The last episode of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” season six left fans hungrier than a flesh-starved walker — hungry for answers, that is. Fans were left hanging with the knowledge that one of 11 beloved members of the crew would be killed by Negan, a new and supremely diabolical character. But the victim’s identity has remained a closely-guarded secret going into the new “Walking Dead” season premiere.
The cliffhanger will be revealed on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 9 p.m. EST, when new cast member Khary Payton, who plays Ezekiel, joins the rest of the survivors for “The Walking Dead” season seven premiere.
While they’re all still alive in our minds, let’s take a look at the careers and net worths of the richest “Walking Dead” cast members, all of whom are confirmed as returning for season seven.
Andrew Lincoln Net Worth: $8 Million
Andrew Lincoln plays the leader of the pack, Rick Grimes, a deputy sheriff who survived the zombie apocalypse when the bad luck of getting shot turned into the good luck of snoozing in a hospital bed while the world collapsed outside.
Although “The Walking Dead” is certainly Lincoln’s breakout role, the British actor has more than 40 acting credits dating back to 1994, including “Love Actually” and “Wuthering Heights.” TWD earned him a slew of accolades, including a Critics’ Choice TV Award nomination and a People’s Choice Award win.
Norman Reedus Net Worth: $8 Million
Gritty, crossbow-wielding Daryl Dixon is brought to life by Norman Reedus. An expert tracker and hunter, Daryl is a fan favorite that never lets himself become domesticated — no matter how cozy the crew’s surroundings become.
Although “The Walking Dead” launched his career into the stratosphere, Reedus has nearly 20 years in the business, with credits dating back to “Floating” in 1997. His resume includes “8MM,” “American Gangster” and much more. Reedus was also nominated twice by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA for best supporting actor in “The Walking Dead.”
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Net Worth: $8 Million
Although he had a role in “ER” in 2001, it was another hospital drama, “Grey’s Anatomy,” that launched Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s career. Among his other 65 credits include the 2012 reboot of 80s action classic “Red Dawn,” “Weeds,” “Watchmen” and “The O.C.”
Morgan, who plays the fiendish Negan, made his first appearance in “The Walking Dead” in the final episode of season six. Negan is the leader of a vicious band of survivors called The Saviors, and he vows to kill one of Rick’s group heading into season seven.
Lennie James Net Worth: $4 Million
British actor Lennie James’ 67 credits, which date back to 1988, include “Love Hurts,” “Colombiana” and the cult classic “Snatch.” In “The Walking Dead,” James plays the humble — and ethical to a fault — yet deadly Morgan Jones. Morgan meets Rick early in the series while still in Rick’s suburban neighborhood in season one.
James, who was nominated for a BAFTA Award for “Storm Damage,” is involved in two upcoming projects: He plays Chamon in “Double Play,” which comes out in 2016, and he is currently filming “Blade Runner 2049,” due out in 2017.
Steven Yeun Net Worth: $4 Million
South Korean-born Steven Yeun plays the affable and always-reliable Glenn Rhee, who fans thought they lost in season six. The former pizza delivery driver’s intimate knowledge of the Atlanta streets gets the crew out of multiple jams throughout “The Walking Dead” series.
Yeun’s 26 credits include stints on “Law & Order: LA” and “The Big Bang Theory.” He has roles in “Chew” and “Mayhem,” both due out in 2016, as well as “Okja,” which is slated for release in 2017. His portrayal of Glenn earned him a nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA for best supporting actor.
Melissa McBride Net Worth: $3 Million
Melissa McBride is an industry veteran with credits dating back to “Matlock” in 1993. Her resume includes titles like “In the Heat of the Night,” “American Gothic,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “Dawson’s Creek.”
In “The Walking Dead,” McBride plays the maternal yet ruthless Carol Peletier, who was with Rick Grimes and crew from nearly the beginning. The role won her two Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series, as well as a Critics’ Choice Television Awards nomination.
Chandler Riggs Net Worth: $2 Million
Born just 11 years before “The Walking Dead” premiered in 2010, Chandler Riggs has a natural propensity for the genre — he played Egon in “Jesus H. Zombie” in 2004, a full six years before “The Walking Dead” first aired. Riggs plays Carl Grimes on TWD, the son of Rick and Lori Grimes. The boy is forced to grow up quickly when the world descends into chaos with the zombie apocalypse underway.
Riggs won two Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA awards for Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series and was nominated for one more for his portrayal of Carl Grimes. He also won a Young Artist Award and was nominated for two more. Riggs played John Mitchell in “Keep Watching,” which is due out later this year.
Michael Cudlitz Net Worth: $2 Million
Brawny, no-nonsense Sgt. Abraham Ford, played by Michael Cudlitz, is first introduced in season four while on a desperate mission to get to Washington, D.C. One of the most prolific actors on the show, Cudlitz has more than 100 credits dating back to 1989, though he’s most known for his roles on “The Walking Dead” and “Southland.”
Cudlitz’s resume also includes TV classics like “21 Jump Street,” “Growing Pains,” “Beverly Hills: 90210,” “Party of Five,” “Home Improvement,” “ER,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and much more. His big screen successes include “A River Runs Through It” and “Grosse Pointe Blank.” He also won a Critics’ Choice Award and a Prism Award for his role in “Southland.”
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Lauren Cohan Net Worth: $2 Million
The oldest daughter of a benevolent farmer named Hershel, Lauren Cohan’s character, Maggie Greene, is an integral part of the surviving crew and the loyal love interest of Glenn Rhee. Cohan, who played Martha Wayne in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and had a role in “The Bold and the Beautiful,” starred in the movie “The Boy” in 2016. She also stars in “All Eyez on Me,” which is due out in 2017.
Sonequa Martin-Green Net Worth: $2 Million
Sonequa Martin-Green plays Sasha Williams, who escaped from a massive walker invasion on her former group’s camp. She and her brother, Tyreese, meet Rick at their prison fortress as refugees. Martin-Green has racked up 17 acting credits, including “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Army Wives,” “Gossip Girl,” “Once Upon a Time” and “New Girl.”
Alanna Masterson Net Worth: $2 Million
Alanna Masterson plays Tara Chambler, a former Atlanta Police cadet. Tara was the only one who had the foresight to question the motives of the diabolical Governor. As a child, Masterson had a role in “The Young and the Restless” before moving onto successful series like “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”
All net worth figures are according to CelebrityNetWorth.com unless otherwise noted.