We hated having to live through Hershel Greene’s (Scott Wilson) death again in the midseason opener of The Walking Dead Season 4 — even Robert Kirkman found the severed head bit tough to watch, although he says it was crucial to the story — and it looks like we aren’t done addressing his passing just yet.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Steven Yeun (Glenn Rhee) said Glenn doesn’t yet know that the man who would have been his father-in-law was beheaded by The Governor (David Morrissey). We’ll let him explain: “Glenn doesn’t actually know that Hershel is dead. He’s probably the only one who doesn’t know. And for him, where he last left off with Hershel is…a lot of people have helped shaped Glenn into the person he is at this point, and he’s taken bits and pieces from all of them, but none more than Hershel.”
We were under the impression that everyone knew Hershel died, but that midseason finale was so chaotic that at times it was hard to tell who was where. And remember, Glenn was still recovering from the flu when The Governor decided to strike.
According to Steven, Glenn’s near-death experience only solidified that father-son bond the two men had going on. He continues, “And the last episode, where Glenn almost dies, the action that happens between Hershel and Glenn kind of solidifies that relationship and solidifies Hershel’s legacy as being passed on to Glenn. Just as easily as the symbolism of the watch was, just passing it onto him saying, 'You are now part of this family. I accept you,' it’s that same thing. Glenn really felt like things were over. He was in dire straights and kind of subjecting himself to the negative portions of that. He was saying, 'Hey, what’s the point of living? We’re going to get taken out by a glorified cold,' and Hershel is the one that keeps hope alive for him. Hershel is the one that instills in him to sacrifice himself for others, for the sake of life and love and for the sake of doing all that you could to help your fellow person. And I think that episode definitely drilled home all of that for Glenn. I think that now, even though Glenn doesn’t know, he’s taking it upon himself to keep that part of Hershel alive.”
If Glenn really is meant to carry on Hershel’s legacy as Steven suggests, then we hope that means he does eventually get to marry Hershel’s daughter, Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan). Mags will need a man in her life just like her dear old dad, and we don’t think there’s a better guy guy for the job than Glenn.
From the looks of the promos we’ll see both Glenn and Maggie in Episode 10 next Sunday, though it doesn’t look like they’ll come together. Glenn wakes up on a cliff dangling over a herd of walkers (later rocking some pretty fierce riot gear!) and a bereft Maggie is seen crying and looking at her engagement ring as she wades through a sea of walker bodies.
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The Walking Dead airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
Source: Entertainment Weekly