Alex Winter is a patient of Dr. Ellis. He is the human form (and counterpart) of the Arkn King Uriel, as well as the vessel for the Hethian Scrolls of Creation. He is the main protagonist of A Cry From Winter and Wayward_Winter, and a key character in the Arknthology.
Little is known about Alex's background. He was the son of Marcus and Mary Winter, and (in most timelines) has a sister named Elizabeth and a brother named Michaelis. Alex was a highly troubled child, and spent a lot of time alone in his room talking to himself. He often heard voices and had strange dreams, and claimed to have visions of monstrous creatures. Normally a calm, quiet boy, he once become violently angry and started a fight with a group of boys after he saw them kicking a tree.
Alex's family was mysteriously murdered when he was a young child: an occurrence which seems consistent in every timeline. The massacre of his family remains an unsolved case, with no leads to this day (aside from the possibility of a known serial killer being behind the murders). He spent most of his childhood after this in the care of his enigmatic therapist, Dr. Ellis. His alternate in Timeline B is on death row, due to being charged with the murder of his family at age 7.
A Cry From Winter
Alex Winter, a troubled man, is suffering from multiple disorders and his family's death by the hands of a serial killer. He finds himself in a "live or die" situation when supernatural entities connected to Dr. Ellis's medication began to stalk him. Leaving his tragic past behind, he tries to figure out what is going on with the help of his best friend, James.
After using The Traveller's Call, Alex is eventually transported to another reality, where he was found guilty of murdering his family at age 7 and is now on death row. At the first, James is confused with the dimension-travelling and two Alex Winters; however, realizing the danger he is in, the alternate James decides to help his new friend. Now, Alex and James must deal with LongNose and the rest of The Negatives.
At the end of Season 3, "Alex" addresses the audience directly, revealing that he is really Uriel, and that he was aware (and in control) of his situation the entire time. He reveals that everything that has happened to him so far and every version of Alex that's been introduced was a fabrication created by Uriel as part of his punishment in The Infernous. (However, the events of Season 1 of ACryFromWinter, up to the supposed "reset", happened concurrently to Alex Winter "Prime", Uriel's true counterpart.) Uriel then nervously leaves the Infernous, exiting into Timeline A where he and the real Alex can meet for the first time and begin on the path towards convergence.
The real Alex Winter appears on camera for the first time in Wayward_Winter. He is a patient of Dr. Ellis, and has a girlfriend named Sarah Kestler. He is making a YouTube channel uploading videos of his medication reactions and his thoughts during the process. Alex describes having nightmares involving things that he can't explain, including sightings of bird-faced people and angelic entities, and monsters and madness. All of these things begin to actually happen to him as he makes contact with a Dekn named Allastar, who claims to be his temporary guardian (as his true guardian is off doing "important things"). In order to protect Alex from Ellpagg (who is being controlled by The Carver and trying to kill Alex), he is brought to a safe pocket in the Infernous.
While in the Infernous, Alex is given the simple task of going through the notebooks and journal logs of other versions of himself that have been killed off by Ellpagg. During this time, Alex is ripped from his Infernous and brought to another place of power, the Nexellium. Here he meets a Valkyrium calling herself Seraphina, who tortures and beats him for information regarding Uriel's whereabouts. When Seraphina realizes that he doesn't know where Uriel is, she gives him the journal of his alternate self to read, to help prepare him for his upcoming convergence with Uriel. Alex is then brought back to his timeline, where he meets with Allastar to discuss what has happened with him. Allastar suggests that "higher authorities" should be contacted for help, and proceeds to summon one of the shards of Malek, who takes over Alex.
Under Uriel's instruction, Alex uses The Traveller's Call to return his original timeline (Timeline A). He finds his car parked at the end of a road (as it was in "Biding The Time"), and realizes that he has not only been returned to his own timeline, but the year 2014. Uriel explains that this gives Alex a chance to "fix" everything. Uriel then states that his power (which was already depleted from his time in The Infernous) is diminishing rapidly. He departs from Alex.
Alex later posts a new vlog ("Welcome To My Nightmare"), in which he explains that he's realized that the year is actually 2017 after seeing a trailer for a new Thor movie; rather than transporting him back in 2014, the Call has pulled the events of 2014 to the year 2017. Alex explains that he has crushed his medication and diffused it into a water bottle, and that he is exhausted.
Alex then falls into a trance, during which his video films in black and white. Alex finds himself face to face with a duplicate, dressed in a beanie, who seemingly does nothing but read the journals he acquired and stare out the window. This version of himself explains that he represents Alex's subconscious; he informs Alex that he has several choices at this juncture in his life: he can become him (i.e. a broken shell of what he's supposed to stand for), or he can walk out his bedroom door and discover what lies in store for him. When Alex asks his duplicate where he is, his double informs him that he's in The Vale.
Eventually, Alex finds his way out of The Vale. The Arkn-Dekn war spreads to the human realm, causing the entire world to take sides. Alex is married to Sarah Kestler, while Uriel fights Dekn in New York. In time, Alex converges with Uriel, becoming Uriel Alexander Winter. The act is apparently very traumatic, as the conversion is incomplete (leaving part of his soul unmerged); it is possible that the conversion gives him complete amnesia. After he recovers, the converged Alex joins Sarah (who may have converged with her own Guardian Arkn) in the fight against the Dekn. The two are eventually married.
However, this is not the end of Alex's story: Alex Winter was created by Uriel in order to house and protect the Hethian Scrolls of Creation; his fate was sealed when he split convergence with Uriel. During the Battle of the Arknza, after the death of converged Uriel Alexander Winter, Redgrave awakens Alex's true form as the Creation Scrolls (with his permission), eliminating his vessel to give way to the base of creation for the new universe, Universe X, destroying Alex in a heroic sacrifice.
In Universe E, due to the events of The Knight Shift never occurring, Uriel never departs from the Arkn; as such, Alex Winter is never created.
Due to the fact that he is the sole survivor of the Winter Family Massacre, Alex suffers from multiple mental health issues, including Major Anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Bipolar Disorder. He tends to say "um" a lot when he's nervous.Aside from this, Alex has been shown to have a love of media (of all kinds) and to be an avid collector of movies. It has been mentioned numerous times that he enjoys the book series The Dark Tower.
- Alex Winter does not exist in Universe E, due to the events that led to his creation (i.e. Uriel throwing himself into a .Reality core) never coming to pass.