WARNING: This post contains HUGE spoilers for The Walking Dead episode 3. Proceed at your own risk.
After a particularly gut wrenching episode of The Walking Dead this past Sunday, viewers were flung into the Chris Hardwick hosted show The Talking Dead to process the horrific scene we'd just been forced to witness.
However, while episode 3, 'Thank You' made it look as though we'd lost our beloved Glenn Rhee forever (thanks for nothing, Nicholas), The Talking Dead gave several hints that our favorite former pizza delivery boy might not be the dead meat he looks to be.
Our first clue came when The Talking Dead ran their "In Memoriam" segment, where the show traditionally bids farewell to fallen humans and walkers who perished in the episode. However, while many Alexandrians, including Nicholas, made the "In Memoriam" segment, Glenn was missing, which immediately aroused suspicion online.
And ya know, if you wish really hard for something three times, then maybe it might just turn out how you want it to...
The next thing in The Talking Dead that really made people question whether or not Glenn died was a statement from showrunner Scott Gimple, which host Chris Hardwick read. It said:
"Dear fans of The Walking Dead, this is a hard story to tell, and when we were planning to tell it, we knew our friends over at Talking Dead would be talking to you about it, and knowing you’d 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 will say this: In some way, we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn or parts Glenn again, either in flashback, or current story, to help complete the story."
So breaking it down, this extremely carefully worded statement makes it sound like we'll either see Glenn alive (most likely), Glenn as a walker (unlikely), or Glenn as smashed up body parts (extremely unlikely). It could also possibly be interpreted as a confirmation of the theory that Maggie is pregnant (read more about that here) -- after all, it would explain what Glenn might have been doing with Hershel's old pocket watch back in the pet store, putting it safely in his bag so someone will find it and get it back to Maggie (and their unborn maybe-child).
Other evidence from The Talking Dead to prove that Glenn is still alive and kicking was the total lack of appearance by anyone involved in the TV show, including Steven Yeun. While Chris Hardwick claimed this was because it was "a really intense episode" and they wanted to "allow the fans to interpret it together," he also asked viewers not to "read into anything" by having no cast or crew on the couch, but to that I simply say -- come ON! As if we aren't going to read into that! Even after Beth was killed off in the mid season finale of Season 5 (an almost equally as heartbreaking loss), Emily Kinney appeared on the show, along with comic creator Robert Kirkman.
I don't know about you, but the behavior on The Talking Dead, combined with many things from episode 3 just totally makes me think that we'll see Glenn escape his horrible fate the next time we lay eyes on him. What do you think?
The Walking Dead episode 4 will air on Sunday, November 1st on AMC.