal ended up in Watcher custody after Luther's death). Methos resolved to reassemble the stone to save Alexa. Upon breaking into Watcher Headquarters, however, he ran into a very unexpected obstacle: Amanda. She had been attacked by mortals seeking her piece of the stone and had resolved to steal the Watcher's collection herself. Upon seeing Methos with the stone in his hands, Amanda assumed the worst, and accused Methos of setting her up. Methos barely escaped after Amanda attacked him and the security alarms were set off.

Informed of what was happening by Amanda, Duncan Macleod asked to meet, he told Methos Amanda thought the attack on her had been orchestrated by Methos. Hurt that Macleod would demand a categorical denial, Methos walked away without a word. Macleod continued to try and make peace between his friends and set up a meeting. The crystal thieves again tried to kill her and when Methos showed up as well, she accused him of setting her up and attacked him.

Easily disarming Amanda, Methos came very close to beheading her before throwing his sword away in frustration. All of Methos' anger and grief boiled to the surface and he raged at Amanda in his frustration. She finally accepted Methos' story, realizing she had been wrong, and agreed to help him. The second attempt to retrieve the stone was also a failure, as Stern, now aware of the interest in the Stone, had improved security on the crystal. Worse, Methos's immortality was exposed when he was fatally shot as he took a bullet aimed at Amanda. In the end, the stone was lost when Macleod and Amanda attempted to trade the stone for Methos' life, and a firefight ensued as Watcher Daniel Geiger attempted to seize the stone for himself. The stone fragmented and was lost in the waters of a river.

Methos returned to Geneva that same night to spend Alexa's last hours with her. After her passing, Methos had her buried in Paris, so he could be near her.

Paris 1996Edit

While visiting Alexa's grave with Macleod a deranged and frightened immortal stumbled onto the pair, Macleod recognized him and tried to assist him but the man fled in terror. Methos helped Duncan in his efforts to restore the immortal, Warren Cochrane's memory.[22] And to come to terms with the source of Cochrane's amnesia, and its consequences, once it was discovered

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Methos smirking at a relieved Duncan

Shortly after the incident with Cochrane, Methos moved into Duncan's barge. He explained that the apartment building he was staying in was up for sale and he hated moving, and he would not stay in any hotel that his Adam Pierson persona could afford.

Duncan received an invitation to the wedding of Robert and Gina de Valicourt. However, things were not going so well for the immortal couple, (married for 300 years at this point). Gina wanted a divorce. Duncan tried everything he could to help bring them together but Gina was still going through with the divorce proceedings.

Duncan decided that Gina would rethink things if Robert’s life were in danger. However, they knew that she wouldn’t take a threat against Robert seriously if it came from Duncan, the Highlander then told Robert he knew just the man for the job. Methos.

Understandably, Methos flatly refused to be drawn into the de Valicourts’ marital problems, however, in the end, MacLeod's persistence wore him down. His cooperation came at a price and only the promise that he could have the barge if he went through with it enticed him to help. Duncan told him to make it look good. Methos snidely told him, "Like you say, darling, I'm an *act-or*."

Methos and Robert staged a fight in an abandoned building, Duncan brought Gina to the scene. Horrified at what she saw, Gina disregarded the Rules and tried to interfere. Methos beat a hasty retreat after a convincingly dramatic fight culminated in Robert being run through.

The plan worked (Gina swore she would never leave Robert) apart from one tiny detail. Gina vowed to find the mysterious immortal that had challenged the man she loved and take his head. More convinced than ever that he shouldn't have gotten involved Methos, demanded that MacLeod keep his end of the deal and give him the barge.

After handing over the keys Duncan left to see Robert, Robert told him that Gina had just left to find Macleod at his barge. Panic stricken, Duncan dragged Robert to the barge, only to find Gina walking onto the quay, apparently having killed Methos. It was Duncan’s turn to be horrified, until he sensed another immortal and realized he’d been had by Gina and Methos, who had turned the tables on the two plotters. Invited to the wedding, Methos told Duncan that he had planned to give them the barge as a wedding gift, but had decided on a toaster instead. He then told Duncan that as he hated the water, Duncan could have the barge back, and tossed Macleod the keys startling his friend into dropping a Ming vase.

The Watchers III June-1996Edit

Joe Dawson was captured and put on trial by his own people. He was accused of revealing the Watcher's existence to Immortals and causing the deaths of 80 Watchers, if convicted he faced execution.

