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So Here’s What Steven Yeun Said About That Walking Dead Premiere

By now, you likely have either watched the season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead or spent enough time on social media to be spoiled about who Negan killed in the end. If you’re one of the magical unicorns who evaded said spoilers, congratulations! Now turn away from this post and return when you have watched the complete episode.


Now, let’s get down to business. After six months of hype, deep analysis of camera angles, teasing from the cast, and unrelenting think pieces from the interwebs, we now know that it was Abraham (played by Michael Cudlitz) and Glenn (played by Steven Yeun) who were violently killed by the villainous Negan in the most graphic way possible. With the snipers called off and no pressure to spill secrets, ex-cast member (tearssss) Yeun is speaking up about his character’s untimely demise.

“Personally for me, I think the death in the comic, Robert [Kirkman] 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,” he explained to host Chris Hardwick during AMC’s Talking Dead. “When you read that comic, you kind of don’t want that to go to anyone else. It’s such an iconic moment. I think I even said that. Don’t give that to anyone 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. For me, that was motivation to be like, Okay, that’s great.”

Yeah, that’s great but is he okay with the way Glenn died on the series? Possibly so.

He added: “Glenn died in a very Glenn way. That’s what my wife Jo said–he died in such a Glenn way, which is perfect. Still not thinking about himself. I think it’s appropriate that he ends there, and it’s also appropriate that he puts those last words out as a final look out for each other.”

Glenn’s final words to Maggie were “I’ll find you” and suddenly, flash floods swept over the faces of viewers throughout the nation. Star-crossed lovers or not, watching their story play out the way it did has been nothing short of an emotional tornado. Did Glenn’s death ultimately add insult to injury?

(via Vulture, image via screencap)

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