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The important lady told me my mother was asleep in Ashfield. I have a mother, too! I'm so happy! I want to see my mother.
—Walter in his diary

Walter Sullivan is the main antagonist of Silent Hill 4: The Room. He was an infamous serial killer, killing at least nineteen people (including two children), and a religious fanatic, courtesy of the Order's beliefs being imposed upon him as a child. Attempting to fulfill a macabre ritual called the 21 Sacraments, his life's goal was to cleanse the world of its sins.

As a young boy, Walter considered the apartment room he was born in to be his "mother". In reality, both his mother and father had abandoned him at birth.

The Otherworld explored throughout the game, as well as the monsters which inhabit it, were created by Walter. They symbolize his past, fears and views of society.

During the game, four Walters appear. One is a little boy which is merely a manifestation. One is an adult man who wanders the Otherworld. One is a crucified corpse in a sealed-off room in reality. The final "Walter" is said to be the "Conjurer" and has Walter's spiritual essence.


Throughout his childhood, Walter was indoctrinated with the strict teachings of the Order. Because the cult adopted him, Walter held the cult in high regard and strongly believed in its teachings.

Walter shared many similarities to Claudia Wolf. Walter felt that humanity and society were evil, corrupt, despicable, and full of suffering. He was a firm believer in Paradise, a new world untainted by human evil, pain, or suffering.

Walter's fear, hatred, and animosity towards humanity and the world seemed to manifest itself into monsters such as the Gum Heads (hatred of men) and Patients (hatred of women), and his Otherworld was filled with macabre and disfigured human-like dolls and corpses.

Walter held a strong desire to be reunited with his mother, whom he never knew. His desire to reunite with his mother was so strong that Walter was willing to murder 21 people in order to rebirth God and unleash Paradise, where he could, presumably, be with her again. Walter believed he needed to purify humanity's sins by killing people so that a new world, Paradise, could come into being, and apparently help him be reunited with his mother in Paradise. Walter was willing to murder his victims for the "greater good"; to him, 21 sacrifices would be nothing compared to humanity's billions that would be "saved" in return.

Walter's life was devoid of any real love or kindness. When Eileen Galvin gave him her doll while he was homeless and sleeping on the cold streets, Walter cried sorrowfully (or perhaps from happiness and gratitude) because such an act from society was rare. Walter viewed the majority of society and humanity as cruel, corrupt, greedy, and bitter. This viewpoint is understandable, considering his abandonment and rejection by society. Despite these beliefs, he held a calm and shy demeanor.

As a child, Walter unquestioningly accepted what the adults in his life taught him, including when Dahlia Gillespie told him his mother was asleep in Ashfield. However, he misinterpreted what Dahlia meant. This confusion led him to believe Room 302 was his mother. However, it is very likely that Walter grew out of this belief that his mother was an apartment room when he was older.


Walter's apparent sketch of his father.

In Walter's flashbacks, it is shown that Walter's father was verbally abusive to both him and his mother. It can be speculated that Walter hated his father for this reason, indicated by a scribbled drawing, and saw his mother as a sort of "prisoner" to his father.

Despite him being a serial killer, Walter spoke to Henry Townshend in a surprisingly calm and non-threatening manner. Despite chasing Henry and Eileen, attempting to murder them both, he did not hold any hatred or resentment towards them. Walter viewed Henry and Eileen not as enemies, but simply as two more sacrifices needed to complete the 21 Sacraments ritual, showing an odd empathy-lacking attitude towards killing. He also seemed unable to view his victims as anything beyond their roles as his sacrifices, perhaps showing a minor case of narcissism.



I told you we shouldn't have a baby, didn't I?!
—Walter's father to his mother

Walter's parents leaving Room 302.

Thirty-four years before the events of Silent Hill 4: The Room, a couple lived in the city of Ashfield in Room 302 of the South Ashfield Heights apartment building. The husband was likely abusive, as he screamed phrases such as "Stupid little crybaby!" and "Shut the hell up! You can't blame it all on me!". The wife appears to have been kept silent, as she is never heard or discussed in the game. It was speculated by the building superintendent, Frank Sunderland, that they may have had financial troubles or got themselves into danger. The couple fled the apartment and abandoned the newborn baby in Room 302's living room.


Baby Walter abandoned on the floor.

The infant was later discovered by Frank Sunderland, who gave the baby to the nearby St. Jerome's Hospital. Frank also kept Walter's umbilical cord in a box in his room, feeling that it was too precious to throw away. After a stay in the hospital, Walter became a ward of the state and was adopted by the Wish House orphanage in a forest near Silent Hill. It was there that he began his tutelage in the ways of the Order, the cult that operated the orphanage, and was given the name "Walter Sullivan".


Wish House Orphanage

Wish House Orphanage.