Methos was caught between saving his friend and the needs and laws of the organization he respected and had watched grow for most of his life. As the situation devolved and the Watchers sanctioned teams to kill Duncan Macleod, Methos tried to save Joe and Macleod by using the private journal his own Watcher had kept recording their friendship as an example of the value of immortal/Watcher friendships. His speech fell on deaf ears and he later inadvertently contributed to the capture and execution of the real killer, immortal Jacob Galati.

Galati had been acting to avenge his immortal wife, Irina, murdered by Horton's Hunters years before. Joe and Methos were set up and betrayed by Jack Shapiro an old friend of Joe's and a member of the Tribunal, the Watcher's ruling body. Shapiro murdered Galati and tried to kill Macleod who was vulnerable after being forced to take his friend's Quickening.

Macleod, Joe, and Methos were briefly reunited before Macleod went after Shapiro one last time, Joe begged Methos to stop Duncan and the impending Watcher/Immortal war but Methos bleakly declared, "I am five thousand years old, and I don't know who I am anymore. I just helped set up one of my own."  And washed his hands of the whole mess and disappeared once more.

The War was averted when Macleod exacted a declaration of peace from a grief-stricken and terrified Shapiro (his son David was Galati's last victim). After refusing to stop Macleod's last-ditch run at Shapiro, Methos left town with no indication of his destination or whether he would see Joe or Macleod again. [13]

Prince Khyan, Summer 1996Edit

By June he was listed by the as AWOL and a month later Dr. Amy Zoll, formerly assigned exclusively to Marcus Constantine, was re-assigned to the Methos Chronicle as well as the Constantine file since Constantine was deceased. 

During that time, Methos once again faced Khyan who was killing people in ritualistic ways. According to Khyan, the sacrifices would help him locate the Hyksos Sword, which he believed held the spirit of his long-dead half-brother, King Apophis. Methos killed Khyan.[10]

False Methos - September 1996Edit

Methos meets the pretender.

Methos meets Methos

While at the Seacouver Marina looking to buy a sail boat, Duncan encountered and challenged William Culbraith whom he had first met during the American Civil War. As Duncan was about to kill Culbraith, Richie ran towards them, yelling, "Mac! Don't do it!" Mac turned, and Culbraith used his moment of inattention to escape. Richie told Duncan that he had met an immortal who told him about peace and rejecting the Game. When Duncan asked who the strange immortal was, Richie told him it was Methos. Duncan was shocked and confused.

Coincidentally, the real Methos had recently returned from Nepal and was camped out in MacLeod's loft. When told about the Messenger, he explained the man was known as 'the other Methos' and that he'd never met him but had heard rumors about him. Methos was happy enough to let the imposter keep up the charade, if only to redirect hostiles; "Look, there are enough people out there who want my head for who I am. Now I say, if he wants to play Methos, let him."

Methos later met the False Methos and the two men had a talk, Methos never revealing who he really was, but quietly baited the imposter, his disdain obvious.  He returned to Joe and Macleod almost indignant with his imitator, calling the Messenger either a delusional or a fraud. Joe told MacLeod that there had been a number of immortals killed in the wake of the Messenger. Duncan wondered if the Messenger had killed them but Joe told him that the Messenger appeared sincere, rather his converts efforts at peace keeping simply made them easy marks for hostile immortals.

Within a few days, Culbraith killed the Messenger, thinking he was really Methos and that his Quickening would give Culbraith the power to defeat MacLeod. Richie then killed Culbraith, after Duncan arrived in the nick of time to return Richie's sword to him. 

Richie wryly asked if Methos had any words of wisdom for him to which Methos replied, "Nope". [23]

Shortly after the encounter with the Messenger, Duncan ran into an old friend, an immortal who had turned assassin, Ingrid Henning. Troubled by the encounter which left Ingrid dead, MacLeod asked Methos about judgment and guilt:

Methos:'' Stefanovich killed and Ingrid judged him. Wilkinson killed and Ingrid judged him. Ingrid killed and you judged her. Duncan: So who judges me?

Methos offered no answer. An ironic conversation considering upcoming events in their lives.[24]

Kronos ReturnsEdit

Methos accompanied Duncan to a TV studio where Methos cheerfully served as a trivia game show contestant much to Duncan's surprise and amusement. As the two men left the studio they both sensed another immortal. Methos asked if Duncan was expecting anyone, when Duncan replied no, Methos decided to take the scenic way back and left Macleod behind to see who the newcomer was after grousing - in his typical manner - that Duncan would live longer if he learned some caution.

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Kronos says hello

Later, Methos was coming out of the building he was staying in carrying a backpack to his car when he sensed another immortal.  He turned, looking for his friend, only to take a knife to his chest. Kronos stepped up to him, smiling. "Kronos!" Methos choked in horror as he died. He woke up in an abandoned power station where Kronos offered him an ultimatum, join him or lose his head. Faced with a no-win situation, Methos chose to survive. But Kronos demanded a test of loyalty, since Methos could never bring himself to kill Cassandra, Kronos would do it for him, and, in return, Methos would kill MacLeod, since he and Kronos had a history of their own.

Methos arrived at Duncan's dojo, looking flustered, but before he could explain the situation, Duncan asked him if he had ever heard of Kronos, Methos was taken aback, but before he could answer, Cassandra arrived and immediately challenged him. Methos swore that she didn't know him and fled while Duncan ran interference with Cassandra. Cassandra was livid, especially as Duncan prevented her from following Methos. Once Duncan was certain Methos was gone, he released Cassandra. She told the Highlander that his friend had ridden with Kronos - he was one of The Four Horsemen - and it was Methos, not Kronos, who had captured her and held her as his slave. She stormed out, leaving Duncan behind utterly stunned by the revelation.

Methos was packing his car (presumably to run) when he sensed Duncan. Duncan demanded to know if what Cassandra had said about Methos and Kronos were true. Methos tried to brush it off telling Macleod "There is no answer, MacLeod. Let it be." until he realized that Duncan was never going to let it go. Methos then told him that "The times were different, MacLeod. I was different. The whole bloody world was different, okay?" But with MacLeod's insistance on a difinitive answer, he got angry and said, "Yes. Is that what you want to hear? Killing was all I knew. Is that what you want to hear?"  With Duncan ready to turn his back on him for just that much, an angry Methos elaborated, 
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Duncan reacts to Methos' confession

"I killed. But I didn't just kill fifty, I didn't kill a hundred. I killed a thousand. I killed TEN thousand! And I was good at it...Cassandra was nothing. Her village was nothing. Do you know who I was? I was Death. Death on a horse. When mothers warned their children that the monster would get them, that monster was me. I was the nightmare that kept them awake at night. Is that what you want to hear?! The answer is yes. Oh, yes ."
 

Macleod told him that their friendship was over.  Both men were left visibly upset.

After leaving Methos, Duncan discovered Kronos' location. Cassandra challenged Kronos but was no match for him, she tried to run for her life but she ran into Methos who knocked her out and dumped her into a river.
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Methos throws Cassandra into the water

When Methos returned, he found Duncan and Kronos fighting. Methos set the station on fire with strategically placed Molotov cocktails until Duncan and Kronos were forced to stop fighting and part ways. That night, Methos met Kronos again and, in order to prevent a frustrated Kronos from killing him, Methos revealed that  the other Horsemen were alive, and he knew where Silas and Caspian were. Kronos initially didn't believe him but finally agreed to seek them out and spare Methos' life.[8]

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The Four Horsemen walk again

Methos and Kronos traveled to Europe and found Silas in a Ukrainian forest where he had lived for centuries. The three find Caspian in Romania, where he was incarcerated in an insane asylum after being convicted of brutal cannibalistic murders (The Pain Eater). The Four Horsemen then left for Bordeaux, France, and an abandoned submarine base. Once there, Kronos revealed that he had developed a biological weapon and intended to use it to take over the world.

With Joe's help, Duncan and Cassandra track down Caspian's location, but arrive to find an empty cell, a dead doctor, and a clue left by Methos. Duncan and Cassandra follow the clue to Bordeaux then wait.

Methos called Duncan to arrange a meeting on holy ground. Duncan feeds Cassandra a lie, then goes to meet Methos. At the church, Duncan asked Methos why he never told him about his past, "Why do you think I didn't tell you? I knew how you'd react. What I've done, you can't forgive. That's not in your nature."

Methos told Duncan that he should get Cassandra away from Kronos, if he wanted her to live. Then Methos revealed Kronos' plan. Methos explained that Kronos didn't really want to rule the world, he wanted to watch the world burn. Kronos had been experimenting on monkeys to develop a virus worse than Ebola which he would use to blackmail the world's nations into submission. His first test would be that night - a bomb in a fountain. Methos told Duncan where the bomb was and how to disarm it, but refused to go with him. Crossing Kronos openly was not yet on his agenda.

