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- "I get it, man. You like her, you want to be with her. I'm not going to stand in the way at all. Fucking hell, man. I still have feelings for her. But my feelings for her mean I want her to be... happy... I don't want to be with her. I want her to be happy without me. Like I am without her. I want things to be... right. Do you understand? If she can be happy with you... great. And then... I just don't-"
- —Abraham's discussion with Eugene Porter about Rosita Espinosa, and also his final words[src]
Abraham Ford is a main character first encountered in Issue 53 of Image Comics' The Walking Dead and was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and a sports coach before the outbreak. Following the death of Tyreese, Abraham later takes on the role of Rick Grimes' right hand man. His main role in the group is as a tactical advisor and pragmatist for Rick in keeping the group members safe from any type of threat. Abraham is also a troubled man with a certain thirst for violence, but only engages in violence with people who threaten him or his friends.
Personality and Role
Abraham is a brave, pragmatic and short tempered man who thrives in the heat of combat. He greatly enjoys a good fight. On the exterior, he appears to be a violent, cold and detached man, but beneath that facade he is very sensitive and suffers extreme guilt for previous murders and killings. He is desperate for emotional support, which he initially gets from Rosita and later from Holly.
Though initially hostile to Rick's group, believing them too inexperienced with the apocalypse, and a hindrance in his mission of delivering Eugene to Washington, D.C., he grew to accept them, and become the group's main enforcer, replacing the hole left by Tyreese's death. He also formed a close bond with Rick, relating to his experiences of family loss in the apocalypse, even after the two clashed for leadership in their first meetings together.
After Eugene revealed himself as a liar, telling the group that he is not actually a scientist, and has no clue what caused the apocalypse, Abraham loses confidence in himself. This causes him to step-down from his joint leadership role with Rick, believing Rick to be a more capable leader, and he settles as Rick's second in command, helping Rick make any important decisions, but, not involving himself too much in group matters.
It is also revealed that Abraham never loved one of his travelling companions, Rosita, despite telling her so, and was only with her for her comfort seeing as she was the only woman around. He decides to cheat on her by sleeping with an Alexandria Safe-Zone resident, Holly, after saving her life. He tells Rosita that he only formed a romantic relationship with her because he did not want to be lonely, and that she felt like the last woman on Earth to him, in a way doing it out of pity for her. However, in his dying moments, Abraham tells Eugene that he wants him to look after Rosita, saying he just wants her to be happy like he was with Holly, never wishing to hurt her despite seemingly wanting to before his final moments.
Before the outbreak, Abraham lived in Houston, Texas, and had an ex-wife, Beth, an 8 year old son, and a 6 year old daughter. He lost his family when the dead rose, eventually stumbling upon Dr. Eugene Porter - who claimed to know what caused the zombie epidemic - and convinced him to take him to Washington. Abraham then began heading for Washington along with the doctor and Rosita Espinosa, with whom he later develops a romantic relationship.
Prior to meeting up with the survivors, Abraham was living with his family in a community of locals in a grocery store, hiding from the undead. One day after returning from a scavenge mission at the local depot, he discovered his wife and daughter had been raped by the rest of the community and his son had been held down to watch. Abraham killed the culprits with his bare hands, practically turning one boy inside out, while his family watched. His family ran away from him that night, terrified of Abraham.
The next day he found their eaten bodies and the undead body of his daughter, whom Abraham shot in the face. A few months later, Eugene and Rosita joined the group and they began the journey to Washington in hope to find a society still intact. On the way, three of the group tried to steal some food and sneak away. Abraham shot and killed them, Abraham saying, "I can't get over how easy it was. How much it didn't upset me. I can't get over how much I've changed. How much my family would hate what I've become."
After traveling on the road for days, Abraham, alongside Rosita and Eugene, stops at Hershel Greene's farm to locate supplies for their travel. As soon as they exit the truck, however, Andrea holds the trio at gunpoint, ordering them to drop their guns. They do so immediately, and Abraham starts to negotiate with Andrea. Rick Grimes also rushes out and begins to hold the trio at gunpoint. Suddenly, two zombies break through a fence and attack Glenn. Abraham intervenes and dispatches of the zombies silently.
After dealing with the zombies, Andrea demands that he drop his knife and Abraham says that shooting him will only cause more problems for them. Eugene then starts to explain what the "herd" is, but, is interrupted by Andrea, who is still demanding that Abraham drop his knife. Rick tells everyone to calm down and kindly asks Abraham who he and his companions are, and what they want with the farm. Abraham explains that they are there looking for supplies for their journey to Washington, D.C. Rick asks him why they would want to go to D.C., and Eugene informs him that D.C. is a safe-zone from the zombies, and that he knows what caused the whole outbreak. Rick and the other group members believe Abraham, Rosita and Eugene are lying about this, and Andrea quickly runs up to Eugene and demands he tell everyone what caused the outbreak. Abraham quickly springs to action and disarms Andrea, using the opportunity to get his groups' guns back and to also inform Rick's group what a "herd" is. Dale shouts at him for speaking down to the group, saying Abraham does not know what they have been through. Abraham violently tells him that he has lost people too and would rather not share that information with a bunch of strangers. Rick tells him to calm down, saying that the group has kids at the farm. Abraham apologizes for his outburst and asks Rick if it is possible for his group to stay on the farm for the night. Rick asks Dale what he thinks, and Dale tells Abraham that as long as his group keeps it's distance, they can stay. Abraham thanks Rick's group for this and asks if they can show him around.
The next day, Abraham confronts Andrea; he apologizes for hitting her the night before, and says that he now knows she was never going to shoot Eugene in the first place. Andrea tells him that he could not possibly know that, and asks him why he is escorting Eugene anyway. Abraham tells her that he needs something to keep him occupied and Eugene's trip is just that, an occupation. He goes on to say that he thinks it keeps him sane. Suddenly, they are interrupted by a large group of zombies, drawn to the area by the gunfire the night before. Abraham quickly grabs a pitchfork and tells Andrea to alert everyone else of the situation, before heading off to kill the incoming zombies. He starts to dispatch the zombies using his knife and the pitchfork, wanting to avoid drawing any more zombies to the area. Andrea and the others soon come to his aid and tell him to move out of the way so they can shoot the zombies. Abraham tells them to leave the zombies to him, still not wanting to draw anymore to the area. After a few more seconds, Abraham dispatches all the zombies, and tells Rick's group that they need to leave the farm for their own safety. He tells them that he, Eugene, and Rosita are leaving in a few hours and that Rick's group are welcome to come with them to D.C. Later that day, Abraham is seen leaving Hershel's farm, alongside Eugene, Rosita, and Rick's entire group.
After travelling away from Hershel's farm, Abraham is seen on night duty, looking out for any zombies that stumble into the camp. He almost shoots Rick by accident, mistaking him for a zombie. Rick tells him that he can sleep now and that Rick will take the rest of his shift, actually intending to talk on the phone he has with "Lori."
The next morning, Abraham greets Rick as he wakes up. He asks Rick if he plans on "ditching" him, Eugene, Rosita, and Rick tells him to fuck off that he is not ditching the group and has about as much right to the tents if he does ditch them. Abraham then tells him to get ready to leave the camp, as they plan on scouting a nearby settlement. When Abraham and the group arrive at the settlement, they are quickly overrun by a large group of zombies. Abraham starts to kill them with his machine gun, ordering everyone to get back into the vehicles and they do so, leaving the settlement in a hurry.
Later that night, Abraham and the group find that Maggie Greene has hanged herself, trying to commit suicide over the loss of her parents. Abraham quickly springs to action and cuts Maggie down from the noose. After Glenn informs the group that she has stopped breathing. Abraham points his gun at her, intending to stop her from re-animating. Glenn punches Abraham in the face, trying to stop him from shooting Maggie. Abraham quickly subdues him and berates Rick's group for their stupidity, saying that Maggie could turn at any time and bite one of them. Rick steps-in and points his gun at Abraham's head, saying that if Abraham pulls his trigger, he will pull his and kill Abraham on the spot. Abraham points out that Rick seems to enjoy pointing guns at people who disagree with him and says that Maggie is clearly dead. Suddenly, Maggie recovers from her near death experience and springs to life. Abraham almost shoots her thinking she is dead, but, Glenn shouts at him and tells him that she is still alive, leaving Abraham in shock over the fact that he almost killed Maggie.
Abraham later confronts Rick about Maggie's near death experience. He says that he has earned some sleep in saving Maggie's life, but, stops him and says that if Rick ever points a gun at his head again, he will not hesitate to kill him. Rick stares him down, and responds to Abraham's threat by telling him that the next time he has Abraham at gunpoint, he will not hesitate in blowing his brains out, leaving a furious Abraham glaring at him.
The next day, Abraham finds Rick being attacked by a zombie, while he was out urinating. He hesitates in saving Rick, almost letting him die. But, Abraham decides to save him and kill the zombie, telling Rick that he should be more careful next time. Rosita later finds Abraham shaking behind a truck and asks him what is wrong. He tells her that he followed Rick out of camp intending to kill him, but, the zombie that grabbed Rick convinced him to do otherwise. He starts to panic frantically, asking Rosita to make sure he never kills again. Rosita quickly manages to calm Abraham down, assuring him that he is not an animal. They then quickly embrace in a kiss, before Rosita tells Abraham that they should head back to camp in case they start to cause panic there.
Abraham and the group soon pack-up camp again, heading back on the road to Washington, D.C. Along the way, Abraham and Rick manage to move car wreckage blocking the entrance to an interstate highway. After moving the wreckage, Abraham and the group stumble upon a deserted gas station. Abraham tells the group to stop, indenting to search the station for supplies. He notices Rick pondering something and asks him what he is thinking. Rick tells him that they should go north on the interstate, rather than east. Abraham asks him why, and Rick tells him his home town, Cynthiana, Kentucky, is only a few miles from the gas station. Abraham angrily asks why he would want to detour through there, and Rick snaps back saying that he has keys to a police weapons locker there. After Abraham hears this, he warms up to the suggestion, informing the rest of the group he, Rick, Carl are heading out to Cynthiana for two days, wanting them to fortify the area in the meantime.
On the road to Cynthiana, Abraham suggests that he, Rick, and Carl stop for the night, as there is not enough daylight left to reach Cynthiana. While camping out on the highway, Abraham is ambushed by three bandits, telling him not to move unless he values his and his friends lives. Rick starts to fight with one of the bandits, after another one punches Carl in the face, intending to rape him. Rick quickly bites the bandits throat out, killing him, and distracting the other two bandits. Abraham uses this opportunity to shoot the bandit holding him hostage in the face. He later watches as Rick mutilates the bandit that almost raped Carl and the three of them make camp there.
Later on, after Carl falls asleep, Abraham tells Rick that you don't just come back from mutilating a man and holding his insides in your hands. Rick tells him that he can fake it and it is not the first time he has done something as horrendous as the bandit's murder. Rick tells him that Carl is all he has and that he would do anything to protect him. This causes Abraham to break down and start crying. Rick asks him if he is okay, and Abraham tells him that it is time Rick learnt how he lost his family. Abraham informs Rick of his wife and daughter's rape, and the fact the he killed the six men responsible with his bare hands. He goes on to say that his family saw him doing this act, and left him because they were scared of him. However, Abraham tells Rick that he managed to track them down, only finding his wife & son's bodies devoured and his daughter as a zombie, which he had to kill. He goes on to tell Rick about all the times he has killed people who opposed him, Rosita, and Eugene. This causes Rick to tell Abraham about the times he killed Martinez and Dexter in cold-blood. Abraham asks Rick why he is telling him this, and Rick responds back by saying Abraham was right in the fact that the outbreak caused a switch to go off in some people's minds. But, Rick tells him that fact is not entirely a bad thing and has helped people stay alive in the outbreak. Carl wakes up and tells both Abraham and Rick about the time he killed Shane, saying that he sometimes has thoughts about killing people, and Rick quickly comforts him, as Abraham sorrowfully looks on.
After arriving in Cynthiana, at Rick's house, Abraham, Rick, and Carl, stumble across Morgan, who hits Rick in the face with a shovel, not recognizing him from before. Abraham quickly brandishes his machine gun and tells Morgan to back-off. Rick tells Abraham that it is fine, and to keep Carl by the truck while he attends to Morgan. After gathering Morgan, and the guns from the Cynthiana police department, Abraham, Rick, and Carl make camp just outside Cynthiana, all three having trouble sleeping due to the bandit encounter the night before.
