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'The Walking Dead' Creator Explains Why He Had To Kill Off Much-Loved Character

Hamish Kilburn

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'The Walking Dead' Creator Explains Why He Had To Kill Off Much-Loved Character


Whenever a TV show takes a dramatic turn - mainly killing off a cast member - we can't help our imagination from going wild. Arguments on set, pay package disputes or just crap acting - the rumours keep on coming.

Well, after the brutal season seven premiere of The Walking Dead, the comic book's creator wanted to clear up why Glenn, played by Steven Yeun, had to die.

In the episode, Negan takes his barbed wire bat and savagely murders Glenn in front of his pregnant wife, Maggie.

**Contains graphic footage**

In transpires that Robert Kirkman, who created The Walking Dead comic book, explained the plot on TV was just following the storyline. In issue 100 of The Walking Dead comic books, Glenn is killed off. Many were hoping that Robert and channel AMC would keep Glenn safe because of the character's popularity among the viewers, but that was never a viable option according to Kirkman.

That's because in the comics, Glenn's death has significant ramifications for other characters, so changing events would have been a logistical nightmare for the script writers in order to keep relatively true to the story.

Image credit: The Walking Dead/channel AMC/FOX

Robert told Entertainment Weekly: "...while we do try to change things up to keep things interesting for the audience, and for me, this is one that there's so much that comes from Rick, there's so much with Negan because that character is someone that he killed, and definitely Maggie is someone that kind of gets put on the trajectory that affects a great number of stories and a great number of characters moving forward.

"It was kind of essential that that part of the scene at least remained intact, unfortunately."

The plot thickens...

Featured image credit: The Walking Dead/channel AMC/FOX

Topics: Drama, The Walking Dead

Hamish Kilburn
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