Members of the Hilltop Colony from the television show The Walking Dead:
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The Hilltop Colony
An agricultural community in rural Virginia close to the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
- Arcadia: Very rural and agrarian compared to Alexandria. The main surplus resource they have to trade is food - which Alexandria greatly needs.
- Badass Beard: They seem to be in fashion at the Hilltop.
- Big Fancy House: Barrington House, an opulent colonial mansion that was formerly a historic landmark and museum, is now Hilltop Colony's central headquarters.
- The Blacksmith: Hilltop has blacksmiths who forge their weapons, headed by Earl Sutton.
- Crippling Overspecialization: Their hat is producing food, both crops and livestock. Not simply self-sufficient, they produce enough surplus to trade. Meanwhile, what few guns they had ran completely out of ammunition not long after their built their perimeter walls against the zombies - which wouldn't be that big of a problem, if not for rival human survivor factions who have guns. Like the original Alexandria residents, this also means that even if they get more ammo, they have little experience fighting zombies or humans.
- Partially subverted in that they also actually have relatively good medical supplies and equipment, and (when Rick's group encounters them) actually have a surviving doctor with them (an obstetrician) - in contrast, at the time, Alexandria had larger medical stockpiles but fewer trained personnel (just Denise, a psychiatrist stepping in as a medic).
- Each of the different survivor enclaves has a little more focus on one resource or another - i.e. even Alexandria has its own vegetable gardens but not basic food staples. Hilltop produces the most food overall, and has a lot of space to grow actual grain crops. They also raise livestock, so they have chicken and cow products (eggs, milk, butter, meat if they can spare an animal). The Kingdom, in contrast, is closer to the city, so they raise free-range pigs they let loose in it to forage, then collect and slaughter (they also have more tree-based fruits like apples and pomegranates); the Kingdom is also slightly better armed and experienced fighting zombies. Alexandria doesn't grow that much food, but has more in the way of guns and a big solar power array.
- A Day in the Limelight: Season 9 revolves heavily around the communitys revolving door of leadership and the struggles it creates. The conflict with the Whisperers officially begins at Hilltop, and it ends up absorbing the Kingdom once it falls into disrepair.
- Deep South: As a backwoods rural community where most of the residents live in a trailer park, it certainly gives off vibes of this (though the "trailers" are standard-issue FEMA prefab shelters).
- Good Old Ways: Parts of the community look just like a living history farm.
- Guns vs. Swords: The people of Hilltop don't have any guns, and have to make do with edged weapons such as spears. Compared to the heavily armed Saviors, they wouldn't stand a chance. They have a few guns to wave at newcomers, but Jesus explains that they completely ran out of ammunition long ago.
- Last Stand: In late Season 8, Hilltop becomes the sole community occupied by AHK, as Alexandria is sacked and burned, and the Kingdom is abandoned to the Saviors. After the war, Alexandria and the Kingdom are repopulated and rebuilt.
- Leitmotif: The setting is accompanied by a twangy banjo theme that gives it a distinctly southern feel.
- Puppet State: Hilltop has been subjugated by the Saviors, and the residents are forced to regularly make a tribute, consisting of half their supplies, under the threat of violence.
- Revolving Door Casting: The Leader position has switched three times in Season 9. Maggie leaves by the time of the second Time Skip leaving Jesus in-charge. Jesus was then killed during the debut of the Whisperers handing the reigns to Tara. Tara is then subsequently killed by the Whisperers as well. In Season 10, Yumiko finds herself stepping up as the de facto leader of the community.
- Training the Peaceful Villagers: Rick's group agrees to save the Hilltop from the Saviors. They don't start properly training them until Maggie, Sasha, and Enid take up residence at Hilltop full-time. It pays off in the season 7 finale, as Maggie leads a sizable group of Hilltop denizens into battle with naught a seen casualty.
- Trauma Conga Line: Yumiko mentions in the Season 9 finale that Hilltop is deeply shaken from losing both Jesus and Tara in such quick succession, even months after the latters death.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Hilltop is sacked and burned by the Whisperers in Season 10 during the Whisperer War, forcing its survivors to flee. However, prior to the battle, some characters are optimistic theyd be able to rebuild even if the community fell, so they may return someday.
The leader of the Hilltop community who Rick's group meets to discuss establishing trade. When the group learns that Gregory has been subjugated by the Saviors, Maggie arranges a deal with Gregory so that Alexandria will assassinate Negan in exchange for supplies. Unfortunately, both Hilltop and Alexandria were unaware of the true size of the Saviors, and the latter is cowed into submission. Gregory is annoyed that Rick failed to follow through with his deal, and begrudgingly allows Maggie and Sasha to stay at Hilltop.
To Gregory's dismay, Maggie quickly begins proving herself as a far more competent leader than he could ever hope to be. She throws herself onto the frontlines during a Savior attack, begins getting to know the citizens, and generally bringing out Gregory's worst side for his constituents to see. Gregory is enraged when Hilltop slowly replaces him with Maggie as their leader. He attempts to sell out the colony to the Saviors, but finds that their loyalties now lie with Maggie. Gregory spends most of the duration of the Savior War as a prisoner alongside the captured Saviors, Maggie knowing full well he can't be trusted.
After the Savior War, Gregory is allowed to reintegrate into Hilltop, but officially loses the position of leadership to Maggie in an election. Down but not out, Gregory spends the next year and a half trying to rebuild his credibility with Hilltop and to present himself as a loyal ally to Maggie, but is only waiting for the right opportunity to kill and overthrow Maggie. Gregory goes for it after Kens death, getting Earl drunk to try to kill Maggie. However, Maggie survives and has Gregory executed for treason - and as a staunch reminder to Rick and Michonne what she believes shouldve happened to Negan.
- 0% Approval Rating: Absolutely nobody in Hilltop likes him. At best they tolerated him before Rick and his group showed up. Once Maggie becomes a permanent resident they look to her for leadership and pretty much stop taking Gregory's shit.
- Accidental Misnaming: Zig-zagged. Gregory can't get anyone's name right and always calls them whatever is off the top of his head. According to Xander Berkeley, Gregory is so obsessed with himself that he's entirely ignorant to others around him.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Downplayed. To be fair though, Xander Berkeley is a lot more pleasant to look at than Gregory's comic book counterpart.
- Adaptational Jerkass: While Gregory in the comics at least felt bad and even apologized to the Hiltop after selling them out to Negan, this version of Gregory doesn't even care. If anything, he looks proud.
- Adaptational Wimp: While Gregory is by no means any kind of badass, his attempt to get people to stop fighting in order to keep their families safe and in the Hilltop Colony did get a few people to give up and go home in the comics. Here, even though we see some Hilltoppers having doubts, nobody does, making Gregory even more pathetic than his comic book counterpart. Even better, on at least one occasion, Gregory made a genuine attempt to help out Rick during a firefight, risking his own life in the process. No such thing is done by his TV counterpart.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg:
- Once he makes his way back to the Hilltop Colony in "Monsters," he pleads for Maggie to let him back into the colony.
- He also does this once again on the night of his execution in "A New Beginning."
- Alcohol-Induced Idiocy: In "Worth", he tries to suck up to Simon over tequila. However, when Simon is not interested in giving him a second chance, the inebriated Gregory goes on a hilarious rant about how he believes he is entitled to keep surviving and begins mouthing off to Simon and belittling him. Hes damn lucky Simon merely decked him and assigned him to be his coffee boy.
- Ambiguously Evil: Gregory isn't a psychopath like the Governor or Gareth, but his character is entirely questionable. He eventually descends into outright evil in Season 9.
- Arc Villain: His tenure as an antagonist on the show lasts for the duration of the Savior arc from Season 6-8. His sole appearance after that is the Season 9 premiere in which hes executed after an assassination attempt on Maggie.
