Back when The Walking Dead left us with a shred of optimism about Rick and the gang and Glenn was still "pouring the bisquick", our favorite Korean suffered a brush with death that left many fans reeling. In the Season 6 episode 'Thank You', we seemingly saw Glenn ripped apart by a horde of walkers — but we couldn't be sure if he was truly gone or not.
Now, a whole season — and a myriad of memes — later, The Walking Dead played that hide-and-seek trick on us once more. In the Season 7 episode 'Say Yes', Rick Grimes climbs up on a ferris wheel to shoot a deer, only to fall down right smack in the middle of zombies. But, as has proven to be the case with The Walking Dead, death isn't as certain as one would expect, and Rick survived by hiding behind some white plastic.
Question is: Was the trick as effective as The Walking Dead producers would think?
Yes... For About Two Seconds
Of course, we all know Rick Grimes is The Walking Dead — but during those first few seconds when the camera closed-in on Michonne for a bit too long, we couldn't help but wonder if Rick was truly gone. The Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman, has said time and again that no character is safe — neither in the comic books, nor in the show. But, while killing Rick would've been an even bigger blow than killing Glenn and Abe in the same episode, we all truly knew Rick hadn't been killed by a stupid fall.
Rick's herded zombies, for crying out loud! Plus, the show's only just getting over losing Glenn and Abe to lose Rick too — and in such a silly way.
But They Did It Anyway
The Walking Dead Season 7 has been a bumpy ride, to say the least; between drops in ratings and the backlash for all the gore in the season premiere, one would think now is not the best time to be teasing fans like this. And yet, they did. The Glenn fake-out in Season 6 served a greater purpose, as fans were utterly engaged and sincerely concerned that the show would lose such an important character. All the Rick stunt managed was to piss some fans off, while making the show a bit more predictable.
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As a whole episode, 'Say Yes' had some wonderful moments, like Richonne getting their little honeymoon and finding all those guns to buy Jadis' army. In his conversation to Michonne, Rick did say that Glenn had saved him right in the beginning, and after this episode, Rick might say Glenn saved him once more by lending him his dumpster trick. But hey, at least we didn't have to wait three episodes to discover Rick is still alive, and still pouring his bisquick just fine.