Long live Gleggie and Sashkabob!
Couples don’t tend to last too long on The Walking Dead — Rick lost Lori, Tyreese lost Karen, Tara lost Alisha, Beth lost two boyfriends, The Governor screwed things up with both Andrea and Lilly, etc. But one couple has held strong since Season 2: Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan).
Gleggie is the reigning romance of the show (when they’re not being forced apart), but some promising contenders just emerged in the second half of Season 4. No, we don’t mean Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) and Beth Greene (Emily Kinney), although that’s possible, unless Beth disappears forever or Daryl hooks up with Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride). We’re also not sure what’s in store for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira), who have their own little Team Richonne family unit going on. Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) and Rosita Espinosa (Christian Serratos) already showed up in a relationship, although we’ve yet to see any romance between them.
Sasha (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Bob Stookey (Larry Gilliard Jr.), on the other hand, just took a big step forward in Episode 13. They’ve been bonding since he brought her back some life-saving meds from the veterinary college earlier in the season. (He didn’t quite carry those meds in his bag, but she doesn’t need to know that.) They really bonded on the road, as they watched Maggie slowly unravel in a world without Glenn. In “Alone,” Bob was just happy to no longer be the episode title. He gave Sasha a kiss on the lips, and even though it didn’t prompt her to stay with him (no breath mints?) she did catch up to him later. They seem to be a thing or at least on the way to a thing. Even Robert Kirkman admits they have more potential for romance than Beth and Daryl, who may not have been heading in that direction (even though he gave her a look in “Alone” too).
It’s probably too early for Sasha and Bob to have more fans than Gleggie — they haven’t earned their keep through kidnappings, separations and sexy time in the prison guard tower. But are you an early fan? Can you see yourself shipping Sashkabob into the future or are you not that into them? Are you afraid putting these characters together just means they’re going to be split apart soon? No one is allowed to stay happy!
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.