The Walking Dead is back, and if you’re a fan you know what happened during Sunday’s premiere. AMC’s massive trolling came to an end and we finally know who Negan killed as well as exactly how he did it. Just in case you still haven’t seen the first episode of season 7, be warned, major spoilers follow below, as we’re about to tell you what Negan’s victim had to say about the whole ordeal.
…or should we say, victims.
Negan killed Abraham and Glenn on Sunday night, proving some theories out there right. Both characters are dead in the comics, though Negan only killed Glenn with his trusty bat Lucille. The Walking Dead’s showrunners decided to go a different route for this extended Negan introduction.
Abraham was Negan’s first choice, and he would seemingly be the only major character to die in the episode. However, Glenn also met Lucille after Daryl punched Negan during an outburst. Even if Glenn experiences a similarly horrifying death in the comics, his death at the hand of Negan was something of a surprise. Here’s what actor Steven Yeun had to say about the whole thing in an interview with AMC.
“For me, personally, I didn’t want anyone else to take that death and I don’t think anyone intended to give it to anyone else, to be quite honest,” the actor said.
“I don’t know what it feels like to die, but it was a very unique experience [to film] and a pretty affective moment for me, too,” Yeun added. “After I took some steps back from it, I really started to process what it was, what it meant, and what it means for me in terms of how much I might have been connected to Glenn.”
Yeun knew at the beginning of season 6 that he was going to die just like his character did in the comics, and he had to keep the secret for a year. “It got gnarly near the end because when you mentally cross that threshold and say to yourself, ‘OK I’m done with this particular chapter now,’ to then hold onto it for another full year is pretty rough,” he said.
As for Daryl, who causes Glenn’s death, Yeun said he shouldn’t feel responsible. “I think Daryl did what anybody would have done at that moment – which is fight back – and it just happened to be that it came with other ramifications,” Yeun said. “I suppose Daryl is the type of person that would shoulder that type of blame. That seems like something that could be in his wheelhouse to feel, but I don’t know if he’s supposed to be blamed for that. That doesn’t seem right to me. He’s a good person, and I don’t think he likes to live with things like that.”
Finally, Yeun also addressed Glenn’s last line. “Maggie, I’ll find you,” Glenn says after Negan first hit. This reminds the audience of earlier in the series when Glenn was actually looking for Maggie. “I tried to play it as sincere as you possibly could in a moment where you are just glitching,” he said. “I think Glenn was fighting to find words… Maybe it was a subconscious thought or maybe something he held onto for a while that was his driving force, and when he got smashed in the head, it just brought it to the forefront.”
So there you have it, folks: Glenn is dead, and it seems like Yeun wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. As for Abraham’s demise, well, you can read more about it at this link.