First things first — major spoilers lie ahead for Sunday night's Walking Dead Season 7 premiere. If you don't want 'em, zombie-shuffle on outta here.
It's a tough call: Does The Walking Dead remain faithful to its beloved source material for arguably the biggest moment in the show's history, and run the risk of failing to offer any surprises, or take a few creative liberties — and risk pissing off all the hardcore fans who believe the comic is gospel?
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Last night, the Season 7 premiere just about managed to create a third option which would please everybody — on paper, anyway. Yup, in the comics it's Glenn who is killed first with a blow from Lucille, Negan's hideous weapon of choice. While the premiere made the shock decision to kill Abraham instead, Glenn still met his demise — he just wasn't Negan's first victim.
How you feel about that probably depends on how much you liked Glenn, how much you like death and how you feel about The Walking Dead in general these days, but one person who has only the highest praise for the way Glenn's death panned out is Steven Yeun himself. Yeun, who's been with the series since the very beginning, had this to say to Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick on AMC:
"Robert wrote [Glenn's death in] such a messed up but at the same time incredible way [in the comic] ... You read that, you kind of don’t want that to go to anyone else. I think I even said, ‘Don’t give that to anybody else.’ ... 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."
Not many people would be so celebratory about losing one of the best jobs on television, but Yeun is clearly not most people. He also told Hardwick that it was "fun to lie to people for a minute" after learning of Glenn's fate and shooting the episode, but that he "stopped talking to people" when the lie became too difficult.
Glenn was too good for this world. That doesn't make his death at the hands of Negan and Lucille any less barbaric. And spare a thought for Maggie, who's had possibly the shittiest ride of any Walking Dead character at this point.
Season 7 continues next Sunday on AMC.
How do you feel about Glenn's death?