We could see a fan favorite return to ‘The Walking Dead’ β€” but it may not be for some time

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Warning: There are spoilers ahead for “The Walking Dead.”

Sunday’s “The Walking Dead” just saw the return of one long-lost character. Could it see another?

INSIDER recently asked the show’s executive producer Greg Nicotero whether or not fans may see Heath (Corey Hawkins) reappear after abruptly disappearing last season.

“You know, I don’t know,” Nicotero told INSIDER about the possibility of seeing Heath again. “I love Corey. I think he’s a fantastic actor. I think we were lucky enough to grab him right at the moment where he sort of exploded onto the scene, so to speak.”

Heath went missing in season seven, episode six after he and Tara were separated by a group of zombies. His absence from the show was a bit strange and never addressed. A search party was never sent for him and one has even asked where he has been all this time.

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If one of the major players — like Daryl, Rick, Michonne, or Carl — went missing like Heath, every effort would have been made to find them. People went after Daryl at the end of season six in “East” when he left Alexandria on his own terms to hunt down Dwight. An episode later, Carol ran off, not wanting to be found, and Morgan went after her.

Meanwhile, Hawkins’ career blew up.

Since his time on “The Walking Dead,” he has starred in “Straight Outta Compton” and played the lead on Fox’s “24: Legacy” series. He also appeared in the movie “Kong: Skull Island” alongside Samuel L. Jackson and John Goodman.

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“We can always hope that he can pop up every once in a while, or we leave it a little mysterious,” said Nicotero. “We haven’t really addressed much of that as of late.”

There’s certainly room for Heath to pop up again, if not this season, then next. Tara’s been holding onto a card that seemed to be some sort of clue to Heath’s whereabouts and hasn’t looked at it again since season seven.

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It would have made sense for Heath to have popped up Sunday night with the gun to Rick’s head instead of Morales. Heath never seemed to be much of a fan of Rick’s tactics, on the show at least. In contrast, Heath eventually becomes a close ally in Rick’s inner circle in the comics.

If Hawkins ever does return, it would be cool to see the show change Heath up from the comics a bit and have him come back onto the show with another group.

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