Duncan raced to the Place des Quinconces and arrived just in time to disarm the bomb. In the meantime, Kronos and the other two Horsemen kidnapped Cassandra from the hotel. Upon realizing that Duncan had foiled his plan with the bomb in the fountain, Kronos sent Silas and Caspian to kill Duncan.

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Methos prevents Silas from beheading Cassandra.

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Receiving Silas' quickening

Methos returns to the base, where Kronos shows him Cassandra in a cage and thanks Methos for luring Duncan away from her.  "That was the plan, wasn't it?"  Kronos asks, and Methos agrees. Then Kronos tells Methos he's sent both Silas and Caspian to take Duncan's head, and Methos closes his eyes in despair. Methos goes to Cassandra, to try and make peace, but it's a futile effort, he finally tells her that Duncan is dead.

Duncan, however, successfully killed Caspian and leaped off a bridge to avoid Silas. Duncan then makes his way to the submarine base to confront Kronos  and rescue Cassandra.  Kronos made Duncan an offer: if he laid down his sword, Cassandra would live, but if he fought, Cassandra would die immediately and Duncan would follow her. Duncan chose to fight, Kronos sent Methos to tell Silas to take Cassandra's head. With Methos seemingly abandoning him, Macleod starts to fight. As Silas was about to behead Cassandra, Methos drew his sword. Silas thought Methos was challenging him for Cassandra's head, he stepped aside and encouraged Methos to kill Cassandra, instead Methos challenged Silas. Silas was shocked and confused, "How can you do this? How can you go against what you are?" but Methos isn't the man who had once ridden with Silas anymore, "You don't know anything about me!"

Methos and Duncan finally triumph, they took their opponents heads at the same time and experienced a Double Quickening linking the two men together. In the aftermath, the only sound was Methos weeping. Cassandra then came for Methos with Silas' axe. To her shock and fury, Duncan tells her that he wants Methos to live. Twice. Cassandra stands over Methos for a moment more than drops the axe and flees.

A month later, Methos and Duncan meet in a churchyard, and Methos explains that he couldn't judge Kronos without judging himself the same way. When Duncan asks Methos about Cassandra, Methos says: "One of a thousand regrets," and walks away.

The Watchers IV Edit

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In April 1997 (dates according to the Watcher Chronicles), Amanda begged Methos to help Duncan after their friend's self-image were damaged by the immortal Steven Keane. (Forgive Us Our Trespasses). Keane shared Duncan's black-and-white point of view, and it affected him in dealing with the Game. Methos wisely told a reluctant Duncan that life was not as simple as good and evil. There were always two sides of the same coin and a grey area in between. "We're none of us perfect, MacLeod. Not you. Not me. Not even Darius. I'm sure not your friend Stephen Keane.You wanted to kill, you killed. You know, Keane is just like you. He wants to divide the world up into good and bad. Well, it's not that simple. We are all both — good and evil. We have rage and compassion. We have love and hate. Murder and forgiveness. Why don't you try forgiving yourself for once?"  But MacLeod seemed unreceptive.

Macleod eventually faced Keane and not only survived but defeated Keane and spared him.[3]

The Millenial FeverEdit

In May 1997, Duncan began to see hallucinations of James Horton and Kronos. While having a hallucination of Kronos (he is uncertain if he is hallucinating or seeing real enemies) in his barge he took out his katana and rushed at 'Kronos' having sensed an immortal, only to realize that 'Kronos' was Methos. Duncan asked if Methos had seen Kronos Methos laughed it off. Later Methos met Joe and Richie to discuss Duncan's increasingly bizarre and erratic behavior. During the meeting Richie vehemently defended Duncan. Methos told Joe and Richie about a legend regarding demons sent to destroy the earth and a champion sent to protect it every thousand years. The three went to talk to a woman who might have known more about the legend, Allison, only to learn that she was dead. They heard a cop say they were looking for man who looked exactly like Duncan and had been seen late the night before near the site of Allison's murder.

Joe and Methos tried to find Duncan, meanwhile Duncan received a phone call from Richie telling him that Richie had just seen Horton and Horton was holding Joe as a hostage. Duncan tried to warn Richie not to follow Horton as he knew Joe was safe but it was too late.

