Maggie (Lauren Cohan) and Glenn (Steven Yeun) had a seriously rough go of it — understatement of the century? — on The Walking Dead Season 3, Episode 7, “When the Dead Come Knocking.”
Terrorized with torture and the threat of rape, their young love manipulated into a destructive force, Maggie and Glenn are facing some steep relationship survival odds. Will they implode in the aftermath of the trauma?
Wetpaint Entertainment chatted with Lauren Cohan and Steven Yeun at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ “An Evening With The Walking Dead” on February 5, and they unfortunately didn’t give us the reassurance we were looking for. As in, don’t expect any steamy guard tower sex romps in the immediate future.
“[Y]ou see him kind of question her ability to take care of herself,” Steven began, referencing Glenn’s altered perception of his girlfriend. “For him, he puts her in a box. He says, ‘You have been violated. You’ve been messed up, so I know what's good for you, and I will make the decisions from here on out.’ And that's definitely not healthy.”
Naturally, Glenn’s initial impulse is to exact revenge on the people who hurt them — a desire that escalates quickly into action. “[W]e'll see how foolhardy [Glenn] can get,” Steven teased.
Lauren echoed this foreshadowing of what’s to come, saying, “You're just going to see Maggie and Glenn dealing with the aftermath really differently. Maggie definitely wants the group to be safe, but she wants to get rid of the threat. And there are certain threats within the group that people don't trust.”
Still, she adds that she’s “excited for Maggie and Glenn's relationship and the developments that we’re going to see there.” We hope that means they survive this ultimate test and make it through stronger than ever.
And we hope they survive. Period.
The Walking Dead returns with Season 3, Episode 9, “The Suicide King” this Sunday,