According to reports, Abraham Ford (played by Michael Cudlitz) will be making a miraculous comeback after being pulverised to a pulp by Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and his bloodthirsty baseball bat Lucille.
The former army commander’s death caused outraged among The Walking Dead fans last year, going on to spark an investigation from UK TV Watchdog Ofcom.
However, against the odds, fanzine The Spoiler Dead has teased the heroic warrior is thought to be appearing in a flashback scene or dream sequence involving Sasha Williams when the current cycle closes later this year.
What’s more, Sasha is thought to be bowing out this season – presumably at the hands of Negan – after actress Sonequa Martin signed up to play the lead in Netflix’s highly-anticipated Star Trek: Discovery.
The Walking Dead will be welcoming back one of Negan's victims?
I don't think we'll ever pull ourselves back
The Walking Dead's Greg Nicotero
This won’t be the first time a character has risen from the dead – not as a Walker. Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) popped up in a flashback sequence while Rick Grime’s (Andrew Lincoln) sparring partner Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal) also made an appearance in season three when the gang attacked the Governor’s Woodbury community.
The rumours come after executive producer Gale Anne Hurd revealed the zombie epic will be toning down the level of violence in The Walking Dead season seven, after Abraham and Glenn Rhee’s (Steven Yeun) deaths were met with humungous backlash.
But, just days later, her fellow showrunner Greg Nicotero threw a complete U-turn and insisted that they will never “edit” themselves.
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"As brutal as that episode one was, it's still part of our storytelling bible, which is what the world is about,” he explained. “I don't think we would ever edit ourselves, and – even after looking at that episode one again, as tough as it was for people to watch – I don't think we would have done it any differently.
"I don't think we'll ever pull ourselves back. There is definitely a difference between violence against walkers and human-on-human violence, but truthfully, we're serving our story."
The Walking Dead season seven returns to FOX on Monday, February 13 at 9pm.