Posted: 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013
By Gina Carbone
Spoilers ahead from The Walking Dead comic book series, which may or may not relate to the TV show.
Glenn died last summer. But don’t worry, he may still live on via television.
The Walking Dead Season 4 started on Sunday, October 13 on AMC, and it’s loosely based on the comic books written by show executive producer Robert Kirkman. So many people who are now dead on the TV show are still alive in the comics, and vice versa.
The comic series is still in progress, and last July 2012 — three months before the premiere of Season 3 — in Issue 100, Glenn was brutally murdered by Negan, a villain TV viewers have yet to meet but may meet either later on in Season 4 or, more likely, some time after that.
Kirkman told the Associated Press, "It was really strange for me writing that, knowing that Steven [Yeun, who plays Glenn on TV] was going to read it. There was a concern like I didn't want Steven to read it and think I was mad at him."
Steven shared his reaction to his comic counterpart’s demise. "Obviously, I would like to keep it going as long as possible, but it would be fun to go out that way too. ... At first when I read it I was like, 'Wow.' I thought it was brave. I thought it was terrifying. I actually loved it. I mean what a way to take a beloved character away from the readers, just snatch it away."
At this point, though, almost none of the major character deaths have been the same in the comics and TV. Look how Andrea, Dale, Lori, and Sophia died. That’s not how they went in the comics (if they are even dead in the comics, and some of them are not).
"I sometimes am the loudest when it comes to let's change things up and let's make things different," Kirkman told AP. "We're all of the mind that the television show is a different animal, so while we're adapting these stories we do want to keep things fresh and new for the television audience just like it was fresh and new with the comic book audience the first time they read it, so I feel like those changes are important."
All in all, Glenn probably isn’t going to meet his end this way on Season 4. Season 5? Maybe. But they could just keep him going, or off him in a random new way before we even meet Negan. “No one is safe” has been this show’s mantra from day one, and “Nothing is certain” is another good reminder for fans of the books.
The Walking Dead Season 4 airs on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC.