If Robert Kirkman has any regrets it’s that he killed off Noah Emmerich’s character at the closure of the first season of ‘The Walking Dead.’ Now he may be able to redeem himself as there is a feasible way that the actor has a chance to return. How are we going to get Emmerich’s Edwin Jenner from the Center for Disease Control back on the small screen? Well by introducing him in ‘The Walking Dead’ prequel spin-off which is code named ‘Cobalt.’
Kirkman has long said that given the chance to do things over he “wouldn’t have done the CDC episode,” It seems that Kirkman may just get his wish that he could turn back the clock granted as the new series starting off in the past seems like it could be feasible to see the character returning!
Recently Emmerich was asked at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour about any interest in reprising his role in the upcoming series and he said that:
“Sure, I think he’s a fascinating character. There’s definitely a lot more to find out about Dr. Jenner. I have no idea, I haven’t talked with them about anything. I don’t know [if he could come back]. I have no idea, but it’s an interesting question.”
While he hasn’t spoken to anyone on the subject, at least not that he’s willing to admit on record, it sounds as he’d be happy to return to the franchise. If Emmerich was brought back they may also bring back actress Claire Bronson who portrayed his wife Dr. Candace Jenner which could give us a lot of the back story of these two as not only was she a genius in her field and the head researcher at the CDC where they both worked but she was Test Subject 19 and Jenner had to put her down when she turned.
While our new batch of survivors are in a different part of the country there will still be widespread power when the outbreak hits so webcams would be readily available and make working remotely a feasible possibility. Or if the outbreak occurs initially in the location of this prequel we could have the Jenner’s on site to investigate.
Emmerich continued that:
“There’s a lot more there for that character. He was a fascinating character and we only got a little taste of him. It would be really interesting to see what more was there. It’s really intriguing.”
While I’m not quite sure how a group of teachers would end up seeing someone from the CDC who are going to be busy trying to stop the spread of this outbreak, some creative writing can easily make that work. Of course, it could also end up being related to the rumored return of Morales to the show.
Would you be happy to see Emmerich’s character being introduced in the prequel to the series? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter