Terrified that he will be next, Jim runs into the woods. Here, he meets the wild-looking Ben Gunn, another of Flint’s old crew. Gunn reveals that Flint had buried the treasure on the island with the help of six men, whom he had then killed. Gunn had returned to the island with a group of others three years before. When the treasure wasn’t found, the others marooned him on the island. Gunn, who is affable but slightly mad from his long solitude, has sought the treasure ever since. He now offers to help Jim and his friends if they will give him a passage off the island.
The “Black Spot” first appears in season three of Black Sails as Billy digs up the old pirate superstition in order to drum up fear in Nassau. The mark is used as an ultimatum for pirates who have “forgotten their code,” meaning most of those who signed up to renounce their pirate pasts to become lawful citizens under Governor Woodes Rogers (Luke Roberts) rule. In Treasure Island , Billy receives two Black Spots from nefarious pirates. The first is delivered by a rogue named Black Dog, after which, Billy suffers a stroke. The second comes from a blind beggar named Pew, who happens to be a cutthroat himself. After receiving this second mark, Billy has another stroke and finally dies.