The Walking Dead is a show built on death, and yet we find characters that push back against the end, against zombies, and against humans that have long slipped the chain of humanity. We form attachments to these characters, but they are fleeting. The producers have to keep the line moving and they have to constantly remind us of the danger. It’s a hell of a process that leaves a few actors unemployed every season, but thankfully the internet exists so we can track down those actors and uncover what they’ve been up to in their careers since The Walking Dead.
Noah Emmerich (Dr. Edwin Jenner)
Dr. Jenner had wine, working showers, and secrets — pretty much the trifecta for a fun party host in the post-apocalypse. Sadly, he also had a want to die and an exploding “home.” Emmerich now plays Stan Beeman on The Americans.
Pruitt Taylor Vince (Otis)
Shane sacrificed Otis to save his own ass while on a supply run to help save Carl’s life after Otis had accidentally shot him. The guilt caused Shane to constantly touch his head. That’s my theory, at least.
After being devoured like a bunch of chicken wings at a Golden Corall buffet after tray-switchin hour, Taylor Vince continued to recur on The Mentalist (Uda Bengt’s favorite show) and played a psychiatrist in a vampire conversion camp on True Blood.
Madison Lintz (Sophia Peletier)
After her last heart breaking appearance on the show as Carol’s then-zombified daughter Sophia, Lintz starred opposite Billy Crystal in Parental Guidance and now plays Titus Welliver’s daughter on Bosch.
Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale)
I don’t think The Walking Dead‘s sage moralist would have fared well in these more recent seasons, but every so often, I still miss Dale, don’t you?
Always a favorite of Frank Darabont’s, DeMunn appeared in the one-and-done Mob City in 2013. Since then, he’s popped up in two episodes of The Good Wife, and one of The Blacklist. He also has a supporting role in Adult Beginners. In which he is topless. Yes.
Jon Bernthal (Shane)
Shane’s legacy may have been that he was a little right a lot of the time, but in the end, his death made sense and it’s been more fun to watch Rick unconsciously take a lot of steps that his former buddy probably would have made.
Bernthal is going to appear beside Anna Kendrick, Ben Affleck, and JK Simmons in The Accountants next.
IronE Singleton (T-Dog)
You bet your ass T-Dog popped up as a judge on Franklin and Bash. That’s about it, though. If you see him at a convention, offer to buy him a soda or say something. Seems like a nice guy.
Sarah Wayne Callies (Lori Grimes)
It’s all subjective, of course, but I’d say Lori’s death had the biggest footprint of all the deaths on the show thanks to how it shaped Rick, Carl, and the rest. Thoughts? Anyway, Callies starred in Into the Storm with Richard Armitage in 2014. Next up, she’s got a Nic Cage movie called Pay the Ghost, and a role in the Carlton Cuse produced series, Colony.
Lew Temple (Axel)
Former major league baseball scout (factoided!) Lew Temple has gone on to appear in more than a dozen movies that you’ve never heard of and one that you might want to forget (The Lone Ranger). He’s set to appear in Rob Zombie’s 31 next.