The next morning, Abraham and the others set-off back to the gas station. On the way there, they encounter a massive herd that has tracked their sounds. Rick tries to ram through them, but their vehicle gets stuck and Abraham gets thrown out of the back of the truck onto a grassy field, away from the herd. Abraham quickly recovers and helps Rick, Carl, and Morgan escape the wrecked truck. They four of them quickly start to run away from the herd and to the gas station, but, Rick stops Abraham and tells him that they are just leading the herd straight to the station. Abraham and the others quickly change direction and head for a large house over the hill. When they arrive there, still pursued by the herd, Abraham breaks down the door and quickly starts barricading it and the windows. After scavenging the house, Abraham and the others quickly leave and arrive back at the gas station, however, the herd still continuing to pursue them. Abraham and the other group members quickly pack up their equipment and head back on the road to Washington, D.C..
While on the road to D.C., Abraham and the group stop to scavenge supplies from a broken down van. However, they are interrupted when they find that Billy has been brutally murdered by his own brother, Ben. Abraham later suggests that the group kill Ben before he can kill anyone else, and this causes Carl to step-up and perform the act without anyone knowing.
After Billy and Ben's deaths, Abraham and the group decide to hold off travelling any further to D.C., as Dale and Andrea want to mourn their losses first. Later that day, a large zombie group attacks the group's temporary camp. Abraham quickly rushes to action and saves Carl, managing to dispatch the zombie group in the process. Abraham is later seen having sexual intercourse with Rosita, leaving the group to handle an encounter with The Hunters, and joking about Eugene watching them engage in intercourse again.
The next day, after Dale mysteriously goes missing, Abraham joins the rest of the group in a search party for him. Abraham starts to complain that the search is useless, and that if Dale did leave, he did not want to be found. This causes him to lose focus, and as such, is almost bitten by a zombie that jumped out of a bush. After this encounter, Abraham and Rick decide to post-pone the search for Dale and head to Gabriel Stokes' church, a new member of the group who arrived a day before Dale's disappearance.
When Abraham and the group arrive at the Church, they immediately see someone watching them from the distant woodland. This causes Rick and Andrea to snap and demand Gabriel tell them where Dale is. However, he manages to convince the group that he does not know where Dale is. Abraham interjects and says that panic will do the group no good in tracking down and finding who is stalking them, leaving Rick to think over a plan of action. Abraham later confronts Rick, asking if he can stop Andrea crying as she will bring the dead towards them. Rick snaps at him and tells him that she can take as long as she has to. Abraham apologizes, but, tells Rick that there is no way they will find Dale. This causes Rick to walk off in anger, leaving Abraham and Rosita together. Abraham tells Rosita that his big mouth has caused him to get on Rick's bad side twice in one day. Rosita tells him that he has to keep it together and that people will start seeing through his tough-guy personality. Abraham starts telling her that he respects Rick and his group and does not want to get on their bad-side again, however, they are interrupted by Gabriel, who offers them an extra blanket for the night.
Later that day, Dale is found legless in front of Gabriel's church. Abraham, Rick, Andrea, and Glenn rush to his aid. They manage to get him into the church, but, not before Glenn is shot through the leg. Abraham informs Rick that The Hunters are not trying to kill them, rather, only toy with them until they are easy prey. Rick agrees with him, and they both decide to go and hunt down The Hunters, using the information a dying Dale gave them about their base. Abraham and group soon set out and arrive at The Hunters' base and after a brief stand-off, torture and kill The Hunters one after another.
The next day, Abraham is seen attending Dale's funeral. He tries to talk to Rick about their current situation, saying that they have to leave the church soon. However, Rick tells him to give him a minute while he says goodbye to Dale.
Sometime after Dale's passing, Abraham and the group leave Gabriel's church, and continue on the road to Washington, D.C. One day at the group's temporary camp, Rick tries to use Eugene's radio, but, Eugene tries to stop him, saying he will break it. Their struggle results in the radio being tossed to the ground and everyone in the group finds out Eugene was lying about D.C. being safe, and that he was never a Government scientist, rather, a high-school science teacher. This causes Abraham to go berserk and attack Eugene, almost killing him, but, he is restrained by Rick at the last moment. Abraham continues to verbally assault Eugene, saying that Eugene made him kill all those people on the road for no good reason what-so-ever.
