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This past Sunday was a rough one for Walking Dead fans as we saw fan favorites Sgt. Abraham Ford and Glenn Rhee meet their bitter and gruesome ends at the hands of Negan. In the face of death, both men decided to use their last words to either deliver one last quip like Abraham’s line: “Suck my nuts.”, or Glenn who used his last moments to utter one last sentence to his wife. With his dying breath, struggling to find the words, he says “M…Maggie, I’ll…I’ll find you.” right before she and the rest of the group watch on in horror as Negan brutally beat Glenn down.
But what exactly did he mean? Was Glenn referencing some sort of life after death? When Steven Yeun was asked this same question during a Q&A, he went on to say how he believes Glenn’s last words held a much deeper meaning.
“I think Glenn was fighting to find words and ‘Maggie, I’ll find you’ was a callback to another experience and another time when he really was trying to find her. Maybe it was a subconscious thought or maybe something he held onto for a while that was his driving force, and when he got smashed in the head, it just brought it to the forefront. There are so many ways to look at it.”
While the physical lost of Glenn and Abraham is heart breaking for the group, Walking Dead Executive Producer Greg Nicotero believes that the spirit of both characters will live on through the surviving members.
“Glenn is not dead; Abraham is not dead, their spirit lives on and the fact that you have Maggie pregnant with his baby, and you have Sasha and Rosita carrying the memory of Abraham. There’s more story to tell with the result of what happened with those people, so I certainly look at it a little differently.”
Glenn has been a part of the series since the beginning and his loss will be felt throughout the series for years to come. Below, you can watch Steven Yeun’s final farewell to The Walking Dead as he thanks the cast and crew and all the fans that supported him and the show over these past 7 years. Make sure you grab some tissues.
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9/8c on AMC.