7:26pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Walking Dead' Boss Offers Hope About Fan Favorite's Future
[Warning: This story contains spoilers from episode 603, "Thank You," of AMC's The Walking Dead, as well as the comics that the series is based upon.]
AMC's The Walking Dead may have just stunned fans of the diehard zombie drama and comic series that it is based on.
During Sunday's episode — the third of season six — fan favorite Glenn (Steven Yeun) appeared to be shockingly killed off when Nicholas (Michael Traynor) killed himself as they were surrounded by zombies with no hope for escape or rescue. (For more on what happened, click here for THR's rundown of the episode and theories about why Glenn may not dead.)
While Glenn's death doesn't come until much later in the comic series on which the AMC drama is based and the episode didn't seem 100 percent definitive, showrunner Scott M. Gimple offered the following statement on Glenn's fate during Sunday's Talking Dead — where the character, one of five remaining originals from season one, was not included in its "In Memoriam" segment:
"Dear fans of The Walking Dead, this is a hard story to tell and when we were planning to tell we knew our friends at the Talking Dead would be talking to you about it and knowing you'd all be talking, and feeling and commiserating, I knew we should say something about it lest our silence say something we didn't mean to say or not say," Gimple said in a statement. "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."
A big spoiler alert for those who haven't read creator/exec producer Kirkman's comics: Glenn is shockingly executed during the group's first confrontation with dastardly villain Negan in its landmark 100th issue. Sources tell THR that the character of Negan will be introduced in the season six finale, with casting currently underway for the role (under the fake name of Orin). Sources also say that fan-favorite Yeun recently signed a new deal to remain on the zombie drama, further indicating that his death at such an early point in the AMC story seems unlikely.