NCT‘s Lucas made an unexpected appearance in the group’s reality show welcome to NCT Universe, and it’s taking fans by surprise.
The show had its start in late 2022 with the purpose of introducing the SM Rookies, Shohei, Eunseok, and Seunghan into NCT, with members Sungchan and Shotaro acting as guides. Along the way, the rookies meet other members of NCT, as well as the more senior SM Entertainment idols such as EXO, SHINee, and Super Junior.
After a lengthy hiatus that is going on 2 years now, Lucas has yet to make his return to NCT and his subunit WayV. Recent events such as the new SuperM teaser have had netizens wondering if he’ll soon be active again, though the managing label has yet to confirm anything.
goosebumps… 4 GREEN= taeyong, ten, lucas, mark. IM PRAYING THAT THIS ISNT A ROTATIONAL GROUP THEY WOULDNT DO THAT. ONE OF THOSE GREEN LIGHTS IS LUCAS’S. IT HAS TO BE. pic.twitter.com/oa0ABlC85O
— Annie• 🐻🐱🐥🦁🦖🦄🐏 (@Annie58123728) January 1, 2023
Many fans are eager for him to return, and his continued absence has been a source of disappointment. They have found encouragement, however, in the fact that last year, several members followed Lucas on Instagram, as did the official NCT account.
Now, fans’ hopes are being raised once again as Lucas makes his appearance in welcome to NCT Universe, albeit as a cameo. Episode 9 of the show saw the SM Rookies being shown all the members in their rookie years. To everyone’s surprise, the montage included all 7 WayV members.
Oh my oh my!!! NCT Universe included Lucas in WayV and used ot7 images to talk about the members as SM Rookies
**I had to capture it with my phone, I think KㅇKㅇw@ has some screen record block or smth#WayV_4thAnniversary #LucasWeLoveYou #Roadto24thLucas pic.twitter.com/pWeAt7UsgY
— #Phantom 🐬💚²⁶ 💎¹³ ⭐️⁶ (@MidnightSunRavi) January 18, 2023
Besides being shocked, this left fans feeling extremely excited…
BRO THEY SHOWED AND MENTIONED LUCAS AS PART OF WAYV IN NCT UNIVERSE EPISODE 9 OMFG?!?!!?!?
— VANCT 💚 (@NEOVANCT) January 17, 2023
En el nct universe de hoy estaban enseñando todos los rookies que ha habido y han puesto a Lucas 😭😭 pic.twitter.com/4RIg5BnIc8
— Soon lvs moon!! || WAYV DAY ♡ (@jeeyongie) January 17, 2023
In today’s “NCT Universe” [episode] they were showing all the rookies that there’s been and they put Lucas in there.
— Twitter user @jeeyongie
…though some weren’t without skepticism, despite wanting him to come back.
While Lucas’ appearance in NCT’s reality show is not a confirmation that he will be returning any time soon, it at least serves as a reminder that he’s still a member of NCT and WayV.