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"That day, after the battle on the hill... the Donkey we caught promised me the Colonel would spare my life... if I told them where you were hiding. Forgive me!"
Winter begging Caesar for mercy[src]

Winter was a cowardly evolved albino gorilla who fought as part of the Ape Army's Gorilla Guard in the Human-Ape War. Two years into the war, he turned on his fellow apes for his survival and joined Alpha-Omega, leading to the apes nearly being exterminated in the final days of the war.

Biography[]

Early Life[]

Winter was born into the San Francisco Ape Colony and his mother named him Winter because his fur reminded her of the snow. As a child, Winter grew up in the Ape Village and his father served as a member of the Gorilla Guard and was a brave warrior in the eyes of Winter; who sought to follow in the latter's footsteps.

As a young adult, Winter achieved his dream of joining the Gorilla Guard; but struggled to fit in as he felt out of place because of albinism; which made him easy to spot in hunting and left him feeling inferior to the other gorillas. Ultimately, other apes stopped inviting him on hunts because the prey could see him. During games of hide and seek, Winter was always the first one found. Winter found comfort from his childhood idol and leader of the group Luca; who made him see that he was a valuable member of the Ape Army.

War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations[]

Guarding the Colony[]

Winter volunteers to go with Luca to confront the army of humans approaching from the North, but Luca tells him to stay with the female and child apes. Winter half-heartedly protests, saying he is willing to fight but Luca says that is why he is saying with them, to fight anyone that would threaten them and Luca leaves. Winter and the rest of the Guard escort them to an abandoned building in the city to hide from the humans.

Winter suddenly felt like his entire body was on fire from the inside and jumped and swung his hands in a panic trying to make the feeling go away. Winter then realized that the building directly across from them had been set on fire by a weapon fired on them by the humans. Winter stood on the street in horror as the fire grew and was almost caught in a cloud of smoke before another Guard, Red, pulled him away in time and told him what happened. Red yanked his arm and told him they needed to help the women and children, but Winter just curled up against the wall in the fetal position and started rocking back and forth. This continued until Luca arrived, gripped Winter's arm tightly, and ordered him to stand up. Winter got on all fours again in shame and submission.

Winter went to sleep to prepare for a long journey into the woods and was awakened by Luca. While walking across a bridge, Luca, Red, and Ajax, Luca's second-in-command of the Guard, gathered around him to hide his white fur and Winter again tells Luca he wants to stay and fight with him, saying he can learn to use a gun. Luca says he will show him how to use a gun and explains to Winter that the Guard acts as the wall of their kind when they have no walls, protecting the other apes from harm. Luca says Winter's fur color has no bearing on this task as knowing a wall is present is enough to deter enemies, especially if the wall (aka Winter) is strong enough. Winter confesses he was scared when the humans attacked, and Luca reassures him that fear helps them know their limits and tells Winter he knows he will be strong when the time comes.

Tricked by Red[]

After they reach the woods, Winter takes the early watch before another member of the Guard, Oak, relieves him to get some sleep. When Winter wakes up, he notices his gun is missing. Winter turns around after he hears someone's voice and sees Red, carrying both his and Winter's gun. Relieved, Winter moves to get his gun back from Red before he is told to sit back down. Winter then noticed the female apes and children were gathered together around a group of chimpanzees with guns led by Grey, which confused Winter as they were supposed to be with Caesar. Winter then noticed four Guard gorillas were missing their weapons, had their hands bound, and were guarded by Oak and several chimpanzees.

Winter asked Red what was going on and Red told him that Caesar, Luca, and the rest of the Ape Army were dead. When Grey arrived to tell them the news, Ajax and half the guard tried to take over, and in the confusion, Ajax kidnapped Cornelia and Cornelius to hold them as hostages to get the female apes to follow him. Now, Grey is their leader and Winter tells Red he understands and reaches for his gun. Red tells him he will get it when he is convinced that he is not a traitor like the other members of the Guard, including one who is dead named Ursus. Winter assures Red he isn't and goes with them, unaware of the true story.

