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"You fucked the wrong lunatic.."


Joan Ferguson is the former Governor of Wentworth Correctional Centre. She is extremely manipulative and a sociopath, she also holds personal vendettas with Bea Smith and Will Jackson. She serves as the main antagonist of Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, Season 5, a posthumous antagonist in Season 6 until being revealed to be alive in the finale of Season 7 living rough on the streets, she serves as the main antagonist of Season 8.

"The Freak" Joan Ferguson 2014 Sneak Peak Edit

After episode 10 "Checkmate" the Season 1 final of Wentworth, a short sneak peek promo aired for Season 2. In the video someone (speculated to be Joan Ferguson) is shown putting a single black glove on, a huge hint and nod to the original Prisoner character "The Freak" Joan Ferguson.

Past

Ferguson was born in Russia in 1964. It is unknown how she got to Australia, as with the majority of her past other than she grew up in a frustrating relationship with her father, who would continuously push her to succeed. In spite of the bullying and hectoring. However, she would find peace in classical music that her father would listen to, this music is heard playing in her home and her office; especially when she is stressed.

Older, Ferguson became a correctional officer and eventually found work at Blackmoor prison where she met Jianna, a pregnant inmate who she grew feelings for and it is rumoured they had a relationship. When Jianna's son was taken away by Will Jackson, she was soon lynched by the prisoners due to her relationship with Ferguson, who was under the influence Jianna killed herself.

After this, Ferguson took her revenge out on the prisoners and began a streak of 'fixing' prisons of drugs and criminality, earning her the title "The Fixer."

PersonalityEdit

Joan is apathetic and extremely manipulative in order to get what she wants. She is willing to go draconian lengths to serve her agenda, even if it means putting herself in harm's way. Joan suffers from hallucinations of her deceased father. It is also suggested she may have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder given her need to keep everything around her in order and clean, such as her pencils on her desk, and her intolerance of foreign objects on her desk that may carry germs. Ferguson is seen exhibiting these compulsive behaviors variously throughout the series.

She is a cold and calculating woman; highly intelligent with a wide vocabulary and professionalism among the staff and prisoners. Ferguson is ruthless with herself and other lives in order to serve her agenda. She is apathetic to others, especially prisoners, and is not above torturing or killing people such as Jodie Spiteri, who she severely agonized in order to get her to harm Bea Smith to blemish Smith's hold of the women. Ferguson was raped by her psychistrist (Dr Foster) and used that to blackmail him into having her processed out of the psychiatric hospital. Ferguson was then ganged by Juice and her crew (thinking Bea Smith would attack her) and used the assault to blame Will Jackson. She manipulates nearly everyone she meets, her only goal is to succeed and watch her enemies suffer.

Ferguson has shown that she is capable of feeling emotions such as infatuation, sadness, anger, and embarrassment, but also care (in her own twisted way). bHer feelings for Jianna Riley that still linger after her death, and her desire to be part of Shayne Butler's (Jianna's son) life. When she grows an infatuation with Doreen due to her uncanny similarities to Jianna, Ferguson begins rewarding Doreen to have these feelings reciprocated. She experiences heartbreak when Doreen is overheard making fun of her and lashes out in anger when in private. Ferguson also saves Doreen's baby from Jess Warner revealing that she may have a moral code to sustain. Lastly, Ferguson can experience fear, such as knowing to some degree she lacks empathy and is scared she may need help. She also is afraid of her father, and Bea Smith's power.

Seasons Edit

Season 2 Trailer Edit

In the first Season 2 trailer, we learn that Joan Ferguson will be making her debut in the Wentworth series. Joan talks over the trailer and we see talking to the officers, all of whom are accounted for but the governor Erica Davidson. Joan is shown kicking over a basket and then Franky says "Who are you?". The camera cuts to Joan in another room where she is looking at the camera, she continues to speak and says, "My name is miss Ferguson, but you can call me Governor."

Season 2 Edit

In Season Two Joan Ferguson replaces Erica Davidson as Governor and starts a garden project with women and gets men from another prison. Eventually, the Garden Project ends because one of the male prisoners tries to rape Franky Doyle and Vera Bennett finds the drop box in the Garden shed. She first appeared in the first episode of season 2. She kills Simone Slater. She first gets called 'the Freak' in the last episode of season 2.  

