It’s been a rough week for the cast of The Walking Dead. The actors lost not one but two very important cast-mates in the Season 7 premiere. Fans were left stunned as they watched Negan brutally bludgeon both Abraham and Glenn to death with his barbed-wire bat. Once the episode ended, several cast members were able to share their grief with fans through AMC’s Talking Dead. But, now, one actress in particularly is taking time to honor Steven Yeun’s Glenn with a proper tribute.
Danai Gurira took to Facebook to share a touching memorial to Glenn and praise Yeun for his class-act work.
“So I’ve been in denial,” she wrote. “The thought, the notion of losing Glen as a character in the show and Steven Yeun 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.”
The actress continued her tribute when she wished Yeun well on his future projects. Gurira wrote, “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.”
Earlier this year, Gurira talked about the fallout fans could expect over Negan’s kill.
"It is like what Rick said at the end of Season Five – you are messing with the wrong people," she warned "Well, we just did that. We just messed with the wrong people."
"She is in a moment of utter powerlessness, which is beyond maddening for her. There is certainly rage and a desire for something to just give them a little bit of a way out of this, but there really doesn’t seem to be one," Gurira says. "The only thing she has is her eyes."
The Walking Dead airs on Sundays at 8/9 p.m. ET on AMC.