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It's not about who's got powers, moron. It's about who's not afraid. And who's going to do what has to be done.
— Drake George Merwin in in Light
Drake Merwin, Jr.
Drake Merwin
From the back cover of Lies

Full Name

Drake Merwin II




14 (in Gone) - 15 (from Hunger onwards)


Regeneration, Immortality




Drake Merwin II (Paternal Grandfather)


Deceased, killed in Light

Book Appearances

Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, Light

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.



Drake George Merwin (also known as 'Whip Hand', or 'Drake Merwin, Jr.' to distinguish him from his grandfather and namesake), is a tall, slim and lithe human male. Sam describes him as a 'smiling, playful, mean-eyed kid' with shaggy, sandy-blonde hair. His eyes are either gray or pale blue, and are often described as steely or icy. Astrid states the expression in his eyes is 'lizard-like'. Drake is often described by other characters as having a shark-like smile; a smile that shows 'too many teeth' with 'too little humour'. He could be considered good-looking: Orsay says his face would be handsome where it not for his cold eyes, and Penny describes him as 'attractive'.
In GONE, he loses his right arm after it was badly burnt by Sam and had to be amputated. This arm was later replaced with a long, python-like whip (earning him the nickname 'Whip-hand') by the Darkness, who used Lana's healing abilities.

Physical Health

Like most kids, Drake would've been subjected to the limited food supply that set in during Hunger, despite it never being directly implied in the book; though his basic appearance says he is a slim boy.

Mental Health

Drake is shown to be somewhat sadistic and psychopathic throughout the entirety of the series. His sadism is noted by his laughter when he hurts others, namely Sam in the Powerplant heist, performed by Caine and his crew.
In Fear he said to of become completely loyal to the Darkness, now named as the Gaiaphage.


Drake has been described as a bully. He enjoys tormenting people - slapping, knocking down and giving 'swirlies' to anyone who irritates him even when he was a Coates student. He revels in being in a position of power and goes out of his way to prove his superiority, fighting anyone who challenges his authority.
He displays violent tendencies and frequently assaults others simply because they annoy him. He often is shown to "challenge" Caine.

Skills and Powers


Drake is said to be good at operating a firearm- a skill he had learned from his father.
He has also demonstrated considerable skill in hand-to-hand combat, even against opponents much larger and stronger than himself. Described as 'very fast' and as 'nimble as a matador', he was easily able to best Orc in a fight by dodging his larger but slower opponent's attacks.


Drake has immortality, simply meaning he is incapable of becoming deceased, except in the events of Light. This is first noticeable after the Battle for the Powerplant, when a piece of his whip, which was severed by Brianna during the end, becomes lodged in the body of one of Edilio's soldiers, Brittney Donegal who was thought to be deceased at the time and had the power of regeneration and immortality as well. Another power he shared with Brittney was regeneration, which is quite similar to the immortality ability.


Before the FAYZ

Drake was the son of a County Sheriff, who noted his psychopathic tendencies, even in his childhood, making for an apparently strained relationship, indeed, the only father-son moment that is ever mentioned over the course of the book is the time when Drake's father had taught Drake how to use firearms, something which would prove a life lesson for Drake. At some point between his arrival at Coates, he shot a local boy who tended to insult him with an air rifle, earning him a place at Coates.


Drake arrived in Perdido Beach with Caine and the other Coates Academy kids a few days after the adults disappeared. When Caine took the town over, he appointed Drake as sheriff and made a rule that allowed him to do whatever he thought was necessary in an emergency. It didn't take long for him to become one of the most feared people in the FAYZ.
After Caine captured Sam, Astrid and her little brother Peter "Little Pete" Ellison, Drake was left alone with Astrid, where he slapped her and intimidated her into calling her younger brother a retard. Right before she got the word out a second time, Little Pete then teleported out of the room and Drake spent the rest of the night looking for them, burning down their house and almost catching them at Clifftop Hotel in the process.
Caine took him, along with Diana and Computer Jack, back up to Coates to film Andrew "poof". Later on, Drake spotted a fire in the distance and knew Sam and his friends were coming up. He managed to catch them, bring them up to Coates at gunpoint and had Sam and Astrid's hands encased in concrete, but Little Pete freed their hands after Sam distracted Drake. Drake tried to shoot little Pete, but Sam burned his gun arm so badly that it had to be cut off for him to survive.
He had Panda drive him into Perdido Beach to find Lana Arwen "Healer" Lazar, because he thought she might be able to heal his arm back. He forced her to leave with him, but driving through the desert they ran into Charles "Orc" Merriman and Howard Bassem, who were being attacked by mutated coyotes. They made a deal, in which they went to the Gaiaphage and Lana healed Drake's arm into a ten-foot long whip. Lana tried to just heal his hand but she couldn't.
Later on, he and the coyotes went into town and fought on Caine's side in the battle that took place on Caine and Sam's birthday. However, Drake spent very little time in the main part of the battle, instead fighting an aggravated (and by that time, fully mutated) Orc, who was, at the time, intoxicated.


