Warning! If you have not seen "The Walking Dead" Season 6, Episode 3, "Thank You," do not read any further, unless, of course, you want to. This is America, not the Ricktatorship. But you have been warned.
He was supposed to be delivering pizzas!
As you might know by now, Sunday's "Walking Dead" episode, "Thank You," gave us one of the most sobering moments of the entire series when Glenn, one of the Season 1 originals, was dragged into a sea of walkers by Nicholas' dead body and subsequently torn to shreds.
And now we're all like:
The episode picked up with the survivors trying to get back to Alexandria ahead of the herd. Well, that obviously doesn't happen. Rick ends the episode trapped in an RV with an injured hand (Cut it off, Rick!) as a herd is closing in. Michonne and Glenn made it to some buildings with the surviving Alexandrians, but Glenn and Nicholas split from the group to create a distraction. (No! Don't do it, Glenn!)
Of course, Nicholas, being a complete idiot, keeps zoning in and out, remembering how he abandoned a previous group. (There's no time for that, dude!) The pair get surrounded by the herd and trapped on a dumpster. Nicholas, zoning out again, looks at Glenn and says "thank you," before blowing his own brains out and taking Glenn into the herd of walkers with him. We get graphic images of Glenn appearing to get his guts ripped out, and now we know no one will ever get their pizzas delivered on time again.
"Walking Dead" fans lost it. Twitter completely blew up. But it turns out we all may have sent those tweets a little too soon. There's strong evidence Glenn is still alive.
1. Steven Yeun is supposedly still being spotted on set.
The Spoiling Dead Fans, a group dedicated to all things "Walking Dead," reports Glenn actor Steven Yeun continues to be spotted on set. The group has been pretty accurate in predicting what's going on with "Walking Dead" before, and they replied to one Facebook commentor saying we'll probably see Glenn again.
We have soooo many sightings of Glenn after episode 3 in multiple episodes. I just can't see [The Powers That Be] getting Steven to continue to come out to filming sites and stay there for multiple hours just to throw off a small percentage of fans that follow spoilers. He's even been at locations that were blocked off and extremely difficult to get actor sightings.
2. Glenn's "death" was pretty lame.
This isn't a midseason finale. It's not a season finale. It's Episode 3. What? This doesn't even happen at the end of the episode. There are plenty of scenes after Glenn's supposed death that are important, but they're not nearly as much of a gut punch as a Season 1 homie dying. No one is even around to see him die.
Glenn has one of the most memorable deaths in the "Walking Dead" comics courtesy of Negan, who's rumored to appear at the end of this season, and they're going to trade that moment for falling off a dumpster with a character everyone hates? (No offense, Nicholas, but we hate you.)
A lot of characters' deaths don't match up with the comics, but this death doesn't have anywhere near the impact Glenn's comic death does. Killing Glenn like this just doesn't make sense.
3. There's definitely some fancy editing going on.
There's an overhead shot showing the walkers eating someone, but it's hard to see who. Plus, Nicholas is constantly zoning in and out in the episode, leaving the possibility that what we're seeing isn't actually happening. Redditor lifeofwill has a plausible theory on what could be going on:
I bet Glenn passes out from shock when Nicholas shoots himself, and episode 5 will show him waking up with walkers eating Nicholas and being rescued by someone (my guess is Abraham). The scene Sunday will probably just be his hallucination while he's out.
Abraham is still leading the rest of the walker herd with Sasha, but besides that, a hallucination could be possible. Other commenters are buying into the idea. lisar4 says the image of Glenn "dying" could just show "Nicholas' intestines on Glenn and him panicking," which could be possible because, as leifashley27 points out, "The entrails are really high up on his chest."
4. Walking Dead has pulled this stuff before.
"Walking Dead" doesn't care about our feelings. There have been episodes where we all thought Carol was dead, and the show had us thinking Glenn was going to die in Season 5 with some cleverly staged pictures and a spoilerific prediction by series creator Robert Kirkman.
The show likes messing with fans, and this could just be another example (though a pretty convincing one).
Ok, so Glenn might not be dead. Now here's the bad news.
Even though it's possible Glenn makes it out of this situation, he's probably not making it out of the season. Glenn's death has been rumored for a while, and like we said, he has one of the most iconic deaths in the comic. Perhaps the strongest evidence that Glenn is actually gone is that Norman Reedus already spoiled this before Season 6 started.
In an interview with MTV, the cast was asked what characters they wish were still alive, and Reedus answered Glenn. He might've been able to play it off as a joke except for the incredibly shocked looks on everyone's faces.
"Walking Dead" is reportedly showing a 90-minute episode next Sunday that may cover Morgan's backstory. So if Glenn does live, we probably won't find out until at least Episode 5. Though even if he makes it, he may not stick around long anyway.
We'll miss you, Glenn, but Heaven needs pizzas, too.
UPDATE: Showrunner Scott Gimple sent a message to "Talking Dead" saying we would see Glenn again on the show in some way, and Glenn was not shown in the "In Memoriam" segment on the show.
"The Walking Dead" airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET on AMC.
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