TVLine is exclusively reporting that Jon Bernthal will be returning as Shane Walsh for The Walking Dead’s upcoming ninth season.
The hit drama series on AMC, based on the comic by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore, is set in a post-apocalyptic world where zombies (referred to as walkers) roam the Earth, attacking living humans and it becomes clear that all living humans carry the pathogen responsible for the mutation, that caused the zombie apocalypse, which activates after the death of the pathogen’s host. The series focuses on sheriff deputy Rick Grimes, who wakes up from a coma and discovers that the world he knew has ended. He becomes the leader of a group of survivors from the Atlanta, Georgia region as they attempt to sustain and protect themselves not only against attacks by walkers but the living as well.
Jon Bernthal was a series regular until his character met his demise in the second season finale, though appeared during an episode of the third season as a figment of Rick’s imagination. Since The Walking Dead, Bernthal has been busy appearing in features such as The Wolf of Wall Street, Fury and Baby Driver, whilst also working in the Marvel/Netflix universe as Frank Castle aka The Punisher. The news comes after recent rumblings that Andrew Lincoln will be departing the series in the upcoming ninth season, so it’s speculation at this point, but it’s believed that maybe Shane will appear either as a hallucination or in pre-death flashbacks during Rick’s final moments.