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Jim is rather quiet and reserved, seldom interacting with other members of the camp and generally only speaking when spoken to. This is due to the traumatic events he witnessed while he was trying to escape the city, namely seeing his entire family get devoured by the dead. Jim carries a tremendous amount of guilt and anger, since the only reason he was able to escape was because the walkers were too busy feasting on his family. This anger manifests when walkers attack the camp, as Jim furiously beats one of them with the butt of his pistol while yelling at it for killing his family. After he is bitten, he ultimately asks to be left behind to reanimate, so he can be with his family again.
Not much is known about Jim's life prior to or as the outbreak began, except that he was born in 1962 and 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.
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
- Zombies (Alive)
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.
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.
This list shows the victims Jim has killed:
- Numerous counts of zombies
- "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.
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- 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 an undead status.
- Jim was originally going to star as a main character in a prequel trilogy.
- 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."
- Robert Kirkman states in the Deluxe version of Issue 6 that Jim's death was inspired by his personal frustration over the cliché of bitten characters in zombie movies choosing death over becoming zombies, as he believes that most people would opt for the alternative.