Doesn’t it feel like Glenn’s (Steven Yeun) been through enough on The Walking Dead?
As Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) pointed out in Season 2, he’s always the one who has to go down the well, or get Lori’s (Sarah Wayne Callies) lady products, or rescue Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in Atlanta, or get his face bashed in by Merle Dixon (Michael Rooker). And throughout last night’s Season 4 Episode 5, he was coughing his lungs out to the point where we thought this might be it.
Steven Yeun wondered if it might be it for Glenn, too. He talked to The Hollywood Reporter about his reaction to reading the script for this week.
“It was crazy!” Steven said. “I had to have that conversation — I remember seeing that happen and semi-panicking but also knowing that everybody would have told me if I was leaving leaving. I thought, ‘Oh great, that's it!’ But it turned out to be me playing sick for quite some time. Our makeup artist made everyone look horrible. Before every take, I'd wretch and cough for a straight 30 seconds until they called action just so I'd look horrible the entire time. It was pretty fun!”
Glenn has just had another near-death experience — and this one was a particularly close call. How will that change him?
“Glenn's arc is interesting because there are a lot of things that happened in the past couple seasons that might insinuate that he's learned or he's grown to be some sort of badass,” Steven said. “But if you really think about the past and what Glenn went through pre-apocalypse, he was the kid that was told what to do — maybe by his parents or society — he was always trying to not go against the grain and not push harder. He just acquiesced to what society told him he was going to be. Now, he never had a true purpose, but as he goes forward, he realizes that he does have purpose and can be helpful. Then he finds Maggie and finds purpose in love, this new family, as a caregiver and as a lover. These are all things he wants to hold on to desperately, which is why in earlier episodes he was very cautious.”
Steven said Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) decision to face the peril regardless of whether he got sick himself resonated with Glenn, and going forward he won’t have as much of a hypercautious way of looking at things. Instead, he’s ready to fight for things that are important, regardless of what happens to him too.
Hopefully nothing bad happens to Glenn in the future, but something bad always seems to happen to Glenn. He said his journey with Maggie from here on is “solidarity.” They want a normal, stable life. We hope they can find it, but with The Governor (David Morrissey) right outside, we’re thinking stability is a long way off.
Are you relieved that Glenn survived the sickness? Do you think he’ll keep surviving through Season 4?
The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter