Agent Michael "Mike" Emerson Weston is one of the two main supporting protagonists (along with Max) and an FBI agent. He was one of the few people in the FBI who knows where Claire Matthews was in protective custody during Joe Carrol's master plans. He is Ryan's right hand man through out season 1 and is replaced by Max Hardy in season 2, but later returns as his partner again, along side Max, as the two appear to be developing into a relationship.
The Character From The Following Mike is a very tech savvy guy, who is also a fan of Ryan Hardy. He studied political science at Wesleyan; his dissertation at the academy was about Carroll (however he mistook Carroll's killing spree at Winslow for sexual arousal rather than the insanity of art). He has been with the FBI for three years and is the second youngest of his unit. It has also been mentioned that he spent two years working for the FBI's witness protection unit.
Physical Appearance Edit
Mike appears to be in his mid to late 20s. Stands between 5'10 and half to 5'11, he has a skinny figure but has muscle, either really dark blonde hair or light brown hair, possible a mix. His attire consists of casual wear, wearing hoodies, jackets and jeans with t-shirts unlike most of the other FBI agents. He has blue eyes too, with skin that was somewhat a pale color.
At first, Ryan has very little respect for Mike. However, in Mad Love, he trusts Mike to save him from Maggie. After Mike does that, he starts showing respect for Mike, and Mike becomes his right-hand man, like Roderick is Joe Carrolls right-hand man.
In "The Fall", Weston is shot in the chest by a follower, although the specific follower knows he is wearing a bullet proof vest. Leading to doubt about Weston's position from the older officers, he goes back to his room frustrated, however, Joe's followers are there and kidnap him to a remote location. He then meets Roderick, Joe's right hand man who goes on to reveal a lot of information about Mike they know about him. He demands Claire's location, to which Mike says he doesn't know. Roderick then tells him to play their "game" and it gets more intense as Mike is forced to fight Charlie in a fist fight, then with a pipe - having broken bones afterwards. He gives Mike one last chance, but Mike refuses, still saying he doesn't know. Roderick tells Mike that he believes him then has Charlie stab him. Just as the others try to kill him, Ryan and Debra arrive and shoot several followers as Mike falls unconscious from his wounds. He is hospitalized and it is revealed to Ryan by Debra that Mike not only did know Claire's location, but he was the only one who did and refused to tell anyone. Ryan looks at his unconscious body with depression and frustration over what Joe's men did to him.
In "The Curse" Mike finally returns albeit with his injuries not fully healed and is clearly having an impact from almost dying. His appearance becomes more rugged with facial hair and bandages on his head. He assists in taking down the militia home of Joe's and finding a militant leader named Daniel, the person who gave Joe that home. Once arriving, Mike breaks open the window and brutally attacks Daniel who tried to shoot them till Debra stops him. Ryan tries to talk with him, but Mike keeps saying he's alright. However, Joe and Jacob appear at the house as well and Joe ties Mike up while pressing on his wounds for fun mocking Ryan as Mike tells Ryan to kill Joe, but the glass is bullet proof. Ryan reassures Mike that he won't kill him since Joe needs him to get out alive. After Jacob arrives downstairs with Debra, he leaves with Joe and make an escape. While in an ambulance, Mike finally admits he's been very angry and tense over what happened and apologizes over the whole thing, to which Ryan says he's fine and is told to get better.
After being checked out, Mike returns and is shocked to see Roderick at the police station and tries to stop him, but the other police officers stop him before he has a chance to tail him. After they catch Roderick, Ryan forces him to take him to Joey (who he kidnapped as insurance) while Mike was in the trunk following them. Roderick is then killed by Joe's followers at the location and Mike takes Joey upstairs to hide him and begins a fight with a follower and kills him with his gun. However, Jacob took Joey away as Ryan went after him. Luckily, Jacob finally did the right thing and let Joey go with Ryan. Back at the station, a follower named Melissa comes forward claiming she wishes to do the right thing, but uses this moment to stab Nick in his eye resulting in Ryan and Mike shooting her dead.
