With some fans picking up the pieces of their shattered emotions (no pun intended towards what happened to Glenn), we know just how big The Walking Dead's season premiere death means for the show.
Now we get the rationale behind Glenn's death straight from comic creator himself, Robert Kirkman. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Kirkman revealed that the moment the hundredth issue of The Walking Dead comics was released, the fate of our TV Glenn (played by Steven Yeun) was also sealed.
"It's just that there's a lot of material that comes from Glenn's death in the comics. And while we do try to change things up to keep things interesting for the audience, and for me, this is one that there's so much that comes from Rick, there's so much with Negan, because that character is someone that he killed, and definitely Maggie is someone that kinds of gets put on the trajectory that affects a great number of stories and a great number of characters moving forward."
And while The Walking Dead on TV have made a few remixes of deaths from the original material, it was crucial that Glenn's death was portrayed the way it was. For one thing, Kirkman revealed that Glenn was a special kill for him in the comics.
This was because the hundredth issue ran while the TV series was already ongoing. And that means Yeun was already the face tagged to Glenn's character when the decision was made during that penultimate issue.
"Glenn was the first time there was an actual human being type to it in such an inteimate way so it does make things a little weird and more difficult, but at the same time, I can't allow that to change the way that I write stories. But it's something that we all agree the story needs, and it definitely makes the show better and it makes things heightened and cool."
We're definitely crossing our fingers that changes in the show will also mean character changes in Maggie's personality. That ender scene where she stands up just gave me the chills, perhaps more than seeing Glenn writhe his last.
The Walking Dead will be back on Sunday for its second episode, The Kingdom.