Credit: Gene Page/AMC Photo: Daryl Puts His Arm Around Carol in The Walking Dead Season 4, Episode 1: “30 Days Without an Accident”

Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) is off of The Walking Dead, at least for the time being. While many have suspected that badass Carol will be back, no one knows when, and in what context her character will return. Will we see her again soon? Will she be in The Governor’s company? Only time will tell.

One curious Carol fan wrote in to TVLine’s Michael Ausiello, asking him if Carol is leaving the show for good, or if she’s instead bound for the TWD companion show, set to bow in 2014. Michael’s exact response to the double query was, “You have not seen the last of Carol.”

Brief and vague, our favorite combo!

Though TVLine would only confirm that Carol would be back in some capacity, we have reason to believe that Daryl Dixon’s (Norman Reedus) lady friend will reappear on TWD, not its still untitled spin-off.

What are we basing this hunch on, you ask?

TWD comic book creator and executive producer Robert Kirkman (who will also executive produce the spin-off) has repeatedly said he wants the spin-off to be independent from The Walking Dead. While both shows will exist in the same post-apocalyptic universe, the similarities will likely begin and end there.

“I can say we’re not going to pull any characters from The Walking Dead, or the comics. It will be an all-new cast and an entirely new setting,” he divulged last month, noting that the new project “has to be different in significant ways from the mothershow.”

Sure, things always change in the world of television, but Robert seems pretty adamant about keeping the two shows separate, meaning it’s very unlikely that viewers will see Carol on anything else other than TWD.

And while it would be pretty cool to see how Carol fits in with a new band of survivors, her return to Team Prison is pretty much a done deal. Even Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene) is confident Carol will be back, telling Vulture, “I’m very interested in seeing how she’s reintroduced at some point. You assume she will be.”

Would you like to see Carol on the spin-off, or is she better suited for TWD? Vote below!

The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Sources: TVLine, Vulture