Negan’s victim speaks out about “iconic” death scene
Steven Yeun has spoken about Glenn’s “iconic” death scene at the hands of Negan in The Walking Dead season seven.
Speaking to Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick after the season premiere, Yeun admitted: “Personally for me, I think the death in the comic, Robert wrote such a messed up but at the same time incredible way to take something away — to make a story as impactful as it is.”
“You read that comic, you kind of don’t want that to go to anyone else. It’s such an iconic moment and I think I even said, ‘Don’t give that to anybody else’. It’s such a gnarly thing to say but sincerely, living that out was very wild but at the same time, that moment happening and being realised on television in a different medium and to do it in the way that we did it I think is brave and at the same time super affecting. And for me, that was the motivation to be like, ‘Yeah, that sounds great’.
On what the death meant for the character of Glenn, Yeun said: “I think Glenn died in a very Glenn way. Still not thinking about himself. It’s appropriate that he ends there, and it’s also appropriate that he kind of puts those last words out there as a final ‘look out for each other’.”
However, Yeun admitted he struggled with maintaining the secrecy around his character’s exit and eventually had to stop talking to people who might ask questions.
“It was fun to lie to people for a minute. But after a while you just can’t lie anymore so I just stopped talking to people.”
Meanwhile, fellow Negan victim Michael Cudlitz has revealed that the cast have known the identity of Negan’s victim for nearly a year.
He told reporters: “We filmed the scene about a year ago. It was literally the last episode of last year. We usually finish filming just before Thanksgiving and we had finished filming that one just before Thanksgiving. I had been sitting with it and Steven Yeun had been sitting with it — it’s been sitting with the rest of the cast for a year now.”