Colonel Matthew Garret is a major character, a mission giver and the main antagonist of the second half Days Gone.
A former U.S. military leader, Garret founded the Deschutes County Militia during the apocalypse to eradicate the Freakers. However, his fanatical religious views gradually warped his mind, resulting in him becoming dangerously unstable.
Sometime late into the Freaker outbreak, Colonel Garret founded the Deschutes County Militia and began quickly recruiting survivors into his army, leading them in attacking government and NERO facilities, capturing supplies and weapons, and destroying bridges and highways to prevent the Freaker hordes from advancing. Garret led his militia to the Crater Lake region where he set up Wizard Island as his base of operations.
Believing that he and his militia are humanity's only hope for survival, Colonel Garret had been seeking to recruit more survivors, assigning scientists and engineers developing anti-Freaker weapons, and sending field teams to gather any crucial data and knowledge to be stored in the caves of Wizard Island, which he dubbed as "the ark," a repository for all of human civilization's knowledge.
- His character is very close to Major Henry West from 28 Days Later.
- Despite being referred to as a colonel, Garret has four stars on his shirt, which signifies the rank of general.
- Additionally, the insignia on his cap does not correspond to any US military rank insignia. It most resembles that of a colonel, but differs in Garret's insignia having two stars in place of the eagle's talons while the US military colonel insignia is an eagle clutching an olive branch in its right talon and a bundle of arrows in its left.
- Despite being well read in the Bible, he has a habit of miss noting where the quote he is using came from, causing Deacon to correct him on the passage.