- Asshole Victim: After spending roughly two and a half seasons being a misogynistic, sleazy, selfish prick, it's safe to say nobody will miss him now that he's been hanged by Maggie.
- "Ass" in Ambassador: Technically, Gregory is the Hilltop Colony's only representative and negotiator, but he's also a grade A Jerkass.
- Authority in Name Only: Maggie immediately takes charge of the community after earning the respect of the Hilltop residents while Gregory only gets to keep the meaningless title as the community leader so the Saviors will be fooled into thinking that he's still their benefactor. Even before this, both Alexandria and the Kingdom recognized he was a cowardly idiot, as they both looked to Jesus as their main contact from Hilltop.
- Bad Boss: Gregory is far more concerned about keeping himself safe than rescuing the captured Craig, and is more than happy (even eager) to leave him to die.
- Believing Their Own Lies: He seems to believe every word he says without ever thinking otherwise: Gregory considers himself a heroic pillar of the people who holds Hilltop together. At one point he refers to himself as a "good guy" while ordering a pregnant woman out into danger in the same breath.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Downplayed in Season 7. While he's nominally on the side of the heroes, he would prefer not to be, and he's the biggest thorn in the group's side who's not a Savior or a walker. He cannot be trusted and is essentially on the side of the Saviors.
- Big Bad Wannabe: He attempts to assassinate Maggie in the Season 9 premiere to take back his place as leader. He fails.
- Big Good: Subverted. He's the leader of the Hilltop, which itself is a good community, but he's so sleazy and incompetent that Jesus is essentially the one who single-handedly keeps the place safe.
- Blatant Lies: He tries to convince Maggie that the Hilltop is doing fine and doesn't need help from Alexandria, when in fact they are under the control of Negan.
- Bullying a Dragon: He drunkenly belittles and mouthes off to Simon in "Worth."
- Butt-Monkey: In his first appearance alone he is disrespected by Rick, stabbed by a member of his own community, and finally strong armed into a deal by Maggie while still recovering from the wound. Even his own second-in-command doesn't think much of him. It doesn't get any better for him throughout Season 7, where he is bullied into submission by both the Saviors and even his own people, who begin to look up to Maggie as their new leader. Reaches its zenith in Season 8, which sees him shoved down a flight of stairs by Simon (who was the only Savior to personally vouch for him despite the constant bullying), nearly turned away at the gates of his own home for his betrayal, and finally tossed in a pen with a bunch of Savior hostages by some of his own people, who are now completely on-board with Maggie's leadership. Even when he runs back to Simon hoping to get back in his favor, Simon treats him like shit. Finally, he tries to have Maggie killed and is publicly hanged for his treachery.
- Casanova Wannabe: He views himself as a ladies man, openly flirting with both Maggie and Sasha. The result, however, makes him look more like a sexual harasser.
- Character Death: He is publicly hanged by Maggie as punishment for attempting to have her assassinated in the Season 9 premiere.
- Consummate Liar: You'd be surprised at how much of his dialogue consists of lies. A lot of his statements usually regard himself and how he can handle things, when he's clearly out of his depth. A lot of this stems from Believing Their Own Lies, since otherwise Gregory is a pretty poor actor when faced with the likes of Simon.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Very downplayed, but the fact that he made it to the Sanctuary all by himself deserves some mention. Not as impressive later on when he returns to Hilltop alone, given that it was all a part of Negan's plan for him to deliver fake battle strategies to Rick.
- Dirty Coward:
- Gregory is correctly considered a coward by Maggie. When the Saviors came knocking, he rolled over; this is understandable considering Negan's negotiation methods but he always gives them a mile even when they only want an inch. He also nearly reveals Maggie and Sasha to Simon, but thankfully Jesus saw his betrayal coming.
- Taken Up to Eleven when he rats out the Hiltop, Alexandria, and the Kingdom to Negan, not even looking upset about it. After it goes south, he has the gall to cry for help, forcing Gabriel to try and save him. He then proceeds to leave Gabriel to die.
- He can flip-flop even in the same breath depending on how the conversation is going. In Worth, he goes from respecting Negan to trash-talking him in moments when he learns that Simon has briefly usurped control of the Saviors from him.
- Much like Spencer, he tries to get someone else to do his dirty work so he can take over. He gets a grieving Earl drunk and riled up to kill Maggie for him. Maggie even calls him out for being so weak he can't even murder her right.
- Dirty Old Man: Started hitting on Maggie when they were alone, and later leers down Sasha's shirt and suggests she have sex with him to earn Maggie a place at Hilltop.
- Everyone Has Standards: Gregory is pretty horrible, but like everyone else he's terrified and disgusted by the Saviors. He would rather not work with them at all, and is willing to enlist Rick's help to get rid of them.
- Evil All Along: After the post-Savior War Time Skip, Gregory has put on a great show to act like he's changed and become loyal to Maggie. It's all a farce since he's playing a long-term game to usurp her.
- Evil Counterpart:
- To Hershel Greene. Hershel was an honorable man, who fought for the people he cared about, and helped others out of the goodness of his heart. Gregory makes others fight for him, treats others horribly, and only helps people out if he gets something out of it. Its telling that Hershel himself was the Big Good of the prison for the better part of a year, and Maggie herself ends up taking over from Gregory as leader of Hilltop.
- He also doubles as one to Deanna Monroe. Both of them are former politicians who took over as leaders for their peaceful communities because they see themselves as capable heroes who'd guide innocent survivors to safety. However, Deanna was a good-hearted person who wanted to do what's right and consented to Rick's suggestions, while Gregory is too egotistical to even consider advice from Jesus or Maggie.
- To Rick as well. Both were subdued by the Saviors and bullied into compliance, but Rick humiliated himself out of a desire to protect his own people. Gregory wanted only to protect himself, not actually caring about the people under his care. He even mistakes Sasha for a Hilltop resident!
- Evil Old Folks: He's in his late fifties to early sixties and he's proven himself to be very antagonistic towards Rick's group, as well as being a Dirty Coward who has almost no redeeming qualities.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: He poses as the Hilltop's greatest hero and noble leader, but in reality he's not as powerful as he believes he is. According to Jesus, Gregory is actually just some guy who took over as leader and the town has never raised any questions over it.
- Faking the Dead: Amusingly, he isn't even aware of this. Rick's group uses a walker head that bears a resemblance to him as a way to get into the Saviors' compound, claiming that they've gone through with the deal and killed him.
- False Friend: Not exactly "evil" (more of just an unpleasant scumbag) but he has an extremely superficial friendly attitude that Rick and Maggie immediately see through. He tries this again by Season 9 as he pretends to be a loyal ally to Maggie, but its a ruse that hes using until he can find the right opportunity to usurp her.
- Fan Disservice: The elderly Gregory is given a Shirtless Scene while lying half naked in bed.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: He's technically an ally to Alexandria, but no one particularly likes or respects him. Rick (and Richard from the Kingdom) clearly sees Jesus as the true representative of the Hilltop.
- Graceful Loser: Subverted. During the Time Skip between Seasons 8 and 9, an official election was held in which Hilltop chose Maggie as their official leader. Gregory accepts this and begins respecting Maggie as leader of the community... except he doesnt, and begins a long-term scheme to look like a better person and leader and wait for the right opportunity to overthrow Maggie and retake leadership.
- Green-Eyed Monster: It isn't exactly subtle at how envious he is towards Maggie being viewed as the colony's noble leader instead of him.
- Hate Sink: In his first episode he quickly establishes himself as slimy, smug, and an unhelpful thorn in the heroes' side. It only gets worse from there. Xander Berkeley's occasionally hilarious performance makes him slightly more tolerable than his comic book counterpart, though.
- Heroic Wannabe: Gregory deludes himself into believing that he's a great leader who has brought peace for his community, when in reality he's a Dirty Coward begging Negan to spare him.
