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|“||Look, this is what I saw in the weeks leading up to the Infection; and the weeks before that, and the weeks before that, back as far as I care to remember: People, killing people. Which, to my mind, puts us in a state of normality right now.||„|
|~ -Henry West's view on the Outbreak.|
Major Henry West, simply known as Henry West, is the main antagonist in the 2003 post-apocalyptic film 28 Days Later.
Major Henry West was a veteran in the British Army. He was good friends with fellow officer Captain Stiles and was in command of a once-sizeable force of soldiers sent to defend the city of Manchester during the Original Outbreak of the Rage Virus. West had his men cover the 42 military blockade on the M602 outside of the city, defending it against repeated Infected attacks. However, the Infected eventually overran the 42nd blockade and the other military checkpoints and entered the city, killing all the soldiers at the blockade except for West and eight of his men.
Major West resolved to escape to the Worsley House in the forest with eight of his surviving soldiers, which they fortified against attack with mines, tripwires, barbed wire and barricades. The soldiers also sent out a looped radio message declaring they had the "answer to Infection", and (believing that the outbreak was global) set about rebuilding society.
On Day 23, West found one of his subordinates, Private Jones, suicidal with a gun in his mouth, and threatening to kill himself because there was no future. West then promised Jones and the rest his men that any female survivors they found and rescued would be forced into sexual slavery; both to restore hope to the men, and to repopulate the country.
29 days into the outbreak, one of West's soldiers, Private Mailer, became infected (presumably during one of the Infected's attacks on the mansion), but Corporal Mitchell knocked him out before he could attack any others, and he was chained up in the Worsley House's courtyard for observation. West kept him alive to see how long it would take for the Infected to starve to death.
Two days later, when Jim, Selena and Hannah are found at the blockade and taken back to the Worsley House, West takes the trio of survivors in. After an Infected attack on the first night, the soldiers try to force themselves on Selena and West reveals his motives to Jim in the hopes that he will understand, but he is forced to have him taken out into the forest the next day to be shot alongside Sergeant Farrell, who tried to defend Hannah and Selena from the soldiers and help them escape.
When West's men are forcing Hannah and Selena into red dresses to appease them, the blockade siren is sounded. West and Private Davis go to the blockade to end the disturbance before it attracts any Infected in the area, but once they arrive there, they find no sign of Jim.
West and Davis split up to find Jim, and West later finds the jeep he and Davis arrived in sabotaged, and Davis dead inside. Several Infected arrive and attack the blockade, but West is able to kill them. He then makes his way back to the Worsley House on foot.
At nightfall, West arrives back at a chaotic Worsley House with Mailer and the newly-infected Private Clifton on the prowl and fewer and fewer soldiers left alive. After comforting a dying Jones, West waits in Frank's taxi for Jim.
When Jim, Selena and Hannah come to the taxi, West blames Jim for the deaths of his men and shoots him in the abdomen. Hannah then reverses the taxi into the pursuing Mailer, who smashes through the rear-window and drags the screaming Major West out of the car and back into the house, where he brutally mauls and beats him to death.
|“||I'm Major Henry West; welcome. We have beds with clean sheets, and a boiler which produces hot water; so you can have a shower. You look like you could do with one.||„|
|~ -West welcomes Jim, Hannah and Selena|
|“||Flat terrain all around the house. And a high wall, which helps. Flood lights rigged up to a generator. And mine bombs. You wouldn't want to mow the lawn. Secondary to protection, our main job is to rebuild. Start again.||„|
|~ West on the soldiers' defences.|
|“||And lastly - He got Infected three days ago. Mailer, meet Jim - Jim, Mailer.||„|
|~ -West introduces the Infected Mailer to Jim.|
|“||...In a way. He's telling me he'll never bake bread, or raise livestock. He's telling me that he's futureless. And eventually he'll tell me how long it takes for the Infected to starve to death.||„|
|~ -West reveals his "Answer to Infection"|
|“||Get rid of it!||„|
|~ -West rudely dismisses his men's dinner|
|“||Get the bodies off the lawn.||„|
|~ -West coldly evaluates the aftermath of the Infected's attack|
|“||Who have you killed? Since it started, who have you killed? YOU WOULDN'T BE ALIVE IF YOU HADN'T KILLED SOMEONE! ...A boy. Otherwise he would've killed you....||„|
|~ -West realises that Jim more or less proved his point about "people killing people"|
|“||I promised them women. Three days ago, I found Jones with a gun in his mouth. He was threatening to kill himself because there was no future. So I set up the broadcast. I promised them women, because women mean a future..||„|
|~ -West remorselessly explains his plan for future rapes.|
|~ -West comforting a dying Jones|
|“||You killed all my boys!||„|
|~ -West before shooting Jim.|
|“||What are you doing? No, Hannah! Hannah! Hannah! NOOO!||„|
|~ -Major West's final words, as he is mauled by the Infected Mailer.|