Will Gorski, portrayed by Brian J. Smith, is a main character in the Netflix series, Sense8. Will is a police officer at the Chicago Police Department, haunted by an unsolved murder his father was assigned to when he was a child. Unaware of his status as a sensate, he shared a connection with the victim, although most people were cynical of this.
Sometime later, his father retires due to injuries sustained from gang-related activity.
Will often shows what could be called "savior behavior"; he believes to be responsible for others' well-being, trying to protect them from things he had dealt with
Early Life Edit
On August 8, 1988, Will was born in Chicago, Illinois in the back seat of his father's police car. Growing up, Will often got himself into trouble, one day purposely stealing from a local store. Michael cuffed his son and locked him in the back of this car; while his father apologized to the clerk, Will used a paperclip to unlock the handcuffs and scurried away from the scene.
During his childhood, Will was an unborn sensate and made a connection to Sara Patrell some time before her disappearance. Michael Gorski was assigned to the case to search for the child; Will, at one point, visited her parents about seeing visions of their daughter. Patrell's father did not enjoy these visits, having been reminded of the child. These visions have left Michael worrisome for his son, having him seen by a psychologist. One session, Will willingly lied to his psychologist about not seeing Sara.
Graduation from the Academy Edit
Following in Michael Gorski's footsteps, Will graduated from the police academy. He visited Mrs. Patrell again, informing her that during the ceremony, he saw Sara once more as he went to receive his diploma. He also vowed to solve the Patrell case and to continue to fight for her.
Sensate Rebirth Edit
One night, Will drove down an alleyway, where he saw a blonde woman lying on the ground, stretching her arms out to him. Disappearing soon afterwards, he returned him to sleep. In the middle of the night, however, he woke to the song of loud, electronic music blaring in his head. Believing it to be coming from a neighbor, he knocked on the door, requesting that they turned the music down. Will burst inside the apartment and found it to be vacant, the music gone, and himself standing in disbelief, a migraine pounding.
The story picks up with Will dreaming. In his dream, a young Will is running after a young girl, Sara, after he heard her calling for his help. Will enters a church that Sara had also entered, and sees Sara pointing at Angelica, who is asking for help then leaves, and Will follows her. Will envisions Angelica's shooting herself at the church, waking up from his dream after the gunshot. Will panics and grabs his gun, then he immediately hears loud rave music in his apartment (which is actually Riley performing in London).
Will goes into his bathroom and experiences a migraine. He leaves his apartment and knocks on his neighbor's door believing that the noise was coming from them, but no one answers. He breaks in only to find out that the apartment is actually empty, while the music suddenly stops, leaving him confused.
Later, Will tells his partner Diego about his dream of Angelica killing herself, which seemed so real to him. They head out on patrol, and when they pass a group of young gang members on the streets, Will states that he can literally feel the hate coming off of them. Diego sympathizes and says that Will has every reason to be wary of them after what gangbangers did to Will’s father. The two officers get a report of gunfire, get to the place and request backup before entering the building. They find a wounded young gang member, Deshawn. He draws a gun on Will but then lowers it and asks for help. Will asks Diego to call for an ambulance but since they won't arrive soon enough, Will picks Deshawn up and carries the boy into their car instead. As Diego drives to the hospital, Will sits in the back with Deshawn and tells him that it isn’t the first time he was in the back of a police car since his father was a cop; Deshawn says his father was shot before he was born. They deliver Deshawn to the nearest hospital, where a ER nurse at first refuses to take the boy in, due to a new hospital policy that prevents them from treating gunfire wounds. Will convinces the nurse to disregard the policy and Deshawn gets assistance.
Afterwards, Will and Diego are patrolling again when they pass the church where Will's visions had occurred. Will asks Diego to stop the car and enters, looking for evidence of what he saw in his vision. Skeptical about Will's actions, Diego leaves. Once Will is alone he met Riley. Riley and Will starts asking each other questions and then Riley disappears, but Will unconsciously visits Riley and sees what's happening to her back in London.
Will visits Deshawn in hospital and the two converse about their fathers. Will recounts the time he was caught shoplifting as a kid. Detained in the back of a police card, young Will picked the lock on his handcuffs using a paper clip and ran off. Afterwards, as Will is leaving, Deshawn tells him that he won't forget what Will has done for him.
