The Walking Dead alum Steven Yeun had admitted that he felt his character on the show, Glenn, wasn’t always given his just due. Over seven seasons, the AMC TV series has seen more characters come and go than any show this side of Game of Thrones. This makes perfect sense of course, as the zombie apocalypse is not exactly a setting which leads to high life expectancy. What one might not expect is that just as many – if not more – characters have met their demise at the hands of other humans than have due to an attack by walkers.
One such human on human death was that of Glenn Rhee (Yeun), who (in)famously met his maker at the business end of Negan’s barbed wire baseball bat Lucille in the season 7 premiere episode. The death scene was one of the most brutal in Walking Dead history, with some fans even complaining to AMC about the extent of Negan’s viciousness. It’s hard to say that he died in vain though, as the lingering memory of Glenn’s head-crushing ordeal courtesy of Negan was in many ways a driving factor toward Rick’s group finally deciding that enough was enough and Negan needed to be overthrown.
That all said, according to Yeun, fans never fully appreciated Glenn prior to his death. He discussed his reasoning for that belief during a recent interview with Vanity Fair, promoting his role in the new Netflix movie Okja. As always though, Yeun can’t go anywhere without fielding a few Walking Dead-based questions. Here’s his full quote on the matter:
“I’ll be honest with you and put a full disclaimer here: I might not be objective, but I truly feel like people didn’t know what to do with Glenn. They liked him, they had no problems with him, and people enjoyed him. But they didn’t acknowledge the connection people had with the character until he was gone.
[…] “It was tough sometimes because I never felt like he got his fair due. I never felt like he got it from an outward perception. I don’t say this as a knock on anything. He always had to be part of something else to legitimize himself. He was rarely alone. And when he was alone, it took several years to convince people to be on his own.”
While Yeun is obviously more than entitled to his opinion concerning the character he brought to life, there are probably a lot of Walking Dead fans right now reading what he had to say, then shrugging while glancing at their Glenn merchandise across the room. Still, there were certainly times during TWD where Glenn’s storylines drew derision from viewers, such as his fake-out dumpster death in the middle of season 6.
One area in which Yeun has a big point though is Glenn’s relative lack of individual screentime and lack of storylines centering solely on him. TWD – much like any other drama with a large ensemble cast – has had many a “day in the limelight” episodes, in which a character or pair of characters gets the focus. Glenn’s time in the solo limelight always seemed minimal, as essential to the group’s overall function as he seemingly was. Whether one agrees with Yeun’s assertion that Glenn wasn’t appreciated or not, it’s certainly something to ponder.
The Walking Dead returns for season 8 on AMC this October.
Source: Vanity Fair
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