Walter was forced into reading the Order's scriptures. If he misbehaved, he was sent to the "round cell" where Andrew DeSalvo would physically abuse him and with the other children of the orphanage, including Walter's childhood friend Bob. It is hinted in Walter's diary that Andrew killed Walter's childhood friend "Bob", or at least caused Bob's disappearance, and made Walter drink water with leeches in it. Walter was told that the world outside the orphanage was a "scary place". Walter was heavily disciplined, even physically beaten, for wandering too far away.

When Walter was six years old, he learned to read and write, and began keeping a diary. Dahlia Gillespie, another member of the Order, came to Wish House and told Walter that his mother was "asleep" in Ashfield and that if he did a good job reading the 21 Sacraments for the Descent of the Holy Mother, he could meet her. However, Walter misinterpreted what she said. Instead of believing his mother was in Room 302, he believed his mother was Room 302. Every week, Walter traveled from the orphanage to South Ashfield Heights by taking the subway train or the bus, a very long trip for a little boy. Unfortunately, someone else was living in Room 302, preventing him from being reunited with his "mother". On one subway trip, some "mean girls" said some "mean stuff" to him.


Walter knocking on Room 302, asking for his mother to let him in.

For years, Walter continued to travel to South Ashfield Heights, almost as if he was possessed, just to peek into the apartment building. The tenants, especially Richard Braintree, began to complain and treat him badly when they saw him hanging around, and Walter began to fear the tenants and saw them as obstacles preventing him from seeing his mother. Walter would write letters to his mother and slip them under Room 302's door, asking her why she wasn't able to wake up.

Walter also once visited Garland's pet shop and accidentally dropped a pet cage from a shelf and injured an important kitten. Many years later, Walter would eventually brutally murder the pet shop's owner with a sub-machine gun, and then kill every animal in the store.

George Rosten, a priest of the Order's Valtiel sect, instructed and raised Walter in the 21 Sacraments ritual; in doing this, he let Valtiel, an "angel" (or demonic entity) of the Order's beliefs, into Walter's subconscious, which allowed him to perform the ritual. By putting this demonic entity in Walter's subconscious, it would also likely give Walter some supernatural powers. Walter was also given the nickname, "The Red Devil".

Dahlia Gillespie continued to watch Walter's progress until her imminent death in Silent Hill.



Eileen's doll.

In the 1980s, Walter was forced to live on the cold streets whenever he would make trips to Ashfield during his teenage years because he had no family, no money, and no home, trying not to starve and freeze to death.

During this time, Walter would sleep in the passage of South Ashfield Station in a sleeping bag for warmth. A filthy coin item in the game suggests that Walter might have panhandled, begging for coins and spare change: pennies, nickels, and dimes to survive.


Eileen giving her doll to a homeless Walter on the cold streets of South Ashfield in the 1980s.

On one particular Ashfield trip, a 16-year-old Walter encountered a little girl. This girl was a 5-year-old child named Eileen Galvin. Eileen's mother ordered her not to approach him, but she refused. Eileen, out of sympathy, handed Walter her doll and told him he could sleep with her. The doll had white skin, dark hair, and a blue dress. Eileen then walked away, conversing with her mother. His encounter with Eileen inspired a profound sorrow within him to which he cried uncontrollably. Eileen was possibly the only human being in Walter's entire life who was remotely kind and nice to him. Walter kept and treasured this doll for a long time, and it became shabby and worn-looking.

Walter also approached Cynthia Velasquez in South Ashfield Station when both of them were teenagers and in response, she called him "filthy, yet handsome" in front of her friends. However, when Walter told her that he knew her name from a decade ago, Cynthia called him disgusting and left. It is possible that Walter had an interest in Cynthia, as it is shown that he knew Cynthia's name for years and would often watch her at a distance, but was too shy to approach her. Cynthia's murder, being repeatedly stabbed first-hand by Walter, as well as the decision to name her the 16th Sacrament ("Temptation"), may also allude to this.


The 21 Sacraments, a guide to rebirth the Mother and redeem the Nation of Sin.

As the years passed and Walter matured, he began to become more and more influenced by the teachings of the Order. Walter became preoccupied with one particular tract from the cult's "Bible": the Descent of the Holy Mother - The 21 Sacraments. Through the Order's teachings, Walter believed that the deaths of these 21 victims would help manifest the Order's Paradise and likely help him be reunited with his mother.

By the 21 Sacraments, the Holy Mother shall appear in the countries of the world and shall bring salvation to the sinful ones.

Pleasant River[]

Walter left Wish House as a young man of 18 and moved to Pleasant River at 19, a town neighboring Silent Hill. For a while, he lived the life of a normal student studying at the university in Pleasant River; however, Walter was still filled with increasing intense bitterness and resentment against the world, and a strengthening desire to be reunited with his "mother".

