- Three characters killed off of “The Walking Dead” during previous seasons will return to the show on season nine.
- New showrunner Angela Kang made the announcement Saturday evening during the show’s annual panel at New York Comic Con.
- Jon Bernthal, Scott Wilson, and Sonequa Martin-Green will reprise their roles as Shane, Hershel, and Sasha, respectively.
- Kang did not explain how the three will return on the show.
“The Walking Dead” showrunner Angela Kang confirmed several familiar faces will return to the show on season nine.
“There’s some rumours going around,” said Kang Saturday night at New York Comic Con’s panel for the AMC series. “We want to confirm that Jon Bernthal, who played Shane, he will come back this season. We also have the wonderful Scott Wilson as Hershel, and our wonderful Sonequa Martin-Green [as Sasha].”
Bernthal, Wilson, and Martin-Green were all killed off the zombie drama during different seasons of the show. Lincoln’s character, Rick Grimes, actually killed his best friend Shane during season two.
Kang didn’t offer how the three will return, but “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman had a fun suggestion.
“Ghosts!” he yelled to laughter from the crowd.
It will be a bittersweet reunion.
Shortly after Kang confirmed the actors’ appearances on season nine, it was announced Wilson had died at age 76.
The official “Walking Dead” social account confirmed the news.
We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you! pic.twitter.com/guNI7zSqDZ
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 7, 2018
Comicbook.com first reported Wilson’s death.
“Scott will always be remembered as a great actor and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person,” AMC said in a statement to INSIDER. “The character he embodied on ‘The Walking Dead,’ Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters’ choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed.”
“The Walking Dead” returns to AMC Sunday at 9 p.m. If you are an AMC Premiere subscriber, you can watch it right now.
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