At the Chicago P.D., Will tries to find external camera footage of the church from the time Angelica committed suicide, since Diego doesn't believe any of the evidence Will found at the church. When they watch the video, they realize a two-hour section of the tape has been erased, which finally triggers Diego's interest. They spot a possible witness in the existing camera footage. Later, while Will is shaving, he sees Riley in the mirror.
Will attends a meeting where a federal agent presents details on a wanted terrorist, Jonas Maliki. Will shares to Diego that he recognizes Jonas, but doesn't remember how.
Will visits his dad, Michael, at the bar where he usually hangs out with his police friends. All the officers there are hostile to Will because he helped Deshawn, a gang member who could easily become responsible for the murder of a fellow cop in the future. Will tells his father of the weird stuff that's happening to him, which he thinks may be related to Sara Patrell. Will's father tells him not to bring up Sara again, because he'll be taken off the force for psychiatric evaluation and he won't be able to do anything at that point.
Later, Will enters a convenience store and asks for something that will help him sleep. Jonas enters the store as well and introduces himself. Jonas tells Will about Angelica, the woman who shot herself and "gave birth" to him, and also that he's going to experience migraines and hallucinations. Jonas also says that there's a girl named Nomi Marks who needs Will's help, just like Sara needed his help. Will tries to restrain Jonas as he is a wanted man, but Jonas quickly dispatches him. The two engage in a car chase. During the chase, Jonas visits with Will in his car and vice versa. Jonas asks Will not to pursue him. The car chase ends with Will's car T-boning Jonas's, knocking Will unconscious.
In a dream sequence, a young Will watches as Whispers cuts open Sara's skull. Sara appears next to Will and warns him not to look at his eyes, saying that's how Whispers got to her. The now-adult Will can't seem to tear his eyes away as Whispers continues his operation. Will wakes up gasping in a hospital room and a nurse comes in tells him that he was in an accident. The nurse tells Will that he's a hero for catching the wanted terrorist, Jonas. Despite the nurse's protests about his strange brain activity, Will decides to check himself out.
When Will returns to the precinct house, Stiles congratulates him on capturing Jonas. Will says he wants to talk to Jonas, but the agent says that Jonas is in lockdown. He shares to Will that Jonas is transferred to another facility. Will asks him when and Stiles replies that only Homeland Security knows. He advises Will to stop creating more mess for him to handle. Will opens a safe at the precinct, taking out a folder of Sara. Will browses the folder as he flashbacks to when he was young. He remembers waking up as he hears Sara calling him for help. Will leaves and brings the folder with him.
Will goes to a firing range. He momentarily helps Capheus shoot an approaching truck, and their connection ends after he gets knocked down.
Will is at a police station, meeting with an old friend of his father. Will unintentionally visits and helps Sun knock down a guard then Will accidentally speaks Korean. Will asks his friend, Duncan, to let him meet with Jonas as a favor. Duncan apologizes; Jonas is being held in federal custody and will be transferred soon, so seeing him is impossible. Will is dejected, when Jonas visits. Jonas says that he is in solitary confinement. Jonas tells Will about visiting and the eye-contact connection.
Will enters his car and tries to force himself to visit. Jonas visits to give him more guidance. Jonas explains the difference between visiting and sharing. Jonas also says that Will has seven other members of his cluster, and that one of them, Nomi, needs his help. Their connection ends as Jonas is taken away by men in gas masks. Will is still in his car outside the station. At the same time, Nomi is on a gurney, being moved and drugged in preparation for surgery. She cries out for help, and Will hears her. Will concentrates and is able to see Nomi's location for an instant, before losing the connection.
Will participates in the 4 Non Blondes singalong, singing from his desk.
The next morning, Will is sleeping on his couch, still singing to himself. He wakes up in Nomi's gurney with handcuffs on his wrists. He pulls out an I.V. needle with his mouth, and uses the needle to pick the lock on his handcuffs. A drugged Will / Nomi stumble out of the chair and down the hallway. Will's consciousness pops back to his body in Chicago and he sits in disbelief.
Will is chewed out by his boss for attempting to use favors to meet with Jonas. He apologizes saying that he thought he could get some intelligence from Jonas. Later, Will makes a call to Janet Marks asking about her daughter, Nomi. They talk about Nomi's criminal record. Janet begins ranting about "Michael's" poor decisions with crime and taking hormone therapy. Will and Nomi switch places so that Nomi is able to hear her mother. Will corrects Janet, saying that her name is Nomi.