- Hey, You!: He never remembers Maggie's name and simply calls her what's off the top of his head.
- Humiliation Conga: When Simon turns up, things go from bad to worse for Gregory. He's pushed around, threatened, has his Scotch and painting stolen, is forced to kneel and is essentially emasculated.
- Hypocrite: He criticizes Craig (who has been taken hostage by the Saviors) for his "weakness", despite being a Dirty Coward himself who lets Negan walk all over him.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Arguably, the biggest reason why he enjoys being the leader is because others will show him respect and care about his opinion.
- Icy Blue Eyes: He has cold blue eyes that contrast Jesus' Innocent Blue Eyes.
- It's All About Me: He doesn't even care when one of his own people is captured by the Saviors, and is more concerned with the injury that has been done to himself.
- Jerkass: Gregory is a thoroughly unpleasant sleaze who goes out of his way to order Rick around like a child when they first meet.
- Jerkass Has a Point: He's a coward, but he was right to see the Saviors as a serious threat, and calls Maggie on Rick's overconfidence when it came to dealing with them. He also has a point that if the Saviors learn of Alexandria's deal with them, there will be grave consequences for everyone.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: He seemingly becomes a better person following the Time Skip in Season 9, even giving a heartfelt eulogy in honor of the recently deceased Ken. It's really a ploy to take back control of Hilltop from Maggie, and he attempts to have her killed that very same night by getting Ken's grieving father drunk and convincing him to attack her.
- Kick the Dog:
- Tries to back out of a deal with Alexandria when they propose fighting Negan on the merit that his lost man isn't worth the effort. He just keeps going from there.
- Doesn't show even the slightest concern for Maggie and Sasha or their dead spouses, even when told that Maggie is pregnant.
- He also steals Glenn's pocket watch from his grave, which Maggie promptly punches him for.
- After selling out everyone against Negan, he's extremely lucky that Gabriel even bothered trying to save him. Gregory's response? Stealing Gabriel's car and leaving him to die.
- Lack of Empathy: As long as he's not involved, he couldn't care less about what happens to his people. When told Maggie is pregnant, he derisively says it was her mistake. A truly stunning example occurs in the Season 9 premiere, when he makes a big speech memorializing Ken, sits with his grieving parents... and gets Earl drunk and plants the idea to kill Maggie so he can retake control.
- Laser-Guided Karma: When he tries to sell out Maggie and Sasha to Simon, Jesus tricks him into instead giving up his own prized possession of scotch. He is then forced to kneel in front of the Saviors, and Jesus makes it clear that from now on he has Authority in Name Only.
- The Leader: Of the Hilltop, and not a particularly good one, though.
- Leader Wannabe: After losing his position as leader to Maggie, he grows desperate in his attempts to get the position back.
- Lean and Mean: He's a skinny old man and a total jerk.
- Make an Example of Them: His execution by hanging is Maggies way of flipping the bird at Rick and Michonne for sparing Negan. The pair clearly take the hint and are visibly uncomfortable with it.
- A Man Of Wealth And Taste: Gregory lives in a McMansion, wears a nice suit, and prefers to negotiate in his office.
- Mean Boss: Jesus makes no secret about what a prick he is. Gregory distances himself from his own people, sacrifices them at the drop of a hat and puts himself above all others.
- Morality Chain: The only one who can (marginally) appeal to Gregory's good side is Jesus.
- Non-Action Guy: He's not a fighter. In fact, Season 7 reveals that he's never even killed a walker.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain:
- He's a weak coward, but he does have one dire weapon on his side - information. When it's clear Maggie and her friends are becoming the leaders of Hilltop and usurping him, Gregory implies that should it not be stymied, he will rat them out to the Saviors. Until the season finale in which the masquerade is cast off anyway, it's a serious threat to the group as they're not quite ready for open rebellion yet.
- He's not a fighter, but he is still quite the talker. While most people don't fall for it, he uses it to great effect on the grieving Earl and Tammy, and nearly succeeds in using Earl to kill Maggie for him.
- Not Worth Killing: According to Maggie he isn't, at least not yet. Her mercy runs out in the Season 9 premiere when he tries to have her assassinated.
- Pet the Dog: Subverted big time in that his attempt to do this fails epically. One, he's never killed a walker before, so he's helpless when attacked by a walker he tried to kill, and only did it because his fragile ego was being wounded because a pregnant woman didn't really need his help. Two, his offer to watch Maggie's back outside the walls is also a window of opportunity for him to consider killing her. Three, this all is hardly charity considering the Pet the Dog moments of other, more dangerous villains like The Governor and Negan completely outrank his pathetic endeavor.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Doesn't seem to think much of women in power, as he quickly begins trying to bully and subdue Maggie when they're alone for the first time. Later, he only goes to kill a walker because he's offended that a pregnant woman doesn't need his help.
- Public Execution: He is ultimately hanged by Maggie and Daryl for all of Hilltop's residents to see.
- Quickly Demoted Leader: It didn't take too long for him to lose his leadership to Maggie.
- The Quisling: He tries to be as compliant and accommodating with the Saviors as possible to spare himself and his community from further harm.
- Redemption Rejection: Maggie notes that he had been given several chances to redeem himself and never took advantage of any of them.
- Rich Jerk: Heavily implied. Gregory wears a nice suit, lives in a McMansion, and orders others around. In fact, the first thing he does is order Rick's group to clean themselves up since he doesn't want them getting his house filthy.
- Running Gag: In a nod to the comics, he gets Maggie's name wrong twice over the course of a single scene. He is so aloof from his people that he can't get anybody's name right.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: In his last moments, he claims Maggie is only hanging him at night because shes ashamed of executing him, clearly trying to talk his way out. Maggie coldly replies that hes wrong, and she isnt ashamed, and has him killed moments later.
- Slimeball: He's incredibly sleazy and tries to hit on Maggie the moment they meet. He also shamelessly looks down Sashas shirt when she asks what she needs to do to keep Maggie in Hilltop and implies she could earn it with sexual favors.
- Small Name, Big Ego: He's very full of himself and actually deludes himself into believing that he's a noble hero. Case in point, he tells Jesus that he took a stab wound for his community while Jesus didn't sacrifice as much. Said wound was from an assassination attempt on his life which he never saw coming while Rick's group incapacitated the actual assailants.
- Smug Snake: He's clearly deluded himself that he's a powerful leader, but in reality he's little more than a subordinate to Negan. Maggie is also easily able to strongarm him into giving up half of the Hilltop's supplies.
- The Starscream: An interesting example in the fact that he wishes to put down someone who is essentially usurping him. He is heavily tempted to kill Maggie in "Something They Need", who has been slowly but surely rising as a leader of Hilltop. He makes a more credible attempt in the Season 9 premiere when he gets Earl drunk to kill Maggie for him, but thankfully Maggie is saved and responds by executing him.
- Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: He actually manages to survive the war with the Saviors, only to die in the very first episode of Season 9.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: He eventually agrees to ally with Alexandria and give them half of his resources in exchange for them assassinating Negan.
- This Cannot Be!: He truly cannot comprehend the idea that he is not a beloved, respected leader. When Negan questions how Gregory is still in charge of Hilltop if he didn't know about Maggie leading a group of fighters to Alexandria, Gregory is reduced to a spluttering mess as he begins realizing that he has lost control. When his attempt to convince Hilltop to surrender fails, he is nearly catatonic until Simon pushes him down some stairs. He ends up wailing like a baby when he's imprisoned with the Savior captives, crying that he didn't do anything despite having sold his people out to Negan. And finally, he cries desperately that he doesn't deserve to die for his assassination attempt on Maggie.
- Token Evil Teammate: He's the only resident of the Hilltop Colony to not immediately jump on with the war effort against the Saviors and starts to lose more and more trust with his fellow survivors every appearance.
