WARNING: IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE WALKING DEAD SEASON SEVEN PREMIERE, DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER.
In the days leading up to the Walking Dead season seven premiere, the show’s executive producer promised higher comic book accuracy than in previous seasons, which had a lot of fans worry about certain characters’ fates.
“There are some great moments from the comic books that we’re going to get a chance to experience,” Nicotero said. “To me, it feels like we may be a little closer in nature to certain beats in the graphic novel than we have in the past, but that could just be my interpretation of it.”
Whelp. The premiere certainly stayed true to that promise. After making us believe Glenn wasn’t going to be Negan’s victim by killing off Abraham, things got out of control and the baseball bat swinging boss of the saviors decided to kill the former pizza delivery boy as well – just like he did in the infamous comic issue #100.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Steven Yeun reflected on his character’s death, revealing that he actually, in a morbid way, wanted it to happen.
“Personally, for me, I think the death in the comic, Robert wrote such a messed up but at the same time incredible way to take something away — to make a story as impactful as it is. 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. And for me, that was the motivation to be like, ‘Yeah, that sounds great.'”
He concludes by saying that Glenn’s death stayed true to the character’s defining selflessness. His final words, muttered while trying to stay conscious, were directed to his wife Maggie, “Maggie. I will find you”
“I think Glenn died in a very Glenn way,” says Yeun. “Still not thinking about himself. It’s appropriate that he ends there, and it’s also appropriate that he kind of puts those last words out there as a final ‘look out for each other’.”
You can check out our review of the season premiere here!