Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn in The Walking Dead, had a few things to say about the character's fate in the Season 7 premiere, the EW reports. Spoilers ahead for that episode, you have been warned.
In the season 7 premiere, Negan beat poor Glenn to death with a baseball bat. The character has been on the show since season 1, so it was a huge loss. Yeun spoke about his character's untimely end.
Yeun said he was actually sort of looking forward to doing the scene. "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," he said. "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."
He went on to say that he thinks the way the show did the death was "brave and at the same time super affecting". He talked about the difficulties of keeping his knowledge of Glenn's upcoming demise a secret. "Going into it, there was excitement in the sense of when you know something someone else doesn't know, you're like, ‘Yeah, I know stuff. It's cool.' Then after a while you're like, ‘I don't like knowing this by myself.' And then you just dive into a hole after a while because you're not allowed to say anything. But I'm very lucky to have my castmates and my friends here to bounce my feelings off of or however I'm processing things…. It was fun to lie to people for a minute. But after a while you just can't lie anymore so I just stopped talking to people."
Reminiscing about his experiences on the show, Yeun said it wasn't without its rough moments. "I got a tick on my penis. It was bad news." As far as his finale episode goes, he believes that "Every single person crushed it." He went on saying, "You look at the whole of that and you realize all of those memories just imbue every look part of that episode. You get that whole full rush of like seven seasons of watching this show and it was really gnarly to see that. And so for me, the lasting memory is that, this whole experience."
Yeun's final words on Glenn's fate were on how he felt the death represented who the character was. "I think Glenn died in a very Glenn way, 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.'"
Glenn's end was certainly brutal, but it's good that Yuen was satisfied with it. What do you think? Do you agree with Yuen that the death was well-written and appropriate? Or are you very upset about it?