Nothing is known about this man's life prior to or as the outbreak began.
As Michonne Hawthorne, Siddiq, D.J., and Magna's group approach the Hilltop, this man and another guard arrive on horseback to meet with the caravan. Michonne questions their spears and if they are from Hilltop. The man replies that they are and reports that Rosita Espinosa of Alexandria has been found injured in the woods and is being taken care of by Enid.
The Hilltop Colony was attacked by the Whisperers with their weaponized horde and flaming arrows, the latter of which caused the fire that quickly engulfed the settlement. It is unknown what happened to this guard as the zombies continued to push into the burning Hilltop, as he was not seen among the several survivor groups to escape Hilltop.
This list shows the victims this man has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies
- This character is credited as Hilltop Rider in "Stradivarius".
- C. Thomas Howell is the real life friend of Michael Cudlitz and was given this role due to his ability to ride a horse at high speed and deliver lines all at once, without needing a stuntman to perform the stunts. One of the conditions C. Thomas Howell proposed that his character have the opportunity to be recurring.
- This character was portrayed by photo double and stand-in actor William Michael deArmon in "Evolution" as C. Thomas Howell was not available for filming.