After Debra is abducted, Ryan and Mike follow the location Debra can describe with her phone. At the location, Mike is almost killed by the follower Alex, to which Ryan captures him. Demanding Debra's location, Ryan and Mike brutally torture him for her location to which Alex gives in. However, the duo arrive too late as Debra died before they reached her. While Mike mourned her death, Ryan, filled with rage at Alex's taunts, murders him in cold blood. After finding Joe's finished manuscript, Mike and Ryan discover Joe planned the whole thing and that Debra was supposed to die. But Mike notes so was he and that they can change the ending. Though Ryan says he doesn't know where to go, Mike easily sees through his lies, but is unable to stop him and is left behind.
After Ryan's fight with Joe, Mike informs them of Joe's death, to which he seems uneasy about and hands Claire a phone to talk with her son. After Ryan and Claire are almost killed by Molly, a tearful Mike informs Ryan of Claire's death (which is later a lie as Mike had put her in protective custody for both their sake).
A year after Joe's death, Mike is back living at home. However, after hearing of the subway massacre's, Mike, along with Ryan, are recruited again in the FBI on board to assist in gaining information on the identity and motives of the attackers. Ryan dismisses the FBI's request for his help and appears to want nothing to do with the situation, much to Mike's disappointment. However, Mike followed Ryan back to his apartment and discovers Ryan's vigilantly activities of chasing Carlos Perez, which Mike is forced to confiscate his belongings so Ryan won't be arrested. At the same time Ryan finally reveals info on the belief that Joe may be alive, revealing that Joe had a half-brother and that his brother's body may have been used to fake his death. Mike however, dismisses all of this and tells Ryan to either stay out of the FBI's way or give them his help. at this time he meets Max Hardy, Ryan's niece, to which they do not meet on good terms, to which Max mentions that Mike should take it easy on her Uncle.
After discovering Emma Hill's location, Mike and agent Gina Mendez storm her home and kill 6 followers and take the remaining one to custody. Ryan was present, but Mike says he'll tell him what happened later. However, after Ryan asks for his help on Lily Gray, the only survivor of the subway massacre, they soon discovers her in a lie and with the help of Weston's subway video footage realizes that Lily is involved with the cult. She escapes after murdering two agents, to which Ryan and Mike reveal her involvement to the public.
After discovering surveillance of the missing Mandy Lang, Weston, Mendez, and the FBI discover an image of Joe and Mandy from a surveillance camera, but fail to actually identify the man in the picture as Joe, however, Mike has doubts. Believing Ryan may be right, he receives a call from Ryan about the location of Lily's home, to which Mike is unable to tell Mendez, as he now believes the FBI may be compromised. Mike travels to Ryan and Max's location on his own. Revealing the image to Ryan, they confirm it is Joe Carroll, alive. Mike apologizes to Ryan for not believing him earlier and the create a plan to lure Joe out. The plan works as they capture Luke Gray. However, Mike's erratic behavior causes him to rough Luke up after the latter taunts him and what he would do to Max. While Ryan goes to Lily's house, Max and Mike are at the exchange for Joe, to which Lily never kept her word and brought a hostage instead. After Mike flattens her tires, he threatens to kill Luke after stabbing him twice in the back with a box knife. He begrudgingly lets him go when Lily lets her hostage go and they give chase. When Mike finds Lily and Mark, he is ambushed by Luke, to which he shoots him twice in the chest (though Luke was wearing a bullet proof vest). Just as Luke stops him from going after the others, Mike beats him to the ground and brutally beats him to a bloody pulp to the point of almost killing him had Max not stopped him. They then meet Ryan at an airstrip just missing Joe, as the group now realize Joe is really alive. Ryan, Max, and Weston conclude that somebody from the FBI must be compromised and feeding Joe information.
