Following the goriest premiere we’ve ever seen on ‘The Walking Dead,’ the cast took the stage at the Hollywood Cemetery to break down those heart-wrenching deaths. Warning: spoilers ahead.
Yes, that really happene… both Abraham and Glenn died an extremely gory and bloody death on the season seven premiere. So, it’s an understatement to say that when Steven Yeun took the stage, it was extremely emotional.
He called the the death in the comic as “iconic,” and he told Robert Kirkman not to give that death to anyone. “Living that out was very wild, but at the same time, that moment happening and being realized on television in a different medium, and to do it in the way that we did it, I think it is brave and super affecting. For me, that was motivation for me to be like, ‘Yea, that sounds great.'”
“It’s like Harry Potter,” Steven added, reflecting on the showing being on for seven years. “You just dive into a hole after a while because you’re not allowed to say anything… it was fun to lie to people! But after a while you just can’t lie anymore. So I just stopped talking to people altogether.”
“I think Glenn died in a very Glenn way, still not thinking about himself,” Steven added. “I think it’s appropriate that he ends there, and that he puts those last words out as a final look out for each other.”
Lauren Cohan of course also got super emotional remembering her time working with him. “He was my buddy right from the beginning.” Scott Gimple also said that the team of writers have known about those deaths for two years now; yes, really. However, that missing hand scene many were assuming happened — in the comics, Negan does in fact take off Rick’s hand — didn’t go down in the premiere.
“There was a lot of variations of that that were discussed, andy you know, we’re not ruling it out for the future,” Robert said. “It was just to set the stage in a way — to say this show, this story, isn’t going anywhere. There is so much that comes out of this scene that has to be resolved.”