The 10 Hearts[]


Walter as a homicidal adult, ready to get revenge on humanity.

The First Sign. And God said, "At the time of fullness, cleanse the world with my rage. Gather forth the White Oil, the Black Cup and the Blood of the Ten Sinners. Prepare for the Ritual of the Holy Assumption."

At the age of 24 in Ashfield, Walter began the 21 Sacraments by murdering 10 people in as many days, removing their hearts and carving numbers into their bodies, each matching the "out of 21" role they played. The first corpse had 01121 carved into it, the second 02121, the third 03121, and so on up to 10121. He made no effort to cover his tracks, even going as far as to carve his own name into the flesh of his victims. However, when the police arrived at the crime scenes, there were no fingerprints or fibers left behind. The 10 Hearts became known around the world as the "Walter Sullivan Case."

A death report stated that Walter was captured, tried, and convicted, and was thought to have killed himself by stabbing himself in the neck with a metal soup spoon and severing his own carotid artery while in prison. Joseph Schreiber, the current resident of Room 302 at the time, was a journalist investigating his case. In his Red Diary, Joseph firmly believed that the real Walter Sullivan never died at the prison and that it may have been someone else who committed suicide, or that the person who the police arrested was not the real Walter Sullivan:

"My theory is that Walter never died at the prison. It may have been someone else who committed suicide. Either that, or the person the police arrested was not the real Walter Sullivan. I'm in no position to investigate what really happened in the prison, but in any case, Walter didn't die at the prison. The man with the coat that showed up here was the real Walter."

In the death report, the "fake" Walter Sullivan stated, "He's trying to kill me. He's trying to punish me. The monster... the red devil. Forgive me. I did it, but it wasn't me!" This implies Walter likely possessed or manipulated him into committing the crime. Conversely, it could mean that Walter experienced a moment of lucidity away from Valtiel's influence.

Ritual of the Holy Assumption[]

The Second Sign. And God said, "Offer the Blood of the Ten Sinners and the White Oil. Be then released from the bonds of the flesh, and gain the Power of Heaven. From the Darkness and Void, bring forth Gloom, and gird thyself with Despair for the Giver of Wisdom."

A few days after the "Walter Sullivan" suicide, several residents of South Ashfield Heights witnessed a long-haired man with a coat in the apartment building. Through his window, Richard Braintree saw the man moving something heavy and doing something in Room 302. Frank Sunderland also saw the man with the coat hanging around Room 302, and confirmed there were signs of someone having been in there. Joseph Schreiber was convinced that the real Walter Sullivan was still alive.


Walter's crucified corpse, "11/21" on his feet.

Somehow, without Joseph observing him (or before Joseph moved into Room 302), Walter entered Room 302 (possibly using a portal under Walter's crucifix) and performed the Ritual of the Holy Assumption in the storage room. In doing so, Walter was "released from the bonds of the flesh" to "gain the Power of Heaven", casting aside his physical body. His Otherworlds were created and Walter became the 11th Sacrament.

Joseph apparently sealed the storage room seven years later after Walter's crucifixion, "I was so scared today that I sealed off the back of the storage room." Why Joseph sealed the storage room and if Joseph found Walter's corpse is unknown. The game never fully clarifies this, although it's possible that Joseph was also trapped in Room 302 and found Walter's corpse, but couldn't take it out, so he paved the storage room so he wouldn't have to be near a scary body.

Round two[]


The coffin in the Forest World.

Three years later, another body, Peter Walls, was found, killed in a very similar manner to Walter's previous victims, and the numbers 12121 were carved into the body. Peter's body was estimated to have been killed six months ago. The police suspected a copycat, though the heart was not removed, nor was a name carved into the body. This was because Walter already obtained the "blood of ten sinners."

Joseph developed his own theory at this time; he believed that the police failed to capture the real Walter Sullivan, and began to investigate Walter's life in conjunction with an earlier investigation into the Order. Eventually finding Walter's grave in a cemetery near Silent Hill, or what was believed to be Walter's grave, Joseph discovered there was no body inside and that numbers, 11121, were carved into the coffin.

Two more bodies, Sharon Blake and Toby Archbolt, surfaced over the next few weeks, carved with the numbers 13121 and 14121 respectively. Joseph Schreiber went missing from Room 302 shortly thereafter, becoming 15121. It is implied Joseph became trapped in Room 302 and was killed by the ghost of Jimmy Stone, Walter's first victim.

The police failed to realize that the middle number 1 in the numbers, 01121–14121, was actually a slash: 01/21–14/21, meaning that Walter intended to kill 21 victims in all.

Silent Hill 4: The Room[]

The Third Sign. And God said, "Return to the Source through sin's Temptation. Under the Watchful eye of the demon, wander alone in the formless Chaos. Only then will the Four Atonements be in alignment."

