Earlier this month, The Walking Dead fans were shocked to learn that Scott Wilson, the 76-year-old actor who played Hershel Greene on the AMC zombie series, had died following a battle with cancer. The announcement of his passing was made only an hour after showrunner Angela Kang revealed to a New York Comic-Con crowd that Wilson, who also gave a Golden Globe-nominated performance in The Ninth Configuration, will appear in season nine (despite his character having been killed by The Governor in season four).
Danai Gurira (Michonne) paid tribute to her former co-star with a touching tribute on Twitter. “It is almost impossible to describe how I feel about this man. He was beyond a hero, beyond a gem, he was the dearest treasure one could hope to know,” she wrote. “I am so thankful to have had the honor to work with him & to call him my friend. RIP Mr Wilson, your light has enriched us all.”
Lauren Cohan (Maggie) remembered her on-screen father with an Instagram photo, while Emily Kinney (Beth) wrote, “The best tv dad a girl could ask for. An amazing actor, inspiration, and friend. Love you, Scott. I miss you. RIP.”
Other fond remembrances include Khary Payton (King Ezekiel) recalling the first time he met Wilson (“He gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become apart of… was a family”), Tom Payne (Jesus) calling him an “absolute legend,” Chandler Riggs (Carl) revealing what they said to each other every time they were on set together (“My main squiz”), and executive producer Gale Ann Hurd tweeting that “we in #TheWalkingDeadFamily are truly grief stricken.”
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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.