Anyone who’s seen the 2011 movie “The Muppets,” the sequel “Muppets Most Wanted” or the 10-minute short used to pitch “The Muppets” as a series on ABC is likely wondering one very important question when tuning into the show week after week.
The Muppet — or is he a man? — was the newest edition to the crew and was very much part of the pitch that led to the show being ordered. Yet, somehow he hasn’t actually appeared even once on the show.
As a matter of fact, the show doesn’t even mention him. It’s as if Walter doesn’t exist in the world the show is set in, which is bizarre.
After all, while he may be the newest recruit in the Muppet camp, he’s been with them at every turn since debuting. In addition to the two movies, the 10-minute short and a trailer for the show, Walter has appeared in “Lady Gaga and the Muppets’ Holiday Spectacular” and “Disney Drive-On with The Muppet.” He’s also popped up on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and Cee Lo Green’s music video for “All I Need is Love,” alongside his fellow Muppets.
One user, the eagle-eyed jedikitty, even points out that Peter Linz -- the man who voices Walter -- appears in the credits for the show, even though Walter's yet to show his face. He appears third in cast billing, behind Dave Goelz (Gonzo) and Eric Jacobsen (Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear), so clearly there's something going on.
While Linz appearing in the credits doesn't exactly solve the mystery it should, at the very least, help keep hope alive that Walter could pop up at some point.
When will he appear? That's anyone's guess, really. He could just stay hidden forever. That would be a tragedy, though. Walter is a truly unique character as he's the one fans can relate to. Like many, he grew up watching the Muppets and his dream of joining them came true.
Now he just needs to be back by Kermit's side, where he belongs.
"The Muppets" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.