Rick and others have finally reached the Hilltop Colony, home of Paul Monroe. Rick is still uncertain about entering the place, but Paul attempts to convince him that they are not bad people. Paul says he could have killed Rick in the van while he was sleeping, but didn't. Paul tells him he just has to trust him. Carl says to Rick that Paul is not a "bad guy". Rick finally agrees with Paul and Carl, and is ready to go into the Hilltop. Paul tells the group that they can bring their weapons inside, which makes Rick feel a little better.
Rick and the others are walking along a sidewalk, which leads to Hilltop. They meet guards, Kal and Eduardo, who open the gate. Inside, Hilltop seems to be a town, with hotels, schools, barringtons and street vendors. Paul introduces the group to Gregory, a man who "keeps the trains running on time". Rick speaks with Gregory briefly, before they are interrupted. A resident, Wesley, rushes in and informs Gregory that Ethan has returned.
Ethan, an older man, has indeed returned from a failed mission, where another resident of Hilltop, Crystal, was allegedly taken by a rival group as a captive. Ethan approaches Gregory, saying that their enemies wanted him to deliver a message. When questioned about what the message is, Ethan stabs Gregory, saying, "I'm sorry". Rick tackles and kills Ethan instantly by slashing his throat, while the citizens of the colony look on in horror.
With one final glance to the surrounding crowd, Rick breaks the silence, asking, "What?"
- Rick Grimes
- Carl Grimes
- Paul Monroe
- Earl Sutton
- Harlan Carson
- Hilltop Colony residents
- First appearance of Kal.
- First appearance of Eduardo.
- First appearance of Gregory.
- First appearance of Wesley.
- First (and last) appearance of Ethan. (Alive)
- First appearance of Harlan Carson.
- First appearance of Brianna.
- First appearance of Earl Sutton.
- First mention of Negan.
- First mention of Mandy.
- First mention of Crystal.
- First mention of Andy.
- First mention of David.
- This issue introduces the most characters at the same time, and has several mentions of other characters who don't appear in the very issue. This is similar to #2.