The Walking Dead made its big return to our screens last night, with season 9 now officially underway. It was a pretty solid premiere, too, which promised a lot of interesting developments to come for Rick and the gang and so far, things are off to a great start.
But as exciting as all that is, this new season will also be overshadowed by a sense of sadness, as this past weekend we lost actor Scott Wilson. As fans know, he played Hershel Greene on the show for a couple of seasons and was also set to return this year – presumably in the form of a flashback or hallucination.
From what we understand, Wilson had already filmed his scenes before passing, so he’ll still pop up at some point during the new run, and ahead of his final appearance on The Walking Dead, fans have now taken to Twitter to pay their respects to the actor. Below, you’ll find just a sampling of what folks are saying about him, with many people stating that they’re completely heartbroken over what’s happened.
Rest in peace, Scott Wilson–a man on the run in In the Heat of the Night, a fearsome killer in In Cold Blood, a TV star almost 50 years later in The Walking Dead, and a lovely and thoughtful actor to talk to. pic.twitter.com/mwXIoYaq06
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) October 7, 2018
My favourite Hershel moment and my all time favourite performance from Scott Wilson. pic.twitter.com/iLyCl9aT6p
— samuel🎃 (@nebulaxtwd) October 7, 2018
My heart is broken. RIP Scott Wilson. When he played Hershel on The Walking Dead those were my favorite times of the show. He brought a lot to the show. Damn man. 💔💔 pic.twitter.com/C4L3zozASU
— MAKAVELI 💥🔫 (@YungBricks187) October 7, 2018
— romo (@laurdayas) October 7, 2018
#ScottWilson was one of the best people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. He was kind, down to Earth, and put a smile on everyone’s face. It was truly an honor to know you. #RestInPeace, my friend. pic.twitter.com/HoUY92m0PK
— Ben Archer (@redskyseries) October 7, 2018
— ⚰️ Hellanoir Kill 🦇 (@Frankennor) October 7, 2018
— kelsylroberts (@kelsylroberts) October 7, 2018
— Lea Killian (@talkingLea) October 7, 2018
— Christian Davis (@chrizdavis_) October 7, 2018
— pumpkin spice loser 🎃 (@qsilverspidey) October 7, 2018
Apart from The Walking Dead, Wilson had many other credits across his long and impressive career, showing up in everything from The OA to Bosch and In the Heat of the Night, among numerous other films and TV shows. However, it’ll always be the character of Hershel Greene on AMC’s zombie drama that he’s remembered for most, and rightfully so.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott Wilson‘s family and friends at this difficult time and as soon as any further updates surrounding his return to The Walking Dead roll in, we’ll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, feel free to share your favorite Hershel moments with us in the comments section down below.