Steven Yeun’s fan-favorite character Glenn Rhee was killed off on AMC’s The Walking Dead nearly two years ago, and, as far as the actor is concerned, he should stay that way.
Although Yeun still talks with his former co-stars and holds no ill-will toward the role, he said he has put the hit zombie drama behind him.
“In hindsight, it was just a natural end,” he told IndieWire, referring to Glenn’s death in Season 7. “Everyone felt it. I wasn’t pining to be off the show. It was just the story, and you service the story. Also, there’s something very beautiful about the end, turning the page and closing the book.”
Yeun has not been shy about his belief that Glenn never “got his fair due.” He also admits to having an “existential crisis” when he left The Walking Dead, not because he missed the role, but because he was suddenly in charge of his own life again.
Still, he has no interest in returning to the role of Glenn, even for a hypothetical prequel.
“Sometimes people pitch to me, ‘Dude, wouldn’t it be so cool if you did a Glenn origin movie?’” he said. “And I’m like, ‘No, that’d be horrible.’ That was so long ago. I was another person. I don’t think I could go back there. That person was inherently trapped in whatever people thought he was. I fed into it and I believed in it, too – until I got out.”
Steve Yeun can be seen in the upcoming, Cannes-winning film Burning, and in Boots Riley’s recent Sorry to Bother You. He is also the voice of Keith on Voltron: Legendary Defender, returning to Netflix on Dec. 14 for its eighth season.
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