Last night was one of the most brutal in ‘The Walking Dead’ history. If you have not seen the season 7 premier yet then I suggest you stop reading now. This is the definition of a ‘Spoiler Warning’.
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Last night on ‘The Talking Dead’, The wrap up show that airs after ‘TWD’, host Chris Hardwick had the cast and creators of the number one show on TV ‘The Walking Dead’ gathered at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery to talk about the after math of last nights season 7 premier.
One of the original cast members who has starred in all 7 seasons lost his life on the show. Steven Yeun who plays Glenn joined the cast on stage to talk about his thoughts on the fate of his character.
When asked by host Chris Hardwick how he felt the death from the comic played out on screen, Yeun said he actually, in a weird way, was looking forward to it. “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,” said Yeun.
“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.’”
Yeun also talked about what it was like carrying the secret of his character’s demise for so long. “It came with its own set of difficulties,” said the actor. “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 cast mates 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.”
Yeun also recalled one of his memories from his time on the show, and a painful one at that. “I got a tick on my penis. It was bad news. What was cool though was for me I was kind of glad that it happened to me because I knew in my head I was the only one who would be willing to share it with everybody.”
When asked for his favorite non-tick-related memory of the show, Yeun pointed to his final episode. “I’ve had so many wonderful experiences with everybody,” he said. “I think what’s cool is that I didn’t watch this episode until about a week before. And going in, you’re like ‘Yeah, I know what happens. I’ve seen it. I lived it. I did. It’s going to do what it’s going to do.’ But watching it you realize the way [Scott M. Gimple] constructed this episode, the way [Greg Nicotero] directed this episode, the way that every single person crushed it. Every single person crushed it. 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.”
“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.’”
The character of Glenn will be greatly missed. he was often the moral sounding board for our favorite group of survivors. Maggie must now navigate this insane future without him. He had survived so much only to loose his life in the end. That will serve as a reminder how unfair this world they live in is.
This was one of my favorite memes from last season and exactly how I will remember Glenn.
Gonna miss you man!!! Thank you for all the amazing entertainment and stellar work as an actor. Long live Glenn!