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"Damn straight."
—Neil to Jesus in the car.[src]

Neil is a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's The Walking Dead. He is a resident and woodworker of the Hilltop Colony.


Location Unknown

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


Season 6

"Knots Untie"

Neil is working with the blacksmith in the workshop as Rick and his group visit the Hilltop for the first time. He later watches on in horror as Ethan and Rick fight, resulting in Ethan's death.

Season 7

"Go Getters"

Neil is working out in the yard when Simon and his Saviors enter the town.

"Hearts Still Beating"

Neil is out and about in the yard, helping with the farming.

"The Other Side"

Neil joins the others and practice with weapons in Maggie and Rosita's training class. He watches the Saviors take Dr. Harlan Carson back to the Sanctuary with them and proceeds to barricade the fortify the front gate with two other residents.

"The First Day of the Rest of Your Life"

Neil is among the Hilltop residents to accompany Maggie as they liberate Alexandria from the Saviors with the help of King Ezekiel and the Kingdom. After the battle, he listens to the leaders' speeches and rallies with his fellow militiamen.

Season 8


Neil is present and listens to the speeches given by Ezekiel, Maggie, and Rick before their first attack. He travels with Rick and everyone to the Sanctuary to attack Negan and the Saviors. Later, he regroups with Dianne, Jesus, and a group of Hilltoppers and Kingdommers.

"The Damned"

Neil is among the Hilltoppers to sneak into the satellite outpost that has been reoccupied by the Saviors in order to take it over. He gets into position as the Hilltoppers prepare to assault the unsuspecting Saviors. After a lengthy gunfight, he and his allies are able to gain the upper hand as the Saviors call a retreat. Before Alden, Jared, and the other Saviors can flee, they are captured by Oscar and the rest of the Militia.


Neil is among the Militia to bring the Saviors back to the Hilltop. He and the rest of the Militia help protect the Saviors from on coming zombies.

"The King, the Widow, and Rick"

Neil helps construct the makeshift prison within the Hilltop's walls to contain the captured Saviors. He watches as the several dozen prisoners of war, along with Gregory, are herded into the prison.

"How It's Gotta Be"

Neil is in the car with Jesus, Maggie, and Dianne on their way to the Kingdom when they are stopped by Simon and the Saviors. Despite Simon's threats to kill Jerry, Simon tells Gary to lower his gun and proceeds to shoot Neil in the head, killing him instantly. Maggie requests to use the coffin from the Saviors' truck to transport Neil's body back to the Hilltop. Once back home, his body is buried. Later, Maggie kills one of the prisoners named Dean in retaliation for Simon killing Neil, thus avenging him.


Killed By

Neil is shot in the head by Simon as he attempts to scare Maggie into submitting to his demands.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Neil has killed:


TV Series

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8


  • Neil was an extra throughout Season 6 to Season 8 until he received his name, lines, and credit in "How It's Gotta Be".
  • Neil was one of three woodworkers/blacksmiths, along with extras Troy Reuther and Bob Melton, at the Hilltop and became the primary blacksmith in the back half of Season 7.[1]
  • Karl Funk was one of the 12 original Hilltop extras to portray the population in Season 6 before the background cast was expanded for Season 7 and onwards.


