Warning: Spoilers for the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead, "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be."
If you're still reeling after last night's devastatingly brutal episode of The Walking Dead, don't worry, you're not alone.
After five long months of waiting, we finally saw who was at the receiving end of Negan's barb-wired baseball bat, Lucille. Oftentimes the conclusion of a cliffhanger results in a sense of relief, but after the Season 7 premiere, "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be," sobs and ugly crying could be heard from The Walking Dead fans around the world.
Though it was definitely hard to say goodbye to our sweet, statuesque red-head Abraham (Michael Cudlitz), it was nothing compared to seeing Glenn get his head bashed in right in front of Maggie. Despite being taken practically fame-for-frame from the comic book source material, I don't think anyone was prepared for such graphic carnage.
Despite being already considered one of the most brutal episodes of television in recent history, it was Glenn's last words to Maggie that left a lasting impression on fans and the series's stars. In the comic books, Glenn struggles to get out Maggie's name. But last night he was able to make out one more sentence before succumbing to Lucille:
“I will find you.”
The vague sentence leaves it up to the viewers to interpret what he was trying to say with his last breaths. Following the premiere, Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun appeared on The Talking Dead to add their two cents on Glenn's fate and the meaning behind his final words.
If for some reason you still have tears left to shed, Cohan's words will finish you off:
"In this life or the next. They’re star-crossed lovers. 'I'll find you, I'll be with you, I’ll watch over you. I’ll be there.'"
Oh, my heart.
Yeun went on to elaborate on Glenn's death and gave even deeper significance to his parting words:
"He dies in such a Glenn way. Still not thinking about himself. It’s important that he puts those final words out as a way of saying, 'Look out for one another.'"
Glenn was noble, sweet, tragic and always too good for this walker-ridden world. In the end, Yeun left The Walking Dead the way his character had to, and he did so while also letting the person he loves most in the world know that he'll always be with her.
If showrunner Greg Nicotero has taught us anything, it's that love can't save you and there is no such thing as a happy ending. With that in mind, I think it's time I crawl back into a ball in the corner and try to keep my wailing to a minimum.
New episodes of The Walking Dead air Sunday nights on AMC.
Which character death on The Walking Dead left you the most emotionally wrecked? Let me know in the comments section!