I know him. Zep! His name is Zep. He's an orderly in my hospital. You perverted little psychopath. I'm gonna take great pleasure in seeing you pay for this! You bastard! FUCK!
Zep Hindle was an orderly who worked in the hospital where John Kramer (the Jigsaw Killer) was treated for his cancer. He was also married to Laura Manning; however, this is not common knowledge. He was played by later Golden Globe-nominee Michael Emerson of Lost (which also featured Ken Leung, who played Steven Sing in the first film).
BackgroundEditZep formed a sort of bond with John while he was being treated, but was considered to have "issues of his own" by him. Zep talked about the doctors behind their backs, saying that they were all having affairs and calling Dr. Lawrence Gordon a cold-hearted bastard. John seemed to see a lot of his own actions in Zep's goals, reminding him of himself before he was diagnosed with cancer. The reason why John decided to test Zep was because the former noticed that Zep was wasting his life with dreams of becoming a doctor, dreams that were never going to come true because Zep never attempted to fullfill his goal and instead enviously hated those who had succeeded more than him (like Lawrence Gordon). (Saw: Rebirth)
If Lawrence failed to kill Adam by 6 o'clock, then Zep would be forced to kill Lawrence's wife and daughter, whom he had been holding hostage, in order to save himself from the slow-acting nerve agent in his bloodstream. He would then have to kill Lawrence himself and presumably retrieve an antidote from Jigsaw.
Lawrence failed, but his wife and daughter managed to escape from Zep's grip before he could kill them, as Zep was attacked by David Tapp, a former detective who was watching the Gordons' home from across the street. Zep was forced to flee down to the sewers to kill Lawrence, but Tapp followed him, which resulted in a small fight. Zep managed to shoot Tapp in the stomach and incapacitate him and continue to the bathroom, where he found Adam and Lawrence.
Lawrence had shot Adam, and tried to shoot Zep, but didn't have any bullets. As Zep was about to kill Lawrence (as he had acted too late), Adam took him by surprise, pulling his leg out from under him. Zep then tried to shoot Adam, who attacked him with a toilet tank lid; bludgeoning him to death with it. (Saw)
Following his death, Zep's corpse was left in the bathroom, along with Lawrence Gordon's severed foot, and the corpses of Adam Stanheight and (later) Xavier Chavez. Within six months after his death, it had entered an advanced state of decomposition and was already degrading to bone and muscle. (Saw II, III)
Within another eighteen months, Zep's corpse had fully, or almost fully, decomposed, with very little left other than his clothes and his skeleton. Dr. Gordon shackled Hoffman to the same pipe as Adam, next to Zep's corpse, and subsequently left him to rot alone in the dark bathroom with Zep, Adam and Xavier's remains. (Saw 3D)
- In Leigh Whannell's original screenplay for Saw, Adam find's Zep's driver's license after killing him. Zep's real name is revealed to be Shepherd Hindle. This was changed along with much of the script when shooting began.
- Zep was killed by Adam strangling him with his shackle in Leigh Whannell's original screenplay for Saw.
- He is the only major test subject (as a tester) to be an antagonist since the rest are not.
Zep was mentioned in a case file. David Tapp gives Jigsaw's description as Zepp's, due to the fact he would of believed that Zepp was Jigsaw, and John Kramer hadn't been discovered as Jigsaw's true identity yet.
Zep's name was seen on a list of Jigsaw victims on a document observed by FBI Agent Peter Strahm. The document indicates that his investigators were Detective Kerry, Detective Matthews and Detective Hoffman.