Season: 4, Episodes: 12, Faction: Mercenaries
Martin Christopher Keamy was a mercenary and the leader of the mercenary team that traveled to the Island from the freighter Kahana. He and his team invaded the Barracks, shooting and killing several Oceanic Flight 815 survivors, as well as three other island inhabitants. He also staged a mutiny on the Kahana, first killing the doctor, Ray, then Captain Gault. After the mutiny, he returned to the Island to finish his mission. After the rest of his men were killed, he followed Ben to the Orchid, taunting Ben into stabbing him to death. His death activated the dead man’s trigger, detonating the C4 in the Kahana to explode and destroy the ship, killing most on board.
4×05 – The Constant
4×09 – The Shape of Things to Come
According to Ben, Keamy served as a first sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1996 to 2001. He later worked for several mercenary companies, including in Uganda, where it was implied (by Ben) he committed war crimes or comparable atrocities. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)
On the Island/freighter (Days 94-100)
4×08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
Keamy, Omar, and other members of the crew were skeet-shooting with automatic weapons. When Michael Dawson, under the alias Kevin Johnson, questioned the “rescue” crew’s possession of the weapons, Keamy snidely asked if Kevin had something to clean up. This seemed to be the final straw in Michael deciding to set off the bomb. (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)
4×05 – The Constant
Upon Frank, Sayid, and Desmond’s arrival on the freighter, Desmond began screaming and acting erratically. Keamy questioned Frank on why he brought the two with him. He and Omar then escorted Desmond down to the sickbay, summoning the ship’s doctor and locking Desmond in with Minkowski. Later, Keamy and Omar returned to sickbay having been called by the doctor’s emergency alarm. The pair quickly subdued Frank, Sayid, and Desmond, taking the satellite phone from Desmond and once again locking Sayid and Desmond in the sickbay. They then took Frank to speak with the captain. (“The Constant”)
4×07 – Ji Yeon
As Keamy leaves the freighter’s interior, he encounters Frank bringing something into the ship. He reminds Frank not to be late. (“Ji Yeon”)
4×08 – Meet Kevin Johnson
He and the other mercenaries were responsible for shooting Karl and Danielle. (“Meet Kevin Johnson”)
4×09 – The Shape of Things to Come
He then took Alex as bait for Ben, in order to extract Ben from his house. However, Ben remained steadfast, denouncing his daughter.
Keamy then shot Alex in the head, killing her. This prompted a shocked Ben to unleash the Monster, which attacked the Freighter’s mercenaries. Keamy could be heard repeatedly calling for his squad to fall-back. (“The Shape of Things to Come”)
4×10 – Something Nice Back Home
Keamy then appeared unharmed, with the rest of the mercenaries behind him, searching for any survivors. He then encountered Frank, who insisted that they return to the helicopter before night. Keamy reluctantly agreed, almost discovering Miles, Sawyer, and Claire in the bushes nearby due to a cry from Aaron. (“Something Nice Back Home”)
4×11 – Cabin Fever
Frank flew Keamy and the rest of the mercenaries back to the Kahana in the helicopter. There, Keamy threatened Captain Gault with a gun, believing that Gault told Ben about Keamy’s history; Gault told Keamy that it was actually Michael who gave him up to Ben. Keamy confronted Michael and attempted to shoot him twice, but his gun failed to fire both times. Keamy let Michael live after he learned that Michael is the only one able to repair the ship’s engines. He does, however, knock him unconscious.
Some time later, Keamy confronted Gault and forcibly took his key. Keamy used the key to unlock a safe, from which he took out a folder that contains, in his own words, “secondary protocol.” Keamy claimed that this folder would allow him to find Ben, insinuating that Charles Widmore knew where Ben would go. Keamy asked Gault to fix his gun, and left the room.
Keamy began making preparations to return to the Island. He ordered Frank to refuel the helicopter, and Omar helped to attach an elaborate device to Keamy’s arm. That night, Keamy and the other mercenaries suited up, gathered their weapons, and prepared to board the helicopter. Frank refused to fly them, believing that Keamy planned to kill everyone on the Island.
Keamy threatened to kill Frank, but instead he killed Doc Ray by slitting his throat. Frank remained resolute, and Keamy threatened to shed more innocent blood. At that moment, Captain Gault–armed with a pistol–and two other men arrived.
