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The Walking Dead boss Scott M Gimple has confirmed the return of a long-time fan favourite – but added that he may not appear in the next cycle.
Season eight of the hit zombie show returns to our screens in just few weeks, and according to reports it will be the bloodbath fans have been longing for, leading to the deaths of some major characters.
The Walking Dead showrunner Gimple has now announced the writers are working on the return of Heath (played by Corey Hawkins), but fans may have to wait a big longer to see his comeback.
“Not a huge chance [of seeing Heath in season eight],” he told Entertainment Weekly. “But we definitely have not seen the last of Heath, period. I will say that.
“I don’t mean to disappoint the Heathies. He will be on the show. He will be within The Walking Dead again.”
Heath was last seen in the season seven episode Swear, but disappeared during a supply mission with Tara (Alanna Masterson) when they were ambushed by Walkers.
Gimple also said that there will be a few deaths which will “surprise” fans, perhaps hinting at the end of Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), who lives on past the “all out war” in the comic books.
Chandler Riggs, who plays the young Carl Grimes, backed Gimple’s comments and confirmed season eight will be action-packed.
“Season seven was all about building up and getting everybody ready to fight against Negan,” he divulged to Triple J. “And this season, there’s going to be lots of explosions, lots of killing, a lot more Negan.”
He added: “Yeah, lots of fighting. Lots of cool stuff. It’s really, really fun this season.”
Season eight of The Walking Dead will premiere in the UK on October 23 on Fox – the show will start the night before over in America on AMC.
Like previous seasons, the season eight of the Walking Dead will consist of 16 episodes, and will air in two parts.
The first eight will run from October 23, before concluding with the final eight from February 2018.