Seven and a half years have passed in The Walking Dead since we last saw Dwight. In the Season 8 Finale Daryl told Negan’s former Savior leader to go find his wife and never return (or he’ll kill him). Dwight promptly returned to his old home and found a note from Sherry that read. “Honeymoon Forever.” As optimistic as that was, seven-and-a-half years is a lot time in the zombie apocalypse – is Dwight even still alive?
“He’s not dead,” Dwight actor Austin Amelio said during this weekend’s Walker Stalker New Jersey panel (via INSIDER). “That’s all I can say…he’s alive. He’s alive in the world somewhere.” Amelio seemed confident in his answer, as if he knew something. So where is his character now? “Well, I think where he said he was going to go, to try and find his wife and just (be) a lonesome traveler on the road,” Amelio said.
In the comics, Dwight becomes leader of the Saviors after the war and later runs Rick’s militia in Alexandria. So with the Saviors wiped out in the show and Rick away to the helicopter community, any return for Dwight would be a brand new story. “There’s so many different ways you can go with him,” Amelio said on the panel. “There’s the comic book, there’s Sherry’s story, there’s me being with the Alexandrians. I have no idea. I have full faith in the writers. They do an awesome job, so I’m sure they’d bring me back in an incredible way.”
According to INSIDER, when the Walker Stalker Con host thanked Amelio and (ex-Savior) Jayson Warner Smith for joining the panel despite not being on The Walking Dead anymore, Amelio responded, “We don’t know if I’m off the show.” Sounds like the question of Dwight returning to the show (or some aspect of The Walking Dead Universe) isn’t a matter of “if” but “when.”
Catch the rest of the coverage at INSIDER. The second half of The Walking Dead Season 9 returns Sunday, February 10th and Monday, February 11th for some international markets.