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I can see you.
~ Hindle

Zep Hindle is the secondary antagonist of the 2004 horror-thriller film Saw. He is responsible for kidnapping Lawrence Gordon's wife and daughter in order to force him to carry out his game by cutting off his foot. The film depicts him as a possible identity to the Jigsaw and the main antagonist, until the truth in the climax is revealed.

He is portrayed by Michael Emerson, who also played Benjamin Linus on Lost and The Joker in The Dark Knight Returns.

Biography

Zep worked as an orderly at the hospital where John Kramer attended his cancer treatment. Unlike the uncaring doctors (nobly John's own doctor Lawrence Gordon) Zep was far more sympathetic and invested his time in listening to John, something in which he was subtly mocked at by Gordon himself in front of medical students. This may have made him ungrateful for his life, which in turn made him a victim of Jigsaw's.

When Kramer became the notorious kidnapper and killer Jigsaw, he kidnapped Zep and injected poison into his blood stream which slowly killed him. Zep was required to kidnap and hold Lawrence's wife and daughter - Alison and Diane - hostage to force Gordon to carry out his game, which involved him cutting off his foot and shooting fellow victim Adam in order to escape a bathroom. Zep carried out the task and held Alison and Diane captive in the Gordon household, and observed Lawrence and Adam's game from a surveillance system.

When Lawrence failed to cut off his foot in time, Zep prepared to kill Alison and Diane for his failings. However Alison untied herself and fought Zep, which attracted the attention of disgraced detective David Tapp who was watching the home (believing Lawrence was the Jigsaw Killer). Tapp came to their aid which allowed Zep to escape. Zep headed to the bathroom intending to kill Lawrence and was followed by Tapp. Zep and Tapp fought in the sewers where Zep shot him and left him for dead.

Zep arrived at the bathroom and discovered Lawrence cut off his foot and had shot Adam. But as he didn't do it on time, Zep prepared to kill Lawrence stating "It's the rules". However Adam sprang to life and pulled Zep to the floor and beat him to death with a toilet lid.

In some of the following movies Zep's corpse appeared whenever the bathroom did, where it was seen slowly decomposing due to the passing time frame. He also appeared briefly in some flashbacks using archive footage from the first film.

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Trivia

  • Although it seemed to imply Zep killed David Tapp, in the Saw video game adaption it was revealed Tapp had survived. In the sequel Saw II: Flesh & Blood, case files revealed Tapp believed Zep was the Jigsaw Killer and gave his description to the police.
  • The seventh and final film Saw 3D (which takes place 2 years since the first film) reveals Zep's corpse (along with Adam's) still hasn't been discovered and by this point has fully decomposed beyond recognition.
  • Even though Zep was forced to work for Jigsaw, the commentary does imply he felt a thrill and sense of power holding Alison and Diane captive, which is apparent as he torments them.
           Saw Villains

Jigsaw Killers
John Kramer | Amanda Young | Mark Hoffman | Lawrence Gordon | Jill Tuck

Saw
John Kramer | Amanda Young | Zep Hindle

Saw II
John Kramer | Amanda Young | Xavier Chavez | Obi Tate

Saw III
John Kramer | Amanda Young

Saw IV
Mark Hoffman | Cecil Adams

Saw V
Mark Hoffman | Luba Gibbs |

Saw VI
Mark Hoffman | Jill Tuck

Saw VII: The Final Chapter
Mark Hoffman | Lawrence Gordon

Jigsaw (2017)
John Kramer