Spoiler alert or nah? Fans of The Walking Dead were likely shocked by the series’ tragic turn of events on Sunday, Oct. 25, but showrunner Scott M. Gimple isn’t ready to give out any definite answers just yet — just more ambiguity.
WARNING: Major spoilers ahead! Do not read this if you have not seen the Sunday, Oct. 25 episode of The Walking Dead!
On Sunday’s episode, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), one of the show’s original cast members, suffered what looked to be a pretty gruesome death — being eaten alive by an entire mob of walkers after Nicholas (Michael Traynor) shoots himself in the head and knocks Glenn off the dumpster they’re both seeking refuge on.
But, Gimple tells fans, things may not be what they appear.
“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 on The Talking Dead, followed by a confusing, but hopeful, note:
“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,” he added.
Several other elements surrounding Glenn’s untimely death suggest that there may be hope yet for the show’s beloved pizza delivery guy, aka Maggie’s (Lauren Cohan) beloved husband.
Yeun, 31, was not featured in the show’s usual post-mortem wrap-up of characters that have died.
His character’s death was also never directly addressed on The Talking Dead — when speaking of his supposed gory demise, the show hosts used phrases like “Glenn appears to have been killed,” instead of “Glenn is dead.”
And perhaps most telling, Yeun did not turn up as a guest on The Talking Dead — a telltale sign that his character may not be dead, since in the past, every major character that dies is usually brought onto the show as a surprise guest.