Less than a day after news broke that Scott Wilson had passed away, several cast and crew members from AMC's The Walking Dead TV show - old, current, and new - are paying tribute to the late actor on social media. Prior to The Walking Dead season 9 premiere this weekend, the network brought several cast members (including Andrew Lincoln) and franchise producers, as well as new showrunner Angela Kang, to New York Comic Con 2018 to promote the upcoming new season.
It was during the series' panel at The Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden that Kang announced Wilson and Sonequa Martin-Green would be reprising their roles as Hershel Greene and Sasha Williams, respectively, in season 9. While the details regarding their return were kept under wraps, the news itself was met with applause. Sadly, it was only a few hours later that word got out of Wilson's passing. (According to his representative, he passed away from complications with leukemia.) And now, several people that knew him on the acclaimed series are paying their respects.
In the time since Wilson's passing yesterday, cast and crew members such as Chandler Riggs (Carl Grimes), Tom Payne (Jesus), and more, including Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, have issued statements about the Wilson's death online. Below is a small collection of those tributes, beginning with Hardwick's:
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I am utterly broken hearted to hear about the passing of Scott Wilson this evening. We had just completed the NYCC Walking Dead panel on which the crowd erupted in cheers when Angela Kang announced that he’d be appearing on season 9 at some point. A little less than an hour later I got the terrible news. All of the best parts of Hershel Greene came from Scott—he was so incredibly sweet, warm, and wise. When we lost Hershel on the show it was a week after my own father passed away and when Scott came on Talking Dead he said so many kind and wonderful things to me afterwards that brought me great comfort. I really will miss him and the gentle, compassionate eyes that gave Hershel so much soul. I am so sad to know that the world is without him tonight. It’s important to me to let you know that we pretaped the first episode of Talking Dead last week when the cast members were in LA for the WD premiere screening so please know that is the only reason why we don’t pay our respects to him in our show tomorrow. #RIPScottWilson
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”my main squiz”. scott and i always said that to each other on set (followed by finger guns), and i still have no idea what it means - but man am i gonna miss you. we all learned so much from you, and it’s so saddening to hear that you aren’t with us anymore. i’ll never forget the things you told me and the time we spent together on set. love you man. i’m gonna miss you.
Goodbye Scott Wilson you absolute legend x— Tom Payne (@justanactor) October 7, 2018
Rest In Peace Scott. Couldn’t say enough about how gracious and kind this man was. Blessed to have worked with him on both The Walking Dead and Bosch. 💔 pic.twitter.com/3WpkauhBzl— Madison Lintz (@madison_lintz) October 7, 2018
The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become apart of... was a family. He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend. pic.twitter.com/EhMm0dQbtx— Khary Payton (@kharypayton) October 7, 2018
Scott will be remembered as a great actor and an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. pic.twitter.com/cTf4dParo7— The Walking Dead AMC (@WalkingDead_AMC) October 7, 2018
Even though Wilson's character was killed off way back in season 4, his legacy continues to live on, something that audiences will see throughout season 9. Furthermore, while the news regarding Wilson's season 9 return only recently broke during New York Comic Con weekend, Wilson had reportedly already filmed his scenes for the production, thus meaning that he will still appear in the show, unless, of course, the producers decide to cut his scenes out. But that's something that fans will just have to wait and see what happens.
At the moment, it's unclear when Wilson will make his return, posthumously of course, in The Walking Dead season 9, but it's safe to assume that it would be sometime in the first half of the season. The cast and crew are still in the midst of filming the season's second half, and since Wilson's Hershel was Maggie's father, it makes sense that he would reappear in one of the episodes Lauren Cohan is in. After all, Cohan is slated to exit the series during the first half of season 9, though there is always the possibility that she could return in a future season.
The Walking Dead premieres on October 7 on AMC.
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