Steven Yeun & Walking Dead Bosses Explain Why We Had to Wait So Long to Find …

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‘Walking Dead’ Boss, Steven Yeun Weigh In on Glenn’s Fate.

“Talking Dead” exists for one simple reason. “The Walking Dead” attracts such a huge, avid audience that AMC can throw on a talk show about it and still get decent ratings, for a fraction of the cost.Fans of The Walking Dead were left hanging for nearly a month, desperate to find out the fate of Glenn, who was last seen in the now-infamous zombie mosh pit episode last month.

Nobody should expect or harbor any illusions about it being “Meet the Press.” Still, the show continues to treat its viewers as if they’re as mindless as the zombies who populate the mother ship. But as we saw at the start of Sunday’s episode, those were indeed Nicholas’ organs being munched on, and Glenn quickly slid under a dumpster to safety, where he waited until the herd had cleared by the next morning. The makers of the hit AMC drama clearly wanted viewers to expect the worst, leaving Steven Yeun’s character out of the following three episodes and even scrubbing his name from the opening title sequence.

Actor Steven Yeun had made no comment whatsoever since Glenn’s fate was called into question, but finally broke his silence on Sunday after the episode aired, with a special message during a commercial break during AMC’s Into the Badlands. “I’ve been following everything you’ve been saying and it’s meant so much to me to see all of your support and concern for Glenn,” said Yeun during the message. “The Walking Dead has the best fans in the world and I’m happy to be back.” Yeun also appeared as a guest on Sunday’s Talking Dead, where Chris Hardwick asked him what life has been like since the mystery of his death first took hold. “I have not been out much,” said Yeun. “I frequent a lot of take-out. The opening scene of the latest episode, Heads Up, revealed what really went down after Nicholas took his own life, with he and Glenn falling into a giant pile of flesh-craving zombies. People on the show have to sign non-disclosure agreements — in this case we literally said, ‘do you talk in your sleep?’ And if they said yes, we offered them some duct tape,” she laughed.

The hour’s cold open brought viewers right back to the now infamous “dumpster scene” in which Nicholas (Michael Traynor) shot himself in the head after mumbling “thank you” to Glenn. But after the weeks of speculation prompted by the “Is Glenn dead?” story line, there were all sorts of questions he could have asked – without being negative or accusatory – instead of just acting as a cheerleader and apologist. “The story we were telling was one of uncertainty,” explained showrunner Scott M. As walkers devoured Nicholas’ body, Glenn craftily scooted underneath the nearby dumpster and watched as the undead savaged his former companion. (Watch the scene, below, and read THR’s analysis of the hour here.) “I feel relieved. Much of the fan fury surrounding the controversial plot point stemmed from the possibility that the TV series had strayed from Robert Kirkman’s comics.

And last week, someone using a walkie talkie said “help?” which was not Glenn but might have been.) So rewind to episode three: Nicholas and Glenn were trapped on top of a dumpster with walkers all around them. Still, the resolution of that plot (and SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched) left a number of unanswered questions, most involving the extent to which the producers went out of their way to at the very least misdirect the audience, and potentially mislead it. I feel so amazed at the response,” Yeun said. “I feel bad that I couldn’t say anything to everyone and to the family and friends I’m pretty sure I lost along the way. In the weeks since Glenn’s faux death, it was announced that actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan would play Negan, who, according to sources, will be introduced in the season six finale. What did you hope to accomplish by issuing that rather cryptic statement about again seeing “some version of Glenn, or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback or in the current story,” as opposed to just staying mum?

You don’t know what happens, you have no idea, when they leave, that could be the last time you ever see them,” he pointed out. “It was important this year to do a story about uncertainty, for the audience to share that uncertainty… Maggie didn’t know what happened to Glenn, and I wanted the audience to feel the exact same way.” Yeun also revealed that Maggie’s pregnancy contributed to his decision to look after Enid this week. “The looming idea of fatherhood has definitely changed him, especially in the way he processes how much he wants to maintain his humanity. I didn’t know how to take it all.” Yeun, who revealed that he is claustrophobic and spent about seven hours under the dumpster filming the scene, noted that Glenn’s survival stands for something. “I think it proves that this world still can take that story of the good guy winning sometimes,” he said. “I really like the fact that it’s not this bent of always seeking out something miserable happening on television or something terrible and sulking on that and rather just really accepting the fact that sometimes good guys survive.” That Glenn would survive by crawling under the dumpster was the leading theory many had about how the character could possibly make it out of such a seemingly hopeless scenario. And while a bit of artistic license is understandable, one needn’t be a nitpicker to feel that even a show about zombies shouldn’t become the TV version of the boy who cried wolf. As close as Hardwick came was putting on a mock voice of someone who might have complained “Why were you trying to trick me?,” only to dismiss that out of hand. But once he found safety or something that he could fortify his life all he could probably think about was making sure that he could create more life.” In the meantime, check out what showrunner Scott Gimple had to say about Glenn’s fate as well as a video of Yeun revealing his best day ever on set below, and for more Walking Dead intel, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

He isn’t a journalist (although in terms of adding a modicum of sobriety to the conversation, occasionally including a few of them among the third-party voices would help immeasurably), and everyone knows where the bread’s being buttered. Pep talk? “What you should be scared of is living and not doing everything you can to keep them here.” – Rosita barking at Eugene, wimpy as always with weapons. Truth: “Would you have listened to me?” – Spencer to Rick after he went rogue and tried to rapel out of Alexandria without Rick’s “permission.”

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