IronE Singleton, T-Dog on The Walking Dead, wants to return to the franchise, which depends on a prequel or origin story since he died on-screen in Season 3.
Franchises as successful as The Walking Dead are fertile ground for spin-offs and reboots, and by the sounds of it, IronE Singleton would love to reprise his role as T-Dog, according to ComicBook. There is one complication, however: T-Dog was killed off in season 3 of The Walking Dead, and his on-screen death was one that simply doesn’t allow for a reprisal of the role in future timelines.
Luckily, the Walking Dead franchise is rich with prequels and origin stories that elaborate on the ongoing and ever-growing lore, so never say never!
In addition to the anthology series Tales of the Walking Dead, which has not yet been renewed for a second season as of this article, AMC has their hands full with three spinoffs (The Walking Dead: Dead City, The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, and The Walking Dead: Rick and Michonne). In other words, it doesn’t really matter if the original Walking Dead series killed off IronE Singleton’s T-Dog because the role could always be revisited on an earlier timeline before his gruesome fate was met. And who wouldn’t love seeing T-Dog back in action?
Elaborating on the anthology spin-off, co-creator Scott M. Gimple would like to see a second season that further explores the origin stories of those characters who met their fate early on in the original Walking Dead series. Whether the series gets picked up for a second season or there’s an opportunity for Walking Dead alums to pursue roles in one of the many upcoming spin-offs, Gimple expressed the sentiment that he would love to work older characters into new situations on different timelines. While the franchise has no plans to bring back IronE Singleton, we hope his enthusiastic interest will get him back on the screen as the fan-favorite T-Dog.
A return to the Walking Dead franchise isn’t only possible for IronE Singleton, but the Blind Side actor even went on record saying, “I am open for it. So that’s a discussion that Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead director for 37 episodes) and I would have to have.”
Though no official statement has indicated that The Walking Dead will bring IronE Singleton back on board, it’s certainly not outside the realm of possibility. If the dead could come back to life, let’s give T-Dog another chance!
The Walking Dead franchise only seems to be growing, and with its continued success, we can only hope no angle goes unexplored. If IronE Singleton is willing to make his way back into the franchise, we can only hope his talks with Nicotero turn into something more substantive. After all, T-Dog’s selflessness is a rare trait to find amidst the chaos of a post-apocalyptic nightmare full of walkers and survivors with questionable intentions, and that’s why fans of the original run adored his character so much.
In the meantime, we’ll have to be satisfied with the upcoming Walking Dead spinoffs, whether we see an appearance from IronE Singleton or not. Dead City will have us following Maggie and Negan, slated for a June 18 release. While we don’t have a firm release date yet, it’s been rumored that Daryl Dixon will make its first appearance on AMC sometime laer this year. If that’s not enough to tide you over, Rick and Michonne will premiere sometime in 2024, so rest assured there are still so many more stories to tell.