Here’s What Happens to Your Career Once You Die on ‘The Walking Dead’ #TheWalkingDead #TWDUpdate
Being a season regular doesn’t mean much on a show like The Walking Dead. After all, the hungry zombies can’t play favorites (unless your name is Norman Reedus). After four seasons, AMC’s hit show has claimed the lives of many, many characters, sending out-of-work actors away from the apocalypse and back to Hollywood. Check out what your favorite dearly departed Walking Dead actors — plus Lori and Andrea! — have been up to since biting the bullet.
Merle (Michael Rooker)
What he’s been up to since getting shot in the chest: Rooker’s the sort of actor that will just always be around — and we’re not complaining. He’s been working steadily since the mid-80s and his post-Walking Dead career already includes a colorful role as Yondu in Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy.
What he’s got coming up: He’s wrapped up Bolden!, also starring Ian McShane, but we’re hoping Yondu will pop up again in the Marvel Universe.
Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies)
What she’s been up to since getting shot in the head: We weren’t big Lori fans (are there Lori fans out there?), but we still wish Callies luck out there in the big audition world. So far, she’s starred in Into the Storm, a disaster flick with Richard Armitage, aka The Hobbit‘s Thorin Oakenshield.
What she’s got coming up: Doors are so mysterious, right? Maybe Callies will unlock their secrets in The Other Side of the Door, scheduled for a 2015 release.
What he’s been up to since getting shot in the head: Hollywood seems intent on making Bernthal a big star — it’s just taking a little while for the right project to stick. He starred in TNT’s Mob City (which was canceled) and he’s nabbed roles in big-screen films like The Wolf of Wall Street and Grudge Match.
What he’s got coming up: A potentially career-changing role in Brad Pitt’s buzzy WWII flick, Fury, plus a recently announced turn in the TV mini-series Show Me a Hero.
Andrea (Laurie Holden)
What she’s been up to since shooting herself: Poor Andrea was doomed since the Governor arrived, but we’re confident Holden can make a name for herself outside of the apocalypse — assuming she plays characters with more common sense than Andrea. Catch her as Ann McGinnis in a two-episode arc on Major Crimes.
Dr. Edwin Jenner (Noah Emmerich)
What he’s been up to since dying in a fiery explosion: Remember this guy? He only appeared in two episodes back in the first season (as the CDC hermit from hell), but business has been good for him since. He picked up roles in a few movies like Super 8 and Warrior before finding a regular gig on FX’s The Americans.
T-Dog (IronE Singleton)
What he’s been up to since getting eaten: Oh, T-Dog, we hardly got to know you on The Walking Dead — beyond how you were always stalwart, selfless, and prone to injury-related fever tantrums. Thankfully, Singleton has picked up some work, including a couple film roles and a stint on Franklin & Bash.
What he’s got coming up: We don’t know! Someone get this guy a job, please.
MIlton (Dallas Roberts)
What he’s been up to since getting stabbed: Television loves Roberts! After playing the Governor’s tragic right-hand man, he’s gone on to film extensive stints on The Good Wife and Unforgettable.
What he’s got coming up: Do you know where the birds have gone? Roberts will. He’s starring in the big-screen drama All the Birds Have Flown South.
Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn)
What he’s been up to since getting shot in the head: We’ll never forget Dale — or his hat. The group’s moral compass left a Carl-hating void in our hearts, but we’ve moved on. We no longer hate Carl really, and we’ve come to appreciate seeing DeMunn’s face on Chicago Fire, The Good Wife, and Mob City.
What he’s got coming up: Not much of anything, actually. There’s a short called The Moor that’s in post-production, but come on… This is Dale we’re talking about! Let’s get him a movie deal.