Welp, I knew this was going to happen.
A few weeks ago in my epic takedown of The Walking Dead season finale, I denounced pinheaded showrunner Scott Gimple for completely botching Negan's introduction, and giving us one of the worst and most ill-advised cliffhangers in TV history.
In case you don't remember, Negan captures our heroes, lines them up and decides to kill one of them with his trusty barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat he calls Lucille. He can't decide, so he plays "Eeny Meeny Miney Moe" to choose his victim.
In the comic (SPOILER ALERT!) he chooses Glenn and literally smashes his head open with Lucille. In the season finale he picks a victim, but the audience isn't privy as to who it is. For some unfathomable reason, Gimple chose to show us the scene from the victim's point of view, hiding their identity until the Season 7 premiere.
In addition to being a giant middle finger to the viewers, this cockamamie idea simply cannot work. We're living in an era in which absolutely nothing is secret. This is an age in which people use their phones to snap photos of their genitalia and email them to one another! So how in the name of Zeus' Mighty Nose Hair did Gimple think he could keep the identity of Negan's victim a secret until Octorber?
Well, it looks like I was right. Last month actor Steven Yeun, who plays Glenn, quietly began filming a movie called Mayhem, about a virus that causes people to act out their wildest impulses.
Then earlier this week Yeun joined the cast of a scifi movie called Okja, about a girl who befriends a genetically modified pig (?). The movie also stars Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano, and is currently shooting in Seoul, South Korea.
Season 7 of The Walking Dead begins filming on May 2. So unless Yeun is going to attempt a very epic, around-the-world daily commute, I'd say this is a pretty good sign he's no longer going to be on the show.
There's a chance that Yeun's role in Okja is a small one, and he could be back in the States by the time the series starts filming again. But it's a very minute chance. Which means Glenn was Negan's victim. Which means that any impact that his death may have had is now rendered moot and meaningless. Which means that Scott Gimple is an incompetent boob who just botched the most famous moment from the comic book, and needs a good firing.