Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee) appears to be the only cast member on "The Walking Dead" not traumatized by the very thought of the Season 6 finale, which is when we're expected to first meet Jeffrey Dean Morgan's mega-villain, Negan.
Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes) told Entertainment Weekly, "I felt sick to my stomach when I read the [finale] script. [...] I was so angry and frustrated and I felt sick. And that was just after reading it."
Lauren Cohan (Maggie Greene) told EW, "[Hearing] the word 'finale' gives me a physical reaction because it's the hardest day on set that I've ever had in my life. [...] I didn't want to go to work that day. It took a really, really long time for everybody to feel okay again after the finale, let's put it that way."
Melissa McBride (Carol Peletier) told ComicBook.com, "I couldn't say anything after I had finished reading it. I felt like I had dropped into a black hole."
Again, we're meant to see Negan in the finale, and fans are expecting him to do something very, very bad. So it was a bit of a record-scratch to hear Steven Yeun's reaction to Negan:
"For me, his arrival is awesome," Yeun told EW. "We've been waiting for this person for a long time, and in the comic books, he in a way brings a level of stakes that are kind of unmatched. And so, for me, for Negan to come into the show is, to say nothing less, f—ing awesome."
***SPOILERS AHEAD FROM THE COMIC BOOK***
As followers of the "Walking Dead" comic know, in his first meeting with our group, Negan uses his weapon of choice, a barbed baseball bat named Lucille, to brutally kill Glenn.
Yeun addressed that:
"I know people are going to always go, 'Negan kills Glenn in the comics,' but rest assured that we don't necessarily do what's in the comics. There's a clear divide in the way we tell a story on television, and the way that story is told in the comics, because it has to be. And everybody will have to see what happens, but we definitely tell our story in the way that television should be told."
So that has some fans thinking they won't kill Glenn, but we're now more convinced than ever that they will kill him.
If it weren't Glenn, Yeun would probably give the same traumatized quotes as the other actors, or it might seem disrespectful of whoever leaves. Plus, this is a massive, iconic, memorable death that the show has been building toward for a while. It may be disappointing, not just for fans, but for Yeun himself, for Glenn not to go out that way. For all we know, Yeun may have been planning for this moment as the natural end to Glenn's story, and also as a chance to work in films and other projects beyond the awesomeness of TWD. Plus, they've foreshadowed Maggie's power rise at Hilltop, which -- in the comic -- is a direct result of what happens with Glenn.
Then again, is killing Glenn too obvious now? They have *almost* killed Glenn so many times that if they actually do it, it will become another joke that maybe he's not really dead. And if he does stay dead, it probably won't have the same impact that it would've had if they hadn't done that annoying fake-out earlier in Season 6.
What do you think: Will Negan kill Glenn in the finale? If not him, then who? Daryl, who isn't even in the comic? Carol? Other?
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