Gault held Keamy at gunpoint and demanded that the mercenaries surrender, but he paused when Keamy showed him the device on his arm. While Gault was distracted, Keamy shot him in the heart, killing him. Frank, having seen enough violence, agreed to fly Keamy and his crew to the Island. (“Cabin Fever”)
Upon arriving on the island, Keamy and the other mercenaries handcuffed Frank to a seat in the helicopter to ensure that he did not escape and leave them behind. They then continued on to The Orchid. Upon arrival, they silently paced and waited for Ben’s arrival. When Ben did arrive, he surrendered to Keamy. Keamy then put his pistol to Ben’s head, seemingly ready to kill him. Ben did not flinch, but simply looked at the barrel. Keamy then knocked Ben out with the butt of the pistol. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 1”)
Keamy and his men returned to the helicopter with Ben. When they were there they encountered Kate who claimed to be being chased by the Others. Keamy sent men into the jungle who were promptly disabled. A firefight ensued during which Keamy’s men were killed. Keamy chased after Ben and Kate, who ran into the jungle.
As he was doing so Sayid tackled him and the two fought. After being stabbed by Sayid in the back, Keamy managed to pin him to the ground and was choking him with a branch when he was shot, apparently fatally, by Richard. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 2”)
Later, however, Keamy arrived at the Orchid and revealed that he had a bulletproof vest that absorbed most of the bullet force. Keamy then proceeded to taunt Ben about how he killed Alex when Locke emerged. He said he had no quarrel with Keamy. While Locke had Keamy distracted with conversation, Ben emerged and disarmed Keamy by hitting him three times with the telescopic baton, then Ben grabbed Keamy’s own knife and stabbed him to death. Before dying, he said that Charles Widmore would never stop looking for Ben or the Island.
Keamy’s death caused the dead-man switch on his arm to activate, which triggered the massive explosion on the Kahana — causing it to sink, and presumably killing everyone that remained on the freighter, except Jin, who was thrown into the water with the force of the explosion. (“There’s No Place Like Home, Part 3”)
5×12 – Dead Is Dead
While judging Ben, the Monster showed images of Keamy holding Alex at gunpoint, and eventually shooting her. (“Dead Is Dead”)
6×10 – The Package
In the flash sideways, Keamy loaned money to Omer, Sayid Jarrah’s brother, so that Omer would be able to open a second dry cleaning business. Although Omer payed him back in full, Keamy later extorted “security” interest from him. In exchange for a Rolex watch and $25,000, Keamy was hired by Mr. Paik to kill Jin for having a sexual relationship with Mr. Paik’s daughter Sun. Paik sent Jin to Los Angeles to deliver the watch and money to Keamy.
The money Keamy was due to receive from Jin was confiscated by customs at the airport. Keamy arrived at Jin’s hotel to collect his reward and was disappointed to find that the money was missing. Sun, who traveled to L.A. with Jin, promised to pay Keamy with money out of her own bank account. While Sun went to get the money, Keamy took Jin to a restaurant he has access to and tied him up in a walk-in freezer. Knowing that Jin was incapable of understanding him, Keamy spoke aloud to Jin of his intention to kill him at Mr. Paik’s orders. (“The Package”)
6×06 – Sundown
Meanwhile, Keamy sent Omar, one of his henchmen, to capture Sayid and bring him to the restaurant. When Sayid arrived, Keamy explained to Sayid that he wanted Omer’s loan repaid. He made threats against Omer’s family unless Sayid took care of the situation. At that point, Sayid grabbed Omar and successfully used him as a human shield against gunfire from Keamy’s thugs. Sayid then used Omar’s gun to shoot the rest of the henchman. Realizing that he was at a disadvantage, Keamy told Sayid that he would forgive the debt and allow Sayid to walk away. Sayid replied, “I can’t.” and shot Keamy in the chest. (“Sundown”)
6×10 – The Package
Keamy was still alive, though critically wounded, when Sun and Mikhail Bakunin arrived at the restaurant. Keamy noticed Jin, who had escaped from the freezer, creep behind Mikhail with a gun pointed at Mikhail’s head. As Mikhail was unaware of this, Keamy mumbled at him to turn around. Mikhail did so and, after a brief scuffle, was shot by Jin in the eye. (“The Package”)
6×13 – The Last Recruit
Keamy’s injury was fatal, and he died shortly after Mikhail’s arrival. Sayid would be arrested for his role in the deaths of Keamy and his associates. (“The Last Recruit”)
It is unknown what became of Keamy after this point.
