SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for tonight’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” “Thank You.”
Tonight’s episode of “The Walking Dead” contained the brutal death of a character that’s been a major part of the show since the beginning — or at least it looked that way. During the latest season six episode, titled “Thank You,” Nicholas (Michael Traynor, pictured) commits suicide — and seemingly takes Glenn (Steven Yeun), one of the show’s main characters since the first episode, with him, as they both fall into a pit of walkers.
Though the scene looked fairly definitive — organs getting ripped out of bodies and all — it was also shot in such a way that left some wiggle room for Glenn’s fate. Fans have theorized that what was shown being eviscerated may in fact have been Nicholas’ body on top of Glenn’s, and it’s him who’s getting torn apart — thus giving Glenn time to escape.
“Walking Dead” showrunner Scott M. Gimple released a statement on the situation via AMC’s post-show “Talking Dead,” though it’s deliberately vague as to the outcome:
In some way we will see Glenn — some version of Glenn or parts of Glenn — again. Either in flashback or the current story to help complete the story.
TV Line has some additional thoughts as to why Glenn may likely still be alive in “The Walking Dead” world: The “in memoriam” segment of “Talking Dead” did not include Glenn, and Yeun did not appear on the after show, a tradition for actors after their characters meet their “Walking Dead” demise.
Glenn’s future on “The Walking Dead” has been an open question for fans of the comic books since — major “Walking Dead” comic book spoilers follow — the character was killed off in 2012’s issue #100 of the series by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. Things went down very differently in that scene than they did in tonight’s episode of the TV series, and it’s been proven in multiple instances that death in one “Walking Dead” medium doesn’t guarantee death in another, but even if Glenn makes it out of the walker pit alive, fans may wonder if he’s still on borrowed time.
“The Walking Dead” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on AMC.
Dan Caffrey contributed to this report.
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