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First appearance.
Hilltop Lunch
Hilltop in its current appearance.
Hilltop Gates-130
Entrance Gates.
Hilltop Colony
Type Rural Town
State Virginia
Status {{{status}}}
Seen in Series Comic Series
Issue/Episode Issue 94 to Present
Real-world Counterpart/Filming Location [[Wikipedia:{{{IRL}}}|{{{IRL}}}]]
Gallery Hilltop Colony Gallery

Hilltop Colony, Virginia is a town first mentioned in Issue 92 of The Walking Dead. It is a farming community of 200 residents, originally led by a man named Gregory. The town is twenty miles from the Alexandria Safe-Zone. Before the war against The Saviors, the town had no active weapons.


Encounter With Alexandria Safe-Zone

Paul Monroe brings Rick Grimes and a group of survivors to the community for help, he and Gregory explain that they are under the control of The Saviors and their leader Negan, he goes on to say that they are forced to pay tribute to The Saviors, or they will be wiped out. However before Paul can finish, Ethan, a resident of Hilltop, comes back and informs the people that Negan has killed his group as they did not bring enough supplies. He then says that The Saviors asked him to deliver a message, which was to stab Gregory in order to kill him. After he stabs Gregory, Rick takes the opportunity to tackle Ethan and begin brawling with him, Rick uses Ethan's knife and cuts his throat open, killing him.

This stuns the residents and they begin to yell at Rick for his actions, Paul steps in and says that what Rick did was right and that Ethan was a coward. After escorting Rick and his group back inside the Hilltop's mansion, he returns to explaining that he called Rick here to ask for his help against The Saviors and that if Rick does rid them of the group, Hilltop will give Alexandria half their supplies. Rick accepts this deal and leaves, eager to deal with The Saviors.

After Negan executes Glenn, a furious Rick returns to the Hilltop and punches Gregory in the face, accusing him of not telling him and his group more about The Saviors. Gregory states that the Hilltop knew virtually nothing about The Saviors and that they did not even know Negan was a real person. 

Sick of living with Rick, Maggie and Sophia move to the Hilltop for a chance at a better life. Maggie quickly bonds with Brianna. They have many conversations about their life in and before the apocalypse, they both agree that Gregory is a creep and make very crude comments about him.

Paul and Rick with the help of Ezekiel, devise a plan by using people from all three of their communities to fight off The Saviors. Much to the leader of Hilltop Gregory's displeasure of the idea Paul still goes through with it.

The War Against The Saviors

Sometime after The Savior hold up of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, The Saviors pay a visit to the Hilltop Colony and captures Gregory for use as a bargaining chip against the allied forces of Alexandria, the Hilltop and The Kingdom. Gregory cowardly sides with The Saviors, threatening to banish everyone who believes otherwise. When he and the Hilltop soldiers arrive back, they are met by Maggie Greene, who angrily punches him in the face after hearing that "Negan is quite reasonable", she then proceeds to make a speech about the war, and how Rick wants to make everything better for them, and begs them to join the cause.

Later, it is revealed the majority of the survivors agreed to fight, most of them leaving the colony to Alexandria, where they repel a Savior attack. As of now, Maggie Greene is the de facto leader of Hilltop. In Issue 121, Rick decides to move all the Alexandrians to the Hilltop, with Ezekiel doing the same with all The Kingdom residents.

The Battle of Hilltop

Barely a day after, The Saviors launch their attack. Negan stands by the entrance, demanding Rick, and after being denied he orders his men to bring the gates down. The Saviors invade the colony and a heavy gunfight ensues, many are killed and injured with walker-smeared weapons, which is deadly. The battle drags itself through the night and The Saviors reach the house, where they demand to be let in. Just before the attack, they are outflanked by a large group in cars, who, with the aid of headlights, slaughter many Saviors. Negan and the few remaining men retreat.

The destroyed gates are blocked with buses brought by The Kingdom. They count their dead and tend the injured. Rick then orders a group to leave through the secret back entrance of Hilltop to outflank Negan and his men when they return.

Hours later Negan returns and demands a surrender, exclaiming he knows Rick is dead. Rick himself shows up, much to The Saviors' shock.

Negan and Rick have an intense standoff, with Rick proclaiming they're fighting against a madman who wants to take their stuff, and starts to convince Negan that he's trying to rebuild civilization in the wrong. Negan slowly realizes that Rick is right, and says he's now seeing things the way Rick sees, and in reaction, the latter approaches and slashes his throat, muttering "Good".

After a brief confrontation, Negan is taken captive and the groups cease all hostilities.


