Abraham Ford

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Abraham Ford
Abraham (comics).jpg
Abraham, as depicted in the comic book series. Art by Charlie Adlard.
The Walking Dead character
Portrayed by Michael Cudlitz
First appearance Issue #53 (comics)
"Inmates" (TV series)
Last appearance Issue #98 (Alive) (comics)
Issue #99 (Corpse) (comics)
Created by Robert Kirkman
Tony Moore
Charlie Adlard
Occupation Sergeant
Sports coach

Abraham is a fictional character from the comic book series The Walking Dead and is portrayed by Michael Cudlitz in the fourth season of American television series of the same name [1] An emotionally broken man, Abraham has traveled around the country with his companions Rosita Espinosa and Dr. Eugene Porter, with hopes of getting to Washington, D.C., where a supposed cure for the disease is located.

Character background[edit]

In the comics Abraham is a former army sergeant, sports coach, and happily married father of two before the apocalypse. His impulsive rage eventually drove his family away from him during the initial stages of the undead nightmare. Later, he discovers their corpses.[citation needed]


Comic book series[edit]

Abraham, Eugene, and Rosita were once part of a larger group based in Houston. Their camp was overrun a few weeks earlier, and Eugene has persuaded them to head to Washington, D.C., where he claims he was a scientist; Eugene says they're working on a cure there. The trio first appears at Hershel's farm shortly after the prison's destruction. Abraham tells the survivors they need to acquire supplies for their trip to Washington, and invites them to come along.

Initially, there is hostility between Abraham and the others, particularly Rick Grimes. When Maggie Greene attempts suicide, he comes close to placing a bullet in her head before she regains consciousness, even when Rick holds a gun to his head and orders him not to. Rick's arguing with him enrages Abraham, and Abraham almost kills him the next morning. A zombie interrupts his plan, and Abraham saves Rick instead.

During a detour back to Rick's hometown, they run into a group of bandits who attempt to rape Carl. Abraham assists in rescuing him and stops Carl from watching Rick disembowel one of them. The next morning, Rick and Abraham bond after they realize they have suffered similar losses.

After gathering some supplies from Rick and Carl's hometown, and recruiting Morgan Jones, the four make the trip back to the survivors. During this trip they stumble upon The Herd (the largest they've seen), and immediately try to break through. Instead, they total their car. On foot, Carl is nearly killed and Abraham rescues him.

They regroup with the rest of their team and head to DC. On the way, they stumble across two mysterious scavengers, and Abraham is wary of their true intentions. He insists to Rick that they follow anyway due to their limited options. They soon come across and integrate themselves into Alexandria, where Abraham (due to his physical strength) is made head of the construction crew, where he witnesses corruption with the other crew members sacrificing one of their own, a young woman named Holly. He stands up for her, which drives the two closer to one another, and eventually they hook up behind Rosita's back. Abraham initially feels guilt about cheating on Rosita, but rationalizes his action as normal because of the new world they're living in. He breaks off his relationship with Rosita and falls back into Holly's arms. At one point, Holly suggests he take over from Rick, though this never comes to light. Abraham continues to assist in daily zombie-slaying and muscle work as months go by.

He and Michonne later encounter Jesus and join Rick and a few others at the Hilltop community. They are ambushed on their way back by the Saviors, a ruthless gang that has been terrorizing the community. When they are back in Alexandria, he and Eugene go on a supply run, and are ambushed by Savior members. They put an arrow through Abraham's head and take Eugene hostage. Abraham's body is eventually discovered by Rick and Andrea and given a memorial service. His death devastates Holly and Rosita, who has forgiven him.

Television series[edit]

In the episode "Inmates", Abraham, Rosita, and Eugene meet survivors Tara and an unconscious Glenn on the road as they escape the ruins of the destroyed prison. In the episode "Claimed", Glenn wakes up in the back of Abraham's truck Tara tells him they have been driving for hours; Glenn bashes the back window until Abraham angrily stops the truck and gets out. Glenn insists on resuming his search for his wife Maggie, but Abraham tells him Glenn is disrupting "The Mission". Abraham reveals that Eugene knows what caused the apocalypse, and since Eugene's communications with government officials have been cut, Eugene and his group are on their way to Washington, D.C. Glenn doggedly tries to leave again, but after Abraham insists that Maggie is most likely dead, Glenn punches him in the face, which starts a brawl. While Tara and Rosita try to stop the fight, Eugene spots walkers emerging from the withered fields surrounding the road and accidentally ruptures the truck's fuel tank while trying to shoot the walkers. The group eliminates the walker horde, after which Glenn walks back down the road they came from to find Maggie, followed by Tara and then Rosita. With the truck out of commission, Eugene tells Abraham that the road behind them is clear and hints that they'll find more survivors and a replacement vehicle if Glenn is correct, so they follow Glenn as well. In the episode "Us", as they walk down the railroad tracks, Glenn comes across a message about Terminus that Maggie had left for him; realizing Maggie is still alive, Glenn sprints forward down the tracks. They come across a tower where a walker is about to fall from the roof on top of Eugene, whom Abraham saves by shoving Eugene out of the way, but causes Tara to fall and injure her leg in the process. Abraham wants to rest, but Glenn wants to push forward. He offers to give Eugene his riot gear for protection if Abraham's group goes with him to Terminus. Abraham accepts and the group moves on. They approach a tunnel where Glenn sees another sign from Maggie. Abraham decides walking through the dark tunnel, which they can hear from the sounds inside is long and contains multiple walkers, is too dangerous. He leaves Glenn and Tara with two cans of food and a flashlight, and tells them to backtrack to the last road if they have trouble getting through. Abraham falls asleep in the car, so Rosita drives while Eugene navigates; he tricks Rosita into driving to the far side of the tunnel where they run into Maggie, Sasha, and Bob. They all enter the tunnel and save Glenn and Tara from being overwhelmed by walkers. Eugene manages to convince Abraham to go to Terminus with the others, as they might be able to obtain supplies and recruit others at Terminus to come to Washington. They all head to Terminus, where they are greeted by a woman named Mary. In the season finale "A", when Rick, his son Carl, and Michonne and Daryl are locked up a shipping container by the residents of Terminus, it is revealed that Abraham and the rest have all been captured and are being held there as well. Rick declares that the people holding them are "gonna feel pretty stupid when they find out [...] they're screwin' with the wrong people."


The Abraham, Eugene and Rosita characters were first announced in a casting call (coded "John Tyler") for Episode 10 in July 2013.[2] The character's real name and the actor playing the role (Cudlitz) were confirmed during the show's panel at New York Comic Con 2013.[citation needed] The casting was later announced in the Hollywood Reporter[3] and Talking Dead.[citation needed]


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