Station Eleven

Station Eleven

Tyler Leander / The Prophet Character Analysis

Tyler Leander is the son of Arthur Leander and Elizabeth Colton. He is raised in Israel by his mother away from his father. During the collapse, he lives in the Severn City airport and becomes increasingly religious and extremist, coming to believe that the Flu was a divine cleansing of the population and that those who survived did so for a reason. He and his mother leave the airport to join a wandering cult, and as Tyler grows up he eventually becomes the leader of the cult and starts calling himself the Prophet. As the Prophet, Tyler runs a group of highly trained religious fanatics who carry a large arsenal of weapons and take over towns. In a strange mirroring of his father’s wife-hopping, Tyler takes multiple wives, including very young girls, usually by force. He, like Kirsten, is obsessed with the “Dr. Eleven” comics.

Tyler Leander / The Prophet Quotes in Station Eleven

The Station Eleven quotes below are all either spoken by Tyler Leander / The Prophet or refer to Tyler Leander / The Prophet. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of Station Eleven published in 2015.
Chapter 12 Quotes

"The flu," the prophet said, "the great cleansing that we suffered twenty years ago, that flu was our flood. The light we carry within us is the ark that carried Noah and his people over the face of the terrible waters, and I submit that we were saved"—his voice was rising—"not only to bring the light, to spread the light, but to be the light. We were saved because we are the light. We are the pure."

Related Characters: Tyler Leander / The Prophet (speaker)
Page Number: 60
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 23 Quotes

"If you are the light, if your enemies are darkness, then there's nothing that you cannot justify. There's nothing you can't survive, because there's nothing that you will not do."

Related Characters: Kirsten Raymonde (speaker), Tyler Leander / The Prophet, August
Page Number: 138
Explanation and Analysis:

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Tyler Leander / The Prophet Character Timeline in Station Eleven

