"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 a resident of Woodbury.

Pre-Apocalypse

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 and had a son named Harold. 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.

Post-Apocalypse

Volume 8: 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.

The Walking Dead: Descent

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.

Death

Killed By

Hap, along with Bob Stookey and Ben Buchholz finds a secret labyrinth from a cellar of a store. After finding it, a walker crawling on the floor, bites Hap on the right ankle. Bob tries to help a dear friend of his by amputating the limb, but Hap grabs Bob's gun, and shoots himself in the head.

Killed Victims

This list shows the victims Hap has killed:

Appearances

Novel Series

Comic Series

Volume 8: Made To Suffer

Relationships

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, his curmudgeonly personality and loved his stubborn bullheadedness that reminded him of his old army buddies.

Harold Abernathy

They were never seen interacting. But it's been assumed that he and Harold had a loving father and son relationship. It is unknown how Hap responds to his death, but he was possibly saddened.

Trivia

Comic Series Characters
Grimes Family RickCarlLoriJudithJeffrey
Jones Family MorganDuane
Atlanta SophiaAndreaGlennDaleBenBillyCarolAllenDonna
ShaneAmyFrontJim
Tyreese's Group TyreeseChrisJulie
Greene Farm MaggieHershelBillyPatriciaOtisRachelSusieLacey
ArnoldShawn
The Prison AxelAndrewDexterThomas
Michonne's Group MichonneMikeTerry
Woodbury LillyBobGloriaMatthewHapMariannePennyCaesarScottWesDennyLouJamesonJaredSmittyTomRedBrianAliceGusGabrielRudyDanielRaymondJamesBruceCurtisSamStevensEugeneHarold
Post-Prison Survivors EugeneGabrielRositaAbraham
The Hunters ChrisTheresaAlbertDavidGregCharlie
Alexandria Safe-Zone
AaronHeathMikeyAnnieSiddiqJuliaVincentBarbaraAnnaCarlosDariusPaulPaulaErinJoshOliviaNicholasDeniseJohnHollyEricSpencerDouglasJessieRonTobinBrucePeterReginaScott
The Scavengers Derek
Hilltop Colony PaulEarlHarlanBriannaJohnnyAlexMarcoHershelLouieDanteEduardoWesleySamuelRollandBrianWesBrandonMortonOscarKenLarryTammyGregoryDougKalEthan
The Sanctuary DwightNeganTaraJohnMarkLauraGavinAngelaTorySherryAmberCarsonDonnieMikeDavisGaryDavid
ConnorSeth
The Kingdom WilliamZacharyTaylorBrianBenjaminGusEzekielMarcusRichard
Richmond MagnaYumikoKellyConnieLukeBernie
The Whisperers LydiaBetaJoshuaAlpha
Oceanside Pete
Pittsburgh Juanita
Barcelona Claudia
Virginia JoshPaulLucille
Animals ApplePeach PitButtonsShiva
Alive characters appear in green. Dead characters appear in red and italics. Unknown characters appear in blue. Undead characters appear in grey and italics.