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Mark Scout Adam Scott as Mark Scout (Credit: Atsushi Nishijima)
Also Known As Mark S., Milady
Portrayed By Adam Scott
Occupation Macrodata Refinement Chief at Lumon Industries
Status Severed, Alive
First Appearance Good News About Hell

Mark Scout

Mark Scout (born April 3, 1978) is a former college professor of history, specializing in World War I, at the university in Ganz. He now works at Lumon Industries, first as a Senior Macrodata Refiner and then as Macrodata Refinement Chief following a promotion after his coworker Petey leaves. Mark has worked at Lumon for about two years,[1] since just after his wife Gemma presumably died in a car accident.

His employee number is 4502,[2] although his employee code on his ID badge reads 08-927.[3] Due to his severed status, Mark is not sure what he does at Lumon but believes he is a type of corporate historian, working in the archives division.[4]

He lives alone in a house in Baird Creek Manor that is subsidized by the company. His neighbor is Mrs. Selvig.


Before working at Lumon, Mark was a history professor at Ganz College whose specialty was World War I, also known as The Great War.

Mark and Gemma’s wedding photo Mark and Gemma’s wedding photo[5]

Mark’s wife, Gemma, was apparently killed in a car accident. Following that tragedy, Mark quit teaching and took a job on the Severed Floor of Lumon to blot out his grief, if only for a portion of the day. At night when he is alone, he drinks alcohol until he passes out.

Mark has one sibling, a younger sister named Devon, who is married to Ricken Hale. His relationship with Devon is very close. Ricken says Mark and Devon’s father was “a misdiagnosed alcoholic,”[6] with his use of the past tense suggesting their father—whose name is not mentioned—may be deceased.

Over the course of the first season, Mark’s Innie and Outie both grow more distrustful of Lumon Industries, and Mark’s Outie even begins to think of quitting. In Defiant Jazz, it is revealed that it was Reghabi who performed the Severance Procedure on Mark and inserted the chip inside his brain. According to her, she is the only person who can deactivate the chip.[7] Whether or not Mark will undergo Reintegration is unknown at this point.


  • According to Mark’s driver’s license, he was born on April 3, 1978, and his license will expire or was issued on April 24, 2020. He is believed to be in his forties, as also mentioned by the actor, Adam Scott.[8] Also, from his driver’s license, he weighs 165 lbs[9] and his natural hair is brown.[10]
  • Mark’s Outie is seen wearing a Vostok Komandirskie 341307 watch.[11][12] The word “komandirskie” in Russian translates to commander. Given that his wife taught Russian literature at Ganz College,[13] it is quite likely the watch came from her. Mark wears his watches on his right hand.
  • As shown in the first episode, Mark spends six minutes traversing the hallways of the Severed Floor to get to his department, from 9:04 to 9:10. On screen, however, the walk only takes one minute and thirty-five seconds.
  • The character is named after Mark Erickson, the father of Severance creator Dan Erickson.[14]
  • He is currently working on showing kind eyes.

Quotes & Dialogue

The work is mysterious and important.

Season 1, Episode 4, The You You Are (16:46)

Ms. Casey: Why do you care what happens to me?
Mark: Because we’re people, not parts of people. Even with what little they gave us, these are our lives. No one gets to just turn you off.

Season 1, Episode 8, What’s for Dinner? (14:16)


Season 1

See Also

Season 1, Episode 1, Good News About Hell (40:39)
Season 1, Episode 2, Half Loop (32:33)
Season 1, Episode 5, The Grim Barbarity of Optics and Design (6:36)
Season 1, Episode 2, Half Loop (25:04)
Season 1, Episode 9, The We We Are (37:29)
Season 1, Episode 1, Good News About Hell (39:26)
Season 1, Episode 7, Defiant Jazz (1:33)
Season 1, Episode 3, In Perpetuity (11:49)
Season 1, Episode 1, Good News About Hell (33:57)
Season 1, Episode 1, Good News About Hell (6:00)
Milton, Danny; Pennington, Cole (March 2, 2022). “Let’s Talk About Those Watches in ‘Severance.’” HODINKEE.
Season 1, Episode 1, Good News About Hell (40:28)
Hayley Erickson Goelzer, Twitter (May 11, 2022)
mark_scout.txt · Last modified: 2022-11-17 20:02 by Scribe of Kier