"Don't be sorry, and, uh, it's not a light. It's Ner tamid. Ow. The flame of truth, the uh, presence of God. She led you here. I like to think of God as, uh... Well, seems God needs new batteries. So, uh, why don't we get you something to eat and maybe a towel?"
—Jacob to Charlie.[src]

Jacob Kessner is a survivor of the outbreak in AMC's Fear The Walking Dead. He was a member of Morgan's group until the caravan was forcibly split up and resettled into Virginia's various settlements with him living in the town of Lawton.

Pre-Apocalypse

Texas

Little is known about Jacob's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was a rabbi at Temple B'nai Israel and lived in Texas. He also enjoyed gardening.

Post-Apocalypse

During the initial days of the outbreak, Jacob took refuge in the synagogue along with his congregation. As time passed by, he lost faith in God and the world so he chose to leave under the guise of getting supplies. Sometime later, Jacob decided to return only to find all of his congregants dead and turned. Unable to put them down, he sealed them inside a building, where he also would attend every day to pray.

Season 5

"Ner Tamid"

Jacob prepares for a solo service in his synagogue when a walker starts banging on the door outside. He talks to it sarcastically and uses the knife on his rifle to kill it. He then closes a fence with a chain and kills more walkers before one gets on top of him. Suddenly, Charlie opens the car door and knocks it to the ground, allowing him to kill it. He introduces himself and welcomes her to his temple, saying God must have led her here.

The next day, Charlie reveals to Jacob she got separated from her group and he vows to help her reunite with them. Jacob then notices the bulb in his chandelier dimming and begins to panic, telling Charlie he has to leave to find batteries. Charlie says she knows where he can find some and radios her group. While they wait, Jacob attends to the building full of his reanimated congregants and says a prayer.

A while later, John and June arrive with the battery and Jacob thanks them for keeping the eternal flame lit. Charlie asks them to help Jacob repair his fence and they agree. John offers Jacob a caramel candy and Jacob gifts him a yarmulke.

Charlie then suggests to Jacob her group could live there with him, but he politely turns her down as June and John tell her it's time to go. Suddenly, Sarah radios them about Logan's crew and June says they're on their way. They head outside to find all the walkers from the locked-up building surrounding them. Jacob takes them to the roof and explains he and his congregants were holed up in the temple at the onset of the apocalypse. He explains that he left to gather supplies and when he came back, everyone was dead.

John and June climb down and use a ladder to create a bridge in between cars to avoid the walkers. As they make their final ladder bridge the gate gives way and they get trapped on top of a car. June tells Charlie there's only one way out of this but Charlie refuses to give the place up. She reminds Jacob that he told her God led her there but he reveals he doesn't believe in God anymore and he began losing faith when the world turned, but had to pretend to keep his people alive. "I'm alive because I didn't believe in God," Jacob says, claiming he kept tradition because it's all he had left. Charlie finally relents and Jacob uses a horn to lure the walkers into the temple, where they extinguish the light, as they escape out the back.

Jacob then accompanies the group reunites with Dwight and Sarah. Later, Charlie apologizes for running away but June says the perfect place is still out there. Jacob says that's called faith and that he'll start looking around for what he wants. He then introduces himself to Dwight and Sarah, who reveals she's also Jewish and is excited to hear he makes wine.

"Leave What You Don't"

Jacob arrives, along with Tess and Annie, to help John and June kill the walkers at Tank Town and control the fire. The next morning, Jacob and the rest of the group reunite with Logan until Doris and the others hold them up at gunpoint. He tells everyone to put their guns down and explains how he wants to continue Clayton's message after all. Suddenly, Logan and his crew are viciously shot and killed from afar by Virginia and her group.

Jacob then listens as Virginia reveals she's been watching them and suggests they could all help each other. She can offer them things they want in exchange for keeping the oil fields running. They refuse so she orders her people to prepare to kill them. Luciana offers to stay to help them make gas if she lets the rest go and Virginia agrees. Jacob and the group are then forced to abandon the place.

