Appears fans of AMC's The Walking Dead had confirmation that late actor Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene) had filmed his return for Andrew Lincoln's (Rick Grimes) final season all along. Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) posted a photo of herself (above) with her on-screen father to Instagram in honor of the actor's passing- with many assuming it was an old photo from an earlier season. But look at the picture above again (…we'll wait…) and compare Cohan's shirt above to the one she's wearing in an image from a season 9 behind-the-scenes video released by AMC. Same stars, same shirt – but even with Hershel back one last time to offer sage advice to Rick and Maggie, are things too far gone for even him to help?
Here's a look at Cohan original post, below:
Wilson's Hershel was seen by many fans as the heart and soul of the series, and was one of Rick's most closest friends and confidants over the seasons before being killed at the hands of The Governor (David Morrissey) and his sword. His name lives on in the ninth season, as we learn that Maggie and Glenn's (Steven Yeun) son has been named after him.
New showrunner Angela Kang originally announced that Wilson would be joining Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha) and Jon Bernthal (Shane) as guest stars this season, during the AMC series' NYCC panel.
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.
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics, "The Walking Dead" reigns the number one drama on television among adults 18-49 for the last six seasons. The series is executive produced by chief content officer Scott M. Gimple, showrunner Angela Kang, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero, Tom Luse, and Denise Huth.