Sara Tancredi is one of the main characters of the crime drama series, Prison Break. She was a doctor at Fox River State Penitentiary and a member of the Scylla Team to take down the Company. She is also the main love interest of Michael Scofield and the mother of Michael "Mike" Scofield Jr.
Sara is the daughter of the Governor of Illinois, Frank Tancredi. Growing up, Sara lost her mother sometime in her childhood and grew up with her father with no brothers or sisters. However, due to her father's job of being the Governer of Illinois, Sara and her father have a strained relationship as her father spends more time at work than with her. The job as Governer has even prevent Sara's father in spending time with Sara especially on her birthday, only being able to celebrate on a few rare occasions and spends flowers in his place. She attended Northwestern University with her desire to become a doctor and decided to become a humanitarian after becoming inspired by Mahatma Gandhi. However, it caused a further strain towards her relationship with her father due to their different views and beliefs.
Years later, Sara became a doctor and even won humanitarian award, but sometime later she developed an abdication to morphine that caused her to get into trouble several times, involving her father to save her from jail time on more than one occasion. Sara was contacted by Bellick, a guard of the Prison Fox State Penitentiary and offered Sara the job as Prison docotor to get her back on the right path and to show her what would happen if she went down the wrong road. Sara accepted the job and got off her morphine addiction, but Sara's new job as prison doctor, caused yet another strained towards her relationship with her father, causing him to become stressed and constantly worried for her safety.
The Escape Aftermath
Sara is saved and put in the hospital after her suicide attempt. She quickly manages to recover, but everyone has learned the truth that she was partially responsible in helping Michael and the rest of the Fox River 8 escape by leaving the door to the infirmary room unlocked. Due to Sara's actions, her medical license is suspended, she must attend meetings with an addicts support group and her relationship with her father become more broken and fractured than ever due to his upcoming position as Vice President. Sara is also left feeling emotionally hurt and betrayed by Michael, believing the growing relationship between them was nothing but a lie. However, Sara manages to pull herself back together when she befriends a member of her support group named Scott, unaware he is actually Kellerman, a member of the Company. Kellerman is undercover to get close to Sara, believing she is the key to find and capturing Michael. During this time, Sara also begins to receive orgami birds from Michael, containing a secret code for them to meet. Sara ignores the swans, but still keeps them. Sara continues to get her life back together and manages to reconcile with her father who promises to help Sara through her current struggles.
On the Run from the Company
However, Sara's father Frank Tancredi starts to believe Sara's original suspicions and beliefs about Linlcon's case, espically when he notices Kellerman at City Hall. He begins to look more into the matter of Linlcon's case and warns Sara to stay away from "Scott". Sara soon starts to become worried and goes to visit her father, only to find him dead in his home from apparently suicide, but also finds a mysterious key. Sara is distraught, but as she returns home, she finds a stranger in her apartment, attempting to kill her. Sara instantly realizes he is trying to kill her and stage her death from a morphine overdose. Sara manages to escape and attempts to seek help from an old friend of her father's, but shortly later another attempt on her life is made, resulting in the death of a young woman. Sara realizes she was set up and with no other options left, Sara decides to decode Michael's messages, discovering he wants to meet in New Mexico. Sara goes to meet with Michael and is reunited with him for the first time since his escape and confronts regarding everything that's happened and informs him of the death of her father. Michael expresses his deep regret for everything, but offers Sara the chance to start over with him in a new life.
However, they are quickly attacked by Michael's pursuer, Alex Manhone. They managed to evade him and after buying supplies, they go to a motel and Sara tends to Michael's wounds. Michael again offers Sara the chance of starting over, but she avoids answering his request. However, when Michael leaves the room to clean up, Sara leaves Michael, deciding not to get herself anymore involved, but has second thoughts and decides to return only to find herself reunited with Kellerman, threatening her at gun point. Sara is kidnapped and taken to another motel where Kellerman reveals the secrets behind her father's death. Frank Tancredi was murdered as he found a recording piece of evidence to prove Linlcon's innocence. However, the evidence wasn't and the Company and Kellerman realized that Sara is the only other person who must have it. Kellerman proceeds to torture Sara, pushing her head down in a bath of water and electrifying her, but Sara continues having no claims of what Kellermen is looking for.