Duncan followed Richie to an old racetrack where he confronted Ahriman, the millennial demon warned of in the legend Methos had relayed, Ahriman took the forms of Richie, Horton and Kronos and taunted Duncan goading him into combat. Sadly, in the confusion, Duncan beheaded Richie as Ahriman had int
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Macleod offers his blade to Methos

ended. Joe and Methos arrived at the racetrack and found Duncan kneeling and sobbing near Richie's corpse. Duncan picked up his sword, and held it in both
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Methos holds Joe

hands, offering it up to Methos. Duncan tried to say something, but could only choke out one syllable - possibly please - before Methos turned away saying, "Absolutely not." (this scene is usually interpreted as Duncan asking Methos kill him.)  Duncan dropped his katana and took one of Richie's gloves, held it, then walked away. Methos turned as he heard Joe begin to cry, and held Joe while he sobbed on Methos' shoulder.

With Duncan gone, Methos also left Paris, leaving Joe alone to bury Richie.[25]

Return to Paris 1998Edit

Methos returned to Paris a year later when past indiscretions catch up to him in the form of Morgan Walker who once knew him as Dr.  Benjamin Adams. Methos slipped into Joe's where he used Joe's laptop and Watcher files to find out about Walker. When Joe caught him, he was furious, mainly because he felt Methos had abandoned him to bury Richie alone. But when Joe's daughter Amy was kidnapped by Walker,  Joe turns to Methos, since Amy was Watching the man Methos was interested in.  Methos is reluctant to help until Morgan's men start shooting at them. Methos takes a bullet for Joe, and the two flee from Walker's goons.  Walker is told of the man who came back from the dead who is with Joe and the pursuit continues. Joe and Methos begin to develop a new appreciation for one another during the pursuit, and once cornered in an abandoned building, Joe admits that Amy is his daughter. While Methos takes out the goons,  Walker calls Joe on his cell and offers a trade: Amy for "Dr. Adams" and Joe agrees, though he's wracked with guilt by it, making it obvious to Methos what has happened. Methos runs a guilt trip on Joe until finally Joe breaks and reveals the trap. Methos is smug about having known all along, "That wasn't so hard was it?" he asks. When Joe reacts angrily Methos points out the holes in Joe's story and the fact that Joe was a terrible liar. When Joe demands to know why Methos dragged it out Methos cheerfully admits, "I'm easily amused."

Joe and Methos meet walker together, and Methos takes the long postponed challenge as Joe and Amy move to safety. [14] In 1999, Amanda and Joe are kidnapped by an old enemy of Macleod's. Duncan was gunned down while trying to exchange himself for Amanda and Joe. The assault left him trapped in a world where he had never existed with Hugh Fitzcairn as his guide.

In this time line, Methos joined Kronos after he was exposed as an immortal by his mortal Watcher fiancee, the Hunters killed them both, convincing Methos that
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On orders from Kronos and Methos Richie tries to shoot Joe

mortals and immortals could never be reconciled. Both Silas and Caspian were also killed by Hunters leaving vacancies in the Horsemen so Methos and Kronos recruited Richie Ryan - made immortal by a homeowner's shotgun rather than a mugger's handgun. Richie's innability to murder a wheelchair bound Joe Dawson got him killed when he failed to live up to the Horsemen's assignment.

Meanwhile, in the real world, Methos managed to wake Duncan from his dream / journey and together they rescued Joe and Amanda. Duncan's faith was restored by his journey and the rift between he and Methos truly begins to heal, he thanks his friends for standing by him.[26][27]

Facing Djer 2001Edit

In 2001, Methos was in Tokyo, Japan in a bar watching the news when he saw a special news report stating Dr. Mina Abadi from the Egyptian Museum had found a sarcophagus buried under the waters of the Aswan High Dam. He recognized the scarab of swords decorating the sarcophagus and realized that it was the immortal Pharaoh, Djer, whom he buried 5000 years ago. Methos boarded the first plane to Cairo. However, in one of his less rational moments, he broke open a case in the Egyptian Museum to get at an ancient tablet. He was caught and thrown in jail. At his request, Dr. Abadi came to the jail and he convinced her to let him out and take him to see the Pharaoh Djer's sarcophagus. The two went to the warehouse where the Pharaoh's sarcophagus was and opened it. Sure enough, Djer was there, and he was not pleased. Methos drew one of the scarab's swords to finish him off, but Dr. Abadi — not knowing why someone was alive in the sarcophagus but apparently wanting him to live long enough to explain himself — hit Methos on the head with a vase. By the time he got up again, Djer had drawn the other sword from the scarab. After exchanging some words, Methos managed to disarm Djer. Dr. Abadi called for a guard who shot Methos in the arm. Djer escaped while Methos was down. NOTE: The unfinished series was continued by many fans who usually had the final episode end with Methos killing Djer. Its cononical status is in doubt.[6]

