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For almost two full weeks now, The Walking Dead fans have been running mental circles around anything and everything that could have possibly happened to Glenn in Episode 3. Is he dead? Is he alive? Is he somehow both and/or neither? We still don’t know exactly what happened, but we know for sure that one popular fan theory has bullet holes in it and isn’t correct at all.
You probably heard the one theory that Nicholas had run out of bullets during that sequence in the alley around the dumpster, but it turns out that’s not the case at all. Here’s how executive producer and “Thank You” director Greg Nicotero put it.
I've read a lot of the theories and they're hilarious — but Nicholas (Michael Traynor) running out of bullets is incorrect. They were claiming that they could hear an audible 'click.' But there was a beat that I don't think ended up in the episode, [and was taken out] strictly for time where Glenn says to Nicholas, 'You need to preserve your ammunition and count your bullets.' As the walkers were coming forward and Nicholas was shooting, he was counting his bullets and he counted down to one.
So there you have it, viewers. Technically, it could have all still have been a figment of Nicholas’ imagination as part of one of his panic attacks, but even in a fantasy sequence of this kind, we can confirm he still had at least one more bullet in his gun. He counted!
Nicotero, who cameoed in the episode as the zombie who first started yanking guts during the post-suicide, also told THR that viewers will definitely be revisiting the dumpster scene in the future, so we’ll probably get to see it from a different angle that shows us exactly what happened after the walkers descended on Nicholas and Glenn. Showrunner Scott Gimple previously stated we’d get a full resolution on Glenn’s situation before the midseason finale, so we’ll undoubtedly see characters accepting Glenn’s disappearance and/or death before we actually get to see his possibly final few minutes.
I’d love to hear what Nicotero had to say about Steven Yeun’s name being removed from the credit sequence on the last episode. Or if Yeun’s haircut actually has anything to do with Glenn’s life or death. Also, what he has to say about every other fan theory out there. I just want to know, dammit!
We assumedly won’t be seeing any flashback episodes centered on Morgan or anyone else, so hopefully it’s full speed ahead in showing audiences what’s happening with the massive zombie herd as Glenn’s fate hovers in the back of our minds. Find out what happens when The Walking Dead airs on Sunday night on AMC.