The Walking Dead Season 4 Spoilers: Does Glenn Die?
Update: Sick Glenn lived through the Season 4 midseason finale of The Walking Dead and was seen again in Episode 10: "Inmates", but he isn't in the best shape. Still groggy from that sickness that almost took his life, Glenn is also without his ladylove Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan), and he's having trouble dealing. Thankfully he's got some riot gear and Tara by his side and is alive...for now.
Things have been kind of touch-and-go for Team Prison's sweetheart, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), especially for most of Season 4 so far. A victim of the mysterious flu that's been killing off random Prison residents left and right — though nobody notable so far, unless Karen counts — we almost lost him in Season 4, Episode 5, "Internment." Even though he was pretty sick, he helped Hershel (Scott Wilson) in the quarantined cell block and kept his sense of humor until he passed out next to a dead guy, who became a walker without Glenn even being conscious to notice. At that point, we freaked out that we'd lose one of our favorite TWD characters!
Hershel is looking on the bright side regarding Glenn's mortality — and everyone else's. When a worried Maggie asked the doc about Glenn's health, Hershel responded, "It's hard in here, but we're holding it together. We're going to make it. Don't you believe that?" We do!
Of course, given the chaotic state of things, it's kind of hard to believe that everyone is going to make it — though for sanity's sake we're going to believe in Glenn's continued survival. After the new threat, i.e. the flu, was teased as the deadliest obstacle yet for our heroes, it would only follow that this monster flu won't claim the life of one of the series' long-standing characters. (Just not Glenn. Please not Glenn. Or Daryl. Please not Daryl!!)
Can we turn to the comic books for guidance? If you don't mind spoilers, read on for some insight that may or may not be useful.
Spoilers ahead from The Walking Dead comic book series, which may or may not relate to the TV show.
Glenn died last summer. But don’t worry, he may still live on via the television series.
The Walking Dead Season 4 started on Sunday, October 13 on AMC, and it’s loosely based on the comic books written by show executive producer Robert Kirkman. So many people who are now dead on the TV show are still alive in the comics, and vice versa.
The comic series is still in progress, and last July 2012 — three months before the premiere of Season 3 — in Issue 100, Glenn was brutally murdered by Negan, a villain TV viewers have yet to meet but may meet either later on in Season 4 or, more likely, some time after that.
Kirkman told the Associated Press, "It was really strange for me writing that, knowing that Steven [Yeun, who plays Glenn on TV] was going to read it. There was a concern like I didn't want Steven to read it and think I was mad at him."
Steven shared his reaction to his comic counterpart’s demise. "Obviously, I would like to keep it going as long as possible, but it would be fun to go out that way too. ... At first when I read it I was like, 'Wow.' I thought it was brave. I thought it was terrifying. I actually loved it. I mean what a way to take a beloved character away from the readers, just snatch it away."
At this point, though, almost none of the major character deaths have been the same in the comics and TV. Look how Andrea, Dale, Lori, and Sophia died. That’s not how they went in the comics (if they are even dead in the comics, and some of them are not).
"I sometimes am the loudest when it comes to let's change things up and let's make things different," Kirkman told AP. "We're all of the mind that the television show is a different animal, so while we're adapting these stories we do want to keep things fresh and new for the television audience just like it was fresh and new with the comic book audience the first time they read it, so I feel like those changes are important."
Our conclusion: Glenn probably isn’t going to meet his end this way on Season 4. Season 5? Maybe. But they could just keep him going, or off him in a random new way before we even meet Negan. “No one is safe” has been this show’s mantra from day one, and “Nothing is certain” is another good reminder for fans of the books.
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.