|Season||1, 2, 3, 4, 5|
|Ability||Unable to feel (Formerly)|
|Occupation|| Detective (formerly)|
Interim Chief (formerly)
|First Appearance||Welcome to Haven|
|Relationships|| Jordan McKee (ex-lover)†|
Jess Minnion (ex-girlfriend)
James Cogan (son)
Arla Cogan (daughter in law)†
Garland Wuornos (adoptive father)†
Elizabeth Hansen (biological mother)†
Max Hansen (biological father)†
Audrey Parker (girlfriend and partner)
Duke Crocker (friend)
Dwight Hendrickson (ally)
|Appeared In||78 episodes + Haven: After the Storm|
|Status||Alive and well.|
Nathan Thaddeus Wuornos (b. 14 December 1976) is the biological son of Max Hansen, the adopted son of Garland Wuornos, a police detective with the Haven Police Department, and a resident of Haven, Maine.
Nathan appears to be a friendly guy. He is quick to make friends with Audrey. Nathan puts other people's needs before his own. He has done this more than once. He also has a dislike for Duke due to Duke bullying when they were boys. Nathan also doesn't like Rev. Ed Driscoll, who wants to rule the town and damn the "Troubled".
Born Nathan Thaddeus Hanson (a middle name he shares with Ludlow author Thaddeus Beaumont) in 1976, he is the first-born son of Elizabeth and Max Hansen. It is implied his father was abusive, though Nathan does not appear to remember this. After his father was arrested and jailed for killing a family, Nathan was adopted by Garland Wuornos and his mother, now Garland's wife. Originally it seems the three got on well, but after the death of his mother, his relationship with his father slowly became strained and resentful.
In February 1983, he crashed into a tree while sledding, suffering a compound fracture of the radius without feeling it. The wound was spotted by Lisa Buck, and Nathan spent several weeks in the hospital recovering from various injuries. During his recovery and the months that followed, whispers and rumors started up during a period that Ed Driscoll calls the Troubles, also during this period, Nathan suffered from idiopathic neuropathy for the first time, though it cleared up after the Troubles ended. When the Troubles resumed, so did his condition. This condition caused him to be bullied at school, particularly by Duke Crocker and his friends - this was the source of his dislike of Crocker. During one trick, they repeatedly put tacks in his back whilst "congratulating" him that a girl liked him. Nathan claims he did not talk to another girl for two years after the incident.
In 1992, Nathan played Little League Baseball with Crocker, and the two were coached by James Garrick. In May 1994, Nathan took Hannah Driscoll to their high school prom against the wishes of her father. During his high school years he was the President of the AV club.
Nathan's Trouble was activated at some point when he was going fishing with Duke and realized that Duke was using him to smuggle things due to his badge. During Nathan's early police career, Garland had little respect for his police work and this dispirited Nathan so much that he was considering giving up being an police officer. During a game of pool, he mentioned this to Duke and, shortly after, Nathan received an anonymous tip about Nick McGinnis, a smuggler. The arrest earned him Garland's respect and launched his career. (Years later, he was to learn that Duke was the source of the tip.) In 2006, Nathan earned a commendation as Haven's Officer of the Year.
In June 2010, he rescues FBI Agent Audrey Parker when her vehicle runs off the road and crashes through a barrier. He subsequently investigates the death of Jonas Lester with her, and is later shot through the shoulder in the process of arresting Ted Ford.
He later investigates the bizarre destruction of the Rust Bucket with Parker, as well as the strange behavior of doctors and patients at the Murray Q. Frederickson Psychiatric Facility (during which he suffers a psychotic episode when he falls victim to Ray McBreen's metaphysical power), the inexplicable putrefaction of food surrounding Bill and Jeff McShaw at the Second Chance Bistro, the rapid-aging deaths of Phil Reiser and Joe Campbell, the mauling deaths of T. R. Holt and Brad Donnelly, the baffling attack on Eliot Wallace aboard the Endorfin and the death of Joe Sandimaro, and the deaths of Hessberg nurses Bill Rand and Mrs. Wilson.
