Jon Bernthal to Return for 'The Walking Dead' Season 9

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UPDATE:

The rumors are true! Jon Bernthal is set to appear on Season 9 of The Walking Dead as friend-turned-foe Shane Walsh.

According to TVLine.com, he will appear in one episode.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Has Shane Walsh risen from the dead?

Rumors are rampant that The Punisher's Jon Bernthal may be returning to The Walking Dead for Season 9. And with good reason... he was spotted near the Senoia, Georgia set with series stars Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) and Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon).

Norman Reedus Eyes $20 Million Payday for 'The Walking Dead'

Norman Reedus Eyes $20 Million Payday for 'The Walking Dead'

The actor would take over as the show's lead actor after Andrew Lincoln's exit.

In Season 1 of the post-apocalyptic zombie series, Bernthal played Shane Walsh, Rick's best friend and former partner at the King County Sheriff's Department. He then turned into the villain of Season 2 before Rick ultimately stabbed Shane and killed him, followed by Carl putting down his reanimated walker form.

This fan ran into the actors while they were getting coffee in town.

As viewers know, the upcoming season is Lincoln's last, so Bernthal could be hanging around to film a special flashback sequence or just spending time with his close friends celebrating the end of an era.

Lauren Cohan Will Return in a Limited Capacity for 'The Walking Dead' Season 9

Lauren Cohan Will Return in a Limited Capacity for 'The Walking Dead' Season 9

Plus, what this could mean for her future with the AMC hit.

Time will tell!

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