The Super Bowl commercial for Fast & Furious 6 didn’t just give fans an actual title for the next installment in the resurrected series (not to mention some high-flying stunts), but video evidence that Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) has most certainly returned from the grave.

In honor of the public excitement over Rodriguez’s return, the actress has released a new still featuring her character, proving that even death can’t take the wrench out of a gearhead’s hand.

While it’s usually Vin Diesel who releases official assets to his Facebook fans, Rodriguez was given the duty of unveiling the new photo of Lefty. Unfortunately, the photo doesn’t answer the questions bothering fans most at this point, like why the character would remain hidden from Dom (Diesel) and why she’s second-in-command to new villain Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).

What it does prove is that whatever Letty’s been doing, it’s been working. We can’t imagine how Dom will react when he lays eyes on the love of his life again, but we’re glad to see Rodriguez back in the cast. Take a look:

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As the official synopsis for Fast & Furious 6 explains, Dom, Brian (Paul Walker) and enemy-turned-partner Hobbs (Dwayne ‘The People’s Champ’ Johnson) will be working together to bring down an elusive team of drivers for hire. How Letty ended up on the team and not a coffin after her reported death in Fast & Furious (2009) will probably be a pivotal plot point, but whether the film brings a reunion or another bitter farewell remains to be seen.

We’ll take this opportunity to hope that Letty’s arrival will give Dom a chance to exhibit some kind of emotion, and in our opinion, returning Rodriguez to the permanent cast – not killing her off yet again – would be the wisest move.

We’re not saying that Diesel’s performances in the last films haven’t been enjoyable (since fans clearly adore them), but a romance between the two would be a more than welcome change at this point. After all, Brian and Mia (Jordana Brewster) should have a baby arriving any day now. It deserves a happy uncle.

We’ll keep you updated on Fast & Furious 6 news as it arrives (will Jesse be rising from the dead next?), and stay tuned for the extended trailer promised by Rodriguez to be released tomorrow.

Fast & Furious 6 is directed by Justin Lin and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Elsa Pataky. The core cast welcomes newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano.

If you missed them, see all the 2013 Super Bowl movie trailers here!

Fast & Furious 6 hits theaters May 24th, 2013.

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