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

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

Television fans were shocked at the conclusion of Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead” when Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), just the second series regular introduced in the show’s pilot nearly five years ago, appeared to be torn to pieces by a zombie horde. The Walking Dead is certainly no stranger to gruesome character deaths, but on Sunday, Oct. 25, the AMC zombie thriller seemingly killed off one of its OG characters, and the show’s apocalyptic universe may never be the same.

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. It all went down as Glenn and Nicholas (Michael Traynor) tried to distract a horde of zombies, and ended up backed into an alley with walkers behind and coming at them. 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. Glenn—the Master of Runs, half of TWD’s best love story, and a general badass—went out trying to protect a group of hapless people who maybe didn’t even deserve to be saved. While taking refuge inside an abandoned pet shop, Glenn concocts a risky plan that involves luring the walkers in a new direction by setting fire to a feed store.

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. Others also pointed out that The Talking Dead didn’t do an in memoriam for the former pizza delivery guy, which is the norm when a character is killed off.

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. As one of the original Atlanta apocalypse survivors, Glenn teamed up with Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in the pilot episode as they had to make their way through a swathe of walkers undetected.

It may be a farfetched theory—with a horde this large, it’s very unlikely the walkers wouldn’t be able to smell Glenn (who wasn’t exactly being silent) or, at the very least, take a chunk out of his leg. He met his wife Maggie Greene () a short time later, and after she suffered the loss of her father, Hershel (Scott Wilson), and sister, Beth (Emily Kinney), Maggie had only Glenn left. Kirkman told fans to expect “a lot of cool stuff” with Glenn and Yeun said, “The way that we make the show — the writers and everybody really want to focus on making things poignant and purposeful and meaningful. Considering less important characters like Tyrese and Merl had more heroic and honorable deaths, it seems unlikely that the show runners would kill Glenn in such an offhanded way.

Usually exiting actors show up to give the show an emotional goodbye. (We’re still processing Emily Kinney’s goodbye appearance.) In fact, during The Talking Dead’s post-mortem segment, where they usually list all the characters that died in a given episode, Glenn’s name was also absent.

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