Well, it took almost a month, but last night’s episode of The Walking Dead finally revealed what happened to Glenn at the end of episode three, “Thank You.”
So now that they’ve shown their hand, the question becomes why The Walking Dead’s showrunners kept fans in agony and frustration for a solid month of cliffhangers. Well, anyone who watched last night’s segment of Talking Dead has that answer (although it’s not a very good one).
Speaking on the show, showrunner Scott Gimple offered up this explanation:
When people leave the walls, they don’t have cell phones. They aren’t rocking 80s beepers. You don’t know what happens. You have no idea. When they leave that could be the last time you ever see them, and I think it was important to do a story this year about uncertainty and that the audience would share that uncertainty that the characters had like in Episode 5. Maggie didn’t know what happened to Glenn, and I wanted the audience to be exactly where she was, to feel the exact same way.
We’d have to say mission accomplished on that one, as Glenn’s fate has easily become the show’s biggest talking point all season. Wiping actor Steven Yeun’s name from the credits was a clever, if manipulative, touch to plant seeds of doubt in viewers’ minds that everyone’s favorite former delivery boy was indeed zombie fodder.
Now that Glenn is back in the picture, we can only dread what’s coming in next week’s mid-season finale, as it offers a prime opportunity for the show to legitimately kill character off and not just tease it.
If they kill Daryl, we riot (or at least complain about it on social media).
(via: Cinema Blend)