With three days to go, and possibly more, until “The Walking Dead” returns to tie up that huge cliffhanger from last week, fans are pulling at any hopeful thread they can find to convince themselves that a beloved character is still alive. Unfortunately, one key behind-the-scenes clue may mean the worst for fans of the AMC zombie drama.
[SPOILER ALERT: The remainder of this article will discuss Season 6, episode 3, of “The Walking Dead.”]
The most recent episode of the hit series saw fan-favorite character Glenn (Steven Yeun) seemingly torn apart by a horde of walkers. But the ensuing episode of the companion show, “Talking Dead,” gave fans more than enough reason to believe that Glenn may have survived his encounter with the walkers thanks to the body of his relatively useless partner, Nicholas (Michael Traynor).
While fans assumed that the series wouldn’t kill off one of its oldest cast members so unceremoniously, The Huffington Post uncovered a bit of evidence that suggests it may be curtains for Glenn. In an interview, Traynor revealed that he and Yeun went out for haircuts to celebrate wrapping the scene.
“We did it together,” he said. “That’s kind of how we celebrated the day. We went to the barber shop. We got a little trim. It was good.”
As the outlet notes, getting a haircut in the zombie apocalypse is a pretty unheard-of thing. When Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) allowed his neighbor to trim his hair in Season 5, it was actually considered a plot point on the show. As a result, news that Yeun is cutting his trademark long hair could mean he won't be back.
Although showrunner Scott Gimple released a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter) confirming that fans will see Glenn again at some point in the coming episodes of Season 6, that doesn’t necessarily mean the character survived his encounter. It is a show about the dead coming back to life, after all. Still, if Glenn does somehow survive his current situation, fans shouldn’t expect the same character that they knew and loved to come out the other end.
Speaking to Variety, “Walking Dead” executive producer David Alpert explained that the moment for Glenn, regardless of its outcome, was more about demonstrating the consequences of being too forgiving in the zombie apocalypse.
“He has forgiven and embraced and given Nicholas every opportunity in the show to do the right thing, and almost at every point along the way, has paid the price for it. I feel like, regardless of what happened to Glenn, he paid a tremendous price for having been human to Nicholas, and that, to me, from an emotional point of view — whether or not Glenn is alive or dead or something else — the Glenn that we knew, the one that believed in the better side of humanity, I think is dead.”
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait, at least, until the special 90-minute episode of “The Walking Dead,” airing on Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, to find out Glenn’s fate for certain. However, here’s hoping that a loving haircut from his wife, Maggie (Lauren Cohan), is in the character’s future.