- Ungrateful Bastard: After Maggie and Sasha save his community from a walker attack instigated by the Saviors, he still wants to kick them out of Hilltop and nearly rats them out to Simon in order to get back in the good graces of the Saviors.
- Villains Want Mercy: After trying to have Maggie killed twice, he breaks down and pleads for his life just before he is hanged.
- Villain with Good Publicity: He's not an outright villain, but he's a slimy jackass who Jesus mentions is well-regarded by the Hilltop denizens. This starts to break down as Maggie proves herself to be a far more capable, compassionate leader in her own right, and the denizens of Hilltop begin slowly gravitating towards her.
- What Happened to the Mouse?:
- Heads for parts unknown with Kal in the penultimate episode of Season 7 and doesn't return before the season ends. Maggie and Jesus suspect he's going to rat them out to the Saviors, but we don't learn for sure, and even if that's his intention, it's for moot since the Saviors learn of Hilltop's resistance in the season finale anyway. The eighth season premiere confirms that he went to try to rat out Maggie to the Saviors. However, none of the Hilltop fighters heed his word and back down when asked.
- At the end of Do Not Send Us Astray, Gregory flees Hilltop with the Saviors being led to freedom by Jared. However, he doesnt reappear when Rick and Morgan encounter them in the next episode, leaving his whereabouts unknown. He returns in Worth, having made it to the Sanctuary in a desperate attempt to regain Simons favor.
- What You Are in the Dark: He has an opportunity to try and murder Maggie outside the walls. He doesn't take it. Keep in mind he probably couldn't have succeeded anyway, and the fact that he was considering murdering a pregnant woman to begin with really speaks volumes.
- Wild Card: As the conflict with the Saviors grows more intense, Gregory's loyalty to the alliance between Rick's group and Negan's Saviors starts to muddy where he stands.
- Yes-Man: He pretty much remains Simon's personal suck-up in order to remain in his favor. That is, until he fails to convince Hilltop to side with The Saviors, causing Simon to berate him and then push him down a flight of stairs.
Paul "Jesus" Rovia
A man who encounters Rick and Daryl while the two are on a supply run in season 6. He is a highly competent survivor and Gregory's second in command at the Hilltop, often sent to scavenge supplies for his community. Jesus helps the gang plot their attack on the Saviors, only for Maggie and Sasha to arrive at Hilltop after the group has been defeated and subjugated by Negan. When Gregory proves unable to defend Hilltop from a Savior attack and tribute, Jesus forgoes any loyalty to him and begins grooming Maggie to take over Hilltop, which comes to fruition by the season 7 finale.
During the Savior War, Jesus leads an assault in Simons outpost alongside Tara, and they clash as Jesus opts for sparing as many Saviors as possible, whereas Tara just wants to kill them all. Jesus ultimately wins out and convinces Maggie to spare and imprison their Savior POWs. However, Jesus is upset when Rick decides to spare Negan, the one Savior he wanted dead, at the end of the war. Jesus is later put in charge of Hilltop by Maggie when she heads out west with Georgie, but hates being leader due to his lack of confidence in his abilities. Despite Aaron and Tara imploring him to take his responsibilities more seriously, Jesus never gets the chance as he is killed during a rescue mission by a walker revealed to be a Whisperer in disguise.
- Actually Pretty Funny: He has to smile when Carl tricks him into jumping out of the Saviors' truck in "Sing Me A Song".
- Adaptation Personality Change: He's more willing to use trickery and violence to get what he wants than his comic counterpart. He's still a Nice Guy for the most part, though.
- Adaptational Badass: He's more openly defiant of Gregory from the get go in this version.
- Adaptation Name Change: His surname was Monroe in the comics. It was likely changed for the show to avoid confusion with the Monroe family from Alexandria.
- Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes to Rick and Daryl for stealing their supply truck.
- Authority in Name Only: In Season 9 following the second Time Skip, Jesus has been asked to lead Hilltop in Maggie's absence. However, he hates being leader and prefers staying outside the walls. He's more of a figurehead that the people know and trust, while Tara is the one doing the gritty work.
- Badass and Child Duo: Subverted; the ending of "Go Getters" implies that Jesus and Carl will be infiltrating the Sanctuary together, but at the very beginning of "Sing Me A Song" Carl leaves him behind so he can face Negan alone.
- Badass Beard: Fitting for a guy named Jesus.
- Badass Gay: One of the most badass characters introduced in the show, and talks about (former) boyfriends in "The Other Side".
- Badass Longcoat: Gives him a long, lanky look.
- Badass Pacifist: He car jacks Rick and Daryl without even causing serious injury to them. Then in "Knots Untie," he manages to prevent a fight from breaking out in his colony with simple words of peace.
- Beauty = Goodness: A rare male example. Jesus is an attractive man who always does what's right and has the most moral standards compared to other survivors.
- Beware the Nice Ones: For a polite pacifist, he sure knows how to kick ass. He's always willing to kill members of the Saviors when he has to.
- Beware the Silly Ones: He seems very playful with Rick and Daryl at first, but he's also capable of beating them in hand to hand combat.
- Both Sides Have a Point: He comes into debate with Maggie and Tara over his taking the satellite outpost Saviors as POW's. On one hand, the war was all but stated to be a campaign to utterly wipe out the Saviors and free their prisoners. It's understandable why Maggie and Tara would want to slaughter the Saviors considering they've lost their significant others to the Saviors. On the other hand, no one ever planned for the Saviors to actually surrender to them, and Jesus decided to take matters into his own hands and spare the Saviors who were smart enough to know they were outmatched. He does this not only to ensure his friends don't lose their humanity to vengeance, but also because he believes that since most of the Saviors only work for Negan because they have been either brainwashed or blackmailed by him into doing so, they can be redeemed. In a lot of their cases, he is proven correct.
- Broken Pedestal: Gregory finally becomes this to him after he witnesses his leader nearly screw over Maggie and Sasha to save his own hide. This allows Jesus to finally get more involved in combating the Saviors and go against Gregory.
- The Cameo: He briefly appears in the fourth season premiere of Fear the Walking Dead, trying to convince Morgan to come to Hilltop with him.
- Celebrity Resemblance: He Looks Like Jesus.
- Character Death: He is caught off-guard and stabbed through the back by a Whisperer in "Evolution".
- Dark Is Not Evil: He's wearing all black in his debut appearance.
- Deadpan Snarker: When he wants to be.
- Death by Adaptation: He is killed by a Whisperer in "Evolution", while his comic counterpart survives the entirety of the series. Due to the six-year Time Skip on the show, however, he lived past the point that the Whisperers arc took place in the comics.
- Demoted to Extra: He's still a major character, but he receives less prominence in comparison to his comic counterpart who quickly became one of Rick's closest allies. He also suffers Death by Adaptation, further robbing him of importance and screen time.
- Determinator: After Rick and Daryl try relentlessly to shake him off their trail, he keeps coming back for them. It even gets to the point where he hops on a truck roof to find where they're driving to.
- Didn't See That Coming: He effortlessly dispatches several walkers that are closing in on the group and prepares to slash the last one down when, to his complete shock, it suddenly ducks and stabs him through the back, killing him.
- The Ditherer: In Season 9, he's not very interested in leading Hilltop since he doesn't think he has what it takes, so he delegates most of his responsibilities to Tara.
- Dragon-in-Chief: A rare heroic example. Jesus acts as Number Two to Gregory, but he's really the smart one running the colony.
- Escape Artist: Manages to escape being tied up by Rick and Daryl in a matter of seconds.
- Establishing Character Moment: In his first episode, he proves himself to be intelligent, crafty, agile, and very badass when he goes toe to toe with Rick and Daryl.
- Famous Last Words: "I got this."
