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.”