‘The Walking Dead’ Season 11: Who Is Jacob Young and What Character Is He Playing?

The Walking Dead has been on the air for 10 seasons, and many of its actors have come and gone. The show’s 11th and final season started on August 22, 2021, and fans can’t wait to see it unfold. Although they are excited for the new seasons, the new cast additions also give fans some incentive to watch. One of the new cast members is Jacob Young. Find out what character he is playing.

‘The Walking Dead’ fans will say goodbye to the beloved show after the new season

For a show that deals with the apocalyptic world, The Walking Dead sure has had enough material and then some to work with. The show began with officer Rick Grimes waking up from a long coma only to find the world is taken over by zombies called walkers. The walkers are attracted to scents, and noise and they feed on humans.

At first, it seems as though the only way for a human to turn into a zombie is to get bitten by one, but later on, viewers learn that all humans have a pathogen that can cause mutation making it difficult to kill a walker. The only way to truly get rid of one is to cremate them or damage their brains.

The show’s 11th season is set to mark its end, although this wasn’t the original plan, as Collider reveals. In an interview with the publication, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan who plays Negan Smith in the show, admitted that the news of season 11 being the final season shocked everyone involved in production.

Morgan said that the showrunners had a clear path they would take with the show after season 11 before they were all told they had to wrap the 11-year-old storyline in a way. The actor revealed that the new season would contain 24 episodes (the last confirmation stated there would be 22 episodes) which is enough to conclude the show’s storyline.

Although The Walking Dead is bowing out after 11 seasons on the air. It might not be the last time viewers will see most if not all of the cast and the walkers. Collider reports that a spinoff series that focuses on Carol Peletier and Daryl Dixon is in the works and is scheduled for a 2023 release.

Jacob Young plays Deaver

Jacob Young
Jacob Young | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Season 11 of The Walking Dead seems to be adding several new characters and bringing back some old ones. One of the additions to the lineup is actor Young. Although most of the latest additions are pulled straight from The Walking Dead comics, Young’s character Deaver isn’t. However, Insider reports that the name Deaver might be a codename for the actual character the actor might be playing.

The publication speculates that Young might either be Pamela Milton’s son Sebastian or a Reaper. Young was seen in recent set photos spotting a bearded look which leads The Walking Dead fans to theorize that he might be, in fact, a Reaper.

Why he looks familiar

In case he looks familiar (even with the thick beard), it is because you might have seen Young in The Bold and the Beautiful and even more famously in All My Children. The actor played Rick Forrester in the former from 1997 to 1999 and even got nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for his performance.

Young then moved to General Hospital, where he played Lucky Spencer from 2000 until 2003, for which he won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. In 2011, he reprised his role on The Bold and the Beautiful but in 2018 announced that he would be appearing as a recurring character.

Young also guest-starred in the 2004 film The Girl Next Door and in ABC’s Hope & Faith. He also appeared in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, playing Lumiere.

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