Poor Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun). Not only does he seem to be near-death on a semi-regular basis, but he’s been separated from everyone he knows and was the last person to find out about his future father-in-law Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) death on The Walking Dead Season 4.
As he ran out of the prison in riot gear in Season 4, Episode 11: “Inmates”, Glenn spotted caged Tara (Alanna Masterson) and persuaded her to flee the prison with him. It wasn’t long before Tara admitted to being part of The Governor’s (David Morrissey) crew and said she had no idea he was going to kill “that old guy,” who Glenn quickly realized was Hershel.
Glenn was obviously saddened by the news of Hershel’s death, but seemed to channel that grief into his search for Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan). Steven chatted with Refinery29 before Glenn made his triumphant TWD return and noted that not knowing about Hershel’s death until now will have a profound effect in him. “The important thing I can tease is that Glenn is not aware of Herschel’s death,” he began. “He’s a resilient guy; if you put him in some dire situations, he’s going to try to find a way out.”
The reality of Hershel’s demise at the hands of The Governor may not have set in just yet, but especially in light of the final conversation the two of them had (during which Hershel pretty much welcomed Glenn to the family) we know the impact will be substantial.
So far Glenn doesn’t seem to be faulting Tara for anything, but he does know that she was on Team Governor. If/when Glenn reunites with Maggie, we can’t imagine she’ll be too fond of this newbie — but something tells us a reunion isn’t exactly around the corner.
Still, we’re fairly certain Gleggie will come together again at some point, so Steven gave some advice on how to be the perfect post-apocalyptic boyfriend. Because, why not?
“You gotta strip it down to the basics. The world we live in now is all about chocolates and flowers, but, The Walking Dead world doesn’t have those anymore,” he dished. “When you strip it down to what a good man is, and, more importantly, what a good person is, it comes to love. Love and the ultimate will to take care of that person; be by that person. I think that’s the glue for Glenn and Maggie. Glenn’s resiliency — not just to Maggie, but to everyone. I think Glenn realizes the power of the other, that he can’t do it alone. He’s stronger because of the people that surround him. It’s important to be there for the people that I love and keep them alive in a sense. It’s basic survival.”
Aww. We agree that Glenn is stronger because of those that surround him, which makes the fact that he’s pretty much on his own now that much harder to come to terms with.
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The Walking Dead Season 4 airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.