While The Walking Dead universe is at an unfortunate standstill at the moment, the franchise will be ending 2020 in a huge way, with Fear the Walking Dead and TWD: World Beyond both debuting in October along with the flagship drama's long-awaited Season 10 finale. It's even been announced that The Walking Dead's tenth season is expanding with more episodes in 2021. While all things Dead are looking promising for the future, one fan asked executive producer and former showrunner Scott Gimple about looking back to the past for a prequel project.
During The Walking Dead's pre-recorded panel for Comic-Con@Home, moderator Chris Hardwick posed a fan question to Scott Gimple that asked which character he would want leading a spinoff series taking place completely in the pre-apocalyptic time setting. With nary a second of hesitation, which is relatively rare for a guy who delivers 90% non-straightforward answers to Walking Dead questions, Gimple replied with:
As hard as it might be to believe, Steven Yeun has been absent from The Walking Dead for nearly four years now, having been officially killed off in the Season 7 premiere. That rage-inducing episode also featured a lovely fantasy dinner sequence that I kinda wish was the reality, while everything else that happened since could be marked down to being a bloody fever dream. In any case, probably the only way fans could ever see Glenn again is through some form of a prequel series focusing on his life before he crossed paths with Dale, Carol and the Grimes family. (Minus a surprise flashback moment for Maggie or something along those lines.)
Now, none of this means that anyone at AMC is giving a thumbs up to a Glenn Rhee spinoff series, and this was (at least for now) just Scott Gimple having some fun during a Comic-Con panel where audiences and press were completely absent. Of course, Gimple IS the Walking Dead franchise's Chief Content Officer, so he and comic book creator Robert Kirkman would be the main pair who could get a standalone Glenn prequel going, should anyone at the network be interested in ordering up such a project.
Of course, Steven Yeun likely wouldn't want to return for a premise where he's supposed to be playing a younger version of himself, since he previously had no interest in doing that. Yeun also spoke out a couple of times in recent years about Glenn being underappreciated and not given enough of his own core storylines. So while he doesn't necessarily have bad blood with The Walking Dead, he isn't exactly jumping at the chance to get back into that universe. Granted, he did re-team with Robert Kirkman for the lead voice role for his upcoming Amazon superhero series Invincible, from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, seemingly proving his relationship with Kirkman is genial enough.
While Scott Gimple wasn't willing to speak much more about a potential Glenn spinoff, the EP did continue long-game teasing that fans are going to see The Walking Dead branch out in several different directions in the future. In his words:
Does that mean Steven Yeun could possibly return for a single Glenn-centered episode or special, as opposed to a full-blown TV season? Technically, yes. Although Gimple could just as well be talking about installments focusing on The Governor, or the Greene family, or Rick Grimes' brother that was only barely mentioned on TV (while being explored for the Alien comic one-off.) As it usually goes with this show, being patient until later is key.
The Walking Dead is set to return to AMC for its Season 10 finale on Sunday, October 4, at 9:00 p.m. ET. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for more TWD updates, and head to our 2020 Fall TV schedule to see what's new and returning to the world.
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