Scott Wilson will always be remembered by fans of The Walking Dead as the patriarch of the Greene family, Hershel. He was wise and compassionate and would do anything to help his family, whether they be blood or found. His on-screen death was a shocking and emotional scene but nothing compared to the announcement on October 6, 2018, that actor Scott Wilson had passed away.
The fandom still mourns his loss as Wilson, and his portrayal of Hershel was a vital part of the early days of the series. He imparted his wisdom to many characters, and his legacy lives on in the form of his surviving daughter Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and grandson Hershel Rhee (Kien Michael Spiller).
Hershel was instrumental in the life of Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and served as a guide to Rick after he lost his wife Lori (Sarah Wayne Callies) and almost lost his mind. He helped his son-in-law Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) become a real man by instilling confidence. He aided many with his medical skills and lightened the mood with his wit. Who can forget when he said, amid a sickness outbreak, “I hereby declare we have spaghetti Tuesdays every Wednesday. First, we have to find some spaghetti.”
The Walking Dead’s – Hershel Greene
As we enter the final episodes of The Walking Dead, one wonders how Hershel would look at the state of our survivors at this time. The death of his daughter Beth (Emily Kinney) and son-in-law Glenn would surely have taken a toll on him. But, as he is a survivor, he would have endured and come alongside Maggie to assist in the raising of her son, his namesake. Perhaps Maggie would never have left if she had her father to lean on after losing her husband.
I think Hershel would be proud of his family and how much they have grown and endured over the years. Would he be working alongside Ezekiel (Khary Payton) at the Commonwealth, taking care of the animals and utilizing his veterinary skills? Or would he be helping in agriculture, using his farming knowledge? He would no doubt see right through the thin veil of the “idyllic” community and its leader Governor Pamela Milton (Laila Robins).
You are missed, Scott Wilson, but The Walking Dead fandom will never forget you.