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—Jim while killing a zombie.[src]

Jim is a character first encountered in Issue 2 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead. He is a mechanic who saw his family and co-workers get eaten by zombies, making him seem very upset and quiet member of the group. Jim held in his anger for their deaths, later releasing it when the camp was attacked. 


Location Unknown

Little is known about Jim's past life apart from that he was a mechanic and had at least a mother, and a wife and sister - between his family and his sister's, there were five children.


Days Gone Bye

When the dead began to rise, Jim remained generally unaware of this until the city of Atlanta, decreed a safe zone by the government, gradually started to become overrun with the undead. Jim saw his boss getting infected and became one of the few who managed to escape from the city as it was completely overwhelmed. However, Jim witnessed the deaths of his entire family, as they shielded him from the zombies long enough to allow him to escape. Emotionally traumatized and devastated by the loss of his family, when Jim joined the survivor group just beyond the cities outer limits, he was noticeably the most taciturn member, revealing almost nothing about his past and barely saying a word.

During the zombie attack on the camp, after failing to kill one with his gun, Jim grapples with a zombie and flies into an uncontrollable rage, driving him momentarily insane. He beats the zombie to death with his gun, whilst screaming and cursing at it for killing his loved ones. After coming to his senses, he finds the zombie had bitten him during the brawl, taking a massive chunk out of his arm. Jim suffered the effects of the zombie plague for days.

He attended the funeral of Amy, and expressed his liking for her, dubbing her as "pretty and smart."


Killed By

During the walker attack in the Atlanta camp, Jim is bitten by a walker on his arm. Following the attack, Jim refuses a mercy killing, but is unable to stay with the group.

  • Infection

Jim voluntarily chooses to remain at the entrance to Atlanta under a tree to reanimate, with the hope that upon reanimating, he could turn into a walker and be reunited with the rest of his undead family.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Jim has killed:


Rick Grimes

"Goodbye, Jim."
—Rick's parting words to Jim.[src]

Rick and Jim weren't seen interacting very much, although Rick did seem to be very saddened when he learnt that Jim's family had all been eaten by zombies allowing Jim to escape and did feel sorry for him. Also Jim helped Glenn and Rick find the gun store in Atlanta on the map, which both Rick and Glenn were grateful for. Rick was also shocked when he discovered that Jim was bitten and got into a fight with Shane as he blamed Jim and Amy's deaths on him. Rick, like everyone else in the Atlanta group was devastated as they left Jim against the tree. 


"Please...they have to do this for me. T--talk them into it. It's the only way I'll ever be with my family again."
—Jim to Donna about his condition.[src]

Donna took care of Jim after he was bitten. Jim spoke to her more than anyone in the group, and they both believed and hoped that Jim might not reanimate.


"Maybe it won't happen to him."
—Allen to Donna about Jim's infection.[src]

Allen seemed to care for Jim. He implied that he would've liked to take care of Jim during his incapacitated state, but, Jim wouldn't allow any men to do it. After seeing Jim survived for over a day or so after being bitten, he tried to be optimistic and suggest that Jim may live.


"She was a pretty girl... Smart too. She shoulda been going to college... living her life... being young... being happy. This shouldn't have happened. She didn't deserve this."
—Jim about Amy.[src]

Jim and Amy weren't seen interacting much, but, it is shown at Amy's funeral that Jim admired her and said that she didn't deserve the fate she got.


Comic Series

Volume 1: Days Gone Bye


  • It is revealed that Jim is 41 years old in the script book.
    • Jim was born in 1962.
  • Jim is the only character of the original group to have a undead status.
  • The Walking Dead Survivors' Guide; mistakes Jim as the father of Sophia.
  • According to Glenn, Jim is the only known survivor who made it out alive from the city of Atlanta.
  • Robert Kirkman answered the question whether naming characters the same name, such as Billy, Chris, Jim, Eugene, Eric, and Bruce was an oversight, "It's not oversight at all. It's completely unrealistic for a group of people to meet at random and never encounter the same names."
Comic Series Characters
Grimes Family RickCarlLoriJudithJeffrey
Grant County ShaneReggie
Jones Family MorganDuane
Atlanta Camp SophiaAndreaGlennDaleBenBillyCarolAllenDonna
Tyreese's Group TyreeseChrisJulie
Greene Family MaggieHershelHershelBillyRachelSusieLaceyArnold
Greene Farm PatriciaOtis
The Prison AxelDexterThomasAndrew
Prison Newcomers MichonneTerryMike
Woodbury LillyBobGloriaSaulHapMarianneWesDennyLouJaredSmittyTomRedBrianAliceJamesonGabrielRudyDanielRaymondJamesBruceCurtisSamStevensEugeneHaroldGusCaesarScottPennyChristinaMike
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneGabrielRositaAbraham
The Marauders CraigAndy
The Hunters ChrisTheresaAlbertDavidGregCharlie
Alexandria Safe-Zone
The Scavengers CarlosPatrickSandraDerekLiam
Hilltop Colony PaulEduardoEarlHarlanBriannaJohnnyAlexMarco
The Saviors TaraJohnMarkGavinLauraChristopherNeganMartin
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.