Total Bummer: Steven Yeun No Longer Watches The Walking Dead

There are few TV shows quite as popular as The Walking Dead. Although the apocalyptic drama recently wrapped its whopping eighth season on AMC, there are still millions of loyal fans who tune in every Sunday night. As such, one has to wonder how the cast feels about the show, especially once they've been killed off. Actor Steven Yeun made his debut as Glenn in The Walking Dead's very first episode, before being brutally killed by Negan in the Season 7 premiere. So does Yeun still watch, and see how his character's legacy is living on, both physically and emotionally? Sad news TWD fans, because Glenn has officially left the building. As Yeun tells it,

Ooh, I haven't been watching TV. Is that bad? I've caught some episodes here and there, but I've been mostly working. I still talk to all my friends and they keep me updated. I think the friendships are much more necessary to keep up with, so it's been nice.

After dedicating so many years of his life to fighting zombies in Atlanta, it looks like Steven Yeun is welcoming the separation from The Walking Dead. Although it doesn't seem like just the AMC hit that he's avoiding; he's not watching television altogether.

Steven Yeun's comments to THR are sure to bum out the millions of hardcore Walking Dead fans out there. The show's popularity has transcended normal TV hype, and fans feel very connected to Robert Kirkman's characters. This bond is partly due to the myriad losses that the characters have endured, with the audience suffering right along with them. Glenn's death in a particular seemed to outrage the fandom. It was brutal, violent, and some fans thought it was actually more cruel than The Walking Dead had ever been.

While Glenn's influence is still very much felt during the past two seasons of The Walking Dead, actor Steven Yeun seems to be enjoying having some space away from the blood and guts. Yeun has been extremely busy in the past few years, booking a ton of projects as soon as his schedule opened up. In addition to voicing roles in Netflix's Voltron: Legendary Defender and Trollhunters, he also was seen in live-action in Okja, Mayhem, and the upcoming dramedy Sorry to Bother You.

Although Walking Dead fans have watched two seasons come and go without Steven Yeun's signature character, not a ton of time has passed narratively. As such, his death remains fresh, and it motivates Maggie's part in the rebellion against Negan and The Saviors. It looks like this will continue into Season 9, as Maggie cryptically vowed to get justice for Glenn and kill Negan... one way or another.

Fear The Walking Dead is currently airing Sundays on AMC. In the meantime, check out our midseason premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our superhero premiere list and Amazon premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.