[SPOILERS for The Walking Dead season 7 premiere ahead.]
As basically everyone has no doubt heard about by now, this past Sunday’s season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead saw the end of Glenn Rhee’s (Steven Yeun) life at the hands – or more specifically barbed wire-covered baseball bat – of Negan. With Glenn having now gone on a rather horrific “date” with Lucille, his wife Maggie is now a widow, and their unborn child now fatherless. In other words, season 7 isn’t exactly off to a great start for Rick and his makeshift family of apocalypse survivors.
Of course, with Yeun now out of a job for the first time in 7 years, the actor will soon be on the hunt for a new gig, if he isn’t already. Thankfully for him, playing a popular character on the most watched drama on TV for such a long period all but guarantees that it won’t be too long before his services are snapped up by someone else, whether that be a film producer or the makers of another TV series.
On the lighter side of the job hunt spectrum though, a new comedy bit from TBS’ Conan presents the scenario that not only has Yeun already landed another steady gig, it’s actually at Conan itself. Since host Conan O’Brien apparently can’t be bothered to come to rehearsals for his own show, Yeun is now being paid to stand-in – or sit-in rather – for Conan behind the desk during the rehearsal for each day’s episode, complete with hilarious bright red wig. The full clip can be seen above, and as usual for O’Brien, presents the host in a rather self-deprecating light.
Yeun has developed quite the rapport with Conan over the years, having become a semi-regular fixture on O’Brien’s TBS series. In the past, Yeun and Conan have visited a Korean spa together, as well as Yeun actually accompanying the host on a trip to South Korea earlier this year. While there, the two took part in the filming of a K-pop music video, and even shot a segment at the DMZ between the countries of North and South Korea. Thankfully, Kim Jong-un did not make an appearance.
All joking aside, it’ll be interesting to see what type of acting role Yeun ends up taking next. As beloved as Glenn was, there’s no way he won’t be in-demand by casting directors come pilot season. Perhaps Yeun will end up playing another lovable hero, or maybe even flip the script and indulge his darker side. After all, having one’s skull crushed does odd things to a man.
The Walking Dead continues next Sunday with ‘The Well’ @9pm on AMC.