After all attempts of force fail, Kellermen is later ordered by his superior to kill Sara. He holds her underwater in the bath for her to drown, but she manages to unplug it and save herself. Sara manages to fight off Kellermen and makes her escape, jumping out a window and landing in a car, but suffers from a few minor injuries. Sara hides away to heal herself while Kellermen fails to find her and is later forced to abandon his search for Sara when the Company no longer believes him to be useful. Sara begins her search to find and reunite with Michael, seeing he is the only person she has left, but soon discovers on the news that he and Linlcon have been recaptured and will be transported back to River State Penitentiary. Sara goes into hiding, cutting off her hair and tossing away her identity to hide herself from the Company.
Second Reunion with Michael
Eventually, Sara discovers Michael and Linlcon have managed to escape and watches the news broadcast, revealing everything that's happened involving Linlcon's innocence, the Company's conspiracy as well as the deaths caused by Alex Manhone and more. During the broadcast, Michael takes the the time to once again apologize to Sara for everything he has done to her and how much it has early affected her. However, Sara is able to discover the true meaning behind the message, learning it's another of Michael's secret messages to her, informing Sara to meet with them. Unfortunately Sara is unable to meet with them at their location, but is able to contact Michael and confesses the truth about her kidnapping that lead to their seperation. Sara realizes Michael needs her help to learn the mystery surrounding the key her father possessed and Michael assures Sara they will work together to find out and get their lives back from the Company.
Sara later boards a train and is once again happily reunited with Michael and meets Linlcon again for the first time since the breakout. However, Sara shockingly discovers they've partnered with Kellermen and reveals to the pair about him abducting and torturing her. Michael was greatly angered upon learning the truth, wanting to abandon Kellerman, but continued working together with him, learning he knew the secret behind Sara's key, knowing exactly what it opened. They resumed their parternship, but Sara is still greatly angered for everything he did and attempts to strangle Kellermen until she is pulled away by Michael.
Capture and Exoneration
When all hope seemed lost for Michael and Linlcon when Caroline stepped down as President they decided their only option left was to resume their original plan to run away and start a new life in Panama. Michael called Sara and she agreed, driving to the dock to meet with Michael and Linlcon on the boat, but realized she was being followed by the FBI. Knowing if she continued, Michael and Linlcon would be captured, Sara decided to sacrifice herself to give Michael and Linlcon their freedom and surrendered herself. A week later, Sara's trial began, but it wasn't going well, appearing Sara would serve 12 years for aiding and abetting Michael and Linlcon. However, much to Sara's surprise and astonishment, Paul Kellerman, Sara's former captor and former agent of the Company came forward as a witness, fully exposing the truth about the company as well as Linlcon's innocence. Due to his help, Sara and Linlcon were cleared of all charges, making them free people once again.
Sara eventually managed to locate and once again was reunited with Michael and Linlcon, informing the brothers of Linlcon's freedom and working on Michael's freedom. However, their happiness was quickly short lived when William Kim, another agent of the Company arrived attempting to kill Michael and Linlcon until he was shot by Sara. With the police nearby, the brothers and Sara quickly made a run for it with Sara feeling an immense amount of shock and remorse for killing another human being. They quickly hidden in an abandon house, but the police had they surrounded. Michael comforted Sara, assuring they would tell the police everything that happened and they shared a kiss and once again confessed their love for each other. However, refusing to let the woman he love spend her life in prison, Michael instead pretends to take Sara hostage and takes the blame for what happened. Sara is held back as she claims Michael's innocence. Later, Sara is taken to the police station to give a statement about what happened, but she mysteriously disappears.
Kidnapped by The Company
In the third season, it takes place shortly after the events of the second season finale. Sara is still missing from the events of the previous season finale and Linlcon continues his search for Sara, trying to locate her at hospitals and informing the police of her disappearance. Eventually, Linlcon learns Sara was kidnapped by the Company and she along with his son LJ, are being held hostage. Sara and LJ are used as leverage as the Company wants Michael who was imprisoned in Sona prison to help free a man simply known as James Whistler in exchange for Sara and LJ's freedom. Linlcon informs Michael of the situation and Michael is determind to succeed at his task in order to save Sara. He and Lincoln receive pictures of Sara and LJ and discover Sara is leaving them clues for them to help find her and LJ. Michael manages to make a phone call to Sara and she leaves another hint. Linlcon manages to track down the location, but fails to rescue Sara and LJ.