The Sanctuary 2004Edit

In Highlander: Endgame, Methos was in France when Duncan MacLeod turned up on the doorstep of Methos' new house to ask about bloody visions that were interrupting his meditations ten years to the day of Connor MacLeod's disappearance. He had suggested Connor had entered the Sanctuary. Sometime before leaving for the Sanctuary, Connor MacLeod met withMethos, and told him his great sorrow for the loss of his family, particularly that of his adopted daughter, Rachel Ellenstein, telling him how much she meant to him. [28][17]

When Duncan asked about the Sanctuary. Methos told him it was annihilated the night before.

Duncan engaged in combat with Jacob Kell's Gang in the remnants of Connor's New York loft only to end up hurled out a second story window and impaled on exposed re-bar. Lurking Watchers lead by Mathew Hale took that opportunity to kidnap Duncan in an attempt to replenish a makeshift Sanctuary replacement.

Duncan woke from a drugged stupor to see Joe Dawson helping him from his Sanctuary prison. Joe and Dawson met Methos outside the building in a waiting car, Methos reunited Duncan with his Katana saying, "Here, I managed to liberate that from the lost and found." When Duncan complained it had blood on it Methos replied, "I didn't say it was easy."

Duncan demanded that Methos stop the car intending to hunt down the gang that had jumped him at Connor's loft, their leader in particular. Methos pulled the car over and Joe and Methos managed to get Duncan to listen to them long enough for them to compare Duncan, Connor's and Kell's recorded Quickenings. Connor had roughly two hundred thirty kills while Duncan had almost one hundred seventy five but Kell had well over six hundred. The news gave Duncan pause and he demanded to see Connor's body then got back into the car. Joe complained and asked what Duncan was saying, Methos wryly replied, "He's saying he wants to see the body" and drove the trio to the out-of-the-way cemetery where Joe and Methos had overseen the proper burial of the murdered Sanctuary immortals.

When Joe moved as though to accompany Duncan, Duncan thanked him but implied he would prefer to be alone. Joe and Methos exchanged a wry comment and returned to their vehicle. Afterwards, Duncan was reunited with Connor at the graveside, but it was not to last - Connor later manipulated Duncan into taking his head in an echo of Methos' attempt to do the same years before only Connor's bid was successful. Empowered with Connor's Quickening, Duncan faced Connor's nemesis, Jacob Kell, and triumphed.

Reunion 2008Edit

In this short video, Methos invited Joe Dawson to dinner in order to ask him to serve as best man, he had met a mortal woman with whom he fell in love and planned to marry. The pair then visit Amanda's house. She noticed that Methos was nervous about his upcoming wedding, so she and Joe played Q&A with him about whether he was ready for a life with his mortal fiancee.

After a toast, Methos and Amanda sensed the presence of an immortal. Methos saw two immortals and as he and Amanda were about to face them Joe told the two that he expected them to come back. Methos replied "We always do" with that, Methos and Amanda faced their opponents and emerged victorious Note: it is speculated that the two may have experienced
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Methos before he leaves Amanda's house

a double quickening, additionally this is one of the only times that the inevitable gore associated with decapitation is shown as the two are liberally blood spattered upon their return to the home, this is also one of the few times where the entire fight takes place off screen.
  Methos decided to call off the wedding despite Joe's protests, he could not see subjecting Julia to the violence and danger in his life. [29] Note: this video was apparently a pet project, the actors all volunteered their time, and the location was a personal home. Its cononical status is questionable.

The End of DilijanEdit

Sometime after the deaths of the other Horsemen Methos confronted Dilijan. Methos had determined that Dilijan had grown addicted to the darkness and despair in his 'patients', Dilijan had long since perfected not only brainwashing techniques but the ability to 'empty' immortals of their pain - and all their skills and knowledge - while keeping their bodies alive to store massive amounts of Quickening energy. Dilijan used these 'batteries' to feed his own need for their despair and to create manipulated immortals to use as his tools in the world.

