The "Shawshank Prisoner" is a young man who is found locked in a hidden cell in a disused section of Shawshank State Penitentiary.


The prisoner was kept locked up by Warden Dale Lacy in a cage in a water cistern below the disused Block F of Shawshank State Penitentiary. Shortly before Lacy committed suicide, he told the Prisoner that, when he was found, he should ask for "Henry Matthew Deaver."[1]

Shawshank was sold to a private company, Northeast Correctional, and Lacy committed suicide on his last day as warden. The new warden, T. Porter, wanted to reopen Block F – which had been closed ever since a fire in the eighties killed a number of inmates – leading to the prisoner's discovery by guard Dennis Zawelski. The prisoner does not speak and appears timid, although he does mention Deaver's name.[1]

Warden Porter decides to keep him imprisoned since there are no records about him, and hopes the situation will resolve itself by putting him in with a particular violent inmate. The prisoner soon manages to escape his cell, and Zawelski watched on monitors as he walked through the prison, the gates opening for him and with a number of dead guards in his wake.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • The Shawshank Prisoner is played by Bill Skarsgård. Some release materials refer to him as "The Kid," but it is unclear if he is meant to be the same character.

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