In truth, the Ape Army was still standing and fighting while the gorillas and new chimpanzees in the camp were Koba loyalists planning to leave Caesar and start their own colony with Grey as their leader. In that confusion, Cornelia took her infant son and fled, while Ajax was injured and Ursus was killed trying to stop them.

Winter is forced to carry a very heavy pack on the long journey away from the city while he wonders where he stands within the group. Winter decided to be useful and gathered wood to build a fire and then looked for a lighter knot to set it while grieving Luca's "death". Red came up behind him while Winter was searching and handed Winter his gun back, proving Winter had earned his trust. Winter told Red he wouldn't disappoint him, then Red told him some of the female apes sneaked off into the night. When asked why, Red lies about Cornelia being the one to convince Ajax to start a coup, and the females who left were her closest followers. Winter is more confused than ever as to why Cornelia would instigate this rebellion and Red tells him Cornelia is desperate to keep her crown. Winter is hesitant but tells Red if he has to, he will protect the troop from Cornelia and Ajax, pleasing Red.

Winter's Confusion and Failure[]

Winter saw Oak return with Cornelia and Maple, one of Cornelia's followers, by his side and initially assumed they were his prisoners. When they continued getting closer, Winter noticed Oak wasn't carrying his gun anymore and slowly started pointing his gun toward Cornelia in preparation to shoot her. Oak tells Winter that Cornelia isn't the traitor and that Grey, Red, and Oak are the true traitors, confusing Winter even more. Cornelia tells Winter that Luca and Caesar are still alive and Winter angrily shouts at her to stop moving, but she continues moving forward, telling Winter if he thinks she is his enemy, then shoot. Winter closed his eyes and tried to pull the trigger but could not bring himself to do it.

Cornelia, Maple, and Oak went by him while Winter languished in his confusion at not knowing who was lying and who was telling the truth, and his failure to follow Red's orders. Winter realized the reason Cornelia went through him was because she saw he was the weakest link. Winter reported to Red everything that happened and Red demanded Winter surrender his gun and angrily sent Winter away because he failed to shoot Cornelia.

After Caesar and Luca returned from the battle, Winter was welcomed back into the Guard despite his unwitting role in Red's coup. At some point, Winter took one of the empty seats on Caesar's council and sat beside Luca.

War for the Planet of the Apes Comics[]

Two months into the war, Caesar came up with a plan to cripple the humans in an attempt to stop the war; blow up the dam giving power to San Francisco. He led a group of apes, among them Winter, Maurice, and Rocket, telling them they needed to destroy the dam to cut off the power, as it's essential to humans.

War for the Planet of the Apes[]

Winter's Betrayal[]

Two years into the war, Winter was present with Caesar and Luca in the aftermath of a battle at the apes' trench in Muir Woods. All three look over the dead and wounded apes before approaching Spear; who stands watch over the three Alpha-Omega survivors and Red; who had defected to Alpha-Omega.

As the three apes stared at the captives with Spear standing by, Winter noticed the orangutan Maurice approaching and stood aside to let him by as he informed Caesar of the total casualties. As one of the soldiers named Preacher realized who Caesar was, Winter stood in fear as Caesar and the soldiers exchanged words; until Red unveiled his speaking ability, threatening Caesar and the apes; which terrorized Winter to his heart; until Spear struck the traitor down. After Caesar stopped Spear and gestured Luca to see to Red, the silverback ordered Winter to take Red out; which the albino did after lifting Red to his feet.

Dragging Red out into the woods, Winter made a deal with him by revealing the clan's location; a cavern system in a waterfall deep in the woods. After Red accepts the deal and makes a pact with him, Winter lets Red go and inflicts a wound on his forehead, returning to Caesar in a panic and lies about Red breaking free and attacking him to escape.

Winter returned with the apes to the refuge and took part in mourning the deceased as the apes wrapped the bodies and placed them in the running water. As a few chimps from above raised the alarm, Winter, with Caesar, Spear, Maurice, Luca and a handful of chimps returned to the dirt road and aimed their weapons at two figures on horseback approached from an arch, but the sunlight revealed them to be Rocket and Blue Eyes. Winter watched Caesar embrace his son and friend before bringing them into the waterfall. Inside the cavern, Winter saw Blue Eyes' mother, Cornelia, with the young Cornelius, approaching and leaving them to enjoy their reunion.

