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This article is about the TV Series character. You may be looking for his Comic Series counterpart or the actor. For other pages with the same name, see: Lance

"Okay. And who or what is that, exactly? The villain? The boogeyman? Or the best goddamn thing that ever happened to you? You're right, Eugene. I did lie to you. Just like you and your friends lied through your teeth to get inside these walls. But who's keeping score, right? So, I did what I had to do to get you here, and you know what? You should be thanking me for it. It's not my fault you people are too stupid to know a good thing when it landed in your laps. (...) It wasn't gonna get better for your people, Eugene. They were about to starve. And now you're here, and your community is getting fixed, and you've got everything, from concerts to cancer surgery--and literally the only thing we've ever asked of you all in return is to be productive members of society here for as long as you choose to stay. So, tell them whatever you want. The statement you signed to get out of jail says you were suffering from paranoia as a result of nervous strain. Remember? I mean, look at you, Eugene. This has obviously taken a toll. Am I sorry your heart got broken? Absolutely. And I'm sure your friends will be very sad to hear about it, too. But, in a balance of things, I still think it worked out in everyone's favor. And they probably would, too."
—Lance to Eugene, when the latter threatens to expose him.[src]

Lance Hornsby is a main character and later an antagonist, as well as a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is the Deputy Governor of the Commonwealth and serves as the primary antagonist for the majority of Season 11.


Lance initially seems to be a fair and charismatic man who wants the best for the Commonwealth. When the group first encounters him, "Stephanie" tells them that he is trustworthy and can protect them from being banished.

As the Deputy Governor, Lance holds a lot of power. When asked by Carol to move Ezekiel's surgery up the list, he does so after being given a case of expensive wine. Despite this, he appears to feel underappreciated, as shown when he attempts to get Pamela's approval with Carol's wine, only to be disappointed with her underwhelmed reaction. He and Pamela seem to be at odds about many things, such as Pamela believing incorporating too many new communities would stretch them thin, but Lance thinking it's a good idea. It soon becomes apparent that his motivations are a lot more sinister than what they at first seem. He reveals that Stephanie (actually named Shira) is a spy to get Eugene to admit Alexandria's location. He mentions how he has a vision of a thriving network of communities that citizens can travel between. However, when Maggie refuses to ally Alexandria with the Commonwealth, he becomes frustrated and lures walkers over to him to let out some anger.

Lance begins to use his power for more immoral purposes. When some weapons go missing, he asks Toby Carlson to go to Riverbend and retrieve them. At first Toby refuses, but Lance threatens him, saying he has the power to take his happy life away. It is also revealed that he knew about Sebastian sending desperate residents to get him cash. He eventually shows his more manipulative, greedy, and cunning side. While in Hilltop trying to find the stolen weapons, he tries manipulating Hershel into confessing what happened at the apartment complex. Lance is shown to be able to keep calm under pressure, as he keeps his cool when a standoff happens and when he finds Leah, who could've killed him at any moment.

Lance becomes progressively more unhinged as time goes on. He hires Leah to assassinate Maggie, and becomes angry when she gets his men killed and goes rogue, to the point he angrily throwing his walkie-talkie. His desire for power comes true when the Commonwealth take over all the communities. He is shown to be a sadistic and psychotic man, when deciding the fate of the people of Oceanside, he merely flips a coin with a smile.


Location Unknown

Nothing is known about Lance's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that his father worked as the Milton family's chauffeur.[1]



At some point during the outbreak, Lance joined and became the Deputy Governor of a community in Ohio.

Season 11

"Out of the Ashes"

In a Commonwealth orientation video, Lance welcomes viewers to the Commonwealth and describes the benefits of living in their community. He explains that the Commonwealth has a population of 50,000 and is led by Governor Pamela Milton.

After Eugene, Ezekiel and Princess have been charged for using the radio without permission, Lance and Stephanie enter the room. Lance orders the supervisor to release Eugene's group. Stephanie tells them that Lance can protect them from banishment, but that they'll still have to pay for their crimes.

"Promises Broken"

Yumiko tracks down Lance and demands to know the location of her brother. Lance insists to Yumiko she must take to her duties as legal counsel for Pamela Milton's cabinet if her friends are to be freed from community service, and implies she will one day be tasked with providing him a legal favor.

Lance and Mercer arrive on the scene to find Sebastian and Eugene arguing and quickly take Eugene into custody after Sebastian accuses Eugene of attacking him and Eugene confesses to punching him, with Lance scolding him for doing so, not having known he was the son of Pamela. Lance visits Eugene in a jail cell, and explains that the only way Eugene can get out of jail and help his friends is to reveal the name and location of his community. He starts to leave. Eugene tells him to wait.

