Sunday 26 March 2017

The Walking Dead finally revealed Glenn’s fate and it doesn't make sense

'It was important to do a story this year about uncertainty,' claims showrunner

The Walking Dead. PIC: AMC
The Walking Dead. PIC: AMC

Christopher Hooton

***WARNING: SPOILERS*** It’s fast becoming the year of characters returning from almost certain death in TV, as The Walking Dead’s Glenn returned unscathed from an enormous zombie attack in last night’s episode.

Glenn was presumed dead for the past few weeks, with actor Steven Yeun’s name having even been removed from the show’s credits.

There was a crackpot theory that he used Nicholas’ body to shield him from the feasting zombies, which was mostly discounted as preposterous - except it turned out to be pretty much true.

Describing his escape as ‘completely unrealistic’, Variety mused: ‘Fans have been climbing under dumpsters for weeks to prove it’s possible, but I have a harder time accepting the simple physics of Nicholas falling across Glenn at the perfect angle to stop him from being bitten or at least scratched by the dozens of walkers surrounding him on all sides.

‘It’s pure, self-indulgent silliness, which the show, for all its foibles, is not usually guilty of — and that disappoints me more than the producers‘ reluctance to kill one of the last surviving original cast members.’

Fans were similarly nonplussed, at once happy to see Glenn back and finding his return hard to believe.

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FOX HANDOUT ... Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 6 SERIES 6 FOX HANDOUT ... Steven Yeun as Glenn Rhee - The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 1 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

Defending the storyline, showrunner Scott Gimple said: “It was important to do a story this year about uncertainty, and that the audience would share that uncertainty that the characters had.”

“It proves this world can take the story of the good guy winning sometimes,” Yeun added on sister show Talking Dead.

“I feel relieved, I feel very grateful, I feel so amazed at the response. I feel bad that I couldn’t say anything to everyone, family, friends. I’m pretty sure I lost some friends along the way. It’s kind of been overwhelming,”

"People on the show all have to sign NDAs, Non Disclosure Agreements,” executive producer Gale Anne Hurd added, joking “but in this case we literally said, do you talk in your sleep and if someone said yes we offered them some duct tape so they could duct tape their months and not spoil it.”

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