Later that day, Abraham is confronted by Rick, who asks him if he is still angry at Eugene. Abraham tells him that he is not angry at Eugene, rather, he is angry at himself for believing Eugene's lies, and killing all the innocent people that got in his way during the road to D.C. Rick asks him if he still thinks they should head to D.C., and Abraham starts to tell Rick that there is no point going there now, however, they are interrupted by a stranger introducing himself as Aaron. He asks if he can speak to Rick and Abraham, and Rick responds by knocking him out cold. Abraham then helps Rick tie him up and they bring him back to the main camp. When they arrive, Aaron starts to explain about his community on the other side of D.C., and that he wishes to invite the group to the community. However, a group of zombies hear them and start to pour into the camp. Abraham and the others quickly dispatch them and notice that Glenn has cut Aaron free. However, Aaron tells them that he is not going to hurt them. Abraham and the rest of the group decide to trust him and set-off towards his community.
While travelling to Aaron's community, Abraham and the group encounter Aaron's boyfriend, Eric. Abraham and the others threaten to kill Aaron and Eric unless they tell whoever else is with them to come out of hiding. Aaron pleads with the group, and tells them that Eric is just his back-up in case anything goes wrong. The group accepts this explanation and Abraham orders everyone to load back-up onto the vehicles as they return to travelling towards Aaron's community. Along the way, Rick asks Abraham if he has got a "read" on Aaron and Eric. Abraham tells him that he used to think of himself as a good lie-detector, but that he doesn't know anymore after Eugene's lie. Rick still asks him to keep an eye on Aaron and Eric, telling him that Aaron's offer seems to good to be true.
The next day, Abraham and the group start to get near to Aaron's community, but, suddenly a flare is set off from inside the D.C. ruins. Abraham, Rick, and Aaron quickly rush to the flare's origin point and find Heath, and a wounded Scott there. Abraham quickly starts using his machine-gun to cut down the oncoming group of zombies. The five of them are almost killed, but, are saved by Tobin and his men, who escort Abraham, Rick, Aaron, Heath, and Scott back to the rest of the group. A few hours later, Abraham and the group arrive at Aaron's community, the Alexandria Safe-Zone.
After arriving at the Safe-Zone, Abraham remarks on how different and normal it is compared to life outside it's walls, saying that it feels weird. He later attends an interview with Douglas Monroe, the leader of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, who decides what role he will have in the community, and decides on him being part of the Alexandria construction team.
After being given his role in the Alexandria community, Abraham and the other members of the group accompany Douglas on a tour around town, being shown their houses by him. After Douglas leaves them to split housing arrangements between themselves, Abraham tells Rick that they should all sleep in one house for a few nights, in case anything goes wrong. Rick agrees with him and they both decide to spread the word among the group.
The next day, Abraham is seen at Douglas' house warming party, held in celebration of Abraham and the group's arrival at the Safe-Zone. Rosita asks Abraham why he won't go and mingle with Alexandrians at the party, and Abraham tells her that he is just worried about going back outside the Safe-Zone again, saying going back to a normal life is something he wants to get used to again, causing them both to embrace.
Abraham wakes up early in the morning heavily sweating. He starts talking to himself while glancing at Rosita, telling himself not to be scared about going outside the walls again because he is already used to it. Later that day, Abraham visits the Alexandria Safe-Zone armory with the rest of the Safe-Zone construction crew. He reluctantly grabs his machine gun and helps the construction crew load the truck with supplies, heading outside the Safe-Zone walls shortly after.
When Abraham and the rest of the crew arrive to the semi-built wall around another part of Alexandria, they start to finish the wall off by putting up more concrete panels. While taking a rest break, Abraham begins to converse with a member of the construction crew, Bruce, who tells him of Alexandria's crooked ways. He tells Abraham that the most expendable and less intelligent people are put on the construction crew, while the attractive women get the best jobs in the community. Abraham starts to ask about this, but, their conversation is interrupted by a large group of zombies there were drawn to the area by the loud noises the crew were making. Another member of the construction crew, Holly, is cut off from the rest by the zombie group. Abraham quickly springs to her aid, ignoring the crew's leader, Tobin, and his orders for the crew to get in the "phalanx" formation. Abraham continues to ignore him and helps Holly quickly dispatch all the zombies in the area, leaving the other construction crew members in awe and amazement over his zombie-killing skills.
