Last week, during The Walking Dead’s New York Comic Con panel and episode viewing, the room was overflowing with excitement and anticipation for what’s ahead in season 9. Despite the panel mainly focusing on Andrew Lincoln’s departure, the room was filled with smiles from both the cast and the fans. At the time, we had no idea that the world had lost one of it’s kindest souls. At the conclusion of the panel, the cast and fans learned that veteran actor Scott Wilson had passed away. The news came just about an hour after it was announced that Wilson would be reprising his role as Hershel Greene during the ninth season.
The first episode of the ninth season premiered the following day. While AMC did pay tribute to the late Wilson, the Talking Dead was pre-recorded. As such, this Sunday, host Chris Hardwick took a moment out of their first live show of the season to address the death of Scott Wilson and to say a few kinds words about their departed friend.
Hardwick started by recalling the moment that he and the cast learned of Wilson’s passing once they exited the stage at New York Comic Con. He said:
Hardwick then addressed last week’s pre-taped show, and spoke from his heart on Wilson’s passing:
Hardwick’s emotional words are of course shared by all of The Walking Dead fandom. Rest easy, Scott Wilson. We all love and miss you!