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- "For a chance to be my own man. For the opportunity to actually see my brother again. For a life where I don't have to worry about having my face melted with an iron... I don't care how good our lives have been. I'm with you... And I'm pretty sure there are others that would be, too."
- —Carson to Dwight.[src]
Carson (first name unknown) is a character first encountered in Issue 105 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He was a prominent but unwilling member of the Saviors. After Negan's defeat, he relocates to the Hilltop Colony.
Nothing is known about Carson's life prior to or as the outbreak began, other than he had a brother, Harlan.
Carson and his brother came across the Hilltop Colony, run by a man named, Gregory. At some point, he met Negan, who made him leave the Hilltop to be his personal assistant at the Savior's base, the Sanctuary.
Carson is seen asking Negan about the recent gunfire from Carl Grimes, asking if everything's alright and if they need to worry about it, he is also the one who informs Negan that the iron is ready for Mark's punishment.
He is later seen in the Sanctuary when Rick's forces have trapped him and the rest of the Saviors inside, by using noise to draw a huge herd to the Sanctuary. He asks Negan if he should set up a meeting, Negan tells him no as there are more "pressing" matters to attend with.
Carson is seen along with Negan and Dwight after capturing Eugene Porter. After Negan leaves to have sex with his wives, Carson and Dwight stay behind with Eugene. Dwight explains to Eugene that he is secretly on Rick's side. Carson overhears the conversation, and says as good as his life in the Sanctuary is, he'd much rather be able to see his brother again and live freely. He tells Dwight he will aid him in his rebellion against Negan. A few hours later, he breaks out Eugene and the rest of the hostages, along with Mark and Amber, who say they want to come with him.
Carson is seen standing with Maggie and the rest looking at Gregory's dead body. He later attends the fair with his brother but is later killed by Alpha and his head left on a pike. Rick Grimes, Carl Grimes and Lydia later find his zombified head.
- Killed By
- Alpha (Alive, Off-Panel)
In order to mark a border between the land belonging to the Whisperers and the communities, Alpha disguises herself and infiltrates the fair to lure people off the fairgrounds. Afterward, she decapitates them and then places their heads on wooden pikes to mark the border, with Carson being among them.
After finding the border, his zombified head is put down by either Carl, Andrea, Dante, or Lydia.
This list shows the victims Carson killed:
- Possibly numerous counts of zombies
Hardly anything is known about Carson's relationship with his brother; though it can be inferred that he cares about him due to the fact that he expressed a desire to defect to the Hilltop with Dwight and Eugene's party to reunite with him. They both lived together at the Hilltop for two years. Their exact moment of reuniting is not shown, and their relationship has not been explored in too much detail. Still, however, they presumably share a basic sibling bond with each other. After Carson is killed by Alpha, Harlan can be seen mourning him.
They were presumed to have a stable relationship. In Issue 122, it's shown that Carson discovered Dwight's plan to revolt against Negan. Despite being one of Negan's trusted men, Carson ultimately joined Dwight's plot and said that there were others who'd be willing to join as well.
Carson seems to be Negan's man of trust inside the main base, as he is the one to inform Negan of the various events of the base and the one to organize Negan's iron punishment. However, it is revealed in Issue 122 that he secretly hates Negan and wants to help Dwight take him down.
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- The official Walking Dead site confirmed on February 27th, 2014, on the discussion page for Issue 122, that Carson and Harlan are brothers.
- It is mentioned in Issue 148's Letter Hacks that Negan liked the younger Carson more than Harlan and made him his assistant in the Sanctuary.
- It is also revealed that the separation between him and Harlan will be explained at some point.