anonymous asked:

Do you think Maggie will haver her revenge ? Negan seems loved by the fans and the writers so I don't expect so much.

Let me first preface this whole answer to your question by saying that I think that Glenn’s death in both the comic books and the TV series was hands down the worst decision that Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, and the rest of the writing staff for TWD could have ever made, and hell yeah, I totally think it was racist, even though I’m sure that none of the writers intended it to be that way. But they are a room full of predominantly white and straight men, who are amateur creative writers that specialize in graphic novel/horror genre writing, so it just so happened that they did unintentionally slip some racism into the story when they killed off Glenn because in both the comics and the TV show he is the only major Asian character, and he died for the sake of creating a storyline for white characters.

It would be one thing if Glenn had died because bad shit is just expected to happen in the zombie apocalypse, he got bit by a walker,and there were still other major (non-stereotypical) Asian characters there that were still surviving. However, Glenn was the only major Asian survivor in both the TV show and the comics, which made it seem racist to kill him off in such a brutal way for the progression of white characters in the storyline because it’s like the writers were trying to make the point that Glenn was their token (non-stereotypical) major Asian heart of the TV show/comics, and no one can ever replace him now that he’s gone, so there won’t be any more major Asian characters on the comics/show ever again.

Besides, the storytelling/character development excuse that Kirkman had for killing off Glenn does not at all apply to the TV show. For one thing, TV Maggie has never been the same codependent, insecure, and weak damsel-in-distress, who relied on Glenn’s physical and emotional support. TV Maggie has always been a fiercely independent, outspoken, and sassy leader, who could stick up for herself from day one. If anything, TV Glenn needed TV Maggie more than she needed him, and though I love Maggie, I think the story would have been a lot more interesting on the show if it had been her to get the bat instead of him because seeing Glenn feel totally alone, broken and hopeless from the loss of his loved ones was something that I had never really seen on the show, but something that I had really wanted to.

While I still don’t think that Maggie’s death would have been absolutely necessary on the show to bring Glenn to that dark lonely, broken, and hopeless place, especially since they had just made him kill living people for the first time ever in S6, I also can’t deny that Maggie dying on the show would totally break him, and that it would have been interesting to see him struggle to get back to the man he once was and start over. Meanwhile, we’ve seen Maggie feel alone, broken, and hopeless before in the world when she’s lost someone she’s loved many times before on the show, we know that she’s strong enough to survive it without faltering, and we know that she is able to get back up on the horse and start over fairly easily. And either way, she’s gotten even less screen time than she did when Glenn was still alive on the show because there is no significant development to focus on with her since she’s already the badass on the show that Glenn’s death in the comics compelled her to become, and the writers only care about Negan and Daryl, anyway. They focused more on Daryl’s grief over causing Glenn’s death than they did in Maggie’s. They even went so far as to have her act like it was no big deal, and that it wasn’t his fault when it clearly was. Comic Maggie, by contrast, gets so angry at Rick when Glenn gets killed by Negan that she punches him in the fucking face, blames him for leading them to Negan and the Saviors, and has a really hard time forgiving Rick for Glenn’s death for a long time. So TV Glenn’s death wasn’t about Maggie’s character development on the show.

Additionally, Glenn is the only one to get the bat in the comic books, not Abraham and Glenn, the show literally overkilled the scene to try and trick the audience into thinking that Glenn was safe for a few minutes by killing off Abraham with the bat first, which is disrespectful to both their characters because neither of them were warranted important enough for their own death scenes by the writers, and the addition of Glenn’s tragic death on the show right afterwards takes away from the tragedy of Abe’s loss because more people, including me, felt the weight of the loss more from Glenn’s death than Abraham’s death in the season seven premiere. In the comics, Glenn’s death was completely by random chance, not because some idiot, like Daryl, couldn’t follow instructions in the lineup after seeing someone else get the bat right in front of them first.

Glenn’s death in the comics was significant because he was the ultimate fan favorite, and it added to Rick’s character development because Glenn was his righthand man and best friend, who’s death he wanted to avenge by trying to kill Negan, but by seasons three-four of the television series Daryl had pretty much taken over Glenn’s role as Rick’s righthand man and best friend, so by all common narrative sense in the show, it should have been Daryl to get the bat. The only dynamic of Glenn’s relationship with Rick that Daryl didn’t steal from Glenn on the TV show was the fact that he was the first one to save his life in the series, which does make Glenn’s death super tragic, but it still feels like their relationship wasn’t close enough in the show to break Rick, like it did in the comics.

Finally, TV Glenn was a lot more badass than comic book Glenn. TV Glenn was also a sweetheart, and the light and hope of the main group, like his comic book counterpart, but he wasn’t an innocent snowflake, who was too afraid to stick up for himself and fight back adversity by getting his hands dirty and being gutsy either. Comic book Glenn never fought back Merle and a walker tied to a fucking chair, he was too afraid to kill living people, even if he had to for survival, and he didn’t participate in wars with the rest of Team Family. Comic Glenn was more panicky in moments of danger, while TV Glenn was braver, stronger, and emotionally hardened enough to break his strict moral code for the sake of protecting other people and fighting back adversity. TV Glenn was a much more complex character than comic Glenn, and and he was realistically hardened enough to survive the apocalypse with potential to develop a darker edge that his comic counterpart did not have.