After the failed rescue attempt, Linlcon is contacted by the Company agent, Gretchen and informs Linlcon of a present waiting for him. Much to Linlcon's shock, he finds the box contains Sara's head. The Company killed Sara to prove they mean business and again threaten LJ's life. With no other option, Linlcon tries to balance the orders of both the Company and his brother Michael to ensure the survival of LJ. However, upon doing so, Linlcon keeps the truth about Sara's death a secret from Michael for sometime until the second escape attempt does Michael finally learn the truth about Sara's demise. Michael is heartbroken over the loss of Sara and her fate weighs heavily on him throughout the remainder of the season, with his friends and former enemies showing sympathy towards Michael's loss of losing Sara. By the end of the season, when Michael and the gang manage to escape from Sona Prison, Michael swears to track down Gretchen and avenge Sara's death.
Sara is Alive
In the season four premiere, three weeks after the events of the third season finale, Michael has managed to track down both James and Gretchen and confronts them, finally ready to avenge Sara. However, Gretchen reveals shocking information, revealing Sara actually escaped and her death was faked to ensure they continued to hold leverage over Michael and Linlcon. Michael is shocked by the news, but gives the possibility some thought and after some confirmation by James Whistler and Alex Manhone, Michael decides his new mission will be find and reunite with Sara. Eventually, Michael is shortly after reunited with his brother Linlcon who are confronted by an old ally of their father's wishing for their help to form a team to take down the Company. Michael shows no interest, only concerned about finding Sara, until they are interrupted when they are freed by Bruce Bennett, an close friend of Sara's family. Bruce takes Michael and Linlcon to a secret safe house and much to Michael's shock and happiness is reunited with Sara who is very much alive.
The Mission and Recovery
It's revealed shortly after Sara escaped the Company, she seeked Bruce's help and has been in hiding ever since. However, Sara is also revealed to have greatly suffered during her time held captive, suffering from several scars and leaving her emotional traumatised. However, during their reunion, they are quickly attacked by a Company assasin and decide to take the offer to join the team to finally take down the Company once and for all. Sara agrees to join them on their mission and becomes part of the team alongside Michael, Linlcon, Surce, Bellick and Manhone. The team begin their mission, traveling to Los Angeles to break into the Company headquarters.
Since their arrival in Los Angeles, Sara and the gang begin their mission to finally take down the Company, the first step being to track down the holder of a Scylla Card nesscary for the break into the Company headquarters that is described as the Company's "black book". However, the team discover the Scylla card is more than one piece of information, learning there are six other cards that are guarded by other Company members. Throughout the season, Sara and the team track down each card holder to acquire the information while at the same time, Sara is attempting to recover from her capture and the torment she endured from Gretchen. Shortly after the mission begins, Sara is devastated to learn Bruce has been killed and goes to bar to have time alone and drown her sorrows, being comforted by a bartender. Sara is reassured and on her way back to the hideout, she quickly discovers she is being tracked by the mysterious Company assassin sent to kill Michael and Linlcon. Sara manages to evade and reunites with Michael and the team.
Sara and Michael's relationship becomes stringer throughout the season, but Sara becomes worried about Michael when Linlcon informs her that Michael is suffering from a brain tumour that killed their mother.
Later, halfway through the season, the team are forced to align themselves with Gretchen and T-Bag much to Sara's shock and horror. Gretchen requests to meet with Sara to clear the air between them for the events of the previous season. Gretchen offers Sara the chance for payback, giving her a whip to scar her back as she did to Sara. However, Sara doesn't attack Gretchen as she has managed to deal with her scars, but is revealed, she is furious at Gretchen for killing a guard named, Michelle Taylor who helped Sara to escape but was killed in front of Sara when she was exposed.
Michael Scofield is the main protagonist of the series and is Sara's main love interest. Michael and Sara first met when Michael was able to fake having diabetes in order to gain access to the infirmary as a nesscary move needed to escape the prison. Michael and Sara quickly started to bond with each other and began to grow closer as they both revealed personal information to one another. Sara revealed about the strained relationship with her father and Michael discussed his knowledge that his brother is innocent of a crime he did not commit. While intentionally wanting to gain access to the infirmary as a nesscary need to escape, Michael slowly began to develop true and genuine romantic feelings for Sara.
Michael began to fall in love with Sara, seeing she was one of the few rare people in the prison who truly cared and treated him with kindness in very difficult moments during his time in Fox Penitentiary, espically after John Abruizz chopped off two of his toes. In return, Sara returned Michael's feelings, but became conflicted with herself due to him being a prisoner. Sara was unsure of wether she could trust Michael, sensing he was hiding something and began to try and learn more about him as much as she could. Sara later discovered more about Michael's past, specifically his desire to strongly care about other people's wellbeing, charity work and the discovery he is practically a genius.
