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This article is about the Comic Series character. You may be looking for his TV Series or Road to Survival counterparts. For other pages with the same name, see: Ethan

"Said it wasn't enough, said we weren't meeting... our end of the bargain... they still have Crystal. Said they'd keep her alive, return her to us if I delivered a message to you..."
—Ethan explaining the situation to Gregory.[src]

Ethan is a character and an antagonist first encountered in Issue 95 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He is a resident of the Hilltop Colony. He served as the primary antagonist of Volume 16: A Larger World.


Location Unknown

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


Hilltop Colony

Nothing is known about Ethan's life at the Hilltop.

A Larger World

Ethan was sent on a mission to see the Saviors and Negan, along with Crystal, Andy, and David. Ethan arrived back at the Hilltop alone, revealing that everyone except he, and possibly Crystal, were killed. He relayed a "message" to Gregory, and then stabbed him. Ethan tells if someone tries to stop him, Crystal will die. He is tackled by Rick Grimes and, during the struggle, was killed by his throat being cut by Rick. Everyone in the Hilltop Colony watched the murder in horror.


Killed By
  • Negan (Indirectly Caused)

After returning from a Saviors delivery run where everyone was killed and Crystal was captured by Negan, Ethan tries to kill Gregory by stabbing him in the stomach on Negan's demands, in a desperate order to keep Crystal alive.

Rick tackles Ethan and then slit his throat with a knife, killing him in self defense.

Later, his corpse is burned by Jesus.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Ethan has killed.

  • Possibly numerous counts of zombies



Ethan and Gregory's relationship was never shown but it was assumed that it was stable before Ethan returned from his supply run. Because of Negan's threats towards Crystal, Ethan attacks Gregory and stabs him in the chest which ruined their relationship and caused Gregory to hate him.


Samuel and Ethan may have been friends, as Samuel was seen to be distraught over his death, taking his anger out on Rick.


Ethan and Crystal had a very good relationship. After Crystal was caught by Negan and he demanded that Ethan attack Gregory in order to get her back, Ethan does so, which results in his own death.


Comic Series

Volume 16: A Larger World


  • Ethan is the first seen member of the Hilltop Colony to die.
  • Ethan is the last person to die in the second compendium.