When it comes to the The Walking Dead, Glenn's death is all everyone can talk about. In this case, the new episode makes a blunt statement about Steven Yeun's TWD character by what is not named in the credits. The new The Walking Dead episode heavily focused on a Morgan flashback, although we were left wondering if Rick Grimes' hand may have been zombie infected before The Walking Dead Season 7 even arrives. It is also possible we have a gay Jesus to look forward to based upon The Walking Dead Season 6 spoilers -- no, we are not joking.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, The Walking Dead producer Scott Gimple wrote a letter to the fans explaining what we might expect. Although he did not declare Glenn dead, he kind of hinted that something odd may happen.
"I knew we should say something about it, lest our silence say something we didn't mean to say or not say," Gimple said. "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."
The last time we saw Glenn, he was stuck in a pit of zombies. Nicholas had just died, and we saw Glenn's horrified face as zombies began munching down on someone's guts. We never actually saw Glenn die directly, and Nicholas did land on top of him, so there has been a lot of speculation about a potential escape. Still, the last shot was pretty grim.
The biggest piece of evidence so far is that Steven Yeun has been spotted on the set multiple times during production for the second half of The Walking Dead Season 6. One of these photos shows Glenn standing next to a character presumed to be Jesus, who has not even appeared yet at all on the TV series. Glenn's death at this point would also be a major departure from the graphic novels, although the two universes separated a long time ago.
@WalkingDead_AMC picture of Glenn with new character Jesus. pic.twitter.com/727AoOcw3l
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Several days ago, when Gimple spoke to the Hollywood Reporter, he also made it quite clear that we may see some major departures from Robert Kirkman's comics. The showrunner even went so far as to say that even a character like Rick Grimes could die in The Walking Dead Season 6.
"It's a very big season... We're dropping everyone in the deep end of the pool," Gimple said. "Things can get worse — in different ways. There will be some very unique turns to this story coming up... It' s a scary thing but this is a scary show."
It is possible that Glenn died. The new Walking Dead episode did not prove Glenn's death directly since it was largely focused on the backstory behind Morgan, but it did make a major statement by leaving out the name of actor Steven Yeun from the opening credits. Since Yeun's character was not in the episode, this technically makes sense, although it may just be the producers teasing their fans.
The Walking Dead Season 7 Requires Glenn's Death?
One major issue with Glenn's death happening now is that it's very different from the comics. If the TV series kills Glenn now, then a major scene involving a villain would have to be changed or scrapped entirely. Glenn's future death also requires that Jesus' arrival happen beforehand.
No, we're not talking about the Second Coming, we're talking about Paul Monroe. It is fully possible that The Walking Dead Season 6 will introduce Jesus sometime in the upcoming episodes based upon photos from the set.
New character coming to the Walking Dead from the comic book Paul Jesus Monroe pic.twitter.com/7qYHnUg59I — #patriotnation 7-0 (@roger12371) October 29, 2015
According to Entertainment Weekly, British actor Tom Payne has been cast as Paul Monroe, who goes by the nickname Jesus. Based upon the comics, Jesus first arrives in order to connect Alexandria with other communities like Hilltop, but this connection also sets up a confrontation with Walking Dead villain Negan. This villain leads a group of survivors called the Saviors, who subjugate other communities in the Washington D.C. and steals their women to make them Negan's brides.
If this story occurs in the TV series, it's possible that Glenn's death will be reserved for The Walking Dead Season 7. When Kirkman introduced Negan in the comics, the villain infamously kills Glenn with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. If Glenn's death was avoided in Season 6, then it's possible his fate, along with Carl Grimes' eye, is sealed in Season 7.
Rick Grimes' Hand
Speaking of the TV show teasing the fans, in the graphic novels Rick Grimes loses a hand permanently, a decision that comic writer Kirkman has regretted. In the Walking Dead TV series, Rick recently hurt his hand very badly, which has some fans concerned that we'll soon have a one-handed Rick on the show if it was infected by the zombies.
Well, fans should not worry, says Gimple.
"I'll give you an absolute because I've been dealing with a lot of ambiguity in storytelling here in protecting the story: Rick's hand is safe," Gimple said. "You can proclaim it from the mountaintops: His hand is safe! He will be wrapping it. There will be some ointments involved."
The Walking Dead's Jesus Is Gay
If this Jesus sees Glenn dead in the pit, he will not be making him his Lazarus. But Kirkman has also explained to Reddit that he made The Walking Dead's Jesus gay for a reason.
"In my opinion there should be more awesome gay people in fiction because there are plenty of awesome gay people in real life. I want Jesus to be a character where his sexuality is as unimportant as Rick or other heterosexual characters. So we won't focus on it constantly and it won't be the focus of any big storylines for him... but he'll make it with a dude every now and then... before going out and drop kicking zombies. He's one of my current favorite characters."
As for The Walking Dead Season 7, AMC President Charlie Collier announced that the release date will be in October of 2016. No spoilers required.
What do you think about these Walking Dead Spoilers? Do you think Glenn is alive?
#TheWalkingDead writers this Season 😶 pic.twitter.com/U5oapBlrkx
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