Shane is coming back to The Walking Dead. We recently reported that actor Jon Bernthal was spotted on set where production is taking place on the upcoming season of the hit AMC series. That led to speculation that, somehow, his character was set to return, but there were questions raised as to how that may be possible and how it would be executed. While we still have a great many questions, Bernthal's return has been confirmed. So begin speculating wildly as you see fit.

Jon Bernthal's return for The Walking Dead season 9 is expected to be brief. While the circumstances of his return, in terms of how it fits into the overall story of the upcoming season, have yet to be revealed, it's speculated that Shane will return via a series of flashback sequences or something of the like. Given that his character was killed in a confrontation with his former best friend and partner Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), it's pretty much ruled out that he can make any sort of true return in the shows current timeline.

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The timing of this return is rather intriguing. Andrew Lincoln, as we reported recently, is set to leave the series during season 9, meaning that Rick will no longer be the lead of the show. That is particularly interesting since Rick is still alive and well (relatively speaking) in the comic book series that the show is based on. Could it be that Rick is going to be confronting some demons from his past before he exits The Walking Dead? It's starting to seem like that is very likely going to be the case.

This won't be the first time that Shane Walsh returned to the show following his death. During the events of season 3, Shane was present as a figment of Rick's imagination for one episode. One possibility is that the character could be brought back to depict a scene when he and Rick were both alive prior to the events of the zombie apocalypse that created the horrible world they live in now. All we can really do is guess at this point, but this is certainly important news for those who are still keeping up with the show.

Since his departure from The Walking Dead Jon Bernthal has kept busy. Not only has he starred in movies like The Wolf of Wall Street and Baby Driver, but he's also got The Punisher on Netflix. His commitments elsewhere also make it so this return will be no more than a single episode thing, perhaps nothing more than a glorified cameo of sorts. Despite that, it may help to ease the sting of Andrew Lincoln's departure. Not only that, but Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie, is also set to only appear in a handful of episodes this season, meaning that Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) will become the show's new lead. AMC is reportedly giving him a whopping payday for his services.

We'll have more for you as this story develops. First reported by TVLine.