Wait a minute.....did that just happen?! Did the writers of The Walking Dead just kill off one of the most cornerstone characters in the TWD universe? ARE YOU GOING TO SIT THERE AND TELL US THAT OUR FAVORITE ATLANTA PIZZA BOY MEETS HIS DEMISE BY FALLING OFF A FUCKING DUMPSTER?! Maybe. [SPOILERS: AHEAD.....DUH]
In what has been an adrenaline filled sixth season starter, to say the least, the writers have really out done themselves this time by giving us some of the most heart pounding action we have seen in at least two seasons. Dead ends, bites and broken limbs are nothing but a teaser to the last five minutes of tonight's when we find two of our survivors locked in a grisly checkmate situation - with Nicholas "opting out" by way of a pistol to the temple. With the blood spattered facial to adorn our dear Glenn, we see nothing more than the worst of all days culminate when he topples over with Nicholas's corpse like a sack of potatoes. The next scene involves the all too familiar violins that we have expected to hear when one of dearly beloved meets their demise and the ravaging of bloody entrails that we're to believe are Glenn.
However, I refuse to sit here and believe that one of the most expected deaths of this season will meet his final episode in such lack luster fashion. Any Walking Dead junkie, like myself, knows that in the comic Glenn met his untimely departure by the skull crushing blow from the baddie of all baddies - Negan and his razor wired ball bat, Lucille. Grisly, suspenseful and downright heart breaking, Glenn's death is one that still resonates within TWD fandom. Even more so because this was all done in front of the helpless eyes of Maggie and Rick.
So to assume that the writers would deny such a pivotal event from happening on the screen is ludicrous, right? Possibly. The writers have taken liberty of switching some plot details and moments around to fit the current story arc - I mean for Christ sakes Andrea is still alive in the comics. In the series, Herschel's death took the place of Tyrese and Bob's death mirrored that of Dale in the book. But one would think there is no way around this arc. The death of Glenn moves the story in a direction of biblical proportions. Not only is Maggie and her adopted daughter Sophia (yes the one from season 2) widowed/orphaned by the swing of a bat; we are introduced to a force so sadistically and maniacally evil that he still exists today in the comic by means of echoes and shadows. This pushes Rick in a direction that leads his group to all-out war between Negan and his group the Saviors, which we have yet seen this season or will for that matter. Maggie decides to completely give fate the bird and becomes the strong, independent woman that it seem she was destined to be. Not only taking over the leadership duties of a separate colony, but raising Sophia.
However, the innuendoes of what are to come have been ever apparent in the previous season. Once at Terminus, when Glenn is hovered over the blood trough about to have his head bashed in by the Termite, and next, when he picks up a baseball bat outside of Shirewilt Estates sending fangasms to every fan of The Walking Dead. So we should have been bracing ourselves for this, right?!
It does seem that AMC is just teasing us with another close call, so there is hope still! In the "Talking Dead's" edition of "In Memoriam" we anxiously awaited Rhee's name to appear, but to the audiences shock he was absent. We were only teased with the graphic " PLEASE, DON'T LET THIS BE TRUE."
Further, in a statement read by host Chris Hardwick, showrunner Scott M. Gimple had the following to say: "Dear fans of 'The Walking Dead,' this is a hard story to tell and when we were planning to tell, we knew our friends at the 'Talking Dead' would be talking to you about it and knowing you'd all be talking, and feeling and commiserating, I knew we should say something about it lest our silence say something we didn't mean to say or not say. So I'll say this: In some way, we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback or in the current story to help complete the story."
However you want to take this "tease" it seems that we have yet to see the last of our favorite pizza boy. Glenn has a knack of getting out of sticky situations, but this will be the one to put on his mantel if he does. Only time will tell if our worst fears come true. There is so much ahead for our group and Glenn. However, they could kill off Daryl in Glenn's fashion so it is all possible.