In Hunger, Drake had taken charge while Caine was out of it from his encounter with the Gaiaphage. When Caine came back he wasn't too happy going back to being second in command. When Caine took over the power plant, Drake came up with the idea to put up wires in case Brianna ran through at super speed, which caused a conflict with Jack.
Drake stayed back at the power plant when Caine left to bring a fuel rod to the mine. He waited for Sam to walk into the reactor room and threatened to cause a nuclear meltdown if Sam didn't stay and let him torture him. Drake whipped him to near death, but Brianna "Breeze" intervened, running through and cutting off his whip arm. Drake then caught up with Caine and went along to the mine shaft with him.
At the mine shaft, he became angry with Diana and attempted to kill her, which made Caine very upset. He used his telekinetic powers to throw the fuel rod at Drake, impaling him on it, and then collapsing the mine on him. After this, everyone presumed Drake to be dead.


At the beginning of Lies, everyone believed Caine killed Drake, though through the part of Drake that was embedded in Brittney Donegal's body, he was resurrected, but forcing him to share the same body. Drake spent a long time trying to dig out of the grave that Brittney had been pushed into, while Brittney herself attempted to halt his progress.Throughout the book various people reported to have seen him around town and the body of a boy who seemed to have been whipped to death was found, making many people think he was still alive. Their suspicions were confirmed near the end of the book, when Drake is seen outside the daycare by Mary and later was seen going after all of the kids who were headed for the cliff. Sam attempted to burn him, but he changed into Brittney. Even though she begged him to kill her, he wasn't able to get himself to do it and both she and Drake lived. In the end, everyone figured out that Drake and Brittney shared a body and they were kept in a basement, guarded by Orc and Howard.
Drake Merwin Gif


In Plague, Drake was still trapped in Orc's basement, but he soon tricked Orc and escaped with Jamal. Brianna found him and tried to stop him, even cutting him into pieces at one point, but Brittney’s immortality kept him alive and he was able to put himself back together. They then headed to the mine shaft to see the Gaiaphage, where Drake became commander of the mutant bugs and let them eat Jamal. He decided to go after Sam, sending half of his bug army into town and taking half with him to Lake Tramonto. Drake failed to get Sam though, as he and his friends were on a boat in the lake and came up with an escape plan that got them to the other side of the FAYZ. Drake then went to Coates, where he unleashed his bugs on Orc and tried to threaten Astrid into giving up Little Pete. Astrid threw her brother to the bugs and Drake's whole army disappeared.


In Fear, Drake is said to be living with the Gaiaphage (in the mine shaft). He still shares a body with Brittney, and mentions that he would like to be able to talk about it with her, showing some human emotion. The Gaiaphage tells him to take Diana (in reality, the Gaiaphage wants her baby, but it's unborn at the moment) and on the way, he also takes Justin. Once he takes them to the Gaiaphage, it makes Diana's baby grow much faster and she gives birth to her in the mine shaft. Once Gaia Soren-Ladris (the baby) is born, Drake, Penny, Diana and Gaia go up to the surface to battle Sam and Caine. Gaia is said to be a ten-bar. The last we see of Drake is him running back to the mine with Diana and Gaia. </span></p>


After the final events during Fear, Drake, Diana and Gaia all leave Perdido Beach to escape Sam and to heal. Due to Gaia's super growth, Drake goes out to find her some food, as Britney emerges, Brianna arrives and starts splitting Britney into multiple pieces. She sets the head on a rock while she scatters the body pieces around the FAYZ. Drake's head is then put in a cooler with pieces of lizards, broken eggs and pieces of concrete. They sink the cooler in Lake Tramonto.

After the battle, Drake's head is recovered by the adult Alex. Alex brings Drake to Gaia and Drake begs Gaia to give him back a body. Gaia cuts Alex's head off and sets Drake's head on top. Later on, Gaia makes a new whip for Drake, a new and better one. Drake promises to Gaia to go and find Astrid, to use her as a hostage against Nemesis. When Drake finds Astrid, he kidnaps her to an abandon house where he begins to whip her. In an attempt to escape, Astrid bites Drake's nose and pushing her thumbs into his eyes, causing Drake pain. Taylor arrives to save Astrid at Little Pete's request. When the FAYZ wall comes down, Sam doesn't want to leave until he finished things off with Drake. He goes back into the fire and realizes that his powers do not work anymore. Drake believes he will kill Sam but Drake loses his immortality/regeneration. His head falls off of Alex's body. Sam takes Drake's head and throws it in the fire burning in the church, ending Drake's unnatural life. 




Drake started out not having any kind of powers, but he's always been good with guns and other weapons and most people in the FAYZ consider him more dangerous than most of the freaks. His whip hand also gives him a built in weapon, as he's capable of choking and whipping people to death. 


During the Battle of the Power Plant in Hunger, a portion of Drake's whip is imbedded within one of the bodies of the plant's defenders, Brittney Donegal. When Drake is later killed by Caine, a portion of himself lives on in Brittney who has the power of regeneration/immortality . This allows him to be brought back to life but sharing the same body as Brittney, giving him access to her abilities.


  • The reason Drake is quite psychopathic and misogynistic is revealed when he begins thinking about hurting Gaia, due to her being beautiful like her mother, Diana.
  • When he was younger he witnessed his mother being beaten by his new stepfather and gradually came to believe she must have liked it because she kept undertaking certain actions to anger him.
  • Drake's Grandfather, also named Drake, reveals to Connie Temple that he himself is also very sadistic.


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