The Walking Dead Season 6: Greg Nicotero Reveals What We Didn’t See in Glenn’s Death Scene
We have watched Glenn Rhee’s (Steven Yeun) “death” scene from The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 3: “Thank You,” over and over again in attempt to figure out whether or not the beloved character is alive or dead, and now we’re learning certain aspects of that pivotal scene didn’t make it to TV.
While whatever was cut didn’t impact the final outcome of the scene — Nicholas blows his brains out and brings Glenn down with him — the aspects that were left out of the final version did impact the overall tone a bit.
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As special effects guru Greg Nicotero tells Entertainment Weekly, “There was a little bit of dialogue that I don’t even think ended up in the episode, because the action was so quick. When they’re getting to the dumpster and they’re counting off their shots, Glenn says to Nicholas, ‘Be aware of how many shots you have left.’ So as they’re shooting the walkers, Nicholas starts counting down. Boom! ‘6.’ Boom! ‘5.’ Boom! ‘4.’ And he gets to one bullet left.”
Adding that Nicholas’s suicide shouldn’t be seen as cowardly, Greg notes, “The fact that he happened to fall and knock Glenn over into the zombie crowd with him was not something that was intentional; I just think it was something that happens in our universe. Bad things tend to happen more than good things, unfortunately.”
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We still don’t think Glenn is dead, but apparently the intent was to make that sequence unclear. Well, mission accomplished!
“I think that adds to the mystery of it. It was a very specific intent when this sequence was even being designed,” Greg explains, mentioning how he and showrunner Scott Gimple worked on the choreography so that the scene “wasn’t necessarily deceiving, but felt more realistic.”
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“The fact that there’s a crowd of 1,000 zombies around them — you may not get a 100 percent clear glimpse of what’s happening. But it’s like looking at a car accident or something, where you see it for a sec and your brain processes it one way. We really wanted to design the sequence with that in mind,” Gregg concludes.
We should note Steven has since been spotted on the TWD set with new characters, but we likely won’t find out exactly what happened to Glenn until Episode 7.
The Walking Dead Season 6 airs Sunday nights at at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.
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