As an emergency council meeting was held that evening, Winter sat on Blue Eye's left as the young prince revealed the objective of his two-year mission to find a new home: an oasis far inland beyond a vast desert. Taking a chance to not be part of the terrible encounter Alpha-Omega will enact, Winter motioned the council to have the apes leave for the oasis tonight, but Lake, Blue Eyes' mate, said it's impossible, but Winter attempted to bring reason by mentioning that the soldiers are getting closer to discovering them while expressing his fear. As Blue Eyes attempted to calm him, Winter brushed his hand away and grunted in anger, which made Caesar stand imposingly, and forced Winter to lower his head. Winter then told Caesar that Blue Eyes doesn't know how worse it's been for the tribe, since the beginning of the war, but Blue Eyes expressed it's okay to be scared but to not give up. Winter stared at Caesar as the alpha agreed but stated the reality of the apes having a large number escaping the woods without detection before assuring the tribe, that they would leave the woods safely. As Caesar and the apes signed "Apes. Together. Strong.", Winter shifted his gaze to the ground as he knew what was to come, unaware that Luca was growing suspicious of the albino's behavior.

That night, as McCullough and two soldiers infiltrated the Ape Waterfall, Winter managed to sneak out and left with the Colonel in the night for his self-preservation but was unaware of the casualties his betrayal created.

Donkey and Death[]

By morning, Winter received the Alpha-Omega brand on his forehead and the "Donkey" tattoo on his back, being allowed in the Donkey fold with Red and the nine chimpanzees. Winter then saw the Colonel telling his troops he'd be taking a faction and proceeding back to their base at the border to prepare for the soldiers coming from the North. By sundown, as the remaining Alpha-Omega forces settled at a campsite, Winter and Red served the soldiers soup, unaware that Caesar, Maurice, Luca, and Rocket, with a mute girl they've rescued, found them.

While placing a tray with dirty dishes near the sink inside of a mobile kitchen tent, Winter looked at himself in a mirror with sorrow as he knew this was the life he would live for now, until he spotted Caesar's reflection. Turning in horror as he knocked the dishes in the sink, Winter stood paralyzed as Caesar demanded to know where the Colonel was. Spotting both Luca and Rocket standing at his sides, Winter chose to answer Caesar, revealing the Colonel left in the morning with a large group of Alpha-Omega soldiers and are going to meet more soldiers at a border. As Caesar approached the albino and asked what the border was and why, Winter said he doesn't know, and the remaining group would be heading there tomorrow before expressing their belief that the Northern soldiers were coming to help. Breaking down, Winter revealed his deal with Red and begged for Caesar's forgiveness, but the Alpha was not moved and revealed that Blue Eyes and Cornelia were dead, which horrified Winter and he realized Caesar had no intentions of forgiving him and wanted revenge.

Winter put away his lowered hand as he, Caesar, and Luca turned to see human shadows through the tent. Winter attempted to call them, but he felt Caesar whacking his face with his shotgun, and Luca placed his hand on Winter's mouth. Winter attempted to push Luca off, but Caesar and Rocket seized his arms and pushed him to the ground silently. As Luca moved to grab the albino's left arm, Winter attempted to call the soldiers again until Caesar wrapped his arm around his throat. With Luca and Rocket holding his limbs, Winter mumbled and struggled to make a noise, but Caesar, in his anger, applied more strength to silence the white ape, which led to asphyxiation. As the soldiers' shadows disappeared, Winter stopped breathing, which Luca and Rocket realized immediately but Caesar didn't notice until he loosened his grip and Winter's head dropped.

Legacy[]

Winter's actions had a great effect on the apes, as his betrayal led to McCullough killing Cornelia and Blue Eyes. His actions also made it more difficult for the apes to travel and indirectly led to the capture of the ape clan and the deaths of many apes, including Spear, Percy, Luca, and eventually Caesar himself.

