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The Walking Dead

Steven Yeun: Glenn Rhee Is a Better Person Post-Apocalypse

For some people in The Walking Dead universe, the apocalypse was an unsurvivable nightmare, but for others the harrowing turn of events ended up being a blessing in disguise. We’ve already discussed at length how the apocalypse changed Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) from an ignorant nobody with zero motivation into a leader with a firm place in a group and, most importantly, a purpose. Can a similar argument be made for Glenn Rhee? Steven Yeun thinks so!

The actor tells Entertainment Weekly, “I think Glenn was always there. I don’t think it was even a case of people not giving him a chance to shine or not giving him a chance to be listened to, but rather Glenn finding himself over the years. You realize that Glenn is someone that is realizing maybe more than he would have pre-apocalypse, he’s realizing himself much more — just because the situation wipes everything out of society and wipes everything equal. Now it’s just who you are at your core and what you’re made of, and I think Glenn has definitely proven that he’s made of much more than people thought.”


Like Daryl, Glenn has proven himself to be a leader of sorts, and even though he isn’t as skilled with a crossbow and still does things like trip over mops, he’s clearly a valued member of Rick Grimes’ (Andrew Lincoln) group. “The way I see it, Glenn in the pre-apocalypse was just somebody who didn’t push himself,” Steven explains. “He never asserted himself. But you put him in a scenario where it’s just about who you are at your core, and it shows. He has that in his soul.”

Now let’s just hope he doesn’t die, but even if he does Steven would likely be fine with it!

Do you believe that the apocalypse was beneficial for Glenn in a way? Weigh in below!

The Walking Dead Season 5 airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.

Source: Entertainment Weekly