Name: The Thompsons
Other Names: The Thompson family
First Appearance: The Walking Dead #11 (Aug. 2004): "Miles Behind Us, Part 5"
Number of Appearances: 1
Enemy of: zombies
Ally: Hershel Greene
Type of Organization/Group: farmer
Note: lived next to Hershel Greene's farm
The Thompsons were a family that lived next to the Greene farm in Georgia before the zombie apocalypse occurred. They were bitten and became zombies when the outbreak occurred.
After Rick Grimes and his band of survivors arrived at the Greene farm, Rick offered to teach the Greenes shooting skills. They were doing target practice at the edge of the farm, shooting at cans on a fence, when farm owner Hershel Greene rushed up to them, telling them to stop.
Hershel shouted: "Whoa, whoa! Stop shooting!! Stop right now!"
Hershel told the group: "The Thompson's [sic] house is just on the other side of that tree line! Your bullets are probably ripping right right through their house! You can't keep firing in that direction!"
Rick said: "Jeez, sorry about that. I had no idea. The Thompson's [sic] huh? They, uh... Are they in your barn?"
Hershel said: "That's not the point! I don't want their house to be destroyed. You can't just--"
Rick said: "That's not what I meant. I didn't--"
Before Rick and Hershel to talk any more about the Thompsons and whether or not they were among the neighbors-turned-zombies who Hershel kept locked up in his barn, Rick noticed something. He saw a zombie wander onto the farm.
NOTE: The Thompson family which was the next-door neighbors to Hershel Greene at the Greene farm in Georgia should not be confused with the Thompson family which was the close-nearby neighbors to Rick Grimes and his family in Cynthiana, Kentucky.