Thanks to an Instagram post by former Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal, we now know - pretty much without a shadow of a doubt - that Colin Firth's Harry Hart will be returning for the Kingsman sequel. That's despite the fact that he ate a bullet from point blank range in the first movie.
The post shows Pascal hiding behind Firth's shoulder, with the latter in full Hart costume.
There's a possibility of a flashback sequence, of course, but there have long been rumours of a resurrection for the character in the sequel, and it definitely wouldn't be beyond the realms of possibility for him to have somehow beat the reaper. He doesn't appear to have a massive scar in the middle of his face, so maybe we're looking at a clone, or the real Hart after a decoy was killed in the original?
The manner of his return will for now remain a secret, but there is definitely a chance that Hart will only feature as part of a flashback establishing a relationship between The Kingsman and American counterpart The Statesman, or with The Golden Circle itself. That would certainly be a lot easier to take than a Chev Chelios style "he got better" sort of twist.
But then that wouldn't be as fun, would it?
Kingsman: The Golden Circle hits cinemas on June 16th, 2017