After saving Holly and dispatching the remaining zombies in the area, Abraham berates Tobin for leaving Holly to die and Tobin asks Holly to tell Abraham about their "phalanx" system. However, Holly responds by kneeing him in the stomach and Tobin falls to the group, bleeding from his mouth. She goes to kick him again, but, Abraham steps in and tells her that it is not worth it. Abraham then asks Bruce what they should do now, and Bruce informs him that they usually go back to Alexandria after a zombie attack. Abraham, however, orders everyone to get back to work on putting the panel up, saying that if the construction crew moves fast, they can get the panel up in no time. Holly then thanks Abraham for saving her life, but he tells her that she does not have to thank him, as saving her was not anything special and it is what anyone should have done.
Abraham is later seen back at Alexandria discussing the construction job with Andrea, and her role in protecting the construction crew. He informs her that she will help cover them with her sniper from the town's nearby bell tower, hoping to keep any zombies off the crew's location while they are putting up the new wall.
Later that week, after Regina Monroe's death at the hands of Peter Anderson, and his subsequent death at the hands of Rick, Abraham is present during the D.C Scavengers attempt to take the Alexandria Safe-Zone. After the Scavenger's leader, Derek, tries to shoot his way inside the Safe-Zone, Abraham, and the rest of the Alexandria construction crew, kill him and his men. However, this inadvertently causes a massive herd to slowly approach the Safe-Zone.
Abraham is seen assisting the other members of the construction crew reinforce the wall around the Safe-Zone. However, the crew is ambushed by a massive group of zombies, which are the first of the herd drawn to the Safe-Zone by the gunfire from the skirmish with Derek. Tobin is surrounded in a car, but, Abraham quickly comes to his aid, and successfully manages to get Tobin, and everyone else back inside the Safe-Zone safely.
Abraham is later seen instructing many residents of the Alexandria Safe-Zone on how to deal with the zombies pilling up outside the community. He, and the other community members, soon travel outside the community's gates and start killing the zombies around the wall, hoping to quell the flow of undead for the day. However, after clearing many zombies from around the wall, Andrea fires a warning shot from her bell tower, causing Abraham, and the others, to immediately retreat back the the Safe-Zone's front gate. However, when they get there, they find a gigantic herd approaching the gate, and Abraham quickly scrambles to get the front gate open. He, and the others, manage to do so, but, not before Bruce is bitten on the neck by a zombie. Abraham demands they let Bruce in no matter if he has been bitten, and they manage to do so, killing the zombie that bit Bruce in the process. Abraham then sorrowfully glances at a dying Bruce, deciding to put him out of his misery by killing him.
Holly quickly catches up to Abraham, angry at him for killing Bruce with no second thought. Abraham tries to explain himself, but, Holly slaps him in response, accusing him of essentially leaving Bruce to die. Abraham calms her down, and she apologizes by embracing Abraham. However, he quickly tells her not to touch him like that is public, fearing someone may learn of their relationship together.
Abraham is later seen attending a town meeting hosted by Rick, Michonne, and Douglas. Rick orders Abraham to get the construction crew ready to make a few trips around the Safe-Zone's perimeter, while making sure there is no possible way for any of the wall panels to come loose. Before heading off to do so, Abraham tells Rosita to stay safe, and that he will probably be home much later than usual.
Later that day, Abraham is seen rushing to Rick's house, showing him the wall-panel that has slightly broke under the herd's pressure. Abraham goes on to say that the wall's I-beams were not reinforced with concrete, rather, just supported by a dirt mound. Glenn, however, quickly comes up with a solution to the problem, using a jeep to help support the wall-panel. Abraham, alongside Tobin, helps to keep the truck in-place, while Rick and Glenn discuss Andrea being stuck up in the bell tower.
After the herd breaks through the Safe-Zone's broken wall-panel and kills Tobin, Abraham and a few other Alexandria residents rush to the Safe-Zone's defense and start killing the zombies. However, Abraham almost kills Rosita, thinking her to be a zombie while in a killing fury, managing to pull his weapon back at the last second. Soon, Abraham, and the other fighters are pushed back, and are forced back into their houses in shelter against the overwhelming zombie herd.