Moreover, Steven Yeun did a really fantastic job of portraying a dynamic, emotionally complex, likable, and relatable non-stereotypical Asian-American main character on TWD, no matter how much Gimple started screwing Glenn’s character over on the show by sidelining him when he took over as show-runner in S4. Glenn, the Asian guy, won the heart of the hot white farmer’s daughter. Glenn, the Asian guy, was more caring, kindhearted, loving, and selfless than any one of the other white core characters from the Atlanta Five (AL5) group of survivors, including Rick, the white main lead. No, really, the only other major character on TWD, who seemed like he was a bit of a better person than Glenn was Hershel, but that was kind of to be expected since Hershel was much older, wiser, and he essentially represented the wise old owl/sage of Team Family. Still, otherwise, Glenn, the Asian guy, was a better person than any of the other major characters on TWD, and he certainly was the best of the core AL5 group, all of who were white with the exception of him. Glenn, the Asian guy, escaped death more times than any other major character on the show. Glenn, the Asian guy, got to take charge of his white fellow survivors on many occasions. Glenn, the Asian guy, saved the white main lead of the show from death in the debut episode of the series. In fact, Glenn, the Asian guy, bravely and selflessly saved many people from death, whether they deserved his help or not. Glenn, the Asian guy, got to show the audience that he was just as capable as Rick and Daryl, the white and grizzled major badasses of the show, of having an angry, aggressive, dark, and reckless side to his personality that he struggled with, even though I feel like it was really underdeveloped by comparison, and I’m pissed off that the writers wasted the perfect opportunity to show us a Glenn that was darker than ever before in S7, after they finally made him kill like ten living people for the first time ever on the show at the end of S6, and then never mentioned anything about it again because a stupid “iconic” death was more important to them instead.

But anyway, do you realize how rare it is to see such emotionally complex, likable, and relatable well-played non-stereotypical Asian main characters on TV, like Steven Yeun’s portrayal of Glenn Rhee on TWD, who could be every bit as badass and skilled in leadership as the white leads of the TV show, took charge of the white leads on many occasions, won the heart of the sexy white southern farmer’s daughter, and outshone most of them in terms of moral integrity, selflessness, and optimism.

So like, even if they did get another really likable major (non-stereotypical) Asian character in the main cast on the show, I highly doubt that they could ever replace Glenn Rhee because Steven Yeun’s performance on the show as that character would be a tough act to follow, let alone replace. Plus, the writing for character development and consistency has been going to shit ever since S4, so I highly doubt that the writers would even care enough to try to make them interesting anyway. Writers in the horror/graphic novel genre are not very well known for caring about their characters or storytelling integrity, and unfortunately Scott Gimple and Robert Kirkman are those type of writers. TWD is not about good writing, storytelling integrity, trying stay true to the comics, or trying to portray the survival of the fittest in a world that’s gone to shit, if it were then Glenn would still be alive on the show, and Daryl would be dead right now. It’s about the writers trying to kill off the character, who’s death will create the most tragic shock value loss right when they have everything to lose and/or have tons of unexplored potential for great new character development, and Kirkman and Gimple making money off of AMC by keeping the most overrated ultimate white trash, stereotypical, and grizzled fan fav badass, Daryl Dixon alive, so they can keep selling t-shirts at Hot Topic with his face plastered on the front that threaten to “riot/boycott the show if he ever dies.

So no. To answer your question, I don’t think we will see Maggie get revenge on Negan in the TV show. Not only did Glenn’s death do nothing for her character growth on the show because she already was badass, but Maggie’s been sidelined even more than when Glenn was still alive anyway. It’s like the writers don’t know what to do with her without Glenn, and half her character’s missing on the show now, and all they care about is Daryl’s man pain, and Negan showing up with his bat to be a psychotic pompous one note ass, who spends more time giving villainous monologues than he does actually causing damage, no matter how much they want us to believe that everyone on Team Family thinks he’s too threatening to kill. Plus, if I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a billion times, I don’t think that Glenn’s death on the show happened because Steven Yeun wanted it for his character, or because it was needed to motivate Rick and Maggie in the TV storyline. I think it happened because the writers wanted to kill off a core main character (one of the AL5 members) for shock value, and were too chicken to pull the trigger on Daryl instead. I think it happened because Robert Kirkman has some gross and fucked up Negan fetish. I think it happened because Scott Gimple never cared about Glenn once he took over as show-runner and kept sidelining him once he did, so Steven Yeun felt resigned to quit because his character kept getting sidelined. Why stick to acting in a show where you’re not appreciated? I get that.

Anyway, I quit watching midway through S7 because I felt that Negan sucked as a villain, Daryl was annoying, Maggie kept getting sidelined, and the show that I used to know and love was essentially buried with Glenn. The show was already starting to go downhill for me in S4, but Glenn’s death was like the final nail in the coffin for TWD for me because it was essentially the death of all complex character development and hope for something better and new. Now, it’s just any other zombie/post apocalypse show to me that tells the same old cycle of gloom and doom over and over again with no relief where everyone will die, but Rick, Carl (I get that because they are the main leads, so without them there is no show), and Daryl (who has no point anymore).

We play Daryl Dixon as being somewhat asexual on the show. I think that he is a very introverted character. I think that’s some of his appeal. I do have to clear something up though. In The Walking Dead letters column in the old comic book that I do, there was a question that made me mention that there was a possibility early on about making Daryl Dixon’s character gay and it caused quite a hubbub online. I just wanted to make it clear that I was saying the possibility is there. I would’ve been fine with it, the network would’ve been fine with it. But we ultimately didn’t do that. I can make it official, Daryl Dixon is actually straight.

Robert Kirkman (x)

So Im assuming this means he is an asexual heteromantic? I mean with the way he worded it, it doesnt sound like he gets the full definition if asexuality…

Daryl Dixon is my favorite element of the television show,” said Kirkman. “And when we saw Norman Reedus, all of the producers kind of got together, and we were like, ‘We love this guy. We’ve got to get him in the show somehow.’ And so suddenly, Merle had a brother named Daryl.

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