In Death there are no accidents, no coincidences, no mishaps and no escapes.
William Bludworth, to Alex and Clear.
William Bludworth is a main character in the Final Destination series. He is a mortician and the owner of Bludworth Funeral Homes. Bludworth has the most knowledge of Death and its forces and capacities. First appearing in Final Destination, he's become one of the most popular characters in the franchise.
Bludworth was born on October 31, 1954 in New York. He is mysterious, agitated, and imminent to some of the survivors when they evade Death. He works as a mortician in Bludworth Funeral Homes and has some currently unrevealed, heavily implied connection to Death. He speaks with an intimidating, ragged, baritone voice.
After the death of Tod Waggner, Alex Browning and Clear Rivers went to see his corpse at the morgue. Bludworth caught them in the act and asked why they came. He told them that they had cheated Death by getting off the doomed Flight 180 aircraft, but now Death has a new design for all of them. Offering his help, he explains to them about the rule of Death: those who cheat death will be revisited by Death once more to claim back their lives which should've been lost. He also tells them about Death's List, a list of the order of deaths of the survivors in the original incident, and how it will work on them once again. Finally, he states about how ruining the list can affect the remaining survivors.
Final Destination 2
One year later, Clear visited Bludworth again, along with Kimberly Corman and Thomas Burke, who survived the incident in Route 23. William, who cremates the body of the recently deceased Evan Lewis, only mentions to them that new life can defeat Death.
Originally thought that Isabella Hudson's pregnancy can give new life, Kimberly's second premonition revealed that she is the only one who can cheat Death.
Final Destination 5
After a complete absence from Final Destination 3 and The Final Destination, Sam, Molly and friends first encountered Bludworth at the North Bay Bridge Memorial where he told them that Death doesn't like to be "cheated". The second time they met was at Candice's death. They met him again at the scene of Isaac's demise, where he told them of Death's design, and by taking a life can they live, for they will receive the lifespan of the person they've killed, in turn scratch their name off Death's list and taking the lifespan of the other person.
Peter seemed to be the most willing to kill another person in order to save himself. When Bludworth meets up with the survivors of the Bridge Collapse, he says "I've seen this before", meaning that people surviving an accident are meant to die sooner or later. Later on, these events are revealed to have taken place before the first Final Destination. Soon after these events, he is promoted from "Undertaker" to "Mortician'.
Death of the Senses
Due to a usual coroner being on vacation, Bludworth (going by just Bill) was transferred to a New York morgue, just in time for Death to begin targeting a new set of victims who were supposed to die at the hands of a would-be serial murderer killed in self-defense by latest visionary Jack Curtis.
When Jack and his friend Officer Amy Tom stopped by the morgue to take a look at the corpses of first victim Chelsea Cox and the dead psychotic, Bludworth greeted them, and like he did for Alex, Clear, Kimberly, and Thomas, offered cryptic advice.
- Final Destination (portrayed by Tony Todd)
- Final Destination (novel)
- Final Destination 2 (portrayed by Tony Todd)
- Final Destination 2 (novel)
- Final Destination 5 (portrayed by Tony Todd)
- Final Destination: Death of the Senses (novel)
- Many fans have long theorized that Bludworth is the very personification of Death or a major representative of it. However, this has been confirmed to be false by the producers.
- In the morgue in Final Destination 2, you can see William Bludworth wearing Evan's diamond studded Rolex. How he obtained the watch is unknown, unless no one took off his watch prior to the autopsy. This may suggest that he steals the belongings of those whose bodies he examines.
- This may be referenced in the opening of Final Destination 5 by Evan's microwave exploding behind Tony Todd's name.
- In the beginning of Final Destination 2 when Kimberly wakes up suddenly you can hear Tony Todd's voice saying "Kimberly". Considering the conductor of Train 081 was also voiced by Tony Todd it is unknown whether this is the voice of William Bludworth or a supernatural force.
- It is theorized that Bludworth does not actually want the survivors to live, as the advice he gives e.g. "new life, kill or be killed" does not work. It is also theorized that, while not Death, he is something closely related to Death, possibly Death's assistant as it is acting on his advice that takes the lives of several of the survivors; Sam, Molly, Peter, Nathan and Agent Block die by the "Kill or be killed" advice, and the new life, when acted on, as they think they've escaped Death by Kimberly dying and coming back to life.
- William Bludworth is the character with the most appearences in the series. He appears in more than two different Final Destination movies, and thus the only character able to survive the events of more than one film. He has made major appearances in Final Destination, Final Destination 2, and Final Destination 5. Tony Todd also voiced the Devil in front of the Devil's Flight from Final Destination 3, although this is not necessarily William Bludworth. The only film not to feature Tony Todd in any way is The Final Destination. It remains unknown what happened to Bludworth after the events of Final Destination 2.
- Final Destination 5 ends with Bludworth saying "You all just be careful now" following the death montage. This makes him the last person to ever be seen in a Final Destination film up to this point.
- Taking place in 2000, CGI effects artists forgot to make Bludworth younger for the first film.