Walon is a drug rehabilitation counselor.



Walon is recovering drug addict and drug rehabilitation counselor.

Season 1Edit

Walon speaks at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting attended by Bubbles and Johnny Weeks.[1] They see him again in the low rise projects, trying to get his nephew to stop using.[2]

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 after Bubbles caused the accidental death of his business partner, Sherrod.

Season 5Edit

Walon becomes Bubbles' NA sponsor but has trouble getting Bubbles to open up about Sherrod's death at NA meetings. He also supports Bubbles when he gets himself tested for HIV. When the test comes back negative, Bubbles seems disappointed but Walon tells him he can't dwell on his past for an explanation.


Walon is a recurring character in the first, fourth, and fifth seasons. He is played by guest star Steve Earle and debuts in "One Arrest".

Earle is a singer/songwriter and recovering heroin addict. Earle also performs the theme song for the fifth season, and his song "I Feel Alright" is featured in the montage at the end of the second season. When Omar leaves for New York at the end of the First Season, episode 10, his line appears to be taken from Earle's song "NYC." The original lyric is "Must be something happening there, it's just too big a town."


Season 1 appearances
"The Target" "The Detail" "The Buys" "Old Cases" "The Pager"
"The Wire" "One Arrest" "Lessons" "Game Day" "The Cost"
"The Hunt" "Cleaning Up" "Sentencing"
Season 4 appearances
"Boys of Summer" "Soft Eyes" "Home Rooms" "Refugees" "Alliances"
"Margin of Error" "Unto Others" "Corner Boys" "Know Your Place" "Misgivings"
"A New Day" "That's Got His Own" "Final Grades"
Season 5 appearances
"More with Less" "Unconfirmed Reports" "Not for Attribution" "Transitions" "React Quotes"
"The Dickensian Aspect" "Took" "Clarifications" "Late Editions" "–30–"