‘The Walking Dead’ boss weighs in on latest death (spoilers)

26 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘The Walking Dead’ recap: Zombies take their toll in shocking development.

Last night’s episode of The Walking Dead – due to air tonight in the UK – shocked viewers after it appeared to depict the death of popular main character Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeung). In the heart-stopping sequence, Glenn and Nicholas – who had previously attempted to murder him – scrambled on top of a dumpster while the zombies closed in all around them. A gawky but brave pizza delivery boy turned zombie-slashing hero, Glenn was one of the longest-surviving characters on the show, and featured in its very first episode back in 2010 – albeit as a disembodied voice on a radio in a tank, guiding Andrew Lincoln’s Rick to safety.

With nowhere to go, Nicholas turned to Glenn and thanked him for giving him a second chance – before putting his gun to his own head and pulling the trigger. Gimple prepared a statement in preparation for this. “I knew we should say something about it lest our silence say something we didn’t mean to say or not say,” he said in a message read out by host Chris Hardwick. “So I’ll say this – 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.” It’s surprising that Gimple was so open about the Steven Yeun-portrayed character’s future (where was our Game of Thrones explainer on Jon Snow?) but the message isn’t good for Glenn fans. While the horde of zombies being led through the country seems to grow from one scene to the next, ‘Thank You’ continues this season’s trend of thinning the herd of returning characters. Foremost in their argument is the fact that Yeun did not appear on the episode of “Talking Dead,” a post-“Walking Dead” discussion show hosted by Chris Hardwick, as is tradition for characters who are killed off of the show.

Remember your nursery rhymes (or your Agatha Christie) and you’ll know how this will likely turn out. “And then there were none.” Surely that can’t be true? Additionally, during “Talking Dead’s” “In Memoriam” section, during which Hardwick recognizes all of the characters, zombies included, killed in the episode, Rhee was notably absent and in his place, a graphic repeating “Please don’t let this be true” aired. Rick orders Glenn and katana-wielding Michonne (Danai Gurira) to rush back to Alexandria, even if they must abandon some of their companions with less-developed survival instincts. No sooner had Rick advised Glenn and Michonne that some of the weaker members ‘might not make it’ than a man’s throat was ripped out by a zombie. ‘Have you ever been covered in so much blood that you don’t know if it’s yours or the Walkers or your friends? The pair were on a mission to set fire to a building, creating a diversion to help other members of their group, but instead ended up trapped, surrounded by clawing, biting zombies, and pushed up against a wire fence.

The episode resumes not long after the closing moments of the season opener, with Rick, Glenn, Michonne and Daryl forced to rethink their plans while the on-going horn sounds from Alexandria. Glenn has been there since episode two, more adept at escaping than Houdini – hell, than James Bond even; I fully expect him to get out of his next tight spot by reaching into his pocket to reveal … a helicopter! An unlikely volunteer for this nearly suicidal mission is Nicholas (Michael Traynor), a supply runner whose cowardice led to the horrific death of Glenn’s friend Noah (Tyler James Williams) in Season 5.

While we didn’t actually see Glenn get bitten, the last shot was of him on the ground, completely surrounded and covered by the Walkers: it was clear he wasn’t coming back. The New Black Dude Whose Name We Don’t Really Know Yet has overheard this (his name is Heath, for the record, though I don’t reckon I’ve heard it spoken once, and he’s played by Corey Hawkins, who played Dr Dre in Straight Outta Compton, which probably means he’s gonna sample that shit and mix it up with some sick beats and put it out as a single just as soon as he gets back to Alexandria), and that means he’s now firmly in the camp of Those Who Think Rick Is an Asshole Who Can’t be Trusted.

Fans were certain that this couldn’t be the end of Snow’s story and persist to believe that he’ll find second life somehow, a not wholly unreasonable thought, given the show’s universe. Glenn prevailed despite being wounded, however, and magnanimously spared Nicholas’ life. “You’re not that guy anymore,” Glenn says, believing Nicholas has evolved into a better person. In the scuffling, a big white dude (so expendable that imdb and the official TWD website neglect to mention the poor actor’s name) gets bitten on the shoulder, and Scott (Kenric Green) injures his leg. It’s telling that their death scenes are perhaps their most impressive, as each of the Alexandrians seemingly tries to outdo each other for the award of ‘most excruciating zombie-induced death’.

Glenn later had the opportunity to get rid of Nicholas once and for all, but decided to show him mercy – a moment of humanity that ultimately contributed to his death. Where the episode is at its most playful is with the pairing of Nicholas and Glenn, the highlight of the story that gives the episode its biggest, most rewarding dramatic moment.

Rick does get a reply from Sasha Williams (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) as they slowly drive away from Alexandria at the front of a massive zombie “parade.” Rick’s challenges are soon magnified, however, when two Wolves sneak into the RV and try to shoot him. Give her an oozing brain one too while we’re at it.) His wife of three months is back in Alexandria. “She made me more, more than I used to be,” he says. “But if I could make it back, I’d want to say goodbye. But, from what we saw, Nicholas wasn’t really thinking at all when he pulled the trigger: we very much doubt he was trying to kill anyone other than himself. Yeung is also still credited for episodes later on in this season, although it’s possible that the character may just be appearing in flashbacks, or as a zombie. Lincoln remains skilful throughout the action sequences (his bone-crushing camper van fight is another highlight) but manages to find moments of quiet amongst the violence.

They take refuge in a pet store, where Michonne tells Dr Dre that their only hope of escape is to lead the zombies “away from here”. “Because that’s been working so well lately,” says Dre. She’s seen her father beheaded by a crazed eyepatch-sporting maniac; was reunited with her sister after months apart, only to find out that Beth had been shot – and now her husband’s been killed by Walkers.

Take that, Rick Grimes and your crazy-ass scheme to make Alexandria safe from zombie attack by leading squillions of zombies past the front gate. “Have you ever done things that make you feel afraid of yourself afterward? I’m still with Rick, but I am definitely thinking about buying a tent and maybe heading out to that camp ground with all the other doubters if this carries on much longer.

Imagine the local Pets R Us if word went around on a Saturday morning that they were giving away free kittens to every eight year-old who bothered to rock up. Beneath them, gasping faces and grasping hands reach up, looking both empty and desperate; it’s like the mosh pit at a Slipknot concert and Nicholas looks like he’s thinking about crowdsurfing his way to the bar.

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