Season 3 Edit

In the episode Evidence', Joan sends Bea to the Psychiatric Ward after Joan hires a goon to attack her in Wentworth. Bea is apparently in the exercise yard saying that a man who was neither an inmate or a screw attacked her near the boiler room.

In the episode Blood and Fire, Joan Ferguson lights Wentworth on fire and gets trapped with Doreen's baby Joshua, Franky and Bea turn around and go looking for Jess and Joshua, they find them in a rubbish area, the ceiling starts collapsing with Bea, Joshua, Franky and Ferguson trapped inside. Bea climbs through the vent while holding Joshua and exits the building. Bea gives Doreen Anderson her baby and then runs back inside to save Franky and Will Jackson runs in after her. Will and Bea manage to push the door open and Bea grabs Franky and tells Will to leave Joan there but Will grabs her and brings her out. The place burns down with Jess inside but everybody else gets out.

Season 4 Edit

Joan is now in Solitary Confinement. Vera is forced to make the decision whether or not to allow Joan into the general public, although she has concerns that the prisoners will attack Joan and harm her beyond recognition or much kill her. Finally, Joan is allowed back into gen pop and the women are out for blood. In season 4 episode 3, Joan is ganged by Gambaro and her crew. But Joan uses this to her advantage as she gets close to Kaz. Kaz sees Joan as a victim, and soon one of her most trusted friends. They work together to get rid of Bea Smith so that Joan can exact her revenge, unbeknownst to Kaz, as she still sees Joan as a victim, and someone she needs to save.

Bea confronts Joan outside the prison as she is being released after falsely telling Vera that she planned to get a confession out of her to be let out into the yard, but instead wants to actually kill her with a chisel to avenge Allie's supposed death. However, Joan disarms her, which leads to Bea lunging at her and driving the chisel into her own abdomen stabbing herself repeatdly before Joan, seemingly taken by what's happening, stabds her a few times as well. Will Jackson, Vera Bennett and other officers arrive, Bea, utters 'I win' to a shocked Ferguson, before dying in Will's arms.

Season 5 Edit

In the last episode of the fifth season of Wentworth, Joan Ferguson knew she was in trouble and needed to escape her death, as she was hanged in the episode previous to last, but that's obviously not easy for her since all of the women now know who she really is.

Allie Novak and Franky Doyle were originally going to escape prison, but Allie was caught by officer Jake Stewart.

Allie, Jake, and officer Will Jackson planned to finally get rid of Joan for good when Jake and Will allowed Joan to escape the prison with Franky. Joan's freedom was short-lived when Will Jackson took Joan's box away and buried her alive.

We left season 5 not knowing whether or not Joan would survive and be rescued.

Season 6 Edit

In episode 6x01, officer Jake Stewart reassures Allie Novak that the Freak is dead, although he has no material proof of it. Ferguson' s prisoner photo shot is shown on newspapers posters around the city together with Franky's one in order to warn people of fugitive prisoners.

Throughout season 6, Will Jackson is overwhelmed with guilt and begins to hallucinate Ferguson on multiple occasions.

In episode 6x09, Vera, Jake, and a guilty-conscious Will return to the burial site where they dig up the grave. It is revealed that as they pull back up the box and open the wood, a corpse is found, however, due to the body being decomposed, it remains unclear if it is Ferguson or not. Her body is instead awaiting DNA results to confirm it is her, however, it is believed that it is most likely Ferguson as the body is the same height and build but her status remains unknown until the DNA results have been revealed.

Season 7 Edit

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Ferguson stares into the flames

In the final scene of the season finale, Joan Ferguson is revealed to be alive after Rita's escort transport drives past, appearing as a hooded figure around a homeless fire. The scene ends with Joan glaring at the blazes of the fires, presumably that she is exacting revenge on Will Jackson, Allie Novak, Vera Bennett and Jake Stewart for her downfall.