- Faux Symbolism: Lampshaded In-Universe. Daryl doesn't understand why Paul nicknamed himself Jesus and what its significance is.
- Fire-Forged Friends: Alexandrias friendship with Jesus is solidified when he comes to their defense after he defends them from Hilltops guards and fights alongside them during the raid on the satellite outpost.
- Foil: To Gregory. Both of them have leadership positions within Hilltop, but while Gregory is an incompetent, cowardly Jerkass who doesn't fight, Jesus is a loyal, battle-hardened Nice Guy who immediately integrates himself with Rick's group.
- Foster Kid: Mentions to Maggie that he was raised in a group home.
- Good All Along: Downplayed, since Rick and Daryl realize hes not evil by any means, but they quickly grow tired of his antics and trying to steal their supplies theyve found for Alexandria. It takes an episodes worth of Jesus vouching for them during negotiations with Hilltop and fighting alongside them before the group accepts him as one of their most stalwart allies.
- Good Counterpart: To Dwight in Season 7. Both men are more competent, second in command loyalists to a Jerkass leader who constantly abuses their trust and sends them out on dangerous missions scouting for them, while they just stand back and allow their leader's cruelty. However, Dwight initially appeats to be completely okay with all of his leader's brutality and worship the ground he walks on (though deep down loathes Negan and later sees the error of his ways and redeems himself), while Jesus embraces his leader as the horrible person he really is and openly defies his decisions in favor of doing what's morally right.
- HeelFace Revolving Door: It's hard to get a fix on him as he goes from being civil to Rick and Daryl one moment to trying to steal their stuff the next. Even in the midst of a struggle, however, he still warns Daryl about a walker closing in and shoots it before it can bite him, further calling his allegiance into question. "Knots Untie" establishes him as a heroic character, however, and one who ultimately sides with Rick and decides to join his plot to assassinate Negan.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation: He thinks very little of himself and openly tells Maggie and Sasha that he's not worthy of being a leader.
- Honest Advisor: He frequently talks back to Gregory, who is too much of a pushover to do anything about it.
- Humble Pie: Jesus doesn't think he has what it takes to act as The Leader of Hilltop, so he allows Gregory to act as their leader instead.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's the Only Sane Man to the Hilltop Colony while Gregory is a Leader Wannabe.
- Iconic Outfit: His signature longcoat and beanie.
- Iconic Sequel Character: Doesn't appear in the series until Season 6.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: He Looks Like Jesus with them.
- In the Back: He is killed upon being stabbed from behind through the chest by a Whisperer.
- A man named Jesus steals from others and uses trickery to get what he wants. He also lacks the leadership abilities of Jesus Christ, and straight up kills a Savior at one point.
- In Season 9, he has become a heroic version of Gregory - he's the leader of Hilltop, but he doesn't really do too much of the work that a leader has to do, with Tara taking his place as the Hyper-Competent Sidekick actually doing most of the work.
- The Lancer: To Gregory. Jesus is far more competent than him, though. He retains the position of second-in-command of the community when Maggie takes over Hilltop.
- The Leader: Maggie is revealed to have left with Georgie at some point during the second Time Skip in Season 9, forcing Jesus to take over leadership reigns. He's not exactly thrilled about it, though.
- Lightning Bruiser: He's extremely quick and can take both Rick and Daryl in a fight. The Whisperer that killed him only succeeded in doing so because Jesus was caught off-guard.
- Looks Like Jesus: With the beard and long hair, he bears quite the resemblance. Hence the nickname (though Daryl is utterly befuddled by it at first, and Magnas group wonders if Hilltop is a cult).
- Made of Iron: Doesn't come off too bad from being knocked off of a moving truck.
- Martial Pacifist: He doesn't want to kill people, but he will attack them in self-defense as Rick quickly figured out.
- Moment Killer: When Rick and Michonne are tenderly cuddling in bed after entering their relationship with a very passionate night together, Jesus wakes them up.
- Nice Guy: Hands down one of the most decent people introduced so far. Although he does antagonize Rick and Daryl when they first meet, it's for the good of his community and he ultimately doesn't outright harm them.
- Nice Hat: It's a beanie.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His fight with Rick and Daryl ends with the supply truck all three of them were after sinking to the bottom of a river.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Played for Laughs more than anything, but he did barge into Rick and Michonnes bedroom after they had very clearly had a passionate night together.
- Number Two: Technically is this to Gregory, but Jesus is by far the most trustworthy and skilled person in his community.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Apparently, Jesus escaped his holding cell, got past Daryl and several Alexandrians, and successfully broke into Rick's house while he was off-guard.
- One-Man Army: He wipes the floor with Rick and Daryl in a brief hand-to-hand fight, only losing the upper hand when the two of them are able to grab their guns. Overall, Jesus's skills in combat and stealth make him virtually unstoppable to most people.
- Only Sane Man: When Rick's group arrives at the Hilltop, Jesus is forced to serve as the mediator between their ruthless pragmatism and Gregory's cowardly incompetence.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Despite being an All-Loving Hero who hates killing people and believes that any Saviors who surrender during the war should be given a chance to turn their backs on Negan and redeem themselves, he firmly believes that Negan, the man responsible for brainwashing or blackmailing all of his lackeys into doing what they have done, deserves to die for all the atrocities hes committed. He disapproves of Ricks sparing Negan, and agrees with Maggie and Daryls plot to one day kill him behind Ricks back.
- Posthumous Character: He makes a brief appearance in a flashback a few episodes after his death.
- Pragmatic Hero: He tricks Rick and Daryl in order to take their supplies, but it's all for the good of his community.
- Rousseau Was Right: Jesus had no way of knowing it would end up being the case, but almost all of the 39 Saviors he took as POWs turned out to be decent people willing to defect to AHK after being shown mercy.
- Sacrificial Lion: His death serves as a bloody introduction to the Whisperers.
- The Scrounger: One of his jobs seems to be gathering supplies for the community. This is particularly important because the Saviors will slaughter the Hilltop if they're not given the amount of supplies they want.
- Sixth Ranger: Jesus is the most frequently seen non-Alexandrian to fight alongside Rick and his group, such as during the raid on Oceanside.
- The Smart Guy: He's the wisest of his group.
- The Sneaky Guy: Manages to steal Rick's car keys, climb on top of their truck, and escape from Denise's house and into Rick's house completely undetected. Later on he's able to sneak into the Savior outpost and kill several of them without being seen.
- The Starscream: A heroic example. He spends all of Season 7 grooming Maggie to replace Gregory as the leader of Hilltop.
- Stealth Hi/Bye: Appears on top of a truck driven by the Saviors in one shot, then completely disappears the next time the camera shows the truck, without anyone noticing where or when he left.
- Straight Gay: You'd never know he was gay until he nonchalantly brings up his past boyfriends in conversation.
- Submissive Badass: Despite having a cool head, a big heart, and the badass credentials to protect people, he has absolutely no confidence in his ability to lead people, even though he basically leads Hilltop for Gregory. When Maggie puts him in charge of Hilltop, hes completely uncomfortable and lets Tara do most of the work.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill: During the war with the Saviors, he's unwilling to kill Saviors if they don't have to, as he recognizes that they are only following Negan's orders because they don't feel they have a choice, as Negan has brainwashed or blackmailed them all into serving him. This nearly costs him his life, as Dean tricks him into letting his guard down and then takes him as a hostage - and when Dean is subdued, Jesus still fights tooth and nail to save him. Jesus also orders that the survivors of the satellite outpost be taken as prisoners, and continues to urge Maggie to spare them. To his dismay, however, Maggie isn't willing to show the men who captured and killed her husband half of the mercy he shows them. Even during the final battle of the war, Jesus is ordering Morgan to not kill the Saviors attacking them.
