Name: The Thompsons
Other Names: the Thompson family
First Appearance: The Walking Dead #1 (Oct. 2003): "Days Gone Bye, Part 1"
Number of Appearances: 1
Enemy of: zombies
Ally: Rick Grimes
Note: family whose home Morgan, Duane lived in after zombies came
After waking up in the hospital to find that an outbreak of zombies had taken place, Cynthiana sheriff Rick Grimes went to his home, only to find that his wife and son were gone. Everybody else was gone, too. Almost everybody. While looking around outside, Rick was knocked unconscious by a shovel. He woke up in the home of his neighbors, the Thompsons. He had been hit on the head by young Duane Jones, who mistook Rick for a zombie.
Later Duane's father Morgan said to Rick: "So, you're a cop, huh? ...I figured you for a hunter, after you said you got shot and all. You being a cop... You don't mind my boy and I taking residence in your neighbor's place do you?"
Rick told Morgan: "I'm not going to arrest you if that's what you mean. Most of the houses on my street had been looted. You seemed to be fixing the place up. The Thompson's [sic] will probably thank you when they get back. As long as you don't put up a fight over the place."
Morgan elaborated: "It's not like we're stealing the place.... Your neighborhood just seemed safter. We don't figure that we're hurting anybody by staying there... And in my book that makes it okay."