Another four years later, Walter begins Round Three. Walter is first heard of in the Subway World, having murdered Cynthia by stabbing. Henry Townshend also sees Walter's younger manifestation in the Forest World, Water Prison World, and the Building World. Walter murders Jasper Gein in the Forest World by immolation, Andrew DeSalvo in the Water Prison World by drowning, and Richard Braintree in the Building World by electrocution.

The Last Sign. And God said, "Separate from the flesh too, she who is the Mother Reborn and he who is the Receiver of Wisdom. If this be done, by the Mystery of the 21 Sacraments, the Mother shall be reborn and the Nation of Sin shall be redeemed."

Walter's Shabby Doll (Silent Hill 4)

Walter offering Henry Eileen's shabby doll.

In the Apartment World, Henry sees Walter briefly knocking on Eileen Galvin's door and walking away. A few moments later, he finds him sitting on the staircase and Walter tells Henry about his experience with meeting Eileen many years ago. He offers Henry his Shabby Doll, though the item has no use and will only cause a Haunting if the player picks it up. When Henry enters Eileen's apartment, he discovers her bleeding on her living room floor; Walter assaulted Eileen, but Walter's younger manifestation of himself interfered.

In St. Jerome's Hospital's Otherworld, Henry briefly sees Walter performing surgery on a woman's womb; Walter sees him and Henry runs out of the room.


Walter preparing to kidnap himself.

Walter later chases Henry and Eileen throughout the Forest World and the Water Prison World, usually wielding a handgun, chainsaw, or pipe. If he is attacked enough, he can be temporarily downed, but will eventually stand up and continue his assault on Henry and Eileen. It is also impossible to pin him with a Sword of Obedience. In the Building World, Henry witnesses Walter kidnap himself.

At the bottom of the Spiral Staircase, Joseph explains what he's learned to Henry about Walter Sullivan, completing Henry's role as the "Receiver of Wisdom". Going back into the current Room 302, Henry uses the Pickaxe of Hope to discover a secret room in between his bedroom and bathroom. Here, he discovers the corpse of Walter Sullivan nailed to a cross and finds the Keys of Liberation in the corpse's coat pocket.

In the Apartment World, Walter will appear in various places and shoot at Henry. In one hallway of South Ashfield Heights, Henry examines several hanged bodies symbolizing Walter's father. One body calls Walter a "stupid little crybaby!" and another says Walter should never have been born. Soon, Henry discovers Walter's umbilical cord in Frank Sunderland's room and receives flashbacks of Walter abandoned as a baby in Room 302. Eileen separates from Henry to find Walter's younger self.


Walter whispers "Mom..." before dying.

In the core of Room 302, Henry eventually finds Walter, Walter's younger self, and Eileen. After a boss fight, Walter is killed. In the Escape, Mother, and Eileen's Death endings, Walter's younger manifestation disappears into thin air. However, if the player achieves the 21 Sacraments ending, Walter is revealed to still be alive and is seen motionless in Room 302, where his manifestation falls asleep on the couch, happy to finally be with his "mother" again.

21 Sacraments victims[]

Each person listed below is someone Walter murders (or intends to kill) either prior to the game's beginning or during the game itself. For an unexplained reason (possibly due to the occult ritual of which their deaths are a part, or even Walter's own imagination), nearly all of Walter's victims return as ghosts in Walter's Otherworld, including Walter himself, who are hostile to Henry and attack him at every opportunity, with the exception of Joseph, who gives information to Henry and doesn't harm him.

There were 16 male victims (including Walter Sullivan, but not Henry Townshend) and 4 female victims. All of them left something behind, such as an item or close memory that worked as a contribution for Walter's nightmare world. The player will constantly see these items throughout the game.

Round one victims (The Ten Hearts)[]

01/21 - Jimmy Stone: First of the Ten Hearts - Jimmy Stone was a priest in the Valtiel Sect, a division of the Order. He was nicknamed "The Red Devil" by members of the Order in reference to the triangular red hood he wore during ritualistic executions, much like Pyramid Head of Silent Hill 2. Walter shot him in the back of the head inside the Wish House orphanage and removed his heart.

02/21 - Bobby Randolph: Second of the Ten Hearts - Bobby was a high school student. He and two of his friends, Sein Martin and Jasper Gein, were fascinated by the lore of the Order and tried to learn all about it. Walter strangled him to death, removed his heart, and dumped his body on the college campus in Pleasant River alongside the third victim.

03/21 - Sein Martin: Third of the Ten Hearts - Like his friend Bobby, Sein was also interested in the legends surrounding the Order and his curiosity likely led to his death. Walter strangled him to death, removed his heart, and dumped his body on the college campus in Pleasant River alongside Bobby Randolph.


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Walter killing every animal in the pet store.

