There are only 3 episodes left in the current season of The Walking Dead, which has fans worried about the fate of the characters, particularly Glenn (Steven Yeun).
In the first part of season 6, The Walking Dead horrified fans by faking Glenn’s death. They even took the actor’s name out of the credits (talk about convincing). And while fans were mourning the loss of a beloved character, the show then announced the casting of Negan, the infamous villain from the graphic novels the TV series is based on. In November, AMC announced Jeffery Dean Morgan (The Good Wife, Extant) would be joining the cast of The Walking Dead as Negan, the leader of the Saviors whose weapon of choice is a baseball bat named Lucille. (SPOILER) In the comic books, Negan beats Glenn to death with Lucille. For more on the casting announcement, mxdwn has the story here.
The casting announcement then made fans speculate if the addition of Glenn’s murderer meant he wasn’t really dead. And they were right.
Cleverly done, AMC.
The good news is Glen hadn’t really been eaten by a horde of walkers, but the bad news is that his death may be pending. There are only 3 episodes left in season 6 of The Walking Dead, and Negan has yet to make his debut. This has fans terrified that the final scene of the season finale will show a bloody entrance for the new villain.
The fans may be biting their nails in anticipation, but Yeun has been very cool about the future of his character. He told Entertainment Weekly in an interview he is actually excited for Negan’s debut, saying, “For me, his arrival is awesome. We’ve been waiting for this person for a long time, and in the comic books, he in a way brings a level of stakes that are kind of unmatched. And so, for me, for Negan to come into the show is, to say nothing less, f—ing awesome.”
Despite how things play out in the comics, Yeun reassures the fans that we can’t always expect to know what is going to happen on the show. “I know people are going to always go, ‘Negan kills Glenn in the comics,’ but rest assured that we don’t necessarily do what’s in the comics,” said Yeun. “There’s a clear divide in the way we tell a story on television, and the way that story is told in the comics, because it has to be. And everybody will have to see what happens, but we definitely tell our story in the way that television should be told.”
In order to find out Glenn’s fate, I guess we are going to have to keep watching. As Yeun explains, they want to make the series different from the comics so fans can look forward to something new and fresh. Yeun added, “That’s the beauty of the adaptation. There is something to be said about something being predictable. I’m sure there are iconic moments, but at the same time, we want to keep this show as fresh and alive as possible, and we’re going to tell that story that exists for the world we’ve created. And it is inspired by the world Robert Kirkman has created, but it’s also its own entity, to some degree. So, yeah. I mean, we’ll see what happens.”
The Walking Dead airs Sundays on AMC.