As first rumoured after the actor was spotted on set, and now confirmed by TV Line's sources, Jon Bernthal is making a return to the show as Shane for one episode in Season 9.
Bernthal played Shane as a series regular across Seasons 1 and 2, and made a brief appearance in Season 3 as a vision of Rick's. And with the character coming back for Rick's final season, it's almost certain that it'll be a similar role here.
While we don't know exactly how Rick's send-off will go down, it seems fairly likely that he'll be having some visions of old friends, whether that's merely remembering them or a hallucination before dying, or perhaps in a series of flashbacks. Since Rick has read Carl's letter and is ready to begin a new world, it fits with where his character is at that he'd come to peace with what's happened in his life, including Shane's actions, before he leaves.
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