Because of this, Winter will go down in history as a traitor to the San Francisco Ape Colony. Willing to work as a slave to ensure his survival at the cost of his kind and betraying everyone who ever cared about him, Winter's betrayal not only disgraced himself, but also his entire legacy, and cost him the respect and faith his comrades once had for him. Winter ironically ruined his own life and caused his death by betraying his people. Winter died as he lived - an ape ruled entirely by fear, willingly to selfishly sacrifice and forsake his kind to survive.

Though Caesar avenged his family by this accidental carnage, he was haunted by Winter's actions psychologically, as Winter causing the death of Caesar's wife and son put Caesar on a dark path. Caesar killing Winter made himself feel even more like Koba and had nightmares about it, where a vision of Koba taunted Caesar about breaking the "ape not kill ape" law. Later, Caesar's journey for revenge resulted in the death of Winter's former mentor, Luca.

Personality[]

War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations[]

Winter was shown to be timid and unsure of himself. He doubted his ability to be a useful member of the Gorilla Guard because his white hair made him easy to spot, which he perceived as a weakness. He was shown to be very self-conscious of his albinism and it led to a lack of self-confidence. He looked up to Luca greatly, and the older gorilla helped him gain confidence through reassurances that he was just as strong and useful as the other gorillas of usual coloring.

War for the Planet of the Apes[]

Winter wasn't the bravest of apes, as he balked at every confrontation and even cowered in the face of danger. Winter is shown to be a coward, as he becomes so scared for his self-preservation that he betrays Caesar to Red in return for being spared and becoming a "Donkey" for his clan's enemies. These actions would eventually lead to his death at the hands of Caesar, albeit by accident.

When alone after serving the humans, he seemed to regret his choice after looking in the mirror. After confessing his betrayal, Winter seemed guilty as he pleaded with Caesar to forgive him, though it might be due to the latter's anger.

Physical Appearance[]

Winter had the typical appearance of a full-grown gorilla but suffered from albinism, giving him white hair and pinkish skin. He retained the green eyes and white sclera associated from the ALZ-113, meaning his eyes were not affected by his mutation. After betraying the colony and joined Alpha-Omega's Donkeys, Winter received the Alpha-Omega brand on his forehead and the word "Donkey" was tattooed on his back with black ink.

Abilities[]

  • Advanced Strength: Like all gorillas, Winter was powerful, despite this, Winter's strength was inferior compared to other gorillas; as he was overpowered by Red, a former member of the Gorilla Guard (off-screen). The ape king Caesar was able to catch Winter off-guard by pistol-whipping and restraining him with help from Rocket and Luca placing his hand over Winter's mouth before he could sound an alarm, leading to him being (accidentally) suffocated to death by Caesar.
  • High-Level Intellect: As the son of two evolved apes, Winter had a high level of intelligence; because his parents inhaled the ALZ-113 early in their life, Winter had a higher level of intelligence than both of his parents combined.
  • Sign Language: Like his fellow apes, Winter knows American sign language; as he uses it as a way of communication. Winter was taught the art by the older evolved apes.
  • Speech: As the son of two evolved gorillas, Winter was born with the ability of speech, while his father and (presumably) his mother learned to speak later in life. He did not have any verbal lines of dialogue in War, so it was unknown how good his English was.
  • Expert Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Due to him being a member of the Ape Army, Winter was a capable hand-to-hand combatant, also like most gorillas, Winter uses his massive strength and speed in battle to make him a formidable opponent. But Caesar was able to overpower him, but with help; before he had (unknowingly) suffocated him to death.

Relationships[]

Notes[]

Trivia[]