After Weston's outburst on Luke, Weston leaves the FBI building to go home because he feels mentally unstable after assaulting Luke. After hearing of Max's capture, Weston returns to help find Max. After Ryan receives the video of Max on his phone, he questions Luke, who remains in custody at a hospital. Luke reveals the man's name: Kurt (Bowlen), known as "The Huntsman" - a known serial killer. The FBI find Kurt's home; Ryan and Weston handcuff his son until he reveals where his father is. Max escapes into the woods, with Kurt chasing her. FBI police dogs track them down and Weston finds Max right before Kurt is shot dead by Ryan. Julia gives Joe a lie detector test to ensure his intentions are genuine. Back at the headquarters, Ryan receives a video text message from Lily and puts it on screen in the FBI's office. Weston recognizes Lily is at his father's house, as the video turns to his father strapped in a chair. Mark slits his throat and kills him. As Weston runs out of the room crying hysterically, Lily teases Ryan that she has more surprises in store for him. Ryan catches Weston weeping outside and holds him.
The funeral for Weston's father takes place, with Ryan and Max attending. When Ryan goes missing, Mike and Max go to find him at Dr. Arthur Strauss's home. Weston finds Arthur's pupil Cole as Cole was looking for tools and shoots him. Ryan frees himself and then Carrie Cooke. Ryan and Weston tie Strauss to the table and whip his hand until he reveals that Joe had a connection to a female in the FBI. That night Mike and Max begin to bond as she asks how he's been since his fathers death, and Mike seems to now start opening up to him since then. After he fells asleep, Max was seen watching over him.
After Max has an embarrassing moment of her almost catching Mike naked, Max and Weston narrow their list of possible moles in the FBI, a list including Agent Mendez. Ryan doesn't believe she's guilty, but questions her outside of her apartment. After questioning Mendez, Ryan and Weston track Mendez as she travels to Jana's house. Luckily, Jana's friend lets Mike and Ryan in. They find Mendez and have an ambulance called before cornering Jana and questioning her about where Joe is. Jana proceeds to shoot herself in the head. Mendez is taken away, alive, in an ambulance. After the massacre at the book store, Mike was present watching Carrie plays the clip on her news report, a video of Joe announcing to the world that he's still alive and nobody is to feel safe. Weston walks Max out and ends up getting into a car with unknown men. Weston is transferred to another car and blindfolded on the way to a location where he meets up with Agent Philips. Philips brings him to a room where he comes face-to-face with Claire Matthews, alive with a new look.
Weston catches Claire up on everything and she expresses interest in helping find Joe instead of letting witness protection move her, but Weston insists she stays safe. He then returns home to assist Ryan finding Joe and expresses his surprise that Max called his mom worried about him. He assists Ryan in finding Mallory. They track her location to a restaurant she used to work at and Ryan tries to get information about where Joe is out of Mallory, but Patrick slits her throat before being shot dead by Mike.
In "Freedom" Ryan and Mike continue researching information on Lily Gray and cults that believe in blood sacrifice. Two men cause chaos after stabbing a group of people at a bakery, sending them all to the hospital. Mike and Ryan realize it's Lily Gray's work as they rush to the hospital to stop Luke from escaping. Luke escapes the hospital after being chased down by Ryan, though Serena and Decklan, Lily's hired mercenaries, are killed by Mike and Ryan, respectively. As Mike expresses his frustration over the whole ordeal, Ryan reaffirms him that they will get them and have their lives back. When the return to Ryan's apartment, Mike is shocked to see Scott at the door and Mike panics and tells Ryan that he can explain everything to which Claire is already seen by Ryan.
Left speechless by Claire's appearance, Scott tells everyone to leave, to which Ryan warns Mike not to stay, which Mike agrees knowing Ryan is not in the mood now. After Joe sends a message to Carrie, Ryan leaves with Mike and has Max stay back with Claire as the duo prepare to save Kingston Tanner's son from Joe. En route, Mike repeateldly tries to apologize to Ryan, to which Ryan eventually understands why he did what he did and gets over his anger at Mike. Mike and Ryan arrive and Mike kills Lucas during the ensuing battle and is stopped by Ryan from killing the students wearing masks that Robert super glued to their faces. Ryan goes after Joe's followers and calls Mike and Ryan tells Mike to take care of Claire and Max before he follows Joe's followers back to the Korban compound. Later on, when Mike returns to the apartment after Ryan ditches him to find Joe, Max once again conveys her worry when she finds Mike has injured his arm. She tells him Carrie broadcasted Joe's latest video message on the news. Carrie then arrives to see Ryan and Mike asks Claire to go into the bedroom to leave himself and Max alone to deal with Carrie.