The timeline below shows where the character Tyler Leander / The Prophet appears in Station Eleven. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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...production discuss Arthur’s death and the need to notify his family. They discuss his son, Tyler, his second (out of three) ex-wife Elizabeth, and ultimately decide to call his lawyer. They... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...had to leave. Maria then covertly tells Kirsten that they left because Charlie rejected the prophet’s advances. She tells Kirsten to stop asking questions and to urge the Symphony to leave... (full context)
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...Charlie and the sixth guitar. Kirsten informs the Symphony that she learned there is a prophet in the town. Under the leadership of the conductor and Gil, the director, the Symphony... (full context)
Chapter 12
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After the performance, the audience gives applause. Then the prophet, a tall blond-haired, bearded man of around thirty-years-old, silences the crowd from his place in... (full context)
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When the sermon concludes, the conductor asks the prophet about Charlie and Jeremy, but he only answers that people come and go. When the... (full context)
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The prophet, on the other hand, claims to remember everything he has walked through and seen, and... (full context)
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...like they are kidnapping someone. Outside of the town, the conductor tells Kirsten what the prophet whispered to her before: he asked if they would leave behind Alexandra, a very young... (full context)
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...clippings, which she has memorized, all contain images and details of Arthur Leander, his child Tyler, and his ex-wives. The chapter ends as Kirsten lingers on a photo of Arthur with... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Back in Year Twenty, the Symphony argues to distract themselves from their fear of the prophet and his men. Dieter says that the Symphony’s motto, “survival is insufficient,” would be more... (full context)
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...to rest, and the conductor sends out scouts ahead and behind to see if the prophet has sent men after them. Kirsten thinks back on her childhood, and then tries to... (full context)
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...that she left because her parents are dead and she is promised to be the prophet’s next wife. She is twelve years old. She tells the Symphony that the prophet claimed... (full context)
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Over dinner, Eleanor tells the Symphony what she knows about the prophet. He is from the Museum of Civilization. He apparently came to St. Deborah by the... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...she thinks Sayid and Dieter have been taken. She can’t stop thinking about what the prophet was saying about light. He said if you are the light, then your enemies are... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...before, since she recognizes him from St. Deborah by the Water, he asks if the prophet sent her. When she says no, Finn says he remembers the Symphony passing through, and... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...story, and will say that Arthur and Elizabeth are committed to co-parenting their young son Tyler. (full context)
Chapter 38
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...Kirsten he realized what it is, and Kirsten says it was a mark from the prophet. But August has realized what the symbol is: it’s an airplane. (full context)
Chapter 39
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...loves her job and her life. Arthur, on the other hand, has an eight-year-old son (Tyler) who lives with his mother (Elizabeth) in Jerusalem. (full context)
Chapter 40
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...airplane filled with similarly lucky, healthy people, including, by chance, Elizabeth Colton and her son Tyler. As they board he says hello, and they don’t speak again during the flight until... (full context)
Chapter 42
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...one restaurant. Meanwhile, Clark goes to the Skymiles Lounge and finds Elizabeth Colton next to Tyler, who is playing videogames. The two adults are both shocked by what is happening to... (full context)
Chapter 43
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...Two, there is a brief excitement when people living in the airport recognize Elizabeth and Tyler. They seem to be in shock, and they complain that they wish their phones were... (full context)
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...Day Three, all of the vending machines in the airport are empty, the battery in Tyler’s videogame is dead, and the girl needing Effexor is sick from withdrawal. A raiding party... (full context)
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During this time, Tyler spends his days reading his comic books over and over again. Elizabeth constantly prays. The... (full context)
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...thinks of his memories of the city, including the awkward dinner party at Arthur’s house. Tyler is almost always silent, while Elizabeth tells Clark, “I can’t wait till things get back... (full context)
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...the citizens of the airport have a bonfire. Slowly, the conditions begin to feel normal. Tyler keeps mostly to himself and reads his comic books and the New Testament. The people... (full context)
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...Garrett, Annette, and Clark, she discusses the possible horrors occurring out in the world. Silently, Tyler wanders in and comments that everything happens for a reason, to which Garrett says that... (full context)
Chapter 44
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Included in the Museum are Elizabeth and Tyler’s passports, which they gave to Clark before leaving in Year Two. He reflects on them... (full context)
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After this creepy interaction, Clark tried to confront Elizabeth, but she agreed with Tyler and clearly had given him the idea that the pandemic happened for a reason. Later... (full context)
Chapter 46
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...with his wife, who has been shot. When asked what happened, Edward says that the prophet happened. (full context)
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...ammunition is gone and is reserved for hunting or self-defense only. Jeevan asks Edward what prophet he is talking about, and Edward responds that the prophet has been all around the... (full context)
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Edward then explains that the prophet came through that afternoon with around twenty followers. They had kidnapped Edward’s son and wife,... (full context)
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...gets to work sterilizing the needle he used. He smokes his pipe, thinking about the prophet, who is apparently headed north, and how hopefully he won’t have to interact with him.... (full context)
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...the paper from New Petoskey. They say they lost their people because there was a prophet, who says he was from the airport. No one knows his name, but as they... (full context)
Chapter 48
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After the violence, August and Kirsten run to Sayid. He tells them that the prophet is behind them with the dog and two men. They realize that the archer is... (full context)
Chapter 49
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...were reading the note, she was waking up after being drugged and taken by the prophet’s men. Around her, the prophet and his men plan a confrontation with the Symphony. The... (full context)
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...back to the road. She then pretends to be asleep, but alive, so that the prophet leaves her an opportunity to escape, but she ends up falling asleep for real. (full context)
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When she wakes, Sayid is discussing the horrible things the prophet has made his men do with the boy. The boy seems to know it isn’t... (full context)
Chapter 50
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Kirsten, August, and Sayid continue to walk in silence, wondering where the prophet is. As they walk down the highway, Kirsten reflects on the man she has just... (full context)
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They hide in the woods, as the prophet, a man with a crossbow, a man with a shotgun, and the boy with a... (full context)
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...of the four attackers. She hopes that they don’t find Sayid and August, as the prophet approaches her. He calls her “Titania,” recognizing her from the production of A Midsummer Night’s... (full context)
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While the prophet’s rifle is an inch from her forehead, Kirsten knows what August must be thinking. If... (full context)
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The shot comes from not the prophet’s rifle, but from the boy’s handgun. The boy has shot the prophet in the head.... (full context)
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Later, August discovers a page from “Station Eleven” in the copy of the prophet’s New Testament. Kirsten wonders who he was and how he came to be the prophet,... (full context)
Chapter 51
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When Sayid, August, and Kirsten walk away from the bodies, the prophet’s dog follows them. They stop to rest and Kirsten calls for Luli, and the dog... (full context)
Chapter 53
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...that when Lear closes, he will move to Israel so he can see his son Tyler every day. He goes to the theatre for notes but is distracted, and ends up... (full context)
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...of the “Station Eleven” comic books and says he has sent the other set to Tyler. Arthur doesn’t really understand the comics, but fondly remembers Miranda creating them. (full context)
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Fifteen minutes before the show starts, Arthur calls Tyler, who is angry with Arthur since he won’t be in Israel for Tyler’s birthday. Tyler... (full context)