  • Winter is a rare albino gorilla, instead of having typically brown or black fur. Due to his white fur, the Alpha-Omega soldiers used black ink for the "Donkey" tattoo on his back.
  • Winter's name and albinism may be based on Snowflake, an albino gorilla who was kept at Barcelona Zoo in Spain from 1966 until he died in 2003.
  • Winter's father was one of the first in the Gorilla Guard; as confirmed in Revelations.
  • Winter is the second ape to be killed by Caesar, after Koba. However, unlike his killing of Koba; Caesar accidentally kills Winter.
  • In both the official novelization and a previous script draft of War, there was an extended scene showcasing Winter and Red feeding the remaining Alpha-Omega soldiers as Colonel McCullough took the majority and proceeded to their base at the border. In this scene, Boyle kicks his bowl at Winter after he spills soup on the soldier's boot, which makes the ape snarl in anger before Boyle pulls his gun out at him, frightening the ape. Preacher then attempted to defuse the situation, but Boyle called the latter "Donkey-Lover" and ordered Winter to get a new bowl. This scene was omitted in not contradicting the overall tone of the movie.
  • Winter is the first albino gorilla in the franchise.
  • It’s possible Winter inherited his albinism from his mother, as it is assumed his father didn’t have this condition given his strong reputation in the Gorilla Guard.

Gallery[]

Appearances[]

Planet of the Apes - 20th Century Reboot Series
Planet of the Apes (CE) Movies
Rise of the Planet of the Apes | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes | War for the Planet of the Apes | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes
Main Evolved Ape Characters
Caesar | Bright Eyes | Koba | Maurice | Rocket | Buck | Cornelia | Blue Eyes | Luca | Ash | Cornelius | Winter | Lake | Bad Ape | Red | Noa | Soona | Anaya | Raka | Koro | Dar | Proximus Caesar | Sylva | Lightning
Supporting Ape Characters
Alpha | Burke | Verdon | Tinker | Grey | Stone | Andy | Wolfie | Jeanpierre | Lucky | Koba's Mother | Sparrow | Pope | Fifer | Cora | Rex | Bon | Dallas | Milo | Herman | Spear | Ajax | Oak | Fox | Aghoo | Ursus | Percy | Beardface | Armando | Luna | Oda | Rust
Main Human Characters
Will Rodman | Charles Rodman | Caroline Aranha | Robert Franklin | Steven Jacobs | Dodge Landon | John Landon | Douglas Hunsiker | Malcolm | Ellie | Alexander | Dreyfus | Carver | Foster | Colonel McCullough | Nova | Mae | Trevathan
Supporting Human Characters
Rodney | John Hamil | Rita | Sarah | Maddy | John | Edward | Roger Mason | Werner | Kemp | Clancy Stoppard | Corbin | Daniel Nygun | David Flynn | Finney | Kuo | Malakai Youmans | Max (Firestorm) | McVeigh | Terry | Roger | Rod Wilson | Preacher | Boyle | Lang | Travis | Korina
Families
Rodman Family | Caesar's Family | Malcolm's Family | Rocket's Family | Dreyfus' Family
Animals
Horse | Elk | Grizzly Bear | Eagle | Zebra
Items / Weapons
Simian Flu
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion | Human-Ape War | Simian Flu Pandemic | Battle on the Golden Gate Bridge | Battle in San Francisco | Battle of Muir Woods Park | Attack on Ape Waterfall | Battle of the Border
Organizations / Colonies / Companies
San Francisco Ape Colony | Caesar's Council of Apes | Caesar's Ape Army | Gen-Sys Board | San Francisco's Human Colony | Dreyfus' Human Army | Malcolm's Group | Alpha-Omega | Donkeys | Florida Ape Colony | Rocky Mountains Ape Colony | Eagle Clan | Coastal Ape Colony | Order of Caesar | Satellite Human Colony
Locations
West African Jungle | San Francisco | San Francisco Zoo | Gen-Sys Laboratories | Rodman House | San Bruno Primate Shelter | Golden Gate Bridge | Muir Woods Park | Ape Mountain | Ape Gate | Ape Village | Caesar's Home | Warehouse | Ape Waterfall | The Border | Oasis
Comics
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (webcomic) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Before the Dawn | War for the Planet of the Apes (BOOM! Studios) | Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man | Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age | Planet of the Apes: Devolution
Novels
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | War for the Planet of the Apes: Revelations | War for the Planet of the Apes - Official Movie Novelization | Caesar’s Story
Other Books
Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films
Soundtracks
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | War for the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album)
Video Games
Plague Inc: Simian Flu | Planet of the Apes: Last Frontier | Crisis on the Planet of the Apes VR
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