If there is a thematic takeaway in “The Walking Dead,” it isn’t an easy one. For seven years, Glenn represented the light in the darkness. Though he always supported Rick (Andrew Lincoln) — and his tendency to fly off the handle at times — Glenn always believed in people and doing the right thing. Killing Glenn effectively killed everything good in the world, and is that a world we want to live in? Whether we want it or not, it did cause a wave of repercussions, as Robert Kirkman stated. It entrenches Rick further into the war with Negan, ultimately leading to more deaths and heartache. Maggie (Lauren Cohan) becomes the darkest she’s ever been, obsessed with vengeance. Even Steven Yeun believes that Glenn’s death would have had the most emotional effect on the audience.
“Personally for me, I think the death in the comic, Robert wrote such a messed up but at the same time incredible way to take something away — to make a story as impactful as it is,” Yeun explained on “Talking Dead.” And as hard as it was to say goodbye to Yeun, and anyone else who fell in the series, Kirkman’s integrity meant doing what’s right for the story.
“[I]t’s something that we all agree the story needs, and it definitely makes the show better and it makes things heightened and cool,” the writer explained to Entertainment Weekly. “It’s tough but we gotta do what we gotta do.”