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Did Glenn Really Die on The Walking Dead?


After a week of speculating what would happen in tonight’s episode of The Walking Dead entitled Thank You, fans were finally able to see the episode for themselves and make their judgements regarding Glenn’s fate. If you remember correctly, earlier this week spoilers were leaked that suggested Glenn would meet his demise in Episode 3. Without actually seeing the episode, fans automatically assumed a dream sequence or some sort of a hallucination would debunk the death. But after watching tonight’s episode, fans were left with more questions than answers; the biggest question being – is Glenn alive or dead?

At this point and time, there is more evidence to suggest that Glenn is alive than dead. Let’s breakdown what we know:

Steven Yeun/Glenn Was Barely Mentioned on Talking Dead

When a main character dies on the show, the entire The Walking Dead after show The Talking Dead is pretty much dedicated to that actor. Not only was Yeun not present, but he wasn’t even featured in the Memorium segment that “remembers those we’ve lost” in tonight’s episode. While Hardwick did read a note from show runner Scott Gimple regarding “completing Glenn’s story” either through flashbacks or other means, this isn’t enough evidence for us to suggest the character is actually dead for good.

The Death Itself

If you rewatch the scene, Nicholas shoots himself and ends up falling off the dumpster. But if you watch the scene closely, you’ll notice how Glenn falls first with Nicholas falling shortly after. This would suggest that Nicholas’ body fell on top of Glenn, which would shield him from the walkers. Based on other death scenes we’ve had in the past, there is usually no confusion as to whether a character is actually dead or not. But based on the way Glenn’s death scene was shot, you never actually see his body ripped open. While you do see walkers eating what appear to be Glenn’s innards, it could also be Nicholas’ – assuming he did, in fact, fall on top of Glenn.

Filming Schedules

The most compelling evidence that Glenn is still alive is that Steven Yeun has been seen on set – as recent as last week – filming in Atlanta. While The Talking Dead attempted to cover this up by suggesting we will see Glenn again in “flashbacks”, there are photos of Yeun in scenes with characters that we haven’t even been introduced to on the show. In the pictures below, Yeun in seen with Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) and soon-to-be introduced Jesus (recently announced to be played by Tom Payne).



So would we really get Glenn flashbacks that introduce or involve a new character that hasn’t even been introduced on the show yet? We highly doubt it.

It seems pretty clear that the writers and producers are trying to pull off the greatest death hoax in The Walking Dead history. That would also explain why next week’s 90-minute episode is going to be focused strictly on Morgan – to give the fans a little bit more time to marinate on this Glenn death. After all, when he returns, they want to make it worth the wait.

What do you guys think? Is Glenn dead or alive? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sebastian Compagnucci

Sebastian Compagnucci

Sebastian is the lead host of The Walking Dead Enthusiasts Podcast. In his spare time, you can find him watching trashy reality television like Survivor and Big Brother.
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  • Becky Waters Thackston

    I feel he is still totally alive. For such strong characters that was a non eventful death. If you go back and look at Beth…Herschel…etc…the death scenes were gut wrenching. This one was not. Glenn will be back

  • Flower Powers

    He is so still alive. He was not in the memoriam of TTD and he had previously used the innards of someone to masquerade and move inside a horde of walkers (season 1 E 2). Plus he needs to be sacrificed later in the story per the graphic novel. Please don’t let him be dead….boo hook hook 🙁

    • Claire

      I agree that he’s still alive, but the innards they used in the first season were from a walker which is what allowed them to move undetected (also why Michonne had her two walkers, IIRC?). Covering yourself in fresh live-person guts would probably have the opposite effect.

      • Flower Powers

        Maybe Jesus will save him. He’s not dead!!!!!!

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  • Jason

    If you pay attention to detail, Nicholas shirt is dark green and Glen’s is a light gray t-shirt. When the walkers are tearing in, they pull up a light gray tee, not dark green.

    • debra40

      with the amount of guts they were pulling out, he wouldn’t have lived for 1 minute. plus you could see a little piece of nick’s jacket on top of glen as they were pulling out insides.

  • yorie

    The intestlnes that are yanked out are definately not Glenn’s, since the gray body that’s torn apart is significantly higher than his chest that’s shown on the next cut. Also, in the first cut you can only see the intestines and Glenn’s face, in the next cut you see his chest, suggesting that he’s moved upwards, and last, in the wide angle shot in the end, you can actually see Glenn’s head sliding towards the dumpster, or so I think…
    But anyway, if Glenn was really dead, why show a shot of Nicolas’s intestines being pulled out on top of Glenn in such a confusing way? Why not show Glenn’s body being directly ripped apart?
    Also, people attacked by the walkers tend to spill blood from their mouths.
    Even the guy with Michonne did, though I’m not sure how this is possible since he was being attacked from the back.
    Glenn didn’t.
    So, he must be alive…

  • Xavier

    The possibility as presented by folks would seem high that he is alive, but lets not put it pass the production crew to do things different enough to throw people off or not do the usual thing (not seeing Lori’s eaten body had people talking / arguing for months after, but this could be ‘we didn’t see Carol die in the prison, even if her crew thought she did). The only true proof is when the next episode comes out, and hopefully it’s well crafted, not a miracle. Interesting if this winds up being something they couldn’t pull off without falling into the crowd of zombies, versus when they were standing on the dumpster with no options.

  • The Zombie

    I wan’t him to be dead, I really can’t take this show seriously anymore if Glenn lives through this. This is possibly where TWD jumps the shark for me.

    • Michelle Martens

      I honestly don’t blame you. I can find no rational explanation for his survival, but I love the show too much to give up. But I am annoyed he has survived two Walker burials and lived to tell about it.

  • Remember folks: He always escapes since the beginning!!

  • debra40

    with the amount of guts they were pulling out, there is no way Glenn would have been alive. he would have died right away. they had to be nick’s innards they were eating. i’m hoping he was able to slip himself under the dumpster.

  • TalkTruthToday

    Glenn, you better not die.

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  • Julie S

    Not dead. He hit his head pretty hard when he fell- maybe he is rescued by someone outside the group, but has amnesia so cannot return to Alexandria. That said, it is a lazy writer’s trick, and so unnecessary. They should have either had him really die, or not Done this story at all!

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