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Initial casting requirements for this role in “The Constant”, described Martin Keamy as “late 20s – 30s, any ethnicity, dangerous, physical – a great tactician, loyal friend and the last enemy you ever want. Military type. Follows orders and doesn’t question them”.
The name Martin comes from the Latin Martinus, which means “Servant of Mars” or “Servant of War”.
In Mayan Astrology, the sign KIMI, pronounced the same way as Martin’s last name, means DEATH.
Damon Lindelof referred to the mercenary team as the “WET Team” (WepwaWET) in the featurette “The Right to Bear Arms” on the Season 4 DVD
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Key Episode(s) to Decoding the Character
(Wep-waut, Wepuat) Wepwawet’s name means ‘Opener of the Way’, and he is depicted as a jackal or as a jackal-headed man. Although difficult to differentiate iconographically from Anubis in many cases, there are several ways. When color is present, Wepwawet is usually grey and Anubis always black; Wepwawet carries sometimes a mace and bow, in accord with the idea that Wepwawet ‘opens the way’ before the king in battle (or, as has been suggested, incarnate in the king’s hunting dog); and Wepwawet is frequently depicted atop a standard with the uraeus cobra of Wadjet in front of him, as well as an item of uncertain identification but which may represent a ceremonially preserved placenta, in token of the idea of Wepwawet as ‘opening the way’ of the womb as first-born.
That the ancients regarded Anubis and Wepwawet as being represented by distinct canines is indicated by the Greek names for their respective cities, that of Anubis being Cynopolis, ‘dog city’, while that of Wepwawet was Lycopolis, ‘wolf city’. However, a stela (BM 1632) discussed in DuQuesne 2003 shows Wepwawet in conjunction with four canines who seem to be domesticated dogs or wild dogs of the domesticated variety, as well as a ram-headed anthropomorphic deity perhaps identified as ‘Amun the hound’ (Meyrat 2008 reads ‘lion’ instead). Meyrat reads an epithet given to Wepwawet on this stela, shed-hrw, as ‘disrupter’, literally ‘loud of voice’. This is typically a negative trait in Egyptian literature, associated with Seth. Meyrat’s point is that the stela, which depicts Wepwawet harpooning a crocodile, shows Wepwawet having picked up some of the positive aspects of Seth associated with his defense of the solar boat against the serpent of entropy, Apophis. The suggested reading of the epithet could also suggest the apotropaic power of loud barking.
The iron instrument used in the ‘Opening of the Mouth’ ritual is called in PT utterance 21 “the adze of Wepwawet,” indicating that Wepwawet may have preceded Anubis in this role. In PT utterance 210 “the Wepwawet-jackal which emerged from the tamarisk-bush” is a symbol for the resurrected king, while the rising sun is hailed as Wepwawet in PT utterance 301, since it too ‘opens the way’, and Wepwawet opens the way to the sky for the king in utterance 302. In utterances 424, 539, and 734 the king’s face is said to be that of Wepwawet, similar to numerous passages in the afterlife literature in which the deceased is said to bear the face of Anubis, but perhaps with a special significance conveyed by the opener of the ways. In utterance 482, it is said of the deceased king that “you shall become Wepwawet,” an identificatory tendency also seen with Anubis; in utterance 535 it is said of the king that “your eyes have been given to you as your two uraei because you are Wepwawet who is on his standard and Anubis who presides over the God’s Booth [i.e. the embalming tent].” Uraei are fire-spitting cobras and hence light the way in the darkness, a function obviously related to that of Wepwawet insofar as a uraeus accompanies him on his standard. This association is underscored by the reference in utterance 569 to “the birth of Wepwawet in the per-nu,” the per-nu being the name of the shrine of Wadjet (the uraeus Goddess). In PT utterance 670 Osiris/the deceased is said to have “come forth from the Lake of Life, having been cleansed in the Lake of Cool Water and having become Wepwawet.” The link between emerging from water and ‘becoming’ Wepwawet perhaps has some connection to the waters of birth; in utterance 679, it is said of the deceased “You have your water, you have your efflux, you have your flood which issued from Osiris … may you divide them as Wepwawet.” Here it seems that the resurrection is envisioned by means of a transposition in which the exit of fluids from the body in embalming is identified with the exit of fluids accompanying birth.
It was not unusual in ancient Egypt for more then one god to take the same form, with similar functions as another god. Wepwawet (Ophios, Upuaut), called the son of Isis, was one of several Egyptian deities to take the form of a canine, today often incorrectly identified as a wolf. Egyptologists now believe that he was more likely associated with the jackal, though he is often depicted with a gray or white head.