- The Trickster: In spades. Within minutes of his introduction he fools Rick and Daryl into letting him steal their truck full of supplies.
- Undying Loyalty: Develops this to Maggie as she comes to take over Hilltop.
- What the Hell, Hero?:
- Frequently has this reaction toward Gregory's antics. He also begins having this reaction when Maggie is unwilling to show the same mercy to the Saviors that he has. At the end of the Savior War, he is outraged when Rick and Michonne decide, without consulting anyone else, that Negan should be spared.
- He's on the receiving end of this in midlate Season 9, as Tara and Aaron chastise him for shirking most of his new responsibilities as leader of Hilltop despite Maggie having personally asked him to take over.
- The Worf Effect: Despite being one of the biggest badasses on the show (and probably the most combat-proficient), he is taken out in a single fatal strike by one of the Whisperers, immediately establishing them as a serious threat.
Doctor Harlan Carson
A doctor and obstetrician in the Hilltop Colony. He advises Maggie to remain in Hilltop for the remainder of her pregnancy. When his brother Emmett is killed by Negan, Simon conscripts him to work for the Sanctuary. During the Savior War, rescuing Carson becomes a top priority for AHK. He escapes with Gabriel thanks to Eugene, but is ultimately killed by a Savior after attempting to escape while on the road to Hilltop.
- Character Death: He is shot by a Savior after stealing another Savior's gun in an attempt to escape.
- Death by Adaptation: His comic counterpart is still alive.
- A Death in the Limelight: He is killed near the end of "Dead or Alive Or", his most prominent episode.
- The Medic: He serves as the doctor for the Hilltop. In general he's the most medically qualified survivor seen since Jenner.
- Nice Guy: He quickly becomes friendly to the group, Glenn and Maggie in particular.
- Non-Action Guy: Though he's not much of a fighter, he isn't entirely helpless in killing walkers either, managing to headshot a few while caught in a beartrap.
- Perma-Stubble: Quite noticeable considering his brother Emmett is clean-shaven, despite being the elder. This is likely to show their different lifestyle, considering they live in two vastly different communities.
- Put on a Bus: One to the Sanctuary, actually. He's conscripted by Simon to become the Sanctuary's chief medical officer after Negan rashly killed his brother. He reappears in Season 8 to care for the sick Gabriel and the two later escape with Eugene's assistance.
- Replacement Goldfish: He becomes this for the Sanctuary Saviors after Negan kills his brother, Emmett.
- Shoot the Medic First: He is shot by a Savior making his way back to Hilltop with Gabriel, long before Maggie's baby is born. Fortunately, Siddiq is revealed to have medical expertise and presumably takes over from there.
- The Smart Guy: As a highly intelligent doctor, he's one of the community's most valuable assets.
- Spanner in the Works: Carson's abduction complicates a few things for the group going forward. As an obstetrician, Maggie critically needs him as she's expecting a child, thus he's a high-priority hostage in the Sanctuary. This prevents Sasha from her first attempt to snipe Negan, as Carson gets in the way. Furthermore, Carson's presence means the group can't simply bomb the Sanctuary to hell, since they need him. The eighth season premiere explicitly states that recovering Carson is a top priority.
A guard of the Hilltop Colony.
- Adaptational Heroism: In the comics, Karl tried to warn the Saviors of the upcoming rebellion of the communities due to his fear of them and wanting to avoid their wrath, only backing out when Jesus hunt him down and managed to talk him out of it. In the show, he left Gregory behind as soon as he realized he was doing the same thing and has remained loyal to Maggie and the whole alliance.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a spear forged by Hilltop's blacksmith.
- Flipping the Bird: He does this to Gregory when he overhears him saying that he's delusional.
- Gate Guardian: Is responsible for guarding Hilltop's gate alongside Eduardo.
- Hot-Blooded: He has a short temper and seems almost eager to kill Rick and the others when they start causing trouble.
- The Lancer: He begins getting courted by Gregory to serve as his personal right-hand man when Jesus begins openly defying Gregory's wishes. As shown in Season 8, though, he has as much respect for Gregory as anyone else at this point.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's quick to anger, but only wants to defend the Hilltop from threats.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Eduardo's blue.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Survives the war with the Saviors, unlike his comic counterpart.
- Those Two Guys: With Eduardo.
- Token Minority: The only significant Asian character at Hilltop. After the first episode of Season 7, Glenn's death leaves him as the only significant Asian character in the whole cast until Yumiko is introduced in Season 9.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Leaves with Gregory for parts unknown in "Something They Need" and doesn't return before the season ends. He is revealed to have abandoned Gregory and returned to Hilltop once he found out Gregory intended to rat Maggie out to the Saviors.
A member of the Hilltop Colony.
- Apologetic Attacker: Apologizes to Gregory before stabbing him in the abdomen.
- Assassin Outclassin': Though he's a reluctant assassin to be sure, he merely wounds Gregory and is killed by Rick during the attempt.
- Badass Beard: Has a pretty spectacular one.
- Character Death: Stabbed in the neck by Rick.
- I Did What I Had to Do: Tries to assassinate Gregory on Negan's behalf to keep his brother alive.
- I Have Your Wife: The Saviors are holding his brother Craig hostage.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He's killed in his single scene but his actions set up the deal between Alexandria and the Hilltop: Alexandria will kill Negan and the Saviors in exchange for half of the Hilltop's supplies.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: In his first appearance he's killed by Rick in self-defense.
A member of the Hilltop Colony who agrees to help Alexandria fight the Saviors. He is one of the first casualties of the war during the attack on Simons outpost.
- Adaptation Expansion: He is an unseen character in the comics but has a prominent role here.
- Adaptational Villainy: Is forced to go along with the assassination attempt against Gregory in this version.
- The Bus Came Back: After helping out Rick's group in "Not Tomorrow Yet", he doesn't reappear until "Rock in the Road".
- Character Death: He and Freddie are the first casualties of Hilltop in the Savior War.
- HeelFace Turn: Agrees to help out Alexandria after initially having tried to kill Gregory (granted, he was forced into doing that).
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite a very hostile initial encounter with Rick's group, he still agrees to help them out even though Daryl broke his arm. Throughout "Not Tomorrow Yet" he is fully on board with Rick's plan and shows concern for his friend Craig.
- Mauve Shirt: Receives some characterization and story prominence before being killed in "The Damned".
- Multiple Gunshot Death: He is shot several times by the Saviors and dies immediately.
- The Sixth Ranger: Goes back to Alexandria with Rick's group, as he knows where the Saviors are located and is willing to help stop them.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comic, Andy is killed by the Saviors and only Ethan is sent back to the Hilltop.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: While he has a role in the story, we don't actually learn much about him before his death.
A Hilltop resident who lost his wife prior to the apocalypse.
- The Bus Came Back: During "Rock in the Road".
- Character Death: He and Andy are the first casualties of Hilltop in the Savior War.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics.
- Heroic BSoD: Breaks down while recounting his Near-Death Experience and how it caused him to hallucinate his deceased wife.
- Multiple Gunshot Death: He is shot several times, including through the throat, by the Saviors, and spends his last few moments bleeding out.
- Near-Death Experience: Almost getting stabbed in the face by Abraham before he realized he wasn't a walker.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Gets a few lines and some background, but is not a prominent character, and meets his end alongside Andy in "The Damned".
A member of the Hilltop Colony.
- Adaptational Name Change: Word of God confirms that she is the show counterpart of Brianna.
- Ascended Extra: She is a background extra in Season 6, but has a notable scene in the following season where she leads a group of Hilltop residents who want to follow Rick and later is one of the most prominent Hilltop fighters in the fight at Alexandria in the Season 7 finale.
- The Bus Came Back: In "Rock in the Road".
- Demoted to Extra: Compared to her comic counterpart, who quickly became one of Maggie's closest friends.
