Although Glenn’s death was heartbreaking to the characters and fans of The Walking Dead, creator, Robert Kirkman revealed that Glenn dying was an essential aspect in the show.
The Walking Dead is an American post-apocalyptic television series based on the DC comic book series of the same name.
The book series is by Tony Moore, Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, who collectively formed the core of the franchise.
The show follows a group of survivors trying to stay alive under constant threat of attacks from zombies, known as walkers.
The group must, however, confront other human survivors who have formed groups with their own sets or laws, which often leads to conflict between the groups.
In season seven, fans witnessed one of their favourite characters, Glenn, played by Steven Yeun, getting killed by Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Negan and his group, the Saviors, had Rick and his allies at his feet.
To reveal the consequences of crossing the Savior, and to put fear in the people of Alexandria, Negan chose to make an example out of Glenn by violently executing a member of Rick’s group. Negan beat Glenn’s head in with his weapon, leading to his death.
Shortly after that episode aired, Robert Kirkman explained that Glenn’s death was necessary for a larger storyline that still needed to happen in the show.
Kirkman reverted back to the comics, stating that it was essential that Glenn died because his death greatly affected Rick and Maggie.
Glenn was at Rick’s side since season one, and became his most trustworthy and dependable ally. Losing Glenn was a huge set back for Rick, but it’s what fueled Rick’s hatred for Negan.
It also led to his revenge-driven effort to defeat Negan and the Saviors. Glenn’s death had a similar, but longer-lasting impact on Maggie, as she grew stronger and more determined.
His death was also a defining moment for Daryl, as his guilt over Glenn haunted him throughout season seven, which resulted in an emotional scene with Maggie.
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