Surely if John Clarke was asked & agreed to ‘make an appearance’ for the Xmas episodes (like they do with Doug & Julie), the news would have leaked out by now. But wouldn’t that be a kick? Would surely make my heart sing for those moments!!
Then we’d be in for a let down, as Mickey is not seen again. Showing the old photo of Mickey allows us to remember him as he was … thereby keeping him youthful (since Maggie is forever youthful). Writing a death story is sad but does open up new avenues for Maggie to travel. Oh, the possibilities — returning children maybe, or changing careers ??