The first “bad guy” the man and the boy meet in the novel, a member of a gang of murderers and cannibals who patrol the road in a truck. The gang member leaves his group to go to the bathroom and accidentally encounters the man and boy. After a tense negotiation the stranger lunges at the boy with a knife, and the man shoots the stranger in the forehead. Later the man returns to the scene of the crime and discovers that the stranger’s companions have eaten him.
The timeline below shows where the character The Gang Member appears in The Road. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.