"I'm... I'm done. I expected it to happen... s-sooner or later. It was a... good... good run I had in this world."
—Hap's last words before shooting himself after being bitten.[src]

Hap Abernathy is a character first encountered in Issue 48 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He is an elderly resident of Woodbury and a soldier of the town's army.


Atlanta, Georgia

Hap did a stint in the navy back in the Korean War. Hap was a retired school bus driver from Atlanta, and described as "gaunt, graying, retired school bus driver from Atlanta who currently looks like a candidate for a hip replacement with his pronounced limp and bandaged ribs". Hap used to drive buses for 34 years. A month before the outbreak, Hap insulted a young optometrist back at LensCrafters in Belvedere Park, which led him to not receiving appropriate glasses, instead using dime store specs.


Made To Suffer

Upon his arrival to Woodbury, Hap became a member of the Woodbury Army. He later took part in the prison assault, and when Lilly put a gun in The Governor's mouth, he tried to reason with her, telling her she didn't have to kill him. He is then interrupted by the swarm of zombies and witnessed the death of The Governor. He was also one of the few survivors of the assault.


Hap listens in but slowly falls asleep at the town meeting, where the Woodbury residents discuss how to divert or take out the herd of walkers coming towards Woodbury. Later, he goes on a run with Bob to gather medicine, and after discovering a secret labyrinth, Hap sees what he thinks is a small racoon, but is a walker that latches onto Hap's ankle. Bob tries helping Hap, by tying a bandana around his ankle but Hap has given up and accepts his fate, and grabs Bob's pistol and shoots himself. He is later buried next to Penny in Woodbury.


Killed By

During a suppy run, Hap is bitten on the right ankle by walker crawling on the floor.

  • Himself (Suicide)

Bob tries to help him by amputating the limb, but Hap grabs Bob's gun instead, and shoots himself in the head.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Hap has killed:


Novel Series

Comic Series

Volume 8: Made To Suffer


Bob Stookey

"Okay, breathe, Old Hoss, just breathe. Gonna be okay, gonna get you outta here."
—Bob to Hap after he is bitten.[src]

Bob and Hap had a close relationship. Bob was deeply saddened by the death of Hap, and before he took his life he tried anything to save Hap's life. Bob mentions that he loved Hap's stories and his curmudgeonly personality.


Comic Series Characters
Grimes Family RickCarlLoriJudithJeffrey
Grant County ShaneReggie
Jones Family MorganDuane
Atlanta Camp SophiaAndreaGlennDaleBenBillyCarolAllenDonna
Tyreese's Group TyreeseChrisJulie
Greene Farm MaggieHershelBillyPatriciaOtisRachelSusieLacey
The Prison AxelAndrewDexterThomas
Prison Newcomers MichonneMikeTerry
Woodbury LillyBobGloriaSaulHapMariannePennyCaesarScott
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneGabrielRositaAbraham
The Marauders CraigAndy
The Hunters ChrisTheresaAlbertDavidGregCharlie
Alexandria Safe-Zone
The Scavengers CarlosPatrickSandraDerekLiam
Hilltop Colony PaulEduardoEarlHarlanBriannaJohnnyAlexMarco
The Saviors DwightTaraJohnMarkGavinLauraChristopherNegan
The Kingdom WilliamZacharyTaylorBrianBenjaminGusEzekielMarcusRichard
Richmond MagnaYumikoKellyConnieLukeBernie
The Whisperers LydiaJoshuaMikeBetaJoshuaAlpha
Oceanside Pete
Pittsburgh Juanita
The Commonwealth StephanieSamuelsFrostLanceMaxwellPamelaGeorge
Greenville ClorisCurtis
Barcelona Claudia
Virginia JoshPaulJeremyLucille
Animals ApplePeach PitButtonsShiva
Walkers Front
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.