Finally confronting Dilijan Methos explained that since he had promised Violetta that he would not kill him Methos had deliberately taken his time finding him. If he had found Dilijan earlier he would have spent weeks killing him and anyone who had ever helped him. Methos took the time to explained his intentions to Dilijan. Dilijan protested that what Methos was going to do was far far worse than anything Dilijan or Methos had done before to which Methos replied:

You pushed me. That was a mistake. You of all people should have realized that.

Methos then channeled the dark energy from all of Dilijan's 'batteries' into Dilijan burning out his mind and searing his soul and consciousness with unbearable agony.

Later Methos visited the
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Cover of the Big Finish second season of Highlander the Audio Series

eternally tortured husk of Dilijan in a mental hospital. When Dilijan asked why he was being punished Methos replied that Dilijan had broken Methos' heart and murdered a good person then added: I'm here to watch you suffer. [Dilijan asks why] Because you got into a fight that you couldn't possibly win, and I don't care if the punishment outweighs the crime by a hundred to one, I did it anyway. Now, seeing you in agony makes me happy. Killing used to fill that need but I've kicked the habit. Now I can just come here and take pleasure in your pain. I suppose you could say you're my murder methadone.

Dilijan begged Methos to kill him Methos cheerfully refused citing his promise to Violetta. When Methos left he told Diljan he may tell him his own name the next time he visits in a hundred years or so.[16]

  • Note: The event is speculated to be placed in 2011, as per the release date of the actual audio story.

The Eye / Armageddon 2012Edit

Duncan Macleod visited Methos in New York in March 2012. Duncan was worried that
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something was wrong with the immortals' world, something felt off. Methos agreed and noted he was pleased to not be the only paranoid one for once. The two were attacked in a park by an unknown immortal. She challenged Methos and bested him after what should have been a killing blow by Methos ricocheted off a metal collar she was hiding under her clothing. Macleod stepped in to defend a senseless Methos only to be interrupted by the unknown immortal's ground troops and a group of Watchers. Using the interruption to her advantage she escaped with Methos.

Joe Dawson explained that the woman seemed to be working for an organization called the Eye run by a former Watcher. The organization was a deadly cult obsessed with conspiracies. Macleod (guided by what appears to be Connor's shade, a separate and aware entity within Duncan's consciousness) volunteered to be captured by them in order to defeat them with the Watchers' assistance.

Things went south soon after Macleod's capture, he was forced to face off against Methos in a subterranean compound in Tunisia after the Watchers sent in as MacLeod's back up were slaughtered. Methos and Macleod manage to escape and free the other immortals being held - including Ceirdwyn and Amanda - with the assistance of an unknown French immortal (his name is never revealed). Note: Methos rebels against the guards leading him to execution after he sees the piled corpses of the slaughtered Watchers, possibly indicating he still feels a kinship toward the organization and its members.

The group managed to capture the Watcher behind the Eye, Idima Nahru, while Macleod faced her pet immortal, Nibila, and managed to defeat her in spite of her protective collar - much to Idima's joy and satisfaction. The group realized too late that Idima used the destruction of Nibila's collar to send a detonation signal to a hidden nuclear weapon, as they watched a nearby community was engulfed in a nuclear mushroom cloud. The group boarded a helicopter - piloted by Methos - and on Duncan's orders headed for another city where Duncan was certain - thanks to Nibila's memories and Quickening - the location of Idima's final plan lay. On the way Ceirdwyn and Amanda disembarked to assist survivors of the blast.

Methos, MacLeod, and the French immortal stormed a ship marked with the sigil of the Eye. Methos stayed on deck to guard their backs. Joe and a team of Watchers arrived and subdued the remaining members of the Eye before joining Methos. Joe and Methos entered the ship and found Macleod and the unknown French immortal fighting amidst more nuclear weapons. Connor's shade urged Duncan to avoid beheading his opponent, Methos realized that an immortal Quickening would likely set off the bombs and while Joe tried to object Methos forced them back to the deck. Joe ordered the Watchers on to the helicopter and released the prisoners. Moments after the helicopter cleared the ship Macleod beheaded his opponent triggering the nuclear weapons.

