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Byron Howard
HowardTall
Season 1, 2, 3, 5
Ability Can summon the barn.
Occupation FBI Supervising Agent
Caretaker
First Appearance Welcome to Haven
Last Appearance The Widening Gyre
Relationships Charlotte Cross (employer)†
Appeared In 10 Episodes
Status Deceased (Vince became the new caretaker of the Barn )
Actor Maurice Dean Wint

Byron Howard is an enigmatic man who acts as the caretaker and controller of The Barn His main job is to supervise and assist Mara, get her to Haven and get her to stay there. Like Mara, his name is borrowed from a real person. Unlike her he is aware of his real identity and has his own memories. His most recent identity was taken an FBI Special Agent named Byron Howard, who was the supervisor to the real Audrey Parker.

HistoryEdit

He was originally from The Other World like Mara and Charlotte when he heard about Mara creating troubles in Haven. He went to Haven to capture Mara and bring her back. When he got there, he saw it was much worse and had to kill a young boy due to his terrible trouble. He soon captured Mara[1] and working with Charlotte, he used his love for his family to become the controller of the Barn.

In 1955, Howard borrowed the identity of a Captain in the United States Army in order to supervise Mara, who believed herself to be a military nurse named Sarah Vernon.[2]

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Byron Howard's business card

In 1984 he posed as Byron Howard, an employee of the Maine Department of Child Welfare and used this position to arrange the adoption of Jennifer Mason.[3][note 1]

Season 1 Edit

In 2010, when Mara was released by the Barn as Audrey Parker, he took on the role of Agent Howard, her supervisor. In June, Agent Howard visited Parker in her Boston apartment. They briefly discussed an earlier case,[note 2] and he teased her about her interest in vampire novels, pocketing her copy of Unstake My Heart, before dispatching her to Haven, Maine in order to find escaped federal prisoner Jonas Lester. He received regular calls from Parker, updating him on her progress; after she successfully resolved the case, Howard received a call from her informing him that she would using several weeks of her accrued vacation time.[4]

Agent Howard then placed a call to HPD Chief Garland Wuornos to tell him that Parker would be staying in Haven.[note 3]

Howard later returned to Haven, briefly meeting with the Chief and Nathan Wuornos, telling them that he'd come to bring Parker back to Boston. Once informed that she was on Duke Crocker's boat, the Cape Rouge, Howard left to find her.[5]

At the Rouge, Parker left her card game so that they could discuss her continued presence in Haven and her recent lack of proper reporting. Parker attempted to explain to Howard about the Troubles and he insisted that she go case by case and tell him all of the things that she had left out of her official reports. During the debriefing on the Rouge, the boat was hijacked by Ezra Colbert and Tobias Blaine, two of the men that Parker had been playing cards with, and investigating during her free time. They took the Rouge out of her berth at the marina and headed out toward open water, not even turning back when the boat sprung a leak. Inside the stateroom where they were trapped, Howard continued to interrogate Parker, pushing her, while she looked for a way to escape and save their lives. Parker was eventually able to escape from the statesroom, retake the boat and arrest Colbert and Blaine. Back on dry land, Howard continued pushing Parker until she decided to quit her job.[5]

Later he spoke to Chief Wuornos, informing him that he'd convinced Parker to say in Haven, saying that she just needed a push.[5]

Season 2 Edit

When the real Audrey Parker arrived in Haven in pursuit of the woman who had stolen her identity, Haven's Parker called Howard, inquiring if someone had called in pretending to be her. Howard told her that no one had and asked if someone was impersonating her, but Parker dismissed him, telling him that nothing was wrong and that she'd handle it. The real Parker had in fact called, Agent Howard, the real Agent Howard and he arrived in Haven with backup to assist her. By that time, the real Parker had discovered that Haven's Parker wasn't a fraud, and that they somehow shared all of their memories and so she covered for Haven's Parker, claiming that the woman they were seeking had fled to Canada.[7]

The real Parker stayed in Haven, deciding to help her memory-doppleganger with her investigation in the Howard. The real Parker was able to track Howard's calls and find a home he'd been using at some point during his stay in Haven. On a table in the living room the two Parkers found the copy of Unstake My Heart that he'd taken from Haven Parker's Boston apartment with a message on the title page of the book reading "Happy B-day" along with the numbers "44 2 65/68 785".[8]

The real Audrey Parker matched the numbers to the coordinates for Kick'em Jenny Neck and she went there in search of answers. She found the Barn and entered it, losing all of her memories. It is unknown if Howard brought the Barn to her and erased her memories or if the Barn acted on its own, without his assistance. The real Audrey Parker left Haven with her boyfriend, Brad, the only person whose name she could still remember.[9]

Season 3 Edit

Later that year, when Haven's Parker attempted to access the memories of her previous identities in Haven, Howard appeared in her dreams, warning Audrey not to remember.[10]

Howard returns to haven

When the Hunter Meteor Storm came and it was time for Parker to return to the Barn, Howard brought the Barn back to Kick'em Jenny Neck and released James Cogan. He provided Cogan with a way to get to Haven as well as a cell phone and gave Arla Cogan instructions on how to find her husband. He then sat with Parker and explained how The Barn worked, that it would only leave with her when she was ready to go, and if she refused, the Hunter Meteor Storm would destroy Haven.[11]

Inside the Barn, Howard played a memory of Vince and Dave Teagues attempting to blow up the Barn for Sarah Vernon, in order to show her that the Barn couldn't be destroyed. He then played a memory of Sarah having sex with Nathan Wuornos, an event that Wuornos remembered and would be able to verify as accurate. Howard revealed to Parker that she had a choice, she could kill the person that she loved, or she could enter the Barn and lose herself. Parker chose to enter the Barn, but Wuornos, unwilling to let Parker go, shot Howard, hoping that that would have some effect on the Barn. Howard and the Barn started to implode, shooting out beams of white light.[11]

Season 5 Edit

In Blind Spot, Howard returns and reveals that is he actually the controller of the Barn created by Charlotte Cross to teach Mara a lesson and give her new identities. When Audrey first summons him, he refuses to work with one of Mara's "overlay" personalities. When they finally convince Howard and tell him about Croatoan, he agrees to help. When he tries to make the new Barn, he is corrupted by the cracked Aether core and disappears.

In The Widening Gyre, Howard talks to Vince about his role as the controller of the barn and how he can't create a new one due to being corrupted by the cracked aether core. He tells Vince about his past and now how he can't remember his family due to this corruption, which is why he can't create the new barn. When Vince suggests that he become the new controller, Howard first warns Vince against it, but helps him anyway.

AppearancesEdit

Season One

Season Two
A Tale of Two Audreys:
Appears
Fear & Loathing:
Appears
Love Machine:
Absent
Sparks and Recreation:
Absent
Roots:
Absent
Audrey Parker's Day Off:
Absent
The Tides That Bind:
Absent
Friend or Faux:
Absent
Lockdown:
Absent
Who, What, Where, Wendigo?:
Absent
Business As Usual:
Mentioned
Sins of the Fathers:
Absent
Silent Night:
Absent
Season Three
301:
Absent
Stay:
Absent
The Farmer:
Absent
Over My Head:
Appears
Double Jeopardy:
Mentioned
Real Estate:
Absent
Magic Hour: Part 1:
Absent
Magic Hour: Part 2:
Absent
Sarah:
Appears
Burned:
Absent
Last Goodbyes:
Absent
Reunion:
Appears
Thanks For The Memories:
Appears
Season Four
Fallout:
Mentioned
Survivors:
Absent
Bad Blood:
Mentioned
Lost and Found:
Absent
The New Girl:
Absent
Countdown:
Mentioned
Lay Me Down:
Mentioned
Crush:
Absent
William:
Absent
The Trouble With Troubles:
Absent
Shot in the Dark:
Mentioned
When the Bough Breaks:
Absent
The Lighthouse:
Absent
Season Five
See No Evil:
Absent
Speak No Evil:
Absent
Spotlight:
Absent
Much Ado About Mara:
Absent
The Old Switcheroo: Part 1:
Absent
The Old Switcheroo: Part 2:
Mentioned
Nowhere Man:
Absent
Exposure:
Absent
Morbidity:
Absent
Mortality:
Absent
Reflections:
Absent
Chemistry:
Absent
Chosen:
Absent
New World Order:
Absent
Power:
Absent
The Trial of Nathan Wuornos:
Absent
Enter Sandman:
Absent
Wild Card:
Absent
Perditus:
Mentioned
Just Passing Through:
Absent
Close to Home:
Absent
A Matter of Time:
Absent
Blind Spot:
Appears
The Widening Gyre:
Appears
Now:
Absent
Forever:
Absent

Comic

NotesEdit

  1. In 1984 he was already using the name Howard. It could be that this is a coincidence, that he borrowed the identity of two different men with the last name Howard, one an FBI agent, and one a child welfare worker. If it's not a coincidence, then Byron is the first name of the real Agent Howard. This also means, that in 1984, 26 years before the mysterious woman would be released from the Barn with Audrey Parker's memories, he knew and was able to use the identity of the real Agent Howard, the man who would one day work for the FBI and be the real Audrey Parker's boss.
  2. The way that Howard and Parker discuss the Miami investigation implies that is was a Troubled investigation. This may not be simply a borrowed memory but an actual case that Howard assigned Parker to. He may have had her handle a few Troubled cases outside of Maine before sending her to Haven.
  3. It is never explicitly stated that the person on the other end of the call is Chief Wuornos, but Chief Wuornos was in contact with Howard[5] and when the call ended, cracks appeared in road, following Howard out of town. These cracks were Chief Wuornos' Trouble, a Trouble that only appeared when he was actively thinking about and stressed about a person or situation.[6]

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