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- "Isn't that how this is supposed to work? Don't worry. I'm sure we'll need your help before too long. That's how things tend to go... From your mouth to God's ears."
- —William talking to Maggie.[src]
William is a character first encountered in Issue 157 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He is a survivor living in and trusted member of the Kingdom. Following the death of their former leader, Ezekiel, William is urged to take the position as the de-facto leader of the community. Though reluctant, William agrees to the position and aids Rick Grimes' militia from within the community by supplying him with troops, much to the dismay of some of the other Kingdom residents. As a leader, William respects his people as they do him, but prefers general respect in place of the terminology set in place by Ezekiel in the past. He refuses to be called "good sir" and treats his people equally and respectfully.
Nothing is known about William's life prior to or as the outbreak began.
William is seen arguing with Zachary about how many troops they should send to Alexandria to help with the war. Zachary argues that Rick didn't send help when their leader died, therefore they shouldn't send troops to Rick, however William says that Rick was Ezekiel's friend and it's what he would have wanted. Zachary urges William to lead the Kingdom, saying that people will demand it. William says that until that day comes, they will deal with the problems at hand. He is then seen rethinking the situation.
Later, as William sits on the primary throne with Zachary nearby, he relieves another member of the community after hearing a status regarding patrol. Zachary asks what the point is, and when William asks for clarification, Zachary responds with why William is bothering to check on patrols when the best of their soldiers have already been sent to fight alongside Rick. William tells Zachary to leave, and the man says he will regret his decisions, but William denies this. William attacks and threatens Zachary telling him he will do anything to keep The Kingdom safe including killing him. Later, when patrolling, Taylor approaches William, greeting him with "good sir" and asking him what he's doing outside. William tells him to knock the "good sir" shit off and tells him he's patrolling, saying "we could all do well to keep watch when we can".
William is shown introducing the Kingdom to Pamela Milton.
- Possibly a few Saviors. (Off-Screen)
- Possibly a few Whisperers.
- Numerous count of zombies and possibly unnamed people.
- "Rick was Ezekiel's friend. We will honor that, Zachary. It's what he would have wanted."
- —William to Zachary about Ezekiel[src]
Though they are never seen interacting, William is shown to have a great amount of respect for Ezekiel. He makes his decisions with Ezekiel's wishes in mind. His thought process revolves around what Ezekiel would have done.
- "Don't ever threaten me again. "
- —William threatening Zachary[src]
William later surprises Zachary and pulls a knife to his throat. He says that he isn't fucking around and sent his soldiers to Rick for the good of the Kingdom. He warns Zachary never to threaten him again.
Though never seen interacting on screen, it is implied that Rick knows of Williams leadership and the two respect one another. William sends his best troops to fight alongside the militia, showing he is willing to help Rick in his battle and that he trusts what he is hoping to achieve.
William has a very good relationship with Maggie. Ever since his appearance in the series William has shown a lot of kindness and care towards Maggie. And is willing to help her out whenever or whoever he can. From sending his soldiers to help fight the Whisperers, to sending supplies to help rebuild Hilltop.