Sara's interest and feelings for Michael grew as she was determined to understand him and soon she began to see he wasn't an actually real criminal compared to the other prisoners and even offered to transfer him somewhere more safe. Sara began to truly trust and believe in Michael, espically after he rescued her during the prison riot. However, there were times, Sara was again uncertain about Michael and began to question her ability to trust him when she caught him in one of his lies. Sara also became jealous upon meeting his "wife" Nika Volek and attempted to distanced herself from Michael on more than one occasion, but again found herself drawn back to him. Sara and Michael continued to grow closer as Michael even personally made Sara a rose origami to cheer her up when she revealed sad thoughts regarding her birthday.
During their talks together, Michael began to reveal to Sara his thoughts and knowledge of his brother Lincoln, revealing he is in fact innocent of the crime of supposedly killing the brother to the Vice President. Sara began to believe in Michael's claims, even requesting her father to check the case, but due to their strained relationship as well as his connections to the Company, her attempts failed. Sara felt guilt of being unable to help Michael and pained her to see him and his brother suffer. Sara grew concerned about Michael once again when he was treated with a serious burn injury, but became suspicious when she found a fabric of a prison uniform on his body. The discovery resulted in Michael being temporarily transferred to the psych ward after he apparently broke in solitary. However, unknown to Sara or the guards, it was part of his plan to meet Haywire, Michael's temporary former cellmate who was the only person capable of restoring a vital piece of Michael's tattoo for the escape.
During a visit, Michael assured Sara he was alright and "confessed" the truth about the burn, "admitting" he was tortured by Geary, a prison guard, resorting him to original cell. The final stages of the new escape plan were almost completed, but Michael realized he needed the keys to the infirmary, meaning he would have to use Sara, much to his guilt. During on of his routine visits, Michael and Sara shared their first kiss as a way to distract Sara in order to get the keys, but could not go through with his plan due to his genuine real feelings for her. Michael requested Nika to retrieve the keys from Sara, but she eventually learned the truth and became extremely hurt and angry with Michael, deciding to officially have a professional doctor-patient relationship and nothing more.
However, everything changed for good in a last effort, Michael confessed the truth to Sara about upcoming escape, revealing it was all to free his brother Linlcon and requested her help to not lock the infirmary door. Sara was against the plan, but soon began to slowly become convinced when Michael revealed her father never bothered to look more deeply into Linlcon's case and innocence. Sara was unsure, but after confronting her father, Sara realized Michael was right and wanting to do the right thing of wanting to free an innocent man, Sara unlocked the infirmary door. However, heartbroken over the recent revelations regarding both her father and Michael, Sara was incredibly distraught and attempted to commit suicide with a overdose of morphine.
In the second season, Sara is saved from death, but she is left feeling immensely hurt and betrayed by Michael upon learning that 8 prisoners also managed to escape aside from Michael and Lincoln. Sara feels the relationship between herself and Michael was nothing but a lie, believing he never felt anything real for her and assumes she was just a pawn to use for his plan to escape from the prison. Due to Sara's role in helping in the breakout, she is fired from the prison and is forced to attend a support group for addicts. However, despite Sara's beliefs, Michael feels immensely guilty for what he has put Sara through, how much it has caused her to suffer as well as affecting her life. In spite of the risk of being tracked by the FBI trying to locate and arrest them, Michael is able to briefly contact Sara and assures despite her thoughts, their entire relationship and his feelings for her are truly real and genuine and reveals a plan to make everything right for her. Sara is surprised to hear from Michael and while somewhat unwilling to trust him, Sara clearly shows signs of missing Michael and her feelings for him remain. Since the breakout, Sara also begins to receive letters from Michael, containing origami swans with coded numbers to give Sara a secret message.
Eventually, Sara's life becomes endangered when she is a made a target of the Company after they kill her father. Sara attempts to seek help from her father's colleague, but soon discovers he is also a member of the Company when another attempt on her life is made and in the process an innocent woman is killed instead. With no one to turn to and no where else to go, Sara begins to decipher the coded messages Michael has sent and realizes he wants them to meet together in New Mexico. Michael and Sara are reunited for the first time since the escape and Michael reveals his plan to Sara, admitting he wants them to start a new life together alongside his brother. Sara is shocked by Michael's plan as she instead wished to find different ways to fix her life instead of running away. Michael reveals it's their only option, but confesses he was unsure if she would come and doesn't expect Sara to forgive about everything he put her through and is filled with more guilt when he learns of her father's death. Although knowing it's not enough for everything that's happened, Michael deeply apologizes to Sara, expressing his regret for everything he did and for everything he has put her through and assures he doesn't want her to be alone. Sara is grateful for Michael's thoughts and concern for her, but they are soon interrupted and forced to flee when Alex Mahone arrives.