- Took a Level in Badass: She is (presumably) not combat proficient at first, but thanks to Maggie's teachings becomes a capable fighter and active participant in the war.
A resident of the Hilltop who returns with Ethan.
- Adaptation Expansion: She was only mentioned in the comics.
- Adaptational Villainy: She is forced to go along with the assassination attempt against Gregory in this version.
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the comics she was presumably Killed Offscreen by Negan, but here she returns to the Hilltop with Ethan.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Punches Rick after he kills Ethan.
A resident of the Hilltop.
A guard for the Hilltop.
- Blade on a Stick: Wields a spear crafted by the Hilltop's blacksmith.
- Gate Guardian: Guards the Hilltop alongside Kal.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Kal's red.
- Those Two Guys: With Kal.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Hilariously, he chews out Gregory for not giving the pregnant Maggie an apple. It's a demonstration of how little respect Gregory gets that even a lowly guard isn't afraid to call him out on his bullshit.
Ethan's brother who is taken hostage by the Saviors.
- Canon Foreigner: Never appeared in the comics, but is given the role that comic book Crystal had.
- Distressed Dude: He is taken prisoner by the Saviors, who use him as leverage to force Ethan into killing Gregory (which he fails to do). Rick and company are able to break him out when they raid the Savior's compound.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Crystal (the hostage in the comics) was presumably Killed Offscreen by Negan, whereas Craig survives and is taken back to the Hilltop by Andy.
A woodworker and member of the Hilltop militia. He is killed by Simon as punishment for Hilltop joining AHKs rebellion.
The son of Earl and Tammy. He is mortally wounded by a horse he was trying to save from walkers and gets bit, and dies from shock and blood loss.
- Death by Adaptation: His comic counterpart was beheaded by Alpha, while the Whisperers are only introduced to the show five episodes after his death in the Season 9 premiere.
- Friend to All Living Things: Gregory mentions that he looked after the animals, and Ken's efforts to save a horse from being devoured by walkers ends up costing him his life.
- Life-or-Limb Decision: The group amputates his arm in an effort to save his life, though he still dies from the blood loss.
- Nice Guy: From what little we find out about him, he seems like a friendly, well-meaning young man whose death leaves all of Hilltop devastated.
- Red Shirt: He doesn't live past his first episode.
- Related in the Adaptation: He was not related to Earl or Tammy in the comics.
- Remember the New Guy?: Like his parents, he is never seen before Season 9, but is indicated to have been a longtime resident of Hilltop.
- Small Role, Big Impact: He only appears in one episode, but his death has ramifications for the rest of the season.
- Together in Death: Many years after his death, his dying father is ready to be reunited with him and his mother.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: At least to the audience, since he's introduced and killed in the same episode.
Hilltop's chief blacksmith. He is the father of Ken and husband of Tammy. A year and a half after the Savior War, he and Tammy lose their son on a supply run gone wrong. Gregory gets him drunk and coerces him to attack and kill Maggie. However, Maggie survives and jails Earl, who quickly realizes the error of his ways once his senses return. After a harsh jail sentence, Maggie forgives him and releases him. Several years later, Earl and Tammy take in a Whisperer baby abandoned by his mother, Frances, on Alphas orders. Though hesitant to have another child, Earl is forced to raise the baby, who he names Adam, after Tammy is killed by Alpha.
- Action Survivor: While not exactly combat-proficient due to his age, he is still able to kill walkers, albeit only a few at a time.
- Age Lift: Hes older than his comic counterpart, who only appeared to reach old age by the time of the comics Distant Finale.
- A Death in the Limelight: Downplayed, as he does get more screentime and dialogue in "Morning Star", only to die in the next episode.
- The Alcoholic: He was this in the past, and briefly relapses in the aftermath of his son's death.
- And Then John Was a Zombie: Briefly, after his suicide fails to destroy his brain. Judith quickly ends his suffering.
- The Atoner: He genuinely feels remorse for attacking Maggie after Gregory gets him drunk. Notably, he does not blame Gregory for what happened, insisting that he is ashamed that he was capable of doing something so vile at all. This sincere regret is what convinces Maggie to let him go.
- Bungled Suicide: Of a sort. He succeeds in killing himself by jamming his head into a metal spike, but it doesn't pierce all the way through into his brain and he still comes back as a zombie, forcing Judith to finish the job.
- Composite Character: Of Earl Sutton and Morton Rose from the comics. Earl was Hilltop's blacksmith while Morton was the husband of Tammy Rose, and was persuaded by Gregory to assassinate one of the community leaders (Rick in the comics, Maggie in the show) after the death of a loved one.
- Cool Old Guy: Despite his drunken murder attempt, he's not a bad person at heart, and expresses sincere remorse for what he did. He also takes Henry under his wing and invites him to hang out with him and Tammy.
- Death by Adaptation: His comic counterpart survived all the way to the series' Distant Finale.
- Driven to Suicide: Knowing that his time is up, he hammers a metal spike into a table to stab himself through the head and save Judith or anyone else the trouble of putting him down. It fails.
- Drowning My Sorrows: He is lulled into doing this by Gregory following the death of his son.
- Face Death with Dignity: He accepts his fate remarkably well all things considered, escorting the children of Hilltop to safety after Ezekiel is incapacitated and calming them, as well as giving some kind final words of encouragement to Judith and urging her not to worry about him, since he'll be reunited with his wife and son in the afterlife.
- Happily Married: Despite occasionally snarking at one another, it's clear that he and Tammy love each other very much.
- In the Hood: He wears a hoodie when he attacks Maggie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Downplayed. His wife and son both mention that he can be irritable and stoic, but hes a good man with a good heart through and through. We see more of his angrier side in Season 10, after Tammy has been killed by the Whisperers and he declares war against them, though he still remains civil to most people and never does anything outright antagonistic.
- Knight In Sour Armor: Hell always do the right thing without hesitation, but expect him to grumble about it the whole way. In the Season 10 premiere he tells the others they have no choice but to cross into Whisperer territory to put out the fire, but complains that its going to be a long, hot night for everyone before they get started.
- Like an Old Married Couple: Well, he and Tammy are an old married couple, so naturally sometimes they playfully tease each other. Case in point, when Earl says that the Whisperer baby needs younger parents than a couple of "old farts", he notes that he especially means her.
- Mauve Shirt: He gets a good amount of characterization before dying in his second season.
- The Mentor: He begins training Henry as a blacksmith in midlate Season 9.
- My Beloved Smother: Hes Henrys appointed mentor as opposed to parent, but he ends up earning Henrys ire pretty early on. In Evolution he kindly offers Henry to spend time with him and Tammy after dinner, but is oblivious to the fact that the youth is more interested in courting Enid and is not very interested in spending an evening with an elderly couple.
- Not So Different: Maggie realizes that he is this to her late father Hershel. Both were rampant alcoholics earlier in their life, but were nevertheless loved by their long-suffering wives. It took the birth of their children to dry up, and when they both lose a child, they are driven back to drinking - and by the end of the season, Earl has also lost his wife. Earl himself feels this way about Henry when he learns that Henry got drunk partially to blow off some steam.
- Outliving One's Offspring: His son Ken is killed during a supply run.
- Papa Wolf: He flat-out refuses to let the reformed Whisperer Mary see her nephew Adam due to her association with the group that left him to die in the first place (and killed Tammy).
- Parental Substitute: He and Tammy get a second chance to be parents by adopting a Whisperer baby that Alpha almost leaves to the walkers. Unfortunately, Tammy is killed only days later, leaving Earl to raise the child alone. By Season 10 hes also become one to Alden, who says hes a better father than his own father ever was to him.
- Red Herring: After the second Time Skip of Season 9, the show seems to hint that Earl is going to die soon, given the increasing mentions of his age catching up to him and Tammy wanting him to retire. It's a trick, however, as it's Tammy who is killed towards the end of the season by Alpha.
- Related in the Adaptation: As a result of being a Composite Character with Morton Rose, he becomes the husband of Tammy Rose in this version.
- Remember the New Guy?: Like his wife and son, he is never seen before Season 9, but is indicated to have been a part of Hilltop for a long time.
- Retired Badass: According to a deleted scene, he used to serve in the U.S. military.
- Sole Survivor: With Tammy's death in "The Calm Before", he is the last surviving member of his family, not counting the Whisperer baby he and his wife had recently adopted. Earl himself eventually perishes in "Walk With Us" putting an end to the original Sutton family line.
- Those Two Guys: With Alden in Season 10. The pair are both blacksmiths who have recently lost loved ones to the Whisperers and are frequently seen together. Morning Star eventually clarifies that hes become a sort of father figure to Alden.
- Together in Death: Shortly before killing himself, Earl tells Judith that hes looking forward to being reunited with Tammy and Ken.
- Unwitting Pawn: Gregory manipulates him into killing Maggie for him solely so he can take over Hilltop.
- Zombie Infectee: He is bitten on the arm at some point during the siege on Hilltop in "Walk With Us".
Tammy Rose Sutton
Earl Sutton's wife. She is angry with Maggie when her son Ken dies during a supply run for goods that ultimately went to the Saviors, but is aghast when Gregory kills her drunken husband into attacking Maggie. However, Tammy once again has it out with Maggie when shes not allowed to see Earl for the entire month of his incarceration. Six years later, Tammy helps Daryl, Earl, and Connie rescue the Whisperer baby, and she and her husband quickly grow attached to him. Unfortunately, Tammy doesnt even get to name the baby before she is one of Alphas victims in the pike massacre. Earl ends up honoring her wish to name the baby Adam as he begins raising him alone.
- Action Survivor: While not exactly combat-proficient thanks to her age, she doesn't hesitate to pick up a crowbar to save Earl from walkers. After her death, we learn from Siddiq that she bravely joined the other hostages in fighting back against the Whisperers, and even defended Rodney with nothing except a shovel.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: She is a heck of a lot nicer than her nagging shrew of a comic counterpart. Her beef with Maggie is also a lot more justified given that her son actually died on Maggie's watch, whereas in the comics, she blames Maggie for defending Carl's actions after her own son Brandon nearly beat Sophia to death.
- Cool Old Lady: Though she can be quite a handful when she's properly pissed off, Tammy is a kind, doting old woman who helps defend her community.
- Decapitation Presentation: Her head is put on a pike by the Whisperers both to mark their territory and to serve as warning for the community.
- Happily Married: Despite occasionally snarking at one another, it's clear that she and Earl love each other very much.
- Mama Bear: She risks her own life to help run outside Hilltop to save the Whisperer baby, and during her Last Stand she puts herself between the Whisperers and Rodney.
- Mauve Shirt: She gets characterized fairly well, but is only around for one season on the show.
- Never Mess with Granny: She effortlessly takes down three walkers to rescue her husband from being devoured.
- Off with Her Head!: Beheaded by the Whisperers along with nine others.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Her son Ken is killed during a supply run.
- Parental Substitute: She and Earl get a second chance to be parents by adopting a Whisperer baby that Alpha almost leaves to the walkers. Though she quickly gets attached to the child, new motherhood is tragically short-lived for Tammy, as she is killed by the Whisperers themselves only a few days later.
- Related in the Adaptation: As a result of her husband being a Composite Character of her canonical husband Morton Rose and Earl Sutton.
- Remember the New Guy?: Never seen before Season 9, but the characters are familiar with her.
- Together in Death: Facing his own death, Earl says he will be reunited with her and their son.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She chews out Maggie when Ken is killed on a supply run, and later when she is prevented from visiting her husband when he's imprisoned.
The son of Maggie and the late Glenn, named for Maggie's late father Hershel.
- Adult Fear: He is knocked out of his stroller by a drunken, violent Earl and could very easily have been killed.
- Dead Guy Junior: He is named after his grandfather Hershel, who was killed by The Governor in Season 4 and about a year earlier In-Universe.
- Disappeared Dad: His father Glenn was killed by Negan several months before he was born.
- Mixed Ancestry: He has Korean, Irish, and American ancestry.
- Put on a Bus: Maggie takes him with her when she leaves Hilltop to work with Georgie in Season 9.
- Someone to Remember Him By: For Maggie regarding Glenn.
A teenager living in Hilltop who befriends Henry after he arrives from the Kingdom to train as a blacksmith. She quickly gets a crush on him and tries to woo him, but she doesnt get much of a chance since he meets and falls for Lydia. She attends the fair and ends up as one of the victims of Alpha during the pike massacre.
- Action Survivor: Kal is seen training her with a spear in one episode, and she helps defend one of the convoys to the fair. Addy even saves Gage's life when he is almost bit by a walker at the convoy.
- All Love Is Unrequited: She ultimately never has a decent chance with Henry, especially since he quickly meets Lydia.
- Canon Foreigner: She never appeared in the comics.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: She's slightly hostile towards Lydia for getting in the way of her and Henry.
- Decapitation Presentation: Her head is put on a pike by the Whisperers both to mark their territory and to serve as warning for the community.
- Everyone Has Standards: She is willing to break Hilltop's rules a bit by sneaking out and drinking, but is disgusted that Gage and Rodney keep one trapped in a pit to taunt, throw necklaces at, and piss on. Addy walks away in disgust when her friends show it to Henry.
- Meganekko: She's one of the few characters in the show with specs.
- Off with Her Head!: Beheaded by the Whisperers along with nine others.
- Only Sane Woman: Out of her friends, she is the only one who is not dumb around walkers.
- Remember the New Guy?: Introduced in Season 9, but has been a resident of the Hilltop the entire time. Justified due to being only a child prior to the timeskip.
- Ship Tease: She flirts with Henry, but nothing comes of it due to him being put in jail for being drunk and disorderly and then Lydia's arrival the next day. She makes one last attempt at a pass at him at the Fair, but hes already with Lydia by then.
A teenager living in Hilltop. He pressures Henry into drinking in the woods with him and his friends, and they leave Henry alone in a pit when he kills the walker they were playing with. Henry, Rodney, and Addy are all killed by Alpha, leaving Gage alone. He subsequently moves to Alexandria.
- Action Survivor: He's capable enough against walkers, but still has to be saved by Addy during the attack on the Hilltop convoy.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- Everyone Has Standards: While he has no qualms with openly bullying Lydia he's later very reluctant to actually harm her unlike the two Highwaymen that were with him.
- Sole Survivor: The only one of the three teens Henry meets at Hilltop not to be killed by the Whisperers, a fate that Henry himself befalls.
A teenager living in Hilltop. He and his friends Gage and Addy befriend Henry and take him drinking with them, but they leave him to fend for himself when he ruins their game with a walker. Rodney and Gage later bully Lydia at the fair, and Rodney ends up becoming one of Alphas victims in the pike massacre.
- Action Survivor: He's capable enough against walkers, but in the end, hes the only pike victim too afraid to fight back against the Whisperers, and is defended by Tammy until their deaths.
- All Men Are Perverts: He jokes about becoming a fisherman so that he can move to Oceanside, an all-female community.
- Asshole Victim: Downplayed, as hes hardly a little monster like Ron Anderson, but he was generally a condescending jackass who bullied Henry and Lydia, and did little to help keep Hilltop and his friends safe. Not many are going to miss him.
- Canon Foreigner: He never appeared in the comics.
- Decapitation Presentation: His head is put on a pike by the Whisperers both to mark their territory and to serve as warning for the community.
- Off with His Head!: Beheaded by the Whisperers along with nine others.