Three months later the three reunited in Scotland around Connor's grave. Duncan's hair was extremely short and his skin was patched as though with sores (scars?). The three then shared a drink in a pub before Duncan said goodbye and walked off into the rain.[30]

The SourceEdit

Methos, Duncan, and Joe Dawson join a small group of immortals in a post
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Methos in 'The Source'

apocalyptic world. There are strange signs occurring; including a strange convergence of planets and visions experienced by Duncan's estranged mortal wife, Anna Teshemka, all of which seem to be guiding the group to the unknown Source of immortality. After a confrontation with the supernaturally fast Guardian of the Source Joe is killed. Methos and Macleod bury Joe and continue on their quest. Guided by Anna's visions they arrive on an island in a lake in Eastern Europe. They believe the Source is located on the island, unfortunately, the island is infested and ruled by a gang of cannibals. After the group is captured Anna and the Elder manage to escape while Methos frees Macleod and leads the cannibals through the woods to allow Duncan time to escape. Note: This film is not considered canon in the Highlander universe.

TriviaEdit

Methos/Adam Pierson was concieved as a short term character for the episode Methos, he was intended to be killed off during the second part of Finale. Writer-producer Gillian Horvath and massive viewer popularity for the character convinced the producers to keep him alive due to his great potential and appeal.

Many fans had hoped that the season six episode "Indiscretions" was a back door pilot for a spin-off series featuring Methos and Joe. There were plans to develop such a spin-off back in early 2000, but the show never materialized.

Methos claims to have known Helen of Troy, Socrates, Julius Caesar, Jesus and Cleopatra and rode with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as well as claiming to have once shared 'the stage' with both Caesar and the Rolling Stones.

Methos is also the world's oldest alcohol enthusiast, having a penchant for trying out new beers, while not ever remembering a hangover.

The origin of the name Methos is debated. While the name might have been inspired by the word "Mythos" for Myth, in-universe, it has been suggested that the name is a Hellenization of the Egyptian mt'hs or mat'has, the literal translation of the hieroglyphics from "An Evening at Joe's," or may be a variation of the Carthaginian-Berber (North African) name Mathos.

List of AppearancesEdit

Highlander: The Series

Highlander: The Audio Series

Movies

Comic Books

Books

Other

QuotesEdit

  • "Not many people can claim to have been on the same stage as both Julius Caesar and The Rolling Stones"
  • "It's not just a matter of who's the best fighter. It is about passion and hate."
  • "Live, Highlander. Grow stronger. Fight another day."
  • "A man who was born long before the age of chivalry."
  • "Do you think it takes courage to do what you do? Face another immortal with a sword knowing only one of you will live? You try being her! You try living one year knowing that your time is running out. Knowing that when it comes to the final fight, however much you train, whatever tricks you still have, you still lose. That's the way it is for them. So little time for them to see anything or do anything."
  • "What do you expect? Einstein? Freud?...Buddha? Sorry, Joe. I'm just a guy."
  • "Because the alternative is unthinkable."
  • "I've known a lot of immortals in five thousands years, MacLeod. Of them all, you were the best I've seen."
  • "I'm too old for this."
  • "I am Methos. You live to serve me. Never forget that."
  • "I'm five thousand years old. I don't know who I am anymore."
  • "One of a thousand regrets, MacLeod. One of a thousand regrets."
  • "It's good to be a myth."
  • "Just because I don't like to fight, doesn't mean I can't."
  • "We lived violent lives, MacLeod. Some of that's bound to stay with us."
  • "You're not listening to me, I don't want a tombstone."
  • "I think you overestimate the efficiency of the Watcher network."
  • "It's a human trait, remembering things they way we wish they'd been. We rewrite history so that we can live with it."

ReferencesEdit

  1. Methos (episode) Since Methos does not recall his life before his first Quickening it is possible he does not know his real name, however, Methos is his most consistent and long running name
  2. (Highlander: Reunion Methos jokingly states he will turn 5164 on his next birthday in 2008.)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Forgive Us Our Trespasses
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Methos (episode)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Highlander (An Evening at Joe's)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 The Methos Chronicles
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Brothers
  8. 8.0 8.1 Comes a Horseman
  9. Comes a Horseman (additional footage)
  10. 10.0 10.1 Highlander (The Captive Soul)
  11. Highlander (Zealot)
  12. Till Death
  13. 13.0 13.1 One Minute to Midnight
  14. 14.0 14.1 Indiscretions
  15. The Modern Prometheus
  16. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named The_Promise
  17. 17.0 17.1 Finale Part One
  18. Finale Part Two
  19. Chivalry
  20. Timeless
  21. Deliverance
  22. Through a Glass Darkly
  23. The Messenger
  24. The Valkyrie
  25. Archangel
  26. To Be
  27. Not To Be
  28. Highlander: Endgame
  29. Highlander: Reunion
  30. Highlander Volume 3: Armageddon

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