As you likely know by this point in the week, The Walking Dead said goodbye to two cast members during its season premiere Negan cliffhanger payoff. The outcome surprised many and was caught on tape by others, showing just how much people didn’t want to lose Abraham and Glenn from the show. You could’ve easily taken Carl and nobody would’ve cared, Negan!
Anyway, if you thought fans were treating the loss like they’ve just witnessed the death of their good friends, the cast of The Walking Dead is taking it even harder. They’re losing their friends and castmates, almost treating it like they’re losing them forever thanks to Negan’s little baseball bat friend. Entertainment Weekly compiled some closing thoughts from the cast on Steven Yeun and Michael Cudlitz and some of them sound like funeral speeches. Take Lauren Cohan for example:
“Steven brought me on to the show. He’s the first person that I hung out with. The day I got there, Steven, Sarah Wayne Callies, and myself went for Korean barbecue, and I remember I got to Georgia and I was wearing a flannel shirt and it was July and they were like, ‘Yeah, you need to buy some T-shirts.’ I also remember that year we went on Fourth of July to watch the fireworks and the sky opened. Oh my god, it was pouring rain! And we all left and everybody ran out with jackets over their head and we all went to Steven’s house. We got out the guitar and we just started singing, and Steven sang a song and Emily sang a song. We were all borrowing Steven’s clothes and sitting around his apartment on the Fourth of July with it pouring rain outside. It was like college. It was our first big hangout.
Steven has been a leading man professional on the show without ever having been any of those things before being on the show. You know what Steven is? He’s ride or die: You know he has your back. Everything that we see in Glenn is what Steven brings to him, and that’s that steady heart. I’m so excited for him knowing he’s going on to do amazing things. He’s the most professional gentleman and the silliest, funniest goof ever. And Steven’s still alive! So that’s good.”
It’s good that Steven is still alive. I don’t think the world could handle if these actors were actually murdered on screen. It’d make it pretty dark from AMC too. Check out some of the cast sharing their photographic moments with Yeun and Cudlitz below as they head out the door:
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So I’ve been in denial. The thought, the notion of losing Glenn as a character in the show and @steveyeun as a colleague is something I am yet to fully wrap my mind around. Steven was to me, from the very start, that deeply specific indicator that I was in the right place as I entered the TWD realm. The minute I was cast, he was in touch, inviting me to a lunch he and Lauren organized and trying to come watch my play The Convert which was then in production. Once I made it to GA, he helped me figure out where to stay, even letting me crash in his place over a weekend as I scouted out this new terrain called Atlanta. His kindness, his passion, his purity of heart, his genuine goodness and his amazing sense of humor makes him one of the best people I know. His dedication to our show, to this family, his deep concern with all things concerning the story we strive to tell, his utter commitment, his outrage, provokes me to be better, to dig deeper. The heart he brought to every frame he occupied inspired us all to never be complacent. One of my favorite things in life is to make Steven laugh. He has one of those laughs that revives the dead, that fills you with inexplicable joy. His ability to make me laugh, that deep belly laugh that makes life a little lighter, is something I am pained to accept I won’t have daily access to. Over the years I have grown to learn how similar Steven and I are, from our migrant families, to our college majors to our faith. He’s my brother. I’ve been in denial, and remain so. I am so excited, however, to watch his journey continue to unfold, he is designed to break barriers, to fill the world with stories that must and have yet to be told. He is built to transcend and will forever be my friend. And that makes me thankful to know him and to start to accept that painful truth, that our work relationship has sadly, at this time, come to an end.
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Like I told you, I ran out of time to say all I wanted on Talking Dead. I won't be able to say everything here either but I'll try to put a dent in it. Your talent, humor and intellect inspire me, challenge me and delight me all at the same time. The story of TWD is in need of a heart transplant because you beat at its core. Grateful to know you brother and to have shared in this journey with you. So much love always. #ripglenn
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Now I'm gonna try to put a dent in all I want to say about you. Thank you for the laughter. Thank you for the deep, meaningful conversations. Thank you for all the wisdom. You imbued the story with such power, precision and dynamic fun. So thankful for your friendship and for the story we were able to tell together. I love you friend. #ripabraham
“He is one of my best friends. I was with him when he proposed to his wife. He’s been on this run with me since before I even started on the show. Losing him as a character and as a guy I get to hang out with every day is a bummer. It’s the last thing in the world I ever wanted to happen. You lose people on this show and you’re like, ‘That’s how the show works,’ but when you lose somebody that close to you, it just sucks. I’m a fan of the show as much as I am an actor on it, and I fall in love with these characters. You see these characters change, and I see people grow as actors, and I see them take chances, and I see them do things that blow my mind. I cry with them. I fight with them. We built this friendship since day one, just like Daryl and Glenn did. I f—ing love Steven.”
Check out the rest of the memorials over at Entertainment Weekly and tune into The Walking Dead if you haven’t given up on the show. I’m sure they’ll kill another beloved character this week.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)