‘The Walking Dead’: Reacting to Glenn and Looking Ahead to Next Week

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Did ‘The Walking Dead’ jump the shark in revealing Glenn’s fate?.

“The Walking Dead” dispensed with the defining mystery of Season 6 (so far) on Sunday, revealing that the fan favorite Glenn Rhee, last seen roughly a month ago surrounded by zombies and apparently being eaten, did in fact survive. CLEVELAND, Ohio – During Sunday night’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” the show revealed the answer to one of Season 6’s biggest mysteries – Is Glenn alive or dead? On Sunday, viewers learned that Glenn’s body had been covered by that of Nicholas, another character, and he was able to scoot to safety under a Dumpster.

While it was not made clear if Glenn, played by Steven Yeun, was dead, fans feared the worst after he was taken out of the opening credits for the show. But in the latest episode screened in the US, it was revealed that he had made a miraculous escape, and that the show bosses were simply toying with viewers.

Soon after the big reveal, which came in the opening moments of Sunday’s episode, Twitter lit up with fans celebrating Glenn’s re-emergence with hosannas, photo tributes and the occasional GIF: Among the tweeters was Steven Yeun, the actor who plays Glenn, and who has been keeping a low profile since the character’s apparent death. “A much delayed thank you for all the Glenn love,” he wrote. Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), who was last seen at the bottom of a pile of walkers noshing on some unidentified organs, is, in fact, alive. “It proves this world can take the story of the good guy winning sometimes,” Yeun, 31, who has basically been in hiding for weeks, said on The Talking Dead aftershow. “I feel relieved, I feel very grateful, I feel so amazed at the response.” “I feel bad that I couldn’t say anything to everyone, family, friends.

Critics and writers, however, were less charmed by Glenn’s emergence from beneath the Dumpster. (Including this one.) For many, the contrivance of the is-he-or-isn’t-he plot device insulted fans and subverted the show’s life-or-death stakes. Among the disenchanted: “In creating false suspense and undermining the life-or-death stakes it thrives on, ‘The Walking Dead’ just lost at its own game.” — The Daily Beast “Glenn under the Dumpster will join Bobby in the shower, the cork on the island of ‘Lost,’ and the ‘St. Gimple said. “Maggie didn’t know what happened to Glenn and I wanted the audience to be exaclty where she was, to feel the exact same way.” Whatever your feelings about the dramatic value of the Glenn twist, the hoopla surrounding it suggests that Mr. But it seems unlikely. • Daryl, Sasha and Abraham are returning with a big fuel truck and a rocket launcher, one or both of which should be useful in the Battle of Alexandria.

I’m guessing the “Help” we heard on the walkie-talkie last week is coming from someone inside, mid-attack. • Ron is stalking Carl with his newfound shooting skills and pilfered ammo, an act that has seemed probable for a while and then inevitable after Carl’s patronizing advice during Sunday night’s shooting lesson. While I don’t think anything will happen to Carl — and don’t necessarily want it to — I wouldn’t mind if Ron were to cartoonishly shoot that hat off his head the way someone might in an old western.

Related: How many surreptitious raids on the armory are going to happen before someone moves Olivia into a different job? • Morgan is likely to have a choice to make: toe his “all life is precious” line or get his hands bloody, perhaps at the expense of his adopted Wolf. Denise, the shaky medic Morgan brought in to help his patient, seems like she could be collateral damage. • Rosita the machete instructor is ready to slice and dice all comers, but her students are somewhat less so, especially Eugene, who had the line of the night on Sunday: “I’m a weapons novice holding a significant blade here, and there are people in my vicinity with open-toed shoes.” • Jessie already showed some moxie a couple weeks ago, and now delicate little Sam may have to follow suit. “The only thing that keeps you from becoming a monster is killing,” Carol said. Forget “Fear the Walking Dead” — I wish AMC would make a spinoff that consisted solely of Carol messing with Sam’s head for 45 minutes each week. • Maggie is pregnant, and Aaron seems to have signed on as her protector.

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