Like Anubis, Wepwawet was also a funerary deity, and was one of the earliest of the gods worshipped at Abydos. Early on, Wepwawet’s worship paralleled that of Khentyamentiu, but when Osiris absorbed that god’s attributes, Anubis filled his funerary role. However, with the rise of the solar cult, particularly during the 12th Dynasty, Osiris was limited to the underworld and the local god and lord of the cemetery at Abydos was filled by Wepwawet, who gained the titles, “Lord of Abydos” and Lord of the Necropolis”.
Other cult centers for Wepwawet included Quban, el-Hargarsa, Memphis, Sais and particularly the thirteenth ancient nome of Upper Egypt. This is the location of modern Asyut, which the Greeks called Lycopolis. This may be the origin of the misinterpretation of Wepwawet as a wolf, for Lycopolis can be interpreted as the “Town of the Wolf”.
Wepwawet’s name means “the opener of the ways (or Roads)”. We believe this refers to his role in leading the deceased through the underworld as a protector. This attribute of the god is well established in New Kingdom funerary texts such as the Book of Going Forth by Day (Book of the Dead), and the Book of That Which Is in the Underworld (Amduat). Wepwawet was also thought of as the messenger and champion of royalty. Like Shu, he was also referred to as the “one who has separated the sky from the earth.
Wepwawet’s image is generally portrayed with a uraeus and a hieroglyph that has been described as representing the king’s placenta, surmounting a standard known as a shedshed. The famous mace of Narmer shows such a standard in use as early as the 1st Dynasty. It is possible, given this context, that early on Wepwawet was a warlike deity and that in war, he also “opened the way” for the Egyptian army. Wepwawet’s standard was carried preceding the king from the palace or temple during processions, and during the New Kingdom, Wepwawet’s standard even preceded that of Osiris. In fact, Wepwawet’s standard symbolized Upper Egypt in royal processions, while Lower Egypt’s counterpart was the Apis bull of Memphis. However, one inscription provides that he was born in the sanctuary of the goddess Wadjet at Buto in the Nile Delta, though this was most likely politically inspired, considering that all evidence points to his Upper Egyptian origins.
In late Egyptian mythology, Wepwawet (hieroglyphic wp-w3w.t; also rendered Upuaut, Wep-wawet, Wepawet, and Ophois) was originally a war deity, whose cult centre was Asyut in Upper Egypt (Lycopolis in the Greco-Roman period). His name means, opener of the ways. Some interpret that Wepwawet was seen as a scout, going out to clear routes for the army to proceed forward. One inscription from the Sinai states that Wepwawet “opens the way” to king Sekhemkhet’s victory.
Wepwawet originally was seen as a wolf deity, thus the Greek name of Lycopolis, meaning city of wolves, and it is likely the case that Wepwawet was originally just a symbol of the pharaoh, seeking to associate with wolf-like attributes, that later became deified as a mascot to accompany the pharaoh. Likewise, Wepwawet was said to accompany the pharaoh on hunts, in which capacity he was titled (one with) sharp arrow more powerful than the gods.
Over time, the connection to war, and thus to death, led to Wepwawet also being seen as one who opened the ways to, and through, duat, for the spirits of the dead. Through this, and the similarity of the jackal to the wolf, Wepwawet became associated with Anubis, a deity that was worshiped in Asyut, eventually being considered his son. Seen as a jackal, he also was said to be Set‘s son. Consequently, Wepwawet often is confused with Anubis. This deity appears in the Temple of Seti I at Abydos.
In later Egyptian art, Wepwawet was depicted as a wolf or a jackal, or as a man with the head of a wolf or a jackal. Even when considered a jackal, Wepwawet usually was shown with grey, or white fur, reflecting his lupine origins. He was depicted dressed as a soldier, as well as carrying other military equipment—a mace and a bow.
For what generally is considered to be lauding purposes of the pharaohs, a later myth briefly was circulated claiming that Wepwawet was born at the sanctuary of Wadjet, the sacred site for the oldest goddess of Lower Egypt that is located in the heart of Lower Egypt. Consequently, Wepwawet, who had hitherto been the standard of Upper Egypt alone, formed an integral part of royal rituals, symbolizing the unification of Egypt.
In the late pyramid texts, Wepwawet is called “Ra” who has gone up from the horizon, perhaps as the “opener” of the sky. In the later Egyptian funerary context, Wepwawet assists at the Opening of the mouth ceremony and guides the deceased into the netherworld.