Diego informs Will that they got a lead on the witness they saw outside the church. They head out. Will and his partner arrive at the home of a person of interest. They knock but Will gets visited by Lito, who opens the door. The individual runs and Will chases him across neighborhood backyards. At the same time, Lito is filming a scene involving a gun battle in a museum. Will and Lito trade places sporadically. Will is confused to see an actor pointing a prop assault rifle at him. In Chicago, their chase ends when they run into a hostile gang. During Kala's wedding, Will was shown. Riley visits Will in a bar.
Riley sits in a pub drinking a beer. Will walks across a bar that is filled with fellow cops. They sit and share a beer together, simultaneously in both bars. They talk about each other's lives and their locations. Riley asks, "Are we going crazy?". Will asks for Riley's phone and dials his own phone number into it. Riley presses send, and it rings. Will brings his phone over to Diego and asks him to answer it. Diego says that a hot-sounding girl with a funny accent is on the line. They talk into the phone and hear a time-delayed echo. Will says that they aren't going crazy. They talk about other visitors, and remember Jonas and Angelica. Riley says good night.
Later, Riley is attacked by Nyx and his buddy. They begin to strangle Riley with a plastic bag. Back in Chicago, Will suddenly feels that he can't breathe. He takes over Riley's body and finds himself on a table with a bag over his head. He fights back, overpowering both Nyx and his buddy, while beating up the cops that attempt to help him. Riley runs out of the apartment and Will sits on the ground recovering, with a stunned crowd looking at him.
Days later, Diego tells Will that people are starting to talk about Will's behavior. Will asks Diego if he thinks that Will is crazy. Diego says yes, but that he likes crazy. Later, Will is at a gym, doing situps. At the same time, Lito is making love to Hernando and Nomi is making love to Amanita. The three of them trigger a psychic orgy, where Will appears to simultaneously make love to Lito, Nomi, Amanita, Hernando, and Wolfgang.
Will and Diego walk the streets with Deshawn, on their way to meet someone. Diego and Will recognize the man that they are meeting with: Ludicrous Lincoln. Deshawn asks Will if they had history. Diego mentions that Will was once involved with Lincoln's ex. When they meet him, Ludicrous is initially angry. Deshawn convinces Ludicrous to make a deal with Will. Ludicrous requests that his gang be left alone in exchange for the information, and Will agrees. Ludicrous brings out the lookout kid, who hands them his phone. The phone has pictures of the church exterior, showing men in gas masks carrying a body bag into a white van. The photos include the van's license plate number, and Diego says he will trace it. Will also recognizes Whispers in the photographs. At the van rental company, Will and Diego find the white van. Will has a brief vision of Angelica's corpse in the back of the van.
Will is drinking coffee in his apartment. On his way out the door, he sees Riley. Riley says she's okay, and that she's back home in Iceland. She shows him around her house and talks about her family. Riley's dad brings her coffee, prepared the same way that Will takes his. Will asks why Riley stayed away so long, and Riley says that a lot of painful things happened there. Riley takes a tour around Will's apartment. Will says that it's small, but Riley says she likes it. An L train passes by Will's apartment, causing a huge noise. Riley is surprised but Will says that he's used to it. The two slowly touch hands and move closer. They kiss. Diego enters Will's apartment to see him apparently kissing the air.
Later, Will is at the police station with Diego, looking at a computer screen. Will shares the research that he's done on Nomi and Niles Bolger, which Will obtained by using his father's old codes. He brings up the federal BOLO for Nomi. He shows footage of a FedEx deliveryman putting a package next to a vegetative Niles Bolger. Will skips the footage to the same night, showing Niles wake up and put on the suit that was in the package. Will points out the incredible coincidence that a previously-vegetative man was able to leave his bed and shoot the doctor who performed the surgery. Will connects the events to the funding company: BPO.
