7:54pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Walking Dead' Drops Steven Yeun From Opening Credits
AMC is having a little fun with Walking Dead viewers.
The network on Sunday removed Steven Yeun from the opening credits of The Walking Dead. It marked the first time that Yeun, an original series regular, did not appear in the title sequence since the start of the show based on Robert Kirkman's comics.
The supersized 90-minute episode was the first episode after the shocking one in which it appeared that Yeun's former pizza boy Glenn was killed off the series.
The actor was not part of Talking Dead's weekly "In Memoriam" segment and showrunner Scott M. Gimple offered a cryptic statement about Glenn's future: "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."
In a follow-up interview with THR, Gimple said Glenn's "death" will be addressed this half-season: "I'd say sooner rather than later. We're ripping through this season pretty damn quick. People will know pretty damn quick."
Clearly omitting Yeun — a fan favorite whose Glenn now serves as the group's moral compass — isn't Gimple's way of addressing the character's future but on the flip side, the series has a history of removing actors' names from the opening credits after their on-screen death. Sunday's episode featured the names of all the series regulars as well as two guest stars. (There was no mention of Yeun in the closing credits, either.)
While there is ample evidence to support that Glenn really isn't dead — Yeun has been spotted filming the second half of the season and just signed a new contract, etc. — removing him from the credits could just be AMC's way of toying with the audience.
Worth noting that AMC previously accidentally spoiled the death of Jon Bernthal's Shane (twice), so maybe this is their way of righting the ship.
In a THR poll, nearly 85 percent of the 65,000 respondents felt that Glenn wasn't really dead, and that his death wasn't definitive. Representatives from AMC did not immediately return THR's request for comment.