One week after the apparent death of fan-favorite character Glenn, actor Steven Yeun was removed from the opening credits on tonight’s episode. Despite this, series producers still refuse to just say plainly whether or not the character has actually been killed off permanently.
The October 25 episode ended with Glenn seemingly torn to shreds as he was swarmed by the undead. However, the fateful moment was shot ambiguously enough that the zombies could have been tearing through the innards of another character who died moments before the fade to credits. The Walking Dead producer Scott Gimple further muddied the waters with a statement released after the episode aried: “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.” Um… thanks?
Of course, removing an actor from the main credits once their character has been killed off is par for the course for the series. However, no mention of Glenn was made on last night’s episode, and the character wasn’t included in the weekly “In memoriam” montage on last night’s Talking Dead. Yeun has also been seen on set filming episodes for later this season, and he recently signed a new contract.
So is he dead? Who knows. Readers of the comic series on which the show is based have been watching Glenn with increasing anxiety since the Alexandria storyline began, but the show has diverged significantly from its comic book predecessor. What we do know is that last night’s episode competed against a major football game and the final game of the 2015 World Series. Which probably explains why, aside from the last five minutes or so, it felt as evergreen as it gets. AMC likely figured resolving a maddening ambiguity like the possible end of a series staple on a night when a huge chunk of the potential audience were distracted by sports wasn’t the best way to go about it.
On the bright side, at least The Walking Dead fans won’t have to wait for another 6 months to learn whether or not the show’s producers are screwing with them. We’re going to find out once and for all what happened with Glenn in the next few episodes. Game of Thrones must be positively seething with envy.