TV Series Characters
Grimes Family JudithR.J.RickCarlLori
King County LambertPaulaShaneLeonMr. SiggardMrs. Siggard
Jones Family MorganJennyDuane
Atlanta Camp CarolDarylMoralesGlennAndreaMerleTheodoreDaleSophiaJacquiMirandaLouisElizaAmyEdJim
Nursing Home MiguelFelipeJorgeGuillermoGilbert
Jenner Family EdwinCandace
Greene Farm MaggieBethHershelPatriciaJimmyAnnetteShawnArnoldOtisJosephine
Military Personnel WellesWilsonBradySeanFranklinCallaway
The Living NateRandallSeanTonyDave
Michonne's Group MichonneMikeTerryAndre
The Prison AxelOscarAndrewTomasBig Tiny
Blake Family PhilipPennyMrs. Blake
Woodbury JeanetteMrs. RichardsMs. McLeodCaesarShumpertMr. JacobsonKarenMr. RichardsOwenErynGregMiltonDr. StevensRowanEileenFosterBettyEmilyNoahPaulJodyRichardHaleyWarrenMichaelGargulioCrowleyTim
Tyreese's Group SashaTyreeseAllenBenDonna
Prison Newcomers BobLizzieMikaLukeMollyJulioHenryNorisCalebDavidRyanCharlieChloePatrickZach
Chambler Family TaraLillyMeghanDavid
Martinez's Group HowardMitchAlishaPete
Ford Family AbrahamEllenA.J.Becca
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneRositaChristopher
The Claimers DanBillyHarleyTonyJoeLenLou
Terminus MartinGregTheresaGarethAlbertMikeMaryAlex
St. Sarah's Church Gabriel
Grady Memorial Hospital StevenTanakaAlvaradoAmandaBelloLicariPercyMcGinleyFrancoNoahDawnO'DonnellBobJeffriesGormanJoanGavinHanson
Alexandria Safe-Zone AaronScottKyleSocorroBarbaraHeathNoraMrs. RobinsonAlexJenWayneCherylEnidRussBobBruceTobinAnnaMikeyFrancineKent SpencerOliviaDeniseDeannaLucyRonJessieSamMayaDavidBetsyNicholasAnnieWillTommySturgessBarnesNatalieStacyMichaelJefferyRichardsHollySamanthaBobbyCharlyneO'HaraDineshDanErinAdrianParkShellyCarterPeteRegAidenEric
The Wolves OwenAphid
The Saviors NeganAldenGracieSherryDwightAmberTanyaMarkGinaQuanPotterJoséBrookeMelJohnMarcusJonahAliceLauraBrandonFrankieD.J.RichieRegina JedNorrisArat JustinSimonDukeLanceGaryReillyJaredEvanKatyKenoDerekDeanGavinGomezPaulieDukeZiaLeoYagoJoeyGuntherRudyToddDinoHuckWadeCamNelsonMaraGordonRoyDavidEmmettIsabelleJosephChrisGeorgeNeilRomanJiroMilesPrimoPaulaMichelleMollyDonnieGabeTimmyTina
Hilltop Colony BertieOscarMarcoHershelKalEduardoGageBriannaEarlPennyFelixAdelineRodneyTammy RoseCasperMartinMilesHildePaulGregoryKennethStephanieCraigCrystalWesleyHarlanNeilFreddieAndyEthan
The Kingdom EzekielJerryDianneNabilaEzraAliyahMariamJoshuaJennyWilliamHenryDanaKevinKurtAlvaroDanielColtonRichardBenjamin
Oceanside CyndieRachelBeatriceJulesKathyNatania
The Scavengers AnneTamielBrionFarronWinslow
Georgie's Group HildaMidgeGeorgie
Magna's Group MagnaLukeKellyYumikoConnieBernie
The Whisperers LydiaAdamBetaAlphaRufusMaryDanteFrancesZionRasmusSeanHelen
Warehouse Shelter CyrusAmandaLamarFrankRoseMatias
The Highwaymen AlfredMargoAlekOzzy
Jocelyn's Group WinnieP.J.GinaLinusMitchellJocelyn
Bloodsworth Island VirgilLucyCelesteJeremiahLisa
Survivor Caravan AidenBailey
Miscellaneous Survivors JuanitaWilhelmSiddiqMiloAmeliaLeslieEastmanSamAnaClara
Animals DogNellyShivaTabithaButtonsDukeFlameViolet
Walkers CarlaDellyJoe Sr.BillTonyNickErinDougLouiseWayneSummerHannahEddie
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in gray and italics.

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    • Was Neil (the guy Simon killed) the tv version of Earl Sutton.  Reasons to why I think he might be. 1. He looks like Earl. 2. He i...
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