Scott Gimple, the man in charge of The Walking Dead universe, has revealed that Shane’s return to the show will be full of heavy and emotional material.
Shane, played by Jon Bernthal (The Punisher) was certainly a memorable character from the early days of the hit AMC zombie series but disappeared from our screens upon his death at the hands of his best friend Rick in season two.
We now know that Shane will be returning in season nine, setting up a likely emotional farewell to Rick who will be leaving the show. We don’t know much about Shane’s cameo appearance but Gimple spoke a little about it to TVLine‘s Michael Ausiello:
“We tried to get something out of Scott Gimple, chief content officer for all things Dead, but he was still bummed that Jon Bernthal’s ‘surprise’ guest appearance had been spoiled when ‘photographs came out like a moment after he landed in Georgia,'” Ausiello said. “So all he’d say was that Shane’s appearance involves ‘some very cool, very heavy stuff.'”
It’s going to be fun to see just how Shane’s return is worked into the show’s plot and longtime fans of the series will surely get a kick out of seeing this infamous character one last time. Are you looking forward to seeing Shane again?
“Last season brought the culmination of “All Out War,” which pitted Rick Grimes and his group of survivors against the Saviors and their cunning leader, Negan. With Negan’s life in his hands, Rick had a character-defining choice in front of him. By making the unilateral decision to spare Negan, Rick upheld the values his late son, Carl, championed in order to build for the future, but created conflict within his group. Now, we see our survivors a year and a half after the end of the war, rebuilding civilization under Rick’s steadfast leadership. It is a time of relative peace among the communities as they work together, looking to the past to forge the future, but the world they knew is rapidly changing as man-made structures continue to degrade, and nature takes over, changing the landscape and creating new challenges for our survivors. As time passes, the communities confront unexpected obstacles, danger, and of course, walkers, but nothing quite prepares them for the formidable force they are about to encounter, which threatens the very idea of civilization that our survivors have worked so hard to build.”
The Walking Dead season 9 premieres on October 7th on AMC.