ByD.J. Nichols, writer at
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No foreplay. No sugarcoating. Glenn needs to die. I'm sick of all the teasing. I can't think of a single character not named Rick Grimes who has survived as many brushes with death as Glenn. It's excessive, and if you haven't noticed it's gotten to the point where I am actually rooting for him to die. You want to know what's even worse? Glenn is my favorite character besides Rick!

Since his introduction to The Walking Dead, Glenn has proven himself an adequate survivor and fits in the group well. He's crafty, adaptable, scrappy, and just all around likable. One of his best qualities is his morality. Believe it or not, Glenn is the only character on the show that hasn't killed a living person. Not a single one. He has been the moral center for the group for quite a while now and sticks to his beliefs that people are inherently good. Unfortunately that characteristic doesn't tend to bode well for characters on this show. This is why I think Glenn needs to be killed off soon.

Now, many will say that they are saving Glenn's death for the upcoming villain Negan to carry out. I say that won't happen though. I personally think that Daryl will get the Lucille treatment (for those of you who don't know, Lucille is Negan's barbwirewrapped baseball bat) but that's a topic for another time. I believe they have different plans for Glenn.

Remember in the first half of Season 6 we got that excruciating cliffhanger that made us question whether or not we actually just watched Glenn die? I sure do, and you know what? I was quietly hoping that he was dinner for those ugly zombies that day, but unfortunately for me, he's still breathing.

Don't you dare survive, Glenn.
Don't you dare survive, Glenn.

Look at this gif... LOOK AT IT... How is he not dying here? Why is he screaming in agony? Oh, because AMC needed buzz and for people to tune in to the rest of the boring half of the season. I call BS on this survival. Because I do enjoy Glenn's character, I'm not totally disappointed. What I AM disappointed in is that The Walking Dead is starting to tell us that they no longer have any balls.

I'm going to give you an example of a movie that reminds me very much of the way that TWD handled Glenn in this situation.

Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan is no doubt one of the most critically praised war movies of all time, and deservedly so. But some critics challenged the fact that Steven Spielberg gave us the bittersweet ending that we deserved with the mission being carried fully out, with many opting for a different ending where there is a glimmer of hope, but in the end the mission doesn't get the Hollywood cookie cutter ending and fails leaving the entire squad dead including Private Ryan.

You might be thinking that this is a stupid alternative as the movie is already a masterpiece. I agree with you on the first part, but I also challenge you to imagine how powerful and gut-wrenching the ending would've been if none of the good guys made it out alive. The point of this ending would be to show that war is futile and that sometimes you don't always make it back home. Missions fail, and people die. That's war.

War is futile.
War is futile.

This is where my disdain for Glenn's death fake-out comes from. Before it was revealed that he had survived, many fans were complaining that they would be extremely disappointed if he had died, for a few reasons; nobody would've known that he had died, he literally died for nothing, and it would've been a death in vain that would've had little impact. My personal thoughts are that this is brilliant storytelling.

You might think I'm crazy, but hear me out. Killing Glenn off this way would have sent viewers a clear message that this world these characters are inhabiting is not to be underestimated. This is a world where your favorite character won't get the death they deserve, where the good guys don't always win. This is the apocalypse and it will be respected as such. That is what I want from this universe. I want my heart broken. I want unapologetic shocks. I don't wan't predictability. I WANT GLENN DEAD.


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