Michael and Sara manage to escape from Alex with Michael only suffering from a minor injury. They find a motel and while Sara fixes the wound on Michael's arm, she questions about his thoughts regarding everything, if he enjoys the rush of escaping the prison and evading the authorities, but the thought has never crossed Michael's mind. However, Sara feels the rush of everything happening reminds of her former morphine addiction and states she should know better now. Michael brings up the subject to meet with Lincoln and start a new life and the arrangements will be made the next day and asks Sara again if she will join him. Sara avoid the question and only causions Michael to clean his wound. Michael goes to get cleaned up, but not before telling Sara he is grateful she came. However, when Michael returns from getting cleaned, he is heartbroken to find Sara gone, only leaving behind a note that she knows better and apologizes. Sara is arriving at her car and gets ready to leave, but as she is starting her car, she has seconds thoughts and decides she can't leave Michael behind and goes back for him. However, as she is leaving her car, she is suddenly reunited with Kellermen, pointing a gun at her.
After enduring torture, Sara manages to escape from Kellermen and begins her search to find and once again reunite with Michael. Sara receives a phone call from Michael and while she answers he is unable to speak to Sara after being caught by Alex Manhone. Sara attempts to contact Michael again and while unsure of what to do, afraid the Company might track her call, Sara contacts Michael and reveals that despite what happened, she never really left him. Sara continues to express her concerns about Michael, wishing him to be alright and he is the only person she trusts. However, Sara is shocked to discover Michael and Linlcon have been recaptured. Sara feels all alone in the world and decides to go into further hiding to protect herself. Eventually, Sara learns Michael and Linlcon escape and sees their broadcast on television, exposing the truth about the Company's conspiracy and everything they've done, including Michael once again apologising to Sara for everything he out her through.
However, Sara realizes the broadcast is actually another coded message as Michael is trying to contact Sara again to meet them. Sara is unable to meet with them, but manages to contact Michael and reveal the truth about their sepearation, confessing she was kidnapped and reveals her knowledge regarding the key her father had when she discovered his body. Michael promises Sara he will end the Company and Manhunt and will discover the mystery behind the key together. Eventually, Michael and Sara are once again reunited, but their reunion turns sour when Sara learns they have partnered with Kellermen. Sara reveals the truth of everything he did to her, much to Michael's anger. Michael attacks Kellermen of his violent actions towards Sara and almost consider leaving him behind, but they have no choice but to continue to work together with him after he reveals the knowledge and purpose of Sara's mysterious key. However, Sara's lingering feelings of rage haven't gone away and she attempts to strangle Kellermen, but is pulled away by Michael.
Sara hides away in the restroom after her actions. Michael attempts to comfort Sara, but respects her wishes when she requests to be left alone for the time being. Michael approaches Sara sometime later and they share a private talk. Sara reflects on everything that's recently happened and everything's done, resulting in losing her life. Michael assures Sara she can have her life again, assuring her to have faith. Sara feels slightly assured by Michael and reveals her desire to take down the men who killed her father. The moment becomes between Sara and Michael becomes more intimate as Sara finally confesses her feelings for Michael, admitting despite everything, Sara's romantic feelings never left and Sara confesses she is in love with Michael. Sara and Michael share a passionate romantic kiss as their love for one another is truly confirmed and mutual, but the moment is interrupted when they are once again forced to flee when the train is at a roadblock. Since then, Sara has began travelling and working together with Michael and Linlcon, trying to find the evidence to prove Linlcon's innocence once and for all and to take down the Company.
Jacob Anton Ness
Jacob Anton Ness is Sara's second husband after Michael's "death" and a major antagonist of the fifth season.
- She is the daughter of the Governer.
- Originally Sara was "killed" in the third season, but due to fans outrage, Sara was brought back as a main character in season four. In the season premiere, Sara is revealed to be alive and that her death was faked.
- She is a only child.
- Sara takes Michael's last name after they are married and she officially becomes Sara Scofield.
- Sara's most treasured possession is the rose origami Michael made for her in the first season.