My personal all-time favorite character on “The Walking Dead” was “Punisher” star Jon Bernthal‘s Shane Walsh, who was with the series since the very beginning before being killed off by Rick Grimes in Season 2. Bernthal subsequently reprised the role for a brief Season 3 hallucination scene, and he’s coming back for more in Season 9!
Confirming recent rumors, TV Line reports today that Bernthal will be back as Shane in one episode of the upcoming ninth season. Presumably, Shane’s return will come in the form of either another hallucination or, perhaps even more likely, a flashback scene.
This is certainly a bit of much-needed good news for longtime fans of “The Walking Dead” right about now, as we just recently learned that both Lauren Cohan and Andrew Lincoln will be departing the series in Season 9. Reportedly, the two main characters will only be in a fraction of the season’s episodes, which should be interesting.
Norman Reedus has been offered big money to take over as the new series lead.