I'm sorry, I think he is dead. Cause he let it slip in an interview with the cast . They were asked what character would they like to bring back that has died. Of course Steven said Hershel and Dale and then said that was what he was going to miss. The whole cast buried their faces and Norman fell down on Melissa's lap and Andrew said behind his hands "I can't believe"..... and then they all tried to blow it off. That's why I think he is dead but believe me, I would love to be proven wrong!!