After Douglas' death, resulting in him shooting Carl's right eye socket out, and knocking Carl unconscious, Abraham, and the other members of the Safe-Zone see Rick and Michonne fighting off the herd alone. This inspires Abraham and the others to stop cowering in their homes and to fight the herd. This effort manages to successfully repel the herd's attack, and Abraham, alongside the other surviving Alexandrians, begin to clean the Safe-Zone up of the remaining zombies.
Abraham is seen assisting in the Safe-Zone clean-up, burning the bodies of the fallen zombies. Glenn shows him a devoured, and now re-animated, Jessie Anderson. Abraham tells Glenn to put her down before Rick sees the body, but Glenn can not do the deed, visibly disturbed by Jessie's mauled corpse. Abraham sees this, and uses his pistol to put down a re-animated Jessie instead.
After finishing the clean-up, Abraham is seen talking to Rosita in their house. Abraham asks her what she is thinking, and she ambiguously tells him that she is considering if enough time has passed. Abraham asks her what she means, and she tells him that she knows of his sexual relationship with Holly, leaving Abraham speechless. After a few more hours, Rosita leaves Abraham and goes to stay with Eugene. Abraham tells her that he is not sorry for cheating on her with Holly, but that he's sorry that she got hurt in the process, saying that she was never meant for him. This causes Rosita to leave in a fury, leaving Abraham alone.
Abraham is later seen visiting Holly's house. When he arrives, Holly tells him that she knows Rosita has left him, and asks Abraham is she can move into his home. Abraham tells her that he is going through a lot at the moment, going on to say that he needs more time to say goodbye to Rosita. Holly berates him for this, saying that she can't believe he still wants Rosita. Abraham denies this, saying he just feels pity for Rosita, not that he wants her back, eventually grabbing Holly's hand, telling her to stay.
Abraham later joins an expedition outside the Alexandria Safe-Zone, hoping to reinforce the Safe-Zone's walls by digging trenches around them. After doing so, Abraham and the rest of the team head back inside the Safe-Zone. However, after arriving back inside, they find Nicholas holding Glenn at gunpoint. Nicholas demands that Abraham and the rest of Rick's group be kicked out of the Safe-Zone, saying they have ruined everything. Abraham, and the rest of Rick's group, quickly turn the tables by holding Nicholas at gunpoint, saying they are not leaving the Safe-Zone, which causes Nicholas to surrender and reluctantly agree to cooperate with the group.
After discussing the low food supply with Rick, Abraham is seen alongside Michonne, deciding to go on a perimeter-check with her. While patrolling, Abraham asks Michonne if she had a good night, and she tells him she didn't, saying that she is lonely. This catches Abraham off-guard, causing him to keep pressing Michonne on the subject, even after she tries to dodge the conversation. However, they are interrupted by a mysterious stranger cloaked in a black trench coat. He thanks them for clearing the zombies out of the area, saying he got trapped. Michonne quickly raises her sword against the stranger, demanding to know who he is, but, he quickly responds by kneeing Michonne in the gut, and disarming her sword in the process. Abraham sees this, and demands the stranger release Michonne. He tells Abraham he is just trying to talk, but, Michonne uses the opportunity to elbow the stranger in the stomach, and separate herself from the stranger's grasp. Abraham then opens fire on the stranger, believing that he had hit the stranger after he dived behind a car. However, this proves to be a fatal mistake, as the stranger uses Abraham's eagerness to his advantage, luring him over the car he dived behind. However, when Abraham gets there, the stranger leaps over another car, and kicks Abraham in the face, disarming Abraham in the process. Michonne tries to shoot the stranger, but he knocks her off her feet with a well-placed kick. He then grabs Abraham and uses Michonne's sword to hold him hostage, telling her to go and fetch their leader before someone gets hurt. Abraham begrudgingly tells her to comply and she does, going to alert Rick of the stranger's intention to talk with him.
Soon after, Rick comes to the scene, demanding the stranger release Abraham. The stranger does so, but, Abraham tries to backhand him, however, this backfires, the stranger smashing Abraham's head into the pavement, knocking him away, and distancing himself. After Rick calms the situation down, the stranger reveals his name as Paul Monroe, but, he prefers the nickname Jesus. After a few more minutes of talking, Paul reveals that he is from a nearby safe-zone called the Hilltop Colony. Paul offers them a trading route, Rick seemingly accepts, but, takes Paul by surprise, managing to knock him out.