04/21 - Steve Garland: Fourth of the Ten Hearts - Steve Garland operated a pet shop in Ashfield. His murder was particularly gruesome; after Walter riddled his body with bullets from a sub-machine gun (leaving his chest undamaged so the heart could be removed), he proceeded to brutally kill all the animals in the store.

05/21 - Rick Albert: Fifth of the Ten Hearts - Rick Albert was the manager of a sporting goods store in Ashfield. Walter bludgeoned him to death with a golf club and removed his heart. He was murdered on the same day as Steve Garland.

06/21 - George Rosten: Sixth of the Ten Hearts - George Rosten was a priest in the Valtiel Sect and the right-hand man of Jimmy Stone. He let Valtiel into young Walter's subconscious to permit the 21 Sacraments. He personally instructed Walter on the 21 Sacraments, then ironically fell victim to his own teachings when Walter beat him to death with an iron pipe and removed his heart.

Twin Victims

The Twin Victims, Billy and Miriam.

07/21 - Billy Locane: Seventh of the Ten Hearts - Billy Locane was a child living in Silent Hill. Walter killed him with a single blow from an axe and removed his heart. He was not turned into a ghost, unlike the others. Instead, he is half of the Twin Victim monster.

08/21 - Miriam Locane: Eighth of the Ten Hearts - Miriam was Billy's twin sister and killed just after her brother. Unlike Billy, who was killed with a single blow from an axe, Walter brutally dismembered Miriam's body before removing her heart, likely due to his violent misogyny. Unlike Walter's other victims, Billy and Miriam do not appear as ghosts, but rather fused together as a monster known as the Twin Victim.

09/21 - William Gregory: Ninth of the Ten Hearts - William Gregory was an elderly man that owned the Watch & Clock store in Ashfield. Walter stabbed him with a screwdriver and removed his heart.

10/21 - Eric Walsh: Tenth of the Ten Hearts - The final victim of Walter's initial rampage. Eric worked as a bartender at Bar Southfield. On his birthday, a middle-aged customer told him that the pet store owner was murdered and the murderer was still at large, causing the bar's owner to close the bar early. Eric then went home, only to find Walter waiting for him. Walter shot him in the face and removed his heart.

Suicide (Victim 11/21)[]


11/21 carved on the feet of Walter's corpse.

11/21 - Walter Sullivan: Assumption - After his capture, it was believed that Walter committed suicide in his jail cell by stabbing himself in the neck with a spoon that severed his carotid artery, and that his body was buried in an unmarked grave near the Wish House. However, after the first copycat murder (which actually wasn't a copycat), his grave was exhumed and was discovered to be empty.

Although the game is never fully clear on this matter, it is debated that either his body was taken from its grave by his own ghost to the storage room in Room 302 to await the last of the 21 Sacraments, or that it was never him in the first place, as Joseph Schreiber suggests in his Red Diary.

Round two victims[]

12/21 - Peter Walls: Void - The first of Walter's postmortem victims. Peter was a marijuana addict and a coward when not high. His body was found in a room in the Hotel South Ashfield some six months after his death. He had apparently been beaten to death after he claimed he could see God.

13/21 - Sharon Blake: Darkness - Sharon Blake had been a target of the Order for some time. Her family had all been taken in by the Order, but she refused their requests (and later demands) to join. When she went looking for her family in the woods near Silent Hill, she discovered her family's gravestones, at which point Walter caught her and drowned her in the lake.

14/21 - Toby Archbolt: Gloom - Toby Archbolt was a priest of the Holy Mother Sect of the Order, which operated the Wish House. After the deaths of Jimmy Stone and George Rosten and the subsequent weakening of the Valtiel Sect, Toby tried to increase the influence of his own sect within the Order. During a trip to Mexico, Walter pushed Toby off of a cliff, making him the only victim in the series to be killed outside of the United States.

15/21 - Joseph Schreiber: Despair (Giver of Wisdom) - Joseph Schreiber was an investigative reporter who lived in Room 302 before Henry Townshend. He was investigating the Order, which led to an exposé on the Wish House. While investigating ties between the Order and the Walter Sullivan murders, he suddenly found himself sealed inside his apartment with the only means of escape being a mysterious hole in his bathroom wall. Schreiber apparently never made it out of his apartment and he eventually became Walter's 15th victim. The means of his murder and the location of his body are unknown (although it is possible, as seen in the beginning, that Jimmy Stone's ghost murdered him, though this would seemingly negate his status as one of the 21 Sacraments).

Round three victims[]


Cynthia's Death Silent Hill 4

Cynthia Velasquez bleeds to death.

16/21 - Cynthia Velasquez: Temptation - Cynthia Velasquez was a woman living in Ashfield. She is the first victim whose death was witnessed by Henry Townshend. He met her in the South Ashfield Station where she believed herself to be dreaming, and Henry just a figment of her imagination, though that does not prevent her from making advances. While Henry tried to find a way out of the station, Walter killed her by multiple stab wounds, along with carving "16/21" into her left breast.


