“The Walking Dead” cast may be covered in blood, dirt, and guts while fending off zombie herds in the apocalypse, but in real life they clean up pretty well.
Some of the cast members wear wigs and prosthetics that would make them look nearly recognisable off of the Atlanta, Georgia, set.
Keep reading to see how the cast of the AMC series looks when they’re not fighting for their lives.
Rick Grimes is constantly covered in blood, zombie guts, and is looking worse for wear in the zombie apocalypse.
Over nine seasons, Rick has led a group of survivors through the zombie apocalypse. On season nine, his hair will be shorter and his hair grayer.
Even though he’s leaving the show, 44-year-old British actor Andrew Lincoln keeps the beard partially intact.
Season nine will be Andrew Lincoln’s final season as Rick Grimes. You can read our interview with “The Walking Dead” executive producer and director Greg Nicotero on Lincoln’s final episode and how the show will carry on without him here.
Michonne started a relationship with Rick, her long-time partner-in-crime, to the delight of many fans.
In real life, Danai Gurira looks completely unrecognizable without her Michonne wig.
Gurira is still a fan favourite, but she’s now a worldwide star after her appearances in “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
You can read about her “Black Panther” workout routine here.
Rick’s son Carl lost his eye from a rogue bullet. On the show, he was almost always seen wearing his dad’s sheriff’s hat.
Chandler Riggs grew up on set of “The Walking Dead.” After leaving the show last year, Riggs cut his hair short.
Riggs’ character was unexpectedly killed off the show on season eight. Though the actor continued to mock the silly way in which his character was killed, he told INSIDER he had no hard feelings.
Carl’s love interest Enid has moved into the Hilltop with Maggie.
Enid’s been looking after Maggie since Glenn’s death and has a new sense of purpose on season nine.
Actress Katelyn Nacon looks more chic in real life.
You may not have realised she was in Adult Swim’s 2014 viral spoof “Too Many Cooks.” Nacon’s name was added to the opening credits for season nine.
Negan was taken prisoner at the end of season eight after his war with Rick.
Though Negan’s throat was slashed at the end of season eight, he loves to hear himself talk. Expect to see him at some point on season nine without his beloved barbed-wired bat, Lucille.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, known for his roles on “The Good Wife” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” couldn’t wait to audition for the role.
Morgan’s hair is shorter for the new season where his character is expected to be held prisoner in Alexandria. You can read more about Morgan landing the role of Negan here.
Austin Amelio joined the cast on season six as one of Negan’s Saviors, Dwight.
Daryl sent his character off to find his wife Sherry at the end of season eight. It’s unclear whether or not we’ll see him again.
In real life, he looks a bit different without the giant facial burn scar.
Fan favourite Daryl isn’t satisfied with Negan behind bars.
Expect to see him with Maggie for much of this first half season and at odds with the man he considers his brother, Rick.
Actor Norman Reedus ditches the bad boy look off set, but keeps his shaggy hair long when he’s not filming.
Maggie is no longer pregnant and has a young son, Hershel, to care for.
Like Daryl, she’s definitely sour over the decision to jail Negan. Expect to see some differences in the way she and Rick make decisions on season nine.
Actress Lauren Cohan cut her hair in real life for the part. It’s grown out a bit since then.
Cohan is set to be on the first six episodes of season nine. The actress has a new ABC series, “Whiskey Cavalier,” premiering on the network next year. Executive producer Greg Nicotero tells us her story could be left “open-ended.“
Maggie’s husband Glenn became one of Negan’s victims on the season seven premiere after an outburst from Daryl.
Many fans were upset over the brutal death of the character.
He can usually be seen wearing glasses off set.
Yeun has voiced characters on animated series since leaving “The Walking Dead.” He also appeared in the movie “Sorry to Bother You.”
Paul is better known on the show and comic series as Jesus for his uncanny resemblance to the religious figure.
Jesus protects those who live at the Hilltop and has become a close friend of Maggie’s.
Actor Tom Payne started out wearing a wig, but started growing his hair out for the show.
Expect to see a lot more of him on season nine. If you’ve been hoping for some karate moves, you’ll be happy.
Aaron has become another important asset to Rick and Maggie’s groups.
During season eight, Aaron took in baby Gracie, who belonged to one of the Saviors who was killed.
Actor Ross Marquand has a full head of hair to tame for the show.
In addition to “The Walking Dead,” Marquand had a surprising role in “Avengers: Infinity War.” You can read about it here.
Gregory was the cowardly original leader of The Hilltop who enjoys a nice glass of scotch.
Gregory will continue to feel threatened by Maggie during season nine.
Berkeley has a full beard in the off season and often likes to wear hats.
Berkeley is also a talented artist who does portraits. You can see his work here.
Abraham was the wise-cracking, strong arm of the group before Negan took him out on the season seven premiere.