Abraham later joins Rick and Michonne on a run outside the Safe-Zone, searching for any of Paul's people that might be camping nearby. However, after the clear out a group of zombies, the trio decides to trust Paul's claims, and visit the Hilltop Colony. Abraham is later left in charge of the Safe-Zone after Rick, and a few other members of the community, decide to travel with Paul to the Hilltop.
Abraham is seen attending one of Fr. Gabriel's church services in the Safe-Zone. After the service finishes, Maggie confronts Abraham about Carl's disappearance, however, he tells her not to worry, saying that Carl is plenty capable of taking care of himself, and that he probably went with Rick to the Hilltop Colony, which later turns out to be true.
Abraham later travels to see Eugene is his house, inquiring why he no longer goes to church. Eugene tells him that he was too busy to go, as he has been searching the area's phone-books for nearby locations to help in his idea of casting ammunition. Abraham tells him to wait for Rick to get back, also asking Eugene if Rosita is with him. Eugene tells him that she is not, and that she is much happier living with him than she was with Abraham, causing him to leave in a hurry.
Abraham later joins Heath on watch at the Safe-Zone's gate. He asks Heath what the status is, and Heath tells him that things have been quiet, only a few zombies managing to get stuck in the trenches around the Safe-Zone. Abraham then joins Heath, and Holly, in killing the zombies stuck in the trenches. While they are doing so, they discover a zombie that has rotted to an extreme state, such a state were the zombie's skin had turned black. They quickly examine it before putting it down, Abraham stating that he does not care if it is rotted as long as it is dead. They then witness Rick's return to the Safe-Zone, and are informed of the deal with Hilltop to rid them of The Saviors in exchange for food.
Early next morning, Abraham attends a town meeting held by Rick Grimes, informing them about The Saviors and Hilltop in greater deal. After this, Abraham accompanies Eugene on a trip outside the Safe-Zone, hoping to locate a suitable place for Eugene to cast ammunition. However, unknowingly to both of them, they are stalked by a large group of Saviors, who hope to ambush them.
After Rick killed a group of Saviors to send a message to Negan, Negan instead sent Dwight and a few others to kill at least one of Rick's group. While Abraham and Eugene are talking about Rosita outside of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, Abraham is shot in the back of the head by a Savior named Dwight using a crossbow, though, incredibly, he manages to finish his sentiments before dying, not even hesitating, as though he did not feel the pain. Eugene is then taken hostage to gain access into the Alexandria Safe-Zone. His dead body is later found by Andrea and Rick being eaten by a zombie. Rick and Andrea grab Abraham's dead body and carry it back to the Alexandria Safe-Zone presumably for burying with the rest of the dead Alexandria Safe-Zone citizens.
His death has shown to have had a significant impact on the survivors, emotionally and practically. Rick openly acknowledged Abraham's important role as muscle for the Community shortly after his death, explaining to the group that seeking aid from the Hilltop Colony is needed to fill the power void Abraham's death has created.
This list shows the victims Abraham has killed:
- Daughter (Zombified)
- Bandit 1
- Chris (Along with his fellow survivors)
- Theresa (Along with his fellow survivors)
- Albert (Along with his fellow survivors)
- David (Along with his fellow survivors)
- Greg (Along with his fellow survivors)
- Charlie (Along with his fellow survivors)
- Bruce (Out of Mercy)
- Jessie Anderson (Zombified)
- At least one unnamed scavenger
- Nine unnamed people
- Numerous counts of zombies.
- According to Eugene, he, Abraham, and Rosita were traveling from Houston when they met Rick's group at the Greene family farm. This makes the trio one of the furthest traveling groups in the series to be encountered by Rick's group.
- Robert Kirkman has stated that Abraham is one of the characters that he regrets killing off.
- Abraham's death was not planned until the very issue he died in. Originally, Dwight and the other Saviors were going to engage in a firefight with Eugene and Abraham, leading the two to retreat back to the Alexandria Safe-Zone unharmed. While writing the issue, Robert Kirkman thought that was "lame" and had Abraham shot through the head with an arrow.
- Abraham is the last named character to die in a double-digit issue.