In August 2010, Nathan pursues a relationship with animal-rights activist Jess Minnion, though he experiences anxiety over being intimate with her because of his inability to feel physical sensation. The relationship ends when Jess leaves Haven to return to Montreal after being attacked and nearly killed by the Dark Man, as she is unable to cope with being drawn into the dangers inherent in Nathan's line of work. After she leaves, he discovers he is able to feel Audrey's touch and, though he keeps it to himself, finds numerous excuses to be in physical contact with her.
During the first weekend of September 2010, he attends a surprise birthday party for Audrey at the hotel on Carpenter's Knot, and becomes trapped on the island with the rest of the guests when a storm hits. He had brought Audrey a blue scarf that Jess had purchased from McGuinness's, though he believed the gift to be a blue cashmere sweater since he had not been with Jess when she bought the item. He ultimately deduces the identity of a chameleon that had taken on Audrey's form, realizing that he cannot feel the touch of the person pretending to be Audrey. He subsequently shoots the chameleon, still in the guise of his partner, mirroring an act of his father's in May 1983.
When Max Hanson is paroled from Shawshank State Prison in October 2010 and returned to Haven, Nathan discovers his true paternity, as well as learning that his adoptive father, Garland Wuornos, had been struggling for decades to psychically hold the town of Haven together. When Garland is killed by his condition, Nathan is at first angry with Audrey for not offering to help Garland, but later apologises and reveals that he can feel her touch. He later confronts Rev. Driscoll in the Chief's office at the Haven Police Department, when Driscoll intimates that he intends to exert substantial influence over the Chief's replacement.
Shortly after, Nathan and Audrey encounter a brunette woman claiming to be FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker.
Nathan and Audrey take the woman into custody at roughly the same time that the Biblical plagues of Egypt begin manifesting throughout Haven. Nathan and Audrey pursue the man responsible with the brunette's help. Nathan nearly dies, along with the rest of the first-born men in Haven, before Audrey and the brunette manage to help the man responsible to stop the plagues. Garland's body has been reduced to fist-sized lumps of rubble, caused by the impossible strain of literally trying to hold the town together. Nathan and Duke are forced to secretly bury the cooler containing Garland's remains, as it would be impossible to explain away the state of the body.
Later in the week, he officiates at a memorial service in Garland's honor at the Grey Gull, during which he discovers that he can once again feel tactile sensations. Soon after, he investigates similar bizarre incidents at a local grocery and the Haven Bus Terminal, and tracks down the girl responsible. He discovers that the girl's affliction had temporarily abated, then reappeared at the same time that his own affliction had suddenly abated. He and his partner then investigate a break-in at the Fisheries Museum in which the only thing stolen is an 18th-century puzzle board. They learn the history of the object from Vince Teagues, and identify the man responsible for the theft, whom they confront and kill on Crocker's boat. Just before the man dies, Nathan gives him the girl's affliction and his own is returned to him.
In Sparks and Recreation, Nathan meets Dwight Hendrickson, his father's Trouble "cleaner" when a baseball game is affected by a Trouble. Like the other people in Haven, Nathan falls under the Brody Trouble when he gets flustered by Richard Brody and later Chris Brody when his father is murdered. He later works with Dwight when the hospital suffers a black-out. Dwight comments that he liked working with Garland due to the lack of questions.
In Roots, he sends Audrey to deliver a marriage certificate to the Keegan - Novelli wedding. When he hears the Teagues on the radio, he heads out to help them and when he arrives on scene he is attacked by an extensive, dense growth of roots. The others are hiding in a barn from the roots. He is able to break through using flares and get into the barn, but does not have enough flares left for a return journey. Once Audrey figures out that loving feelings will allow them to pass through the roots, Nathan watches the couples, including Chris and Audrey, walk out of the barn. This is when Nathan realizes he has feelings for Audrey and later phones her, but she does not answer.
In Audrey Parker's Day Off, Nathan is at a scene of a hit-and-run of a child when Audrey arrives. He holds her back so that she does not have to see the body. When the day repeats itself, Nathan cannot remember anything and Audrey has to tell him about the events of the day. Nathan helps Audrey each time, even becoming the victim himself. At one point, he tells Audrey that he does not have a sense of touch and cannot feel pain. She is the only thing he can feel. When the day resets, Audrey tells Nathan to stay in the station. After the Trouble is solved, Nathan updates Audrey on the situation, and meets Duke inside to inform him of Chris's Trouble when he arrives.
