What happened to Luke in The Walking Dead?

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 11, Episode 16, “Acts of God,” which airs Sunday, April 10 on AMC.

Many characters have disappeared in The Walking Dead, especially in recent seasons that have included skipped explanations that don’t really make sense. A character that was introduced in season 9 is one of those poor people who have the end of the stick. Luke (played by Dan Fogler) doesn’t have the right story to explain his lack of screen time.

It was the norm in The Walking Dead universe that when an actor wanted to leave the show or was busy doing other projects, their character was cut for good with a bloody death. Sonequa Martin-Green, who left to play a leading role in Star Trek: Discoveryand her character Sasha was killed off in the season 7 finale. But since the bigger cast left the show and The Walking Dead The universe expands with various spinoffs, the show’s approach with an actor signing on to another project has left things a bit more open.

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Some people might assume that the biggest mystery in Commonwealth history right now is Pamela’s involvement in stealing Sebastian’s money, or who the leader of the Resistance is, but they’re wrong. More and more people are concerned about the unrecognized disappearance of Luke, who didn’t appear at all in season 11. who ultimately destroyed Alpha’s walker horde. Since then, there has been no more mention of him, even by his best friends Magna, Yumiko, Connie and Kelly.


Luke fans can take comfort in knowing that the character hasn’t been secretly killed off like some of his predecessors – at least not yet. During a recent Fandemic Tour Atlanta appearance, Fogler said Luke lives in Oceanside with his girlfriend Jules. During the filming of The Walking Deadthe final season of, Fogler was filming Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets, reprising his role as Muggle Jacob Kowalski. He also has another role that is about to hit TV screens, like The Godfather filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the Paramount+ miniseries The offer.

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Oceanside is also a permanent mystery in The Walking Dead, discussed as part of grassroots communities, but he rarely makes appearances. The writers are probably congratulating themselves on finding this easy loophole to explain Luke’s absence. But if Fogler doesn’t return in Season 11C, they could find themselves in a sticky spot. The Season 11B finale ends with the villainous Lance Hornsby (who looks awfully like Two-Face lately), taking the people of Oceanside hostage. Luke is not seen when he does, which raises the question of what his story will do.


It’s unclear if Fogler will return to reprise his role in the show’s final episodes, so Luke could suffer an off-screen death that will be knocked out in just a few sentences. In fairness, the character was long past the lifespan of his comic book counterpart, who died at Alpha’s infamous Pike Frontier. But the TV version of Luke kind of took a back seat. He had a brief romantic subplot with Jules, but that’s about all he did. Fogler might be better off letting The Walking Dead Take care of his character’s prolonged demise since at least Luke is still alive on the small screen, but fans will never forgive the show if it didn’t give Luke the respect he deserves.

To determine if Luke will ever return, watch the first two parts of The Walking Dead Season 11, now streaming on AMC+. The Walking Dead Season 11C is scheduled to premiere in 2022.

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