It's been nearly five years since Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Negan brutally murdered Steven Yeun's Glenn Rhee during the premiere of the seventh season of "The Walking Dead." But leaving the hit AMC series was hardly the end for the exceptional actor. In honor of the premiere of the final season of AMC's horror series on Aug. 22, 2021, Wonderwall.com got the scoop on Steven and more former stars of "TWD" to find out what they've been up to since their characters were killed off on the zombie drama. Keep reading to find out what life has been like after "The Walking Dead."
Since leaving "The Walking Dead," Steven Yeun has accomplished quite a bit! He found a second calling as a voice actor, bringing to life characters on "Trollhunters" and "Voltron." He also portrayed K on Netflix's "Okja" and started a family. Steven wed his longtime love, photographer Joana Pak, in December 2016. They welcomed a son, Jude, in 2017, and a daughter in 2019. Steven has since appeared in films like "Sorry to Bother You" alongside Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson and "Burning." In 2020, he starred in and executive produced "Minari" — then became the first Asian American actor to earn a best actor Oscar nomination — and lent his voice to a character on the Guillermo del Toro limited series "Wizards: Tales of Arcadia." Next up, he'll star alongside Beanie Feldstein and Amy Schumer in the flick "The Humans."
Sarah Wayne Callies' Lori Grimes died in childbirth during the third season of "The Walking Dead."
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Sarah Wayne Callies has headlined four films — "Into the Storm," "Pay the Ghost," "The Other Side of the Door" and "The Show" — since her time on "The Walking Dead" came to an end. She also starred on "Colony" alongside "Lost" alum Josh Holloway and returned to the role of Katie Bowman on the 2017 "Prison Break" revival. In 2019, Sarah landed a main role on the eight-episode Canadian miniseries "Unspeakable." 2020 marked the year in which she landed a starring role on the short-lived NBC series "Council of Dads."
Jon Bernthal's volatile Shane was stabbed to death by his former best friend, Rick, during the second season of "The Walking Dead."
Since he left "The Walking Dead" in 2012, Jon Bernthal has appeared in a number of high-profile films including "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Baby Driver" and "Ford v Ferrari." He also starred as the titular vigilante on Netflix's "The Punisher," which ran from 2017 to 2019, and guest starred on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" from 2018 to 2019. Next up, he'll appear in projects including "The Many Saints of Newark," "King Richard" and "Sharp Stick." In 2022, he'll portray Wayne Jenkins on the miniseries "We Own This City." The actor and wife Erin Angle have also become parents since he left "TWD." They welcomed sons in 2011 and 2013 and a daughter in 2015.
Laurie Holden's Andrea took her own life after she got bit by Milton when he turned into a walker during the third season of "The Walking Dead."
In 2014, Laurie Holden appeared in "Dumb and Dumber To." She then popped up on three episodes of "Major Crimes" in 2014 and 2015. She also appeared in films like "Pyewacket," "Dragged Across Concrete" and "Fireheart" and lent her voice to a character in "Arctic Dogs." In 2019, the talented beauty had a seven-episode stint on "Proven Innocent." In 2021, she'll appear on the third season of the superhero dark-comedy series "The Boys."
Chandler Riggs' Carl Grimes took his own life after discovering a bite from a walker on his torso during the eighth season of "The Walking Dead."
Gone are the days we knew him as Rick Grimes' son! Since departing "The Walking Dead," Chandler Riggs has appeared in the films "Only" and "Inherit the Viper." Since 2019, the actor has played the recurring role of Patrick "PJ" Nelson on ABC's family drama "A Million Little Things."
Emily Kinney's Beth got shot while attacking Dawn, the leader of a group of survivors at Grady Memorial Hospital, during the fifth season of "The Walking Dead."
Since she left "The Walking Dead," Emily Kinney has appeared on "The Flash" and "Arrow," "Forever," "The Knick" and "Masters of Sex." She also starred on the short-lived legal drama "Conviction" and briefly appeared on the drama "Ten Days in the Valley" and "Messiah." In late 2015 — the same year she and "TWD" co-star Norman Reedus were briefly romantically linked — the singer-actress released her debut full-length album, "This is War," and in 2021, she put out her latest musical effort, "The Supporting Character." She also notably dated former "American Idol" singer-songwriter Paul McDonald, with whom she started the band The Sweetheart Deal, from 2017 to 2020.
The Governor decapitated Scott Wilson's Hershel during the fourth season of "The Walking Dead."
