Fans hoping to get some closure as to what actually happened to Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) in episode 603 (“Thank You”) of The Walking Dead were left disappointed by episode 604, “Here’s Not Here.” Though the episode was an incredibly well done character development of Lennie James’ Morgan, it was entirely separated from Glenn’s story and potential death. The show did, perhaps, give a clue to Glenn’s fate, however. For the first time since the show’s pilot, on Sunday night, Steven Yeun was not listed in the opening credits.
Some fans have reacted to Yeun’s noticeable absence by suggesting it was because he did not appear in the episode. Although “Here’s Not Here” is almost exclusively about Morgan and a character named Eastman (John Carroll Lynch), the rest of the cast is included in the opening credits, even for those actors, such as Andrew Lincoln and Norman Reedus, who do not appear in the episode at all. Yeun’s name is the only one that has been removed since the airing of “Thank You.”
As most now know, Glenn was seemingly attacked, disemboweled, and eaten by a zombie horde who surrounded him after Nicholas’ (Michael Traynor) limp corpse knocked him to the ground from the safety of the top of a garbage dumpster. Many, including me, have questioned Glenn’s death for numerous reasons, including his absence from The Talking Dead’s postmortem following the episode, showrunner Scott Gimple’s vague statement about how we will see some “parts” of Glenn again, sightings of Yeun filming this season with characters who have yet to be introduced, and most recently, a statement made by executive producer, David Alpert, to Variety: “We will find out what happened to Glenn…whether or not Glenn is alive or dead or something else – the Glenn that we knew, the one that believed in the better side of humanity, I think is dead.”
Is Yeun’s absence from the opening credits of the episode following his apparent death telling, or are the fans simply being redirected (see what we did there)? Sound off in the comment section below!
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