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This article really only contains spoilers regarding last week's episode of The Walking Dead. If you missed last night's, you should be fine.
The Walking Dead is a high-octane action series, but it’s also a cable drama that is known for biding its time with certain big plotlines and reveals. With that in mind, it’s not all that strange that last night’s Season 6 episode of The Walking Dead was a 90-minute look at Morgan’s backstory rather than a follow-up to where we left Glenn at the end of last week. However, the AMC drama may have left fans one big clue related to Glenn when they cut the character out of the opening credits.
That’s right, this week, when the familiar opening music played and the credits began rolling, we saw the likes of Norman Reedus and Andrew Lincoln, but Steven Yeun—who has been a mainstay in the opening credits since the very beginning of the series—was noticeably missing. Obviously, this lends itself to the conclusion that Glenn may have a suffered a very, very bad fate last week, despite the camera panning away before we could prove he died. As removing someone’s name from the opening credits seems very, very final, you would think this would be a sign we won’t be seeing Glenn again, except for some very telling conversation that went down on The Talking Dead. Last week, showrunner Scott Gimple confirmed we will see some version of Glenn again, although he was intentionally vague related to the plotline.
I will say this: In some way, we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback, or current story, to help complete the story.
Thus, even if we see Glenn for five minutes again via a flashback or if we see him get rent apart by zombies or we see the beloved character in a zombified state, it still seems a little unfair that The Walking Dead opted to pull actor Steven Yeun from the opening credits so quickly. Maybe the show thought it would be a nice easter egg for fans? Plus, it also may have been a calculated move meant to keep us talking about whether or not Glenn was able to sneak away or actually died at the hands of the zombies this week. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.
If the opening credits aren’t stuck in your head at this point, here is a look at The Walking Dead Season 5 opening credits with Yeun’s name intact.
I know his name fits in so snuggly, so comfortably, next to the likes of Norman Reedus and Lauren Cohan, who play Daryl and Maggie, respectively on the show. It’s a little sad that the actor presumably won’t be there in the future. While I have no doubt that we will see Glenn in some capacity moving forward, losing his name certainly seems to be an indicator that we might only get a little closure before the show moves on.
AMC has already renewed The Walking Dead for Season 7, so obviously there a plenty of additional episodes to come. For now, you can give new episodes a watch on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET, only on AMC.