Now that the cat is out of the bag, actor Steven Yuen talks about recreating an iconic comic book scene on The Walking Dead Season 7 premiere.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you should know by now that fan favorite Glenn finally bit the dust in The Walking Dead season premiere this past Sunday.
It was a moment many fans expected since Glenn is the one who dies in the same scene from The Walking Dead comic book. Producers did try to fake viewers out, though, by having Abraham die by Negan’s bat first.
The Moment of Truth
Now that the episode has finally aired and Glenn’s fate has been revealed, actor Steven Yuen is free to talk about the experience. One of the biggest questions fans always have is “when did you find out you were going to die?” Yuen told AMC he’s known for quite a while:
“I actually knew from the beginning of Season 6. [Laughs] It was cool. I think I saw the natural progression as it was happening. I talked to [Executive Producer/Showrunner] Scott [Gimple] at the beginning of the year, during our meeting, and I said, ‘Listen. If this is going to happen, just let me know so I can prepare.’ It all worked out that way. It got gnarly near the end because when you mentally cross that threshold and say to yourself, ‘OK I’m done with this particular chapter now,’ to then hold onto it for another full year is pretty rough.”
That’s a little shocking to hear since the cast has been saying for over a year that they didn’t know who was going to die. Then again, Yuen makes a good point. He’s read the comics and he knew Negan was coming. It makes a lot of sense that he would approach the producers early to get a feel for what they were planning.
Bringing an Iconic Scene to Life
Glenn’s death in issue #100 of The Walking Dead remains a touchstone moment for the comic book. It’s become one of the most iconic and shocking deaths in comic book history. Yuen says he’s proud to have recreated it on film:
“For me, personally, I didn’t want anyone else to take that death and I don’t think anyone intended to give it to anyone else, to be quite honest. It’s such an iconic moment and I knew it was necessary to happen. When I was in it, I was just kind of doing what I was supposed to be doing – just dying and trying to do a good job at it. [Laughs] Who knows if I got even close. I don’t know what it feels like to die, but it was a very unique experience [to film] and a pretty affective moment for me, too. After I took some steps back from it, I really started to process what it was, what it meant, and what it means for me in terms of how much I might have been connected to Glenn.”
Even with his death foreshadowed in pages of The Walking Dead comic, Glenn’s murder was a shocking sight to behold. Steven Yuen’s presence on the show will be sorely missed.