On Saturday, "The Walking Dead" showrunner Angela Kang revealed during the show's New York Comic-Con panel that Wilson was set to reprise his role as Hershel on the new season, Entertainment Tonight reports.
Unfortunately, not long after the casting announcements were made, news came out regarding the passing of Wilson, who died at 76 after battling leukemia. Rest in paradise, Scott.
Wilson's character, Hershel Green, was killed off the show on its fourth season in one of the series' most shocking moments. Besides The Walking Dead, his TV credits include a recurring role on CSI, and appearances on everything from The X-Files to Robot Chicken, where he voiced his Walking Dead character.
AMC said in a statement, "Scott will always be remembered as a great actor and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person". The spokesman went on to say that Scott's character on The Walking Dead, "lived at the emotional core of the show", which has been echoed by critics and fans of the show as well. In 1980, Wilson was awarded a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Ninth Configuration.
"I think it was about day two of filming and I asked Greg Nicotero, who was shooting the episode, 'How many pints of blood does a human actually hold?". I really will miss him and the gentle, compassionate eyes that gave Hershel so much soul.
Actor Titus Welliver, whom Wilson starred alongside on Amazon Studios' police procedural Bosch, tweeted a short but heartfelt tribute to his co-star. He also acted in Pearl Harbor, The Great Gatsby, Judge Dredd, Monster and dozens of other films.
He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Heavenly Koh Wilson.