Following the latest two episodes of “The Walking Dead,” viewers are aware that the Saviors are here to wreak havoc on the Alexandria survivors and that their leader, Negan, is not a man to be crossed. With fans everywhere excited for the arrival of one of the comic book’s most iconic villains, the one man who should be dreading Negan’s arrival is finally speaking out.
[SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article will discuss issue #100 of “The Walking Dead” comic books]
As some already know from the comics, Negan, who will be played on the show by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, arrives in the D.C. area and introduces himself in the bloodiest way possible. He stops the survivors on the road and chooses Glenn, played in the show by Steven Yeun, to brutally murder after a game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Because of this infamous comic book scene, fans of the AMC series have been terrified that the arrival of Negan in the upcoming Season 6 finale means saying goodbye to Glenn like it did in the written source material. However, in a recent interview, Yeun explained that he’s excited for the villain’s debut on the show and says that fans should not start to worry prematurely.
“I know people are going to always go, ‘Negan kills Glenn in the comics,’ but rest assured that we don’t necessarily do what’s in the comics,” the 32-year-old actor told Entertainment Weekly. “There’s a clear divide in the way we tell a story on television, and the way that story is told in the comics, because it has to be. And everybody will have to see what happens, but we definitely tell our story in the way that television should be told.”
It seems the actor is either really good at masking his upcoming demise on the show, or is eerily sanguine about it. Then again, there is the third option that the show will break from its source material, as it’s done countless times in the past, and introduce Negan without killing Glenn.
With Carol actress Melissa McBride promising CBR an extremely dark season finale, it’s not unreasonable to assume that not all the survivors will make it to the Season 7 premiere. So, if Yeun’s comments can be taken at face value, it’s possible that Glenn won’t be the one on the business end of Negan’s trusty baseball bat. The question then becomes: who will?
As The Huffington Post points out, there has been a lot of evidence building up in Season 6 so far that points to one character being set up to die in the finale — Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan). Thanks to her character’s positive place in life, her pregnancy and the actress’ new haircut and film schedule, it seems that all the signs are pointing to the demise of Gelnn’s wife rather than him.
Sadly, all of this is pure speculation since the media-savvy Yeun didn’t give any concrete answers about the fate of his character. As a result, fans will just have to wait until “The Walking Dead” Season 6 comes to a close to know how it all shakes out with Negan’s introduction.