"No Other Way"

Eugene arrives at Alexandria with the Commonwealth Army, Lance and supplies for the struggling community. Lance, acting as the Commonwealth's diplomatic representative, addresses the residents of Alexandria and admits that he's impressed with what they've built both in Alexandria and the other communities of the Coalition. Looking around at the devastation, Lance notes that they've fallen on hard times and he offers the Commonwealth's help in rebuilding Alexandria. However, Lance has "another, potentially more interesting choice" for any who are interested in it.

In a flash forward to six months later, Lance is gathered outside Hilltop's gates with a squadron of soldiers, including Daryl, as Maggie and Elijah are perched atop the wall.

"New Haunts"

Lance picks out wine for Pamela's upcoming masquerade ball, but Max rejects it. Lance dumps the wine in a trash can. Carol brings Lance a case of expensive wine to serve at the masquerade. In exchange, she asks him to move up a friend's surgery. Impressed by Carol's resourcefulness, Lance says he will see how Pamela likes the wine before making any promises.

Lance is one of the guests to arrive for the masquerade ball, including Sebastian Milton. An excited Lance approaches Pamela asking about the wine, clearly proud of his findings, to which Pamela replies "fine," and suggests they discuss his Alexandria idea at a later time, much to Lance's disappointment. Lance witness Pamela giving a speech and unveils a portrait of her father. Carol asks Lance how Pamela liked the wine. Lance says it was a good first step and hints he'd like something else from Carol.

"Rogue Element"

Lance and Carol ride a wagon outside the Commonwealth walls. Lance explains that he's hoping to enlist her help. Lance and Carol arrive at a farm that supplies Commonwealth hospitals with opium. A man named Moto informs Lance that the farmers are holding the opium harvest hostage in exchange for higher prices. Lance and Moto talk business while fishing. Lance proposes a compromise: the works get a raise, but they earn it. Produce more, make more.

Carol tells Lance that she spoke with one of the farmers and learned that Moto has been pocketing the money that Lance gives them for raises. She says he has also been beating the farmers to ensure their silence. Lance orders soldiers to arrest Moto. Lance visits Eugene and Princess in jail after they got arrested for breaking into Roman's apartment and assures them that Roman is a plumber who had been sent to Stephanie's building to fix a sink. He says Roman agreed not to press charges, but that they must promise to leave him alone.

Eugene soon finds Stephanie again colluding with Lance for an unknown task, and gets Lance to confess "Stephanie" was a plant named Shira who was used to get Eugene to confess the location of Alexandria due to too many inconsistencies during the group's auditing. Lance apologizes for the deception, but points out that Eugene's group is now thriving at the Commonwealth, despite his heart being broken by Shira.

"The Lucky Ones"

Lance and Pamela travel to Alexandria. While en route, Pamela shares her concern that incorporating new communities would stretch Commonwealth resources too thin. Lance argues that Alexandria, Hilltop and Oceanside are perfect for his vision. Aaron and a welcoming committee greet Pamela's convoy as it arrives in Alexandria.

Lance and Pamala then travel to Oceanside, where Pamala relaxes on the beach at Oceanside. Lance tells her that Rachel is ready to see her. Rachel takes Lance and Pamala on a tour of Oceanside. She explains that Maggie has chosen not to ally with the Commonwealth, and that Oceanside will only partner up with the Commonwealth if Maggie agrees to do so.

On their way to Hilltop, Lance admonishes Aaron for failing to keep walkers out of Alexandria and for not knowing about Maggie's decision. Lance warns him that if Maggie opts out, he will no longer help Alexandria. Their convoy stops. Maggie is killing walkers on the road ahead. Lance, Daryl, and Commonwealth troopers help Maggie kill the walkers. Pamela introduces herself.

Aaron makes a case for the Commonwealth and asks if Maggie will join them. Lance proposes an impromptu hunt. Lance asks Maggie if she's made a decision about partnering with the Commonwealth. Maggie asks what he gets out of the deal. Lance describes his vision of a thriving network of communities that citizens can travel between. The alarm goes off. Hilltop citizens race outside to ward off a walker attack.

Maggie walks up to Lance and Pamela, telling them she formally declines the Commonwealth's offer. When Pamela asks why, Maggie says everything always costs something. Lance is disappointed by her decision. Lance begs Pamela to try and salvage his plan. Pamela correctly guesses that Lance wants to eventually govern the communities. She agrees to let him continue his campaign to enlist the communities but warns that there will be consequences if his Commonwealth duties are compromised.

Lance enters the woods and shoots his gun into the air. One by one, he shoots walkers attracted to the sound. Aaron joins him and asks what Pamela thinks about Alexandria. Lance says that Pamela is on board and that they will bring in even more people. He vows to remake the world.


