Back in The Walking Dead season seven, Heath (played by Corey Hawkins) was cementing himself as one of Alexandria’s most valuable members. Working closely with the likes of Tara (Alanna Masterson) and Michonne (Danai Gurira), Heath helped the community’s attack on Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his Saviours. However, he hasn’t been seen since season seven, episode six on AMC with little to no information revealed on-screen as to his whereabouts. Luckily, TWD showrunners have explained exactly why actor Hawkins had to leave.
What happened to Heath on The Walking Dead?
Heath only appeared in six episodes of The Walking Dead but had become a pivotal asset to the group.
In each of his appearances, Heath proved his value as a fighter against the Walkers as well as a skilful supply-runner for the group.
However, in his final appearance, things went south for the character.
Travelling in an RV with Tara, the pair stumbled across an abandoned campsite on a bridge and decided to investigate.
In doing so, they discovered a giant barricade of sand which, upon further investigation , was burying dozens of Walkers.
Tara dislodged the pile and the pair found themselves under attack – while Tara escaped to the water beneath, Heath fled on foot.
When Tara return to land she discovered Heath and the RV had gone missing.
All that was left was a pair of Heath’s glasses and a plastic card with PPP written on it.
Why did Corey Hawkins leave The Walking Dead?
Kang explained the decision for Hawkins to leave was down to the actor’s “huge opportunities in the feature film world.”
Nevertheless, Kang along with creator Robert Kirkman, hope he’ll be back one day.
Kirkman said at New York Comic-Con in 2018: “Yeah, Corey Hawkins’ star is on the rise. He’s a fantastic actor. He ended up on that ’24’ show. He’s been busy,”
The writer added: “We are hoping to get him back and tell his story.
“There are definitely plans in place there. It’s just a matter of making sure that everything can line up because it is somewhat complicated.”
TWD showrunner Kang added to Insider: “I hope so too, he’s a wonderful human being and a terrific actor.”
The Walking Dead season 10 returns to AMC and Fox UK in February 2020.