‘The Walking Dead’ fans and critics react to Glenn being alive
Everybody’s “Is Glenn Rhee really dead?” questions were finally answered in the latest episode of “The Walking Dead.” With the big reveal that he was merely hiding out in a dumpster, what else is in store for AMC’s zombie horror drama next week?
It had been four long weeks of fans volleying from disbelief to hope to acceptance to “No, Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) cannot be really dead!” But with the latest “The Walking Dead” season six episode, titled “Heads Up,” they were finally able to rest easy (well sort of, as there’s really no ‘resting easy’ with this show) as the people behind it finally reveals that the character didn’t really die.
Most fan reactions were that of relief and happiness that the fan favourite survived and will be appearing in many more of “The Walking Dead” episodes. Yeun joined in on the fun and went to Twitter while the show was airing. He has kept quiet in the past month to avoid spoiling the big reveal. He thanked the fans for “all the Glenn love.” The tweet had been liked more than 17 thousand times and retweeted almost 9 thousand. Responses also affirmed just how huge the Glenn love is out there.
While fans are happy with Glenn’s survival, the critics aren’t. Most of them pointed out that it’s a low to have fans doing a volley of “is-he-or-isn’t he” in the past month. The New York Times even noted that it “subverted the show’s life-or-death stakes.” In some reviews collected by the online publication, it was noted that it is probably the “dumbest’ plot twist ever done in the show.
Executive producer Scott M. Gimple explains the decision for the twist.
“I think it was important to do a story this year about uncertainty and that the audience would share that uncertainty that the characters had in Episode 5. Maggie didn’t know what happened to Glenn and I wanted the audience to be exactly where she was, to feel the exact same way,” he says in the “Talking Dead” episode.
Watch what else is in Glenn’s future when “The Walking Dead” season six comes back for new episodes on AMC every Sunday night.