In a flashback to one week ago, Lance summons Carlson to his office. Lance explains that a convoy full of guns and cargo was en route to the three communities when it was hijacked by a religious group. Lance orders Carlson to lead a surgical operation to retrieve the goods. Carlson tells Lance that he's no longer an assassin, but Lance threatens to upend Carlson's life if he refuses. He suggests Carlson take Gabriel and Aaron.

"The Rotten Core"

Carlson radios Lance to let him know the location is secure and that they're searching for the hijacked goods. Later, Lance tries to radio Carlson but gets no answer. Carol stops by to inform him that Sebastian had been sending desperate residents to get him cash. She realizes Lance already knew and is okay with it. Lance says everyone must do their part and explains that he was simply trying to help people who put themselves in bad situations. Carol pretends to agree.


Lance interrogates Aaron and Gabriel about what happened to Carlson and his team. He is skeptical of their story that mysterious killers slaughtered everyone except for them and then escaped. Lance orders troopers to search the area for the killers, starting with Hilltop. Lance and his team encounter walkers in the woods. He orders Aaron and Gabriel to take care of the walkers by hand, in order to save ammo. They kill the walkers with Daryl's help. Lance's team arrives at Hilltop.

Lance and his troopers arrive at the Hilltop gate. Lance orders Maggie to let them into Hilltop so that he can search for the killers who stole Commonwealth property. Maggie insists she knows nothing and refuses to let him in. Lance confers with his troopers. Daryl offers to speak with Maggie to avoid a deadly clash. Maggie tells Daryl it doesn't have to be this way. "Yeah, it does," Daryl says – circling back to an earlier episode. Daryl convinces Maggie to open the gates.

Lance's team searches Hilltop. Lance discovers a hidden truck and suspects it's the vehicle that left tire tracks at the apartment complex. Maggie insists the engine doesn't work. Lance connects the starter relay then turns the engine. To his disappointment, it doesn't start. Maggie orders him to leave by sundown. Lance corners Hershel and questions if he or his mom has taken any exciting trips lately, but he just silently shakes his head. Claiming that he only wants the truth and he can fix things if he has it, Lance tries to convince Hershel to help him, stating that he can't keep people safe if they keep secrets. However, Hershel refuses to tell Lance anything, stating that he should probably go get Maggie, but he tries to pressure Hershel into revealing the truth about what happened back at the apartment complex.

Elijah rushes over and pins Lance against the wall for putting his hands on Hershel. It sparks a standoff. Troopers surround Elijah. Maggie and Daryl aim their guns at Lance. Daryl tells Lance to order his troopers to stand down. Lance obliges, then leaves Hilltop. A trooper alerts Lance that he found something. Commonwealth troopers find Leah's camp, but no one is inside the tent. Leah ambushes them, injuring two of them. Lance asks Leah to hold her fire so that they can talk. Leah emerges from the darkness with a rifle. Lance smiles and says he's here to offer her a job.

"Acts of God"

Lance will appear in this episode.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Lance has killed:


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Season 4
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Season 8
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Appears Voice is heard
👁 Appears with no lines Appears in a flashback
Appears as a walker 🖼 Appears in a photograph/video
Appears as a corpse Appears in a hallucination/dream


  • Lance is the sixth and final major recurring primary antagonist in the TV Series, the first being Shane Walsh, the second being Philip Blake, the third being Gareth, the fourth being Negan Smith, and the fifth being Alpha.
    • Lance is the third major recurring primary antagonist who is part of the main cast but is listed under "Also Starring", with the first being Gareth.
  • Showrunner Angela Kang said the following about Lance: "Lance Hornsby is also based on a character from the books. We've got our own take on him, and he's this charismatic fixer for the Commonwealth. Josh Hamilton is wonderful and brings such interesting flavors to the character. For people who know the movie Eighth Grade, he brought such warmth to that character, and he's playing this character that has so much energy and optimism who's trying to sell people on the Commonwealth. So there's some fun to be had with Hornsby. I want people to watch it and see for themselves."[2]
  • Lance is the eighth main character to later become an antagonist. The first being Shane Walsh, the second being Dwight, the third being Spencer Monroe, the fourth being Eugene Porter, the fifth being Anne, the sixth being Gregory, and the seventh being Leah Shaw.
  • Lance, Ben, Allen, and Dante are the only characters in the TV Series that originated from the Comic Series whose roles were rewritten to be completely antagonistic.
  • Lance bares some similarities to the DC character Harvey Dent/Two-Face. Both are charismatic, handsome politicians, both are scarred on the left side of their face, both have a lucky coin that belonged to their fathers, and use said coin to make their decisions.

International Dubbers

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Spanish (Spain) Lorenzo Beteta N/A