Warning: Stop right there and turn around if you have yet to watch Sunday’s Walking Dead. This will serve as your one and only warning.
The Walking Dead left us hanging for nearly a month about the fate of Glenn, who was last seen in the Oct. 25 episode at the center of a zombie mosh pit. The AMC hit certainly wanted to give us the impression that Glenn was a goner: Not only was he absent from the next three episodes, but Steven Yeun’s name was scrubbed from the opening title sequence.
Well, as viewers learned in the first seconds of Sunday’s installment, Glenn is very much… alive. Turns out the death-defying ex-pizza deliveryman managed to escape the seemingly inescapable by wriggling his way out from under Nicholas and taking refuge under the dumpster. Yeun, meanwhile, is once again listed in the opening credits.
On Sunday’s Talking Dead, Yeun said he was “relieved” he no longer had to keep Glenn’s fate a secret, adding, “I feel bad that I couldn’t say anything to family and friends.”
Exec producer Scott Gimple, meanwhile, likened the mystery surrounding Yeun’s status on the show to the plight of the survivors. “The story we were telling was one of uncertainty,” he explained to host Chris Hardwick. “When people leave the walls of Alexandria, they don’t have cell phones. They aren’t ricking ’80s beepers. You don’t know what happens. I felt it was important… that the audience would share that uncertainty that the characters had. Maggie didn’t know what happened to Glenn. I wanted the audience to be exactly where she was.”
Hit the comments with your reaction to the Big Glenn Fake-Out of 2015. And then read our full recap of Sunday’s episode.