Nomi, on her laptop, is also researching BPO. She finds that BPO is well funded, with money coming from DARPA, World Science Organization, and W.H.O. Will visits at Nomi's apartment and asks how she was able to find that information. Nomi recognizes him from his help in the hospital rescue. Will and Nomi continue their conversation in two locations. Amanita and Diego both perceive that they are talking to thin air. Amanita is awed, Diego is skeptical. They remember the shooting of Dr. Metzger and theorize that they must be getting close to something. During the conversation, Will and Nomi learn some of the rules of visiting, and how they are able to occasionally read each other's memories. Nomi and Amanita bring up Dr. Metzger, finding that he is paid very well to travel the world performing operations. They learn that he was recruited by BPO while at the University of Chicago, and find a picture of him with Mr. Whispers.
The doorbell rings Amanita's mother opens it. Mr. Whispers is there, introducing himself as Dr. William Friedman. Will and Nomi recognize the voice. Will tells Nomi that she must not look at his eyes, and she needs to escape. Whispers forces his way in. Amanita stays to stall, and Nomi runs, climbing over the patio railing. Amanita pretends to have a bloody tampon in order to stall the men. Nomi climbs down to the pavement and is surrounded by armed policemen. Will uses his computer to find that they are federal agents.
Nomi calls out for help, and Sun arrives, telling her to stay calm. Nomi asks Sun if she's real, and Sun says she was in Seoul, sleeping. The police tell Nomi to get on her knees. Will reads the situation and dictates exactly how the police will proceed. An instant before handcuffs go on Nomi's wrists, Will yells "now!" Sun springs in to action and disables the policemen with a few well-placed punches, as Will disarms one, and Nomi delivers a good kick. Will tells Nomi to throw the gun and take the bike.
In Chicago, Will is interrupted from his research, and he loses the connection with his fellow sensates. His chief chews him out, and suspends him without pay for his activities. Will drops his badge and leaves.
Will has a childhood flashback. In the flashback he is spying on Whispers, who is operating on a child. Whispers leaves the room and Will inspects the body, and sees that it is Sara Patrell. Sara tells him not to look at Whispers, saying, "That's how he got me." Whispers returns and chases child Will, who narrowly escapes.
In the present, Will suddenly awakes from the dream. He gets a beer from the fridge, and suddenly sees Jonas, visiting. Jonas is visibly shaken and is wearing a hospital mock. Will vists Jonas' location, a high-technology medical lab. Jonas is strapped to a chair and has electrodes connected to his forehead. Jonas says, "I've been unconscious so long that I could be anywhere." Will apologizes for getting Jonas into the situation.
At the same time. Riley is talking with Yrsa about BPO. Will joins Riley, saying that he knows all about BPO. Will, Riley, Jonas and Yrsa have a four-way conversation, although Jonas cannot see Riley and Yrsa, and Yrsa cannot see Jonas and Will. Both Jonas and Yrsa observe how Will and Riley have strong feelings for each other. Jonas remembers how he loved Angelica at first sight, and that Angelica believes "a sensate experiences love in its purest form." Yrsa says that love in a cluster is pathological and narcissistic. Yrsa tells Riley to ask Will his birthday, and they discover that Will and Riley have the same birthday, August 8th. Jonas says that all members of a cluster are born at the same moment.
Riley mentions Jonas and Yrsa becomes immediately frightened on hearing the name. Yrsa interrupts the connection between Will and Riley. Jonas tells Will that he needs to get Riley out of Iceland, because BPO operates a genetic research facility there.
Wolfgang walks through the Holocaust memorial, struggling with a decision. He catches fleeting glimpses of all his fellow sensates, walking through the stone aisles. He catches a glimpse of Kala. He stands in front of a slab with writing.
Will reads the German writing. "Is the holocaust an aberration, or a reflection of who we really are?" Wolfgang asks Will why it's so loud where he is, and Will says that it's independence day. Wolfgang asks, "What is best in life, huh?" (referring to a quote he shares with Felix). Will doesn't understand and Wolfgang walks away saying, "You wouldn't"
In a museum, Will and Jonas talk about having multiple allegiances. Will asks if sensates are human. Jonas asks, "What is human?" and says that sensates are more human because of their increased empathy.
Jonas says that he was once in Will's place, where the father of his cluster was telling "bullshit" about psycillium, and what it meant to be sensate. Jonas says that sensates are biologically extremely similar to humans.
Jonas points out that a flock of birds or a mushroom in a forest can communicate in groups without language. He says that sensates were probably around during the time of early humans.
Jonas says that Whispers will try to use him to get to Will and the rest of his cluster. Will realizes that the reason Angelica committed suicide was to protect the cluster.
Jonas explains that, since humans are emotionally disconnected from each other, it has made their species the most successful killers ever.
On the 4th of July, Will carries a basket full of beer and sausages towards the docks. He runs in to Riley. In Iceland, Riley is in the lobby of a concert hall, waiting to see her father. Will says he's going to see his father as well. Will tells Riley that it's dangerous for her to be in Iceland. Riley thanks Will, because without him, she wouldn't be there. They kiss.
Will arrives at his father's boat, where he has the grill ready. Night falls and they relax to enjoy the fireworks. Will's father tells him how proud he was when Will became a cop.
During Riley's father's performance, all the sensates experience a flashback to their birth. Will remembers being born in the back of a police car, illuminated by road flares.
Season Two Edit
to be added
Inside the Cluster Edit
- Riley Blue: Riley is the first member of Will's cluster he visits, and the two quickly develop a strong bond. (Limbic Resonance) Later on, they assure each other they are real, with Will even helping Riley escape during Nyx's interrogation. (Demons) They become love interests after Riley arrives in Iceland, sharing a kiss in Will's apartment. (We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts)
- Nomi Marks: Together, Wil and Nomi have teamed up and investigated the inner workings of BPO. (in We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts) They seem to share a tag-team bond in pressured situations, such as helping Nomi escape from Dr. Metzger (in What's Going On?) and heading a team effort to save Riley from BPO (in I Can't Leave Her)
- Sun Bak:
- Wolfgang Bogdanow: Wolfgang and Will often work together when assessing dangerous situations members of their cluster are in, as the two members most experienced in fighting with firearms (thanks to their lives in organized crime, and policework, respectively. Will seems to be one of the clustermates most in tune with Wolfgang, as he is the only one to identify (without being told) that Wolfgang believes his meeting with Lila Facchini is a trap.
- Kala Dandekar:
- Lito Rodriguez:
- Capheus Onyango:
Non-Cluster Sensates Edit
- Jonas Maliki: Jonas and Will establish an eye-contact connection when Jonas confronts Will at a Chicago convenience store. Despite the fact that Will turns Jonas over to the authorities (Will was led to believe Jonas is a terrorist), Jonas acts as a mentor to Will, teaching him many things about the nature of his sensate abilities.
- Whispers: During the rescue of Riley Blue from the Iceland BPO facility, Whispers and Will briefly make eye contact while will passes in an elevator. This establishes a sensate eye-contact connection, which Whispers begins to use to hunt down Will and the rest of his cluster following their escape from the Iceland facility. Whispers and Will attempt to hunt one another using their visiting abilities, while simultaneously hiding from each other's mental intrusions through the use of Heroin or Blockers.
- Michael Gorski: to be added
- Diego Morales: Diego is Will's partner in the Chicago Police Department. Diego also describes himself as Will's best friend. Diego is shown to be loyal and supportive to Will, despite witnessing his many sensate related outbursts. Diego is hurt when Will leaves Chicago without warning for a year, but their relationship is repaired somewhat when Riley visits Diego in Chicago and explains the nature of the sensate connection to Diego. From then on, Diego becomes an ally of the August 8th cluster, one of the few non-sensates aware of the group.
- Deshawn: Since rescuing Deshawn, Will and Deshawn share stories of their times of doing rebellous things and briefly become acquintances. This, later, helps Will speak with the New Maniac Mafia when they seek out their eye Clete Mark on any information they have on Angelica's suicide.
- Ludicrous Lincoln: Once classmates, Will and Lincoln have not had a friendly interaction, especially after Will tries to romance an ex-girlfriend of Lincoln's. Despite this, they make a deal that the Chicago Police let off of the gang before he is able to speak with Clete Tamark.
- Lock Picking: Will learned this skill as a child from being in and out of the law. He uses this skill in helping Nomi escape from lobotomization and later to help Sun unlock her handcuffs.
- Police Training: including the use of hand guns, arresting procedures, strategic planning, self defense. He uses these skills helping Capheus defend himself when gang members attack his van and in helping Nomi escape Whispers and the police (recruited by Whispers) to capture Nomi. Will warns her of the strategies that SWAT teams use and what they plan to use on her. (in We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts)
"I'm coming for you. Don't give up."
--Will to Riley, I Can't Leave Her