"Channel 5"

Jacob and the rest of the caravan keep traveling in search of a permanent home. At night, a walker from a Humbug's Gulch theme park 15 miles away wanders into camp. Dwight kills it and John suggests to head to Humbug's Gulch in search of a home. The next day, the caravan come across a bridge in danger of collapsing.

After several tense moments with Virginia and an oncoming herd, Jacob and the others are forced to abandon the rest of their vehicles and flee across the bridge. He and the others watch in horror as Tom is killed when the bridge finally does collapse. Sometime later, the group arrives at the gulch but see that it is completely overrun with walkers. The group debates their next move. Jacob and the others then hear as Morgan radios Virginia for help.

"End of the Line"

Jacob and the rest of the caravan survivors rest along the outskirts of Humbug's Gulch as Morgan contacts with Virginia for help. After the theme park is cleared of walkers, Jacob and Charlie discover a church in the town. He then officiates John and June's wedding in the chapel.

That night, Jacob and the caravan survivors are split up by Virginia into different groups as they are taken for re-settlement among her communities.

Season 6

"The Key"

Jacob holds a funeral for Cameron. Jacob comes to visit John, believing John to be in need of company. He informs John that Janis is set to be executed at dawn. John laments how he has always followed the rules, since they made sense to him. Jacob notices the gas cans and asks if John is planning to run away. John confirms Janis wants him to do this, but he has instead decided to help her escape. He recounts how, when he was younger, his dad had a case involving a serial killer that targeted women around the Houston area. While the police successfully tracked the killer down, they didn't have enough evidence to arrest him. To put the man behind bars, John's father planted a purse belonging to one of the victims on the killer. While this resulted in a conviction, John's father's colleagues never looked at him the same way again. Eventually, John's father divorced his wife, moved away, and started drinking heavily. John laments how his father did the right thing, but it cost him heavily. Likening this to his situation, John says he isn't scared for himself, and knows Ginny won't hurt June, but is also aware of the fact that if he goes through with his plan, he will never see her again. He believes how his father had to do the right thing, because that's who he was. Jacob summarizes this as John's father choosing life, even if it cost him his own. John agrees, and says that this is the choice he is making now. Jacob thinks they can find another way, but John doesn't think so. He hands Jacob a letter meant for June, before hugging him goodbye. To console him, Jacob says that he might yet see June again.

After Janis' execution, John marches down the street with a pistol in his hand, but is intercepted by Strand and Jacob. When he realizes Strand was the one who pushed the execution ahead of schedule, John pistol whips him. A fight ensues between the two men. When John gets the upper hand, he accuses Strand of killing Janis. Strand defends his actions by pointing out Janis was dead anyway, but John didn't have to die with her. John asserts that he could have gotten Janis out, but Strand is certain Ginny would have hunted them both down. John backs off, but furiously proclaims how Janis was right about Lawton, as it does destroy everything.

"Things Left to Do"

Jacob arrives at Valley Town with Sarah and Grace and waves at Morgan as he walks towards the entrance into the settlement. Later, he stops by the dam wall to speak with June Dorie and give her John's last note.

"Handle With Care"

Jacob joins Morgan, Daniel and Sarah, and as they look for Grace in the woods.

Relationships

Charlie

Jacob meet Charlie as he was clearing outside of his temple, he shown concern for her safety as he let her inside his temple to sleep, believing God sent her.

When Charlie reveals to Jacob she got separated from her group and he vows to help her reunite with them. As Jacob then notices the bulb in his chandelier dimming and begins to panic, telling Charlie he has to leave to find batteries. Charlie then suggests to Jacob her group could live there with him, but he politely turns her down.

After the temple was attack by Walkers, Jacob reveals to Charlie he lost his faith, Charlie was able to convince Jacob to lure and trapped the walkers inside the temple.

Sarah Rabinowitz

Sarah warmly welcome Jacob into the group, and was happy to have someone else of the Jewish faith with them, and ask if she can confession her sins to him. She was also thrill that he said he knows how to make wine.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Jacob has killed:

Appearances

Episodes 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Season 1
Season 2
Season 3
Season 4
Season 5
Season 6
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

Trivia

  • Jacob is one of four known Jewish characters in The Walking Dead franchise.
    • The other three are Sarah Rabinowitz, Saul, and David Stern.
    • Despite being faithful to Judaism, Jacob turned to atheism after seeing the horrors of the outbreak.

