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The Walking Dead: What Are the Actors Who Died on the Show Up to Now?

The folks who died on the show are thriving in real life

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Liam Mathews

The Walking Dead kills characters like you or I change socks, so there are a lot of alumni to keep track of if you want to follow their careers. We're here to help. Here's a handy compendium of where all the actors who had important deaths on The Walking Dead are now, as of the middle of Season 8.

Jim (Andrew Rothenberg)

​Andrew Rothenberg

Andrew Rothenberg

AMC/NBC

The first guy to die on The Walking Dead was last seen as a guest star on Chicago Justice.

Dr. Jenner (Noah Emmerich)

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Scott Garfield/AMC, Eric Liebowitz/FX

Dr. Edwin Jenner was a small but pivotal role on The Walking Dead, and it was for Emmerich too; it wasn't long after The Walking Dead that he landed the biggest role of his long career as FBI Agent Stan Beeman on The Americans.

Otis (Pruitt Taylor Vince)

Pruitt Taylor Vince

Pruitt Taylor Vince

AMC/Netflix

This veteran character actor had a small but important role in Stranger Things 2's polarizing Chicago episode.

Sophia (Madison Lintz)

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Matthew Welch/AMC, Amazon

Carol's daughter is now a cast member on Amazon's detective show Bosch.

Dale (Jeffrey DeMunn)

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Gene Page/AMC, JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME

Dale was the early seasons' bucket-hatted moral center. Now he's Paul Giamatti's dad on Billions, a show with no moral centers.

Shane (Jon Bernthal)

Jon Bernthal

Jon Bernthal

AMC/Netflix

Bernthal has had perhaps the most distinguished post-TWD career of anyone. There's a clear line from his role as Rick's violent, unstable former bestie to his starring role as the iconic comics character the Punisher in Netflix's Marvel franchise.

T-Dogg (IronE Singleton)

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Gene Page/AMC, YouTube

T-Dogg has walked a peculiar path since leaving The Walking Dead. He has an autobiographical one-man show called Blindsided by The Walking Dead (it's also about being being in The Blind Side)and is a fixture at Walking Dead fan conventions.

Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies)

Sarah Wayne Callies

Sarah Wayne Callies

AMC/FOX

The artist formerly known as Rick's wife Lori resurrected her breakthrough character Sara on Fox's Prison Break revival in 2017 and will return for the third season of USA's sci-fi series Colony later this year.

Merle (Michael Rooker)

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Gene Page/AMC, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Everett Collection

The prosthetics Rooker got as Daryl's big brother probably prepared him for his role as Yondu Udonta in the Guardians of the Galaxyfilm franchise.

Milton (Dallas Roberts)

Dallas Roberts

Dallas Roberts

AMC/Getty Images

Milton was last seen in Season 3 of the underseen limited series American Crime.

Andrea (Laurie Holden)

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Gene Page/AMC, Patrick Harbron/FX

Laurie Holden joined The Americans as a love interest for fellow Walking Dead alum Noah Emmerich.

Karen (Melissa Ponzio)

Melissa Ponzio

Melissa Ponzio

AMC/NBC

One of the sick prison-dwellers burnt to death by Carol recently wrapped a long-running role on Teen Wolf and recurs on Chicago Fire as Chief Boden's wife Donna.

Hershel (Scott Wilson)

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Gene Page/AMC, Netflix

The Greene family patriarch was last seen on Netflix's sci-fi series The OA.

The Governor (David Morrissey)

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Gene Page/AMC, Sky1

The Governor is swapping his eyepatch for a suit of armor on Brittania. Morrissey plays Roman general Aulus Plautius on Amazon's historical epic.

Mika (Kyla Kennedy)

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Gene Page/AMC, Nicole Wilder/ABC

Poor Mika got murdered by her sister. The good news is that she found a loving family on ABC's hit comedy Speechless.

Gareth (Andrew J. West)

​Andrew J. West

Andrew J. West

AMC/ABC

The cannibalistic leader of Terminus is now one of the main characters on Once Upon a Time's seventh season as grown-up Henry Mills.

Bob (Lawrence Gilliard)

Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

Lawrence Gilliard Jr.

AMC/HBO

Where's Bob Stookey, String? Sasha's poor cannibalized ex-boyfriend is in Times Square now, playing a put-upon beat cop on HBO's The Deuce.

Beth (Emily Kinney)

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Gene Page/AMC, Dean Buscher/The CW

The younger Greene sister had bad luck with two back-to-back canceled ABC series -- Conviction and Ten Days in the Valley -- but there's a chance she'll be seen again in the Arrowverse, where her character, the bee-obsessed baddie Brie Larvan, has been comatose since her defeat on Arrow.

Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman)

​Chad L. Coleman

Chad L. Coleman

AMC/FOX

The Walking Dead's gentle giant has become on in-demand sci-fi actor, with recurring roles on Syfy's The Expanseand Fox's The Orville.

Noah (Tyler James Williams)

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Gene Page/AMC, Darren Michaels/CBS

Young Noah was most recently a cast member on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, playing technical analyst Russ Montgomery.

Reg (Steve Coulter)

Steve Coulter

Steve Coulter

AMC/Netflix

Coulter went from playing the husband of a lawmaker on The Walking Dead to playing the governor of Tennessee on House of Cards.

Pete (Corey Brill)

Corey Brill

Corey Brill

AMC/NBC

Jessie's husband got put down by Rick. He most recently popped up in a guest spot on Chicago P.D.

Nicholas (Michael Traynor)

Michael Traynor

Michael Traynor

AMC/Getty Images

The cowardly Nicholas was last seen on Ten Days in the Valley, but his main gig besides The Walking Dead has been The Fosters, where he recurs as math teacher Craig.

Deanna (Tovah Feldshuh)

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Gene Page/AMC, Greg Gayne/The CW

The representative from Ohio -- before America collapsed into a post-apocalyptic hellscape -- can currently be seen on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend as Rachel Bloom's mother.

The Alpha Wolf (Benedict Samuel)

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Gene Page/AMC, Jessica Miglio/FOX

Samuel currently plays the supervillain Jervis Tetch, aka the Mad Hatter, on Gotham.

Jessie (Alexandra Breckenridge)

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Gene Page/AMC, NBC

Rick's Alexandrian girlfriend met a bad end, but shed no tears, because now she's on one of TV's other biggest shows, This Is Us, as Kate Pearson's (Chrissy Metz) friend Sophie.

Paula (Alicia Witt)

Alicia Witt

Alicia Witt

AMC/Crown Media

Alicia Witt has been very busy since her memorable Season 6 one-off in 2016. She's since appeared on Nashville, Supernatural, Twin Peaks and The Exorcist and starred in the Hallmark movies Christmas List and The Mistletoe Inn.

Denise (Merritt Wever)

Merritt Wever

Merritt Wever

AMC/Netflix

This Emmy winner (for Nurse Jackie) was most recently seen in Netflix's Western limited series Godless.

Glenn (Steven Yeun)

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Gene Page/AMC, Netflix

Yeun has mostly stuck to voice-acting since Glenn got his head smashed in, and his voice can be heard in the Netflix kids' shows Trollhunters, Voltron: Legendary Defender and Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters. His face was last seen in the movie Okja.

Abraham (Michael Cudlitz)

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Gene Page/AMC, Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

The former Abraham Ford sadly won't be on Fear the Walking Dead, but he will be seen in the upcoming John DeLorean biopic Driven and recently landed a lead role in an ABC comedy pilot.

Spencer (Austin Nichols)

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Gene Page/AMC, Cate Cameron/A&E Networks LLC

Nichols had two notable deaths in just a few months, first getting gutted by Negan on The Walking Dead and then getting stabbed to death by Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) on Bates Motel in a twist on Psycho's famous shower scene. At least he got a love scene with Rihanna.

Olivia (Ann Mahoney)

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Gene Page/AMC, CMT

Mahoney went from getting shot in the eye on The Walking Dead to playing Gladys Presley, Elvis' mother, on CMT's miniseries Sun Records.

Benjamin (Logan Miller)

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Gene Page/AMC, C Flanigan/FilmMagic

Miller is starring in two upcoming movies with hit potential -- Blumhouse's thriller Prey and Greg Berlanti's high school dramedy Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. Maybe Benjamin was a special boy after all.

Richard (Karl Makinen)

Karl Makinen

Karl Makinen

AMC/SHOWTIME

Makinen was one of three TWD actors (Alicia Witt and Josh McDermitt were the others) to appear in the Twin Peaks revival. He played a detective with a weird goatee.

Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green)

Sonequa Martin-Green

Sonequa Martin-Green

AMC/CBS

The erstwhile Sasha Williams is currently killing it as First Officer Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery.

Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson)

Jordan Woods-Robinson

Jordan Woods-Robinson

AMC

Aaron's boyfriend hasn't lined anything up since he turned and wandered off into the woods, but he'll find something.

Carl (Chandler Riggs)

Chandler Riggs
AMC/Getty

Young Chandler has a bright future ahead of him. He'll be appearing in a movie called Only alongside Freida Pinto and Leslie Odom Jr. that's currently in production. And maybe you can catch him DJing at a club near you.

Gavin (Jayson Warner Smith)

Jayson Warner Smith
AMC/Getty

The most reasonable Savior will also appear in Only, as well as an upcoming movie called Reckoning alongside True Detective's Brad Carter. And if you're in Atlanta in August, go see him in the play Blackbird by David Harrower at The Robert Mello Studio.

The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC.