We have a lot of questions following one of the most devastating episodes in six seasons of The Walking Dead. Last night’s episode, “Thank You,” picked back up with Rick trying to lead the zombie horde away from Alexandria.
Let’s jump straight to the most important question of the night:
1. Is Glenn really dead?
Well, that’s the question, isn’t it? Despite the obituary, and in spite of what they clearly wanted us to think, is it possible that Glenn didn’t die? Here, I’m conflicted: I don’t want Glenn to be dead because he’s one of the best characters on the show. On the other hand, if he’s somehow not dead, it’s a cheap, manipulative trick, and those shenanigans are going to piss off a lot of people.
How is it even possible that Glenn survived? Watch the scene again. Watch closely. Nicholas falls with Glenn, quite possibly on top of Glenn. We don’t see Nicholas’ body, however. But in the scene, it appears that the blood and guts being pulled out of Glenn are actually on top of Glenn and not coming out of Glenn. It’s possible that Nicholas’ body is protecting Glenn from the zombies, and it’s also possible that he could sneak out from under Nicholas’ body and climb into or under that Dumpster.
Is it likely? No. Would it be cheap? Yes. Would it be unforgivable? That remains to be seen.
Another theory is that Nicholas was hallucinating that entire scene. That would be super lame.
It should also be noted that Glenn was not part of the In Memoriam segment on The Talking Dead. Moreover, Scott Gimple released the following note to be read on The Talking Dead:
“In some way, we will see Glenn, some version of Glenn, or parts of Glenn again, in a flashback or in a current story, in order to complete the story.”
Dead or not dead, it’s definitely not the last we’ve seen of Glenn.
2. Will Rick die?
If Glenn somehow survives, the one way that The Walking Dead could make us forget about the shenanigans with Glenn is to actually follow through and kill Rick. That would satiate our bloodlust, but it would also mean the end of the line for the series’ nominal lead.