Other Actors

International Dubbers
Language Dubber Other Characters Voiced
Czech Ladislav Županič N/A
French Roland Timsit N/A
German Michael Pan N/A
Hungarian N/A N/A
Italian Massimo De Ambrosis Beta
Japanese N/A N/A
Portuguese Luiz Laffey Shane Walsh (1)
Tyreese Williams
Spanish (Latin America) Gustavo Carrillo N/A
Spanish (Spain) José Javier Serrano N/A
Fear The Walking Dead Characters
Clark Family AliciaNicholasMadison
Manawa Family TravisChristopherElizabeth
Los Angeles VictorAdamT.J.WilliamMariaJacobJontiCalvinGloria
Paul R. Williams High School TobiasRussellBrandonArtMatt
L.A.P.D. LaneHendersonFinleyRichardsGonzales
El Sereno PatrickCynthiaMariaDouglasMr. PosadaMrs. PosadaHectorSusanPeterJoannaGladysMr. Cruz
Salazar Family DanielOfeliaGriselda
California Army National Guard GraceFrenchMcElroyAndrewScottDavidsonColeRichardsCastroHodgesMasonJonesJohnsonGibbJohnsonO'RourkeBethanyLarkinFaumuinaShihKuchenMelvinWillimasMoyersVrakking
Catrina Island HarryGeorgeSethMelissaWilla
Flight 462 AlexMichaelAlanTomIanJake
The Pirates JackVidaConnorBenBreannahReed
Celia's Group SofiaJuanJorgeLuisCeliaThomas
Mexican Navy LeonSalyanTintosVazquezMiguel
Valle de Guadalupe JavierRamon
La Manas Gael
La Colonia LucianaReynaldoAlejandroAnaLauraFranciscoOlivieroAlonso
Los Hermanos MarcoAntonioRamiro
Rosarito Beach Hotel ElenaHectorAvaIleneAndrésOscarJessicaMrs. DiazCharles
Brandon's Group BrandonDerekJames
Suarez Family ElíasAngelicaBenitoSara
Broke Jaw Ranch TroyChristineErinPatBobBlakeDaxKerryStanGabePaulMrs. TwomeyJakeCooperTerranceJeremiahJosephJimmieGretchenKathyVernonMikePhilMarthaRussellCharleneWillyTracy
Gonzalez Dam LolaEverardoEfraínDanteOthónJ.C.Pablito
Black Hat Reservation QaletaqaLeeMartaJoséJohnKlah
El Bazar MariaJohnnyMatarifeEddie
The Proctors JohnNineteenNineEleven
Texas AltheaJuneDwightTessWesJohn Sr.SlimRyanMollyJohnEdCharlesSerenaBenQuinnMs. MaddoxEmileWalter
Virginia MorganPaulCarolRick
Leland's Group LelandHardyBill
Dell Diamond Baseball Stadium ColeVivianDouglas
The Vultures CharlieMelvinEdgarIngridEnnis
Mississippi WendellSarahMarthaJimHank
Wittington's Denim Company RollieDorisLoganClaytonPurvisStevie
Camp Cackleberry DylanMaxAnnie
Civic Republic Military IsabelleBeckett
Lonestar Power & Light GraceRobertMichaelMatthew
The Caravan PhilippePeteDom
Temple B'nai Israel Jacob
The Pioneers JamesRachelDakotaSamuelsEllenCleveKennethTerrenceRegHillVirginiaMarcusTerryMary AnneMalcolmHoltJanisCameronSanjayAdrienneBenJebRidingsIsaacTom
Valley Town MorganFrankieAthena
Creative Visionaries Agency NoraLeeMichaelMark
The Outcasts SherryOswald
Doomsday Cult RileyTheodoreSabrinaHarveyDerekPaige
Texas Department of Corrections GeorgeHayes
Miscellaneous Survivors DianaBetaJohnTinaStevenMr. MagañaMrs. Magaña
Animals SkidmarkRufusDog
Walkers SullivanRandallShelbyEllenJohnsonGeoffChristinaKimberly
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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