The Wire Walon
First appearance "The Wire" (episode 1.06)
Last appearance "-30-" (episode 5.10)
Reason/Cause End of Season
Occupation. Narcotics Anonymous meeting leader/Crab chef
Aliases Walon
Gender Male
Age 30s

Affiliations Bubbles
Spouse Unseen ex-wife
Children None
Relatives None
Kill Count None
Episode Count 8 episodes
Portrayed by Steve Earle

Walon is a fictional character on HBO drama The Wire, portrayed by singer Steve Earle.


Walon is an HIV positive recovering drug addict.

Character storylineEdit

Season 1Edit

He first appears in season one when Bubbles and Johnny see him speaking at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting. Bubbles is moved by the strength Walon conveys in his speech. They see Walon again in the projects trying to get his nephew to give up drugs. Bubbles' conversations with Walon help him realise that he wants to get clean. When he makes a serious attempt, Walon gives him advice on keeping clean, which Bubbles is unable to stick with.

Season 4Edit

Years later, when Bubbles is locked in a medical rehab facility, Walon visits him to again help him with his sobriety and grief.

Season 5Edit

In season five he acts as Bubbles' sponsor, pushing him to be more open about his struggles and the death of Sherrod.


Walon is played by singer/songwriter and recovering heroin addict Steve Earle. Earle also performs the theme song for Season 5, and his track "I Feel Alright" is featured in the montage at the end of Season 2.

Other Street-Level Characters

Omar Little - Brother Mouzone - Dennis Wise - Bubbles - Sherrod - Walon - Johnny Weeks - Lamar - Devar Manigault - Raylene Lee - The Deacon - Squeak - Dee-Dee - Hucklebuck - White Mike - Frog