Glenn’s death during the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead will undoubtedly have lasting effects on characters and fans alike. For Daryl (Norman Reedus), his actions that fateful night will haunt him for the rest of his life.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Reedus revealed that Daryl blames himself for Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) brutal death.
After Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) murdered Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) with his barbed wired bat, Daryl punched Negan to protect Rosita (Christian Serratos). This prompted this season’s villain to give Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group another lesson by bashing Glenn’s skull.
When asked if Daryl blames himself for Glenn’s death, Reedus revealed that dark times are ahead.
“He goes into a very dark place. He completely takes the weight of that and just carries that with him. He never forgives himself and he takes full responsibility.”
Daryl added that there was no way Daryl could have known that Negan would kill Glenn. He was just acting in the moment and was trying to protect Rosita and honor Abraham’s memory.
While the other characters on the show don’t blame Daryl for what happened, that one event will define everything he does this season.
“But the truth is that whole group on that show would have done anything to protect any of us, and that guy’s crazy with the bat,” Reedus continued. “The weight of Glenn’s death is going to weigh on Daryl heavily, I know it does. He gives up, he loses the fight, he’s keeping to himself, whatever’s happening to him, he thinks he deserves it. He’s going to let it happen, which is crushing. To take somebody wild like that — a wild, pure, honest fighter like that — and just strip him of his desire to fight back or fight for anything, it’s crushing.”
Another character deeply affected by Glenn’s death is Maggie (Lauren Cohan).
According to Entertainment Weekly, Maggie will do whatever it takes to get vengeance for her husband’s death.
“I think it’s very Glenn that she gets up and insists on taking his body and she wants to protect him and give him a funeral that he deserves and that overcomes all the inhibition,” Cohan explained. “And so Negan gives Maggie vengeance, and I don’t think she’s a vengeful person, but it’s going to be really interesting push and pull this season.”
Apparently, Maggie has reached the point where her need for vengeance trumps just about everything else in her life.
“There’s no worse case scenario now. But what Negan’s actions do to Maggie is light this crazy fuse. And we’ll see that burn pretty strong,” Cohan stated. “You’ll see how she lives on in honor of Glenn and in vengeance of Negan, and it’s a real war in her brain, and in protection of the baby. I really liked the fact that Glenn says, ‘I’ll find you,’ because she takes him with her. It’s difficult to even encapsulate the grief like that.”
Cohan went on to reveal that Maggie emerges as a real leader this season and will try to do the right thing for those around her and her baby.
Even still, Cohan cautioned fans that the worst is yet to come.
“But there’s a lot of anger ahead in this road for the group and it’s a very complex season. This fallout now is so heavy,” she explained. “It’s really rich, and the places that we see everybody go, and the worlds everybody’s going in to and how they’re all dealing with losing Glenn and Abraham — it’s the linchpin. I mean, there’s been so much loss to this point, and this is just the entire house of cards.”
Meanwhile, Comic Book is reporting that this season will include some iconic scenes from the graphic novels.
“There are some great moments from the comic books that we’re going to get a chance to experience,” executive producer Greg Nicotero teased. “To me it feels like we may be a little closer in nature to certain beats in the graphic novel than we have in the past, but that could just be my interpretation of it.”
One of these scenes includes Maggie’s emergence at the Hilltop, which fans are definitely eager to watch unfold.
In the meantime, Metro reveals that the upcoming episode will feature a lot of bloodshed.
The coming installment will be fifteen minutes longer than the typical episode and the synopsis reveals that Negan is once again terrorizing the residents at Alexandria.
While the residents of Alexandria attempt to re-group after the latest round of losses, they “receive a sobering visit” from Negan and company.
There’s no telling what Negan will do, but Rick and his group will definitely need to be on their toes to avoid further damage.
New episodes of Season 7 of The Walking Dead air Sunday nights on AMC, check out a sneak peek of the next all-new episode below.
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