By Megan Moore
BU News Service
Please note this article contains spoilers for “The Walking Dead,” up to the current episode. If you are not up to date on the series and aren’t interested in spoilers STOP READING NOW.
“The Walking Dead” fans have been racking their brains for any way that Glenn (Steven Yeun) could have possibly made it out alive in episode 3. We are pushing for Glenn, a fan favorite, to survive yet another brush with death and have formulated many theories surrounding his escape from the mob of zombies that encompassed him. His fate has not been revealed nearly two weeks later, but we do know for sure that one fan theory has been confirmed to be incorrect.
There has been a theory circulating that Nicholas (Michael Traynor) ran out of bullets during the sequence where we last saw Glenn. Greg Nicotero, executive producer and “Thank You” director, confirmed that this theory is down right wrong.
“I’ve read a lot of the theories and they’re hilarious — but Nicholas 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 preserved 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,” Nicotero said.
Nicotero said in an interview with Yahoo that the scene was very carefully choreographed and written to allow the audience to draw their own conclusions.
“People come up with alternate scenarios…that’s even more exciting, because the people are invested in the show and invested in those characters. I mean, Glenn is one of my favorite characters, and one of the most beloved. I think going on the journey, that’s sort of what The “Walking Dead” is about. As gut wrenching as it is to be put through this, I’m very delighted that the audience is going on this journey with us,” Nicotero said.
And this isn’t the only thing the men behind the scenes are saying about Glenn. After the wave of shock hit the fan base, many statements were released about the fate of Glenn. “Walking Dead” writer Scott Gimple sent a statement to Chris Hardwick, host of Talking Dead, to read on the show.
“Dear fans of ‘The Walking Dead,’ this is a hard story to tell and when we were planning to tell it, we knew our friends at the ‘Talking Dead would be talking to you about it. And knowing you’d all be talking and feeling and commiserating, I knew we should say something about it, lest our silence say something we didn’t mean to say or not say. So I’ll say this: In some way, we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn, or parts of Glenn again, either in flashback or in the current story, to help complete the story,” Gimple said.
Steven Yeun’s name was taken out of the credits during the “Here is Not Here” episode where we spend 90 minutes with Morgan. Many fans have speculated that this may be a sign as to what may be the fate of Glenn. Newly released previews for the upcoming episode say that Maggie will find out what happens to her husband, and with the promises of Gimple and Nicotero, fans remain hopefule that Glenn is alive.