Scott Wilson appeared on several episodes of Amazon's "Bosch" following his time on "The Walking Dead." In 2016, he had a stint on "Damien" and starred on the Netflix series "The OA."
Austin Nichols' Spencer Monroe was brutally killed by Negan on the seventh season of "The Walking Dead."
Following his 15-episode stint on "The Walking Dead," Austin Nichols landed roles on "Bates Motel," "The Village" and "This Close." He's since appeared in the historical film "The Iron Orchard" and will next appear in the flick "Match." He was last linked to "Yellowstone" actress Hassie Harrison, whom he began dating in 2018.
Chad L. Coleman's Tyreese died after a run-in with walkers during season 5 of "The Walking Dead."
Chad L. Coleman went on to portray Fred Johnson on the acclaimed Syfy series "The Expanse" and Klyden on the sci-fi-comedy "The Orville." He also did stints on "Arrow" in 2016 and "All American" in 2019. In 2021, he lent his voice to Martian Man on Amazon Prime Video's "Invincible" series. The former star of "The Walking Dead" made headlines in 2015 when he was caught on camera screaming at fellow passengers on a New York City subway. The actor told TMZ that "built-up frustration" over the Baltimore riots and the death of Freddie Gray were the root of his anger. Chad added that his outburst was triggered when he overheard another subway rider refer to him with a racial slur.
Jeffrey DeMunn's Dale died after a walker attacked him during the second season of "The Walking Dead."
Jeffrey DeMunn went on to star on the short-lived 2013 TNT drama "Mob City." He's also appeared on episodes of "Chicago Fire," "The Good Wife," "The Affair," "The Blacklist" and "Divorce." He had a role in the Thurgood Marshall biopic "Marshall" and currently portrays Chuck Rhoades Sr. on Showtime's "Billions."
Sonequa Martin-Green's Sasha took her own life rather than betray her friends on the finale of the seventh season of "The Walking Dead."
Sonequa Martin-Green is doing just fine since she left "The Walking Dead." She starred as Michael Burnham on "Star Trek: Discovery" and appeared in the films "Holiday Rush" and "The Outside Story." Sonequa also had a role in "Space Jam: A New Legacy," which debuted in 2021.
Emma Bell's Amy turned after walkers attacked her during the first season of "The Walking Dead."
Emma Bell went on to star on the TNT reboot of "Dallas." She also appeared in 2011's "Final Destination 5" and in 2017's "A Quiet Passion" and popped up on episodes of "Rizzoli & Isles," "American Horror Story" and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World." In 2019, she appeared in two films: "Plus One" and "Deviant Love." Latest film "Why?" debuted in 2021.
The Governor killed Michael Rooker's Merle by shooting him several times in the chest during the third season of "The Walking Dead."
After he left "The Walking Dead," Michael Rooker starred as Yondu in 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy" and its 2017 sequel. He's since appeared in films like "Bolden," "Brightburn" and "Fantasy Island" and had a two-episode stint on "True Detective." In 2021, Michael — who beat the coronavirus in 2020 — appeared in big-budget films "F9: The Fast Saga" and "The Suicide Squad." He'll next appear in "White Elephant," "Yolo County O.G." and "A Good Man Is Hard to Find."
After Michonne stabbed David Morrissey's Philip "The Governor" Blake in the back during Season 4 of "The Walking Dead," his girlfriend, Lilly, finished him off by shooting him in the head.
David Morrissey went on to star on the second seasons of "Extant" and "The Missing." He's also headlined a couple high-profile theater productions in London and starred on the British series "Britannia" from 2017 to 2019. He's since appeared on television series including "The City & the City," "Good Omens," "Inside No. 9" and "The Singapore Grip." He'll next appear in the films "Dampyr" and "The Colour Room."
Tom Payne's Jesus was killed by the Whisperers during the ninth season of "The Walking Dead."
Since appearing on "The Walking Dead," Tom Payne went on to play the starring role of Malcolm Bright on FOX's "Prodigal Son" from 2019 to 2021. He also lent his voice to a character in the Netflix sci-fi film "Io" in 2019.
Michael Cudlitz's Abraham Ford was killed by Negan's bat Lucille during the seventh season opener of "The Walking Dead."
After his time on "TWD," Michael Cudlitz appeared on "Ballers" and "Young Sheldon" and in the film "Driven." From 2018 to 2019, he starred as Mike Cleary on the short-lived ABC sitcom "The Kids Are Alright." He'll next appear in the films "Manifest West" and "Red Stone."