SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead.
Two weeks after Glenn Rhee seemingly fell into a mass of feeding frenzied walkers, a resolution on The Walking Dead of the Steven Yeun portrayed character’s fate still appears ambiguous. For the second week in a row, tonight the actor’s name did not appear in the opening credits of Season 6 of the AMC blockbuster.
Sending social media into a frenzy of its own, Yeun’s name was absent for the first time since the show’s October 31, 2010 pilot from the screen in TWD‘s November 1 episode – which did not reveal anything of whether the core character is alive or dead. Yean’s name usually appears after Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus’ in the opening sequence but there was no text again this week where it commonly goes. While the usually frequent Twitter posting actor has be silent on social media himself since October 25 airing in which his character met what appeared to be his end, EP Scott Gimple and others behind the camera have left things more open ended though offering no clear timeline on when Glenn’s destiny will be made clear.
“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,” Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick read out in a message from the showrunner after the cliffhanger “Thank You” episode two weeks ago. A teaser for tonight’s episode had Danai Gurira’s Michonne telling Glenn’s wife Maggie Greene, played by Lauren Cohan that “he said if he got stuck, he would find a way to send us a signal.”
(UPDATE, 7:05 PM: Still nothing definite on whether Yeun’s Glenn is alive or not on tonight’s TWD. However, we now know for sure that Maggie is pregnant and that Glenn knew. There was also a scene where she wiped Glenn’s name off the wall of death at the Alexandria Safe Zone – all of which is more set up as the first part of Season 6 moves to its final 3-episodes.)
Now, lots of characters have died on TWD over the years and Glenn does die in the TWD comics but the producers and AMC seem to be dragging this one out and getting a small ratings bump in the process. What makes this all the more muddy is that there have also been a number of reports of Yeun on the Georgia set of the second half of the latest season of the zombie apocalypse series based on Robert Kirkman’s comics. Yeun’s Glenn has been a part of TWD since is first season and is a staple of the survivors group loyal to Lincoln’s increasingly authoritarian Rick Grimes character. The Walking Dead was renewed for a seventh season on October 30.
So, like with the is he/isn’t he? death of actor Kit Harington‘s Jon Snow on HBO’s Game of Thrones last season, the waiting game continues on cable. On a forensic side note, Yeun’s name is in both the blurbs descriptions of last week’s and this week’s TWD episodes on DirecTV.