Warning: this article contains spoilers from Sunday’s season premiere of The Walking Dead. Read at your own risk.
Fans were thrown for a loop Sunday night when Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) killed Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) in the graphic season premiere, which many are saying pushed the envelope in terms of what can and can’t be shown on television.
Days after the premiere aired, the two actors spoke to various news outlets about their exits from the show.
Yeun spoke to Entertainment Weekly and said that he was ready for his character to die, since Glenn was killed by Negan in the comic book series. “You read that comic, you kind of don’t want that to go to anyone else. It’s such an iconic moment and I think I even said, ‘Don’t give that to anybody else.’ It’s such a gnarly thing to say but sincerely, living that out was very wild but at the same time, that moment happening and being realized on television in a different medium and to do it in the way that we did it I think is brave and at the same time super affecting,” Yeun said.
He also said that it was difficult to hold in the secret of knowing that his on-screen persona was going to be the one that would die.
As for Cudlitz, he spoke to Variety about his character’s death, as he was Negan’s first victim in the episode. He said that he’s known that Abraham was going to die over a year ago and was told by the producers that it was going to happen in the same episode that Glenn died in.
He also said that they filmed the death scenes right after they filmed the season six finale, so the actors on the show have been sitting on the news for almost a year now, as they shot the scenes right before Thanksgiving.
The Walking Dead airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.