Season 8Edit

In episode one, she is first seen standing in the cue for the dole under the assumed name of Kath Maxwell. Joan is later met outside a bank by Joe, who assumes that Joan is Kath. Joan is later seen booking tickets for a flight to Rio as part of a plan to possibly kidnap Grace.

In episode two Joan is first seen at the bus stop where she watches Vera go and get petrol, she attempts to get in the car but is stopped by Joe when he asks her that it cannot be a coincidence that she took on Kath's name after she disappeared, Joan says it is and leaves. Joan is later hit in the head with a crowbar and left to die but is found by a passerby.

Season 9Edit

Other InfoEdit

  • Joan Ferguson did not appear in Season 1
  • Joan was the ex-governor of the Wentworth Correctional Centre and is ironically incarcerated there.
  • It is strongly implicated she has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
  • It can be read in a file that she was born in Korsakov, Russia.
  • Regarding Ferguson's sexuality, Pamela Rabe has stated " [...]  I think, yes, of course, she is gay but she’s in this weird denial." The inmates and officers refer to Ferguson and Jianna as having had a relationship on a number of occasions. Joan's infatuation with Doreen (as a reminder of Jianna) alludes to her attraction to other women.
  • Seeing her home, and the fact she can afford a PI, it is clear Ferguson is wealthy. Ferguson even goes so far as to tell Jake that she has plenty of money, and easily can afford to pay Jake $90,000.
  • Sonia then takes over as the new main antagonist for the first half of Season 6 until her death in the episode 'The Edge'. Marie Winter then takes over as the main antagonist for the second half of the season.
  • She is inhumanely strong and displays combat prowess, as demonstrated when she was able to grab Jess Warner, lift her from the ground, and hold her in a stranglehold. The same was also done to Allie in which she was able to effortlessly incapacitate 4 prisoners after she was attacked for the murder of Bea Smith which resulted in the other inmates fearing her.
  • Joan is an extremely intelligent person who is capable of going to great risks as well as going as far to escape extremely dangerous positions as noted from managing to survive from being buried alive.
  • Joan does not appear as the main antagonist of season 1, 6, or 7.

Appearances Edit

Wentworth: Season 2
"Born Again"
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"Whatever It Takes"

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"Boys In The Yard"


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"The Danger Within"

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"Twist The Knife"
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"The Pink Dragon"

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"Metamorphosis"


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"Sins of the Mother"

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"The Fixer"
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"Jail Birds"


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"Into The Night"
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"Fear Her"

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Wentworth: Season 3
"The Governor's Pleasure"
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"3x02 Failing Upwards"
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"Knives Out"
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"Righteous Acts"
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"3x05 Mercy"
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"Evidence"
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"The Long Game"
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"Goldfish"
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"Freak Show"
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"A Higher Court"
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"The Living and the Dead"
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"Blood and Fire"

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Wentworth: Season 4
"First Blood"
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"Poking Spiders"

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"Prisoner"


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"Screw Lover"

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"Love and Hate"
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"Divide and Conquer"

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"Panic Button"


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"Plan Bea"

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"After Life"
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"Smitten"


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"The Eleventh Hour"
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"Seeing Red"

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Wentworth: Season 5
"Scars"
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"The Bitch is Back"

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"Nothing but the Truth"


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"Loose Ends"

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"Belly of the Beast"
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"Happy Birthday, Vera"

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"The Pact"


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"Think Inside the Box"

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"Snake Head"
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"Mere Anarchy"


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"Coup de Grace"
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"Hell Bent"

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Wentworth: Season 6
"Clean Slate"
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"The Boxer"

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"Bleed Out"


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"Winter Is Here"

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"Bitter Pill"
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"The Angel of Wentworth"

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"The Edge"


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"Lovers and Fighters"

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"Shallow Grave"
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"Fractured"


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"Indelible Ink"
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"Showdown"

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Wentworth: Season 7
"7x01 Blood Wedding"
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"7x02 Payback"

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"7x03 Atonement"


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"7x04 Karen"

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"7x05 Ascension"
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"7x06 Mother"

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"7x07 Bad Blood"


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"7x08 Protection"

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"7x09 Under Siege Part One"
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"7x10 Under Siege Part Two"


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