Cudlitz came up with a tiny gesture to add into the season seven premiere you may have missed. You can read about how he came up with a peace sign to throw to Sasha here.
Michael Cudlitz dyed his hair bright red to bring the comic-book character to life. He looks a bit different clean shaven.
After his character’s death on the show, Cudlitz will return to direct an episode of the show’s ninth season.
His lady love, Sasha, gave her life on the season seven finale for Rick’s group.
Sasha took a poison pill while in a coffin hoping that she would be able to take out Negan. You can read about her death on the show here.
Sonequa Martin-Green lets her hair down on the red carpet.
Martin-Green leads the CBS All-Access sci-fi series.
Eugene had swapped sides to align himself with Negan and the Saviors, but wound up helping Rick win the war against Negan.
Eugene was Negan’s bullet maker and made sure all of the guns backfired when the Saviors tried to attack Rick, The Hilltop, and the Kingdom.
Josh McDermitt grew his hair out for the show too.
Eugene will be working with Rick on season nine, but from the Sanctuary.
Rosita toughened up on season seven and pursued Negan on her own with Sasha.
She’s now one of the fierce female fighters on season nine and will show off a new braided hairstyle that makes more sense in the zombie apocalypse.
Actress Christian Serratos looks glamorous when she’s not fighting the dead.
She gave birth to her first child in May 2017. Expect to see her character rock some new looks and a new ride on season nine.
Tara has smoothed things over with Oceanside and is a valued member of Rick’s group.
Plan to see her on patrol during season nine. But a primary focus will be on the core group.
Actress Alanna Masterson filmed season six while pregnant and cleverly hid it on set.
You can read more on how Masterson acted while pregnant on the show here.
Cyndie is now the leader of Oceanside.
She first formed a bond with Tara when she stumbled across the group of female survivors.
Sydney Park’s hair is a bit shorter and straighter than her “Walking Dead’s” counterpart.
Park may not be long for “The Walking Dead.” She also has a role on the upcoming “Pretty Little Liars” spin-off, “The Perfectionists,” which will begin airing in 2019.
King Ezekiel joined the war against Negan and found love during it.
Unfortunately, he lost his beloved tiger, Shiva, and many of his soldiers on season eight.
Payton shaved his head for the part.
Payton is also known for doing voiceover work on cartoon series like “Teen Titans.” He recently lent his voice in the “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies.”
Jerry is King Ezekiel’s close friend and faithful bodyguard.
Cooper Andrews told INSIDER we can expect to see his character branch out and not always be in Ezekiel’s shadow on the new season. He also has a new woman in his life, which you can read about here.
Cooper Andrews keeps the long hair in real life, too.
In addition to “The Walking Dead,” Andrews will appear in next year’s “Shazam!” movie.
After taking some time to find herself, Carol is back in action and a prominent, well-respected leader among the communities.
Carol has grown close to King Ezekiel. You can read about fans’ hope for a budding relationship between the two characters here.
The 53-year-old actress rocks her short cropped hair off set, too.
We expect to see much more of her character on season nine. And plan to see multiple scenes of her with BFF Daryl.
Morgan was MIA for several seasons of the show, but reunited with Rick at the end of season five.
Morgan left the show after season eight and is now leading the charge on the series’ spin-off show, “Fear: The Walking Dead.”
British actor Lennie James is always wearing glasses off set. He also has a pierced ear.
It’s unclear whether or not we’ll see Morgan on “The Walking Dead” again.
Jadis is the awkward leader of the Scavengers, a group of people who only looked out for themselves.
Near the end of season eight, Simon had all of the junkyard gang except Jadis murdered. It was revealed that Jadis’ real name was Anne.
Pollyanna McIntosh had those bangs before the zombie apocalypse, but they have been a bit longer in the past.
Anne will align with the survivors instead of going it alone, but expect some surprises from her.
Father Gabriel started to come into his own, earning Rick and the group’s trust.
On season eight, he became blind in one eye after suffering an infection.
Actor Seth Gilliam’s beard is a lot whiter in real life.
Gabriel will try to find ways to step up and help the communities during the new season.
Steven Ogg plays Negan’s right-hand man Simon.
He was killed on season eight after it was discovered that he went behind Negan’s back and killed all of Jadis’ people. Simon was also trying to take over the Sanctuary from Negan.
Ogg had his famous mustache shaved off at the end of his tenure on “The Walking Dead.”
You may notice Ogg for his roles on a few other big shows. He has also appeared on “Westworld” and “Better Call Saul.”
The last time we saw Heath, he got separated from Tara. He’s currently missing in action.
It’s not clear whether or not Heath is alive. You can read more on how the show has mishandled the popular comic character here.
You may recognise actor Corey Hawkins without the long locks.
He played Dr. Dre in 2015’s breakout film “Straight Outta Compton.” Hawkins has made it big time in Hollywood. He could be too big of a star to return.
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