In The Tides That Bind, Nathan investigates the death of Leith Glendower and visits Leith's ex-wife Mary Collins, one of Rev Driscoll's adherents. This leads him, Audrey, and Duke to the Glendower compound, where all the men are Troubled. They realize that the son, Daniel, is Troubled and the case is connected to the disappearance of Penny Driscoll.
In 301, Nathan is on Duke's boat and Duke learns that Nathan has the Guard tattoo, which perturbs Duke as the person destined to kill him is said to have the same tattoo. Nathan is about to shoot Duke when someone's Trouble is activated. Duke and Nathan attempt to stop the Trouble while trying to find Audrey. When they fix both problems (nearly at the same time) Nathan is glad to see Audrey. Audrey pushes past Duke (who finds her) and into Nathan's arms. They have a lovely moment. They dig up the grave where the Colorado Kid (later known as James Cogan) is supposedly buried. While digging, Dwight sees the ink and warns Nathan of the consequences, but Nathan says it's to protect Audrey (and possibly Duke in a small way). There is no body in the coffin, only a quantity of bricks to simulate the weight of a dead person. There is a message in Audrey's handwriting: "Find him before the Hunter". The group (Nathan, Audrey, Duke, Dwight, Dave and Vince) think the "Hunter" is a person (although Dave and Vince probably know much more than they are letting on).
In Stay, things go a little sour for the pair when Audrey starts to pull away emotionally from Nathan following her traumatic experience. The Trouble in this episode is a man whose trouble causes Dogs (and possibly other animals) to turn into men. These men are wild and dangerous. There is only one "man" who is nice and does not try to harm anyone, so Audrey christens him 'Cookie'. Duke researches the Hunter and learns that it is the name of a meteor storm that appears every twenty-seven years. He also finds out that Sarah and Lucy (Audrey's earlier egos) both disappeared on the night of the meteor storm. The next storm is due in 49 days. Nathan and Audrey solve the mystery of the Trouble. Nathan visits Audrey's house to walk Cookie, whom Audrey is considering keeping. Before Nathan comes to Audrey, Duke tells her about the Hunter. Audrey then decides to give up Cookie, and retreats from Nathan even more.
In the third episode, the Trouble of the week is a man whose organs are dying. He has a strange snake-like organ that extends out of his mouth and down other people's throats to steal their healthy organs. Audrey has further retreated as Nathan has purchased tickets to a movie/play a few months in advance, when Audrey will no longer be there. The two are very tense, and Audrey confesses to Nathan what is happening.
In Over My Head, the Trouble of the week is a woman who puts her own worries on other people, people who could save her from her car crash, where she is trapped after being accidentally forced off the road. Nathan, Audrey and Duke try to work out whose trouble it is. Nathan goes to the Guns and Rose Diner and meets Jordan, a member of The Guard. Her Trouble is that all those who touch her (except Nathan) feel a searing pain that causes them to fall to the floor.
In Real Estate, Nathan and Jordan are sitting on a bench, about to kiss, when Nathan receives a phone call from Audrey. Jordan, angry at the interruption, storms off and Nathan goes to find Audrey. He arrives at the house to meet a much surprised Audrey, Duke, Dr. Claire, and Tommy. It is discovered that Audrey did not call Nathan, but that the house did. They all turn back to look for the door through which Nathan entered, but it has disappeared. Suddenly they hear a scream down the halls. They all run towards the source of the scream and find a girl, speared and hanging from a chandelier. Jordan is standing underneath, looking at a puddle of blood that reads: "It's all your fault". When Audrey questions her, Nathan defends her, stating "she's with me," soon after the group splits. Jordan and Nathan talk privately. Jordan reveals that she followed Nate to apologize for storming off earlier due to her finding out that Nathan only wanted to join The Guard to be locate the tattooed serial killer. Nathan does not deny his undercover role and tells her that what started out as a lie is now real for him. Jordan, still angry with him, says she'll find her own way out, and storms off again. Nathan follows her. When Audrey finally figures out how to escape the house, Nathan volunteers to clear a path for the group. He does so by shooting out all the mirrors and phones, which are the eyes and ears of the house. The group escapes from the house and blow it up. Nathan and Jordan reconcile with a passionate kiss.
In Magic Hour: Part 1, Nathan and Tommy are investigating a murder and Nathan thinks it's a hit. But when the deceased wife rises from the dead, Nathan realizes there is a Trouble involved. They track the Trouble down to Moira and Noelle and just as they arrive at the cabin, Nathan finds a bolt gun in the trunk of Tommy's car and Tommy shoots Nathan dead. Nathan is later resurrected in Magic Hour: Part 2 by Moira's Trouble.
In Sarah, he and Duke travel back in time to 1955, to the day that Sarah arrived in Haven. He goes to the Haven Police Department and frees a member of The Guard. Before he goes in, he meets a young Garland Wuornos. Garland asks if he could become a police officer; Nathan tells him he will become a great one. Nathan also enters into a short romantic relationship with Sarah, and their son, James, is conceived. He calls Sarah "incredible" when he has only just met her, indicating that he still has feelings for Audrey.
Season Four Edit
Six months later, after the barn's destruction, Nathan is fighting people for money due to escaping from Haven. He meets Duke and Jennifer Mason, who can hear voices from the barn. Nathan, Duke and Jennifer arrive in Haven and are greeted by Jordan and The Guard. Nathan tells the others that he believes Audrey to be alive. His plan is to find her and have her kill him. He believes himself to be her true love, so if she kills him, the Troubles will be ended forever. Later at the police station, Nathan informs Dwight and Duke of Marion Caldwell who was the first troubled person Audrey met and he later stops Marion from killing anymore people. Dwight, who has become the new police Chief, offers Nathan a police badge, saying that the townspeople will not accept him back as Chief but that he can give him a job as a detective. Nathan refuses at first, but when Dwight and Duke mention the usefulness of police powers to find Audrey, Nathan takes the job.
Another Trouble hits the town, turning people into ash. Nathan helps Dwight with the case.
After being flung out of the lighthouse, Nathan goes to search for Audrey, but finds Mara in her place. She unhandcuffs him. When Duke finds him, Nathan is freed from the cuffs and head to the scene of the lighthouse destruction. There, Nathan finds out that "Audrey" was there before him looking for Jennifer and Nathan continues looking for Mara. After Mara
kills Sam, Nathan and company realize she is looking for thinnies and meets her at the one on the beach. He tries to get Audrey back but Mara shoots him in the shoulder.
In Speak No Evil, after Duke patches Nathan up, he heads to the station where he gets a call from Vickie about "Audrey" acting strangely and taking her badge. In the morgue, he finds Gloria hiding with the aether and tells her what is going on. Nathan makes a deal with Mara for her to leave Haven in exchange for aether. Before he does this though, he confronts Duke about the fact that Jennifer is dead and Duke is the one that is sewing people's faces up. At a thinny, Nathan gives Mara the aether and uses Vickie's Trouble to knock her out. Just as he is saying goodbye to Audrey, he discovers that Audrey is still inside Mara.
In Spotlight, Nathan gets help from Duke to avoid The Guard so that he can attempt to find Audrey inside Mara. He takes Mara to his father's old cabin to have enough privacy for this. When Mara goes to sleep, Audrey is briefly able to speak to Nathan and tells him that the best way to help her is to treat Mara just as he would Audrey. Duke finds them and is angry about what is going on. Not long after, members of The Guard find them.
Alternate RealityEditIn The Trouble With Troubles, Nathan, going under the alias of Nathan Hansen, does not have his Trouble and is working as a doctor. He has a small history with Duke that differs from their relationship in the original Haven. He is more upbeat and likes joking. He is also married and has a child. When he and Audrey meet in this alternate reality, he does not know her and is flattered when she hits on him. When someone is killed in Haven, Nathan is the ME on scene and tries to joke with Detective Crocker. Then his family is kidnapped by William and he has to work with Audrey to find them. He eventually finds out that William wants Cliff and exchanges him for his family. Feeling bad about it, Nathan puts his family somewhere safe and returns to help.
Idiopathic neuropathy - Due to his Trouble, Nathan can't feel physical sensations, including pain, at all. He has no feeling of touch, but for some reason can feel Audrey's touch until season 5 when Audrey lose her immunity to the Troubles. His inability to feel pain can prove advantageous at times, as he is able to simply ignore incapacitating injuries. It can prove dangerous at other times, since he may not notice that severe trauma has occurred, which can still kill him.