Claire voices her idea to broadcast her return on the news, as to lure Joe out and thus, find Ryan. Max believes "it's all kinds of crazy" but doesn't speak against it otherwise. Mike and Max go to meet he preacher whose son Joe kidnapped in the episode before. We see Max again with Mike at what is assumed the FBI headquarters. They discuss how they are both dealing with the situation at hand and Max voices her concern for Mike and her hope that he isn't on some vengeful mission to kill Lily Gray and an attempt to avenge his father's death. Max's computer alerts her to a lead of Lily Gray, telling them where one of her residences is. Mike and Max join the FBI team to New Jersey and they find the house empty. Later, when Mike and Max arrives at Joe's cults camp, Mike uses the chance to sneak away to pursue Lily who was close. He corners Lily and when she says she'll go quietly, Mike questions if she really wants that, knowing she could easily escape with her enormous wealth. Max and Ryan catch up with Mike and they attempt to talk him out of killing Lily. Just as Mike lowers his gun, he says "I know this won't fix anything...but it will fix you" and shoots Lily 3 times, killing her, thereby avenging his fathers murder.
Max and Ryan lie to Clarke over Lily's death to ensure Mike doesn't face charges. Back at Ryan's apartment, while Ryan and Claire discuss their next plans for Joe in another room, Max makes Mike some food. Although they say nothing, she sits beside him and shows him once again that she is worried and that she is there for him, should he need her comfort and support - this again shows the development of their relationship. We see Max again with Ryan and Mike as Kingston Tanner's house before he leaves to go meet Joe, who still has his son Preston. Ryan and Mike follow them to a church when Joe and the others hold the people hostage.
During a heated confrontation between him and Joe, Mike willingly reduces himself to an inferior standing before a gun-yielding Joe Carroll, who threatens to kill him. Joe is adamant that, unless Ryan reveals himself, he will shoot Mike. There is a three-second countdown before a gunshot is heard. However, Joe killed Preston instead solely because his crying was irritating him. Before Joe can kill Mike, Ryan shows himself to inform him of Claire's capture from the twins and that they must work together to save her. As the church blacks out, Ryan, Joe and Mike escape with Max and Mike secretly following them.
They follow until daylight where the park the car by the forest surrounding the Twins' location. Mike and Max hike towards the house in an effort to avoid security footage. While Joe, Ryan and Claire and tied down in the dining room, Mike and Max shoot multiple times through the window to drive them away. Mike goes after the twins, while Max helps Ryan free. Mike fights Mark and tells Mark that he killed Lily, not Ryan. Just then Luke helps his brother gain the upper hand, hitting Mike to the ground. Before Luke can beat Mike with a plank of wood, Max shoots him dead. Mark retaliates with his own gun but misses. He drags Luke's body away and Max tends to Mike. He wakes up and they soon join Claire, Ryan and Joe on the balcony while Ryan has Joe at gunpoint. Ryan decides not to kill Joe and have him arrested. Ryan instructs Mike and Max to call Clark and have him send a squad of agents to retrieve Joe and look for Mark.
Mike later approaches Max and tells her he would've killed Joe. Max tells him he wouldn't have. Mike then adds that he's not the good man she thinks he is but Max waves him off and tells him she never thought he was perfect. They share a smile and their first kiss - a gesture to begin their romantic relationship.
- Has three brothers; one he is close to, the other two he hates. (Mad Love)
- He is the second-youngest member of his FBI unit.
- He has a terrier mix.
- He carries a Glock 22 as his FBI issued sidearm.
- After the events of "Welcome Home", he seems unafraid of crossing boundaries and abusing Caught Followers.
- He is from San Diego, California.
- His first and last name - Mike Weston - is similar to that of Michael Westen, the main character of TV series Burn Notice.
- Shawn and his cast-mate Jessica Stroup, who plays Max Hardy, both have tattoos on their wrist and subseqently so do their characters.
- The romantic pairing of Mike and Max is affectionately named 'Maxton'.