Glenn's Not Dead: 10 Points

Glenn lives, and here’s why:

1) Nicholas fell on top of him. They were eating Nicholas’s body, not Glenn’s. Glenn was under him, and the walkers were more focused on Nicholas, so he could have slipped under the dumpster.

2) Even if they did eat Glenn, he should’ve passed out when they were ripping out his intestines due to rapid and hella lotta blood loss.

3) Remember the season 5 finale? When Glenn got SHOT and was POUNCED by THREE walkers? How did he even get out of that mess? Because he’s Glenn. Now, even though there are a hundred walkers around him, there’s still enough of a window to escape under the dumpster and hide. Point is, Glenn would never die like this.

4) Again, if he did die, where’s the body? Why didn’t they go for his face which was wide open? The camera angle was shot very peculiarly. Clearly, we don’t know FOR SURE if he’s dead or alive. We will find out next episode most likely.

5) Steven Yeun didn’t show up on The Talking Dead so “fans can process what happened.” Ok… But Hershel and Beth showed up after their deaths, and Glenn has been here since season 1. Do you really think someone who was worked on a show for FIVE YEARS is not gonna show up to a posttalk on his death? Hell no, doesn’t add up.

6) Greg Nicotero released a public statement elaborating that “in some way, shape, or form, "parts” or “versions” of Glenn will appear in future episodes either in flashbacks or current time. Does he mean a son then? Who knows? But for sure, this isn’t his last appearance, which leads me to my next point.

7) There are set photos of Steven with an actor that plays a character from the comics that shows up LATER in the story. Plus, he hasn’t been introduced. Now people might claim its a flashback, but why would it have a character that’s supposed to appear later in the story? Not very likely, huh?

8) Glenn was not in the “In Memoriam” clip show while Nicholas was. For every MAJOR character’s death before, they were included in the clip show when they died: Shane, Hershel, Beth, etc. So why not Glenn?

9) If this was Glenn’s final episode, why didn’t they stress that out in The Talking Dead? They didn’t discuss Steven’s performance or dedication to the show until the very end, when it was closing credits. They were like, “Oh yeah, and Steven did a great job with this show and his role. Goodnight everyone!” Bullshit. He’s a main character. Where’s the love? The emotional cast interviews post-wrap? Everyone ELSE had theirs, so why specifically not Glenn?

10) Steven hasn’t tweeted. Neither has other cast members. Writers and producers haven’t CONFIRMED he died, meaning explicitly state with assurance and confidence that Glenn’s not coming back.

Alexandra Breckenridge on Talking Dead (Feminist Walking Dead)

I have tried to view this week’s episode in its entirety On Demand and via, but it hasn’t been accessible, so I finally had to use highlight clips and interviews to write this. If there is anything that should be mentioned that wasn’t, please weigh in!

On this week’s Talking Dead, Alexandra Breckenridge said that in the scene where Rick kisses Jessie on the cheek, Andrew Lincoln was very nervous because his character “hadn’t gone through any kind of an emotional connection with a female in that capacity” up until this point. This didn’t sit well with some viewers (please send me the “Understatement of the Year” Award for that description).

Whether she was aware of it or not, Breckenridge revived an issue that has been troublesome for many Michonne fans: for a long time, Michonne’s role in the show was primarily as sidekick to Rick, and as an endlessly giving emotional caretaker for Carl, with very little focus on her character development. She gave and Rick took, and he never seemed to acknowledge how much he and his family owed her. It played into cinematic tropes where black female characters are defined by their role taking care of white children, making Michonne a combination of two stereotypes, the other of course being the emotionless badass. 5B finally gave the relationship more balance, caring, and dignity, but via her remark, Breckenridge seemed to dismiss that important, transformative storyline as if it never happened, thus relegating Michonne once again to the role of warrior nursemaid.

Breckenridge also violated a code of etiquette that appears to be otherwise widely observed among the actors of The Walking Dead: first, she spoke in a way that minimized another actress’s storyline; and second, she inadvertently made it seem like Andrew Lincoln also was dismissing Rick’s storyline with Michonne, when in reality Lincoln has spoken on numerous occasions about the two characters’ relationship and his hopes for it. (By the way, I LOVE that about the actors on this show – they are constantly singling out their peers’ performances for praise. In particular Sonequa Martin-Green and Melissa McBride do this, even in episodes when they are not featured themselves. But I digress.)

There was another moment when AB made me uncomfortable, again I’m sure not intentionally, and that was when she said that as Jessie, she would have punched Carol in the face for scaring Sam. There was something about the specificity of the violence in that remark that was disconcerting and unfortunate, especially when discussing a character who had been physically abused in the past. There were so many other ways of saying that Jessie would have been furious and flown to the defense of her child – ones that didn’t specifically involve violence. It wasn’t anything major, it just sounded wrong.

I’m sure AB didn’t intend to do any of this – she’s an actress focused on her character’s development and longevity, but even thoughtless remarks have significance, as I’m sure she’s finding out to her dismay.

The cool thing about the world now is no one gives a shit, man. No one gives a shit who you’re in love with, who cares, as long as you’re in love with someone that’s a good thing, right? It’s such a lovely, powerful, touching scene. When you love someone it weakens you, supposedly. And then you see this, you see the galvanizing force of these two men who adore one another. It’s so beautiful.
—  Andrew Lincoln, Rick Grimes, The Walking Dead