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Spoilers ahead for this season of The Walking Dead.
One of the most controversial plotlines that The Walking Dead has ever aired has to be this season’s faux death of Glenn Rhee. His final encounter with Nicholas was followed by weeks of waiting and wondering for fans of the zombie apocalypse drama. Well, it appears that the team behind TWD is aware of fan reaction, and recently tweeted a pretty hilarious response. Check it out: comic series twitter, which regularly posts hilarious memes based around the AMC drama of the same name. While the TV series has it’s own twitter, the official comic one is much sassier, and is clearly willing to poke fun at itself. How viral Glen’s fake death (AKA Glenngate) was and Netflix’s Making A Murderer currently is makes for a melting pot of hilarious pop culture references.
As a Walking Dead fan, Glenngate did feel like a bit of a betrayal. The final moments in “Thank You” truly made it seem like Glenn had bit the big one, and I was left trying to pick my jaw up off of the floor.
All things considered, Glenn’s surprise death seemed pretty par for the course for a show that famously kills of its main characters out of nowhere. The whole episode seemed like a final goodbye for Glenn; he continued to try and save the Alexandrians who were on the mission with him, and even tried to reassure the unstable Nicholas that everything was going to be fine. Once Glenn and Rick had their radio conversation, where Glenn echoed his pilot episode line by calling Rick a “dumbass”, I knew something terrible was about to happen to the former pizza delivery boy.
However, the team behind The Walking Dead instead chose to trick us with a shot of Nicholas’ guts being devoured and made us wait a month to find out what the deal was. The showrunners even attempted to trick us into thinking he was gone by removing Steven Yeun’s name from the opening credits during the interim.
It will be interesting to see how The Walking Dead moves forward in regards to killing off main characters. We haven’t seen one of these fatalities in a while (I don’t count Deanna) but we’re being promised a bloody back half of the season. Hopefully they don’t try to pull a fast one on us, and they kill of characters and leave them dead.
The Walking Dead returns to AMC on February 14th.