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The Walking Dead: Negan's Victim Speaks Out on 'Messed-Up' Exit

Warning: The following doesn’t just contain spoilers for the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, it contains big ol’ bashed-in skull-shaped spoilers. So if you’ve yet to watch the episode — and think you’ll be able to bear to — proceed no further.

Glenn’s death in Sunday’s Walking Dead premiere was meant to be — and portrayer Steven Yeun would not have wanted it to go down any other way.

On the Talking Dead after show, Yeun said his character’s “messed-up” exit — as preordained in Issue No. 100 of Robert Kirkman’s comic — was “such an iconic moment” that he went to Gimple and Kirkman and demanded, “‘Don’t give that to anybody [else]'”

Yeun added that, “It’s such a gnarly thing to say, but [acting out that scene] was very wild… and to do it in the way we did it was brave and… super-effective…. Every single person crushed it.”

Having to keep Glenn’s fate a secret for the past five months “came with its own set of difficulties,” Yeun conceded, noting that he had to “dive into a hole for a while.” He then joked, “It was fun to lie to people. But after a while, you just can’t lie anymore, so I just stopped talking to people.”

Showrunner Scott M. Gimple said the decision to have Negan kill Glenn and Abraham was made roughly “two years” ago, adding that deaths had to be significant enough to “break Rick” and make the audience believe that “Rick would be under the thumb of Negan.”

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11 Comments
  1. Beth says:

    Love Steven so much. It has been a joy getting to watch him grow as an actor over the life of the show. He’ll forever be one of my favorite TV characters & I can’t wait to follow the rest of his career.

  2. Kevin K says:

    Couldn’t bare to watch Glenn’s bloody death. Can’t wait what the future holds for Steven Yeun.

  3. Joey Padron says:

    So sad about Glenn’s death. Gonna miss Steven on the show so much. Can’t wait to see what he’ll do next in his career.

  4. Nichole says:

    I love Glen but I excited to see what Steven Yeun does next. *cough*Chew*cough*

  5. Lizzie says:

    I’m so fed up of comic canon ruling TV shows. Disappointing.

    • AG says:

      Really? So I guess TV people know best? Pretty sure they’ve changed plenty, since Shane died IN THE FIRST ISSUE OF THE COMIC.

    • MelodyAZ says:

      So basically saying the writers should cater to people like you and abandon their vision.

      • Phuyk says:

        I know right! People shouldn’t be entitled to have their own opinions. They should be more like you and not be able to think for themselves! you’re so Brave!!!

    • Twisty twist twist says:

      What??? They have changed so many things and this iconic moment is insanely important to the story. Not only that, but Steven Yeun WANTED to play out that moment… Why would they change something like this???

  6. Julio' says:

    I’m ok having Abraham gone, kind of what I was expecting, but the way that Glen was take , it was brutal !! So unexpected! Can’t wait to see what is coming, and how Rick gets back on his feet!