To cleanse the palate, the gag below is an obvious one but a good one. Probably 80 percent of zombie-related deaths on TWD, I’d guesstimate, are caused by people being inexplicably unaware of their surroundings. You can understand how those in cities might find themselves suddenly cornered by a horde after taking a wrong turn down an alley, a la Glenn and Nicholas in Sunday’s episode, but this show is set in the countryside. Realistically, Rick and the gang have more to fear from snakes and bobcats than from walkers.
You want another ultimate spoiler? ‘Cause I’ve got another ultimate spoiler. Read on below for compelling evidence about whether Glenn lived or died in that zombie feeding frenzy by the dumpster. (If you don’t want to scroll down, here’s the link for the YouTube video posted below.)
I told you they wouldn’t have the stones to send Glenn out that way.
[R]est assured, Glenn fans – our beloved pizza delivery boy lives. Not only can we officially spot Steven Yeun on set filming scenes yet to air (and notably wearing a different outfit than last night’s climactic fakeout), but The Hollywood Reporter sources note that Yeun re-upped his contract recently, and isn’t likely to be exiting just yet.
Compounding the overwhelming evidence of Glenn’s survival (and here’s where things get really spoiler-y), THR also cites sources that seemingly confirm literary big bad Negan’s introduction in the Season 6 finale, a character whose first (and last) interaction with Glenn remains distinctly memorable for the series. Granted, confirmation of Negan’s introduction doesn’t guarantee that Glenn will fulfill the same role as we’ve come to expect, though cast and crew have frequently addressed their interest in arriving at the famed sequence.
Fans of the comics know why Negan is significant to Glenn’s character, although it’s also true that the series has departed wildly from the comics in the past. (Andrea is an enduring character in the comics, not so on the show.) That would be an incentive for the writers to keep Glenn alive after the dumpster scene, though — if he survives, there’ll be tremendous fan buzz surrounding his eventual confrontation with Negan.
As for the already famous dumpster scene, some critics have been left arguing that Glenn must be dead because the show couldn’t possibly cop out with a survival scenario that preposterous (ahem) whereas others have gone as far as to say they won’t take the show seriously anymore if Glenn somehow lives on. And yet, that’s where we’re headed. The only silver lining: The most ridiculous survival scenario, that Nicholas never really shot himself but merely had some sort of mental break in which he hallucinated about shooting himself, appears to have been ruled out by show creator Scott Gimple. (“We did hear a trigger go off and we saw a lot of blood go. I’m a lot more comfortable saying Nicholas is dead.”) I joked in last night’s post about Glenn turning up in the shower with Bobby Ewing, but “Nicholas was hallucinating” really would be every bit as bad as an “it was all a dream!” bowl-clogger. I’m relieved to hear that we’re in for a far more plausible escape scenario in which every inch of Glenn’s body was somehow perfectly protected from dozens of ravenous zombies by a dead guy lying squarely on top of him.
By the way: Whoever’s playing Rick in the clip here has the rhythm of Andrew Lincoln’s speech down to a T.