Hilltop is rebuilt and continues to thrive under the leadership of Maggie Greene.



  • Maggie Greene - Joined after Glenn's death. Maggie started a coup and successfully managed to overthrow Gregory, and is now the leader of Hilltop.
  • Carl Grimes - Son of Rick Grimes, moved from Alexandria to be a blacksmith apprentice under Earl Sutton.
  • Hershel Greene - Son of Maggie and Glenn.
  • Sophia - Joined after Glenn's death.
  • Earl Sutton - Blacksmith, and deals with the weapons in Hilltop.
  • Gregory - Gregory is the former leader, and an elder man who used to oversee operations within the Hilltop Colony. Later in a coup d'état, he lost his leadership to newcomer, Maggie Greene.
  • Kal - Kal is a resident that guards the Hilltop Colony.
  • Eduardo - Eduardo is a resident that guards The Hilltop Colony. Eduardo also dates a resident called Mandy.
  • Harlan Carson - Harlan Carson is a doctor and resident of the Hilltop Colony.
  • Caron - Former Savior, defected to The Saviors wanting to reunite with his brother, Harlan.
  • Brianna - An African-American survivor and has 12-year-old son in Hilltop.
  • Brianna's Son - The 12-year-old son of Brianna.
  • Wesley - Wesley is an African-American resident of the Hilltop Colony. Wesley told Gregory that Ethan has arrived.
  • Mandy - Mandy is an unseen resident of the Hilltop Colony. Mandy also dates another resident called Eduardo.
  • Samuel - An African-American survivor and Hilltop Colony resident seen at Ethan's funeral.
  • Crystal - Unseen resident from Hilltop Colony, and kept as a hostage in Negan's group, The Saviors', place. Her status is unknown.
  • Ethan - A man who was sent to Negan's base.
  • Andy - A survivor part of Ethan's squad.
  • David - A survivor part of Ethan's squad.
  • Amber - Former Savior and Negan's "wife". Defected from The Saviors along with her boyfriend Mark.
  • Mark - Former Savior and Amber's boyfriend. Had his face ironed by Negan.
  • Alex - Resident of the Hilltop.
  • Richard - Resident of the Hilltop.
  • Arnold - Resident of the Hilltop.
  • Ken - A member of the Hilltop who, along with Marco, was exploring uncharted territory.
  • Marco - A member of the Hilltop who, along with Ken, was exploring uncharted territory.
  • Rolland - A boy living in Hilltop who is currently a blacksmith apprentice under Earl Sutton.
  • Brian - A boy living in Hilltop.
  • Dante - A guard of the Hilltop, he is the first to discover Marco after he makes it back to the Hilltop and is sent out to search for Ken.
  • Louie - A resident of the Hilltop Colony, he and Larry create their own brew for an upcoming festival.
  • Larry - A resident of the Hilltop Colony, he and Louie create their own brew for an upcoming festival.
  • A small number of defected Saviors.


  • Ethan - Killed by Rick after he attempted to assassinate Gregory.
  • Andy - Killed by The Saviors.
  • David - Killed by The Saviors.
  • Glenn - Killed by Negan on the way to Hilltop, and later buried there.
  • Kal - Shot by The Saviors.
  • Mike - Shot by Rick Grimes.
  • Kingdom Survivor - Killed by Negan.
  • Nicholas - Killed by The Saviors. 
  • Richard - Killed by The Saviors.
  • Arnold - Killed by The Saviors.
  • Marcus - Killed by The Saviors. 
  • Numerous Hilltop Colony survivors - Shot by Saviors.
  • Numerous The Kingdom survivors - Shot by Saviors. 
  • Numerous counts of Saviors - Shot by Hilltop, Alexandria, and Kingdom survivors.


  • The Hilltop is the biggest known survivor community of The Walking Dead universe, containing over 200 survivors.
    • This number increased significantly during the latter part of the conflict against The Saviors, when both Alexandria and The Kingdom temporarily move to Hilltop.
  • Hilltop has had the least shown casualties in the "All Out War" story arc. 
  • The Hilltop Colony is a buyable property in The Walking Dead Monopoly.
Locations (Comic Series)
Cynthiana, KentuckyAtlanta, GeorgiaAtlanta Survivor CampWiltshire EstatesGreene Family FarmMeriwether County Correctional FacilityWoodbury, GeorgiaNational Guard StationFr. Gabriel Stokes' ChurchThe Hunters' BaseAlexandria Safe-ZoneHilltop ColonyWashington, D.C.The SanctuaryThe Kingdom

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