Warning: Spoilers follow for those who haven’t watched Sunday’s Season Seven premiere of “The Walking Dead.”
The cold light of dawn has broken over America, and we’re forced to accept the awful, terrible truth. A sadistic strongman has used violence and intimidation to upset the balance of what remained of civilization, bringing an army of thugs along with him to decimate those we love. That’s right, Negan has fully — and brutally — arrived on “The Walking Dead.” Who else do you think we were talking about?
Sunday’s Season Seven premiere also confirmed what many fans had dreaded: Glenn and Abraham are toast. Well, more like the jam you spread over some toast, but still … you get the point. Sunday night, Steven Yeun spoke with Chris Hardwick on AMC’s “The Talking Dead” about his take on Glenn’s final moments, and took a look back at his long run on the hit series.
“Personally for me, I think the death in the comic, Robert [Kirkman] wrote such a messed-up, but at the same time incredible, way to take something away — to make a story as impactful as it is,” Yeun said. “You read that comic, you kind of don’t want that to go to anyone else. It’s such an iconic moment and I think I even said, ‘Don’t give that to anybody else.’ It’s such a gnarly thing to say but sincerely, 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.”
Yeun, one of the few remaining original cast members, also took a moment to remember the good times over the past years.
“You look at the whole of that and you realize all of those memories just imbue every look part of that episode. You get that whole full rush of like seven seasons of watching this show and it was really gnarly to see that. And so for me, the lasting memory is that, this whole experience.”
In the end, the actor seemed pleased with the entirety of his character arc. “I think Glenn died in a very Glenn way,” he said. “Still not thinking about himself. It’s appropriate that he ends there, and it’s also appropriate that he kind of puts those last words out there as a final ‘look out for each other.’”
Once we’re done mourning, we can continue the downward spiral that will be “The Walking Dead,” airing Sunday nights at 9 ET/PM on AMC.
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