[Warning: you are entering into spoiler territory! If you haven’t seen the latest TWD episode and don’t want to know what happens, don’t continue reading this article]
For a show that is notorious for relentlessly hitting fans right in the feels season after bloody season, you’d think at this point we’d be numb to losing our favorite characters. But I think it’s safe to say that after the latest episode of The Walking Dead, a lot of us are in need of a little comfort and hope right now.
Well, here’s probably the biggest comforting line you can hear right now: Glenn isn’t dead!
His ‘death’ is simply one big fandom trolling event, and I have five pieces of evidence to back this
fact claim up:
1. Nicholas’ body fell on Glenn
Nicholas falls on top of Glenn when his corpse tumbles to the earth, and while we don’t necessarily see him on top of Glenn when the walkers begin munching down, we do see something else: entrails.
No shit, right? He’s supposed to be walker food, after all. But take a closer look at those entrails:
Those are clearly intestines, which, last time I checked, aren’t located near your neck. So unless the special effects team and the producers missed Basic Human Anatomy 101 (and with TWD’s attention to detail, I find that highly unlikely), the obvious conclusion we can gather from this is that it’s not Glenn being torn apart, but rather Not-So-Saint Nicholas.
Nicholas is quite massive in comparison to Glenn, so it’s not a far stretch to imagine that Glenn would be perfectly secure and safe (albeit uncomfortable AF) under his (sort of) friend’s dead body.
One may argue against this by saying that the walkers would just eat through Nicholas and then get to Glenn, but you have to remember that walkers don’t always eat the whole body. They prefer their kills super fresh, and once they deem their kill to be past the expiration date (hypocrites), they normally move on.
Or, perhaps Glenn was able to sneak under that dumpster (which DEFINITELY has enough clearance for him) just in time to avoid becoming dinner.
OR, there is still a chance that the walkers could be distracted by noise and go fleeing towards it – a noise kind of like Rick mowing down some Wolves with an assault rifle.
In all cases, Glenn would be covered in blood and guts, which is, as we know, the perfect camo in the zombie apocalypse (and it’s a trick Glenn himself used way back in season 1 to get out of Atlanta).
2. Steven Yuen did not appear on The Talking Dead
It is tradition for cast members to appear on The Talking Dead right after their characters hit the bucket, so when Steven Yuen (who plays Glenn, obviously) did not appear, that told a story all by itself.
After all, there would be no point for Yuen to appear on the show to talk about his character and basically eulogize himself when his character is still in fact alive. Well, for now at least.
We do know that next week’s episode of TTD will feature a secret character from the show, and I’m willing to bet some serious money that it will be Yuen with a grand “surprise, bitches! I’m still alive.”
3. …and he wasn’t in their ‘In Memoriam’.
It’s also tradition on The Talking Dead to memorialize the fallen (human or walker) on TWD during their ‘In Memoriam’ segment. Nicholas (along with all his Alexandria companions) got his time to shine during the segment, but just when you thought you’d see Glenn’s beautiful face pop up, we see this instead:
If this proves anything, it’s that Glenn’s ‘death scene’ wasn’t cut and dry. If there’s still a mystery to be had even when you see him covered in blood, guts, and like 100 walkers, then that has to mean that he’s not dead.
4. Scott M. Gimple confirmed that he’s still alive… kind of
Show runner Scott M. Gimple sent a message to The Talking Dead (which I guess is our main source of evidence) that makes it clear that we haven’t seen the last of Glenn:
“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 at Talking Dead would be talking to you about it. And knowing you would all 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’ll say this: In some way we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn or parts of Glenn again either in flashback or in the current story to help complete the story.”
It’s a very ambiguous statement that is carefully worded as to not reveal anything, but it’s pretty clear that Glenn is coming back. How? Well, just like #3, it proves that his ‘death’ wasn’t cut and dry.
The very fact that Gimple even had to draft this letter to TWD fans means that the writers and producers knew that fans would be speculating over his fate, which makes it very clear that this was a move they made of purpose.
Plus, they’ve done something similar before *cough* Carol *cough* Andrea *cough*.
5. He was seen on set with a new, unseen character
You’ll see Glenn standing next to a new character in the photo below, which was exclusively shared by ET (NOTE: link contains plot spoilers).
Fans of TWD comics should have a general idea as to who that new beanie wearing character is, but for those of you who stick purely to the television show (like myself), we’ll leave his identity a secret!
Bonus: It’s just a shitty way to kill off a main character
Glenn has been with the series literally since the beginning, which is a TOUGH feat in the world of TWD (unless you’re Rick). Killing off his character in such a way is super unsatisfying and feels like a betrayal and complete lack of respect for Yuen and his character. Well, him dying in general sucks, but you know what I mean.
Tyrese got his own spectacular and beautiful sendoff during the episode when he died, so do you really think they’d let Glenn just fall into a pit of walkers and that would be it?
Have some faith. If we know anything about Glenn, it’s that he’s the ultimate survivor.
So rest easy, fans. Glenn is coming back and we’re going to totally get Glaggie (Glenn and Maggie. Lame? Ok) snuggles and kisses.
What are your theories on Glenn’s survival? Or do you just think he became walker food and that was it? Let us know in the comments!