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One of the most impactful deaths of The Walking Dead so far has to be the murder of Glenn Rhee at the hands of Negan. Glenn was one of only a handful of characters who survived all the way to Season 7 from Season 1, and many fans were hoping against hope that he would somehow escape his infamous comic fate. Sadly, Glenn did indeed get a face full of Lucille in the Season 7 premiere, and actor Stephen Yeun is gone from the show. Now, actress Melissa McBride has shared her favorite part of working with him, saying this:
Oh man, my favorite thing about working with Steven was just seeing him develop from when we all first got there to the time he left. Just watching him grow and become so, just such an amazing, seasoned, wonderful, beautiful actor. I loved to watch him as a human being. Just to get to know him as a human being. He truly is one of my favorite people. We never really had any scene scenes together, except one that never made it to the episode.
Despite the fact that Carol and Glenn were two of only six characters to have survived from Season 1 to Season 7, they didn't share many scenes one-on-one. That said, Melissa McBride's comments to ComicBook.com indicate that she was still able to watch him develop as an actor over the years on the show. Given that Steven Yeun's most high profile job before The Walking Dead was a one-off guest spot on The Big Bang Theory, I'd say he learned an awful lot about the TV biz on The Walking Dead.
Steven Yeun is gone from The Walking Dead, but his legacy has lived on. Episodes throughout Season 7 have paid tributes to Glenn, and Maggie has even started using Glenn's last name. Assuming that Maggie's pregnancy proceeds without too many more complications, Glenn will even live on in the form of a child. Given all the rotten luck that Maggie has had over the past few seasons, I'd say that she deserves some good news.
Glenn's legacy also just directly impacted Carol's story. She's spent the majority of Season 7 isolating herself on the outskirts of the Kingdom, and even a reunion with her pal Daryl wasn't enough to motivate her to rejoin the fight. The news that Glenn and Abraham were murdered by Negan was enough to push her into action, which will likely in turn push Ezekiel into joining his forces with Rick and Co. If all goes well, the characters will be able to avenge Glenn's death in the not-too-distant future. Of course, this is The Walking Dead where nothing ever goes entirely well, but we can always hope.
Glenn may be gone, but Carol is still alive and kicking. You can catch new episodes of The Walking Dead on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on AMC. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see all your other small screen viewing options.