Jasper's Death Silent Hill 4

Jasper Gein burns to death.

17/21 - Jasper Gein: Source - Jasper Gein was a somewhat mentally unbalanced youth who, along with his friends Bobby Randolph and Sein Martin, was fascinated by the mythology of the Order. While exploring the ruins of the Wish House, Walter immolated Jasper, who seemed almost appreciative of the act. After Henry witnesses this act, Jasper calls out that he had seen the red devil he had been searching for. While screaming through the flames, Jasper traces the carved number "17/21" in his chest with an altar candlestick.

18/21 - Andrew DeSalvo: Watchfulness - Andrew DeSalvo was an abusive guard at the Water Prison where children at the Wish House were sent for punishment. Somehow, he became locked in one of his own cells and, after being released by Henry, was captured by Walter and drowned. Before this incident occurred, he sees Little Walter, a childlike apparition of Walter's that split with his spirit after his assumption. The number "18/21" is carved onto Andrew's stomach.


Richard's Death Silent Hill 4

Richard Braintree electrocuted to death.

19/21 - Richard Braintree: Chaos - Richard Braintree lived in Room 207 of South Ashfield Heights. He was an eccentric, somewhat violent (and possibly sadistic) man. Remembering what happened to Joseph Schreiber, he becomes concerned when he notices the same thing happening again in Room 302. He tries to find a way to help Henry, but Walter captures Richard, traces the number "19/21" onto his forehead with his blood, and electrocutes him in his own apartment, despite Henry's attempts to stop him.

Possible victims[]


Eileen's 'Death' Silent Hill 4

Eileen Galvin thanks Walter as she bleeds.

20/21 - Eileen Galvin: Mother (Reborn) - Eileen Galvin is Henry's next-door neighbor. She first encountered Walter at the subway when she was five, and she gave him her favorite doll to cheer him up. Towards the middle of the game, Walter breaks into her apartment and assaults her, breaking her arm and carving "20/21" into her back. However, Little Walter's interference stopped her from being killed. Walter summons Eileen towards the end of the game in an attempt to finish the job once and for all. Whether Eileen lives or dies effects which game ending the player receives. If the player receives the "21 Sacraments" and/or "Eileen's Death" ending, she will die. In the "Escape" and "Mother" ending, she will live.

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The victim Henry haunting.

21/21 - Henry Townshend: Wisdom (Receiver of Wisdom) - Walter felt that his final intended victim, the current resident of Room 302, had to die in order to purify his "mother" so she could finally be reborn and he could be reunited with her. Depending on the actions of the player, Henry either defeats Walter or dies at his hands. If the player gets the "21 Sacraments" ending, Henry will die, having been "disfigured beyond recognition" by Walter. In the "Escape" and "Mother" Ending, both Eileen and Henry will live.

Frank Sunderland - If the player achieves the "21 Sacraments" ending, Frank will have been killed by Walter as well. His cause of death isn't specified, as he had just been "found dead".

Silent Hill: Book of Memories[]


Walter's room service.

Walter makes a cameo in the joke ending of Silent Hill: Book of Memories, where he is seen knocking on the door of the tourists in Silent Hill and asks for "room service", frightening the tourists in the process.

Creator commentary[]

I thought that instead of having someone be scary by looking scary, it would be more effective to do have them do cruel things with a kind expression always on their face. It’s like, they always have this nice look on their face, but you can’t understand what they’re thinking. So that’s why Walter’s eyes and whatnot are always ever-so-slightly averted.
Masashi Tsuboyama[1]


  • "Mom, Why doesn't u Wake up?"
  • "My cheek hurts. I hate him."
  • "I got hit again. I didn't do anything wrong. I wish he was dead."
  • "I have to stay in the round cell even if I read well tomorrow. If I do it, God will be happy so I will do it."
  • "Everyone says Ashfield is a scary place, but I really want to see my mommy."
  • "I went to visit Ashfield again. Again, I couldn't find Mommy. Some mean girls in the train said mean stuff to me. I got scared. He beat me again, too."
  • "If I can just read the 21 Sacraments for the Holy Mother thing, I can be with her."
  • "That's what everybody calls me, but I don't really have a name. Or a home either..."
  • "Lots of people tried to stop me, but it's fine now. It says in the Scriptures that I'll be with her. I gotta hurry. Mom's waiting..."
  • "I'm going to see my mom! Stay outta my way!"
  • "I got this from Miss Galvin a long, long time ago... She was younger than me back then... She looked so happy holding her mother's hand... Here, I'll give it to you."
  • "My name's Walter. Walter Sullivan. It's time to complete the 21 Sacraments."
  • "Well, let's go and see Mother..."
  • "Hey there, little Walter! Just... a little longer now!"
  • "Don't worry. You'll know soon enough."
  • "Henry... you're it... the last of the 21 Sacraments. The Final Sign. The Receiver of Wisdom."
  • "Dad... Dad... Where's Dad...? Dad... I can't see your face."
  • "Mom... I'm home. I won't let anyone get in my way. I'm gonna stay with you, forever."



James Sunderland examines Walter's grave.

  • Walter is first mentioned in Silent Hill 2 in a newspaper article found outside the Wood Side Apartments. This article was meant to serve as foreshadowing for the first encounter with Pyramid Head, and as the answer of a trivia question. Confusion over Walter's statement concerning the "Red Devil" was reconciled in Silent Hill 4: The Room with the release of information on Jimmy Stone.
  • Walter is the first and only antagonist to be mentioned before making an official debut in Silent Hill 4: The Room.
  • In Brookhaven Hospital in Silent Hill 2, Walter is mentioned during the Trick or Treat Box quiz transmitted in the hospital elevator as a correct answer.
  • In the labyrinth catacomb in Silent Hill 2, a tombstone bearing Walter's name can be found. This is retconned, however, by the claim made by Joseph Schreiber in a memo in Silent Hill 4: The Room that his grave was unmarked.
  • The foldout timeline provided with the Silent Hill 4: The Room official strategy guide states that "34 Years Ago: Newborn Walter Sullivan abandoned in South Ashfield Heights apartment" and "10 Years Ago: The Walter Sullivan murder spree". Thus, Walter was 24.
  • The Old Picture Book is symbolic of Walter's sad childhood.
  • There is a random chance the phone in Henry's bedroom will deliver a male voice, repeating, "I'm always watching you. I'm always WATCHING you. I'm ALWAYS watching you."[1] It may be Joseph or Walter.

Walter's different appearance.

  • When Walter is seen in the third floor hallway of the building, there are not any traces of blood on his clothes or face. However, when Walter sits on the stairs, he looks the same as he will look in the hospital world after operating a patient. Through the peephole, Henry can see a clean version of Walter.

The patient that resembles Claudia.

  • The image seen of Walter's mother when Henry obtains the umbilical cord and the patient Walter can be seen disemboweling at the start of the Hospital world both bear a strong resemblance to Claudia Wolf. This is most likely a coincidence, though it is also possible that Team Silent, the developers of the game, used Claudia's character model as the basis of the corpse. The same case could apply to the corpse in Silent Hill 3 that resembles Angela Orosco. It is also possible that Walter and Claudia knew each other.
  • Walter's corpse inexplicably has significantly longer hair than Walter's ghost-self. This may have to do with the common perception of a person's hair and nails continuing to grow after death (which in real life is actually due to the skin dehydrating, retracting, and exposing more of these tissues).
Walter portrait

Henry's haunted portrait.

  • One of the Room 302 Hauntings includes Henry's photograph of a church transforming into a portrait of Walter Sullivan. This may be because Walter's corpse is located directly behind it in the secret storage room.

Walter in Henry's peephole.

  • Walter may occasionally visit Henry's peephole, stare into it, then walk away.[2]
  • Unused files reveal that Walter was originally going to be in Silent Hill: Homecoming. A therapist shows him a picture of a door, which Walter states is his "mommy". When the therapist asks Walter if his mother is "sleeping", Walter screams at him: "SHOW ME YOUR HEART!", and the therapist panics.(7:15)
  • Walter and Anne Marie Cunningham are the only main antagonists who are fought in their games' respective final battles.
  • Walter's in-game young model has blue eyes, while his adult model is central heterochromic with green and brown.
  • A memo in the game claims that Walter was convicted for the deaths of two children, yet the two children were the 7th and 8th victims he killed and he killed a 9th and 10th victim after them. Plus, Walter apparently used the same exact MO on all of his first ten victims including his signature being carved into each one. How he could be convicted for just the 7th and 8th victims and not every other before and after them is highly improbable.



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Silent Hill: Homecoming[]


Walter Sullivan Victims - The 21 Sacraments
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Major Characters
James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Angela Orosco - Laura - Eddie Dombrowski - Maria
Other Characters
Ernest Baldwin - Amy Baldwin - Mary's Doctor - Rachel - Thomas Orosco - Mrs. Orosco - Jennifer Carroll - Patrick Chester - Mira - Harry Mason - Greys - Scott Fairbanks - Walter Sullivan
Abstract Daddy - Bubble Head Nurse - Creeper - Flesh Lip - Lying Figure - Mandarin - Mannequin - Mary - Prisoners - Pyramid Head
Chainsaw - Chinese Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Pipe - Revolver - Rifle - Shotgun - Wooden Plank
Baldwin Mansion - Blue Creek Apartments - Brookhaven Hospital - Church of the Rebirth - Dog House - Heaven's Night - Jacks Inn - Labyrinth - Lakeview Hotel - Lake Shore Restaurant - Neely's Bar - Motor Home - Observation Deck - Pete's Bowl-O-Rama - Rosewater Park - Silent Hill Historical Society - Silent Hill Ranch - Silent Hill Woods - South Vale (Carroll Street - Katz Street - Lindsey Street - Nathan Avenue - Neely Street - Rendell Street - Saul Street - Vachss Road - Wiltse Road) - Texxon Gas - Toluca Graveyard - Toluca Lake - Toluca Lake Island - Toluca Prison - Wiltse Coal Mine - Wood Side Apartments
Flashlight - Fog World - Little Baroness - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Otherworld - Radio - Red Square - Siren - Seal of Metatron - UFO Ending - Sexuality - Toilets
Memos - Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Pachislot
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Major Characters
Henry Townshend - Eileen Galvin - Walter Sullivan - Cynthia Velasquez - Jasper Gein - Andrew DeSalvo - Richard Braintree - Joseph Schreiber
Other Characters
Frank Sunderland - Billy Locane - Bobby Randolph - Eric Walsh - George Rosten - Jimmy Stone - Mike - Miriam Locane - Peter Walls - Rachel - Rick Albert - Robbie the Rabbit - Sein Martin - Sharon Blake - Steve Garland - Toby Archbolt - William Gregory - James Sunderland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland
Aluminum Bat - Chainsaw - Handgun - Submachine Gun - Knife - Pipe - Bug Spray - Chain - Eileen's Bag - Golf Club - Nightstick - Pickaxe of Despair - Revolver - Rusty Axe - Riding Crop - Spade - Stun Gun - Torch - Wine Bottle
Bottom - Conjurer - Eileen Head - Ghost (Victim 16 - Victim 17 - Victim 18 - Victim 19) - Greedy Worm - Gum Head - Hummer - Patient - Sniffer Dog - The One Truth - Toadstool - Tremer - Twin Victim - Wall Man - Wheelchair
Albert's Sporting Goods - Ashfield - Bar Southfield - Garland's - Hotel South Ashfield - Room 302 - Room 302 of the Past - Silent Hill Woods - South Ashfield Heights - South Ashfield Station - Spiral Staircase - St. Jerome's Hospital - Toluca Lake - Water Prison - Wish House Orphanage
21 Sacraments - Death Machine - Haunting - Holy Candle - Manifestation - Map - Monster - Real World - Ritual of the Holy Assumption - Saint Medallion - Sword of Obedience - The Order - Walter's Otherworlds - Great Knife - Sexuality - Halo of the Sun - Red Square
Items - Keys - Puzzles - Soundtrack - Limited Edition Soundtrack - Secrets and Unlockables - Memos
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Ashley Baker - Derek Copeland - Graham Reynolds - Howard Blackwood - Jack Merrick - Katie Collins - Matthew Collins - Protagonist - Lorelai Reynolds - Shannon - Trent Baker
Other Characters
Alex Shepherd - Cybil Bennett - Emma - Harry Mason - Heather Mason - James Sunderland - Jason - Joshua Shepherd - Lisa Garland - Mary Shepherd-Sunderland - Mira - Murphy Pendleton - Travis Grady - Walter Sullivan - Robbie the Rabbit
Air Screamer - Blood Baby - Blood Guardian - Blood Mama - Bogeyman - Bubble Head Nurse - Butcher - Double Head - Earth Guardian - Fire Guardian - Flesh Lip - Ghost - Grey Child - Insane Cancer - Light Guardian - Needler - Mother - Pyramid Head - Raw Shock - Tremer - Schism - Steel Guardian - Swarm - Valtiel - Water Guardian - Wood Guardian - Wood Sapling
A. Y. Guitar - Assault Rifle - Baseball Bat - Bare Hands - Beam Saber - Bogeyman's Hammer - Chainsaw - Circular Saw - Crossbow - Crowbar - Dagger of Melchior - Earth Sword - Fire Axe - Fire Sword - Flamethrower - Great Cleaver - Great Knife - Great Spear - Grenade - Guitar - Handgun - Hyper Spray - Katana - Knife - Maul - Meat Cleaver - Laser Gun - Pickaxe - Pillow - Pipe - Princess Heart - Robbie Doll - Rock Drill - Shovel - Shotgun - Steel Sword - Stun Gun - Sword of Obedience - Submachine Gun - Television - Torch - TV Remote - Water Sword - Wine Bottle - Wood Sword - Wood Plank
Howard's Shop - Library - Forsaken Room - Otherworld
Monster - Flashlight - Accessories - Artifacts - Karma Meter - Book of Memories - Welcome Sign
Memos - Broadcasts - Michelle's Diary