While we all sit around pulling teeth over bitten bats, there's another major worry on the minds of every The Walking Dead fan: how to cope without Rick Grimes and the gang until Season 7.
It. Is. So. Far. Away.
But, fear not! While I agree that the reality of a TWD-free summer is beyond bleak, there is a little light at the end of the tunnel. That light comes in an assortment of wonderful shapes and sizes and makes up the group's varying careers outside their post apocalyptic existence.
So, before you go and pull a Nicholas, here are a few suggestions of how to get your Walking Dead fix.
1. Glenn Rhee a.k.a Steven Yeun
When Glenn isn't wiggling his way under dumpsters to escape walker hoards, or protecting a pregnant Maggie from the fate of the lands, he can usually be found popping up in indies, shorts, or heard in video games and cartoons.
Next Gig: Back in January, Netflix and DreamWorks Animation announced that they would be working together to bring '80s animated TV series, Voltron: Defender of the Universe back to life under the updated title Voltron: Legendary Defender — and Yeun will voice its protagonist, Keith, pilot of the Red Lion.
Premiere: Netflix, June 10, 2016.
2. Daryl Dixon a.k.a Norman Reedus
Crossbow wielding Daryl Dixon has shot his arrows in a number of pies over the years, treating fans to numerous movie and TV appearances dating back to 1997. And, if you can't hold off seeing Daryl mincing it up in his leather vest for six months or so, you can get your fill in one of the five ace projects listed below.
Gigs: Sunlight Jr., Dark Harbor, Deuces Wild, Master of Horrors: Cigarette Burns, Meskada and The Notorious Bettie Page.
3. Michonne a.k.a Danai Gurira
Mysterious katana slinger Michonne goes by the name Danai Gurira when she's not decapitating zombies, stabbing rival gang leaders through the heart and cozying up to Rick. She's been running around the TV circuit since 2004.
Gigs: Gurira is set to star in upcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me, as 'pac's mother, Afeni Shakur — which, although extremely exciting, is unlikely to hit our screens in the next six months. Check out Mother of George, Treme and Restless City in the meantime.
4. Sgt. Abraham Ford a.k.a Michael Cudlitz
The fiery haired sergeant has climbed the TV ranks significantly since his career birth in 1989. Clocking impressive shots throughout the '90s, Cudlitz appeared on several iconic shows such as Growing Pains, Beverly Hills, 90210, Party of Five and Buffy the Vampire Slayer! However, if you're the kind of crazy kid that doesn't enjoy getting their nostalgia bones tickled constantly, I've (begrudgingly) slammed some contemporary suggestions in below.
Gigs: Ballers, Cesar Chavez, Pawn Shop Chronicles, Southland, Dark Tourist
5. Maggie Greene a.k.a Lauren Cohan
You'd hope that Maggie would have a better time during projects where her task isn't primarily to remain alive and pregnant within a zombie apocalypse, but alas. Outside TWD her last gig was playing Bruce Wayne's mother in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and we all know how that ends, right? MARTHA!!!!
Gigs: Cohan will star alongside TWD pal Michonne a.k.a Danai Gurira in the Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me as his manager, Leila Steinberg. Again though, as it's unlikely to hit screens this summer, you should probably just spend your time watching Archer on loop.
6. Rick Grimes a.k.a Andrew Lincoln
One of the best masked Brits in the bizz, when Andrew Lincoln isn't being all "we WILL survive and I'll show you how," (a.k.a going full-blown medieval on everyone's ass), he's mostly busy being a father and winning awards and shit. Other than being TWD's leader, Lincoln is mostly known for his role as the inappropriate stalker in romantic comedy, Love Actually.
Gigs: To get a real feel for Lincoln's true roots, you can't get much better than Teachers (2001–2003). In short, it's British, it's ace, it's underrated and it's got this in it:
7. Carl Grimes a.k.a Chandler Riggs
He's only got one eye, is desperately in need of a hair cut, a new hat and a cart load of vitamin D tabs, but despite all that, Carl continually slays the whole dealing-with-teenage-hormones-while-keeping-shit-together-in-a-walker-filled-world thing, and well, that's pretty cool.
Gigs: Riggs's next big gig is starring alongside Bella Thorne in a Funny Games-esque horror-thriller called Keep Watching — a pant-wetting tale of a family trapped and tortured within their own home, set to be released sometime this year.
8. Dr. Eugene Porter a.k.a Josh McDermitt
The bullet-making mullet man's real-life persona, Josh McDermitt, truly embodies the whole business at the front, party at the back vibe. The guy's an actual hot air balloon pilot (!) AND a fully fledged member of LA improv comedy group Robert Downey Jr. Jr., so we're digging that. He's also been jammin' around the TV circuits since 2009, landing impressive roles in Retired at 35 and Mad Men!
Gigs: Lucky ducky McDermit has two movie roles coming up this year! One fun one about child sex trafficking called Odious and another about an unfunny comedian with a dead mother and a ton of debt called Middle Man. Stick 'em on your list!
9. Carol Peletier a.k.a Melissa McBride
Carol might be coming to terms with being the slaying soul she truly needs to be in TWD at the moment — but for the rest of us, while we wait with bated breath for her to put down those rosary beads and pick up a pick axe, we can amuse ourselves by watching re-runs of her rocking around with a bonkers hairdo in Dawson's Creek. Again though, if something current is more your cup of tea, you're in luck.
Gigs: Another TWD star with a movie role coming up this year, McBride will star in The Happys as a hard-charging talent manager representing a repressed homosexual trapped in a deteriorating relationship. What a barrel of laughs!
How will you fill the 'Walking Dead'-sized hole in your life this summer?