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This article is about the Kingdom leader. You may be looking for the leader of Howe's Hardware.
"Look in my eyes, I want you to see how close to dying you are right fucking now. You see it? Good. I want to be absolutely clear, Zachary. I am not fucking around, and I am not to be fucked with. I didn't send our best fighters out to protect Rick because I'm some kind of fucking moron. I send them out because what Rick's group is facing... Is coming here next, if they fail. I love the kingdom and I will do anything to keep its people safe. Including killing you. [...] Don't ever threaten me again."
—William threatening Zachary.[src]

"King" William is a character first encountered in Issue 157 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He is a survivor living in and trusted member of The Kingdom. Following the death of their former leader, Ezekiel, William is urged to take the position as the de-facto leader of the community. Though reluctant, William agrees to the position and aids Rick Grimes' militia from within the community by supplying him with troops, much to the dismay of some of the other Kingdom residents.

Pre-Apocalypse

Location Unknown

Nothing is known about William's life prior to or as the outbreak began.

Post-Apocalypse

The Whisperer War

William is seen arguing with Zachary about how many troops they should send to Alexandria to help with the war. Zachary argues that Rick didn't send help when their leader died, therefore they shouldn't send troops to Rick, however William says that Rick was Ezekiel's friend and it's what he would have wanted. Zachary urges William to lead the Kingdom, saying that people will demand it. William says that until that day comes, they will deal with the problems at hand. He is then seen rethinking the situation.

Later, as William sits on the primary throne with Zachary nearby, he relieves another member of the community after hearing a status regarding patrol. Zachary asks what the point is, and when William asks for clarification, Zachary responds with why William is bothering to check on patrols when the best of their soldiers have already been sent to fight alongside Rick. William tells Zachary to leave, and the man says he will regret his decisions, but William denies this. William attacks and threatens Zachary telling him he will do anything to keep The Kingdom safe including killing him. Later, when patrolling, Taylor approaches William, greeting him with "good sir" and asking him what he's doing outside. William tells him to knock the "good sir" shit off and tells him he's patrolling, saying "we could all do well to keep watch when we can".

Relationships

Ezekiel

"Rick was Ezekiel's friend. We will honor that, Zachary. It's what he would have wanted."
—William to Zachary about Ezekiel[src]

Though they are never seen interacting, William is shown to have a great amount of respect for Ezekiel. He makes his decisions with Ezekiel's wishes in mind. His thought process revolves around what Ezekiel would have done.

Zachary

"Don't ever threaten me again. "
—William threatening Zachary[src]
William and Zachary's relationship is not explored in depth, however Zachary seems to respect William as evident by his desire to see William lead. He is mad when William refuses, arguing that Rick is sending the person who broke Ezekiel's heart to lead them. This causes William to rethink the situation. Later, Zachary is seen by his side while William has sent out troops to aid in the battle against The Whisperers, as well as check on patrol statuses around the community, implying that William trusts Zachary enough to allow him to be an adviser to him.

William later surprises Zachary and pulls a knife to his throat. He says that he isn't fucking around and sent his soldiers to Rick for the good of the Kingdom. He warns Zachary never to threaten him again.

Rick Grimes

Though never seen interacting on screen, it is implied that Rick knows of Williams leadership and the two respect one another. William sends his best troops to fight alongside the militia, showing he is willing to help Rick in his battle and that he trusts what he is hoping to achieve.

Appearances

Comic Series

Volume 27: The Whisperer War

Comic Series Characters
Grimes Family RickCarlLoriJudithJeffrey
Jones Family MorganDuane
Atlanta AndreaSophiaGlennDaleBenBillyCarolAllenDonna
ShaneAmyJim
Tyreese's Group TyreeseChrisJulie
Greene Farm MaggieHershelBillyPatriciaOtisRachelSusieLacey
ArnoldShawn
The Prison AxelAndrewDexterThomas
Michonne's Group MichonneMikeTerry
Woodbury LillyBobGloriaHapMariannePennyCaesarScottWes
DennyLouJamesonJaredSmittyTomRedBrianAlice
GusGabrielRudyDanielRaymondJamesBruceCurtis
SamStevensEugeneHarold
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneGabrielRositaAbraham
The Hunters ChrisTheresaAlbertDavidGregCharlie
Alexandria Safe-Zone
AaronHeathMikeyPaulaAnnieSiddiqAnnaCarlosDariusJuliaVincentPaulBarbaraErinJoshOliviaNicholasDeniseJohnHollyEricSpencerDouglasJessieRonTobinBrucePeterReginaScott
Washington, D.C. Derek
Hilltop Colony PaulEduardoEarlHarlanBriannaSamuelAlexMarco
HershelRollandBrianLouieDanteWesWesleyBrandonMortonOscarKenLarryTammyGregoryDougKalEthan
The Sanctuary DwightNeganTaraSherryMarkLauraJohnSeth
AmberCarsonDonnieMikeDavisGaryDavidConnor
The Kingdom BenjaminGusWilliamZacharyEzekielMarcusRichard
Richmond MagnaYumikoKellyConnieLukeBernie
The Whisperers LydiaBetaAlphaJoshua
Oceanside Pete
Barcelona Claudia
Animals ButtonsShiva
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.

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